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RE: Idaho Falls Area Camping Suggestions

I've done a lot of camping in W Montana and parts of Idaho. Check out my 615 campsites map in my signature for some potential spots. The nearest I've camped to Atomic City, ID is about 60 miles away to the W. Been in lots of sites on the way to and around Glacier. Thanks for serving!! :)
Ramblin' Ralph 02/22/17 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse - any tips

I camped in the Steens Mtn area, near Frenchglen, in 2013. BLM campground at the base is at 4100'. Camped at another in the mountains at 7600'. Keep driving higher and you get to 9500'. Path of totality is about 120 mi N, though.
Ramblin' Ralph 02/19/17 02:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Unlimited 3g verizon mifi help

I just called to add $5, and instead of provideing me account balance and payment options it directs me to a customer service que. Anyone else having this happen? Have 4510L. Just called and got the option to make a payment. Last renewed on Jan 18, which was after the Dec 29 "cutoff" date message when I renewed the last 2 times. Unit is still working and when I called today it said my expiration date was 2/23. I wonder if they are changing the renewal method in some sort of sequence (unit type, activation date, etc.) rather than all at once?
Ramblin' Ralph 01/26/17 05:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Little RV in the Wilderness: "Long Shots" of Isolation

Not boondocking, but almost the same. Nobody else in this BLM campground near Jordan Valley, OR. http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos/RVAug11 044.jpg height=480 width=640
Ramblin' Ralph 01/12/17 04:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Lance 3000 8-6 Leaky Tanks!

I too had a problem with my fridge knob "socket" breaking. Bought new ones and after a while had the same problem. Me thinks they don't make them very strong. :) You might want to buy more than one.
Ramblin' Ralph 01/12/17 09:19am Truck Campers
RE: How many Ham checkins next 24 hours

W6IGG in Los Osos, CA. Ex K5EJQ in Arkansas.
Ramblin' Ralph 01/11/17 09:14am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited 3g verizon mifi help

I've added funds after my due date, and my MiFi still works as before.I noticed a couple of months ago that the 888 phone renewal now says you have 90 days after expiration to pay w/o losing your phone number. Don't think I'll try it, though. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 01/03/17 10:10am Technology Corner
RE: Adding second battery, need bulkhead connector for cables?

I added a 2nd battery to my 845 and placed it in the truck bed, like you plan. Used an Anderson connector and ran the cable out the camper where the standard Lance cable is. Under the sink I connected the 2nd battery wires to a 4 position 1-2-Both-Off switch. Has worked great. http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos/Battery1.jpg
Ramblin' Ralph 12/18/16 09:23am Truck Campers
RE: Unlimited 3g verizon mifi help

On a disturbing note, a new message has appeared: "As of December 29 My Verizon services will no longer be accessible for your device".I'm not due to renew, but called the number anyway. Didn't get the message you did. I'm using a 4510L purchased from someone other than the "problem vendor" mentioned here. Verizon seems to change their messages frequently. Hopefully yours was a temporary error. I have wondered, however, when VZ will can this "special plan".
Ramblin' Ralph 12/10/16 11:42am Technology Corner
RE: Passed the 100K mile mark in my TC

Which camp area do you most remember? I love N.E. California for the quiet remote places and the smell of the pines.That's a hard one, since I've been to so many places. This year I think my favorite area was Hwy 20 in N Washington. Goes through N Cascades NP. Nice scenery and plenty of USFS and NPS campgrounds. I drove it from I5 in W WA to Newport, WA on the E edge of WA. Took it also back in 2009 and glad I did it again. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 12/04/16 08:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Passed the 100K mile mark in my TC

Thanks for your comments. I can't take credit for the 1st pic. My daughter camped with me a few days and took it when hiking. I would have never made it there. :) Thanks for the correction on the location of Mesa Falls. I changed the pic title. It is close to Montana, though. :) Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 12/04/16 06:32pm Truck Campers
Passed the 100K mile mark in my TC

I've been ramblin' about 6 months a year in my TC for eleven years now. Finally passed the 100K mile mark. Ended up the year with about 107K on the camper and 158K on the truck. Had another near trouble free session of travel this year. Did have a fridge problem, but solved it by blowing compressed air into the burner. My route this year was CA,OR,WA,ID,MT,UT,AZ and back to CA. Had my usual 2 week visit with my cousin in Dillon, MT. Fishing was mostly lousy, even worse than last year. Low snowfall means the local rivers are low and warm when I arrive in mid August. Therefore, Fish & Game puts restrictions on many rivers, for the health of the fish. Attended four bluegrass music festivals in CA(2), WA and AZ. Saw much beautiful scenery, as usual. That's my main reason to ramble. I was able to add almost 40 new campsites to my multiyear map (see signature). Now up to about 615. Maybe you can find a new place from it. Below are a few pics from this year. Check out my website (see signature) for a complete recap of the year and many more pics. If my old body and GMC are still running next May, I'll be ramblin' again. :) Merry Christmas to all. Eastern Sierra Mountains in California http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVJune16%20146.JPG Mount Rainier in Washington http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVJuly16%20143.JPG On The Road in Idaho http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVJuly16%20301.JPG Mesa Falls in Idaho http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVAug16%20160.JPG Colorado River in N Arizona http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVSept16%20116.JPG Near Barstow, California http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos4/RVSept16%20144.JPG
Ramblin' Ralph 12/04/16 04:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Unlimited 3g verizon mifi help

mine is expired and i have to get it re-activated thru somebody or buy another one The Verizon phone prompts now say that you have 90 days after your payment is due to pay and restart service. They didn't say that 6 months ago. Maybe that's for "standard" pay-per-month accounts, though, and not our "special" plan.
Ramblin' Ralph 11/28/16 09:33am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited 3g verizon mifi help

I have a 6620L from that website everyone was using 6 months ago. My 6 months are up today and I went to add $5.00 and Verizon says I don't have service with them . .. If I'm thinking of the same website, it's now charging $10/mo. I wonder if that's why Verizon doesn't recognize your phone number? BTW, other vendors are still saying $5/mo. :h Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 11/22/16 09:54am Technology Corner
RE: Unlimited 3g verizon mifi help

Regarding resetting a MiFi device: I bought a 4510L MiFi from an eBay dealer (not the one mentioned here) last April to use during my Western States travel. When in Montana I had a similar problem to the OP - good signal, but no Net connection. Here is what the dealer told me to do and it worked: If it is a 4510 device, turn on device, remove battery cover, insert pin in reset hole for approx 12 seconds. I've used the device in 7 states and in only about 4 towns has it not worked (probably non Verizon towers).
Ramblin' Ralph 11/11/16 09:08am Technology Corner
RE: Fridge stopped working

Hope you tipped him. While he was doing it, I said I'd pay. When done, went back inside and he said "how does $25 sound?". I gladly paid it. Of course, at that point I didn't know if it fixed my problem, but at least there was a good possibility. Now it's a fact. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 08/03/16 09:08am Tech Issues
RE: Fridge stopped working

Update: Stopped by an RV repair place. They said next appointment was 2 weeks. That didn't surprise me and I told them I'm traveling and can't wait. As I was starting my truck, the guy I talked to came out and told me to back up to the service bay. He got out an air hose and gave the insides of my fridge compartment a good cleaning, including the burner assembly. The "pilot" lit right back up OK (which previously has been "iffy"). Five hours later the freezer was cold enough to have frozen a bit of water in a small ziploc bag. Lower part getting cool. Moral to the story. Clean my fridge burner with compressed air before I take off each year. Tech also told me my intermittent problems getting the "pilot" to light could have been due to the dirt. Re no pilot in my model: I see now that it really is the burner that causes the indicator on my fridge panel to move to the middle. Thanks for all the suggestions. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 08/02/16 08:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Fridge stopped working

Thanks for the replies: 1) Not sure if the burner came on, since I'm not sure what it looks like. If it's a couple of inches long with slots in it, then there was a very small flame. 2) Thermostat is usually on 1+. Had it on 3 overnight w/o any cooling.
Ramblin' Ralph 08/02/16 12:25pm Tech Issues
Fridge stopped working

Opened my TC fridge yesterday and all the frost in freezer had melted and drained to the bottom. Pilot light was out. Restarted pilot light, but fridge didn't get cold overnight. Didn't try it on a/c or battery. Unit is a Dometic RM2453, which has worked great the last 10 years, even being on about 6 months a year. Going to stop by a RV place near McCall, ID today, but not holding out any hope for a quick repair (or even a diagnosis). Will probably end up buying a cooler and putting only essentials in it until I get to my cousin's in MT for a couple of weeks stay. Any suggestions on finding the problem myself? Thanks
Ramblin' Ralph 08/02/16 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: Heading for Montana

Thanks for the good wishes! Creating a book of my adventures would be too much like a 4 letter word beginning with "W". :) Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 07/01/16 12:30pm Truck Campers
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