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RE: Garmin Nuvi 2557LMT problems with Win7

Thanks for your input. I have both USB3 and USB2 ports on my laptop. My Nuvi did work (sporadically) on USB3 at one time, but now doesn't work on either. Will be at my cousin's in about a week, so I'll try connecting my Nuvi to his computer. Doesn't do much good to store waypoints but not be able to get them into my computer mapping program. :M Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 08/09/15 09:51am Technology Corner
Garmin Nuvi 2557LMT problems with Win7

When I travel, I store each campsite in my GPS. Last year I traveled with my 2557 and an XP laptop. No problem connecting to my 2557 and reading the updated waypoints daily. This year I have a Win7 64 bit Pro laptop. I initially found that it wouldn't recognize the GPS unless I rebooted the laptop then connected the GPS. Now I reboot 2 or 3 times and it still doesn't recognize the GPS. @#$%^&*!! The GPS display shows the "USB screen", but the laptop doesn't show the GPS as a connected "portable device". I emailed Garmin support and they sent me the usual boilerplate "check this, check that" reply. Nothing fixed the problem. This a.m. I downloaded the latest USB drivers from the Garmin site, but still have the problem. Anybody else using a Garmin 2557 (or similar) with Win7? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 08/07/15 09:56am Technology Corner
RE: Attaching Solar Panel to Roof of 98 Lance

I put a solar panel on my 2001 Lance. I emailed Lance and they sent a drawing that showed where the framing was underneath the aluminum roof. I made sure I positioned the panel so that at least some of the screws went into the framing. Don't remember what type of screws I used, but it's stayed on for over 90K miles of travel! :) Look at the "Camper Add-Ons" part of my website and you'll see where the panel is located.
Ramblin' Ralph 08/02/15 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: A Camper Window with a View 3

USFS Stillwater campground on Lake Granby, Colorado. No trees, but great view! http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos3/RVJuly15%20524_sml.JPG
Ramblin' Ralph 07/30/15 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: A Camper Window with a View 3

Ralph, that area looks very green and lush -- it looks like Idaho escaped the western drought! All I know is the lake was full and it rained a bit both days. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 07/13/15 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: A Camper Window with a View 3

USFS Lake Cleveland campground at 8K ft. South of Burney, ID. http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos3/RVJuly15%20174.jpg
Ramblin' Ralph 07/12/15 02:54pm Truck Campers
RE: A Camper Window with a View 3

USFS Thomas Canyon campground in the Lamoille Canyon of the Ruby Mountains, SE of Elko, NV. Beautiful area!! http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos3/RVJuly15%2089_sml.JPG
Ramblin' Ralph 07/09/15 02:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Tips for NW Colorado camping?

Many thanks for the tips. I'll check 'em out. :) I went thru Colorado in 2008 and visited some of the places mentioned. The beetle kill around Rocky Mtn NP was very bad, even back then. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 07/06/15 10:00am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Tips for NW Colorado camping?

I'm on my annual trip to visit my cousin in SW Montana. I want to explore some of NW Colorado on the way (even though it's out of the way). I plan on entering via US40 from Vernal, UT and go thru Craig and Steamboat then exit via hwy 125 into WY. Will also go S of US40 on sidetrips. I'm in a 2WD truck camper. Any tips for govt type campgrounds or boondocking? Fishing tips also appreciated. BTW, I know about uscampgrounds.info. Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 07/05/15 09:16am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A map of my 540 campsites for the last 9 years

cool!!! only one question On the boondocking one that I saw, I can't really tell "how to get there" ? maybe I'm looking at it wrong....? Unfortunately, there is no "how to get there" on my map, like on uscampgrounds.info . :( You would need to use the GPS coordinates with Google maps and then select "Directions". The last paragraph of text explains how to get the GPS coordinates for any point. If you have trouble doing this, let me know the date of the campsite and I'll post the GPS coordinates.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/14/15 08:58pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip report: boondocking in Sequoia in rain -- it was fun!

Ralph, we saw three in a week -- very unusual. Maybe it's the drought driving them into the moist meadows, looking for roots to munch on??I was wondering if it was drought related, too. Sounds very possible.
Ramblin' Ralph 06/03/15 09:05am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip report: boondocking in Sequoia in rain -- it was fun!

Just spent a week in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP. Exact opposite of OP's weather. Always sunny and daytime temps of around 85 in the canyon (4500 ft) and 70-75 at 6500 ft. Lows were usually around 45-50, but was 38 last night. Saw 5 bear in Round Meadow, near Giant Forest, at the same time! I rarely see even one in all my summer travels. http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos3/RVMay15%2050.JPG
Ramblin' Ralph 06/02/15 12:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A Camper Window with a View 3

Sunset campground in Kings Canyon National Park, CA: http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos3/RVMay15%20126.JPG Here's what it looks like from behind the rocks: http://www.hogtimemusic.com/nomad/photos3/RVMay15%20124.JPG
Ramblin' Ralph 06/01/15 02:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Windows 7 System Restore Error

Thanks for the tips. In looking for solutions, I already noticed an AV could be the problem. The last time I tried, I did disable Bit Defender (free ver) and System Restore still failed. I also have Malwarebytes (free ver) installed, but I think that only scans when I request it to. Will do some more investigation and hope I find a solution.
Ramblin' Ralph 05/20/15 01:16pm Technology Corner
RE: A different area to explore.

I've done a lot of camping in my TC on the East side of the Sierras, but less on the West side. For some ideas, check out the CA part of a map of all my campsites around the Western U.S. for the past 9 years. It's posted in this forum here .
Ramblin' Ralph 05/20/15 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: Older Lance, anyone rebuild wing/tie down points?

I hope when I take pressure off the it stops sagging. In my case (as pictured above), the tie-down did not move back up when the turnbuckle was removed. Over a couple of years it just moved slightly lower and lower (if camper was loaded on truck).
Ramblin' Ralph 05/20/15 08:52am Truck Campers
Windows 7 System Restore Error

I started using a new Win7 laptop several months ago. Used System Restore successfully a couple of times. However, about a month ago I tried to use it and after bootup got "System Restore did not complete successfully. Could not access a file". Unfortunately, the file name wasn't given. Have installed a few programs since then but still get the same error when trying to backout the latest installed program. Seems unlikely the same file can't be accessed. The MS prescribed "fix" for this is either to go back to an earlier clone of the drive or reinstall Windows and ALL of my programs. The latter is a no-go. I could do the former from a backup drive, but hate to have to transfer all data that was added/changed since the old clone. I do have a "file-sync" program that might do this automatically. I hate to give up System Restore for the rest of the time I use this laptop. It comes in handy at times. Any suggestions? Thanks, Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 05/19/15 09:18pm Technology Corner
RE: A map of my 540 campsites for the last 9 years

PM me with your email address and I'll send you the spreadsheet CSV file. The map is based on the spreadsheet. I used the website http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/ to create the map. You could do the same with your file. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 05/19/15 08:57am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A map of my 540 campsites for the last 9 years

Thanks for the "thumbs up" on my map. I'll leave it up to others to post one with campsites in the Midwest and East. :) However, might get into the Dakotas this year. TBD.
Ramblin' Ralph 05/18/15 05:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Older Lance, anyone rebuild wing/tie down points?

I had a similar problem with the tie-down. Had Lance fix it and paid the big bucks. Here's what it looked like after the side panels were removed. Looks like only 2 large staples held the vertical post to the horizontal part! :E http://hogtimemusic.com/nomad/camperpics/dryrot2s.jpg
Ramblin' Ralph 05/18/15 09:55am Truck Campers
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