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RE: Shipping a small trailer & truck across US vs driving?

Someone asked about why one would go across the country to see the leaves change. The answer is that the Eastern leaves are just better than Western. We have aspens out here -- very nice -- just spent a month in Colorado looking at aspens -- but the leaves back East are very different. A whole spectrum of color. And that's what floats the boat for DW, so that's why I will cheerfully drag myself across the country and into Canada. Remember the rule, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy?" This is the corollary -- if Momma is happy, everyone else is, too! Ask me how I know this, after 41 years together. ;)
profdant139 10/07/15 09:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Shipping a small trailer & truck across US vs driving?

Hmmm. I am sensing a consensus here -- just drive! And I like the idea of coming home via the Southern route in late October -- the weather gets cooler. The reason I asked is that poor DW goes nuts after three straight days of driving. So we will just have to break up the drive into smaller bits.
profdant139 10/06/15 03:55pm Travel Trailers
Shipping a small trailer & truck across US vs driving?

We are thinking about a trip along the East Coast, north to south, during leaf season in 2016. (Long range planning!) Has anyone shipped the trailer and tow vehicle across the country, instead of driving all that way? (We would fly to the East Coast.) Thanks in advance for your advice!
profdant139 10/06/15 09:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for part (and it's real name)

In the meantime, try a piece of thick cardboard and some duct tape -- very stylish! ;)
profdant139 10/06/15 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Off Road Caravans becoming mainstream in Australia

Won't some US outfit copy those amazing Aussie caravans? I would pay a lot to have a comfortable off road trailer. Mine is OK after a lot of modifications, but it took a lot of effort to replicate the "off the shelf" units from down under. I still don't understand why the USA is so far behind the curve. Sigh.
profdant139 10/04/15 08:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: In need for a new DD truck to tow small TT

Just a thought -- yes, a big big truck is always better for towing. But life is a series of compromises. A moderate truck that is sufficient to do the job will also get better "daily driver" mileage. Not everyone is wealthy -- if you do a lot of commuting with a truck, there is a big dollar difference between 20 mpg and 15 mgp. Yes, gas is cheaper now than it has been. But as we know, it will go back up. If you are wealthy, just get the biggest truck you can, and forget mpg.
profdant139 09/08/15 10:12am Travel Trailers
RE: I'm confused....as usual

Well, speaking only for myself, I am just a TT slob, but I try to camp like a rugged XTC aficionado (rough roads, remote campsites, minimalism, self-sufficiency, etc.) So that is why I spend a lot of time on the TC forum -- I get great ideas from you folks, and once in a while I chip in with one of my "wannabe TC" suggestions. I hope that's ok! (If not, I can always lurk -- but I would feel guilty in taking your ideas without contributing anything.)
profdant139 09/07/15 12:51pm Truck Campers
RE: In need for a new DD truck to tow small TT

Another vote for a Tacoma -- ours is 4 door, short bed, 4x4. But if you don't get a WD, be sure to get a sway bar, at least. That is what we use with our little trailer, and it works. By the way, if your Tacoma is your daily driver, and you put something like BFG Rugged Terrain tires, you can get about 21 mpg under good conditions. With my new BFG All Terrains, I am now getting a little less than 20 mpg. When towing, it's 10 mpg, of course.
profdant139 09/05/15 10:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Forest Service Campgrounds with electricity

I've never seen a forest service cg with electricity -- but that would be great -- it would cut down on the generator noise! And all those darn shade trees tend to impair my solar panel. ;)
profdant139 09/05/15 10:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Extra entry step

Doug, it does make sense. I forgot that one rides INSIDE a Class A, unlike a trailer! I suppose you could use a parachute . . . . ;)
profdant139 09/05/15 10:13am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Extra entry step

Doug, I think that their "6 step" version would work with a Class A -- click on that link and then scroll down to the "Application Guide" table -- it can take care of a drop of 56 inches from the RV to the ground! But I would contact them and ask before ordering, obviously.
profdant139 09/04/15 05:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Extra entry step

Maybe check this out -- it's an after-market step that reaches all the way to the ground, with adjustable legs for uneven terrain: Glowstep Revolution It appears to be well-engineered -- have not seen it in person yet.
profdant139 09/04/15 09:14am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Pending Maiden Voyage - Need helpful tips and advice

The best thing to make for dinner is reservations. ;) Seriously, don't stress -- you will make misteaks and you will laugh a lot. Welcome to the Club!! It gets a lot easier over time.
profdant139 09/03/15 10:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Redwood RV resort

If you go up to the Prairie Creek area, we liked Kamp Klamath -- not everyone does. Sort of funky. Check out rvparkreviews.com.
profdant139 08/31/15 06:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Smoke maps and the West

Very helpful -- thanks!
profdant139 08/31/15 09:04am Roads and Routes
RE: Mt. McKinley is once again Denali

Gee, Katuna, I hope you don't mean me! No hate or disrespect intended -- just having a little fun with the name change.
profdant139 08/31/15 02:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Mt. McKinley is once again Denali

President Obama has just changed the name of the mountain: Article on renaming So will they now start to call it "McKinley National Park?" And in other news, the president will once again be known as "Barry." ;)
profdant139 08/30/15 05:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Baja North

How is the security at that park in San Quintin?
profdant139 08/30/15 09:36am RVing in Mexico and South America
A bear decides to roll himself down a hill at Denali

This was just posted to Youtube: Bear rolling I have no idea why this bear is doing this -- maybe just having fun? Extraordinary footage.
profdant139 08/28/15 10:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Hwy 1 north of the bay area vs. big sur?

Naio, as I have said earlier, you will have no trouble with any part of this road, in your little van. But you asked for more detail on the north. The part from Marin to Stimson Beach is very twisty and slow, as is the part where the road leaves the coast and then heads inland to Leggett. (I have done that part with a small trailer. Not a problem, but not easy, either.) The rest of the road is just fine. The views are fairly good -- the views are spectacular south of San Francisco to Morro Bay. And just to whet your appetite for the area, this is a shot of the Lost Coast, taken above Mattole Campground: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iwzIsoovCzQ/Tjx7BD-0HcI/AAAAAAAAC74/ji4quwt9PxE/s400/IMGP7027.JPG height=400 width=600 Mattole Campground is just made for your van -- the road to get there is terrible, bad for trailers or big rigs, so you can take advantage of your small size and agility. If you are interested in more photos and text, please feel free to click on my blog link below and use the search bar -- type in Big Sur, and Mattole, and Ft. Bragg, and Jackson State Forest, and Mendocino, and Humboldt Redwoods, and Prairie Creek, and Van Damme State Park, and Russian Gulch State Park, just for starters.
profdant139 08/28/15 05:34pm Roads and Routes
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