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RE: WA or OR Coast to watch storms this winter.

TenOC, you are not crazy. Watching bad weather from the inside of a comfortable RV is a lot of fun. (Bear in mind that I am from coastal Southern Calif, where we get a few rainy days a year. So anything other than bland sunshine is a welcome change!)
profdant139 12/02/16 10:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tank insulation

Tanks that sit still will freeze overnight if it gets cold enough. Please don't ask me how I know this fact. While you are driving, it is less likely to freeze. Folks have used a variety of methods to keep tanks from freezing. Spray foam helps (but is messy and expensive). My trailer has a layer of pink fiberglass, with a black vinyl sheet under it. I added Reflectix to the tanks -- it might help, but the R Value is fairly low. Some folks have used sheets of styrofoam, supported by stringers.
profdant139 12/02/16 09:58pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Nice RV parks near Bryce UT in the spring

We really liked Bryce Canyon Pines -- it seemed much quieter than Ruby's. Not everyone likes it, though -- read the reviews on rvparkreviews.com.
profdant139 12/01/16 03:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oregon coast camping

If you are in the Nehalem area, check out Kelly's Crabs in Brighton. One of the best meals we have ever had.
profdant139 12/01/16 03:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Francisco CA

Treasure Island in South SF -- nothing fancy, but right by the BART station (and Costco, too).
profdant139 11/30/16 09:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New TT for Compact Cars

Interesting!! I wonder if it can be "lifted." This would make a pretty good boondocking trailer. And it fits on the driveway -- no monthly storage fees! Very few companies are making ultra-small trailers these days, so this odd unit has a real chance to fill that gap.
profdant139 11/29/16 09:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Still Boondocking in Colorado

Wow! Who would have thought that anyone could camp in mid-November at 9000 feet in Colorado? Isn't there usually more snow by this time of year?
profdant139 11/26/16 11:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Utah 20 between I-15 and US-89

It can get snowy at the top, but rarely in May.
profdant139 11/26/16 02:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Thank you

Hang in there! I have been one of the "lurkers" watching your posts -- since I am on the West Coast, I had nothing to contribute about camping and travel back East, so I did not post. But I am very glad you are safe and warm. Although there are a few crabby folks on these forums, the vast majority of participants are well-meaning and well-informed. In this season of thankfulness, I am very thankful for our members and that these kinds of discussion groups exist -- I am old enough to clearly remember the world before the Internet. (I was in my early 40's when I did my first web search!) Some things about the web are bad, but the rapid exchange of information and ideas is just priceless. Safe travels!
profdant139 11/25/16 12:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

I don't know why the Forest Service has been so slow to thin and cut in Calif -- one would think that after the horrific Rough fire and the Rim fire, they would be more proactive. Very distressing. When we were in Idaho, we did notice that the forests were much more well-managed than in Calif.
profdant139 11/25/16 10:04am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: Boondocking near Sequoia National Park

On the contrary, Len. I put her on a pedestal, and voila! And I should add that she is actually the one who spots most of our photos -- I take direction well.
profdant139 11/24/16 08:45am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: Boondocking near Sequoia National Park

Salem, she's the only one I've got, so I did not have much choice. Same one since Jimmy Carter was in office, and she has not gotten taller since then.
profdant139 11/23/16 08:09pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

This is in the Sequoia National Forest, between Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, November, 2016: http://i.imgur.com/D2gSQ1Dl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. Mercifully, the shot does not show the many dead or dying pine trees, victims of the drought and the bark beetles. Bad things are happening to the forests in much of the Western US.
profdant139 11/23/16 04:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: Boondocking near Sequoia National Park

Thanks for the kind words! Salem, I cheated a little on that shot -- she is only 5 feet tall, so it makes the tree look bigger. ;)
profdant139 11/23/16 03:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
TR: Boondocking near Sequoia National Park

We just got back from several days of camping and hiking between Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park -- nothing spectacular, just an excuse to get out of town. Here is a link to the blog post, with some photos: November in the Sequoias No shots of the Milky Way on this trip -- the "super-moon" washed out the stars. And most of the time, it was hazy because of prescribed burning by the Forest Service and the Park Service. We did have one really clear day, though -- this was taken at the summit of Mitchell Peak (10,300 feet), with the Great Western Divide behind us: http://i.imgur.com/Qdk3NaKl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. (By the way, don't be fooled by this shot -- we are not mountain climbers. We simply hiked to the summit, and we had to scramble over a boulder field for the last 100 yards -- not "technical" at all.)
profdant139 11/23/16 12:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 5er at Mt. Ranier National Park

We really liked Mounthaven -- great folks running the park. Try to get a spot in back, away from the road. Here is a blog post that may be useful to you: Rainier
profdant139 11/23/16 09:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Running a generator in inclement weather

I have used a folded heavy tarp, just draped over the top of the generator, with big rocks on the corners of the tarp to keep it from blowing away. Just make sure that there is airflow to the front and back of the generator -- no need for clearance over the top. Putting the generator under the RV would work, I guess, except for the annoying fumes and the noise. Why not put the generator as far away as possible? And yes, it may be true that it's ok to leave the generator in the pouring rain -- but why take a chance? A tarp is a quick and easy solution. I should also add that I put the generator on some boards, so that it does not get muddy. Again, the mud might not hurt it, but then I would have to wipe it off before putting it back into my truck. Too much work.
profdant139 11/23/16 09:07am Truck Campers
RE: 2-way fridge question

We had a three way fridge on our first trailer -- it seemed to steal electricity from the battery while we were driving, so that it did not charge the battery very well. My new trailer has a two way fridge, and I like it a lot better. And yes, most folks (including me) leave the propane on while driving. Not everyone does. In severe cross-winds, the flame would blow out -- so I added a home-made baffle made out of sheet metal. It works! It is modeled after the Dometic baffle kit: Kit
profdant139 11/22/16 04:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking for a So Cal Thanksgiving uncrowned camp spot

Jim, it depends on the definition of SoCal -- if you include the back-country of the Central Coast, there is plenty of solitude to be had! Not like the San Gabriel Mtns., which are pretty crowded all the time. But even in the local mountains, if you hike, you can quickly escape from the hordes -- as soon as you get a mile from the trailhead, there is almost nobody around.
profdant139 11/22/16 03:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Where is everybody?

bcbouy, that is an interesting observation about the flaming phenomenon. This forum (boondocking) actually contains much less of that than on some other discussion groups (which I will not name). But I have noticed that there are a few very angry and rude people (who I will not name), which is so puzzling -- I come to this website for entertainment (and also to learn something), not to squabble. I just don't understand what is going on, or why someone would take the time to hassle someone they have never even met in the real world. Is it possible for us -- the "non-flamers" -- to somehow create a culture of civility? Maybe by gently pointing out the difference between a respectful difference of opinion and a personal attack? Differences of opinion are more than just acceptable -- they are tremendously useful, when properly handled by the participants. For example, think of carefully-reasoned discussions of tires, or weight issues, or battery care. Those are very enlightening, but they are so often poisoned by acrimony and bickering. The flamers don't even realize that their harsh tone undermines their own credibility. And the consequence of flaming is that newbies with good questions are deterred from posting, and also folks who have useful ideas to contribute sometimes don't. The discussion often deteriorates because no one is left to post, other than the most aggressive and hostile people.
profdant139 11/22/16 01:18pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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