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RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Well, Phil, at least you are lucky enough to have a storage compartment -- our little trailer has no storage. Often, when we are way back in the woods, we have to hang hefty bags full of trash from tree limbs to keep them away from critters, until we make a "trash run" into town: http://i.imgur.com/XbUIxZvl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. That photo was taken on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, 20 miles (and 90 minutes) from the nearest dumpster. Supposedly, there are bears who are savvy enough to find the rope and bite through it to make the trash fall. So far, we have not come into contact with such sophisticated animals.
profdant139 05/24/17 03:48pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

I know nothing of the inner workings of the BLM and the Forest Service. All I can say is that I have been very impressed with virtually every ranger I have met, and I have met a lot of them. They try their best to be helpful and to enforce the rules fairly. In heavily-used forests, they are overwhelmed by the growth in usage. We could blame Congress for not adequately staffing the forest service, but that would be a waste of time -- Congress has done almost nothing for many years. And yes, both major political parties are responsible for the endless gridlock. Sigh.
profdant139 05/22/17 06:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: DIY portable screen room for bugs? Or buy one?

Yep -- I will use a lot of DEET. I know I have enough on my skin when my lips are numb. ;)
profdant139 05/22/17 11:37am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

I guess it is just the way some folks behave. There is a big campaign right now in LA, in which sports stars (most notably Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers) come on the radio and try to urge the populace to dispose of their large items properly, rather than abandoning them on street corners, as they now do. The slogan is "Keep LA classy, not trashy." Good luck with that. Maybe Smokey the Bear will come out of retirement and do some public service announcements to keep the forests clean, too.
profdant139 05/22/17 10:49am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Boon, my idea about an annual pass is intended to provide revenue for enforcement. But Naio and others are right -- this would also screen out low-income seniors who otherwise would be homeless. So I guess it's a question of balancing those priorities. And since (as others have noted) we can't be sure that the revenue will be earmarked for enforcement (instead of being swept into the general fund), I have doubts about whether the annual pass would solve the problem. That is exactly what has happened in California with gas taxes, which are supposed to fund highway repairs. The money has been siphoned off for other uses, and the highways are still a mess. Oh, well. It looks like there is no solution to the trashing of forests near urban areas, which will mean that even larger portions of those forests will be closed to boondocking.
profdant139 05/21/17 09:29am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Naio, good point -- the article may be slanted. As they say, the plural of anecdote is not evidence! But it is true that portions of certain forests are closing due to trash. I really hope that you are right about what will happen with the Dept of Interior -- the new guy is from Montana, and we can hope that he is sympathetic to the idea of boondocking.
profdant139 05/20/17 01:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Naio, you are absolutely right that the country as a whole has to deal with homelessness and does not do so. It is shameful. (I wonder what they do in other countries, like Great Britain??) But the very specific problem of trash deposited by boondockers is that all of us boondockers will suffer the loss of our boondocking privileges due to the behavior of a few folks. So that is what I am struggling with -- how to balance the absolute freedom of boondocking with the need for an effective enforcement mechanism. It is unquestioned, I think, that something has to happen. But what?
profdant139 05/20/17 10:57am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: "Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

Dewey, as a retired ranger you have more insight into this situation than I do -- what do you think of an annual boondocking pass, with the revenue earmarked for rangers who patrol the back-country to see whether the pass is displayed? This is not a tax -- it's a user fee. Ticketing the litter-bugs is not the answer -- the bad guys dump their trash as they are leaving, making it impossible to catch them in the act. Is this suggestion elitist? Maybe -- just as requiring a driver's license and a vehicle registration screens out folks who are too poor to pay the fees. We have to face reality, folks, even if talking about this problem makes us uncomfortable. If we don't come up with a solution, we will lose the privilege of boondocking, sooner or later.
profdant139 05/20/17 09:37am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
"Long boondockers" leave trash; forests restricted

This is upsetting -- trash from essentially homeless boondockers is causing the national forests to restrict camping: Link to article So I will once again float a very unpopular idea -- if we were to require all boondockers to buy annual passes, these freeloading lowlifes could be evicted by the rangers right away, for lack of a permit. I know no one wants to pay another fee. I know this proposal has no chance of being enacted. But I do not have any other plausible solution to this problem. And if we don't figure out a way to stop this, boondocking will be a thing of the past. Simple: ban all boondockers, no trash. If you have a better idea, I'm all ears!
profdant139 05/19/17 10:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trailer Tires...trusting the Goodyear Endurance?

I just installed two Goodyear Endurance tires on my trailer -- Load Range D. They are rated at a higher speed than my old Marathons were. I actually don't tow at high speed, but a higher rating is encouraging. Instead of inflating them to 50 lb. like the Marathon, these are at 65 lb. In my first trip with them (700 miles round trip), no problem. But time will tell. These are made in the USA, by the way. I may be wrong, but I think that quality control is better in the US than in China.
profdant139 05/19/17 09:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sink drain to ground

In most US national forests and parks, this is not permitted. Check with the Ranger for local rules. And in an RV park, this is not a good idea at all! ;)
profdant139 05/18/17 09:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Potential summer trip with kids

60 years ago, my parents dragged me along on what we still call the "drive and drive" trip -- endless days in the car, punctuated by moments of sightseeing. I am a slow learner, so I did the same thing with my kids 30 years ago. Only once, though. We then started taking shorter trips, with more time on the ground for the kids, for us, for relaxing. That's the way to go, in my opinion. Especially in the summer, I would avoid Utah and the Grand Canyon. Spend your time in RMNP -- cooler, lots to do and see.
profdant139 05/16/17 07:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Sunset Campground In Kings Canyon National Park Closed

Link According to the article, other campgrounds are also affected. There are dead trees everywhere, due to the bark beetle. And the heavy snow made it impossible for the crews to clear the dead trees until the snow melted.
profdant139 05/16/17 07:26am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Do I need a generator?

Steve, my trailer and my style of camping is very much like yours -- minimal power consumption. We do have a generator but almost never use it. We have two group 31s and a 120 watt portable solar panel, which tops us up almost every day. Honestly, we don't need the generator, but I am one of those very risk-adverse people -- what if the sun does not shine for a full week? Plus we have the generator for emergency home use, so we drag it along when we camp. It just sits in the truck, doing nothing. My advice is to try a week of camping with no generator and see if you really need one. By the way, your post mentioned that you don't have a meter for your battery. You DO have a hand-held multi-meter, right? You really need to keep tabs on the batteries -- they say you should never run a battery down below 50 per cent state of charge, or 12.1 volts. If you do, they say it will greatly shorten the battery's life span. I'm not an expert, so I don't really know if what they say is true, but I follow their advice.
profdant139 05/14/17 04:49pm Tech Issues
RE: DIY portable screen room for bugs? Or buy one?

Rockhill, we are not going to be in a campground -- we are boondocking. So we should be allowed to put up a screen room, unless the bears and wolves object. ;) Pat, yes, we are going to Wyoming for the eclipse, along with millions of other folks. It should be hilarious to see everyone lined up for miles along the forest roads. And Collie, I was going to make a PVC frame with slip fittings, but it looks like the commercial units may be cheaper and better than what I can make. I had been skeptical of the commercial products, but I am rethinking my skepticism -- several credible folks have told me that the fold-up units work pretty well.
profdant139 05/14/17 04:38pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Wow! Come Back Toto!

I've never had to bail because of the wind, but we have had to bail out of a great boondocking site because of a snowstorm: Last-Minute Escape From a Surprise Midnight Blizzard There is no shame in running for cover when things look really bad. There were other folks camped near us that time who did not bail. They got stuck, and it cost them hundreds of dollars to get towed out.
profdant139 05/14/17 04:32pm Truck Campers
RE: TR: Snowshoeing in the Eastern Sierra

Patrick, the road to Reno is clear! All of 395 has been snow-free for a long time -- at this time of year, the snow level is at 8000 feet or more, and even higher in areas exposed to the sun. Plus, since 395 runs north and south, it receives a lot of sun. By comparison, roads that run east and west often are shadowed by mountains that block the sun, and they melt out much later.
profdant139 05/14/17 09:16am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: DIY portable screen room for bugs? Or buy one?

Pat, we are headed for the Wind River Range -- please tell me there are no skeeters there! (With all of those lakes and streams, I know there will be bugs.)
profdant139 05/14/17 05:36am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: DIY portable screen room for bugs? Or buy one?

I'd never heard of PahaQue - for that much money, they must be really great products!!
profdant139 05/13/17 09:00pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: DIY portable screen room for bugs? Or buy one?

Thanks -- several great tips so far -- I will investigate further!
profdant139 05/13/17 06:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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