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RE: Slabs and other sorrows

Such as the "Mesa" in Arizona A place with less amenities than the slab Question..isn't 'Mesa' in New Mexico? I haven't been there but have seen vids of the area. The one thing I didn't see were communities of people. Clusters. The video gave the impression of people occupying their piece of land with no connection to the others, other than the roads. Is that accurate? Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/21/14 01:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Slabs and other sorrows

Gary, my definition of illegals would be those that entered this country illegally and yet are catered to at the expense of the legal citizens such as myself. Clear? I hope the Slabs survive long enough for me to get there for a visit. I am hoping you do go, Bucky. I was there for 5 weeks, this time 4 years ago. Yes, over Christmas, and have returned twice more for visits. Although I am quite certain there are 'illegals' to be found, they are not plentiful. They would likely not be welcomed, either. Although many of the actual Slab people are homeless and dirt poor, they hold many of the American values in high regard. I am not counting snow-birding RV'rs as Slabbers...we are simply visitors to another land. And the Slabs will always be there, whether in the Imperial Valley of Ca. or somewhere else, the people that have nothing, will find each other, set up some semblance of a community and survive. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/21/14 09:28am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Slabs and other sorrows

Phil, things are changing over in Slab-land. There is a move afoot to arrange for ownership of the land itself. The folks that reside there have had conversations with the state about that, and are moving forward. The Salvation Mountain is already owned by that same 'Foundation'. There is some resistance to the lease-purchase plans, some people are not trusting of the Committee that is heading the move, but they seem to have few choices. If they don't take control of the ground, they stand too find that ownership has been awarded by the state to a power company, or mining outfit...or whomever. Then they'd have to move. The people that have lived on the Slabs have never been given reason to feel that they are unwanted or trespassing. The cops are thru there often and Border folks and the military. State has never suggested that they should move..until they began making noises about selling the land, so the Slab folks took matters into their own hands. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/20/14 07:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Slabs and other sorrows

This is America. Someone will figure it out. Supposedly the CA BOE pension fund owns the land, petition them. Tell them the illegals need the water to survive and then everything will be fine again. Read quick, this may get poofed :). Illegals? Or do you mean the Vets? The old people? The kids? The artists? The engineers? The Seals have a resting place in there...you mean those illegals? Or were you referring to the hundreds of RVrs that roll into and thru the Slabs between now and March of next year? Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/20/14 09:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Slabs and other sorrows

Naw..no one that lives there is going to be driven off. Fresh, free water will be found and the Rest Area was mostly used by the itinerant RV crowd, not by Slabbers themselves. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/19/14 03:36pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: winter dry camping - hygiene?

As mockturtle has said...personal wipes. And a large jug of water from the store for coffee and tooth brushing washing of the odd thing. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/16/14 07:45am General RVing Issues
Go ahead...be jealous

Just a little something to gaze at and wish that you too had a Triple E. http://youtu.be/vLi4LOThs-g?list=UUXPs5aJ1G6M6U-7lq2PHsCQ Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/09/14 06:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: E350 ignition coils

For what it's might be worth...when mine went out, I was a day away from home, I was in touch with the mechanic here at home and he said..."drive it till the sound changes and no further, because that is when it is getting over heated and then can melt the spark plug right into the cylinder". So..I got about 2 hours out of it before it went from one kind of noise to an OMG kind of racket. That was when I stopped and called BCAA for a to into Kamloops. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/06/14 09:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Even the pros have their moments!

Probably over weight...that or shoddy tires... Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/05/14 05:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: E350 ignition coils

I had a coil go out on me this past spring. Had it replaced, although before that there was the mis-diagnosis. I digress. Later, I discussed with a Ford dealer, changing them all out and I was advised that considering the cost, here in Canada, in a shop, make that about $1,500. V-10, 10 coils at about $90.00 a pop plus install, to not do it. I have subsequently purchased a scanner from O'Rielly and one extra coil at a mid-range US pricing. The scanner will tell me if it is a coil, if there is a next time, not something other...like a fuel pump, for instance. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 12/04/14 10:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Driving in Canada

It has been mentioned in this thread but I think it's worth saying it again in view of the comments..'if it's okay where you live, it's okay in other places too'...and I think that is accurate, however...for those that double tow, in BC, for certain, that is NOT allowed. And yes, there are those souls that have gotten a goodly number of miles into the province only to get pulled over and forced to drop one of the towes and make other arrangements. You can double tow in Alberta. http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/Content/docType41/Production/recvehtowguide.pdf Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/25/14 10:17am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Heat in coach when driving?

pnichols...Propane fill-ups are no issue to those traveling anywhere in BC or Alberta, Yukon, Alaska. You may find a small town/village that doesn't have a propane fuel point, but you are going to be going thru major (major to us) centres. Everyone up here has a propane consumer, starting with bbq's, campers, trailer, motorhomes, hot water tanks..believe when I say...getting propane is not an issue. And you are only going to be fueling what...twice? in your trip north. As for touristy bucks...at the rate that our loonie is falling in comparison to the yankee greenback, we'll need to be paying you to come. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/24/14 06:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Heat in coach when driving?

Hi Jillhop, My solution to winter class C heating is to run the dash heat on defrost, and run the roof air conditioner on the fan only setting. Doing so requires medium size pure sine wave inverter. As a bonus I get to run my fridge on 120 volts. 1000 watts may be more than enough. I have an outlet in the shore power cord box that is powered by the inverter. I simply plug in the cord, turn off the converter, then turn on the inverter. Bestconverters has the Prowatt line from Xantrex which costs $355.00 for a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter. I did replace the return air grill for the furnace with a dual window fan. That pushes a small amount of air through the duct work and keeps the fresh water system from freezing up. And I thought you were just a pretty face, Don. Good ideas!! Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/23/14 07:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: SALUTE! to our Northern Neighbours

here ya go.... http://youtu.be/mHSaHRd4Q48 Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/23/14 09:11am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: And they want me to shop locally....

....I am just off the phone to the local RV dealer/robber...$240.00 for new.... Be careful how quickly you blame the local dealer. I was looking for a replacement car alarm system a few months back. Doing a self-install. Amazon wanted $110 for the system. The dealer wanted over $200. I told the dealer I would prefer to work with him, even if he is a few dollars more. His wholesale buy price was $135 - $25 MORE than Amazon's retail. He simply couldn't pay the wholesale, add a reasonable profit, and even come close to being competitive. My point: It may not be the local dealer causing the price difference. -Eric Yup yup..you are making an astute observation. They ALL have their hand in the cookie jar, not just the last one in the line. And I too, would much rather buy locally and support my community and shops but when the counter price is waaaay over what is available in other places, one cannot just turn a blind eye to it. As an aside...the very operators that are wanting me to shop in their store, are seen buying their snacks, bottled drinks, at the sort-of local-cheap food place, not the local food place...for the very same reason I shop outside. It's cheaper and they get to sell it with their mark-up. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/21/14 10:16am General RVing Issues
Are you kidding?

I haven't seen any horror stories from RV.Net members out in the eastern US, mainly Buffalo. C'mon, eh.... Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/20/14 07:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Language barriers?

The French language is an interesting and important part of the culture and history of my country. It's an expensive nuisance in mine - but I seldom hear it in the Yukon or anywhere else, and I won't be going to Quebec. Why would you not want to got o Quebec? I don't understand. You love to travel. You have given many tours. So, to just say no..??? Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/19/14 07:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Alaskan memories for Christmas?

Has a couple choices...moosies and dawgs... http://adnstore.com/ Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/19/14 01:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Heat in coach when driving?

One thing I've seen with some OEMs is provisions for a rear heater, using the coolant system from the engine. This might be ideal for when on the road. Combine this with a secondary alternator, and one can completely shut off the propane subsystem, but keep the fridge, water heater, and heat going. No kidding? Really? Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/17/14 10:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Heat in coach when driving?

Anyway...I's recommend a person check this out. Gary Haupt http://www.discountvantruck.com/rvvanrearairconditioners/rvvanheaters.htm http://store.hamiltonmarine.com/browse.cfm/bus-heaters/2,1195.html Heater hose assemblies for rear heat can be bought from RockAuto for about $25 per hose (or about $100 from Ford). The rear blower connector is in the driver side B-pillar, and Ford sells pigtails to connect aftermarket units, and the switch panel can simply be pulled from a wrecked passenger van. Many many thanks for posting this info, Bryan. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 11/16/14 07:28pm Class C Motorhomes
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