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RE: rPod vs. ?

Take a look at the Escape line up. I have their 17, which isn't any bigger than your rPod, but they make a 19', 21' & 21' 5th Wheel. While the 5th wheel might be pushing your truck, the 19 & 21 are doable. Love my 17B...
vermilye 03/01/15 01:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Forts visited or worth visiting

While I've visited a few forts, I'm far from an expert. Still here links to my journals that mention a few: Fort Ontario in my home town of Oswego, NY is at the mouth of the Oswego River & Lake Ontario. A good example of a "Star" shaped fort that is interesting to visit, particularly during a reenactment. French and Indian War 250th Commemoration Reenactment. Cove Fort in Millard County, UT near the I70 & I15 junction. An interesting stop, but be prepared to be "Mormonized" by the volunteers. Old Fort Williams, Ontario, Canada. Fortress of Louisbourg, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. Lots of volunteers, many buildings, we enjoyed it even on a rainy day. Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, AZ. Huge, not what I expected, but there are some museums on the post that are closed on weekends. Fort Walla Walla Museum, Walla Walla, WA.Another large "fort" with museum displays in many buildings.
vermilye 03/01/15 10:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fiberglass Molded Trailers and Outgassing?

I purchased my Escape new, and for the first couple of weeks it had a slight "fiberglass" smell, particularly if it was kept completely sealed. Running the Maxx fan, even on low removed the smell, and after a couple of weeks on the road, it was gone. Now that the trailer is 4 years old, even when sealed & stored for the winter there is no "smell" when opening it in the Spring.
vermilye 03/01/15 10:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Backup Camera on Travel Trailer

Since I travel solo, I use a wired rear view camera from Rear View Safety on my trailer. Great for backing up in a crowded gas station, and as a rear view mirror for those idiots that tailgate inside your standard mirrors, but not all that useful for backing into a space. It provides too wide a view to accurately gauge distances. I still prefer "getting out and looking".
vermilye 02/25/15 12:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where's everyone going this year?

Planning to leave upstate NY for Alaska in June, spend August in Colorado, hang out in the southwest until the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, then head for the Colorado River area in Arizona & California for the winter. After spending the better part of yesterday shoveling the roof of my house, I'm not planning on spending any more winters in snow country!
vermilye 02/23/15 08:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: did you add a fan to your refrigerator?

I added a fan to the back of my refrigerator and found it helped when the outside temperature was over 90°F. I have a side vented refrigerator, and the spacing behind the refrigerator is critical. I found the biggest improvement came from making changes in the air movement using this this PDF I found at the Bryant RV site. Adding some baffles to correct the spacing made great improvement - freezer is below 0°F until the outside temperature goes over 100°F - my ice cream is hard!
vermilye 02/23/15 08:15am Tech Issues
RE: Darkest sky Utah, Az, Nm???

"BTW ... did you happen to hike all the way around the base of DT while you were there?" Yes. Took a bunch of photos along the way - Devils Tower, 2011. The night time photo with the milky way was taken from the Joyner Ridge Trailhead in 2014. "Is that an electrical pedestal hiding behind your trailer? ...... " Yes. I was parked in the Host site at the entrance station/visitor center at Kodachrome.
vermilye 02/23/15 07:56am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Darkest sky Utah, Az, Nm???

I like taking nighttime photos on moonless nights. I keep a page of night time photos on my website. Here are a couple of examples: 2X on Kodachrome Basin State Park - I took these photo in 2013: http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images228/ASD_2718-Edit.jpg width=640 http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images177/ASD_2700.jpg width=640 A couple of other locations that I've found useful are Craters of the Moon National Monument in ID: http://lakeshoreimages.com/images121/ASD_3738.jpg width=640 Turquoise Lake in CO: http://lakeshoreimages.com/images214/ASF_3231.jpg width=640 and Devils Tower National Monument in WY: http://lakeshoreimages.com/images396/_DSC4749-Edit.jpg width=640
vermilye 02/22/15 12:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Best route from West Yellowstone to Glacier Nat park

If you like to hike, I also prefer the east side of Glacier, however I always take the trip to the west side of the park & drive to Polebridge to hit the Polebridge Mercantile for a cinnamon roll & sticky bun. Great food and an interesting place. (Take your toad). No reason not to do both - US 2 between the two sides of the park is OK for your motorhome.
vermilye 02/22/15 11:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Bryce/Zion with dogs...

To my knowledge, the only trail in Zion that allows dogs is the Pa'rus trail. At Bryce, they are allowed on the paved trails & the Rim Trail between Sunset & Sunrise Points.. Both require leashes... According to the Brice website, "The nearest kennel to Bryce Canyon is located in Panguitch, approximately 30 miles northwest. Contact for PawzDogz at 435-691-3696." The Doggy Dude Ranch in Rockville is listed as the closest to Zion. I haven't used either so no idea on the quality...
vermilye 02/22/15 10:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What am I missing in Grand Teton?

Here is the reason I love the view of the Tetons from Mormon Row: http://lakeshoreimages.com/images118/ASD_3244.jpg width=640
vermilye 02/21/15 10:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bullards Beach Oregon Coast

Unless the schedule changed with the elimination of "Discovery Days", mid April may still be "Winter" conditions, i.e. only "C" section open. I was there April 11 - 16th; not crowded and quiet.
vermilye 02/21/15 10:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anybody RV snowbird in So. Cal?

There is a wide range of campgrounds and costs, everything from thousands per month to places like the Imperial Dam BLM area where is is $180.00 for the entire winter. Without being specific about your ideas on Snowbirding, it is difficult to help with choices. In my case, I spent much of February at Imperial Dam, dry camping, and had a great time. Temperatures were in the 90's during some days, and high 40's at night.
vermilye 02/18/15 09:23am Snowbirds
RE: Fireworks in NYC or Boston?

I'd also vote for Boston, however it will be crowded. For a smaller, but excellent show, mounted by the Grucci family (one of the best fireworks presenters in the country), check out Oswego, NY's Harborfest. July 23 - 26 with the fireworks on Saturday night. It is usually an impressive 20 - 25 minute show choreographed to music. Some photos from the 2013 festival.
vermilye 02/18/15 09:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grant Teton - Yellowstone - Glacier

Don't make it too early Summer, at least for Glacier. In 2011, the Going to the Sun road didn't open until July 13th. That was the latest date in recent history, but if you want to drive the road (and you should, or, at least take one of the "red bus" tours) check that the road is open. Lots of great hiking, particularly on the East side of the park. For something fun & different, drive out to the Polebridge Mercantile on the West side of Glacier for a cinnamon bun or sticky roll. A great bakery out in the middle of nowhere! One stop between Yellowstone/the Tetons that I like to make is at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.
vermilye 02/18/15 08:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wifi hotspot

Are there any good ones that don't invove Verizon? We have Verizon cell phones and in many state parks reception is spotty or zero. Brazos bend State park used to have pretty good Verizon service, on our last visit, at the end of January, the reception was much worse, very spotty. At Garner State Park, Verizon has ZERO service. I have complained,but got zero response.One of our favorite parks, South Llano River State Park, has spotty reception at best. I've traveled all around the US, staying in state & national parks when ever possible, and found that Verizon has the best coverage. I carry an AT&T iPhone, and use a Verizon Hotspot. While I found a few locations (Eastern Maine, for example) where the AT&T coverage was better than Verizon, with few exceptions, the hotspot was more likely to find a signal. I do use a Wilson Sleek amplifier & external antenna for both, which will help in rural areas. There are always going to be "dead" areas, but I believe you will find more of them with any of the other carriers than Verizon.
vermilye 02/18/15 08:42am Technology Corner
RE: great times in our 13ft trailer

If you are getting a new trailer, I agree with those suggesting giving the old one a new home, whether it is to a friend, donation to charity, etc. Unless you are going to use it, letting it sit & slowly "fade into the sunset" is a waste. As to small trailers, I've been traveling in a 17' Escape over the last 4 years (56,000 miles) and had a wonderful time. A great way to see the country.
vermilye 02/18/15 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: utah trip

One addition to trailer traveler's excellent list of locations if you enjoy hiking to ruins - Fallen Roof Ruin on Cedar Mesa off UT 261 about 20 miles north of the Moki Dugway section (about 15 miles south of the intersection of UT 95 & UT 261) near Natural Bridges). http://lakeshoreimages.com/images377/_DSC2332.jpg width=640
vermilye 02/17/15 09:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV park on way to Glacier

I like the East side of Glacier Park. I have very little use for the west side. JMHO. But, the Polebridge Mercantile & their delicious sticky buns & cinnamon rolls are on the West side so you still need to do both!
vermilye 02/17/15 09:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lithium based batteries cycle v/s life

Another interesting report by users of Lithium batteries for 3.5 years is at the Technomadia website.
vermilye 02/17/15 09:03am Tech Issues
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