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RE: California Route 139

139 is pretty, but it might not be any faster. If you go to Adin, stop at the general store -- really neat old west stuff, and great sandwiches!
profdant139 09/23/17 08:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Arctic Fox offroad?

Bryan, if you take that big rig down unmaintained trails, my hat is off to you!! My narrow little trailer is smaller than one of your slideouts, and there are many times when I make DW get out and walk in front of the truck to make sure we can tow the trailer into a tight place (and out again). Sand, mud, and snow are also issues -- not deal-killers, but things to be overcome with care. I have tried to modify the trailer for off-pavement use (axle flip, heavy components, etc.), but I sure wish Arctic Fox made a little rugged trailer -- I would jump at the chance to own something like that.
profdant139 09/22/17 10:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Arctic Fox offroad?

carringb, how and where do you go really off road, not just off pavement?? In all of the Calif national forests, we have to stay on existing dirt roads covered by the motor vehicle use maps. Some are very rough, but they are "roads." Thanks in advance for your comments!!
profdant139 09/20/17 08:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Watch out for loose junk in your truck bed

Caveman, good idea, but it is very hard to fix stupidiity. It is very common to see debris from ladders, gardening tools, etc., on the freeways.
profdant139 09/20/17 10:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Probably a stupid questions (balls)

I stopped lubing mine. The grease picks up grit and grinds the ball away. We tow on dirt roads a lot. If you stay on pavement, it is probably a good idea to lube.
profdant139 09/18/17 08:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Takakkaw Falls - Yoho NP

Kicking Horse CG is great -- some sites are right on the river. Or there is a big sunny meadow area if you want sun for your solar. The falls were terrific in September -- don't miss it. Great hiking in that area -- there was one trail called Iceline, I think, that went right up to a glacier, with amazing views of the whole valley, and even some of the high altitude ice fields. Not a technically difficult hike -- good trail surface. Kicking Horse is about a half hour from Lake Louise -- lots of great hikes there, too, especially in larch season.
profdant139 09/17/17 09:46am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Entry Step Cycles When Driving

Bungee cord? It might not solve the problem, but it will slow it down a lot. ;)
profdant139 09/17/17 09:40am Tech Issues
RE: Watch out for loose junk in your truck bed

There are a lot of mattresses on the LA Freeway system at the end of every month -- folks moving from one apartment to another and strapping their old mattresses to the roof of the car with twine. Weekend afternoons are prime time for this trick. They hit the freeway and the twine snaps. The fun begins. This is a known issue -- I have even heard the traffic reports on the radio refer to "the usual end of the month mattress problem" as the cause of tie-ups. I don't know if this happens in other places the way it does here.
profdant139 09/17/17 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Road trip and two blow outs on Goodyear Marathons

Spade, I am glad that you didn't suffer a lot of damage -- what a drag when tires explode. I am now running Endurance, load range D, on my little trailer. And crossing my fingers for luck.
profdant139 09/17/17 09:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance

I now have 6000 miles on my Endurance tires, load range D. All kinds of roads -- from crumbling Calif interstates to Sierra gravel to Idaho's chunky rocks. So far, so good. Never faster than about 63 mph. I am a fanatic about checking tire inflation -- these tires have not lost a pound in a month of traveling. Time will tell. Still too soon to form an opinion.
profdant139 09/15/17 09:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Grand Canyon North Rim

Have you thought about boondocking out on the Rainbow Rim in the Kaibab Natl Forest?
profdant139 09/14/17 10:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Watch out for loose junk in your truck bed

You may have seen this story, but it is interesting -- someone left a ratchet strap in his truck bed. It eventually flew out and wrapped around his driveshaft, somehow, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Full story
profdant139 09/14/17 02:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Alaska Trip 2017' - Larson's Epic Adventure TR - (Part 1)

Beautiful photos -- very sharp, very rich colors. Well done, and thanks for posting!!
profdant139 09/13/17 08:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Interested in any solar advice

If you want an easy and inexpensive way to try solar, get a portable panel -- mine is 120 watts and it fully recharges our batteries every day. It is plug and play -- very simple. But we are very frugal with electricity -- this would not work for everyone. Then you could later upgrade to a larger roof panel. The roof systems are better, more expensive, and more complicated.
profdant139 09/13/17 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Sequoia National Park Camgrounds with a 5th Wheel

Azalea might be ok -- just watch the branches.
profdant139 09/12/17 05:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Whazoo's Penumbra Umbra, or Looking for Moon Shadow

Whazoo, is that Livingston Mill hiding behind that field of daisies? Wonderful photos, as always.
profdant139 09/12/17 04:15pm Truck Campers
RE: At the end of my rope!!

The problem experienced by the OP is one of the main reasons my trip reports are on my blog -- I then post a link on the forum. That way, even if this forum or others delete my post, I still have access to it. Until Google goes out of business, of course. ;)
profdant139 09/12/17 01:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Boondocking and Phantom loads.

The OP said, "It really comes down to how serious the DW is about boondocking for more than a day or so." So true!! The trick is to show her how wonderful boondocking is -- the utter privacy and silence. My wife was skeptical the first time we tried boondocking -- now she is very eager to find great places to go. And she is now very careful with the lights and the appliances. And yes, we have solar -- a 120 watt portable panel tops up the batteries every day. We just spent a month of boondocking -- never ran the generator once. But we have one, just in case there is a stretch of cloudy days. You never know, even in the sunny Far West.
profdant139 09/10/17 08:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Start looking for a boondocking site: eclipse (Aug 21 2017)

Just got back from a month of boondocking and hiking and mtn biking -- full report in a couple of weeks. Boondocked in the hills above Stanley, Idaho, for the total eclipse -- really great, but not life-changing -- just a lot of fun. Very worth-while. No one around but me and DW. I botched the video -- wrong settings on camera. Got some decent still photos. Then went to Rainier, and then Tahoe, and then Eastern Sierra. Got back last night. So much to do and to unpack, then I will prep a trip report.
profdant139 09/10/17 09:38am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip Report: California North Coastal Redwoods

Ken -- just got back from a month of camping. Ossagon is a little too tough for me -- but the coastal part of the trail is great -- this year it was flooded due to rain, but usually not. We start at Fern Canyon, ride north as far as we can, and then return. Waterfalls, trees, beach, elk, and solitude!
profdant139 09/10/17 09:27am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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