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RE: Great Basin: trailer limit of 24 ft, or is that combined?

Yes, I will contact them. But I have found that one often gets inaccurate info, depending on who answers the phone! I have made it a practice to call twice. First I call, and later my wife calls on a different line. It is amazing how often the info differs.
profdant139 08/28/16 09:34pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Great Basin: trailer limit of 24 ft, or is that combined?

I have done the homework and am getting conflicting info, so I am trying to see if anyone knows for sure -- the Wheeler Peak Campground is in the high country, and that is where I would like to camp for a few nights. But the Great Basin website says "single vehicles or trailers over 24 ft." are not allowed. Is that 24 feet combined, or just the trailer? If it is combined, I am over the limit, despite a small truck and a tiny trailer. If it is a per-vehicle limit, I am fine. I am hoping it is the latter, since a small truck and a small trailer can bend around hairpin turns with ease. If you know the answer from personal experience, I would love to hear from you! (Random observation -- the National Park websites for each park are very pretty but are far less informative and far harder to navigate than the National Forest sites. Why in the world would that be true? But it is almost uniformly the case.)
profdant139 08/28/16 07:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking at 10k feet: will fridge/water heater work?

Thanks for the info, jefe! Most of the time during monsoon season, we encounter thunderstorms while hiking in the afternoon -- there is nowhere to hide! We try to stay off of the ridges when the storm is passing. So far, so good . . . I am often worried about the trailer being hit by lightning, with all of that aluminum framing. Again, nothing so far. In case our utilities won't run at high altitude, we have some lower alternatives all set, but that is not my first choice.
profdant139 08/28/16 10:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: dragging the propane tanks...

Sure enough, when I pulled my propane cover off this morning to put on a nylon core lock nut, the whole vertical threaded bolt was pretty easy to turn by hand. It certainly could have come undone, given enough time and enough vibration. Worse yet, this is not something that is immediately apparent -- the bolt was not wobbly, and the whole assembly would tighten up normally when I would spin the big wing nut on top. So without this thread, I am not sure when I would have discovered this issue.
profdant139 08/26/16 07:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hwy 395 Hwy 120 and 6.... are they good for a 42' 5th wheel

If you have never taken 395, you are in for a treat! Beautiful.
profdant139 08/25/16 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: pardon me if this isn't where it's supposed to be...

Kirk Creek? But yes, there are few places to camp -- the real estate is very expensive!!
profdant139 08/25/16 07:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Short Wife???

Mine wears hiking boots with thick soles -- she can now see the thermostat.
profdant139 08/25/16 07:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: dragging the propane tanks...

Scary! A leak and a spark, and you'd have had a rocket pack. I like the idea of the lock nut for extra safety. That is my next project!
profdant139 08/25/16 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocking at 10k feet: will fridge/water heater work?

Phil, we'll keep an eye on the weather for sure – we've got NOAA shortwave radio, and we carry chains for the truck and for the trailer. If it looks like more than just snow flurries, we will leave immediately. And Green, I'm not sure I can get you video of the scenery along the roadway, but we will certainly take lots of photos of the entire area. It looks pretty interesting on Google Earth –-- sort of a high plateau, punctuated by really high mountains. I'm not sure how this area evolved, geologically – check out this photo, which is an image capture from Google Earth – the whole mountain range is over hundred miles long, with the spine running east and west. It looks kind of like the skeleton of a fish. Based on that photo, here is the guess of a rank geological amateur – this was an anticline, which is an uplifted dome of sedimentary rock. It was then glaciated, and the isolated peaks in the Mirror Lake area (on the west end of the "spine") are remnants of the deeply dissected uplifted sedimentary plain. If there is anyone who has more information on this, I'd be very interested! http://i.imgur.com/aSz28aPl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8
profdant139 08/25/16 01:09pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 3 step for travel trailer

Another Glowstep fan. They are not cheap, though.
profdant139 08/24/16 09:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to Travel Trailers: Looking for Opinions

Whatever you choose, do it! You will have so much fun with those kids. We did not discover trailering until our kids were grown -- and so we missed out on a lot. Good luck!
profdant139 08/24/16 08:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Shower Walls?

We have the same thing. Our bath is a wet bath -- toilet inside the shower area. So I always wipe down the vinyl wallpaper with a squeegee, followed by a towel. The towel dries overnight, and we can use it again the next day. Bottom line -- no problem. We spend weeks at a time with this setup, showering every evening. I tried waxing the vinyl wallpaper with car wax -- it accomplished nothing and I stopped doing it. We have a vinyl shower curtain that hangs inside the door. But there is no curtain protecting the wallpaper. I am not sure that the wallpaper really needs to be wiped down every night -- but it can't hurt, right?
profdant139 08/24/16 08:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Good Trailers that weigh 3500 lbs or less.

If you are never going to tow in the mountains, you can probably push the limits of the vehicle. But in steep terrain, you need beefy brakes and transmission.
profdant139 08/24/16 09:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocking at 10k feet: will fridge/water heater work?

Well, I am encouraged -- I will report back on what happened in October!
profdant139 08/24/16 09:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking at 10k feet: will fridge/water heater work?

We have been in such windy conditions that we had to move the truck right next to the water heater so it would not blow out! Plus blowing snow -- perfect boondocking weather.
profdant139 08/23/16 10:35pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking at 10k feet: will fridge/water heater work?

The spider web issue is a good point -- I will use compressed air to clean out the burners in advance.
profdant139 08/23/16 09:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Boondocking at 10k feet: will fridge/water heater work?

We are planning to boondock for several days during September in the Mirror Lake area of Utah, east of Heber City. The forest roads are mostly at around 10,000 feet, and some are at 10,500. My question is whether our appliances will still function at that altitude. In the Sierras and in Colorado, we have often boondocked at at 9500 feet, and our water heater sometimes will not work unless we open the small metal door covering the water heater. So I am concerned that we are already at the practical limit of our stock equipment, which is not specially modified for very high altitude. I suppose that what I will have to do is tow the trailer to the very high country, stop by the side of the road, light the water heater, and see if it works at all. If not, we will have to retreat back down the highway a few miles, to where the altitude drops to around 9000 feet. That is not where I want to be, but I may have no choice. I would appreciate hearing from folks who have camped at very high altitudes -- thanks in advance.
profdant139 08/23/16 07:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

I am not sure if this is the same Bridgeport -- there are several in Calif. This is in the Eastern Sierra, north of Tioga Pass. If there is a covered bridge in this area, I have never seen it.
profdant139 08/23/16 02:22pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

Thanks. Those shadowy creatures are just big aspen trees, looming over our little trailer.
profdant139 08/23/16 10:26am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Newbie Question

By the way, have you ever been to RMNP in September? If not, you are in for a treat -- beautiful, cool, lots of fall foliage, and bugling elks! The hikes are world-class. If possible, do Tombstone Ridge in the high country -- it is almost flat, and the views are breathtaking.
profdant139 08/22/16 07:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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