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RE: Anyone use a trailer?

Green, that sounds very cool -- sort of an "RV in a bag!" How long does it take to set up and take down all that stuff? I am sure, by the way, that you could rig up a shower, complete with hot water -- I am pretty sure that Cabela's has a portable unit. Do you bring a cassette toilet? And to get back to the OP's question, a full size cargo trailer might be somewhat cumbersome, but I have seen small expedition trailers that can go anywhere that the tow vehicle can go -- high clearance, low center of gravity, very rugged.
profdant139 01/29/15 05:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Anyone use a trailer?

Or you could do it the other way around -- boondock in a small travel trailer and use the truck as a tow vehicle/cargo carrier. That's what we do -- and we boondock in some pretty remote and sketchy places. (If you have a little time, check out some of the boondocking entries in our blog -- the link is in my signature.) Having said that, I can't deny that a TC can go places that my trailer can't go. We park the trailer on the edge of too sketchy, and take day trips with the truck into the really difficult places.
profdant139 01/29/15 04:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sequoia and Yosimite campgrounds

From Dorst, it is an easy hike to Muir Grove -- not quite as easy in the winter, though: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g7u5QF-vSgQ/Uwkpoq2CKLI/AAAAAAAAKCk/YTAaS4IHAD0/s1600/2013+01+08+muir+grove+per+lightroom.jpg height=600 width=400 And no, this is not a trick shot -- those trees are really that big. DW is in the bottom center of the photo.
profdant139 01/29/15 01:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Northern CA and Southern Oregon Camping in April

Given how important tourism is to the California economy, I have often wondered why our park system is so badly under-funded. It seems short-sighted -- if you build it, they will come. The facilities are so run-down and crowded that the parks are driving away users, making California less desirable as a tourist destination. I wonder why things are so noticeably different (and better) in Oregon?? I can't explain the difference. Politically, the two states are fairly similar.
profdant139 01/28/15 03:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: This is pretty cool -- Camper Duaron

It's Brazilian. Very clever design!
profdant139 01/28/15 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Dealing With Unrest (tips)

I have no way of measuring the prevalence of violence in Mexico as compared to the US, so I won't comment. I do know that there are "no-go" areas in Los Angeles, where you do not drive at night in a nice vehicle. But once when I visited New Orleans (where I was unfamiliar with the neighborhoods), we took a bike ride, took a wrong turn, and ended up in a very bad area. We turned around and left. The problem whenever one is traveling (anywhere in the world) is that one does not know the territory and can just stumble into trouble. I am not sure how I would minimize that risk in Mexico. I speak Spanish fluently and used to travel freely. There are regions that I used to visit (such as much of Guerrero) that are now off-limits, according to the State Department. Would traveling in an escorted caravan minimize the risks? I assume the guides would be street-smart, right?
profdant139 01/27/15 03:53pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Cerritos Beach RV Park

Rob, the comment about Emiliano's as a shoe store chain was a feeble joke -- zapata, zapatos. It did not work, unfortunately.
profdant139 01/27/15 03:41pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: RV Parks with Woodshop/Workshop

I think Butterfield RV in Benson, Arizona, has a shop, but I don't know what sort of equipment they have.
profdant139 01/27/15 03:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Northern CA and Southern Oregon Camping in April

We have spent a lot of time in the Southern Oregon/Northern Calif redwoods area, and our favorite is Prairie Creek State Park -- this is on the James Irvine Trail on a foggy day, and these trees are about 300 feet tall: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UnNDpy-BIRk/Usxbi_et5FI/AAAAAAAAJ2c/CQ0SRNotQJc/s1600/mist+in+the+redwoods.jpg height=400 width=600 They're thick, too: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9XxR6l5nLZQ/UlN8yyXDjQI/AAAAAAAAJV8/1ab-9DgdbUQ/s640/IMGP0397.JPG height=400 width=600 There are several decent full hookup campgrounds nearby. We like Kamp Klamath because it is very rustic, but not everyone does -- see the mixed reviews on rvparkreviews.com.
profdant139 01/27/15 03:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which Way in California?

If you take 99, it is fast and dull. If you take 395, you have to stop and check out those mountains. This is what it looks like at sunrise (shot taken from 395): http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/TNiIH2U230I/AAAAAAAACWA/JFxuuu070Z4/s1600/2010+10+08.JPG height=300 width=400 And this is what it looks like around sundown (shot taken from a side road near 395): http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fNKXfWrjuyQ/Ustr_pddzgI/AAAAAAAAJ14/owxMtgQwyNQ/s1600/alpenglow+buttermilk+country.jpg height=400 width=600 If you sniff your computer screen, you might be able to smell the sagebrush in the foreground. ;)
profdant139 01/26/15 04:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Sequoia and Yosimite campgrounds

Azalea Campground, right near Grant Grove, is ok for big rigs -- take 180, a good road. Then explore with your tow vehicle. Azalea is at almost 7000 feet -- it is open all year, but there is snow in the winter: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/SRxwTxPbwSI/AAAAAAAAArQ/vf8T5u8SsOc/s400/11+azalea.jpg height=300 width=500
profdant139 01/26/15 04:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to camp at Zion National park

If you are in moderately decent shape, it is an easy (and excellent) bike ride from the campground area in Springdale, along the river, and up the canyon, all the way to the end, with a great downhill ride all the way back. Since they will be running the shuttle in the summer, there are no cars. When the shuttle comes up behind you, you have to move over and get off, which is no problem. One of the world's greatest bike rides, and no traffic! http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/839/2392/320/IMG_2905.0.jpg height=300 width=500
profdant139 01/26/15 04:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Most Succesful Pop Up Aussie TC : Going Strong

Fantastic! Is there a link to a floorplan?? Thanks for posting this.
profdant139 01/25/15 11:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

VT Skier, what are you nervous about? And define "older" -- I am 62, and we boondock all the time. Yes, there are things that we have to do to compensate for age -- I can't lift really heavy things without very carefully positioning myself, for example. But as they say, age and judgment is often better than youth and ignorance!
profdant139 01/23/15 10:22pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 12 volt mattress pad warmers

We have discovered that even when the interior of the trailer is in the low 20s (yes, we have a thermometer), we are fine without any heat source during the night -- just a thick down comforter and a couple more blankets on top of that. The problem is getting out of bed in the night and in the morning -- we wear Russian lamb's wool hats and lots of warm clothing. And yes, that is a buildup of ice on the inside of the window behind DW: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/TNiZHe1ca2I/AAAAAAAACbY/A9IqlgMAaRA/s1600/2010+10+17.JPG height=300 width=500 How cold does it get? Once, the cord on our coffee maker froze -- this is not a trick shot: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_dtW7wd3cENA/TNiQhFnDiZI/AAAAAAAACYA/ZYvj4QMLTHI/s1600/2010+10+12.JPG height=300 width=500 On second thought, that 12 volt bed warmer is sounding pretty good!
profdant139 01/23/15 10:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Not a TC...but bear with me

I don't have a TC, but anyone who would wonder why you have a TC is someone who does not understand the advantage of true mobility. A TC can go places that no other RV can go. We have chosen a very small trailer because it has a little more space than a TC, and we use the trailer as a base camp and then hit the back roads with the truck. But there are places a trailer or a big rig just can't handle.
profdant139 01/22/15 03:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

It's too depressing to go to Griffith Park to see the stars -- it requires a long struggle across the entire LA basin, and then when you get there, there are hordes of people and not enough parking, and then the sky is so light-polluted that you can't even see Polaris.
profdant139 01/22/15 01:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

But speaking of Arizona and stars and RVs, I just stumbled across this: Butterfield RV and Observatory They have a 16 inch telescope on premises, and a nightly star show! Does anyone know if this is a worthwhile place to stay? On the map, it does not look particularly rural -- lots of brightly-lit shopping centers nearby.
profdant139 01/22/15 10:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Nope -- never been to Q. We try to go to places where there is no one else around, since we spend most of the year surrounded literally by 20 million folks.
profdant139 01/22/15 10:13am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Naked-eye astronomy is more than just meteors.

Jeff, where is Plomosa?
profdant139 01/22/15 09:14am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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