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RE: boondocking,,,what about your furnace ??

We love snow camping, and we run the furnace only during shower time. Otherwise, it's warm clothing and down comforters at night. Perfectly comfortable, with little use of electricity. The temp inside the trailer has gotten down below freezing a couple of times, and it is often in the 30s. But this is not for everyone. If you want to eat dinner in a shirt and not in a heavy sweater, you will probably need to run the generator from time to time.
profdant139 06/15/16 06:50pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Dry camping

Wandering Bob, it was Stonewall Jackson: "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”
profdant139 06/15/16 01:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sequoia National Park?

On second thought, I am going to disagree with myself -- the horizontal break in the layers appears to be due to faulting, rather than to a true unconformity. Still a pretty darn cool formation! Those metamorphic rocks were uplifted when the Sierra granite pushed up from below. Sometimes, in the very highest country, we see big domes of granite with fragments of older metamorphic rock sitting up on the domes.
profdant139 06/15/16 12:59pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sequoia National Park?

Wow!! You probably already know this, but the third picture from the bottom (right before Grizzly Falls) is an "angular unconformity," which is a really fascinating geological formation. If you're interested in geology, I recommend googling that word. If not, I will spare you the exciting discussion of why this is so significant. I have driven the road to Cedar Grove many times but have never spotted that particular geological formation. That's probably because I'm too focused on driving. Congratulations for pulling over and actually looking around. By any chance, would you remember where along the road you saw that formation? I'm hoping that the next time we go to Kings Canyon, I can stop and examine this formation more carefully. I'm guessing that this was not far before Boyden Cavern, where the highway crosses the river. Grizzly Falls is on the north or left side of the road as you are heading toward Cedar Grove, but (judging by the lighting) it looks like that picture of the angular unconformity is on the right side of the road as you were driving in a generally eastward direction. Thanks in advance for your guidance!
profdant139 06/15/16 12:57pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Battery question

You might want to post this on the tech forum, so that you can get several different and conflicting answers, all vehemently expressed. ;) Just kidding. My own two cents (probably worth less than that) would be not to run a high-draw appliance like a microwave using only the batteries -- a very fast drain puts a lot of stress on the components. I would be more inclined to use the generator. But really, this is just my impression, since I have never tried a fast drain on deep cycle batteries. Who knows? Maybe the batteries will enjoy the extra exercise, like a racehorse finally able to gallop. ;)
profdant139 06/15/16 08:17am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Dry camping

I can see that everyone is trying to milk this situation for laughs . . . .
profdant139 06/14/16 09:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sequoia National Park?

Great trip report -- looking forward to more! By the way, I don't think you can blame yourself for driving away from the shop without checking to see if they overfilled the transmission -- I certainly would have relied on their common sense not to do that. Just as when I get an oil change, I don't check the oil to make sure they put in enough oil. I wonder how many people actually do that? On the other hand, I do double check the torque on the lug nuts after the tires have been rotated -- I don't trust the torque settings on those impact wrenches. Several times, I have found improper torque.
profdant139 06/13/16 06:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Wind Advisory on Interstate 5 @ Top of Grapevine:

One other tip -- we were heading over the Grapevine recently -- high winds forecast -- and we filled the tank in the trailer to lower the center of gravity. We did get 50 mph side gusts, according to the NOAA wind gauge at the time. No problem. But if the trucks had started to pull over, so would I!
profdant139 06/11/16 08:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Wind Advisory on Interstate 5 @ Top of Grapevine:

No matter what they say, you never know. We have hit high wind when they said it would be calm, and vice versa. Just watch your speed -- watch the truckers -- and watch the vegetation. You can often see bad gusts approaching you. Watch out for underpasses -- you will be in calm air underneath and then get hit with a gust as you emerge.
profdant139 06/11/16 08:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Budgeting for Camping

Just do it. One of my biggest regrets is that we did not discover RVing until after the kids were grown. If money is tight, consider a used pop-up -- they are available on Craigslist and are not expensive at all. Easy to tow. Yes, there are downsides -- the canvas gets wet, they are not great in cold weather, etc. I don't know how old your kids are, but I would wait till the youngest is no longer wearing diapers. Then go camping!
profdant139 06/11/16 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Trip Advice - Vancouver to Moab

Wild idea -- if you want to spend some time in Nevada on the way, check out the Jarbidge Wilderness. After that, maybe Great Basin National Park? Very high and cool. If you are traveling during the dark of the moon, the stars at Great Basin are famous.
profdant139 06/11/16 08:24am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Yosomite experience?

It is not big rig friendly -- drive slowly on those interior roads, with a spotter for the trees. But if the website says you can fit, you can rely on that info. I think you should have room for your rig and the tent. It is a lot cooler up there than in the valley -- bring sweatshirts and mosquito juice. Also bring jerry cans for the water. There are faucets in the campground -- just fill your can, tote it back, dump it into the fill hole, repeat. Great exercise at 8000 feet! The hiking in the high country near TM CG is world class. So are the flowers.
profdant139 06/10/16 09:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone Natl Park

If you don't like the boardwalks and the tourists, and if you are willing to hike for several miles through the backcountry (make lots of noise to scare off the bears and the bison), you can have your very own private Yellowstone geyser field: http://i.imgur.com/KGY23fql.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8 We sat there for a good hour, just enjoying the silence, punctuated by the roar of the geyser every couple of minutes. As far as we could tell, we were the only people for several miles around -- during the entire day of hiking, we saw no one. (In case you are wondering, the shot was taken on a tripod with a timer -- I had to push the button and then run into the shot. We have since gotten a radio remote trigger, which gives us a bigger radius, with no more awkward running.) Yes, the ground was quite warm to sit on, even though this was a cold day in October -- heated chairs! And yes, we were extremely cautious about not getting too close to the pool. We carefully tested the crust to make sure we would not plunge through into a subterranean steam chamber, which can ruin your whole day. But there is always some risk in venturing away from the boardwalks and into the "unmanicured" parts of the park!
profdant139 06/10/16 08:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Guy Introdution

Wow! If that beautiful brick building is your garage, I can only imagine what your house looks like. ;) Just kidding. But that is a very nice trailer -- and no kidding.
profdant139 06/08/16 09:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Suggested routes from Zion NP to Yosemite NP

From Hurricane, take I- 15 to Cedar City, 56 west to 93 north to 50 west to 6 west to 120 west to 395 north to 120 west (Tioga Pass). With a Sprinter, there is nothing you can't do. We have done that route (in reverse) with a travel trailer, no problem. My advice is do not just zoom over 120 into Yosemite Valley. Stop and spend as much time as you can in the Tioga Pass/Tuolumne Meadows area. World class hiking and scenery. Much cooler and less crowded than the Valley.
profdant139 06/07/16 10:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: You might be a modaholic if . . . .

On a related note -- when you sell your heavily modified Rv to a private party, part of the deal is that you have to stay in touch with him for several months to answer his questions about "what does this switch do?" and "where did you put the battery fuse?" and so forth. True story, by the way. He eventually stopped asking questions. I don't know if he figured it all out or else just gave up.
profdant139 06/07/16 09:49pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Joshua Tree to Baker City, Oregon

Is there any way you can take a few days and spend some time in the Eastern Sierra? There is a lot to do, and there are some very cool campgrounds at higher elevations. For example, there are several great places up Bishop Creek, all above 7000 feet (and some at 9000). But if you are in a hurry, then yes, stay on 395 and stop at the RV parks. The scenery can't be beat.
profdant139 06/07/16 07:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Portable solar panel

We have a Chinese no-name 120 watt portable suitcase thing -- it is wonderful. Free juice from the sky! Yes, we have to deploy it and store it -- but it means we can park in the shade and put the panel in the sun. If you decide to use a longer cable, get a thick one -- a thin cable will have a lot of resistance and will cause a voltage drop over a longer run.
profdant139 06/06/16 08:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000 and AC and Microwave problems

We have a very small microwave, and our Honda 2000 will power it, but it is not pretty -- the lights dim, the microwave struggles, and the generator races. We use the microwave about three times a year, at most -- DW loves microwave popcorn, so it is a rare and special treat. I would not even try to run my A/C with our generator -- I don't want to hurt either one of them!
profdant139 06/06/16 10:47am Travel Trailers
RE: how to store folding camping chairs?

I am ashamed to admit that when our bag chairs break (usually the cloth tears out of the grommets), I repair them with cable ties. When they are deployed, we don't look very stylish, but they work. And we used to transport them (all two of them) on the tongue, bungee-corded to the frame. They would sometimes get nice and wet, which was very refreshing. Now we put them into the cargo area of our truck. We've worked out a fairly easy routine for re-bagging them -- we work together on a picnic table to corral the folding legs. It is a lot like putting a pair of tight sweatpants on a balky toddler -- there is often some silent profanity involved.
profdant139 06/05/16 04:44pm Travel Trailers
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