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RE: Boondocking at 10k feet: will fridge/water heater work?

I spent 2 weeks camping in the Leadville area at Turquoise Lake & Camp Hale between 9500' - 10,000' . No problems with the furnace (it was down to the low 30's at night even in August), refrigerator or water heater. The fridge was an older non electronic Dometic RM2510... You will get some great nighttime sky photos at that altitude!
vermilye 08/29/16 07:51am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Great National Parks or camp sites for Eastern States

One of my favorite state parks for Fall colors is Ricketts Glen in PA. 22 waterfalls along a 7 mile hike. One of the campgrounds stays open all winter - no hookups, but bathrooms with hot showers. Some photos from a few of my visits.
vermilye 08/28/16 08:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate 80/Chicago by-pass

I agree that there is no good way. My solution (heading to upstate NY) is to take MN 61 in Duluth into Canada & loop around the top of the Great Lakes. A pretty drive & far more enjoyable than fighting the Chicago traffic.
vermilye 08/22/16 07:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Phone camping app

We stay strictly at public camping locations, including boondocking spots, and have found that The Ultimate Public Campground Project has by far more of them than any other app, including Allstays. That's not true at all. They have almost none of the campgrounds out west. Do you work for them? I've used both apps (Allstays Camp & RV & The Ultimate Public Campground List) for many years & over 800 campgrounds all around the US & Canada. I don't work for either, but there are advantages to each. Allstays has many additional features including low clearances, individual store chains, even covered bridges, and an easy to use filter. On the other hand, I find that The Ultimate Public Campground List DOES have more non commercial sites in their database than AllStays, even in the west (particularly county & city campgrounds), and the map reacts faster to changes in scale. I don't like its filter as much as the one in AllStays, and it does not have as many extras. One additional advantage of the Ultimate Public Campground List is you can purchase a POI list that can be loaded into a GPS. My suggestion is to purchase both (if you use non commercial campgrounds) and experiment to see which you prefer. Both are inexpensive, and complement each other.
vermilye 08/22/16 07:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smallest TT with bath and room for 2 kids?

While it might be a bit tight for your requirements, I have an Escape 17B - the front table converts to a single bed & there is an option for an additional upper bunk in front (150 lb limit), & a 48" rear bed/dinette. Wet bath with shower, and many options available. The biggest current problem is there is a 14 month waiting list to purchase since they are made in Canada & the exchange rate is very favorable for US buyers. Loaded for a long trip it is at 3100/345 lbs - for 5 years & 77,000 miles I towed it with a RAV4.
vermilye 08/22/16 07:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Phone camping app

I use AllStay's Camp & RV most of the time & The Ultimate Campground List for non commercial locations. Both are available for Android & iOS, and both can be used at their websites for free. The each have filtering that lets you search for specifics.
vermilye 08/20/16 08:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: And this is the Microsoft you want to just

Win 10 is no longer called an OS, it is a service. You continually pay for a service. That is the direction they are leading the sheep. They did not update Win 7 computers to 10 for free because they wanted to reduce profits. Many of the programs are going to "monthly service" instead of buying the disk or download the program -- Adobe, for example. It forces the photo guys that use Photoshop to pay a monthly fee now, and if you stop paying, you lose the ability to process photos. I'm not positive about this statement, but I believe in order to use the program while processing, you have to remain on the 'cloud', which means online the entire time. IF that's true (and if it isn't now, it will get there eventually) then any photo guy with limited hotspot data plan (like myself) will eat that plan alive each month. We're on three PC's with Win7 on all - will never update to Win10 until that "warm place" freezes over. Letting MS into my PC whenever it wants, well, that ain't gonna happen. Period - at least not with me knowing it ... Adobe's Creative Cloud requires you go on line to the company once every 90 days. After being off line for more than 2 weeks, you get a message letting you know that it hasn't "talked" with your computer. It does not automatically update your software, but lets you know when updates are available, informs you what the update covers, and the size. The products operate off line with no problems. Although I have not tried going the full 90 days without contact, I used Dreamweaver, Photoshop & Lightroom as well as a number of their other cloud based products while not connected to the internet for weeks at a time. As to the subscription replacement for yearly updates, I have mixed opinions. I do like the updates & "fixes" that happen more often with the subscription service, and with the amount of Adobe software I use, don't spend more with the Creative Cloud than I did with annual updates of the past, but I have to admit I cringe at the thoughts of the service disappearing. I do keep copies of the last non subscription releases of all the software, but as the new features come along, going back would be tough.
vermilye 08/20/16 08:00am Technology Corner
RE: Favorite tire pressure gauge?

This is what I use. Mechanical dial with a good chuck & bleeder valve. Not the least expensive, but reliable, and the batteries & display don't die!
vermilye 08/19/16 07:53am Tech Issues
RE: Is Mt. Hood, Oregon worth a couple of days?

While in OR, consider going to the John Day Fossil Beds NP: Painted Hills Unit. https://www.nps.gov/joda/planyourvisit/ptd-hills-unit.htm When we went there, we only saw a handful of people and it is an amazing and scenic area. You can stay in Dayville at the Fish House Inn and RV Park although there are only 6 RV spots so make reservations. For an additional day trip, head north to the orchards to pick Rainier cherries or other summer fruits. Hang out at the John Day River or go into Fossil and dig for plant fossils at the high school for a small donation. Great place to unwind and relax as the speed of things are well under the speed limit ;) Not too far from the Fossil Beds National Monument (about 36 miles) in John Day is the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site. I visited there in 2014 - some photos. An interesting stop...
vermilye 08/17/16 11:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New to this. Best weather in winter??? Help?

I spent the last winter in Quartzsite. While I was in the LTVA with no hookups, there are many campgrounds in the area that have them. Very small town feel, great winter climate, and, although a little cooler than Yuma 90 miles to the southwest, an interesting area. A journal of the trip here. Two years before I stayed in state & county parks along the Colorado river. A journal of that trip here. While Florida is closer to my home in upstate NY, I have to admit I love the southwest. I keep planning to stay in Florida for the winter, but a few days putting up with the bugs & humidity, and I'm off to Arizona. I may try the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas this winter...
vermilye 08/17/16 08:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pulaski NY

The Salmon River runs through Pulaski. Depending on the time of year, you may be fishing elbow to elbow - the salmon run is usually in October. http://lakeshoreimages.com/images231/ASF_4665.jpg width=400 A few more photos. Earlier in the year the fish are still out in the lake - you pretty much need to use the charters to get to them. More info at The Yankee Angler.
vermilye 08/17/16 07:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: louisiana

I stayed at the KOC Campground in New Iberia, site 50. A photo of the site and some photos from Avery Island here.
vermilye 08/16/16 10:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Quartzsite LTVA

Try this one.
vermilye 08/16/16 08:03am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Portable gas can rant, and a really good solution

The "Jerry Can" which was originally introduced by the Germans prior to World War II is the best design out there. It is still available and is NATO approved. With a CARB approved spout it is also CARB compliant. The lever lock cap will not leak a drop. Here's a link to one source: http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/JC3009 http://www.roverparts.com/product/img/Icn/JC3009.jpg The spout I have is not one of the CARB approved ones so I don't know how well the CARB one functions. I carry a 2 1/2 gallon version of this and have been pleased with it. Keeping a separate nozzle & cap are a bit of a pain, but at least you can pour from it into small gas tanks...
vermilye 07/23/16 03:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Tablet, IPad, Notebook?

If you need a real keyboard with an iPad, you can use a bluetooth version - Some Examples.
vermilye 07/23/16 03:31pm Technology Corner
RE: AC (alt current) Waveforms and THD for gens and inverter

Thanks for this. Glad to see someone updating waveform information. Here is a couple more examples of waveforms for a couple devices: Observations on the quality of power produced by various backup devices
vermilye 07/21/16 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: Interstates safer than "Blue Highways?"TRIP UPDATE

While I depend pretty heavily on finding internet service (I post daily to a journal of my trips & maintain a RV related website, as well as keep up with many RV & photography forums) if I decided where to drive depending on cell service I would have skipped most of the best parts of the US & Canada. While the interstates and most US highways have cell service, you will find far more interesting scenery, attractions, and people by getting out into the "back country" on county roads.
vermilye 07/21/16 10:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstates safer than "Blue Highways?"TRIP UPDATE

Charles Kuralt said it best: "Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is possible to travel coast to coast and not see a thing." Actually, it was better said years before by John Steinbeck: "When we get these thruways across the whole country, as we will and must, it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing."
vermilye 07/20/16 08:40am Roads and Routes
RE: I-90 alternative thru New York

US 20 is OK, although lots of rolling hills. I usually cross upstate NY on NY 3 & NY 104. Definitely slower than I 90, but it is more interesting & ends up in Niagara Falls. Part of it is the Seaway Trail. 2 lane most of the way with the usual small towns along the way. You might want to loop around Rochester rather than drive through it.
vermilye 07/18/16 07:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Roof Top Solar connector part number needed

Getting back to the OP's original question - a good source for SAE connectors, including surface mount & connectors with #12 wire is SolarSeller.com. Up to you whether you use them or a better connector...
vermilye 07/18/16 07:32am Tech Issues
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