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RE: Testing two photo file sizes: 161 KB vs. 9.4 MB

The answer is that there is not much difference in the appearance of the photos as posted. Even if you click on the enlarge button, there is little or no difference. My guess is that the photo hosting app contains some sort of a filter that limits file size (which makes sense, since otherwise the website would be at the mercy of data hogs like me who dump huge files into the hopper). OK. So I will upload my smaller files. It is sort of too bad that the image is not perfect, but life is a series of compromises -- and I am very, very grateful to 1492 for developing this wonderful tool for us. By the way, in case anyone wants to know why I save the files in two formats, the smaller version is for my blog -- the big files tend to make the blog load very slowly.
profdant139 10/22/16 09:18pm Forum Technical Support
Testing two photo file sizes: 161 KB vs. 9.4 MB

I often save photos in two different formats -- the full image, with no downsizing (several megabytes), and then a more limited size (a few hundred kilobytes). I use Lightroom for the downsizing. I am trying to see if posting those photos (via 1492's wonderful website) in full vs. limited makes any difference. Is the full image better looking? Or does it take too long to load? So here goes, and I will let you know whether or not there is a real difference. This is a shot of Duck Lake in the Sierras, near Mammoth. The first version is 161 KB. When I looked at it full screen on my computer, the sparkles on the lake were not very sharp: http://i.imgur.com/78iyftJl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. And this is the full size file of the same shot -- at 9.4 MB. I can tell you already that the bigger file takes a lot longer to load into the photo app: http://i.imgur.com/78iyftJl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. All right -- let's post these bad boys and see what happens . . . . .
profdant139 10/22/16 09:12pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Boondockin/dry camping in a 42' MH.

Way to go -- well done! And those aren't scratches -- they're service stripes, a badge of honor.
profdant139 10/22/16 07:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Truck Camper on Gooseneck Trailer

Here is the site that 1492 developed for photo posting -- save this URL in your bookmarks! And this is my name for his site -- he is way too modest to give it this label: 1492 is a genius So just go to that site, drag in your photo of the gooseneck, and copy the stuff that pops up in the box. Then paste that stuff into your message in this forum. Try it, you'll like it!
profdant139 10/21/16 07:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Tires - Preferences?

We use BFG A/Ts. We do a lot of off-pavement travel and towing, with sharp rocks, snow, mud, and ice. We like them. Have not done much sand -- except in Death Valley. But they are noisy on the pavement, and there is an MPG penalty for tires with an aggressive tread. Life is a series of compromises.
profdant139 10/20/16 11:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Any downsides tp flipping the axles?

I really like my flipped trailer -- great ground clearance. But there are some disadvantages -- in addition to a higher center of gravity, more wind resistance and greater exposure to damage from overhanging branches. But I would do it it again, knowing what I now know.
profdant139 10/19/16 08:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Small waterproof / weatherproof solar controller - FOUND!

For what it is worth, I have a portable panel where the controller is mounted under the panel, semi-protected from the rain. And then I put a stout small ziploc bag around the controller for extra protection -- it does not appear to retain heat. So far, so good -- it has made it ok through several thunderstorms. But a really waterproof unit would be better -- I would not have to worry at all. Man, do I love that little 120 watt panel. We just spent a month of boondocking and never had to fire up the generator once! What a luxury to be able to turn on as many lights as we want. (All LED, and of course we turn them off when not needed.)
profdant139 10/17/16 09:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Undercarriage Waste Tote Storage.....Lots of pictures

Well done! The same idea could be used for other types of storage -- I am sensing a big project coming on . . . . .
profdant139 10/17/16 08:50pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: MH or TC - Which is better to get into the Boonies?

As a trailer guy who routinely takes his trailer into some fairly rough places, there is no doubt that a truck camper can get into places that I can't reach with the trailer. But there is a counter-argument: it is not so easy to take the camper off a truck and put it back on. We almost never see campers sitting on a campsite on the legs, without the truck. So the real question is whether the truck camper (as a unit) can get you where you want to go. That is one reason why we opted for a small trailer: we put the trailer into a reasonably remote "base camp" and then use the truck as our exploration vehicle. We take the truck to really rough trailheads, places that most TCs would not go -- too narrow, too slanty, too many overhanging branches. (Jefe is an exception -- there is no place he can't reach.) Bottom line -- there is no unquestionably-right answer to the OP's question. The answer depends on what you intend to do once you arrive at your campsite.
profdant139 10/17/16 09:24am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Best Meals While Boondocking

To answer LowRyter's question, when we are boondocking, we need something very easy to make and store, with an easy cleanup. With no hookups and no source of water, planning is even more important than usual. Now if they would just put some garbage cans in the wilderness . . . .
profdant139 10/15/16 01:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bought a Scamp!

I just did some checking and yes, this is the real George, by George!! Wow. That is the best news I have heard in a long time. Welcome back to RVing!!
profdant139 10/14/16 06:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bought a Scamp!

Is this really Tioga George?? Gosh, if that is true, it is great news. Am I confusing you with someone else? If so, please forgive me. If I recall correctly, Tioga George had some pretty major health issues. Is there any way to lift that Scamp for better clearance on rough forest roads? There is so much great boondocking out here in the West, but there are lots of big rocks, too!
profdant139 10/14/16 06:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Our new trailer is junk.....

I have bought two Cruiser trailers and they were both great. But I do not doubt for a minute that the OP has had trouble -- every maker produces a few lemons. The real test is how the company and the dealer respond to problems. Hang in there, and let us know how it's going!!
profdant139 10/12/16 08:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocking Resources - Tips, Tricks, and Information

Not sure if this tip has been mentioned before, but here it is: if you are boondocked in a really remote spot, take a GPS waypoint in case you decide to go to town and then return to your campsite after dark. Don't ask me how I figured this out.
profdant139 10/12/16 09:41am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Shimmy and shake single axle trailers

I made some tripods that give the stabilizers a little help -- our trailer is lifted. Here is a link: Tripods
profdant139 10/11/16 05:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Campers for Toyota Tacoma

That is a clever observation on Steve's part -- I never thought about the fact that a small truck will tow more than it will carry. We use a Tacoma to tow an off-road capable small trailer with a good bathroom -- more room than a TC. It is true that there are places that a TC can go that we can't, but not too many, really. If I had a big truck and did not need to use my truck as my daily driver, I might prefer a big TC unit to my trailer. But since I can't, my Tacoma is a good compromise.
profdant139 10/07/16 09:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Is it normal to fill up the grey water tank this fast?

I sympathize with you! We had the same experience the first few times we went camping. We learned to economize: the two of us now use 5 gallons a day, total, for showers every night and dishes and bathroom. I wash dishes with a trickle of water, using easily rinsed dilute Castile liquid soap (Dr. Bronners). And the showers are Navy style -- get wet, water off, soap, and rinse carefully.
profdant139 10/07/16 05:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need a light DIY snowplow for boondocking -- ideas?

It was great! For example, this is in Sequoia National Park, near the Lodgepole area, last November: http://i.imgur.com/uwLO9MRl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. But notice there is only about six inches on the ground, at most. We keep careful tabs on the weather. If anything more than that is predicted, we are not equipped to handle it. If I had to dig my way out to the highway from the campsite, I would probably unhitch, use the truck to pack the snow, and re-hitch. And one other hint -- if snow is predicted, retract the awning. Otherwise, it will fill up with snow. Even if the awning does not break under the load, it is very hard to get the snow out of the sagging awning. Please do not ask how I learned this lesson. (But look carefully at the photo . . . . ) We did get a little snow a couple of weeks ago (mid-September) in the Sawtooths of Idaho, and then again in Great Basin National Park in Nevada a week later. Just a dusting -- very pretty -- not a problem at all.
profdant139 10/06/16 05:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Photo Posting

1492, thanks so much for figuring this out and creating this device for us. It substantially adds to our enjoyment of this site, and it means (for example) that when someone develops a solution to a technical Rv problem, photos of the problem and the solutions can be easily uploaded, leading to much faster turn-around times. Sorry for the long-winded comment, but this is a really big deal to me. Well done!!
profdant139 10/06/16 05:35pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Hwy 189 from Provo to Heber City?

We took that road a month ago. They were doing a lot of construction -- significant delays and congestion, especially on busy weekends. Otherwise, not a bad road at all.
profdant139 10/05/16 10:15pm Roads and Routes
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