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RE: Glacier National Park

If you visit the west side of Glacier, be sure to drive out to the Polebridge Mercantile for a sticky bun or cinnamon roll. A great bakery!
vermilye 02/05/16 10:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I'm getting tired of El Nino.

Well, I guess I've now had both extremes. Two years ago it was the "best weather ever" for the Quartzsite/Parker area, and this year I've been told it is the worst, although it is finally warming up here in the "Q". In either case, it is much nicer than upstate NY winters! I don't know about that one. Spent Christmas in the Motorhome on the Tug Hill Plateau. (just outside of Pulaski)Tomorrow it's suppose to be in the high 50's in the Finger Lakes. I, for one, kind of enjoy the El Nino. :) Yea, I suppose I should add "MOST upstate NY winters"! My son in Oswego is laughing at me...
vermilye 02/02/16 10:52am Snowbirds
RE: Cellular phone Coverage

It would be helpful if those describing coverage include how far off major roads they get. Many cell companies only provide a narrow band of coverage along interstates & some major US & state highways, as well as large cities, but fail to cover secondary roads, and, of course, boondocking areas. Over the last 5 years of hauling my trailer 75,000 miles around the US, carrying both a Verizon hotspot & AT&T phone, the Verizon service has been superior. AT&T has improved remarkably over the last 2 years, and has better service in Alaska, but if I was going to go with one carrier, it would be Verizon. They are far more often the only carrier present once you get off the main roads & out of the cities.
vermilye 02/02/16 10:21am Technology Corner
RE: NY Finger Lakes CG's

If you go to Letchworth (and I suggest you do), be sure to take the fairly long drive (but short walks) to the three waterfalls at the other end of the park from the campgrounds. Some photos from a couple of trips here.
vermilye 02/01/16 10:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nevada?

Another vote for Valley of Fire State Park. There are two campgrounds, one primitive & the other with bathrooms (with showers), some sites with electric & water (which fill up quickly). Some photos from a couple of my visits here.
vermilye 02/01/16 10:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I'm getting tired of El Nino.

Well, I guess I've now had both extremes. Two years ago it was the "best weather ever" for the Quartzsite/Parker area, and this year I've been told it is the worst, although it is finally warming up here in the "Q". In either case, it is much nicer than upstate NY winters!
vermilye 01/31/16 10:30am Snowbirds
RE: finding rv parks and rv resorts

Our favorite resource is The Ultimate Public Campground Project. It focuses on just one thing, public camping locations and nothing else. As a result of that focus, it has thousands of locations that other all-purpose sites and apps do not include - over 28,000 in US (including Alaska) and Canada. Although it doesn't include commercial locations, many of its listings are for full-service public campgrounds. WxToad Another vote for the Ultimate Campground List. While I also use AllStays, which has a filter that lets you search for public campgrounds, the Ultimate Campground List includes many campgrounds that AllStays misses.
vermilye 01/26/16 10:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Charge voltage while running furnace

Two amps? TWO AMPS! Give me the name of that furnace manufacturer please. My FLASHLIGHT draws more than two amps! The Atwood Everest Star 7920 draws 1.8 amps. As does the Atwood 8012II
vermilye 01/26/16 10:06am Tech Issues
RE: Best Lightweight TT for '07 4Runner?

Here is another vote for a lightweight fiberglass "egg". I have towed an Escape 17B over 75,000 miles over the last 5 years with a RAV4 (V6 & Tow Package). The 17B weighs 3010 lbs packed for a cross country trip. Your 4 Runner would be fine with either their 17' or 19'; I know some have towed the 21' with one. That said, all three have wet baths, which some do not like. Since most of the fiberglass "egg" factories don't use dealers, but sell direct, the best way to see one is at a rally. Check the rally page at Fiberglass RV for the next one near you. Most of the manufacturers keep lists of individuals that are willing to show their trailers, so contacting the manufacturer is another way to see a particular trailer. And, thank your husband (and you) for his service!
vermilye 01/25/16 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Bucket List for Out West National Parks

Don't pass up some of the most interesting places in Utah. - their state parks. Kodachrome Basin, Dead Horse Point, and Goblin Valley to name a few.
vermilye 01/24/16 06:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reservation blues!

There can be "stress" going with OR without reservations. While you may sometimes have to choose a different campground because the one you planned on was full when traveling without reservations, there is just as much stress having to pass up something interesting so you can get to the campground you have reserved for the night. I can't tell you how many festivals, park concerts, and other surprises I've discovered while traveling that kept me in an area longer than expected. I've spent almost 800 nights in the trailer over the last 4 1/2 years, most 1 to 3 night stays. I rarely make reservations - special parks (such as Teklanika Campground in Denali National Park) or holiday weekends are about the only time I make them. If I'm concerned about a location, I'll call campgrounds in the morning to check if sites are available, and sometimes make a reservation for that night if they are close to full. I've been doing this for many years, and have never had to stay in a Walmart, etc. I do stop for the day by 2:00; if you plan to arrive at a campground late in the day or at night, going without reservations is going to be a bit more difficult. I have had to stay in a commercial campground rather than a state park on the coast of Oregon during the middle of the summer, but often first come sites are available, even after the "Campground Full" signs go up.
vermilye 01/19/16 10:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Portable Solar Solution?

I'm also in the "Q" (been here since November) and have both rooftop panels (1 - 95 watt & 1 - 100 watt) as well as a Solar Blvd 160 watt folding portable feeding a pair of 6V, 232 amp hour batteries. With all three panels, I have been able to keep up throughout the winter without a generator. Typically use 35 - 40 amp hours per day, more if I use the toaster of make a pot of coffee. The advantage of the portable (not necessary here in Quartzsite) is I can park the trailer in the shade, and put the portable out in the sun. If I'm not lazy, turning it a couple of times in the day will provide even more amps...
vermilye 01/19/16 10:33am Tech Issues
RE: Quartzsite ?

Having not stayed there before, and not being familiar with the area just what been reading: If staying at the 14 day free BLM lands south of La Posa, is there a charge for using the dump and filling water at La Posa, and if so how much for each? You need to get at least a 14 day permit to use the dumpsters, dump station & water fill stations at the LTVAs. That said, there is a water fill & dump station in town that is available for a fee. Also if one has a paid 14 day or 180 day LTVA pass, is there a charge and if so how much again for dump and water at La Posa. No charge to use the facilities if you have either pass. Also just curious as Imperial Dam has caught our eye, is there a dump/water fill there and again charge or included in your 180 day/14 day paid pass? Imperial Dam has a dump station, water fill & dumpsters (they even have a bathroom with flush toilets & outdoor showers). The same LTVA passes are good at both Imperial Dam & La Posa in Quartzsite as well as a few other locations in CA & AZ. Thanks to those in the know :)
vermilye 01/16/16 05:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Quartzsite ?

For those interested, it is currently (10:22AM) 46°F today, expecting to get to the low 60's to low 70's over the next few days, was down to 34°F last night, and partly cloudy skies today. No rain predicted until the 27th. La Posa West (the LTVA closest to the "Big Tent") is pretty crowded, including a couple of idiots that have parked in some of the roads (I have to admit, many of the roads are poorly defined, but one Phaeton owner is dumb as a rock). Traffic along Kuhen St (the road along I 10 on the south side & main road through the show area) is the usual stop & go traffic with no parking spaces. A photo of the inside of the Big Tent this morning: http://lakeshoreimages.com/images487/_DSC6739.jpg width=600
vermilye 01/16/16 10:31am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: AT&T Brings Back Unlimited Data Plan

The 22GB throttling limit AT&T shows for their new "Unlimited" service explains why they went from 3GB to 22GB before throttling on my iPhone grandfathered unlimited data service. They did raise the price by $5.00 per month - I'm now paying $35.00.
vermilye 01/13/16 09:57am Technology Corner
RE: Favorite Florida State Park

2X on Manatee Springs...
vermilye 01/12/16 11:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Park status sound off.

Obviously I can't count sites here at the LTVAs in Quartzsite, but with the "Big Tent" show opening next week there is still lots of space here in La Posa West (the closest area to the show). It has been a cool & somewhat wet Winter so far...
vermilye 01/12/16 10:58am Snowbirds
RE: Online tax filing

Another vote for Free Tax USA.
vermilye 01/09/16 11:08am Snowbirds
RE: 2 12 volt batterys or 2 6 volt

What will a 1000 watt inverter run? Not a hair dryer, toaster, micro. ... Wondering about that. Our new hair dryer has a low power setting that uses ~670W. Haven't tried it yet with our 1000W PSW inverter, but hopefully it works without blowing that expensive 75A DC fuse. It would definitely be preferable to turning on the furnace and kneeling on the floor next to a vent, or turning on propane range and roasting my head over it (covering the flame with a cooky sheet). I imagine the batteries will have to be well charged though, as I still only have 220AH in 2x6V GCs. The voltage drop could be substantial. Once we get our tongue weight limitations fixed, I aim to replace those batts with a set of 4, doubling the AHs. Haven't decided on 6V or 12Vs yet, but will avoid AGMs as we're hard on batts. What with no generator, but 700W solar, they can be undercharged for days at a time when the weather/season is off. Like/need to equalize them asap afterwards. (Sadly, LiFePO4 is still too expensive for us). Good, true deep cycle, flooded 12Vs might be the best replacements as our inverter usage seems to be increasing. Might even get a 2000W inverter some day! I have a Xantrex PROwatt SW 1000 sine wave inverter wired with 6' of #0 wire (through a 150 amp fuse) to a pair of Interstate GC2-XHD 6V, 232 amp hour batteries charged by 355 watts of solar panels (usually skip the portable panel & only 195 watts during the high angle sun during the summer). For breakfast, I can make 5 cups of coffee with a 600 watt drip coffee maker & toast an english muffin after drawing down the batteries by 25 amp hours overnight. I may get a couple of alarm beeps from the inverter towards the end of the coffee brewing (a 65 amp draw & about the same for the toaster) & about 10 amp hours draw for both, but the batteries will be back to 12.5 - 12.6V after the coffee is done. During the summer the batteries are back to full by early afternoon, by evening in winter. While I agree that a pair of 12V batteries with the same amp hour ratings as the 6V batteries would make the inverter happier, the 6V system works, and is less expensive.
vermilye 01/02/16 11:23am Tech Issues
RE: Where to go in SW to avoid winter winds?

While one can generally rely on the Southwest for being warmer than the Northeast, this year is different. I've been at Quartzsite since November 17th, and there have only been 3 nights that were warmer here than back home in upstate NY. As to wind, there are always going to be windy days in the Southwest. While most of the time here has been fairly calm, a couple of days ago there was so much dust in the air you couldn't see the mountains surrounding the "Q". Still, that was only one day out of the last 44...
vermilye 01/01/16 11:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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