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RE: Heading to Allegheny National Forest

We used to go to Red Bridge every year and still get down to that area at least once a year. If you're heading south from NY and take Rt 219 be warned - from Rt 17 / I86 it's a rough road to the Pa line. And the town of Limestone is a speed trap, 40 MPH but it's so rough you don't want to go faster anyhow. If your route map tells you to take Rt 770 west off of Rt 219 it's a moderately steep road. I've driven further south on 219 and then west on Rt 59, it's a bit of a backtrack but not as steep. We hook up with Allegheny Outfitters in Warren, they shuttle us and our canoe to the Kinzua dam & we paddle the Allegheny river back to their livery in Warren. If you launch at a Pa State boat launch you need a $10 launch permit but since the Kinzua dam launch is Federal it's a moot point. And I need to look at my ANF map, there's a small unmarked launch area I believe is called Kinzua Bay. Oh, PFD's are required when paddling the reservoir. We got a gentle reminder from a Ranger once.
mbopp 04/19/18 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Broken stabilizer - am i expecting too much?

#2 & forget about billing them.
mbopp 04/19/18 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Monitor Panel Tank Levels?

"2/3" can happen pretty quick. My "calibration" of the sensors says I have 6 gallons left until the gray tanks back up after the "Full" light comes on.
mbopp 04/15/18 01:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: question about macerator use

No tank flusher will clean the toilet throat as will a tank wand down the toilet throat. ;) Agree!
mbopp 04/14/18 09:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Shower valve flow

There's also a restrictor plate in the shower head itself where the hose attaches.
mbopp 04/12/18 09:11am Tech Issues
RE: Question about campsite policies

PA State parks also have a "no alcohol" rule. But as others said, we don't get stupid about it and have never been hassled.
mbopp 04/10/18 07:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Beach Camping

On the Cape Cod National Seashore SC (Self Contained) RV's are only allowed to stay 3 days. This forces you to move & hopefully dump your tanks. BTW - no trailers.
mbopp 04/07/18 07:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: I Must Have Had a Senior Moment

Decades ago dad & my brother were out snowmobiling & stopped at a bar. They came out & dad put the key in his machine, started it, and was ready to drive off when my brother said "You know that's not your sled, right?"
mbopp 03/21/18 04:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Packing ez lube bearings

I repack my bearings every 2 years, and on the off years I give them a couple of shots of grease. But - 1) I use double lipped seals 2) the grease is the same as I use for manual repacking 3) I jack up the wheel and spin it as I add grease 4) I use a manual grease gun, not a pneumatic one. And while the wheel is jacked up I adjust the brakes.
mbopp 03/21/18 07:23am Tech Issues
RE: Who makes the lightest 50 amp bunkhouse trailer?

No matter what they get they'll be overloaded. Tundra's are light on payload already, now add the family & trailer and you're over.
mbopp 03/20/18 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Portable Macerator

I found if I let my Flojet run dry it slows down & will eventually blow the 20A fuse. It needs to be run wet.
mbopp 03/20/18 08:05am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: TPO versus EPDM

Grand Design uses an Alpha Systems TPO roof. BTW - there are very active Facebook pages for Grand Design & Grand Design Imagine owners.
mbopp 03/08/18 06:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is 20 amp service enough?

Heck, even the 30A receptacles can be worn & loose. I use a 50A to 30A adapter if I have a 50A service on the ped.
mbopp 03/05/18 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Major Charles Emerson Winchester III

Hawkeye - "How's it going Remington?"
mbopp 03/04/18 05:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: Adding an accumulator tank

There ought to be a way to use the hot water tank as the accumulator, but it would need some creative arrangements. But it already does if the air pocket is maintained at the top. The air pocket (at least on my RV water heater) is pretty small, and doesn't provide for a whole lot of accumulation. If, however, you use the entire tank for an accumulator--which of course precludes having hot water--it can indeed be quite effective and of a sizable capacity. I found that out, and in the process made myself rather befuddled before I figured it out, by wrongly resetting my bypass valves a year or so ago. After a week of dry camping the air pocket goes away & the TP valve starts to weep. The accumulator tank fixed that.
mbopp 03/04/18 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Where is best location for solar controller

I plan on doing #2 myself. Controller will be mounted in the pass-through. Our son works for a solar company so MP4 connectors & crimping won't be an issue.
mbopp 03/04/18 01:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Kayaking looks fun

Go to www.placidboatworks.com , the best of both worlds. OH! I do like the look and idea of that setup, best of both. Would definitely have to try it out first We've paddles a fair amount in the Adirondacks. Yes, I've checked Placid Boat Works out. Also look at Hornbeck canoes. Rumor has it there was an employee at Hornbeck who left & started selling his own version for much less, but I don't know the company name.
mbopp 03/04/18 10:06am Around the Campfire
RE: Portable solar

Won't work for me, the sites we like when dry camping are shaded. Then portable solar could be difficult to use as well. Permanent roof array will work all the time, as long as there is any direct or diffused sunlight, including time on the road. Places with plenty of shade and not enough sunny days are not optimal for solar, or require a lot of panel wattage. The plan is two 100W panels in series, 50-100' of 12ga cable, and a MPPT controller near the batteries. Calculated IR loss should be acceptable. This would get me to the sunny spots.
mbopp 03/04/18 10:00am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Portable solar

Folded, the panels would remain in the truck bed and could be removed for use whenever. I do have a Honda 2000i, which works just fine, but am looking for a quiet option. The quietest option - big solar on the roof. Mount and forget. But, if you need something to get you occupied - both in winter while making the hinged portable and on the camp while using it - this is a valid reason too. Won't work for me, the sites we like when dry camping are shaded.
mbopp 03/03/18 06:09pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Adding an accumulator tank

What working pressure is best for the tank to give the greatest benefit? 25PSI seems to be the sweet spot for me. When camping on city hookups I run it at 40PSI.
mbopp 03/03/18 07:52am Tech Issues
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