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RE: Need Information about Pacific Coast Highway Trip

I lived most of my life near the central coast of California and have been on nearly every part of US-101 and CA-1 over the years. Lots of wonderful sights to see along the west coast. But in my opinion it's almost a crime to try to cram in the whole route in a few days. Best to either give yourself a LOT more time or if that is not possible just focus on one section. Maybe something like Santa Cruz to Morro Bay to take in a spectacular part of CA-1. Things like the Montery Bay Aquarium, a wildlife cruise on Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing, Big Sur State Park, some time in Cambria and Morro Bay. I agree with the weather in Sept. and that things are not likely to really be open for travelers until at least the fall. Art
older_fossil 04/21/20 08:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Cautions about Death Valley

Gary, the road in your Titus Canyon photos looks like it could be handled with a small Class C like you/we have. Is that the case? The Titus Canyon road goes through a number of different environments and conditions can and do change. The road is frequently closed if significant rain or snow has fallen (mostly because of Red Pass). I'd really only recommend a high clearance vehicle with good tires. The beginning of the road in Nevada can get fairly washboarded. A camper full of stuff would want to go very slow over that to avoid shaking things too much. Down in the canyon bottom we've seen fairly deep sand. Miller's Towing in Lone Pine has made large $$$$ recovering vehicles in the remote areas in and near Death Valley. We love driving Titus Canyon, but drive it in a Jeep. UPDATE: While the music gets a bit monotonous, this Youtube video looks to reflect similar conditions to our last trip through Ttius Canyon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLsJ9wDEToc My $0.02, Art
older_fossil 03/13/20 03:45pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Vernal, UT to Rock Springs, WY

We are looking at taking US-191 from Vernal to Rock Springs near the end of April. The Mountain Directory West seems to describe this route as comparable to UT-12 between Escalante and Torrey (a road which we have been over several times). Anyone taken this road in the past year or so (particularly in late spring)? 40' DP towing a Jeep GC. Art
older_fossil 03/12/20 09:59am Roads and Routes
RE: Don't forget this weekend

I'm for DST all the time in the midwest. Somehow I remember that the farmers had problems with the time change but the reasons escape me. I remember hearing that dairy cows need to be milked in the morning based on their own internal 24 hour clocks, not on the farmer's clock, but that the milk processors changed to the new time, creating a scheduling problem. Art
older_fossil 03/08/20 11:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Another Problem with new computer

You might want to look at: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/customize-add-remove-items-sendto-menu-windows-10/ I was able to add a direct shortcut to Thunderbird in my "Send To" menu. Art
older_fossil 03/05/20 03:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Parts of our 3 month wander...

If you want to see the trip, so far....including the Synagogue in Sedona with our Israeli newlyweds. http://mrgwh.blogspot.com/ Hey Gary, I just spent a while looking through your blog posts for your current trip. Virtually all the places and sights were very familiar to us! You've hit some of our favorite areas in the west. We are currently in New Mexico, will spend most of March in Arizona and then April in Utah. Did you happen to get out to Muley Point off of the top of the Moki Dugway?
older_fossil 02/23/20 10:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Where do full timers go out west to escape the heat?

IMHO, your best bets are along the coast or higher elevations. The coast along CA, OR and WA gets very crowed during summer and California campgrounds can get pretty expensive. There is some wonderful country to explore in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Cascades. Parts of US-395 take you into some great country and high enough to avoid a lot of heat. Some of the mountains in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota are well worth visiting. Also spend some time exploring around the Black Hills in South Dakota. Art
older_fossil 02/05/20 08:07am Full-time RVing
RE: A quck peek at our first month

Very familiar territory. We've driven many of the back roads in that part of California (but in 4x4 SUVs, not a motorhome!). How was the washboarding in the southern end of the Saline Valley? Some of worst washboard road we've driven on was along the Saline Valley Road. Art
older_fossil 02/05/20 07:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Indio to Buellton/Solvang gas stations?

We always will opt for the longer way around to avoid as much of the LA basin as possible. So I'd choose I15->138->14->I5->126->101. Being about 58' long flat towing, we usually use the truck pumps at truck stops. If you take the I15 a little further north, there is a Pilot right at the 395 junction. Take the 395 and the 18 to get back over to the 138. Headed to Flying Flags? Art
older_fossil 12/20/19 06:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Alaska Marine Highway

If AMHS can get regular service re-established to Prince Rupert, I'd highly recommend it. In 2012 we took about a month traveling from Prince Rupert to Haines. We and and another couple were each traveling in class C motorhomes and towing Jeeps. We scheduled individual legs between port towns during daylight hours, with a few days between ferry hops. We spent time exploring and taking excursions while in Ketchikan, Wrangell and St. Peterburg. When we got to Juneau we took the "fast ferry" over to Sitka for a few days and then back to Juneau. Then we left our rigs near Juneau and took our tow cars on the ferry to Gustavus to spend a few days at the Glacier Bay Lodge. After returning from Glacier Bay we took the final ferry hop to Haines. Art
older_fossil 10/27/19 06:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: DIY wifi antenna booster

I had to dig deep for this one. This was cutting edge at one time. Colander WiFi Mine was #8 :) Hey, I also built one of those several years ago! These days we find campground wifi systems mostly unuseable, with too many heavy users and far too little bandwidth to the Internet. We mostly rely on a Verizon 8800L mifi on an unlimited pre-paid plan. When we have to use a weak campground wifi signal, we use a Ubiquiti NanoStation antenna/router that feeds our in coach network. Art
older_fossil 09/24/19 11:43am Technology Corner
RE: Beatty, NV to Furnace Creek

Thanks Art. Good info. Not going til Nov. Nov. is usually a good time to visit DV. Heading to the 49ers Encampment Nov. 4-10 by any chance? The only other reasonable route is 95->373->190. That route is mostly flat or gentle downhill, but twice as long. Art
older_fossil 08/16/19 05:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Beatty, NV to Furnace Creek

Not too bad of a two lane road. I'd certainly take our 39' Bus towing our Grand Cherokee along that road. Mostly straight from Beatty to Daylight Pass with a 1300' ft climb over about 13 miles. Then a 4800' decent over about 27 miles, with the majority in the first 15-20 miles down from the pass. Just use your gears going down to avoid riding the brakes. It'll be hot if going soon! Art
older_fossil 08/16/19 12:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: directtv from home to rv?

I may have miss used the "tracking" term, but that's the way the dealer described it. I just climbed up the ladder and saw a little dish that said DirectTv, I think. Did it look like a typical home style sat dish or was it a covered dome? All in-motion (tracking) dishes I am aware of are under domes. It is possible that the trailer has a Winegard Trav'Ler antenna. Art
older_fossil 07/05/19 11:11am Technology Corner
RE: Mind the Batteries

I have been flamed for saying this but there are no SIX VOLT batteries in RV's. Only 12 volt that have been split into two halves for easier handling. To be very pedantic,everything is built from multiple battery cells. The chemistry of lead-acid batteries produces a voltage of about 2V. Internally all 12V batteries are constructed with six cells connected internally in series. 6V batteries only have three cells. Connecting two 6V batteries in series just gets you back to 6 cells x 2V. Art
older_fossil 06/25/19 12:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2006 Ford E450 Super Duty towing capacity?

Some models of a stripped E-450 chassis may be spec'd to tow up to 10,000 lbs. But for motorhomes the GVWR and GCWR specs are much more relevant. For 2006 the GVWR was 14,050 and the V-10 chassis has a GCWR of 18,500 lbs. So if your motorhome fully loaded for travel approaches the full GVWR, the towing capacity is only 4,450 lbs. The hitch rating on the motorhome could further limit the capacity. Art
older_fossil 05/30/19 08:39pm Class C Motorhomes
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