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RE: Boondocking near Divide, Colorado in July

Exactly right -- drop the trailer and scout around. We often build in an extra day just for that. We drop the trailer at a campground, scout, and then move to our new boondocking site the next day. That does not work if you are pressed for time, of course. On many roads, you can see (on Google Earth) where there are really wide spots for turning around. Or you could try a three point turn. Even with a very short trailer, though (the box on my trailer is not quite 12 feet long!), a three pointer sometimes turns into a tedious ten pointer. But with a 13 foot tall unit, there is no substitute for actually scouting -- those branches can ruin your whole day.
profdant139 04/29/16 05:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking near Divide, Colorado in July

I don't know the area, but I know what I would do -- spend some quality time flying around the area on Google Earth! Fly low and slow -- look for spots where others have boondocked -- they are usually easy to see. It also helps to have a good forest map or topo program available, to cross-check the road designations and to see if the terrain is too tough for towing. The other alternative is to talk to a friendly ranger -- they can be very helpful. Good luck!
profdant139 04/29/16 04:50pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Portable solar panel storage

My suitcase panels came with a bag -- the zippers soon broke. So I made my own bag out of thick vinyl sheeting that I bought at a fabric store -- I glued the edges. It looks like a huge black letter envelope. Then I took some sheets of dense foam and sewed them onto the insides of the envelope. This is the kind of foam that is used for floor mats in a garage. I sewed them on with waxed linen thread and a big sailmaking needle. The folded solar panel slips between the foam sheets. I store the whole thing on the dinette cushion of the trailer while in transit. A bag for a boogie board would not be big enough to do the job -- my panel, even when folded, would not fit. I am an avid bodyboarder, and my bodyboard is a custom "huge" size to fit my weight and height. So my board bag is the biggest one made. It did not work for my solar panel -- I tried it. No way. If your solar panel is smaller, it might work, though. I would still add extra padding inside the bag. The foam panels not only protect the panels -- they also make the bag slightly stiffer, so that it is easier to slip the panel into the bag.
profdant139 04/29/16 09:40am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: The truth about Boondocking

Well, Dave, I must respectfully disagree with your statement that "if there is any sign someone else has ever camped there, it is not boondocking." The dispersed camping rules in every national forest, as far as I know, strongly recommends (if not requires) that we camp in places that have already been trampled by other campers -- otherwise, if we all chose to camp on untracked fresh ground, the whole forest would soon be trampled. I don't know if BLM land follows the same rules. If I am wrong about the national forest rules, let me know! Thanks.
profdant139 04/28/16 08:21pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Airstream Fiberglass TT

Well, I for one am interested in this. I need more info, to see whether it can be raised for extra clearance, and how big the tanks are, and so forth. But if it has a rugged chassis and a leakproof egg design, I am intrigued. Headroom is also an issue. Does anyone have a link to the floorplan? Having said all of that, if it is more than $25,000, it is probably a deal-breaker -- I could buy two of my current trailers for that amount!
profdant139 04/27/16 09:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Refer change over, quite possibly a stupid question....

The only stupid newbie question is the one that does not get asked! Seriously, though, it is odd that when my fridge is on auto, there is no indicator light to show that it has switched to propane. If the switchover fails, then a check light comes on. But it can be unnerving to sit there and look at the panel and if nothing is lit, that means it is all ok.
profdant139 04/26/16 09:29am Travel Trailers
RE: What are these pieces called

Hurrah for duct tape! The heck with those greedy dealers. ;)
profdant139 04/26/16 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Drinking Water

Often, the water in the Far West just tastes bad -- minerals and chlorine. So we often use a Brita filter with a pitcher for drinking water and coffee water. Otherwise, we just use whatever is in the tank for washing and dishes. So far, the dishes have not caught any diseases. ;) And when boondocking, we often have to fill the 6 gallon jugs at a ranger station (for example) and lug them back to the trailer. That is the price of true isolation, and I am happy to pay it!
profdant139 04/26/16 09:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Camping in Washington, Oregon, Northern California

Well, mock, coming from Calif, I found that Wash state parks are sure a lot nicer than many in Calif, so I am happy to pay extra. I can't wait to get back up north.
profdant139 04/25/16 08:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best way to charge batteries when Boondocking?

I know this is off topic, but I am sure glad that Mex is feeling well enough to post his usual eye-opening stuff!
profdant139 04/25/16 08:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Best campers for seniors?

Someone needs to invent a 12 volt micro-mini-escalator to get up those stairs to the bed! Maybe make it out of an old treadmill, like the one gathering dust in my garage . . . .
profdant139 04/25/16 07:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Camping in Washington, Oregon, Northern California

If you are ok without hookups, there is almost an infinite number of great campgrounds in the national forests -- the national parks tend to be booked up, though. If you have a few minutes, browse through our blog entries (see link below) for a lot of photos of campgrounds and boondocking in the Far West.
profdant139 04/24/16 06:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How long do they last?

We do a lot of dirt road towing at low speeds. (See the links in my signature for more info on the trailer and on the kinds of places we have gone.) Our first trailer, which had low ground clearance, lasted us six years, and then we sold it for a pretty good price. It did not deteriorate due to the rough towing. We have had our current trailer for about five years. It has great ground clearance and has had no trouble with rough roads. Honestly, trailers take a worse beating on the bad freeways in Calif than they do at ten mph on a dirt road. Although I have had two Fun Finders, I do not think they are any better built than any other brand. I think that a well-equipped Casita or any other fiberglass egg will hold up better than a square trailer like mine, but I needed more headroom. Also, I am sure that you are aware that the shorter the trailer, the more maneuverable it is (especially when boondocking). But a bigger trailer is (of course) more comfortable, especially in rainy weather. I hear it rains sometimes in Oregon. That sure sounds good to a drought-stricken Southern Californian.
profdant139 04/24/16 05:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best way to charge batteries when Boondocking?

Because we usually boondock in deep shade, we decided to get a 120 watt portable solar panel, so that we can put the panel in the sun and then run the cable to the trailer in the shade. And if there is just too much shade at the campsite, we can always remove our spare battery and carry the battery and the panel into a nearby patch of sun. Since we are boondocking in the middle of nowhere, theft is not a problem -- although we have a cable to lock the panels to a tree, if needed. Deploying and de-deploying and storing a portable panel involves a lot more work than a built-in panel, and I think it is probably more prone to damage from the wind. On balance, we are very happy with our decision, but it is not for everyone. If you camp in the sun most of the time, it probably makes more sense to get a built-in roof panel, the bigger, the better.
profdant139 04/24/16 11:55am Tech Issues
RE: Learning RV Renovation: General Questions?

RVcircus, that is a very inspiring video -- it makes me want to rush right out and ask your wife to decorate our trailer!! ;)
profdant139 04/24/16 11:48am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2015 Summer Journey, Canadian Crossing part3

Great report! And good advice about probing the snow in the road ahead to make sure there is really a road there -- I will file that one away for future use, I am sure.
profdant139 04/24/16 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: First RV purchase and need Bathroom Advice

We have always had a wet bath because our trailers are so small. In an ideal world, it would be nice not to have to wipe down the shower/toilet afterwards. But that is the price of a really small trailer, which we greatly prefer. The shorter the trailer, the easier it is to get into very tight campsites (especially for boondocking), gas stations, parking lots, U-turns, etc. But a short trailer does not ensure better mpg, nor is it significantly easier to tow. And we have much less living space (which is not a problem for us, since DW is small and slim, and we get along really well after 42 years together). Life is a series of compromises. We are happy with our choice, but it is surely not for everyone!
profdant139 04/24/16 11:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Library eBooks and AudioBooks - Overdrive ???

You can sign up with several libraries -- each one has a slightly different selection on Overdrive. I get most of my Kindle books that way.
profdant139 04/22/16 09:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Towing in high gusty winds: filling the tank helped a lot

Jake, that must have been a very traumatic experience -- as a result, everything you say now has a couple of exclamation marks!! (Just kidding around -- no offense intended.) ;)
profdant139 04/22/16 09:51pm Towing
RE: You can't fix stupid

The most common "last words" in the English language: "Hey, guys, watch THIS!"
profdant139 04/22/16 01:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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