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RE: SoCal to east side of North Cascades: 395 or 395/97?

Unless it's hunting season, there is nice dispersion camping at the Summer Lake Wildlife refuge. Just turn right off 31 at the BLM office (before the rest stop) and you'll figure it out. If it's busy (only in hunting season) at the Wildlife refuge, there's tons of spots in the NF along 31 about 16 miles SE of hwy 97. Once on 97 (near LaPine), there isn't a lot of great (dispersion) places unless you go a little way's from the road. Indeed, not much for quite a longgggg way....unless you get off the road. Might wind up in a dreaded CG. There is a super nice roadside wayside north of Moro (DeMoss County Park) where you could overnight. Up near Ruffis, some folks stay on US Army Corps of Engineering land along the Columbia river. Have never checked it out myself though.
SteveAE 08/24/22 09:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: SoCal to east side of North Cascades: 395 or 395/97?

Other than the section of 395 between John Day and Pendleton, I suspect that you'll find 97 more interesting overall. Heading north on 395 from eastern California, I usually take hwy 31 from north of Lakeview to LaPine. Sometimes, for a change in scenery, I take 139 out of Susanville to Klamath Falls. But this route will take (quite a bit) longer. Hope this helps.
SteveAE 08/23/22 10:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Diesel fuel prices … how is that affecting your RV travel ?

these are the good old days. my boss said that back in 1971 he was right. This one got me wondering what gas really did cost in 1971 (sorry, I couldn't find similar data for diesel....though no doubt someone will): Inflation adjusted price of gasoline Anyway, the national average was $0.36 per gallon. If that was adjusted for inflation (1971 to April 2022) it would be $2.57 today.....interestingly, about what it was before it started it's rapid rise. I also found it interesting that the long term inflation adjusted average since 1918 was $3.20/gallon I have noticed that, in the past couple weeks, it seems that the spread between the price of Diesel and Gas is decreeing here (Bend, Oregon). I wonder if anyone else is seeing similar?
SteveAE 06/11/22 06:04pm RV Lifestyle
RE: If’s you’re headed North….

We spent three months in N. Canada/Alaska a number of years ago. Didn't bring a generator and and never plugged in once. Of course, that was in the summer................ This past winter, traveling in S. Arizona for three months, we brought along (and used) a generator (once). We were camped under trees and it was raining. Had we not been under the trees, we wouldn't have needed the generator. Actually, probably didn't really "need" to use the generator as we could have simply reduced our usage (i.e.; no microwave use) We have 300 watts of solar, flat mounted to the rood and four 6 volt deep cycle batteries. Refrigerator and water heater are set to gas (all the time). We use a Fantastic Endless Breeze fan if it's hot. The DW uses the microwave daily. Solar is great (for a RV) when supplemented with propane as needed.
SteveAE 06/07/22 08:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Water filtration when boondocking

No need to give up your backpacking techniques. A different approach would be to use one of the many water purification products such as Aquamira No filter to clean/replace and no chemical taste (that we have ever detected anyway). Lightweight and doesn't take hardly any space. Disadvantage of course is that it doesn't remove solids.....or change the color (muddy water is still muddy water.....) However, Alum does a "pretty good job" of settling out most solids if you are willing to give it time (overnight) to work. With the combination of the two (Alum and Aquamira), I wouldn't hesitate to fill my tank from almost any water source (unless there was heavy metals or chemicals involved). The water may not look pretty, but it will be safe to drink.
SteveAE 05/08/22 07:54pm Truck Campers
RE: New porch light

This one,not cheap but BRIGHT Porch Light I have two of these as scare lights on the front of my trailer. They are really bright, in my mind, too bright for a porch light. If you want, PM me an email address and I will forward a photo that illustrates their intensity. Agreed that I don't want too much light either. Trying to find the right balance without buying five different fixtures. Sent Super Bright LED's a note inquiring as to how many lumens they recommend for a porch light. PM sent.
SteveAE 04/23/22 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: New porch light

I agree, good folks. I got all my LED bulbs from them. Didn't consider them for fixtures, but I will take a look.
SteveAE 04/22/22 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: New porch light

IAMICHABOD, I like it. Thanks. Will see if any one else has any other suggestions b4 I order it. Rescue, Where we usually go there isn't anyone to bother. But, if I needed light to see so I didn't fall down and injure myself then.....who cares.
SteveAE 04/22/22 04:45pm General RVing Issues
New porch light

Hi, I am tired of the single bulb, low light output, of the porch light that came with my trailer. Put a LED in there a number of years ago, but it's still not bright enough.....or, more likely, my eyes simply need more light than they used to. Seldom have it on, but when on, I want to see. Bothering anyone with "light pollution" isn't an issue where I usually am. My buddies new trailer has lots of light, but I would rather not buy a new trailer just to get more light. Any suggestions for a different fixture I can put out there? Thanks,
SteveAE 04/22/22 03:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Antelope Canyon

X2 on Lone Rock CG being nice.....as long as you are looking for dispersion camping. The Nat. Park CG at Lee's Ferry is nice (and there is a free dump station nearby) Horseshoe Bend is OK I guess. But if you go down to Lees Ferry, you can get a boat ride up to the dam (it's called a "backhaul") where you can put your own kayaks (if you have them) in and then float downstream, right through Horseshoe Bend, back to Lee's Ferry. Stop in at Marble Cyn Lodge to arrange this. Also, when you cross the bridge (Navajo Bridge), there is a visitor center. Condors are often seen under the bridge there. About 20 miles West of Marble Canyon is a gravel road called House Rock Valley Road that goes north. A couple miles North on this road takes you to a Condor Viewing area. You will need binoculars (or a spotting scope) and patience, but you'll probably see condors. If you have a solid four wheel drive vehicle, you can check out White Pocket a little further up HRVR. Looks like The Wave....without the "impossible to get" permit required. Deep sand out there so be careful. There are tour companies that will take you out there from Page if you prefer to not tempt fate. A bit further north on HRVR (about 5 miles past the turn off's for White Pocket) is a cool pictograph panel. Large parking area so you can't miss it, then it's only about a 3/4 mile hike on an easy trail starting on the other side of the road. Behind (on the N. Side) of Lake Powell is pretty neat (and very remote) too. You could easily spend a life time there and not scratch the surface. Have fun,
SteveAE 04/14/22 10:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Break-even point between cable length and voltage drop?

Short of modifying your existing system (or better yet, building your own system that will better work for you....panels and a controller are super cheap these days), I like the idea of having two different length cables that you can mix and match as needed. Just keep in mind that every time you have a connection point there is an increase in resistance.....and a corresponding voltage drop. But, keeping with my theme of looking for alternative solutions (I guess they call it thinking outside the box) here are some more (dumb???) ideas: - Get a second portable system that you put in parallel with your existing system and double the fun of chasing the sun around. - Have a second battery that you put right by your panel, then swap batteries as needed. If you can't bring Mohammad to the mountain, then move the mountain to Mohammad...or some such nonsense. - Put another cable in parallel with your existing cable.
SteveAE 04/08/22 07:32am Tech Issues
RE: Break-even point between cable length and voltage drop?

Hey Dan, hope you guys are well. Looks like you are getting lots of advice, so I am going to take a different approach the problem. I considered all this when I got panels and concluded that (for me) it was better to permanently mount panels on the trailer roof. No, you don't get as much of a charge when in the shade (surprisingly, I often do get enough, especially under conifers ..... but not so much under deciduous trees). However, IMO, the advantages of roof mounted panels outweigh the negatives with; shorter (and heavier i.e.; larger diameter) cable runs, no worry about theft, the batteries charge when on the road and parked at home, no set-up and monitoring of the panels, no storage space needed for the panels/wire/controller, and no fussing (more time for hiking, etc.). And I suspect if you made this change, you would wonder why you hadn't done it sooner. Additionally, there is no reason (other than cost) that you couldn't use a combination of permanently mounted panels and your portable system if you wanted that occasional extra boost when in the deep shade.....though I suspect that after a few trips you will start leaving the portable system system at home. Anyway, there you have it. A different approach to the problem. Regards.
SteveAE 04/06/22 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: For those towing with Teslas. Super charger tips. Thanks

Just curious. How far can you tow on a charge (lets say on the hwy)? And how long does it take to recharge? Thanks, Kinda depends. We are in BC so mostly mountain type 2 lane roads. We have never run it down anywhere close to zero, but I’ll speculate on around 240 kilometres....ish? A typical Supercharger stop is around 15 minutes for us, maybe 20 minutes if we are having lunch. A typical travel day for us is anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. We usually have to stop to pee before we have to stop to charge. :). We combine the two. :). Works for us. Hope that helps. That does. Thank you.
SteveAE 04/05/22 07:12am Travel Trailers
RE: For those towing with Teslas. Super charger tips. Thanks

Just curious. How far can you tow on a charge (lets say on the hwy)? And how long does it take to recharge? Thanks,
SteveAE 04/04/22 05:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Idaho highway 93

We've towed our 22' travel trailer over it several times. A little steep and wiggly for a few miles up on the pass but not a problem. Pretty country. Rest area at the pass makes a good lunch spot.
SteveAE 03/27/22 09:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Succor creek Oregon

I have stayed there a couple times. Very pretty. About as close to S. Utah as you can get in terms of scenery in Oregon. There is no water or power provided. You can stay in the campground proper or outside it along the road. There are other dispersion possibilities in the area as well. It does get hot in the summer and the road can be muddy after a rain.
SteveAE 03/18/22 08:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Biden to restore 3 national monuments cut by Trump

My guess is this discussion will be shut down as it probably should be since it have very little to do with RV'ing. But before it does, I'll toss in my two cents (or is it five cents now due to inflation?). I have visited these monuments (and surrounding federal lands) multiple times (heck, I just returned from S. Utah two days ago). I spend time in the backcountry, hiking, backpacking, and packrafting (using my RV as a base camp to return to) and have seen many, many ruins and other "special places" (House on Fire is just So-So if you are willing to put in the effort and look further). I avoid National Parks and the more developed National Monuments whenever possible. I am of the opinion that we shouldn't turn every special place in this country into a National Whatever. With National attention comes crowds, signs, paved paths and rules to follow. Along with visitor stations, rangers, more pavement and more signs. Even just since Bears Ears first came on the national stage, I have noticed an significant increase in the numbers of people there (did an amazing backpack trip through Dark Canyon well before anyone in Washington knew of the place). These additional people mean the managing agencies will need to put more into infrastructure, and perhaps even limit the number folks entering the area. It's special to wander down a remote canyon and feel like you are the first (white) person to see something. But that (all be it, false) sense of discovery would not be there if there was lots of on-line information to follow, a parking lot, paved path and signs pointing the way. I realize that Monument Status is a long way from paved paths and signs, but over the course of my life I have watched quite a few "special areas" go from simple BLM/Forest lands to Wilderness Study Areas, to Wilderness, to Nat. Monument, to Nat. Park (not necessarily in that order). But never, have I seen it go the other way. So I say, lets leave the next generation the ability to have this same sense of discovery and leave some places alone without turning them into the over loved amusement parks that all our National Parks and some of our National Monuments have become.
SteveAE 10/09/21 01:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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