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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
RE: TC Magazine Calendar Photo Contest

I submitted a photo last Friday and rcvd a reply this morning. Take a look at http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/2016-calendar-contest-photos-part-2 and see if your photo is there.
Ramblin' Ralph 10/12/15 10:34am Truck Campers
RE: What's your longest TC trip?

I'm a month away from wrapping up my 10th year of traveling in my TC for about 6 months. A typical year is 9K to 10K miles, but when I went to Alaska it was about 12K. Total mileage when I get home will be about 97K. I typically camp in USFS (or similar) campgrounds, and usually camp about 120 nights a year (excluding "driveway camping"). My big trip for each year is to go to Montana and stay with my cousin for 2 weeks (camped in his driveway). That takes 3+ months. I probably average about 100 miles per day. A 200 mile day is a really long one for me. The rest of the 6 months I'm traveling in California and primarily visiting my kids and friends, but with some camping. At then end of 6 months I'm not burnt out from camping and traveling, but it is nice to have a bit more comfort. I travel solo and my TC is perfect for my needs. I would like to have a more comfortable place to sit and read, though.
Ramblin' Ralph 10/04/15 07:51pm Truck Campers
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
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