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RE: Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway in October

Glad you had a good trip "ZIP"!! We drove through 4th of July CG right around the 4th of July!!! Sounds like you were there just recently!! Agree with you aboot Price Creek, very nice CG, and may go there next time instead of in the boonies!!
TUCQUALA 07/29/19 11:05pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Bicyclist/RV Death

Just read this am: clicky Having just come back from 3 weeks on 2 lane Idaho and Montana roads, I feel for the rider and his family, but also for the RV driver. 2 lanes, curves, and bikes = problems!! Just my opinion.
TUCQUALA 07/26/19 12:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway in October

Yep, I 'knew" that the pass closes in the winter, but forgot aboot the snowmobile peoples!!! And I'm from Minnysoda, land of the Artic Cat and Polaris!!!
TUCQUALA 07/23/19 05:00pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway in October

Renee, only thing I found aboot open/closed seasons was on this site: https://www.forestcamping.com/dow/list/nflist.htm#montana You are probably familiar with it, and I know it is not an official NF site, but seems to be pretty accurate and useable. During our recent trip to that area, we looked at most of the cgs. Price Creek was the nicest, but at just short of 8 thousand feet altitude, I wonder how it could be kept open during the late fall/winter season as that site states!!! Also, many hunters during that time of year, and they use the NF sites heavily as well as the dispersed areas!!!
TUCQUALA 07/23/19 11:38am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: National Park "First Come, First Served" - EXCEPT!!!!

Yep, I'm wrong to be a bit upset because a planned trip was screwed up by others!!!! Many Glacier had been having bear trouble since mid May, and was still taking tents and soft sides into July!! If it was so bad, WHY?? Are people not being accurate (lying!!) about their equipment when making a reservation?? Sorry to have my own opinion on here!!!! And to OB, Many Glacier is NOT "1st come" for tents etc!!!
TUCQUALA 07/21/19 11:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
National Park "First Come, First Served" - EXCEPT!!!!

Recently returned from a 3 week trip into Idaho and Montana in the "boonies". Trip included a planned stop at Two Medicine CG in Glacier NP. We left our Sun night stopover aboot 7 am and arrived at Two Medicine around 8:30 am. Started driving around looking for an open or shortly to be open "first come, first served" site. On our 2nd pass through the campground, there was a congregation of NP employees at the host site. At same time we found a reasonable site that would take our 34' trailer, BUT, a rangerette came over and slapped a "reserved" tag on the site, and no amount of discussion helped to have us occupy the site, even if we had arrived before they "reserved" it just as we tried to pull in!! There had been a bear incident at Many Glacier CG and they were reserving any open site and any that were being exited for tenters and soft sided rvs from Many Glacier. AND, the reserved tags weren't just sudden items, they were professionally printed tags stating site reserved for Many Glacier campers. Obviously a common happening!! Sunday a black bear had gotten into a bear box that had not been closed properly, and had a "free meal"!! Prior to that in May, a Grizzly had forced 2 guys cleaning fish to abandon their catch to him!!! So down to Two Medicine for any tents and soft rvs. So much for first come, first serve!!! Moral of the story is don't believe everything that you read about getting to a NP campground and trying to find an open campsite when the rangers and rangerettes may suddenly make it a "reservation" campground whenever "neccessarly"!!!! :M
TUCQUALA 07/20/19 05:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

Pioneer Mountains, Montana near Lacy Creek. Woods were full of locals, and empty rigs!!! https://i.imgur.com/J3Kocavl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/DxpKvKGl.jpg
TUCQUALA 07/14/19 11:53am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Montana Hwy 73 Info

Thanks, Renee!! I have used all those, found quite a few sites on Goog Maps, and a couple of listings on FreeCampsites. Always looking for actual, local info before driving off into the wilderness!!!! Did you happen to look at Little Joe CG by chance?? Small (3/4 sites) and 28ft length stated. We've fit into "stated" 22ft sites in the past, but not on a reg basis!! Again, thanks for replying, and for past info you've provided!!!
TUCQUALA 06/12/19 10:42am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Montana Hwy 73 Info

Will be in SW Montana 2nd week of July, wondering aboot any info on sites along MT Hwy 73 (Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway). Looking for dispersed sites along or near the hwy that our 34ft trailer can access fairly easily. We do a lot of dispersed and will be coming from sites in the Sawtooths. Found a few spots with Google Maps, and may look into the many NF cg's along the hwy. But prefer a boonie site first!! Any info and spots (secret of course!) that you other boondockers have used and want to give up appreciated!!! PM if you don't want to divulge too much to the unwashed masses!!!! :B
TUCQUALA 06/11/19 09:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

https://i.imgur.com/sU2qWaMl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/KGJvU4yl.jpg
TUCQUALA 05/19/19 10:52pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Walmart Tire & Lube Express - Carlisle Radial Trail HD

Most Carlisle tire problems were prior to about 2014, they have gotten mucho better with the last 2 tire models. The Radial Trail HD has gotten very good reviews. Not to say that they can't have problems, ANY tire can!! I have had Marathons on the last 3 trailers we've owned. US made, New Zealand made, and the latest on our Timber Ridge are (OMG) Chinese!!! None of these had any road problems, have had 2 tread punctures in the woods (usually turning around in a dispersed site), not a tire problem!! Present ones have just over 12K miles on them, and are aboot 50-60% worn and are just turning 5 yrs old according to date code. They have not had any problems in 4 yrs. But after saying that, I just purchased 4 Carlisle HD's in E load rating due to the wife's urging before a 6 wk, 3000 mi summer trip. By age the GY's need to be replaced to forestall problems, and then I can worry about problems with new tires!!!! I felt that the Carlisle's were a better buy, with slightly deeper tread, and same or better reviews than the GY Endurance. Bought at Discount Tire, they will almost always meet another price, either store or on-line. Got a great price, and am having local Costco mount and balance with HP stems for a much better price than any of the local tire shops including Discount. Just wish they carried the Carlisle or Endurance rather than the ones they source and sell.
TUCQUALA 05/01/19 03:39pm Towing
Slideout Cover Rain Sag

There are lots of threads about slideout awnings holding rain, and many ways others have taken to help prevent sagging and stretching from a big puddle of water on the fabric. Here is a way I will be trying this camping year to prevent or lessen rain sag and fabric stretch on our 169" wide slide!! Picked up a pool water bag 1 ft X 8 ft and modified to be air filled. Those with pools and use covers know what these do. They can be bought in many lengths, double tube, etc. Figured that 8 ft will keep the center raised enough to drain better, but can always go for a longer one if need be. Went to dollar store, bought a couple of kids pool toys with the typical vinyl air valve. Cut out valve, cut hole in pool water bag, and practiced with a couple of diff adhesives. The Loctite pictured worked great, actually seemed to weld the 2 vinyls together!! The large water fill plug doesn't leak, very low pressure in bag when inflated. Takes aboot 5 mins with Harbor Freight compressor to fill to a nice firm size. Have left inflated for about a week in garage with very little loss of pressure, probably temp change the biggest culprit. I carry a 5 ft folding ladder (don't really want to go up any higher except in a major emerg!!) and can reach the top of slide and push bag into position easily. Longer bag probably even easier to position!! Bag has stayed in place even in some good winds lately. Time will tell how well this works, and I'll report any negs and pluses as the spring goes!!! So far total cost of this idea has been about $8, and have extra toy valves if need to go to a longer bag. https://i.imgur.com/W9JyJ9Kl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/SUDZz6el.jpg https://i.imgur.com/UuKKtcel.jpg https://i.imgur.com/FrU8BJjl.jpg
TUCQUALA 04/30/19 03:10pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Suggestion Oregon, Northern Calif for this summer

Haven't been there yet camping, but have driven on 206 through the approx area. I'm sure that certain times of the summer will be "warm"!! Hilly, dry, sagebrush and grass, picturesque!! Not very high altitude, aboot 600ft. Not sure how windy it can get, but if it's like here in the Dry Shi**ys, it can be a bit at times!!!! We tend to stay in the forests at higher altitudes esp in summer. Have thought about going to Cottonwood in early spring or later in fall.
TUCQUALA 04/28/19 11:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy #20 from Anacortes into Idaho

WA 20 doesn't go anywhere near Henry's Lake!!!! To the OP, do you like the boonies?? How large of an RV are you in? Lots of dry Nat Forest sites along or near Hwy 20.
TUCQUALA 04/28/19 06:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Suggestion Oregon, Northern Calif for this summer

Can't recommend any N CA areas, but many SE and Central Oregon spots. Steens Mountain, Three Creek Lake/Black Pine Springs area near Sisters, Cascade Lakes (Century Drive) area near Bend, Paulina Lake/Newberry Crater sites, John Day Fossil Beds/Painted Hills, Magone Lake, lots of NF dry sites along the John Day River various forks, Sumpter gold dredge areas!!!
TUCQUALA 04/28/19 06:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Idaho State Parks

Towards the bottom of the site are a series of boxed info which show the "various" extra fees!! Quite a bit of reading!! Neat that residents with valid rv reg stickers don't have to pay the reservation fee!! Like to see more states do that. But here in WA we have the "wonderful" Discovery Pass for $30!! So I guess I really can't complain too much aboot Idaho!! Only good thing is if you are camping in state park, you don't "need" the Discovery Pass!! But we do pay a reservation fee!!
TUCQUALA 04/17/19 04:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Boondocking near Moses Lake, WA

There are a lot of free and pay sites on this site with some reviews and pics: https://freecampsites.net/ Of course, free is relative, since you will need the "infamous" Discovery Pass to use most of the DNR fishing sites. In some areas of E WA, purchasing a fishing license includes an "Access Pass" for a lot of places. Not good for the Discovery Pass sites.
TUCQUALA 04/16/19 11:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Idaho State Parks

Yep, they DO charge extra for "non-resident" camping and other things!! See the attached Idaho State Parks site: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/camping Been there, done it!!!!
TUCQUALA 04/16/19 11:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Idaho State Parks

Most Idaho parks we've visited are nice, but hasn't been many!! Biggest negative in my mind is the extra charge for entrance if you're from another state. Not a terrible amount, $5 if I remember, but another extra charge for your pocketbook. Kind of like when WA and OR were pissed off with each other in the late '70s and early '80s!! Biggest thing was that WA was only charging OR residents not the rest of the states!! OR was doing everybody!!
TUCQUALA 04/14/19 03:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tongue Jack Block - Need one light, strong, and tall

One thing to consider about the "thing" (!) extension is how much it would hang under the tongue, IF you leave it on the jack!!! Back of tow veh goes down in a driveway entrance or ditch in the woods, so does the tongue of trailer!! No problem if removed until needed, but another step in the hookup/unhook procedure.
TUCQUALA 04/14/19 03:41pm General RVing Issues
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