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RE: People who pull with a 1/2 ton

While I'm sure you will find those that insist on at least a 3/4 ton, I somehow managed to tow a trailer weighing 3010 & 345 lb tongue with a 2010 V6 & Tow Package RAV4 Sport rated at 3500/350, 70,000 miles, including the east & west mountains, a trip to Alaska, etc. While I now tow with a 2016 Tacoma, and have to admit it is a better tow vehicle, the RAV4 was never felt unsafe, never had sway problems, and only joined the semis in the right lane on major passes in the west.
vermilye 04/24/17 04:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Moki Dugway

The Dugway is wide enough to be comfortable with an RV, however the two times I drove it without the trailer it was washboarded enough that I'm glad I left it behind. By the way, if you do get to the top of the Dugway, be sure to take the Muley Point Road to the end. Another often washboarded road, but the view at the end is wonderful.
vermilye 04/22/17 08:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling to Washington & Oregon, what to see & do??

If you are into waterfalls, the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge has a number of them besides Multnomah Falls. A drive along Historic OR 30 has lots of them. Some Photos. Another Oregon road filled with waterfalls is OR 138 between Glide & Dimond Lake. I like to stay at the Susan Creek Campground (dry camping, but hot showers) along OR 138 as a place to leave the trailer while visiting the falls. Some Photos.
vermilye 04/18/17 10:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: East coast camping

If you like waterfalls, check out my favorite state park - Ricketts Glen in eastern Pennsylvania. A lake, 2 campgrounds, both dry camping, but bathrooms with showers, and 21 waterfalls along a 7 mile hike. Some Photos
vermilye 04/14/17 09:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which UTAH State & National Parks Should Not Be Missed

I agree with the others that suggest choosing a few nearby parks to visit so you can spend less time driving between them & more time in the parks. If it is any help deciding, I've made up a couple of pages with pictures & information about some of the state & national parks: Some State & National Parks Have a great trip!
vermilye 04/13/17 09:43am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: What makes a Snowbird?

I've been heading to the LTVA's in Arizona & California for the last couple of years - ever since the last February I spent in upstate NY when I had to shovel my roof!
vermilye 04/10/17 09:52am Snowbirds
RE: Reavis Ranch, Superstition Mtns.

Lost Dutchman has some dry sites, and some overflow sites. But this summer you can easily make reservations for next winter.I stayed in site 127 in the overflow section last March, dry camping, but a great view of the mountains out my back window: http://lakeshoreimages.com/images585/_JRV6311.jpg width=640 More Photos
vermilye 04/10/17 09:46am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Electrical

How can I run a electrical wire from the 30 amp plug which I can adapt down to a 125 amp plug, I need something then will go to my shed and then how do I hook int The only place I've ever seen a plug approaching 125 amps was on a Theater Lighting patch panel.. And I'm not sure they had one over 100 amps. Or did you mean adapt from a TT-30 Plug to a standard 15 or 15/20 amp wall outlet? Adapters sold at all RV places, Wal-Mart, and some hardware and other stores.. that's the easy way. Also get it from Amazon, or E-bay but for stuff like this Wal*mart and you have it when you walk out of the store. They do make them, although once they get over 60 amps or so they get expensive. Here is a 400 amp / 600 volt connector Connector
vermilye 04/10/17 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Question for anyone who uses a Verizon MiFi 6620L

I can't help with the Verizon MiFi 6620L, but their AC791L Jetpack (made by Netgear) has a pair of antenna ports. As to the Sleek - be sure you have one designed for your carrier. Wilson went through a number of designs for them, including carrier specific models, one with a switch to go between carriers, etc. While the wrong one may boost some 3G connections, you need the correct model for 4G. I have a Sleek with the switch, and it does provide a strong boost for Verizon (with the switch up, the position for the Verizon network). I've connected my WirEng Boat Antenna directly to the jetpack and had far less gain.
vermilye 04/08/17 08:53am Technology Corner
RE: Which Campground Will You Never Go Back To

My favorite "Train & Campground" story is a visit to the Trail of Tears State Park in Missouri (The Mississippi River campground). I was in site 7, and noticed shiny railroad tracks just behind the site, and a crossing just a short ways down from the site. I asked the host if the trains were a problem & he said no. Then he mentioned that he just took out his hearing aids before going to bed! Only a couple of trains at night, but boy those horns were loud! By the way, it was also one of the few campgrounds I've been in that had GFCIs on the 30 amp receptacles.
vermilye 04/07/17 10:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: $1 cheapie LEDs bought in 2012 still holding up

My warm white $1.00 direct from China panel LEDs are still going strong. There are some differences with the more expensive LEDs other than just mark up. Some add voltage regulation (usually listed with an operating range such as 10 - 30 volts rather than 12V). Of course, that can be a problem - many of the voltage regulation designs create RFI, which can produce a buzz in radios & even blank out weak TV stations. Another add on is a bridge rectifier so polarity isn't required. The biggest problem I've had with direct from China LEDs is getting more of the same lamp on a later order. Since most of the sellers purchase a batch & sell them until gone, the new batch may (and usually is) different. If you want all the LEDs to match, you better buy all of them (and a few spares) on the same order.
vermilye 04/07/17 10:33am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone using gadgets for leveling?

Since i have a single axle trailer, I started out using a combination of the Andersen Leveler and the Hopkins Lighted Level. The "bubble" turns red (from the LED in the level) when level, and can be seen from the driver's seat. It worked great, but it was too easy to forget to turn off the level light & end up killing the battery. After using it for awhile, I found that I could use the truck's mirrors to watch the belly band on the trailer to tell when it was level & haven't fired up the Hopkins in years.
vermilye 04/07/17 10:14am Technology Corner
RE: World Backup Day today -- how are you saving your stuff?

I use multiple hard disks as well as Apple's Time Machine. I store many photographs, and sometimes have been asked for images that are 5- 6 years old, so Bill's idea of not being concerned about them just won't work for me. For example, National Geographic asked for a 5 year old photo of a Canada Goose. I would have hated to not have a copy, and would have been out of a fair amount of $... I back up to a pair of hard disks, and when they are near full, transfer the data to a pair of larger drives, and put the old ones on a shelf (one of which is kept off site). I'm currently backing up to a pair of 4TB drives.
vermilye 04/07/17 09:46am Technology Corner
RE: Road closed for Winter

There's Winter & then there is winter. Here is a photo of the Going to the Sun road at Glacier National park on July 13, 2011, the day the road open. http://lakeshoreimages.com/images127/ASD_4764.jpg width=640
vermilye 04/03/17 02:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: New to Boondocking near Quartzsite/BLM

While Quartzsite isn't for everyone, many of us enjoy spending the winter there. The January "Big Tent" RV show is a trip... As to showers, the Main Street Laundromat has showers (they provide a towel, washcloth, soap & shampoo) for $7.00. I believe the Quartzsite Loves & Pilots have showers as well.
vermilye 03/29/17 04:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Through upstate NY to Maine

Following the Seaway Trail along Lake Ontario is an interesting way to cross NY. There are many state parks along the trail, many on the lake that are good overnight stops. One of my favorites is a bit south of the trail, but well worth a stop - Letchworth State Park. Three beautiful waterfalls; the park is often sited as NY's finest. If you take the Seaway Trail, wave as you pass through Oswego! US 11 is the fastest 2 lane across northern NY, but NY 3 through the Adirondacks is more interesting. A bit windy, but a pretty drive. As a side trip, the Adirondack Museum is worth a stop. Taking either US 11 or NY 3, you will pick up US 2 as you cross into Vermont. I've taken US 2 all the way to Lamoine State Park in Maine (just outside Acadia National Park). Lots of small towns & villages; you won't make great time like you would on the interstates, but it is a lot more enjoyable. For a different route back, I've taken US 20 across MA & NY. Again, lots of small hills & small towns, but more interesting than the MA Turnpike & NY Thruway, which parallels it.
vermilye 03/28/17 10:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Tillamook Cheese Factory What, say it ain't so!!

While I do like Tillamook Cheeses, and purchase them when in the west, for the best cheddar I've ever had, check out Colosse's 10 Year Old Cheddar. Not cheap, not always available, but wonderful!
vermilye 03/28/17 10:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mifi Antenna

I've had far better luck (and far more gain) using a Wilson Sleek (now WeBoost) cradle amplifier than when I plugged a roof mounted antenna directly into the Jetpack.
vermilye 03/27/17 09:10am Technology Corner
RE: Boondocking---sewer black and "gray"

Much depends on how easily you can pack the trailer for travel after setting up. In my case it only takes 10 minutes or so. Last winter I stayed in La Posa West LTVA in Quartzsite. With very careful management, I went 12 - 14 days before needing to dump and take on water at the station 3 miles away. While that worked fine for me, a neighbor had a plastic water bladder on the truck roof & a blue boy in the back of the pick up she filled with a macerator. While she didn't have to hook up the trailer & haul it to the dump station, it took her longer to dump & deal with transferring water to & from the bladder than it did for me to haul the trailer there & back.
vermilye 03/25/17 11:07am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Champion on propane

Shutting off the propane to stop was the way they were demoing it at Quartzsite...
vermilye 03/20/17 08:42am Tech Issues
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