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RE: Few short TTs at RV show.

"If your trailer is so small that you have to go outside to change your mind, it's too small." After twelve years of camping (for 60 to 90 nights a year), we are still very happy in a trailer with a box 139 inches long (less than 12 feet!). The trick is that DW is very small, very agile, and very easy to get along with. ;) All kidding aside, we are not looking forward to the time when we have to shop for a new trailer -- there is almost nothing on the market that is as small as we would like. We do a lot of off-pavement boondocking, and a little trailer can fit into the darndest places. Oh, well. Maybe I will just cut one of those big ones in half??
profdant139 01/16/18 03:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1-15-2018 update on Hwy 101 Santa Barbara

So terrible -- that lovely area just devastated. Trying to find a silver lining. How about this -- with 101 closed and Highway 1 closed in Big Sur, the area between the closures should have plenty of vacancies in the campgrounds. Not funny.
profdant139 01/15/18 09:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yosemite Spring Trip

Just FYI, no way to know if the high country around Tuolumne Meadows will be available in May. In a light snow year, it might be. And unfortunately, this is not a good snow year yet. Stay tuned!
profdant139 01/15/18 12:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
100 watts of solar for $99, shipped and with controller

Is this for real? Flexible, too!
profdant139 01/05/18 10:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Foam pad on window in RV door: monofilament holds it in

Farmboy, that is great! But what keeps the end of the elastic from popping out of the trim? Is it sewn double thick at the end, maybe?
profdant139 01/05/18 06:56pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Foam pad on window in RV door: monofilament holds it in

Farmboy, that sounds like a winner -- if you get a chance, could you post some photos to show how that works? Thanks.
profdant139 01/05/18 12:46pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Foam pad on window in RV door: monofilament holds it in

Yes, Reflectix would work -- this foam pad probably has about the same R-value, but it is stiffer (which helps it stay in place). Reflectix is lighter, which is often a good thing. I did not want to put velcro on the window, so that is why I went with the fishing line. Plus, the fishing line is just plain funny, and that is always a big plus.
profdant139 01/04/18 07:51pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Foam pad on window in RV door: monofilament holds it in

We often camp in pretty cold conditions – subfreezing but not sub-zero. On a recent winter trip, we realized that the frosted single-pane window that is inset into the trailer door was losing a lot of heat. So when I got home, I rigged up a way to hold a foam insulating pad on the inside of that window. I think that other folks who camp in cold weather might find this useful. As I do on our other windows, I used foam flooring material (from Costco), which comes in interlocking panels (about 2 feet square), cut down to fit the window opening. The foam is about a half inch thick and is fairly stiff. The window in our trailer's door was about 21 inches by 15 inches. (Actually, I measured it in millimeters to give myself the illusion of precision.) I cut the pad to size with a box cutter: https://i.imgur.com/wSQCp3Ul.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. The trickiest issue is how to hold the pad in place? I thought about Velcro or magnets (my best friends) but decided to string four strands of monofilament fishing line (10 lb. test, I think) across the window to contain the pad. Here is a shot of the finished project with the pad in place: https://i.imgur.com/yp9JOjRl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. And this is a close-up of one of the monofilament cross-strings: https://i.imgur.com/uDudSJQl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. In order to create the cross-strings, I first took out a screw (one at a time!) and stuck one end of the string into the hole: https://i.imgur.com/cICZLIWl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. (By the way, please excuse the greasy fingers -- that's what my hands look like on a "garage day.") I then screwed the screw back into the hole, trapping the end of the monofilament: https://i.imgur.com/1l5ADcil.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. After tightening that screw, I removed the screw on the opposite side of the frame. I cut the monofilament to be about 3/4 of an inch too long and then stuck that end of the line into the screw hole. As I tightened the screw, it tightened the monofilament, taking up the slack. (Bonus – if you tighten the monofilament just right and then tap it with your finger, it sounds like a cheap ukulele.) In order to install the insulating pad, just slip one end under the lowest string and slide it up into place. Remove it by sliding it down. We store it under one of the dinette cushions -- a little extra padding never hurt anything, right?
profdant139 01/04/18 05:19pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: California 395 north to Oregon in early February

If you have never taken that road in the winter, do it (unless it is blizzarding). Incredibly beautiful. Take your time -- stop in Bishop, and Mammoth, and Lee Vining. If you are into snow-shoeing (and who isn't??), there is an infinite amount of great terrain to explore. The picture in my signature was taken just north of Lee Vining in the fall. In the winter, it is even better.
profdant139 01/03/18 09:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: A Little Upgrade - Change

Your RV has nicer furniture than my living room at home. My next couch is going to have cupholders, for sure. ;)
profdant139 01/03/18 09:26pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Let's See Your Frankenstein Repairs

Most of my on-the-road hack repairs involve mass quantities of duct tape. One time I had a blowout that destroyed the wheel well -- replaced it on the road with lots of cardboard and tape. So your work does, indeed, look pretty darn good to me. I carry a very large toolbox in my truck, with all sorts of repair options -- baling wire, self-curing fiberglass tape, steel rods, you name it. So far, I have rarely lugged it out of the cargo bay, but it is only a matter of time.
profdant139 01/03/18 09:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Northern California rv site

If you can get your rig to the RV park at Shelter Cove, that is where I would start the trail. I am not sure where the nearest train station would be -- maybe Leggett?? Also, if you have a choice of dates, talk to the Ranger about the best time of the month to go -- is it better to go with a full moon or new moon (big tide swings), or half moon (less tidal variation)?
profdant139 01/03/18 10:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Electric smoker Lil red honda

Big Green Egg! (Might need another pontoon on the houseboat, though -- BGE is real heavy.) ;)
profdant139 01/03/18 09:56am Tech Issues
RE: looking for TT manufacture recomendation for dry camping

I don't know anything about Rockwood, but I have read that the chassis on Nash is specifically designed for off-road use. If that is true, that is impressive.
profdant139 01/03/18 09:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Northern California rv site

Where are you going to pick up the trail? Maybe the Westport area is closest to the trailhead. Or Shelter Cove? Both have RV parks. Very twisty roads in that whole neck of the woods -- choose your route carefully. I have done bits and pieces of the trail --never the whole thing. A lot of it involves walking in the sand, which is fine if you have preconditioned your legs for that.
profdant139 01/02/18 01:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Let's See Your Frankenstein Repairs

Hmmm . . . your roadside improvisation looks better than my best efforts at home. Very disturbing. ;)
profdant139 01/02/18 01:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Curved Lath to Hold Door Half Open: simple, but it works!

Turnthe Page, that is a good idea! Unfortunately, the screen door on my trailer is so light and flimsy that I would be hesitant to add any weight to it. There is already a lexan panel in the area of the latch, but it does not accomplish much.
profdant139 01/02/18 04:09am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: looking for TT manufacture recomendation for dry camping

I'd recommend the small Fun Finder (see photo below), but they no longer make it! Small is great for remote camping --- check out our blog to see what kind of trouble we can get into (and out of). ;) Whatever you get, save some money for an axle flip, some upgraded shocks, and some bigger tires -- very handy in rough and muddy conditions.
profdant139 01/01/18 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Route from San Diego (CA) to Sedona (AZ)

What kind of an RV is it? If it is a towed RV (trailer or fifth wheel), build in a lot of extra time for getting it parked just right -- not easy for a newbie. (It'll get easier over time.) Be sure to take good notes when you take delivery -- the various systems can be a bit daunting at first. I would also use rvparkreviews.com in addition to the one suggested by kerrlakeRoo. In any event, let us know how it went!
profdant139 01/01/18 09:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Mini-catalytic heater for keeping tanks warm off-grid??

rj, that would work, except that the furnace draws a lot of juice. We mostly boondock. If we had hookups, it would be a different story.
profdant139 01/01/18 09:12am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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