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RE: Start looking for a boondocking site: eclipse (Aug 21 2017)

I found a great boondocking spot in ID just a few miles outside the 100% zone. Didn't get totally dark, but more like dusk. Definitely got cooler. Someone else here had a small telescope projecting the image on paper. This picture is a few minutes before the max point. http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/IMG_2354s.JPG
Ramblin' Ralph 08/22/17 09:28am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sheep Invasion!

Is that a black sheep in the second picture? Yes, there was a black one in the group. I forgot to sing "Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?" when I saw it, though. :B path1: Great story. Goes to show "on the job training" is what counts. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 08/13/17 10:17am Truck Campers
RE: Sheep Invasion!

Thanks time2roll! I corrected the problem with photos not displaying.
Ramblin' Ralph 08/12/17 02:29pm Truck Campers
Sheep Invasion!

I was recently camped in a nice USFS campground N of Ketchum, ID. I looked out my back window and saw hundreds of sheep moving into the meadow behind me! One of the most bizarre happenings in my many years of ramblin'. :) Edit: Thanks time2roll! I corrected the problem with photos not displaying! Need %20 for space characters. http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVAug17%20%20116.JPG width=640 http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVAug17%20%20119.JPG width=640
Ramblin' Ralph 08/12/17 11:45am Truck Campers
RE: My map of 615 campsites I've been in

Thanks for the last 3 thumbs up! Makes me glad I do it. As I travel solo, it gives me something to do at my campsite at night. :) Ramblin' on,
Ramblin' Ralph 08/05/17 02:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Just released my first YouTube video

Thanks for the additional comments and following my ramblin'. I'll try "intermittent Ken Burns" and mix in other transition types on the next one. It was just easier to stick with one type on my first try. :) Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 07/22/17 11:45am Truck Campers
RE: Just released my first YouTube video

Thanks for the comments! My daughter made the same one about photo captions. At that point, I was ready to stop fussing with it and release it, though. :) I also thought about song credits at the end, but same reason for them not being there. Thanks for watching and your input. Will include your suggestions in any future videos. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 07/21/17 12:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Any TC-er's traveling to observe Total Eclipse 2017?

I'm due at my cousin's in Dillon, MT the next day. The path crosses I15 S of him and N of Idaho Falls,ID. I plan to be on I15 as close to the 100% point as possible. Hope I can find a spot to pull over. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 07/21/17 12:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Bad wind noise from truck door

Well, the electrical tape on the door seemed to help just a bit. So I bought some 3/16" thick rubber weatherstrip at an auto parts store. Put it over the tape. Result? Didn't notice any improvement. If the "leak" was in that area, surely the 3/16" rubber would have shown noticeable improvement. So, tomorrow I'll try tape over the side of the windshield (per previous post) and report what happens. If no improvement, then I guess I'll buy a new truck. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 07/19/17 09:46pm Tech Issues
Just released my first YouTube video

For the last 11 years I've traveled all over the West in my TC for 5 to 6 months a year. I keep a good website that has a lot of pictures. Last winter I got the belated idea to make a YouTube video slideshow of some of the pictures. I started with one for my 2016 travels. It's finally done. It's a bit less than 16 minutes long. Of course with YouTube you can pause it and come back later, or stop it on a picture you want to look at longer. I plan on doing a 2nd one later for my 2012 Alaska trip, that has loads of beautiful pictures. If you subscribe to my channel, you'll get automatic notification from YouTube when it's released. Since I won't be working on it while I'm ramblin' this year, however, the release probably won't be until early 2018. View the video here or go directly to my channel (with only one video for now) here. This is my first attempt at something like this. Your suggestions for improvement are welcome. Thanks for watching,
Ramblin' Ralph 07/19/17 09:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Bad wind noise from truck door

Thanks for all the tips! I tried the "dollar bill" one and found that about a 6" part of the door has much less resistance than the rest. It's around the area that curves downward from horizontal to a slant. I put a couple of layers of black electrical tape in two places on the door where I thought it would be contacting the rubber seals. Definitely increased the resistance of the bill. Will be driving to a new campground today and will report back the results when I have a Net connection.
Ramblin' Ralph 07/18/17 12:11pm Tech Issues
Bad wind noise from truck door

Had my 2006 GMC 2500HD over 11 years. Have been sporadic times when wind noise from driver's door was very bad over about 50 mph. Could eliminate most of it by wiping door edge and rubber strip with rag. Now can't do it, and it's driving me nuts. Loud enough that it might be bad for my already lousy hearing, too. I think I know what caused it. Was pulled over to the side of the highway with my driver's door open and a gust of wind (from a passing semi) slammed the door forward hard. Maybe enough to affect the sealing of the door. Any suggestions on a fix other than taking it into a dealer? I'm on my annual trip to Montana and can't put up with the noise until I get back home in the fall. Also, I wonder if a collision repair place might be better at fixing it than a dealer? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 07/17/17 01:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Western Montana fishing and NF campground reccomendations?

I go to Western Montana every year to visit my cousin and fish. Done a lot of camping in that part of the state. Check out my multi-year campsite map here for some ideas. Click on the markers for campground descriptions. Have fun and fish on,
Ramblin' Ralph 06/26/17 08:40am Truck Campers
RE: Williams AZ -- Kaibab Lake or Cataract Lake NF

I stayed at Kaibab Lake in Sept 2014. Here are my comments from my blog: Nice CG with 73 paved sites in 2 separate areas, The smaller area is by the lake, while the other is higher up the hill. There is also a group area. Plenty of pines for some shade. Lake very low. Convenient to Grand Canyon, about 55 mi N. Eateries and stores only about 5 mi away in Williams. $20. For a couple of pictures see my 2014 blog here and scroll down to the date 9/15/14.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/25/17 08:48am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Testing for propane leak?

Thanks for the tip, but the leak is not at the tank end of the hose. It's at the other end that has a 1/4" brass/bronze fitting.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/10/17 10:19am Tech Issues
RE: Testing for propane leak?

Thanks for the tips. I used soapy water and got a bubbling where the hose from the tank connects to the internal piping system, within the propane tank compartment. Tried to tighten the fitting, but it didn't appear to move. Still get the bubble. Going to get a longer wrench and try again. If that doesn't work, I'll get a new hose. I've been leaving the tank compartment door open at my campsites and haven't smelled any propane inside since then. Conclusion: Not a biological problem. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 06/09/17 01:51pm Tech Issues
Testing for propane leak?

While sleeping in my truck camper last night, I smelled what I'm pretty sure was propane odor. No propane alarm sounded and my detector is only a couple of years old. So I got up at 3 a.m. (yawn) and turned off the tank. This morning no propane smell in same spot. Turned tank back on. No smell 5 hours later. Is there some way I could do a pressure check on the propane lines, or is that an RV service tech type of job? The smell was very localized. When I moved to the other side of my bed, it didn't occur there. When I smelled it, I was on the passenger side with my head near where the propane tank and fridge compartments are. Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 06/07/17 03:08pm Tech Issues
Three Lances in a Row

Went to a small bluegrass festival near me last weekend to start Ramblin' 2017. Parked my rig and went to listen to the music. When I came back, 2 other Lances had parked on either side of me. Looks like a dealer lot. :) http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVMay17 6.JPG
Ramblin' Ralph 05/15/17 04:28pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: Snowshoeing in the Eastern Sierra

Beautiful photos of my favorite part of California! Way more snow than when I'm normally there. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 05/10/17 09:47am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Remote controlled rear view camera installed

Thanks for the 2 thumbs up and marker light tip. I hardly ever drive at night with my camper on, so shouldn't be a problem.
Ramblin' Ralph 05/05/17 01:08pm Truck Campers
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