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RE: Help with upgrading to handle offroad

Alex, one more thought about off-road trailering in BC -- logging trucks! There are times when you might have to back up, and other times when clearance will be tricky. The trucks have radios -- not exactly sure what channels they monitor, but sometimes the frequency is posted on the logging roads. Several folks on the Canada forum (such as Gary Haupt) have a lot of experience with this issue. (I don't.) Maybe come on over to that group and ask a few questions? I will be reading the answers!
profdant139 09/03/16 04:31pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Help with upgrading to handle offroad

Alex, I had my dealer make these changes when we bought our trailer. I am guessing that the major stuff (the axle, the leaf springs, the shocks) was about $1500, but I am not sure. I would shop around to get competing bids. A really handy person could do all of these mods him or her self. I am semi-handy but do not have the equipment or the know-how to do the big jobs safely. As you can see from the blog entries in my signature (above), I have made quite a few mods, mostly because we do a lot of remote boondocking. I hope you can make use of some of them.
profdant139 09/02/16 12:53pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Help with upgrading to handle offroad

We have upgraded our trailer for very gentle off-roading (actually on road, but they are rocky dirt roads). We flipped the axle for greater clearance, installed upgraded leaf springs, and added heavy shocks with neoprene bushings. We put on 14 inch tires, rather than the original 13 inch. All of the cabinets and doors and drawers have locks. And we go very, very slowly -- rarely over 5 mph on really rough roads. The trailer has as much axle clearance as our truck does.
profdant139 09/02/16 09:27am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: California Towing Speed Limit

I am distressed to hear that the "California cutoff" (where the cars speed up to get in front of a trailer) is not common in other places. I keep hoping that Calif is really not so bad. But it really is worse than the rest of the country. I am stuck here forever, with a two or three hour white knuckle ride through an urban jungle until I get to the open road. On the other hand, the weather is really great, almost all the time. And I never tow over 62 mph. That is just fast enough that I am not blocking traffic.
profdant139 09/01/16 05:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Recommendations CA; OR; WA Rv parks

We are not big fans of FHU parks except for an overnight when on the road, but I have seen one in Oregon that would be great for a long-term stay -- Belknap Hot Springs in McKenzie Bridge. Beautiful river, lots to do in the area, very nice facilities.
profdant139 09/01/16 11:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ampere redefined

I, for one, will resist this change. I like the old-fashioned ohm-made definition better.
profdant139 08/31/16 07:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Sunset/Sunrise Pics of Where You Camp

Gene and Ginny, that is a great shot -- note the lower-level cumulus casting a shadow up onto the cirrus layer above, in the left center -- the sun has to be below the level of the clouds to create that phenomenon!
profdant139 08/31/16 07:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sunset/Sunrise Pics of Where You Camp

shayerk, here is the clumsy method I use for getting photos off the phone -- we email them to ourselves and download the attachment onto the computer. (There is an easier way, I am sure, but I am ashamed to say that I don't know it.) Once the photo is on your computer, use the amazing device that 1492 developed: The photo utility You drag the photo from your computer into the box, copy the code that pops up, and paste the code into this forum.
profdant139 08/31/16 06:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sunset/Sunrise Pics of Where You Camp

It's kind of hard to choose just one of each -- but here is sunrise just after a snowstorm at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, near Canmore, Canada: http://i.imgur.com/yxsz3wXl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8 And here is sunset in the Eastern Sierra, boondocking north of Tioga Pass -- those oval things over my head are "lenticular" ice clouds, not UFOs. I had to tone down the color on this shot -- in real life, it was really gaudy: http://i.imgur.com/nXqkettl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8
profdant139 08/31/16 01:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Planning our first TC trip

My advice would be to not pack too much into each day -- spend time relaxing together (reading, quiet meals, whatever suits your fancy). The real magic of camping, in any kind of RV, is not just that it is a mobile motel room. It is instead that camping can be much more pleasant and leisurely than staying in a motel. (We did not know this when we bought our first trailer -- we thought it was a substitute for a motel, rather than a whole new way of traveling. Ignorance!) With that in mind, try to pre-prepare meals, if possible, so that you do not spend a lot of time on drudgery while camping. Use paper plates and plastic forks, instead of having to wash a lot of dishes. Good luck!
profdant139 08/31/16 09:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Great Basin: trailer limit of 24 ft, or is that combined?

Thanks, jefe! Cool weather sure sounds good to me.
profdant139 08/30/16 05:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Great Basin: trailer limit of 24 ft, or is that combined?

Update -- just spoke with a really knowledgeable ranger, and she said that we would have no problem towing a very small trailer up to Wheeler Peak -- people do that all the time. I suggested to her that it might be helpful to make it clear on the website that the 24 foot limit is per vehicle, not combined length.
profdant139 08/30/16 11:37am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: dragging the propane tanks...

opnspaces, I think the big wing nut is not enough -- secure the rod at the bottom with a nylon core lock nut. Inexpensive and easy!
profdant139 08/29/16 05:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Great Basin: trailer limit of 24 ft, or is that combined?

Ken, it looks like you took your trailer up to Wheeler, right?
profdant139 08/29/16 02:18pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Great Basin: trailer limit of 24 ft, or is that combined?

Yes, I will contact them. But I have found that one often gets inaccurate info, depending on who answers the phone! I have made it a practice to call twice. First I call, and later my wife calls on a different line. It is amazing how often the info differs.
profdant139 08/28/16 09:34pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Great Basin: trailer limit of 24 ft, or is that combined?

I have done the homework and am getting conflicting info, so I am trying to see if anyone knows for sure -- the Wheeler Peak Campground is in the high country, and that is where I would like to camp for a few nights. But the Great Basin website says "single vehicles or trailers over 24 ft." are not allowed. Is that 24 feet combined, or just the trailer? If it is combined, I am over the limit, despite a small truck and a tiny trailer. If it is a per-vehicle limit, I am fine. I am hoping it is the latter, since a small truck and a small trailer can bend around hairpin turns with ease. If you know the answer from personal experience, I would love to hear from you! (Random observation -- the National Park websites for each park are very pretty but are far less informative and far harder to navigate than the National Forest sites. Why in the world would that be true? But it is almost uniformly the case.)
profdant139 08/28/16 07:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking at 10k feet: will fridge/water heater work?

Thanks for the info, jefe! Most of the time during monsoon season, we encounter thunderstorms while hiking in the afternoon -- there is nowhere to hide! We try to stay off of the ridges when the storm is passing. So far, so good . . . I am often worried about the trailer being hit by lightning, with all of that aluminum framing. Again, nothing so far. In case our utilities won't run at high altitude, we have some lower alternatives all set, but that is not my first choice.
profdant139 08/28/16 10:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: dragging the propane tanks...

Sure enough, when I pulled my propane cover off this morning to put on a nylon core lock nut, the whole vertical threaded bolt was pretty easy to turn by hand. It certainly could have come undone, given enough time and enough vibration. Worse yet, this is not something that is immediately apparent -- the bolt was not wobbly, and the whole assembly would tighten up normally when I would spin the big wing nut on top. So without this thread, I am not sure when I would have discovered this issue.
profdant139 08/26/16 07:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hwy 395 Hwy 120 and 6.... are they good for a 42' 5th wheel

If you have never taken 395, you are in for a treat! Beautiful.
profdant139 08/25/16 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: pardon me if this isn't where it's supposed to be...

Kirk Creek? But yes, there are few places to camp -- the real estate is very expensive!!
profdant139 08/25/16 07:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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