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RE: Pacific Coast Highway

Despite the closures, if you have the time, it is well worth coming in from the north side and camping on the Big Sur coast. Isolated, dramatic, and unique area -- thousand foot cliffs plunging down to the ocean, redwoods in the canyons, whales on the horizon. Plus, look at it this way -- the fact that the road is blocked cuts down on the usual crowds! (There is always a bright side.) ;)
profdant139 03/17/18 09:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Interesting way to dump the black tank

Someone mentioned trains -- recall the Arlo Guthrie song, "Spirit of New Orleans." There is a line in there about "passengers will please refrain." The porter is asking the folks not to use the facilities when the train is in the station, for obvious reasons.
profdant139 03/16/18 05:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Planner Plodder vs On the Fly

In most aspects of my life, I am a plodding planner. And that is how we started out in the early days of our RV travels, in 2005. Gradually, we stopped making reservations for the whole trip. Finally, we stopped making them at all. This enables us to change destinations at the very last minute, due to weather or health or whim. So we have been "winging it" for about nine years now, with no problem. But there is a catch: first, we travel mostly in the West, where there are more campgrounds (I think) than back East. And second, there are times when we are entering a large urban area, it's three pm, and we want to make sure we get a site. So we call ahead and make a "late in the day" reservation. (This is on longer driving days, when we are not sure where we are going to be at the end of the day.)
profdant139 03/15/18 03:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mathers Campground Grand Canyon

If you end up at Trailer Village instead of Mather, bring a thick tarp to drape over your sewer hose -- the ravens will peck through the hose. Why the ravens do this here and nowhere else, I don't know. But it's true.
profdant139 03/14/18 09:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting used to a longer trailer

My hat is off to you! My trailer (see photo below) is smaller than your slide-out.
profdant139 03/12/18 09:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Vent/Rain Covers to Install over Factory Vent Fans???

I installed the Maxxair II (Roman numeral two, I think) cover. Keeps the rain and snow out, even in thunderstorms and blizzards. Not hard to install.
profdant139 03/12/18 09:31am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Yellowstone and Tetons from Washington State

Just to add to Richard's excellent points, we have seen big traffic jams at YNP triggered by something as trivial as a coyote sighting. Be careful on winding roads -- you can come around the corner and there is a long line of stopped cars. It may take a half hour or more for the jam to clear, after the coyote walks back into the bushes.
profdant139 03/11/18 10:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for solar suggestions

For what it's worth, you sound like a minimalist, which would sort of describe us, too. We camp for weeks at a time with two group 31 batteries and a 120 watt portable suitcase panel. This tops up the battery every day (if it is not too cloudy). We use it for lights, the fridge, the water heater, the furnace (sparingly), the pump, and an inverter to charge an iPhone. This is not a fancy solar unit -- just a Chinese imitation of a Renogy suitcase, with a controller. Easy to deploy, easy to hook up, easy to store. A rooftop unit would be even easier, but we camp in the shade most of the time.
profdant139 03/10/18 09:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Post Eclipse Redux

Jefe, I'm sorry that you ran into so many folks -- that is not your style of camping. We were boondocking north of Stanley, Idaho, for the eclipse -- the rangers had set aside huge parking areas for the crowds. Hardly anyone showed up! We were expecting what jefe saw in Oregon, but luckily it did not happen. If anyone wants to see more eclipse-related photos, here's a link to our blog: Sawtooth trip
profdant139 03/09/18 10:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Light Trailer Towing

For whatever it's worth, I tow the little trailer in my signature below with a Tacoma and a friction anti-sway bar. Over a hundred thousand miles so far, in some very sketchy conditions -- ice, snow, mud, cross-wind, very steep ups and downs. No problem.
profdant139 03/09/18 05:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bears and garbage

Dave, thanks for the tip on the second rope -- that will help us get more altitude when the trees are smaller!
profdant139 03/09/18 05:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Setting up a camp for four months?

You're not talking about boondocking on public land for months at a time, right? As far as I know, that is not permitted. On private land, are you thinking about doing without hookups (especially sewage) for that period of time? Before you buy the rig, maybe try discussing this idea with landowners in the areas that interest you. You may also have to deal with the county planning or zoning folks -- there may be permits required. Once you find a spot that will suit your needs, the rig will follow -- for example, if there are hookups, you may be able to get away with a very minimal setup, since you won't need big waste water tanks. If there are no hookups, you will need tanks and will need to find a dump station nearby. Good luck, and keep us posted!
profdant139 03/05/18 08:52am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Goodyear Enduance vs Maxxis 8008

CapriRacer, that was a very helpful observation about the nylon cap -- I did not know that!
profdant139 03/04/18 10:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Decision made

Well done! If this is your first RV, ask lots of questions on the forum.
profdant139 03/04/18 04:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Torklift GlowStep Revolution for Travel Trailer

We have used these in sand -- no problem. The feet have pads that support the weight and do not sink in. You may not need a board at all. Deep mud is a different story. Don't park in a big puddle.
profdant139 03/04/18 04:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Rain- X in the shower?

I wax the inside of the toilet after every trip, using Gel Gloss. It keeps the toilet a lot cleaner during the trip. That is all I am going to say about this. But trust me, it makes a big difference.
profdant139 03/03/18 07:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Whazoo's Boondock The Big Quiet

Tim, I remember the first time we were in a place that quiet -- boondocking in the Eastern Sierra. Both DW and I were trying to figure out what that noise was -- whoosh whoosh whoosh -- sounded like a pump was on somewhere. (We have spent all of our lives in the urban roar of Southern California.) Looked under the seat -- nope, the water pump was off. It took us a few minutes to figure it out. And now it ain't boondocking without that soundtrack!
profdant139 03/03/18 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Portable solar

For whatever it is worth, we park the trailer in the shade and move our portable solar into the sun. This has worked fine for us, for a couple of years now. I did add an extra long and extra heavy gauge cable so we could move the panel far from the trailer without a bad voltage drop.
profdant139 03/03/18 07:48pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Torklift GlowStep Revolution for Travel Trailer

Ours has just one position at the top. This was an early model. It looks like they have evolved the design!
profdant139 03/03/18 07:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Torklift GlowStep Revolution for Travel Trailer

OK, just one more comment. You can also see in that shot that I attached a piece of Astroturf to the bottom step, using long cable ties. That is not a Torklift-approved accessory! But we are doing all that we can to keep dirt out of the trailer.
profdant139 03/03/18 05:38pm Travel Trailers
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