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RE: Quartzsite ?

I'm in the La Posa West LTVA area right now. Weather is cool; down to 33°F last night and only going into the high 50's, low 60's for the next couple of days. Still better than back home in upstate NY! While the LTVA's get crowded in January, right now there is all kinds of room in all 4 sections. If you purchase a LTVA pass, it is good for a number of areas in AZ & CA, including my favorite, Imperial Dam.
vermilye 11/27/15 01:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: meteor shower

I'm in Quartzite now, but will be heading to the Scamp Camp rally in Sedona for the 11th - 14th. No idea how the viewing will be, but I'll bet it is better at Quartzite!
vermilye 11/27/15 01:45pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Does Using SmartPhone as Hotspot Ruin Battery?

It depends on the specific device. I had a Pantech MHS291L that came with the Millenicom plan that would swell the battery until the back popped off (went through 2 batteries before I upgraded to a NetGear AC791L). I also had an iPhone 5 battery swell until it popped the face off of it. Apple replaced the phone for free even though it was well out of any coverage. In both cases, I left the devices plugged in all the time (obviously, not when carrying the phone).
vermilye 11/26/15 09:52am Technology Corner
RE: Small Trailer Recommendations

While rare because they stopped making them, Escape made a 13' & up to a bit more recently, a 15' fiberglass trailer. I've seen a few 15's come on the used market, but they are scooped up within hours...
vermilye 11/24/15 10:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Planning a trip to AK from Indiana

I go along with 2gypsies's recommendations. One additional useful item - stop at the visitor center in Dawson Creek (the "official" start of the Alaskan Highway) and ask for the campground & fuel stop list. It has fairly up to date mile by mile locations between Dawson Creek & Tok. Our 2015 Trip to Alaska.
vermilye 11/19/15 10:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Unusual or little known sights worth seeing

How about Red Rock Canyon State Park in California? http://lakeshoreimages.com/images334/ASH_3342.jpg width=640
vermilye 11/19/15 10:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Planning a trip to AK from Indiana

When I run Google maps I enter Canada at Portal then up 35 to 11 to Saskatoon then up 16 through Edmonton then up 43 to hwy 2 or Tupper Hwy to Dawson Creek, then up 97 to hwy 1 into Alaska which changes to hwy 2. Lots of driving through Canada but seems to be the straightest route. Anyone run this route lately?? We pretty much took that route last June (although CA 39 & 6 rather than 35 to Regina). Good 2 lane roads for the most part, with the usual caveats on watching for the warning flags indicating frost heaves as you get further north. Towing an Escape 17B & a Scamp 16, we were far from a "big rig", but I didn't see any problems for them & saw many along the way. Here's an index of our trip.
vermilye 11/15/15 02:18pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Bluetooth for car

I use a Garmin Nuvi 3580 & the Bluetooth works well with my phone. If you already have a navigation system or don't want one, switching receivers is probably the best option.
vermilye 11/15/15 02:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Washington State - Mt. Baker area

If you plan to stay in either of the forest service campgrounds (Douglas Fir or Silver Fir) on the Mt Baker Highway, be sure to make reservations. Both times I drove by (in June & July) they were filled. Last time I was there I stayed at Silver Lake County Park in Maple Falls, WA, about 35 miles from the ski area. Some sites have water & electric for $30.00 per night. There are couple of commercial campgrounds in Sumas, WA & a KOA in Lynden a bit further away.
vermilye 11/14/15 12:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Progressive Industries Electrical Management System

If you frequent 15 amp sites, you will find the remote useful for monitoring current. For example, I switch off my water heater before making coffee, etc. Saves going out in the rain to reset the pedestal breaker...
vermilye 11/14/15 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: Pennsylvania Spots?

Ricketts Glen SP in PA keeps one of their loops open all winter. Great hikes along 22 waterfalls.
vermilye 11/04/15 05:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Joshua Tree - Black Rock vs Indian Cove

Another vote for avoiding Black Rock, particularly site 11. Took me forever to level the trailer & felt like I was in someone's back yard. If you need it, the only advantage is it is one of the few campgrounds in the park with cell service. I also prefer Jumbo Rocks...
vermilye 11/02/15 01:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Vegas, What to see and do!

I'll second a visit to the Valley of Fire State Park. They have 2 campgrounds, one with some water & electric sites. Either driving or hiking, you will see some beautiful formations. Some photos from my 2011 Visit.
vermilye 11/02/15 01:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glacier National Park

If you visit the west side of the park, be sure to drive your toad or tow vehicle out to Polebridge Mercantile. Great Cinnamon Rolls & Sticky Buns.
vermilye 11/02/15 01:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cell phone camping apps.

I also recommend AllStays Camp & RV app. While AllStays filter can be set for non commercial campgrounds, The Ultimate Campground list covers non commercial campgrounds exclusively, and includes some that AllStays does not. A couple more that I use regularly - Gas Buddy Public Radio AccuWeather CardStar - stores your shopping cards & can be scanned at the register rather than a pile of plastic in your wallet. MyRadar Pandora iBirds Plus - a complete bird book with sound clips, photos, etc; the most expensive app I've purchased.
vermilye 10/30/15 09:10am Technology Corner
RE: Choosing my first trailer

Look at any of the fiberglas egg type campers, also. Casita, Scamp, Oliver, Bigfoot. I'd also add Escape Trailer Industries to the fiberglass trailer list. They make a 17', 19', 21' & a 21' 5th wheel. I've towed an Escape 17B almost 70,000 miles with a V6 RAV4 over the last 4 1/2 years with no structural problems. Only problem is unless you buy used, there is a over 1 year waiting list to purchase from the factory in Chilliwack, BC. The exchange rate on the Canadian dollar makes them a great deal.
vermilye 10/10/15 03:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Digital Photos--How do you organize them?

I use Adobe's Lightroom. While a very good image editor, it also organizes your images. You can search by almost any EXIF data, add keywords, show photo locations on a map (providing you recorded GPS data when taking the image), Along with the Library, Develop, and Map functions, it has a Book (Blurb) Slideshow, Print & Web page generator. I have over 100,000 images indexed, and can usually find what I'm looking for in seconds.
vermilye 10/09/15 12:59pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Increase Wifi Hot Spot Reception

Something to consider - the Yagi antenna will have to be aimed at the cell tower, while the lower gain vertical does not. If you go to the same location or set up for long stops, no problem, but if you stop at a different location each night, or want to use it while driving, the additional gain yagi may not be worth the trouble... While no longer available from Amazon, the BoatAnt has as much as 10db gain, is omnidirectional, and does not need a metal ground plane. I've used one for a year & prefer it over the Wilson Trucker antenna I replaced.
vermilye 10/06/15 08:18am Technology Corner
RE: Closed for winter quick info

If you have the AllStays Camp & RV app, it has a filter for "open all year".
vermilye 10/05/15 08:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: iOS 9

While it has been publicized on other Apple related sites, it might be worth adding here. OS9 has a setting called WiFi Assist (under settings / Cellular and scroll to the bottom.) This defaults to on, and will use your cell data to speed up poor WiFi connections. While useful, the overage it can cause could present surprises on your next data bill if you have a low MB allowance. It can be switched off...
vermilye 10/01/15 08:25am Technology Corner
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