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RE: Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

I frequently use CalTopo.
SteveAE 01/25/20 02:29pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: RV Places In Monterrey Bay California

If your rig isn't too big (I believe ~21' max), Veterans Memorial Park is nice. The sites are big enough, but the access road is narrow, steep and winding, hence the size limit.
SteveAE 01/18/20 10:27am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: downsizing for the winter

We also prefer to travel around to different places for about three months at a time. We generally look for boondocking sites where we then hike, bike, boat, and relax for a few days before moving on. Our bumper pull trailer is 22' long and we find it just about the right size for our lifestyle. Yes, it gets tight in extended weather events, but we can always change our location if it goes on too long. It's probably too big about 10% of the time. Took a look at the floor plan for the trailer you are considering and the only concern I have is that, when sitting on the couch, you have your backs to the only real window. Where a dinette (with improved cushions) allows both people to look out the window. And a horseshoe shaped dinette allows two people to lounge (heads by the window and feet hanging into the walkway)....with a dog between them:)
SteveAE 01/10/20 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Puppy Teething: Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde

The reason we chose the breeder we got Augie from, is that she and her family spend a LOT of time doing psychological things with the puppies to make them calm, trusting, and unafraid, and I can certainly see that in Augie (I was SO grateful to see him run up to the TV and happily watch fireworks!) so I don't think he has fear issues? Exercise? We are blessed to have a massive dog park nearby - today Augie played with a labradoodle a few months older than him; and yes, 10 minutes romping with a dog friend is a LOT more effective than Ed and I simply walking him.....LOL! So for everyone's sanity (especially our little 20-lb Ben the Aussiedoodle) - going to the park is a daily routine. I've owned Aussies for 40-some years. I'm used to their quirks (and the challenge of staying one step ahead of them....LOL!) but had never encountered such a huge change in attitude over the course of just a few days. Sounds like Pawz4me has seen this before so you must have it pegged. I agree with you that choosing a good breeder is very important (Nature vs. Nurture). If you feel like giving your pup a, slightly older, red-tri "girl friend", take a drive out to sunny (I hope) Southern Arizona. We plan to spend the winter circling the southern part of the state, camping, bird watching, hiking/backpacking, and packrafting.
SteveAE 12/22/19 04:55pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Puppy Teething: Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde

Deb and Ed M, Greetings from a fellow Aussie pup owner (our's is about one month older than your's). I thought that i would reply with our experiences. Puppies, when awake, do have to pee quite frequently (like every half hour). Only when asleep can they "hold it". At about 5 months of age, we noticed significantly longer pee's (signifying more complete emptying of the bladder). The diaharaha could be the grains. Our prior Aussie had the same problem until we switched to a "quality" grain free food. It was a joy (to us) when the puppy canines (sharp needles) fell out. But we didn't notice any change in her temperament when this happened. Of course all pups are different. Perhaps part of what you were seeing was a fear stage. "Usually" there are two such periods in a pup's life, one at ~2 months and a second at ~9 months of age. The timing is a bit off, but maybe???? Aussies want to please their owners. But being a working bread, they also need tons of exercise (both physical and mental), least they turn that energy into more destructive behavior. In our experience (four Aussies over the past ~40 years), a well exercised Aussie is a happy Aussie. Besides regular walks and playing with other dogs (also very important), you might consider agility (when he gets a bit older), nose work, rally, etc. to keep his mind busy. You might also wish to consider once a week doggie-day-care for 6 months or so to help with dog socialization. Of course, regular human socialization time is also important. I suspect you'll wind up with a great dog, it just takes time and lots (and lots) of patience.
SteveAE 12/22/19 09:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: Route suggestions please!

Hi, You might want to consider getting some of these e-books. I suspect they'll help quite a bit with your travel planning. We were at Organ Pipe Cactus in 2018. Soooo many boarder patrol agents, it's probably safer than most cities in the country. Have fun.
SteveAE 10/28/19 06:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Southern Utah in late June?

X2 on what BarryG20 said. Another area to consider down there, that time of year, might be Cedar Mesa. It isn't a place to just drive through (you'll be sorely disappointed), but rather it's a great place to hike to see ruins. If it was me, I would save S. Utah for a trip all on it's own. Two months there might, just might, give you a great introduction to that country.....especially if you like to hike. Have fun.
SteveAE 09/16/19 06:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Parking at Hovenweep National Monument

As has been said, it isn't a very busy place and there is plenty of room to turn around. Not all the campground sites are appropriate for larger RV's, but there are a few. In the unlikely event you didn't get a site large enough for your rig, you could just park at the visitor center or along the road. Great, quiet, place to spend a couple days. Have fun.
SteveAE 09/12/19 08:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Which Oregon Highway?

97 is probably faster and busier. Along 97 you can stop at Shanko (an fun, old, town to explore....as long as they haven't "rolled up the sidewalks" for the year yet). 197 has a fairly steep grade dropping down to the Deschutes River and then back up the other side. But, if you wanted to explore the Deschutes river (go rafting, drive down to Shears Falls, check out the White River, etc), then that would be the way to go. If you truly had a day to burn then I would suggest 97 to Shanko, then backtrack the few miles back to 197 and go that route north. Enjoy the journey.
SteveAE 09/10/19 06:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: John Day Fossil Beds NM

Hi. I can't help with the camping (unless you are rafting), but may be able to help with the bug question. It is doubtful that there will be flying bugs (if any, they would be the pesky little black flies). But there will probably be ticks in the grass. So if you bring a dog, I suggest treating him/her with Frontline or similar a week or two prior. Have fun.
SteveAE 02/26/19 08:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How do you guys carry bicycles inside?

I welded up a steel frame and screwed some track it so that the bikes stand vertically, alternating between front tire up and rear tire up. The track (and frame) extends horizontally at the bottom to better support the weight of each bike. There is a bar between the bikes to keep them secure and a large hook up high to hold them in place while I strap the wheels to the trays. Darn thing weighs more than my two bikes....but it is rock solid. Do these bikes have hydraulic brakes? I hang my drop bar bikes upside down in my shop at home because they have mechanical brakes, but I have yet to consider that for the hydraulic brake bikes as my friends who flip their bikes over even to install the wheels have introduced air into the system and I've ended up having to bleed their brakes for them. Mechanical brakes. Since you have such variety of bikes, with different frames and wheels, and can't hang them, maybe you can strap them to appropriately sized tracks that are screwed to the floor and run two more straps (one on each side) from the frame/seat post down to eye bolts in the floor to keep them stable. It will take a lot of space, but it's a simple solution that allows for some flexibility if you get a different bike. Good luck and happy riding.
SteveAE 02/21/19 11:46pm Toy Haulers
RE: How do you guys carry bicycles inside?

I welded up a steel frame and screwed some track it so that the bikes stand vertically, alternating between front tire up and rear tire up. The track (and frame) extends horizontally at the bottom to better support the weight of each bike. There is a bar between the bikes to keep them secure and a large hook up high to hold them in place while I strap the wheels to the trays. Darn thing weighs more than my two bikes....but it is rock solid. My rack bolts to the outside of our travel trailer, but I suppose you could do similar for inside a toy hauler. Indeed, the more I think of it, why not just screw some track to the walls and floor and strap the bikes to that. Maybe put a hook up high to support the upper wheels.
SteveAE 02/21/19 06:53am Toy Haulers
RE: Fiberglass insulation that doesn't stay wet or attract mice?

And Steve, they say that EPS closed cell extruded polystyrene panels don't retain moisture -- is that not true? For example, a styrofoam ice chest seems to be perfectly dry after the ice water is poured out. Dan, Without researching exactly what you are planning on using, I can't say for sure. But I do know that the commonly available white, trade marked, product called "Stryofoam" absorbs moisture. Interesting comment on the ice chest......but I wonder if the ice chest might weigh a bit more after being drained???? Over the years, I have encountered the remains of a number of these ice chests in and alongside rivers and I can say without a doubt, that they are saturated with water. I also have several large panels of Styrofoam here that used to be so saturated with water that I could hardly lift them....before I let them dry out for several years in my barn. Personally I would avoid this product anywhere that it could get wet.
SteveAE 02/17/19 08:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Fiberglass insulation that doesn't stay wet or attract mice?

I assume you know this, but Styrofoam (the white stuff) also absorbs water.....and it takes a very long time to dry out (much longer than spun glass insulation). Of course, if it doesn't get (and stay) wet, you'll probably be fine. Why not use thicker foam (or multiple pieces) where you have the room and thinner foam under your tanks? Under my tanks, I used a piece of 1/2" camping mat with a piece of 1/2" plywood underneath to help support the tanks (the plywood is supported with tubular steel that bolted up to the original tank supports). I also cut lots of small foam pieces with my bandsaw to fit as needed. Glued them in with spray adhesive. Note that most spray adhesives will eat Stroyfoam, but are fine for Blue Board (or similar products designed for below grade use). Don't forget low point drains to get any water out that will eventually find it's way in.....esp. if you tow when it's raining. Great project and I suspect you'll find the floors warmer on your toes when done.
SteveAE 02/17/19 12:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Furnace Noise

I too dislike the noisy, inefficient, furnace. So I mainly just use it for quick warm-ups and then use a catalytic heater (Olympian Wave 6) for the bulk of my heating needs. Opinions differ on catalytic/portable propane space heaters, so do your homework before buying one if that is what you choose to do.
SteveAE 02/09/19 05:14pm Tech Issues
RE: AZ camping in March

There is boondocking available off the road to Thousand Trails, which is off Hwy 260 between Camp Verde and Cottonwood. Also boondocking on FR 525 which is off Hwy 89A between Sedona and Cottonwood. Note that the dispersion camping area off Thousand Trails road has been closed down. :(
SteveAE 01/25/19 08:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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