Anyone that relies 100% on the routing of a GPS will one day be surprised when it takes you into a dead end street
Well, you COULD update you maps. It's free... :B
Just wait grasshopper, your day will come :B
Oh, by the way, my maps are up to date
Dude, It's more than about maps, you need to upgrade your hardware! We're running 3597A LMT HD and getting traffic re-routes like 30X a minute. Life is good! :)
We use VRBO and fly to a different Caribbean Island every year - Hawaii without the high costs, surly resort workers or crowds! You couldn't pay me to get on a cruise ship and pay high-end costs for drinks and food, and be told to "be back on the dock when the 2nd horn blows". Instead of that cr*p, I'll be out on the road, legally drinking a cold beer behind the wheel of my minivan to go pick mangoes and starfruit in the rain forest, spending my money there with THE FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET. Please keep in mind the many cancellations rampant today are due to the US Gov't laws mandating fines for flights that run late or sit on the runway innocently waiting out storms or busy taxiways - unlike Uncle Sam, your Airline does not nave a machine to print money, so they simply cancel and re-book the flights so as to avoid paying the fines. The next time some Gov't Nimrod beaureaucrat tells you they are going to address widespread public complaints with a new regulation, RUN, DON'T WALK! :) VIVA CRUZAN! VIVA APPLETON! Rum Punch on me...
"Summer and it might be in the 90's in So Cal. I would want the A/C unit to run. Otherwise I might stay at a friend's house near Disneyland.:
Uh, I've lived within 45 minutes of there, and don't need AC nor heating, living 20 miles inland...Good God man, there's no humitidity here! 90 feels like 72, You can sleep in an upstairs loft in an abandoned hotel and be comfortable. It's why its so g*damned crowded, after all! Come, camp, and spend a ridiculous amount of money to do it. This is the socialist utopia, coming soon to your state, that will set your free, brudah!
That's unusual popeye59, we bought AGM on its feature of going lower than traditional 12V lead-acid batteries (60% discharge) without damage. Maybe dual 6V golf cart batteries have lower rates and my specs don't compare AGMs to those, but vs. traditional 12V marine deep cycle cells. My Optima Blue Top has a 2008 date on it and is still delivering what I paid for (keep it on a float charger to minimize static decomposition).
I agree with the use of Air Bag suspension to level your vehicle. We use a Firestone Coil Rite product on our PRIUS (Torklift 2" receiver, Curt lighting harness) and it's outstanding at preventing bottoming-out in places like curbs or campgrounds.
US Federal Law protects temporary enclosures (cabin, motel room, RV, tent) as a LEGAL RESIDENCE. You are permitted to possess and carry a loaded firearm within your campsite (temporary residence) without need for special permits, as it qualifies as a "residence". I live in California, more or less the most restrictive state in the nation, so I HAVE and MUST be aware of these laws. We are tent campers and have/possess handguns at all times. I carry in my vehicle at all times, including LEGALLY on military bases. When I travel to D.C., I fly to BALTIMORE airport and disembark for my rent-a-car there as I don't need to store my firearm at the airport in DC, but rather LEGALLY "pass through" DC, following federal carry laws (inside a lockbox, with the loaded magazine not attached, but in the same container), and staying overnight on Pennsylvania Avenue, as I'm "passing through". Same rules when I visit NJ. Sure, check the laws within your states of travel, follow the NRA guidelines, and understand the Constitution's federal protections regarding 50-state "residence" rights you have.
AGM. AGM. AGM. AGM. Charleie D is mistaken, AGM batteries are designed as direct replacements for old-school wet-cell technology. And AGM cells are NOT gel cells!!! Do a search of these posts, or better yet some AGM research, and you'll find out why you get more value for your money. And all the other advantages are frosting on the cake.
Save your $. If you've got a smartphone, get the CoPilot GPS app for about $10. Maps will download to your phone and you won't need to use data while navigating. Wish I had bought this in the beginning and not splurged on the Rand McNally 7720. Live and learn...die and forget it all.
Sure, just don't get out of range of those cell towers...and make sure your data plan can absorb the data you'll be using...and make do with the 2nd-rate software off those apps...etc., etc.
GPS units still have their advantages in these areas. We just upgraded to the Garmin Nuvi 3597LMT HD, their flagship. Its magnetic mount is worth the extra money, just pull and stow. I'm getting 10X the traffic updates and have saved commute time three times in the last two weeks as a result. No hanging wire, and it's as small and thin as a smartphone. We have smartphones and there's a mile of difference between them and a good GPS. Now this is only a personal opinion, based on my own hands-on experience. Can't speak for others. :)
Folks seeking good snorkeling near Bahia Honda will see 10X the sealife with an inexpensive boat trip to Sombrero Reef out of Marathon. This is the closest thing we've found to Caribe-quality snorkeling outside of the leeward islands.
My problem is I have thieves that like to cut locks and steal RV and boat batteries to sell to the scrap yard. I've had 3 locks cut and 4 6VDC golf cart batteries stolen. And ya know those aren't cheap. How well do these boxes lock? It looked like the one on the etrailer site was different with a steel frame and maybe sturdier. Not sure how those lids were attached.
You could switch out to AGM batteries and have them inside your rig, under a dinette, a bed or a cabinet, even mounted upside down! :B
Is unsafe having your friend's caravan lose all their Prerunner Race Team trucks, vehicles, trailers, gear, and money to bandits? (they did this for many years without harm)
Is unsafe having your daughter's high-school friend go in a group and never be seen again - it's been, let's see now, 5 years ago? (out city is the safest in the county)
We're 25 miles from the southern border, I have lived in South America, and had a nice home during the WORST of the late '80s terrorism - bombings, beheadings, etc., and I'd NEVER go to Mex other than the heavily-armed tourist areas like Cabo and Cancun, and then only by flying in and out without leaving the immediate "safe" areas. Those are the ONLY safe areas. We miss "the old days" very, very much, but they're not here yet. The journalists dare not say a word without fear from the narcotrafficantes - this is where corruption lives. Take your chances if you must, but you are warned friend.
I want to thank tplife for suggesting that I contact Big Agnes about the problem I have with defective zippers in their tent. I have had other folks say the same thing, but this time it "took". I wrote to Big Agnes and they will repair the tent. I just got it in the mail today and B.A. estimates repair within 3 wks. Thanks again for hitting the right note that made me go ahead and write to Big Agnes.
Gypsy, you would have done the same thing for me! This is why the higher cost of quality (Big Agnes, Mountain HardWear, Northface, MSR, Sierra Designs, EMS, REI, Marmot) is the best value over time for serious tent campers. :B
O'Nuts, your Sundome will do the job and get you some seasons of evaluation to decide if you really need a good tent. If you buy a $500 tent and don't use it, you'll kick yourself. If you use the Sundome for a couple of seasons and need more, you will have gained a cheap education! Many recommend a tarp for adding some wind/rain integrity. Remember to seal your seams using a small paintbrush and a standard seam sealer inside and out with two coats. Happy Camping!
A trip to a company like REI or EMS sports will cost you more, but you'll leave with a (max 10X10) 4 to 6-man tent that won't fall apart in a year and will give you wind and rain integrity. We've bought 3 new-with-tags high-end models off Ebay at 60% off MSRP, but some folks just can't follow auctions. Unless you only camp in summer, cots and air mattresses will "leave you cold" as they are heat sinks that suck the warmth out of you while you sleep. Companies like MegaMat and ThermaRest sell a wide variety of foam-based cellular self-inflating sleeping pads. We have several, some are over 25 years old, and only twice have we had a leak, one easily fixed on the spot with a bit of superglue and another repaired free under warranty. Anything you buy that doesn't feature a "5.0 R-Value" or better is a recipe for a bad camping experience - self-inflating sleeping pads list their R-values for your comfort. We also use a Prius for our camping journeys, with room for 3, hardwood storage for a 4-day weekend, 12V AGM portable power for a 200W Polk/Kenwood sound system and charging duties, 3 Coleman lanterns on adjustable tripods, plus food and gear with room to spare.
Torklift 2" Eco-Hitch
Curt Wiring Harness
Firestone Coil-Rite Air Suspension
Thule Transporter Combi Cargo Box
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+2 to Yosemite Lakes! Trout fishing (and catching) on lures (catch and release) right there on tthhe river, and yes, 5 miles from the West Gate of Yosemite. 50A service and as Executive said, you don't need to be a member to stay there.