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RE: Cerro Alto Campground NFS- San Luis Obispo - Los Padres

TenOC, that sounds like a good route -- as I am sure you know, distances in California are longer than they appear on a map! So no matter how you sequence your destinations, there will be a lot of back and forth. If you are heading from DV to the central coast in May, maybe stop off at the Carrizo Plain -- you can see the San Andreas fault up close (straddling it!!), and all of the stream beds are offset due to crustal movement. Plus the wildflowers are good to great (depending on how much rain we get this winter), and there is wildlife (antelopes etc.), and good boondocking and star-gazing. You'd catch Highway 58 at Mojave and head west to Carrizo. And then 58 to the coast is not a bad road -- I have towed my trailer on it a couple of times. Moving on to Sequoia, have you decided how much time you want to spend there? That is my favorite area of the Western Sierra -- we like it more than Yosemite. But if you are not a hiker, there is not all that much to do -- maybe three or four days' worth. If you can live without hookups, I recommend Azalea Campground, up near Grant Grove -- it is big rig friendly. (I've forgotten what kind of a rig you now have, sorry to say.) Also, Dorst Campground, near Lodgepole, is also ok for bigger rigs. Lodgepole Campground is less so -- the sites are smaller. And there is good boondocking up near Big Meadows. Sometimes, the gates on the forest roads are open in May, depending on the snowpack.
profdant139 11/17/17 01:04pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: New Day Use Fees & Increase Existing Fees, Public Lands

We'd have to buy and display a pass. The rangers would range, checking for passes. Folks who had no pass would get a ticket. This idea would not work unless the forests can hire more rangers. Yes, there would be scofflaws. They would go without a pass and take their chances, as do folks who fail to pay for annual DMV license plate stickers, as do the folks who drive without insurance or valid driver's licenses. The fact that enforcement would be imperfect is not a sufficient reason to avoid all regulation. As they say, the best is the enemy of the good. Is this a bit of a hassle? Yes. But it would help in reducing the abuse of public land by careless people, wouldn't it? I guess that is the key question. If my suggestion would accomplish nothing, it is a bad idea, by definition. If it would cost a fortune to implement, it is a bad idea. If it would bar all lower-income folks, it is a bad idea. But there can be a balance between costs and benefits, I think. Otherwise, the government will someday protect the forests by simply excluding us, at any price. That would be tragic, at least to me.
profdant139 11/16/17 10:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Prep for trip..

I also run the fridge and the water heater on propane to make sure that they light and stay lit. The burner orifices sometimes need cleaning.
profdant139 11/16/17 04:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Day Use Fees & Increase Existing Fees, Public Lands

Sigh. Someone has to say this, and it might as well be me . . . . I have long been in favor of a modest annual boondocking fee, a very unpopular idea. My reasons are (1) to fund better enforcement and (2) to make sure that the folks who boondock have some "skin in the game." As we all know, there is a percentage of folks -- not the majority -- who abuse public lands (dumping trash and driving off-limits). They are ruining things for the rest of us. Someday boondocking will be illegal everywhere, if we don't do something to screen out a few of the bad guys and ramp up enforcement. If you have a better idea, I'm all ears. I fully understand that a boondocking fee would be tough on seniors with fixed incomes (which will soon include me). Maybe there would be a lower rate for seniors, just as there is for entrance into the national parks. Feel free to take shots at my idea. But just doing nothing and maintaining the status quo is a very poor solution to a growing problem. And for the same reasons, I am in favor of reasonable fees for all public land use. Not prohibitive fees, but proportional. We can no longer expect that someone else will pay for our use of public resources.
profdant139 11/16/17 04:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Small A/C Unit (5000 BTU) For Campers and Vans

No -- we don't have a kit -- I will look into it -- thanks!
profdant139 11/15/17 08:19pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Small A/C Unit (5000 BTU) For Campers and Vans

LS, to answer your question, we tried to run the A/C with the generator and it did not work. And no, the water heater was not running at the time. Our A/C is much more powerful than we need.
profdant139 11/15/17 10:26am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: The Okanagan

Try to schedule your visit around the ripening of your favorite tree fruit -- cherries, peaches, apricots, etc. Best fruit I ever had was in the Okanagan, and I am from sunny Calif. But don't go overboard on the fruit. Don't ask how I know this.
profdant139 11/14/17 06:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Small A/C Unit (5000 BTU) For Campers and Vans

Link --this is worth watching Thanks for creating that video -- this is very significant for those of us with smaller generators. Mine is a Honda 2000 and it will not run my existing A/C (which is way too big for my trailer). Well done!
profdant139 11/14/17 06:48pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Securing loose wires in the closet?

I wrapped the wire bundles in cable ties, spaced about 8 inches apart. Then I stapled the loose end of the cable tie to the wall panel with a staple gun, using 1/4 inch staples. Cheap and effective.
profdant139 11/14/17 01:21pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How to rig a rain tarp without trees -- poles, maybe??

LS, sorry to hear about the hospital!! I'm trying to rig up a really big and high rain tarp, like they do in the Northwest. I am trying to create a dry area over a picnic table, with room to do chores. The photo at the beginning of the thread illustrates the idea -- the tarp is at a diagonal, with the roof line about 8 or ten feet above the ground, and the side "triangles" staked out wide. The trick is to support one end of the roof line at the trailer (not difficult) and then support a couple of poles way at the other end (not easy). But thanks to the suggestions above, I think I can do it. Now the only trick is getting to go on a trip, instead of sitting at home.
profdant139 11/14/17 09:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How to rig a rain tarp without trees -- poles, maybe??

Fortunately, Jon, weight and bulk will not be key factors here -- cost is a big deal, as is sturdiness. Our travel plans are on hold, unfortunately, due to some infirm elderly relatives, but someday soon, I hope to try out this tarp idea.
profdant139 11/13/17 10:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mess with the TC, You Get the Jacks... Ha ha ha

This must have happened in Southern Calif -- this game of "inchworm chicken" is well known here -- has triggered some violent road rage incidents. Glad no one was hurt. From her point of view, these must have been Un-happi Jacks. ;)
profdant139 11/12/17 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Colonial Cities and big RV'S do not mix

(This is off-point -- but it is about oxen in Mexico, so I guess it is sort of ok.) Believe it or not, I have actually plowed in Mexico with an ox! I was an "exchange student" in 1970 in a village north of Taxco and south of Toluca. The program put me on a farm for three months, living in the farmhouse with the family. Wonderful people, and one of the greatest adventures of my life. No electricity, wood-fired gravity fed water heater, handmade tortillas every day. And although they did not own an ox, a guy in the area did, and he would take the ox from farm to farm for plowing season, for a fee. The ox was so well trained that almost anyone could plow, if you learned a few simple commands (which I no longer remember). It was not easy to keep up with the ox -- he walked slowly but steadily, and the clods of muddy earth were tough to walk on. This farm was up at high altitude, and the mornings were cold. The ox would get so hot that steam would come off his back. But he was not nearly so clever as Thor -- it was a big chore to get the ox turned around at the end of the row. (I wonder if Swedish oxen might also have been more high-performance. Turbo boost, perhaps??) ;)
profdant139 11/12/17 04:40pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: TINY HOUSE THOUGHTS

Let me know when they have a TV show all about folks who camp in really, really small trailers -- we have 77 square feet inside our trailer. The inside walls are 11 feet by 7 feet. The actual floor space is far less, due to cabinets and fixtures and so forth. Maybe this could be featured on a Horror channel. The episode would be titled, "When Claustrophobia Strikes, There is Nowhere to Hide." ;)
profdant139 11/12/17 04:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Tetons -- Late Fall.

Thanks, Steve! Here is my secret recipe for taking decent photos -- take hundreds of them, and a few of them are bound to turn out ok, just by accident. ;)
profdant139 11/12/17 04:17pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Death Valley

Mesquite Springs campground is great -- very quiet, great stars. Ubehebe Crater is right nearby.
profdant139 11/12/17 04:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Colonial Cities and big RV'S do not mix

Thanks! I had no idea horses could push a wagon backward. I guess the yoke's on me! (Feeble wagon-related joke.)
profdant139 11/11/17 04:53pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Colonial Cities and big RV'S do not mix

When you think about it, it is sort of odd that so many old towns have such narrow streets. In the days before cars, wagons needed a lot of room to turn around, and it is impossible (I think) to get the horses or oxen to walk backwards. Certainly, in many old towns in the Western USA, the streets are extra-wide for exactly that reason. A little puzzling. There must be an historical explanation that I am not seeing.
profdant139 11/11/17 01:31pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: eastern Oregon roads

I would bet that in Sweden (for example), you could get a custom windshield with embedded heating elements. I seem to recall that some Mercedes sedans come with heated wipers, to prevent them from icing up.
profdant139 11/11/17 01:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Filling Propane Tanks

OK -- I am once again revealing my ignorance. I have always wondered about the venting and the screwdriver. Why is that necessary? What does it accomplish? Thanks for enlightening me -- sorry if this is an obvious question.
profdant139 11/11/17 01:23pm Tech Issues
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