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RE: Small trailer vs. Truck camper

If you go with a trailer, you can get more clearance with an axle kit and you can add shocks and beefy tires. But I think a really beefy truck camper would be better on really bad dirt roads. We take our trailer off road in the US, but very slowly -- ten miles an hour max, while a truck camper can go much faster over major potholes, ruts, and rocks.
profdant139 10/17/14 10:32pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Prescott Nat Forest in mid-November -- what's it like?

Green -- the answer is no - in the meteor watching business, helmets are frowned upon. Thinking now about the Red Rock Wilderness area of the Coconino National Forest . . . . still shopping.
profdant139 10/17/14 06:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Pulling through Death Valley N.P

When we were there a couple of years ago, a motorhome that had just descended 190 from the west caught fire and burned up in Stovepipe --the brakes caused the fire, we were told. The wreckage was still sitting in the parking lot. This was a rental unit and the driver said he did not know about downshifting on a downgrade! Oops.
profdant139 10/17/14 11:52am Roads and Routes
RE: Prescott Nat Forest in mid-November -- what's it like?

Great tips -- thanks! We are open to any and all suggestions -- we are hoping for something within 400 miles of Southern Calif, so that is one reason that northwestern Arizona is looking good right now. Utah is great but a little too far.
profdant139 10/17/14 09:31am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Prescott Nat Forest in mid-November -- what's it like?

We are planning our next trip -- there is a meteor shower in mid-November, and we are looking for dark skies with cool temperatures but hopefully no snow. (We would go to the Eastern Sierra, but it is too high and usually too cold at that time. DW does not want to revisit Death Valley so soon -- we were there recently.) I can't find a lot of info on Prescott NF in November, which makes me think it's a no go. How likely is it that we will hit significant snow? And how is the hiking in that area? We are hoping to boondock -- is that feasible at that time of year? Thanks in advance for your comments!!
profdant139 10/16/14 10:04pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: HWY 395 California

Check out Buckeye Hot Springs near Bridgeport. Watch out, though -- some folks treat it as clothing optional.
profdant139 10/15/14 10:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Travel during the Fall on the East Coast

We've done several bike tours in Vermont and New Hampshire during late September and early August. It can get cold, and clear, and rainy, all in the same day! Plus snow flurries and strong wind. Wonderful bicycling and hiking, if you are well equipped -- the scenery is amazing. Hills aflame with colorful leaves, instead of actual flames like we have in Southern California. ;)
profdant139 10/15/14 10:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: "Where do you go camping? What do you do?"

Jon, is that a meteor directly above the tower?? Wow!
profdant139 10/15/14 10:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Why is towing my little trailer so stressful?

I'm towing a similar trailer with a Tacoma (with the towing package) and a sway bar, not a WD. No problem. But if I had had a problem with the sway bar, I would have tried a WD. For such a small rig, a WD may be overkill, but on the other hand, what is the harm in trying it?
profdant139 10/15/14 10:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: HWY 395 California

Be careful going over Conway Summit -- the road is fine, but the view can be distracting: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RBowV3gse4k/UIrc1iYsxnI/AAAAAAAAEGI/TSSd9l3YR00/s1600/IMGP9648.JPG height=400 width=600
profdant139 10/14/14 01:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: "Where do you go camping? What do you do?"

Until we tried RV camping, we had no idea what we were missing. A huge, life-changing revelation -- no kidding. No comparison to hotel travel. Check out our blog (see link below) if you want to see where we go and what we do -- it's mostly hiking, mostly in the West and Canada. And someone said, "Just need to add a glass of Gentleman Jack to sip with my cigar." Personally, I have found that this method significantly alters the flavor of the beverage and often extinguishes the cigar. I prefer to sip it with a straw.
profdant139 10/14/14 01:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Medford Oregon, can I camp at Veterans Memorial Park?

Valley of the Rogue has electrical power, and a nice walking trail next to the river.
profdant139 10/14/14 01:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Take action or get ready to pay for boondocking

Green, you are right that the high country is still pretty good, once you get a mile away from the pavement. But it sure leaves a bad taste in my mouth to drive to a trailhead and wade through all of the crud that folks leave in the parking lots. Grumble mumble harrumph.
profdant139 10/13/14 05:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Take action or get ready to pay for boondocking

I can't get too worked up about the San Gabriels, one way or the other -- that area used to be fairly nice as recently as the 1960s (I was there!), but in the last 30-plus years it has been destroyed by overuse and abuse. There are now literally 20 million folks who live within easy driving distance -- trash and graffiti are everywhere. A few years ago, after a rainy winter, we took a hike to a waterfall off the Angeles Crest HIghway -- when we got to the falls, there was a large group of large party people with an enormous boom-box blasting "music" throughout the canyon. We watched them throw a few celebratory beer bottles onto the rocks at the base of the falls. We turned around and went home, following a trail of discarded diapers back to the parking lot. This is no exaggeration, I am sorry to say. You can call it a national forest or a monument, but it is what it is.
profdant139 10/13/14 11:53am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking in Southern California???

The closest campground to Santa Monica is, I think, Leo Carillo, maybe an hour away: Leo Carrillo State Park There are several others in the Angeles National Forest, around two hours away: Angeles Nat Forest Campgrounds at Forestcamping.com I am not a big fan of the Angeles Nat Forest -- dry and crowded. Maybe try the Los Padres up near Ojai, which is also around two hours from Santa Monica, depending on traffic. The forestcamping.com website is very helpful. Good luck!
profdant139 10/12/14 09:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Advice for my first trip to Yosemite this spring

The hike up Yosemite Falls is great in cooler weather -- this was taken in March of 2012 -- bring good hiking shoes because it can get slippery: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-P8hJCf3DjJU/T152gkOzokI/AAAAAAAADWg/f_yUb9zSvkw/s640/Snowcone.jpg height=500 width=400 And Vernal Falls in the late afternoon was great -- might need a waterproof jacket or a poncho if the wind is blowing the mist around: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GCc_7FRK5Ew/Unw8n4btAFI/AAAAAAAAJng/vsVGodvwfxs/s640/vernal+falls+per+lightroom.jpg height=600 width=400
profdant139 10/12/14 04:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Take action or get ready to pay for boondocking

I know this is not going to be a popular viewpoint, and it is really ok that we disagree on this -- but speaking as an avid user of public lands, I would favor some sort of a program in which everyone who uses public lands has to buy and display a hang-tag on their primary vehicle, as long as the revenue generated by this user fee/tax (let's call it what it is) gets used for maintaining and policing the public lands, rather than getting dumped into a general fund. Here is why I favor this -- especially in California, I see hordes of folks who have no skin in the game ruining the public lands: grafitti, trash, fires, cutting brush and timber, vandalism, etc. And the rangers do not have the resources to police this behavior -- they are already overstretched. You can't catch the bad guys every time they dump a dirty diaper in a river. But if all vehicles were required to display a tag, it would be very easy for rangers to check for those tags. Folks without tags would be cited -- the tickets could be processed through each state's motor vehicle department. The scofflaws could not renew their licenses or their vehicle registrations without paying the tickets. This would not be a perfect solution. But it would cut down on some abuse by some people, who currently think of the forest as a "free for all," literally. Maybe there could be a special low rate for seniors, like the National Parks. But unless we (the law abiding people) do something to curb the abusers, the good people will not only suffer the effects of the abuse. We will see the fences continue to shrink inward, as Calisdad said, as the government tries ineffectually to protect the forests from being trashed. If anyone has a better idea for raising revenue to increase the ranger force to discourage bad behavior, I would sure like to hear it. And please don't say "raise taxes in general:" -- why should city folk who never go to the woods pay for my recreation?? By the way, we just got back from a month in the state of Washington, mostly in the national forests -- no grafitti, no trash, no vandalism. Amazing and refreshing, but so depressing to return to Southern California.
profdant139 10/10/14 05:29pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Please recommend a destination, for this week and next

Just left Lassen this morning -- Manzanita Campground is lovely! The Bumpass Hell hike is a must-do. Nice fall color in Hat Lake meadows area.
profdant139 10/02/14 11:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mattole Rd. (Lost Coast Highway, King Range) California

The road from Humboldt State Redwoods to Mattole might be a little easier than the one from Ferndale -- I did it with a small trailer. Slowly and carefully. The campground is wonderful -- very isolated. Bring warm clothes. Since we come from warm dry calm polluted Southern California, we found Mattole to be terrific -- lots of ocean wind, cold air, moist air, clean air. If you like to breathe, it is a great place. If you like to hang out on a warm beach, it is not. Also bring sandals for walking on the beach. Hiking boots get full of sand. Don't ask me how I know this.
profdant139 08/30/14 10:39am Roads and Routes
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

Joel, I know this is slightly off topic, but since you have identified yourself as an RVPR admin, I just want to say thank you!! I find RVPR to be enormously useful. Yes, there are the occasional flame reviews, but those can be discounted. And yes, there are the unreasonably favorable reviews (usually by newbies who have fallen in love with camping and think everything is wonderful all the time). But day in and day out, the RVPR reviews provide us with useful, detailed, and relatively objective commentary, often saving us from terrible rv parks or revealing hidden gems. Well done!!
profdant139 08/29/14 10:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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