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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
Heading for Montana

Just started my annual trek to Montana to visit my cousin for 2 weeks and catch some fish (hopefully). This is my 11th year to ramble for several months and my 10th to Montana (went to Alaska one year). You're welcome to ride shotgun with me (virtually, of course) via my website (see below). I won't even send you a bill for the gas! :) Safe travels to all and have a fun 4th weekend. I personally hate holiday weekends when ramblin', since I have to stay in a campground for more than my usual one night. I get bored! :)
Ramblin' Ralph 06/30/16 01:45pm Truck Campers
RE: BaseCamp vs MapSource

As a long time user of Mapsource, I found Basecamp to be very confusing to use. However, I think the newer versions of Garmin GPS units will not interface with Mapsource, so you're forced to use Basecamp. I read in the stored waypoints from my new GPS with Basecamp, store them in a file, then open the file with Mapsource. YMMV.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/11/16 11:04am Technology Corner
What does "flashed" mean for an eBay mifi device?

I've used a Verizon 3G USB modem for years. Trying to reduce my monthly cost. Looking on eBay I see Mifi units that say they are "flashed". I know what flash memory is, but what does this refer to? Also, is this something that is "borderline" as far as legality? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 03/28/16 12:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Bilstein 4600 Shocks

Thanks for the input. I knew about the life time warranty. I bought them online. Therefore, not feasible to send them back for replacement. Not sure if "decreased performance" would even be covered. I'm going to email Bilstein and find out what is unique about the truck camper model before I order them. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 03/12/16 06:29pm Truck Campers
Bilstein 4600 Shocks

I'm replacing my Bilstein 4600 shocks, which have 100K miles on them. Last summer I found my camper rolling from side to side more, and dumping things on the floor. Since they worked really well initially, I'm sticking with them. I checked the Bilstein website for the proper part numbers. I see they have a rear shock specifically for trucks carrying a slide-in camper. I didn't use that model initially, just the standard one. Has anyone had experience with their "truck camper" rear shock? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 03/11/16 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Laptop doesn't 'see' GPS

Last year I started having the same problem with my Garmin 2557LMT. Emailed Garmin and got the usual boilerplate things to try. None worked. Found 2 ways to get it to work: a) Do a reset on the unit, which erases all waypoints but not the map. Problem eventually crops up again, though. b) Connect it just after rebooting my laptop, but before the boot is finished. I'm convinced something is wrong with the unit. I've almost filled the 1000 waypoints storage. Maybe this has something to do with? Probably will buy a new unit before I hit the road this summer. Won't buy a new Mac (or PC), though. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 03/07/16 09:51am Technology Corner
My campsite map now has almost 580 sites!

I travel about 6 months a year in my truck camper. Last spring I posted about a map I made for all my campsites for 9 years of ramblin' - 540 of them. Since then I've finished another 6 months of ramblin' and visited many new sites. My map is now up to almost 580 sites! Most are government campgrounds. (i.e. non-commercial). There are about 40 boondocking spots, too. This year I added GPS coordinates to the campground comments. This makes it easy to "cut & paste" from my map to Google maps for directions to the site. If you find any problems with the map or have suggestions for changes, please let me know. You can view the map here. If you live in the West, you've probably been in at least one of them. :) Ramblin' on,
Ramblin' Ralph 02/03/16 08:29pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Replacing 100w Solar Panel

I bought a 125w Kyocera 10 years ago from the same company and it's still cranking out the amps. BTW, paid $565 for it. I'm sure they are quite a bit cheaper now.
Ramblin' Ralph 02/01/16 10:21am Tech Issues
RE: A brief Poudre River excursion

Poudre Canyon is just beautiful! Been there twice in my 10 years of ramblin'. Was there last summer and stayed at Ansel Watrous (lower section) and Big Bend. A bit warmer when I was there. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 01/17/16 10:05am Truck Campers
RE: Camping and fishing next to Madison River

I go to MT every summer for a 2 week visit with my cousin. I've stayed at many USFS/BLM campgrounds around Ennis. Look at my map of everyplace I've camped here and zoom into the Ennis area. MT is beautiful. You'll love it. Sorry I can't give you any fishing tips, because I usually don't catch many w/o a guide. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 12/11/15 10:03am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: SPOT, DeLorme, or ?

I travel 6 months a year in my truck camper and my original Gen 1 SPOT has worked out great for me, for around 6 years. However, I would like to be able to send some text to explain my need for non-SOS assistance. I realize the newer units can send text if you have a smartphone, but I don't. Wasn't aware of the InReach. I'll have to check it out.
Ramblin' Ralph 12/11/15 09:52am Technology Corner
RE: Our Lance will be 20 years old in March........

I bought my 2001 Lance 845 in late 2005 from the first owner. Have put 95K+ miles on it, by traveling 6 months a year. Took it to the factory a couple of years ago for some wood rot repair between the walls. Fridge works great, but pilot does out sometimes when driving. For some reason, sometimes won't start right back up, either. Have to wait an hour or so. I love it!! However, I doubt I'll live long enough to have it for 20 years. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 11/21/15 09:22am Truck Campers
RE: Make video of my travel route?

Yes, Animaps would do what I want. I was actually looking at the site when you posted. I had used the term "animated" when I googled, this time. :) I'll have to see how time consuming it is to get the track to follow a road. It appears to handle GPS GPX files and I save those regularly. Those show my exact track on roads. Having a picture pop up at certain points was something I wanted and it has it! Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 11/17/15 08:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Make video of my travel route?

I want to make it myself and it would be a map with an animated track that grows and crawls around the map. If it turns out well, assuming it even happens, I'd post it on YouTube and link it to my site. Tried googling and I can't seem to find the right terms. :) Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 11/17/15 07:28pm Technology Corner
Make video of my travel route?

I keep a good website of my summer travels that includes a map of all campsites. I'd like to make a video of the approximate route between these sites. I'd prefer not to have a "straight line" route, but one that follows hwys/roads. The route line "tip" would move across the map between sites at a speed I select. I have a spreadsheet with the GPS coordinates of all sites in order. Anyone done this or have suggestions? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 11/17/15 05:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Cleaning holding tanks?

OK, OK I get the message. This time I'll just flush my tanks once after I dump them and then let my rig sit for 6 months. It will save me some effort, which at my age is important. Then, on my next therapist appointment, I'll ask her what childhood event might have caused me to have the "must clean holding tanks" urge. :B
Ramblin' Ralph 11/06/15 01:02pm Tech Issues
Cleaning holding tanks?

I travel 6 months in my truck camper. I like to give my holding tanks a good cleaning before leaving my TC on its jacks until next year. Previously, after dumping, I've filled them with water and added laundry detergent, bleach, and sometimes water softener. I then drive around for normal daily things a couple of days before dumping. This year I'm thinking about using Simple Green vs. the detergent. Think there is any advantage to SG? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 11/05/15 12:25pm Tech Issues
RE: TCM calendar voting is on!

Whazoo just click on the right of the open picture and it will load the next. Thanks for the tip. That's much easier! :) I think TCM must have added that after the current contest started. Don't remember seeing the "Next" a few months back.
Ramblin' Ralph 10/31/15 06:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Anybody ever connect an external battery?

Like DJ, I mounted a 2nd battery in front of the driver's side wheelwell. I used heavy duty connectors to wire it to the DC distribution panel under my sink. The original and 2nd battery are run through a marine type "1-2-All" switch. Works great! :) http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos/2ndBattery.jpg http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos/Battery1.jpg
Ramblin' Ralph 10/26/15 11:55am Truck Campers
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