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RE: Mattole Rd. (Lost Coast Highway, King Range) California

The road from Humboldt State Redwoods to Mattole might be a little easier than the one from Ferndale -- I did it with a small trailer. Slowly and carefully. The campground is wonderful -- very isolated. Bring warm clothes. Since we come from warm dry calm polluted Southern California, we found Mattole to be terrific -- lots of ocean wind, cold air, moist air, clean air. If you like to breathe, it is a great place. If you like to hang out on a warm beach, it is not. Also bring sandals for walking on the beach. Hiking boots get full of sand. Don't ask me how I know this.
profdant139 08/30/14 10:39am Roads and Routes
RE: Emails from RVParkReviews.com

Joel, I know this is slightly off topic, but since you have identified yourself as an RVPR admin, I just want to say thank you!! I find RVPR to be enormously useful. Yes, there are the occasional flame reviews, but those can be discounted. And yes, there are the unreasonably favorable reviews (usually by newbies who have fallen in love with camping and think everything is wonderful all the time). But day in and day out, the RVPR reviews provide us with useful, detailed, and relatively objective commentary, often saving us from terrible rv parks or revealing hidden gems. Well done!!
profdant139 08/29/14 10:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: scenic drives Northern Cascades

As usual, Paul hammers a great answer! Just to emphasize his point about taking 542 up to the Heather Meadows area, this shot was taken right from the road -- it is Mt. Shuksan reflected in Picture Lake (I am not kidding about the name of the lake): http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GI8QcE1TU1o/UIi9scfIISI/AAAAAAAAEDI/7apUaLfpZ1U/s640/IMGP9512.JPG height=400 width=600
profdant139 08/27/14 06:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Just Have To Vent, Thank You ...............

Lauren, I am on my way to Washington on Saturday -- the name of the CG would be great! And it is legit for you to post that name here -- these are the sorts of things that travelers need to know. Thanks in advance! (Plus, if a park owner knows that poor service might result in a bad post either here or on yelp or on rvparkreviews, the owner might be motivated to fix the wifi!)
profdant139 08/27/14 06:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tell us where to go for our fulltime takeoff!

That is a very lucky 9 year old!
profdant139 08/26/14 11:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a solution to carry leveling and jack blocks

I made some stout wooden tripods, so I would not have to use so many blocks: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pi_73d-LlYc/U9QAXYlqx4I/AAAAAAAAK-I/iyfKQw4SqEI/s1600/IMG_0418.JPG height=300 width=500 The legs are easily removed. Here is a blog post on how they are constructed -- very simple: Tripods for stabilizer jacks And I carry my tripods in a milk crate.
profdant139 08/25/14 10:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Long trip with 95 year old lady

I got dibs on the screenplay! Meryl Streep in heavy makeup as the 95 year old. Dennis Quaid as the driver -- or maybe Jeff Bridges? Buddy movie -- they bond during the long drive. Hilarious black water valve disaster scene, touching memories of the old days, violent arguments about what really happened on that trip to the Wisconsin Dells back in 1955. Thelma and Louise meets Driving Miss Daisy. Cameo by Jack Nicholson from About Schmidt as the curmudgeon in the RV park. Big twist -- the 95 year old has a wicked sense of humor and surprising mechanical ability to deal with deteriorating trailer -- skills acquired as Rosie the Riveter, which son never knew about till now. Secret weapon: they stream Pandora through an iPhone to the car stereo. I recommend creating a channel based on the Andrews Sisters -- pure uptempo World War II nostalgia. Works on a lot of levels -- great soundtrack, easy acquisition of songs for the movie due to old copyrights, and you can match the songs with locations -- Kansas City Blues, Route 66, and so forth. Open the movie in the Fall -- not a summer flick. Limited release -- AARP demographic -- they can afford movie tickets and don't need to pay a babysitter. I smell an Oscar!
profdant139 08/25/14 10:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: The Rig

I assume you got the truck to match DW's shirt, right? Red is a tough color to accessorize, but you nailed it!
profdant139 08/25/14 07:17am Truck Campers
RE: The Dark Side

Jim, you are so right about the addictive quality of boondocking. Ordinary campgrounds, which used to seem so pleasant to us, are now mildly annoying -- noisy and crowded by comparison. It's like skiing on really dry snow in the Rockies -- it makes it very hard to go back to the wet cement we have in the Sierra. We are badly spoiled. But just as Tennyson said "it is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all," it is better to boondock once in a while than never, even if we can't boondock all the time. (I am fairly sure that "Tennyson" and "boondock" are rarely used in the same sentence. Tennyson did not have an RV, either.)
profdant139 08/24/14 10:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Bryce Canyon

We really liked Bryce Canyon Pines RV Park -- very quiet, campsites are well off the road. But some folks have complained about the electrical system. We had no problem with it.
profdant139 08/23/14 09:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Palm Springs to Paso Robles options?

If you take the 210 coming up from the south, be aware that the transition in Pasadena is on the far right and it comes up really fast -- the signage is poor. Stay right as you approach Pasadena! And the 58/99/46 route is ok, but 46 can be kind of twisty and hilly.
profdant139 08/23/14 12:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: The Dark Side

Eight years ago, we started out just like you -- really worried about cutting the cord. After a season of RV park camping, we tried a couple of days at a regular campground without hookups -- it went well, but we realized we needed a bigger battery (our original one was very small -- a group 24). I knew nothing about batteries. We got a bigger one -- group 27. We tried a longer weekend -- I realized we needed two batteries, mounted side by side. That worked well. We tried a few days without hookups. No problem, and very pleasant. I figured out when it was time to switch out the batteries. Later still, I got a generator (which we almost never use -- it is mostly a "just in case" thing). I got even bigger batteries -- group 31, with 110 amp hours each. I had no idea what an amp was, let alone an amp hour. I learned, slowly. I eventually changed out our light bulbs from incandescent to LED. Much less power draw. We started "boondocking" for short periods of time, where you are not even in a campground. This is allowed in many national forests. Eventually, boondocking became our preferred method of camping -- we are all alone, many miles from anyone else, in our own private forest. This is what it looks like -- you have to imagine the silence and the peace: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vW1RQV9sIKI/UuRc72lU-mI/AAAAAAAAJ8M/N_dAD9Mdr10/s1600/2013+09+30+boondocking+pan+per+lightroom.jpg height=400 width=600 Bottom line -- don't jump into extreme boondocking right away. Take baby steps. Experiment. Learn how to live without hookups -- it is easier than you think. And come on over to the boondocking forum and start asking questions -- you will find that we are very eager to help out the newbies!
profdant139 08/23/14 11:58am Travel Trailers
RE: 3.4 Miles per Dollar

I have a simple method of calculating this figure -- I don't. I ignore it! Bad mpg is the price of RV travel. In exchange, we get freedom and fun and the outdoors and privacy, things we can't get as easily when we stay in a motel.
profdant139 08/22/14 07:52pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Winthrop WA (Cascades) area hit with mudslides 8/22/2014

Thanks for the continuing bulletins on 20! We are hoping with all our might that we get to spend the whole month of September exploring the North Cascades and the Olympics -- family medical issues might get in the way -- but we are keeping an eye on the weather and the highways. That is one of the best things about RV travel -- instead of making plane and resort reservations locked in concrete, we can always call an audible at the last minute and tweak our itinerary!
profdant139 08/22/14 07:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV park near Vacaville or Winters Caifornia

Depending on the season, Vineyard has a grape arbor and they let you pick grapes. Many interesting varieties -- champagne, cabernet, and so forth. Delicious!
profdant139 08/22/14 07:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New cabinet install - major surgery

For me, the most enjoyable projects involve either an RV or storage. The very best projects involve storage in an RV. Heck, I even enjoy simply reading about other folks' RV storage projects! Well done!
profdant139 08/22/14 07:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Our little guy.

I bet you are going to enjoy some great views out of that big dinette window! And I like your truck, too. ;)
profdant139 08/22/14 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: kid chopping down live trees?

Muddy, I think that our collective distress is not just about a couple of trees -- it is about the growing lawlessness and rudeness that we see in the national forests and parks. Trash everywhere. A very few folks on ATVs carving up the landscape, ruining things for the law-abiding ATVers. Ugly soil and tree damage. Yes, it tends to be younger people -- they have more energy than I do! I have my hands full just hauling water to my trailer, and with other tedious housekeeping chores. I don't have time to engage in much vandalism. ;)
profdant139 08/22/14 01:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: kid chopping down live trees?

Calisdad, that must be a tall dimwit to make a cut at the 8 foot level! ;) But yes, we used to see that pretty often in the Angeles National Forest, near LA. Infuriating. But now that it's the Angeles Ex-Forest (after the huge Station Fire a few years ago), not so much. That's one clever technique that will impede vandalism -- burn the whole darn thing. I suppose the Rim Fire, up your way, has had the same effect. (Sigh.)
profdant139 08/22/14 09:14am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Cheap-O Awning Cover complete

I use bungee cords to keep my "gutter covers" in place --and removing the covers is on my "get ready for a trip" checklist. Now, if I could just remember to always check the checklist . . . .
profdant139 08/22/14 06:55am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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