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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
RE: Tonneau covers that don’t leak

Diamond Back don't leak. They are a hard cover, but are three sections, two of which open. Super strong. Put my side by side on top.
SteveAE 09/05/21 08:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What to use for GPS

My two cents worth...if that: Just did an update on my Garmin Nuvi Drive. It went seamlessly....other than it took forever because I hadn't done it in a longggg time. I am not so much interested in on-line navigation. That's easy via a cell phone app. Where I really want the assistance is often in places that doesn't have cell service. So I prefer a system that works off-line. Outfitting both a new truck and UTV so I thought I would try using a tablet that I could switch between the two vehicles. Bought a tablet and figured out a mounting system that would work in both vehicles. Have been trying out a few different navigation apps (there are dozens) but, so far, I haven't found one that is as easy to use as the Garmin. Often we don't need turn by turn navigation, just use the moving map display with elevation and heading on the display. I think I am just gona get a couple new Garmins for the two vehicles (my old Garmin already found a home in the wife's vehicle. I am familiar with the fancy built in map displays (both the truck and car have them). But they have to be linked to a cell phone to work and, unless you set it up in advance, they need internet to function. A dedicated Garmin is just so much easier. Just get in and drive.
SteveAE 05/29/21 06:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inflatable Kayaks

Take a look at packrafts. Amazing little boats that roll up the size of backpacking tent and weight almost nothing. Not cheap though.
SteveAE 05/16/21 06:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: A terrible dinette table. Opinions on modification?

Would cutting the table into three sections work? The center section you guys could use when needed and the other two sections would only be used when sleeping. Maybe you could put rails on the bottom of the center section to support the outer sections (using clips to hold it in place) if/when you want a big table?
SteveAE 02/21/21 06:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Winter RV camping

It's probably just fine.
SteveAE 02/09/21 01:35pm Tech Issues
RE: White Out in Sierra Nevada

Yosemite, Yes for 12 days in the spring of 2019.....though a much, much, longer trip than most folk do. Launched at the Hwy 12 bridge, floated 99 miles down to lake Powell, paddled a couple miles across Powell and up Willow Cyn arm, then hiked and bushwhacked (ugly bushwhacking BTW) up Willow Creek about 3 miles to our truck that we had parked off Hole-in-the-Rock road. Amazing trip. Since this is a RV forum, folks might be curious what we did with our RV (travel trailer) while on the river. We simply left it at the large dispersion area just south of Hwy 12 on Hole-in-the-Rock road (great spot to base from when exploring the area, BTW). When we go into the backcountry like this (which is as often as we can) I leave a note on the trailer door saying who we are, where we plan to be, when we plan to return, along with my In-Reach number should a LEO (cop) need to reach us. I realize that some folks wouldn't be comfortable advertising that they are gone like this. But it's only stuff and the important things are with me (my wife, my dog and me) and I think it is good for LEO's to know what's up when they drive by a seemingly abandoned RV. Hoping to do it again this spring....though maybe try to get a powerboat lift back to Bullfrog marina (and a longggg road shuttle back to Escalante) rather than hump our butts, camping and boating gear out of that canyon again. Pray for snow throughout the west.
SteveAE 01/27/21 09:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: White Out in Sierra Nevada

Up until this round of storms I was thinking, boy, the boat ramps are going to be long and steep this summer. Come on Escalante drainage. Need more snow so we can float your beautiful river in April or May. For those of you who don't understand what I am referring to, put "packrafting Escalante River" into your favorite search engine (I prefer Duck Duck Go) and enjoy some awesome videos.
SteveAE 01/27/21 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boondock towing

Minnie80525, I used to use a name brand (Reese???) chain supported, Weight Distribution Hitch. Noisy, greeasy, and frankly not the best weight distribution or sway reduction when it is all said and done. The Hensley (and other hitches in this class) is light years ahead. Passing trucks, sliding on ice, wind when in the desert that is blowing over big rigs, the Hensley is soooo much better (and don't let those who haven't used one tell you differently). Never considered the issue of going on rough terrain when I had the old style (still have the stupid thing somewhere in the barn), but I can see why folks here shiver at the thought. The Hensley is just different. Yes, hooking one up can, at times be more challenging....especially when the trailer is jackknifed into a spot on uneven ground (trailer pointed toward the sky while the truck is pointed downhill), but it isn't a deal breaker as the hitches positive attributes far outweigh this issue. And, like so many other things, you learn to accommodate. It also costs more, but only you can decide what this is worth (I would skimp on the trailer before I skimped on the hitch, but everyone is different). When I bought mine, I bought directly from the manufacture and my guess is that this is still the way they are sold now. Good luck.
SteveAE 01/26/21 06:09pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondock towing

All, I can not comment about other hitch types, but I have confirmed with Hensley that there is no need to reduce bar tension in rough conditions. It can be reduced or left as tight as when on paved roads and there will be no damage either way. Best wishes to the OP in finding the correct answer to his question.
SteveAE 01/25/21 08:17am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondock towing

So I would greatly appreciate it if someone could school me on where, when, and why you would want to do this? Then, perhaps after this education, I will become braver (or "more foolish") at dragging my trailer through even rougher terrain Too much bendy on the metal bars. Leaving them attached is somewhat foolish if youre driving slow over rough terrain. Kinda depends. Think of a jeep with the sway bars attached.or Thanks for trying to explain it to me wopachop, but I don't know anything about jeeps with sway bars. Not trying to to argumentative, just wondering why 10 miles (likely much less) of occasional rough travel would be so much worse than the 1000's of miles (over dozens of hours) most of do on paved and gravel roads (with that structure constantly flexing at a much higher frequency) just getting to those 10 miles of rough travel....of course this assumes the tongue weight is within design load specifications for the bars and hitch. Furthermore, if I were to remove the effect of my hitch's sway bars, my trailer tongue (and truck rear end) would sag significantly, reducing ground clearance and increasing the likelihood of striking one (or both) on a very hard rock...ouch. I am not talking off road rock crawling as some of the mates in Australia do (I believe the OP was in the US???). Just dragging the trailer up (or down) a rutted, rocky, steep two track, across a ditch/creek, across slickrock, or over small logs, at low range 4x4 speeds. I will call Hensley tomorrow and ask them their opinion....and report back.
SteveAE 01/24/21 09:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondock towing

Interesting discussion. We do extensive boondocking in some pretty rough and remote country. Depending on the trip and season, I bring; sand boards, snow chains, tow strap, shovels (snow and dirt), bow saw, and a lopper....and have used them all multiple times. But, to date, I have yet to have felt the need to remove (or, in our case, reduce the tension of) the sway bars. (lower tire pressure....for which I also carry a small compressor.... yes, but not the sway bars) So I would greatly appreciate it if someone could school me on where, when, and why you would want to do this? Then, perhaps after this education, I will become braver (or "more foolish") at dragging my trailer through even rougher terrain (good Lord, not sure how I could do that without destroying everything, but I am open to learning). Oh yea, I also carry an InReach so I always have comms...also great for getting weather reports when one is way, way, off the road in S. Utah (heavy rain sucks there) or waiting out a snow storm in the mountains of Montana. To the OP. Perhaps more than you need (or want), but we use the Hensley Hitch. No fuss, no mess....and, as you can see from my above query, it must just work.
SteveAE 01/24/21 05:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: Utah, parks, friends and a few weeks with my wife

Great trip report. Thanks for sharing.
SteveAE 01/18/21 07:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Any confessions? (Stuck in the mud)

Been there, done that. Take out of Owyhee river (Birch Creek) after rain storm in 2 wheel drive mini-van pulling a raft trailer. Put snow chains on and was able to get to a place where I could leave the trailer. Drove into Jordan Valley and had the tow truck driver/town mayor go back with me to get the trailer. Fun times :o
SteveAE 01/08/21 10:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Trip report: Boondocking in Mojave Desert -- blog post

Excellent. Thank you. There are some great boondocking sites near Hole-in-the-Wall CG
SteveAE 12/28/20 06:55am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Love my Fithwheel but looking for more...

We have a small camper/over sized canopy and tow a 22' travel trailer. Sometimes we leave the trailer and go out for several nights with just the truck. Best of both worlds. Merry Christmas.
SteveAE 12/25/20 06:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: TR: Kings Canyon/Sequoia

Thanks for sharing.
SteveAE 12/03/20 04:39am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Quiet heater that doesn’t drain batteries ?

Hi, I use an Olympian Wave Heater (6000 BTU), plumbed into the onboard propane, in our 22' trailer. When I first got it, I ran it on high, overnight, with the trailer sealed up as tight as I could get it (I wasn't in the trailer), with two (new) digital readout CO detectors inside. When I checked in the morning, both detectors read zero. None the less, I leave the bath vent open in the rear of the trailer and crack a window open in the front. Takes awhile to warm up the trailer on it's own so we sometimes use the furnace for quick warm ups. Dust is the enemy of these things though. I keep it covered (or stored in a box) when not in use. Tried a Buddy Heater, but didn't like them (smell and headache). Experimented with heat exchange on water heater, but couldn't get enough heat.
SteveAE 11/30/20 06:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery questions for boondocking

kfp673, A note of caution regarding your built in charger. If it is located any distance at all from the batteries, you may have a substantial voltage drop between it and the battery bank due to undersized wiring in the RV. You can determine this drop by measuring the voltage at the charger and then measuring the voltage at the battery bank. The difference is the voltage drop. If more than a couple tenths of a volt, it is probably too much and your batteries won't get a full charge. Either change the location of the charger and use large wires, or use an external charger.
SteveAE 11/28/20 11:06am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Oven ignitor

I put one in our oven. Went to home depot, bought a replacement 4 burner ignitor kit for BBQ, which included one ignitor line with high temp insulation. Used the kit to replace the existing 3 burner ignitors and added one to the oven. Works like a charm. DW says it's one of the best mod's we've done to the trailer. I did the same. It isn't hard, just takes a bit of time and fussing to get just right. Especially useful mod for the stove top. Oven is a bit tricky, but the addition of a mirror glued to the bottom of the oven, under the pilot, helps to know when the pilot has lit..
SteveAE 11/20/20 06:27am Tech Issues
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