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Barnacles on my anode, but no erosion -- why?

I pulled the anode on my water heater -- the rod itself was perfectly intact, no erosion at all in the past year. But the rod had quite a few white barnacles. I s****ed them off easily with a knife. I assume those are calcium carbonate, But how could it be that the anode did not erode at all during the last year? I have done a lot of camping and rarely, if ever, drain the water heater. I would have figured that the anode would crumble over time, but it did not. Is there some electrochemical magic that is going on? Thanks in advance for your thoughts! Edit -- the website blocked out the word "slice," which is to cut with a knife. Very odd.
profdant139 07/30/15 10:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Coffe pot for boondocking

I made a redneck Melitta using the flat-bottom plastic basket from a broken Mr. Coffee. Put a cupcake-style filter in the basket. Put the basket on top of a carafe. Pour boiling water. Dump the filter and the grounds in the trash. No electricity. No rinsing. No expensive Melitta filter. Easy storage (no glass). "Artisanal" pour-over coffee, without tipping the barista. Boondock-friendly. Fast and easy. Makes 48 ounces (the capacity of the carafe). The funniest part is that I started doing this while boondocking, to save water on rinsing. And we now do the same thing at home, because the coffee is superior!
profdant139 07/30/15 05:10pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: Like it, Love it, Leavitt XTC style

Great report! How fantastic that you could drive that road -- I had a heck of a time just walking it! Those lucky, lucky kids -- and they are getting old enough that they will remember these adventures forever.
profdant139 07/29/15 05:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Air bags or Timbrens?

I put air bags on my Pathfinder and they were nothing but trouble. I have Sumo Springs on my Tacoma, which are helpful.
profdant139 07/29/15 09:33am Towing
RE: my near disaster

Just to add to the chorus -- our plug came out of the socket once -- it did not drag but the batteries did not charge and our turn indicators did not work. Since then, I have always wrapped a small bungee cord around the flap that covers the socket on my truck, so that it locks the plug in place. And I have used long cable ties to take up some of the slack on the cord, while leaving enough slack for the trailer to turn without pulling on the plug. As part of our last-minute checklist, we check the bungee on the plug and we make sure that the turn signals are working on the trailer.
profdant139 07/29/15 09:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

Gary, I noticed a new blog address in your posting -- clicked the link -- congrats on the new blog! And it is great to see you and Sharon out on the road again. That campsite looked very remote -- well done!
profdant139 07/29/15 08:01am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Anyone heard from SkipnChar ?

I miss his wisdom -- a very well-informed person, a valuable participant in these forums. I am guessing that he may be having some health issues -- which I hope will be soon resolved!
profdant139 07/28/15 04:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Truck Camping on the ragged edge

Well, Bedlam, let me tell you a true story. We got a high rise topper for our pickup when it was new. In California, apparently there is one state registration fee for a commercial pickup and another for a camper. We brought our truck into the Dept of Motor Vehicles. The guy doing the inspection said that because there was no camping equipment in the back of the truck, it was not a camper. He told us to go home, get a sleeping bag and a tent, and come back. We asked his supervisor -- she agreed with him. We went home, got the stuff, came back, and saved a lot of money. Bottom line -- in Calif, the topper is what makes it a camper, but only if there is camping gear inside! It sounds silly, but that is exactly what happened.
profdant139 07/27/15 10:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip report: boondocking in Sonora Pass in a trailer

DR650, I bought it slightly used from a private party, and there is no brand name on the unit. The Renogy suitcase models are similar, but they come with a warranty, which might be a handy thing. I took a gamble on this unit -- no warranty -- but so far, so good!
profdant139 07/27/15 10:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Good news -- a tree branch ripped off my antenna

Isn't 50 caliber what the special operations snipers use? Just sayin . . . . Thank goodness you were riding an up-armored ATV!
profdant139 07/26/15 08:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Good news -- a tree branch ripped off my antenna

Muddy, I left vent holes when I patched the top of the vent pipe -- no odor. A bullet hole on your ATV?? Yikes! It sounds like you ride in some really rough territory!
profdant139 07/26/15 03:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's the fascination with trailer bearings?

Gosh, I have my TT bearings repacked and serviced every year. Why? Because of all of the posts on rv.net discussing bearings -- I figure where there's smoke, there's a hot bearing somewhere. Maybe I am wasting my money!? But if I ever have a bearing failure, at least I won't be tormented by remorse due to my negligence. This is kind of like the medical problem of "NNT" -- "number needed to treat." If a hundred people take cholesterol reducing medicine, one heart attack will be prevented. So 99 folks are taking statins for no benefit. But you'd sure hate to be the one who could have avoided the heart attack, so you take the pills.
profdant139 07/25/15 04:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Good news -- a tree branch ripped off my antenna

Muddy, I gave that option some serious thought. And then decided to wait and see. There is a pipe on my roof that I think is the sewer vent -- it had a plastic cap that flew off on our first trip. I "replaced" it with a carefully built cap of gorilla tape. Three years and thirty thousand miles later, it's still going strong. So I used the same half-baked technique. If it fails, I will have to do it the right way. You know the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." My motto is, "If it ain't really broke, don't really fix it."
profdant139 07/24/15 10:21pm Travel Trailers
Good news -- a tree branch ripped off my antenna

Our trailer came with a roof mounted radio antenna that looked like a white plastic pizza floating a foot above the trailer on a plastic stalk. We don't have a television, and the radio that came with the trailer is useless. But I was worried about a tree branch on some remote forest road getting hooked under the pizza and making a huge hole in my roof. I have always wanted to remove the pizza -- a terrible design -- but I was afraid of messing around with the roof. Yesterday, pulling the trailer down my own street after coming home from the shop, guess what -- the pizza got hooked on a neighbor's tree that extended out over the street. The pizza popped off and clattered onto the pavement. After all that boondocking, this did not happen on a forest road -- on my own street! Not in a rainstorm! With all of my hardware and tools at hand! Lucky! Today, I got out my big ladder and climbed up -- no real damage to the trailer's roof, thankfully. I drastically shortened the plastic "stalk" that was still attached to the roof -- easy to do with a hacksaw. I caulked the little hole where the cable comes through the roof. I sealed the top opening in the stalk with a liberal application of gorilla tape. The radio works as well as it ever did, which is not saying much. Best yet, I no longer have to worry about that darn antenna on those sketchy forest roads!! The best disasters are those that happen conveniently.
profdant139 07/24/15 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Dispersed areas in the West

Amazingly, even though the national forest websites are not perfect, they are much better than the national park websites, which seems odd. Much more info on the NF sites, much easier navigation. Better graphics on the NPS sites, but so what? Having said that, I agree that the NF sites could do a much better job of describing the rules governing boondocking. The MVUM maps are good but not perfect.
profdant139 07/24/15 06:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Yellowstone in late September

Bottom line -- it's great at that time of year. Check this out, if you have a few minutes: Yellowstone in early October
profdant139 07/24/15 09:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I made a rookie move... Always tip your awning at night!

I made the same mistake, but with even less excuse -- we went to Washington state for the first time, coming from dry California. We saw that the other folks in the campground had set up their awnings crooked -- I smugly told my wife "these people don't even know how to set up an awning." Sure enough, the rain came. The tilted awnings did just fine. Mine didn't. Lesson learned. Moral of the story -- if everyone is out of step except me, maybe it's me.
profdant139 07/24/15 09:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck Camping on the ragged edge

Less Stuff, I admire your minimalism -- and I admire your wife's good attitude even more! Well done.
profdant139 07/23/15 08:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Considering a trip to BC

NEOK, I am hoping that this series of blog posts is helpful to you -- the posts start in Glacier and go up through Canada: First of several posts about Glacier and the Canadian Rockies Judging by the fire footage I am seeing today in Glacier, it is going to be a long summer in the Northern Rockies. Lots of dead trees, just waiting for a spark.
profdant139 07/23/15 09:58am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Score one for the weight police :)

I'm not sure if improper torque contributed to those cracks, but I always recheck my lugs after having my tires rotated when I get an oil change -- usually the shop over-torques the lug nuts, even though I tell them "83 foot/pounds, please." Sometimes I have to use a breaker bar to release the lugs. This habit came in real handy recently -- I had a flat on a remote forest road, and we were able to change the tire ourselves because the nuts were not overly tight.
profdant139 07/23/15 09:12am Truck Campers
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