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RE: What kind of car do u think Old Saint Nick would drive

A GoKart built with galvanized pipe and hard-rubber lawnmower wheels, running on a three-horse Briggs n Stratton. NO brakes. Like we had in the good old days ... HAHAHAHa
monkey44 12/27/19 09:34am Around the Campfire
RE: 2019

Last April, ran into a storm in Grand Canyon - S Rim ... got some awesome storm photos, camped in the snow for a few days. Beautiful, with storm clouds settled in the canyon. Ran into a snow storm a few days later, had to turn east over I-70 in the snow. Took the loooooooooooong grade down toward Denver in the snow at 45 mph in 4x4 with truck camper. Lots of cars and trucks speeding past 65 mph plus, some of which we spotted later off the side of the banks waiting for a tow truck.
monkey44 12/26/19 07:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Sometimes we win... Newest National Park

Well, we've done a bit of camping in NP ... Bkpack>>Tent>>Pk-up>>Van>>TrkCmpr Acadia, Arches, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon N & S Rim, Grand Tetons, Great Sand Dunes, Great Smokey Mountains, Haleakala, Hawaii Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon, Lassen, Mesa Verde, Mount Rainier, Cascades, Olympic, Petrified Forest, Redwoods, Rocky Mountains, Saguaro, Sequoia, Shenandoah, T. Roosevelt, White Sands, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion. Not to mention national monuments and state parks. Alaska remains on the 'to see' list. :) There is a good discussions here previously about visiting Alaska NPs. We've planned a trip last year from Seattle. Every inquiry I did said it's not advisable with my trailer and best way to do it is by ferry and just rent an RV or 4WD truck to the NP and/or book a cottage. So, maybe next time. Meanwhile, we still got a lot to visit int he lower 48. We'd probably drive up thru Western Canada, as we have Canadian friends along the way. We considered the Ferry, and might still do that. Still in planning stage - would hook up with another couple or two if the timing is right.
monkey44 12/24/19 08:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Time to reorder some LED bulbs

I just replace all my light fixtures with identical to factory units, all really bright led's. 5 pack from Amazon for around $50 bucks. We did that too - didn't want to fuss with trying to match - the fixtures are very bright - might swap out the dinette overheads with less intense bulbs. Very much a battery saver, as we camp most times with no HUs several days at a time, then find a HU park to dump and charge ... ON EDIT: We also replaced all our bulbs in the stick house last year, and installed new LED fixtures in some areas. We track the electric bill for the year, and nearly every month, our bill was about $20-$30 less relative to last two years of the same month. Not a huge savings, but the light bulbs don't blow out either - not one since we changed.
monkey44 12/24/19 08:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Sometimes we win... Newest National Park

Well, we've done a bit of camping in NP ... Bkpack>>Tent>>Pk-up>>Van>>TrkCmpr Acadia, Arches, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon N & S Rim, Grand Tetons, Great Sand Dunes, Great Smokey Mountains, Haleakala, Hawaii Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon, Lassen, Mesa Verde, Mount Rainier, Cascades, Olympic, Petrified Forest, Redwoods, Rocky Mountains, Saguaro, Sequoia, Shenandoah, T. Roosevelt, White Sands, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion. Not to mention national monuments and state parks. Alaska remains on the 'to see' list. :)
monkey44 12/24/19 02:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Thinking about investing in Crypto currency?

OK, think about this. Crypto-Ponzi in eight easy steps. Open your wallet. Take out all your money. Buy Crypto-credits. Install credits into your wallet. Close wallet. Drive to market. Open wallet. Whip out crypto-credits and see how many groceries you can buy.
monkey44 12/21/19 12:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: So many closed topics!

Seems some things offend some people, and others might find it humorous. At some point, some forums become unreasonable in the 'policing of the minds', and unworthy of reading or commenting for fear unfounded of an offense to the few. And some people seeing their post zapped will just move on and leave the forum. That's when forum die as there are so many out there with more lively discussions on similar interests and topics. I agree with this too. Have occasionally contemplated abandoning RV.net. But each time an interesting fix, or answer or a thread pops open with good info or good discussion and waylays that thought. I track three other interesting forums, and the open threads run faster than I can keep up. But RV.net will hold my interest for as long as it holds my interest - I'll just open it less often.
monkey44 12/19/19 08:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane smell

Open all windows and vents, open cabinets ... turn all vent fans on for a couple hours overnight if its convenient. Then close it up for a few hours, or overnight. If it smells like gas again, you probably have a connection leak inside. Lots of soap bubbles on every joint - watch for the bubbling. If that don't fix it, put plugs in the unit connectors and put a ten pound air test on it, and soap the joints again. They sell test fluid, but it's not any better than bubbling dish soap, and costs more. Good luck.
monkey44 12/19/19 08:44pm Truck Campers
RE: So many closed topics!

Seems some things offend some people, and others might find it humorous. At some point, some forums become unreasonable in the 'policing of the minds', and unworthy of reading or commenting for fear unfounded of an offense to the few.
monkey44 12/15/19 02:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: senior pass

Another vet here. Incredible that someone can equate working at a 7-11 with military service. Let me guess how much skin you have in the game. Thanks for the support. I was beginning to believe that I was the only one that was bothered by this. jplant4 - Agree with you, lifetime DAV here, bothered so much by that idiotic statement that I was afraid to respond because if I wrote what should be written, probably be banned for life from this forum.
monkey44 12/12/19 10:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Leaking door on house-thoughts?

Need pictures. Yes, as wide a view as practical ...
monkey44 12/09/19 01:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: senior pass

Seems like most are in favor of this kind of thing as long as it doesn't affect themselves. Just curious Scott, how do you know whom it affects, and doesn't??
monkey44 12/07/19 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thoughts on studded tires

Having lived in the Sierras for thirty plus years, and in New England for another thirty plus years, we've experience plenty of snow. Including driving in snow storms occasionally when necessary. We've always owned 4x4, and never once used or needed studs in tires. A properly driven 4x4 will take you anywhere reasonable in the snow as long as you understand snow-driving. And, anyone that chooses a one-wheel drive vehicle should make the safer choice, stay off the snow because studs will not help much. Front-wheel drive acts a bit better in snow, but personal and family safety relies on safe choices in bad weather, not so much studs or no studs. Aside from road damage, if in the unlikely event, we ever thought we needed studs, we just would not go out in it.
monkey44 12/07/19 01:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: senior pass

This has been discussed hundreds of times, but the reasoning never changes. Senior pass allows fixed-budget retirees to camp more often, especially in the off-seasons when the parks are not full. Due to that financial fact, seniors spend more money annually in the parks and in the out-of-park local service areas, like shopping, fuel, other stuff. I'd bet most seniors do not enter or camp during the summers or busy seasons, and least we don't because of the crowds and traffic - and because we can go other times. That's beside the fact seniors paid taxes for fifty years or more building the parks and protecting the wilderness. Seniors have earned a little respect, and the discount. Same issue with veterans. If you disagree with the discount policy, don't use it. BUT, leave the discount in place for those seniors less fortunate.
monkey44 12/07/19 01:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Yellowstone Questions

Because you are Flying in, I guess we should know whether you are renting a car or renting an RV. That makes a difference in where you stay inside or outside.
monkey44 12/06/19 02:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone Questions

Yes, generally, you can get into the park thru any of the gates (depending on weather and time of year) ... earlier in the morning the better. At times, the gates line up due to rangers checking passes, and collecting entrance fees. If you plan on entering daily, you may save money buying the annual pass for $80, which gets you into all Nat Pks for a year and gives you a few other discounts. We always camp inside the park when we go, so others on here might recommend a good outside spot to stay.
monkey44 12/06/19 12:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Washington State

HOH Forest, a do not miss area ... stunning rain-forest.
monkey44 12/05/19 07:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: digital photo storage

My 2T is SSD, external not HD... I work off it. My Smaller SSD are external storage, dual backup - when one fills, I buy another one. The only time any of these connect to my PC is when I'm working, or when backing up to the storage SSD units. Each one is historic, only for storage so I don't lose the info from past years. I never work on internal drives. My work PC does not connect to internet. Everything is "at the moment" ... then disconnected. IF one drive fails, I have a backup of everything on it, not connected. If both idle and disconnected storage drives ever failed at the same time - extremely unlikely - Then I am the unluckiest monkey alive. :)
monkey44 12/04/19 02:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: digital photo storage

For those that need definition -- SSD is a hard drive, but Solid State Drive, nothing to fail, no internal fans or moving parts.I've had more solid state devices (SSD, USB thumb drives, SD cards) fail then mechanical hard drives. Nothing is 100%. HA, we all have different experiences. I'm just the opposite ... have all SSD and never failed. Altho, I double backup to external drives. Have lost data on HD in the past tho, most of it backed up. I use duplicate external SSD that only act as storage ... and dual SSD in PC which are the working - every day stuff - the backups are only accessed to add data, or grab something older and copy to working drive. Another note: My working SSD is 2T, but my backups are only 500gb, that way, if something fails, I only lose SOME data, not all data.
monkey44 12/04/19 09:13am Around the Campfire
RE: digital photo storage

For those that need definition -- SSD is a hard drive, but Solid State Drive, nothing to fail, no internal fans or moving parts. Plenty of good redundant methods for safety ... more than one is always best. Ask ME how I know !! Forget that, don't ask. :)
monkey44 12/03/19 06:40pm Around the Campfire
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