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RE: Hate to say it but... we have to say good bye

Wow -- what a drag! I knew several people who did exactly the same thing after the big crash of 2008 -- they are all back in the game now. Hang in there!
profdant139 02/21/17 06:33pm Truck Campers
RE: exquisetely Rare Cellular Internet

Mex is unstoppable! Great to see you back online. Hang in there!
profdant139 02/21/17 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: Off to Alaska Soon YES in FEBRUARY

Daniel, I have heard of it being so cold that various parts of a brass monkey are endangered. I had never heard of it being so cold that your steering wheel gets all puckered up. That is a great story!
profdant139 02/20/17 04:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is Yellowstone Pet Friendly?

Just to add to the litany of reasons not to bring a dog to YNP, we were told by a ranger in Canada that having a dog in grizzly country can be hazardous to your health. The dog runs into the bushes, meets a bear, and (of course) runs back to Mom and Dad for help, with the angry bear in hot pursuit. Maybe this is a problem for big dogs but not little ones? Maybe the bear will just smile at the adorable pug -- they can be very comical. ;)
profdant139 02/20/17 04:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The 300 foot rule -- do they mean what they say?

Not to worry, Rovin. In keeping with the spirit of this thread, I will only look at images that have been previously viewed. ;)
profdant139 02/20/17 03:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: If in Tucson...Real People and NO Pickleball-A Good Place

Pickle ball is bad? Next thing you know, they will outlaw shuffleboard. ;)
profdant139 02/19/17 09:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: unintended consequences

That looks like a very lovely place to live -- lots of room, lots of trees, mountain air. It's a wonder that you ever leave to go camping! ;)
profdant139 02/18/17 09:41pm Truck Campers
RE: August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse - any tips

Phil, is there any general area in Eastern Oregon that is high enough to be cool? (As I recall, you have done quite a bit of rock-hunting in that area.) . I am not looking for specific sites. But really hot weather is something we try to avoid.
profdant139 02/18/17 02:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Roads I love

Ken, we were shocked by the wonderful mountains in northeastern Nevada -- we will be going back as soon as we can.
profdant139 02/17/17 10:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Finally Getting Started: New Garage With RV Bay

Great turn of phrase -- "he was not operating the backhoe, he was wearing it like an article of clothing." It sure is fun to see an expert at work, in any context -- the tools just sing.
profdant139 02/16/17 06:47pm Truck Campers
RE: New Trailers and Showers

For whatever it is worth, we have had two trailers with "vinyl wallpaper" shower stalls, and we take about 180 showers a year in them. (Two people for 90 nights a year.) . So far, knock on vinyl, no problem at all. I did seal the corner trim with silicone, though.
profdant139 02/15/17 04:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: The 300 foot rule -- do they mean what they say?

2gypsies, you are absolutely right about the crypto-soil -- it has a very distinctive nubbly appearance! But there really are slabby bare rock surfaces, especially in the Western Sierra, that are not damaged by our tires. And some slick-rock in Utah that does not involve soil.
profdant139 02/15/17 02:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Camping off-grid & batteries/propane/solar

OMG, what a beautiful trailer! Wow!! For what it is worth, we do a lot of off-grid camping (60 to 90 nights a year) with two NAPA deep cycle marine batteries, group 31, rated at 110 amp/hours each. I have mounted them on the tongue, along with two propane bottles. I installed steel crossbars to sit under the battery boxes. We use one battery at a time and then swap it out if it gets low. You get more battery life if both are hooked up at once, but I do not prefer that method -- what if one of them dies? Then both would be drained. Very few people are as risk-averse as I am, so take what I say with a grain of salt. We have a Honda 2000 generator that we almost never use. We have a 120 watt portable panel that we use every day -- it usually tops off the battery fully. (Did I mention that I like your trailer??)
profdant139 02/15/17 11:18am Travel Trailers
RE: The 300 foot rule -- do they mean what they say?

No, I am sure the rangers are not out to get me. And anyway, there is no way I am going to break the rules -- believe it or not, in 49 years of driving, I have gotten exactly one ticket --- back in the mid 1970s, I went 60 in a 55 zone on a rural highway. I am one of those boring law abiding people you hear about. I've already downloaded the MVUM! As it turns out, I spoke to the ranger yesterday, to discuss my dilemma. She explained that since there will be so many people showing up for the eclipse (this is in Wyoming), they fully expect that people will have to break new ground within 300 feet of the forest roads -- there will not be enough pre-existing boondocking sites to satisfy the demand. She says just avoid meadows and be as careful as possible, and that will be good enough. So my mind is somewhat more at ease. We will see what things look like when we get there in August.
profdant139 02/15/17 09:38am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The 300 foot rule -- do they mean what they say?

Len, that is an interesting thought: "Perhaps there are agencies that trust the campers to be responsible." Certainly in the more densely populated areas of California, the prevailing wisdom in the national forests is: "Everything not expressly permitted is forbidden." And, in fairness, they are sort of forced to adopt that stance -- there are so many people, and so many of them are abusive, that a more lenient attitude would result in wholesale trampling. Several of the forests on the west side of the Sierra are already threadbare due primarily to vehicular damage.
profdant139 02/14/17 03:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The 300 foot rule -- do they mean what they say?

time2roll, I think that my reading of the rule is we aren't going to trample anything, even the ordinary landscapes. I am still pondering the 300 foot rule -- they can't really mean that it is ok to go 300 feet off the road on new ground. It has to mean "only on pre-trampled ground." I have made up my mind that we are simply going to stay in already-established boondocking sites, even if the rules seem to be more permissive than that. The only exception would be camping on slabs of rock, which won't show much wear and tear. There are quite a few places like that in Utah and even in parts of the Sierra.
profdant139 02/14/17 01:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Roads I love

Bussskipper, I saw a semi truck coming down that stretch of Independence Pass, right into the waiting arms of law enforcement! The sign says the ticket is over a thousand dollars.
profdant139 02/14/17 09:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Challenging tradition

We got married 39 years ago. She kept her last name for professional reasons and because mine was much harder to spell -- she did not want to get stuck having to spell it over the phone to credit card companies and so forth. I was fine with her decision and I still am. As time passed, we arranged our lives so that I take care of certain things, and she takes care of bill paying and paperwork. She spends a lot of time spelling my name over the phone . . . . ;)
profdant139 02/13/17 06:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: recommendations for rv campgrounds yellowstone / teton

I'm sure you know this, but the Tetons are in the path of the Aug 21 eclipse, so things will be extra crowded at that time.
profdant139 02/13/17 10:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hey Boondockers; what TT do you have?

Fireball, I was interested in what you said about a TC being too heavy for fire roads? Is that because of the center of gravity? Sorry if this is a naive question, but I am in the dark. Thanks.
profdant139 02/12/17 10:25pm Travel Trailers
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