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RE: Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Actually, I think you can take a big rig up 180 to Azalea -- we have seen them there. The highway to Grant Grove is fine, and the interior roads at the campground are pretty good. But I would not recommend a big rig at Dorst or Lodgepole, and not in the Cedar Grove area, either.
profdant139 04/19/14 10:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds on the way to the Grand Canyon

How far do you want to go on your first day? There are lots of fantastic campgrounds in the Bishop area. South of Lone Pine, the pickings get kind of slim (and hot, too).
profdant139 04/18/14 11:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Leaving your rig while boondocking

The other thing we have done in a campground is to put our generator in a big translucent plastic box, with old towels all around it. The box is prominently labelled "dirty laundry" and it goes under the trailer, along with our other boxes of wood blocks and sewer equipment. Hopefully, if the thieves are (1) fastidious, (2) literate, and (3) gullible, they will be repelled by the thought of touching our laundry. Or maybe they will just dissolve in helpless laughter at our feeble trick, and they will be too weak to pick up the heavy generator. Either way, it works.
profdant139 04/18/14 11:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking south & east of Mono Lake: sandy? buggy?

Gary, I am not as worried about the bugs inside the trailer -- it's outside that is the problem! We are hoping to view the meteor shower and to sit outside for several hours during the late evening, without head nets. And Don, we are going to carefully scout the forest roads before pulling off the pavement with the trailer -- pumice can be a real "trailer trap!"
profdant139 04/18/14 10:54am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Orange County CA to Zion Ponderosa UT

If you have bikes, bring them to Zion -- you can ride up and down the whole canyon with no cars, and the buses are very courteous. It is like riding in an Imax movie: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KhYCsK4wUY4/UvcJTF9Rp2I/AAAAAAAAJ-U/l1uPrSeZs8k/s1600/2006+04+15+watchman+per+lightroom.jpg height=400 width=600
profdant139 04/18/14 07:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Complete Newbie Seeking Guidance

Looking back on it, we did not enjoy traveling with infants -- lots of extra work for the parents. But that is a matter of personal choice. On the other hand, don't do what we did -- we waited till the kids were grown and gone to start trailering. Bad mistake -- lots of missed opportunities. Do it as soon as you can afford it and as soon as the kids are just old enough, especially if you live in Northern Calif. That is camping heaven.
profdant139 04/18/14 07:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Leaving your rig while boondocking

Campground thefts are far more common than in the boonies -- thieves go toward the low hanging fruit, not to where the pickings are slim! And even then, it depends on where the campground is. We were in rural Oregon once, and we were locking our generator to the trailer tongue. Someone walked by and said, "I can't see your license plate, but I will bet you are from California!" (Where I live, anything not locked will take a walk.) Once in a while, if we are boondocking near a city, we will lock the hitch with one of those gorilla attachments. Bottom line -- after hundreds of days of boondocking, we have never lost anything.
profdant139 04/18/14 07:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Fresh water AND grey water combined?

Dewey is right -- if you find after a while that the tank is not big enough, you can always buy one of those bladders. You know what they say -- bladder late than never. ;)
profdant139 04/17/14 12:54pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Fresh water AND grey water combined?

If the OP really means mixing fresh and gray, remind me not to accept a dinner invitation from him! (Lou -- we know what you meant -- we are just having fun. ;) )
profdant139 04/16/14 05:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: water pump silencing kits - do they work

The small accumulator does more than just quiet the pump. The pump runs for a shorter period of time and does not turn on and off as frequently. This saves electricity and wear and tear on the pump. I think it also uses somewhat less water when you turn the faucet on really low. (Every so often, check the air pressure in the accumulator.)
profdant139 04/15/14 10:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Winches: update -- problem solved, thanks to you!

The link is on the DIY forum, and it worked for me and some other folks. Here it is again -- and Dear Moderator, if you need to delete this post due to the rules on double posts, please do so -- no hard feelings: Multidirectional Winch Mount
profdant139 04/14/14 06:00pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Multidirectional Winch Mount on Spare Drawbar

Govertime, the load is very small -- the trailer weighs 2500 lb, and it is rolling up a smooth gentle slope. Peg Leg, I am amazed that an 8000 lb winch could pull down a tree! You must have had the strap attached way up at the top of the trunk to develop leverage?
profdant139 04/14/14 03:38pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Winches: update -- problem solved, thanks to you!

Update -- thanks to many of you and your great suggestions, we solved the problem -- I have just posted a link over on the DIY forum. (I am not posting the link here, because there are rules against double posts.)
profdant139 04/14/14 10:14am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Multidirectional Winch Mount on Spare Drawbar

We had to solve a tricky problem -- pulling our little trailer up onto our short driveway at a 45 degree angle into a tight space, with no way to pull it up with the truck hitch. After a lot of trial and error, we solved that problem by mounting the winch to the back of the truck and running the cable to a pulley mounted into the driveway with a drop-in bolt. The pulley guides the trailer into place. But while we were solving that problem, we stumbled across another solution to a problem we haven't had yet -- how to realign the winch when we can't get the truck into perfect position? I developed a winch mount that allows me to rotate the winch over a range of 180 degrees, so that I can "point" the winch in three different directions. The workmanship is not beautiful, but the whole assembly is very strong -- here is a blog post with several pictures: Multidirectional Winch Mount on Spare Drawbar
profdant139 04/14/14 10:10am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Gray water: tenters dump it, so why can't I?

The best solution would be to rig up a diverter, so that we could turn a handle and flush the toilet with gray water or else just dump the gray into the black tank. Probably too expensive and too tricky. Second best solution (very low tech!) is just to open the gray water valve, put some gray water into a bucket, climb back up into the trailer, and dump the bucket into the toilet.
profdant139 04/13/14 12:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Commode question

The other trick is that if you do put paper into the toilet, you bunch it up and place it into the center of the toilet. If you let it drop on the side of the toilet, it will stick. Then wash your hands. ;)
profdant139 04/13/14 10:06am Travel Trailers
RE: How Roadworthy is my rig?

Those are two lucky girls you've got there! You probably already know this, but you are about two hours away from this: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1jH-MzN-XHk/Uqn67NHq-0I/AAAAAAAAJtQ/aMpW3W78vWs/s640/peter+lougheed+sunrise+sept+12+2012.jpg height=400 width=600 That's Peter Lougheed Provincial Park on a September morning. An easy drive from Calgary -- wide roads, not winding, not too steep at all. Camping heaven!
profdant139 04/13/14 03:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocking south & east of Mono Lake: sandy? buggy?

Jefe, I also tried one of the Harbor Fright compressors, and it burned out the second time I used it -- thank goodness I had a high capacity manual bike pump! No kidding -- it really worked, albeit very slowly. And we are planning to test out our new winch setup this afternoon. Having said all of that, there is no way I am going out to the far places you TC folks go. Even if I do not get stuck, it takes me much longer -- you bounce along at 30 or 40, and we crawl at 10 or 15 mph. The suspension on the trailer is just not designed for rock hopping or washboard surfing -- the impact on the components is magnified at higher speeds. Without being too precise, roughly where in Western Nevada are you going? We are looking for fallback options in case the Eastern Sierra is cloudy. I thought about the Toquima area, north of Tonopah -- a long drive, but very dark skies.
profdant139 04/12/14 10:27am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Big aurora tonight and Saturday?

Wow!! Judging by how sharp the stars are in the background, I am guessing that this exposure was at 10 seconds or so -- and judging by the lack of electronic noise, I am guessing an ISO of less than 1600 -- maybe 800? And the trees in the foreground are in perfect focus, so an f stop of at least 4? How do you get these amazing shots? And isn't that Cassiopeia in the top right, behind the top of the aurora?
profdant139 04/12/14 08:05am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Big aurora tonight and Saturday?

The forecast is higher than usual tonight and Saturday -- probably because of all of the solar flare activity. Man, do I wish I could just drop everything and head North!!
profdant139 04/11/14 08:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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