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RE: Where to Stay in Mammoth, CA?

Here's a wild idea -- Keough Hot Springs. It's just south of Bishop. We stayed there in early 2020, just before Covid. They have a great pool and a hot spring. Not sure if they have full hookups or just water and electric (no sewer). I think they have a dump station. Keough is quiet and well located. The pool facilities are kind of funky, in a good way -- sort of 1920-era buildings.
profdant139 05/24/22 12:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to Stay in Mammoth, CA?

Boulder Creek is fine -- but it is a longer "commute" to Bristlecone from Lone Pine than from Bishop. Boulder Creek is just about exactly an hour from Bishop. As you pass through the little towns along 395, watch out for the speed limits -- in some places as low as 25. But the good news is that the slower speeds will give you more time to look at the view -- this was taken in the Bishop Creek area, about ten miles from Bishop: https://i.imgur.com/QpqxadHl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/24/22 12:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
New meteor shower on Monday at 10 pm PDT? Get out there

There might be a newly-created meteor shower on Monday evening. It's a gamble (see article below), but if you are already boondocking under dark skies, what have you got to lose? Article on possible meteor shower
profdant139 05/24/22 12:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Trip report: East of the Eastern Sierra

Here's our latest blog post -- we were boondocking on BLM land east of Highway 395. Lots of pictures, including some of Bodie: Blog post
profdant139 05/23/22 10:40am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

After posting, I just clicked on the "full size image" button, and the photo looks somewhat brighter in full size.
profdant139 05/20/22 07:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

First "Milky Way" post in a long time. This was taken early this month just east of the Eastern Sierra, between Mammoth and Bridgeport, Calif. The bright star field is the galactic center of the Milky Way. With the help of a 20 second exposure, the galaxy lit up the snowy peaks: https://i.imgur.com/2YRaTvPl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/20/22 07:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Where to Stay in Mammoth, CA?

Silver Lake is OK but sites are very tight. Bishop and Mammoth are not that close -- about 40 minutes each way. We like Highlander in Bishop -- nothing fancy, but well managed. If you are heading up 395, Mono Vista RV in Lee Vining is good, too. If you want to go to Bristlecone (highly recommended), stay in Bishop and take your truck.
profdant139 05/20/22 01:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hemet, CA to Klamath River RV Park, CA

If you really want to see the GG Bridge, I'd recommend staying at the Petaluma KOA and then parking near the foot of the bridge for a day trip. Then walk out to the middle of the bridge. Stand there a good while, and chances are that a ship will pass underneath. My kids still remember that trip, and it was 30 years ago! Bring sweatshirts -- it's often chilly and windy.
profdant139 05/01/22 05:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: A Bad Day mechanically

Quick fix for the check engine light: duct tape. Just tape it over the light and keep driving. ;) I bet those turkeys are going to be delicious.
profdant139 04/29/22 09:42am Tech Issues
RE: Best Route Recommendations Quartzsite to Redwood Nat'l Park

I would agree with the advice to avoid Calif gas prices, except for the fact that US 395 along the Eastern Sierra is so spectacular. I guess it depends on whether scenery is more important than economy. Choosing a Nevada route would be a lot cheaper -- I bet that you could come up with a pretty good estimate of the probable savings. I know that the gas situation could change by April of 2023, but the difference in gas prices will probably remain about the same.
profdant139 04/28/22 12:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Battery tender & storage

Gjac, that is very insightful -- unless the fraud is easily discovered (for example, where a disgruntled whistleblower produces "smoking gun" emails), some types of deceptive conduct will never see the light of day. Having said all of that, I still have no reason to think that the Batteryminder is a fraud. I've been using one for many years, with great results.
profdant139 04/20/22 03:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery tender & storage

As mentioned, the BatteryMinder Plus is automatic -- set it and forget it. During the charging phase, a little light turns green. When the battery is fully charged, the little light starts to blink, which means that the device has begun its desulphation pulse phase. Here is their website: BatteryMinder Plus website I must add that some very knowledgeable folks (like MexicoWanderer, who used to maintain the batteries on submarines) have doubts about the BatteryMinder's claim that it prevents sulphation of the battery by virtue of its pulsing action. So although I personally have had great success with this device, be aware that not everyone is a fan. Having said that, my professional opinion (as a former lawyer and law professor) is that if the BatteryMinder folks were falsely claiming that their product prevents sulphation, they would have been sued for fraud in a class action and would have been driven out of business. They have not been sued (I have checked!), and they are still in business after many years. For both good and ill, class action lawyers stand at the ready, eagerly awaiting the chance to bring suit against manufacturers of phony products. The lack of a class action in this case is what lawyers sometimes call an "eloquent silence."
profdant139 04/19/22 09:58am Tech Issues
RE: Battery tender & storage

I did some research and found that many experts say keep 'em charged because they self-discharge. But like all internet research, the answer you get depends on the question you ask. So now I don't know what to believe. I will say this: although anecdotes are not evidence, the real-life testimonials from folks who use lots of batteries all the time are pretty persuasive. So, if someone says "we have a fleet of farm vehicles and we never keep the batteries on chargers during the winter," that's an opinion worth taking seriously.
profdant139 04/15/22 05:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Ideas for Vancouver, Whistler & Washington

Mt. Baker is a lot of fun -- great hikes, wildflowers, wild blueberries. The whole North Cascades area looks like this: https://i.imgur.com/lq99Rvcl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 04/14/22 12:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Utah State Hwy 14 from Cedar City East to Utah 89

For what it is worth, we took I-15 to 20 to 89 -- smooth sailing. I avoided 14 because it was icy at the time we were traveling.
profdant139 04/12/22 07:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Battery tender & storage

Oh. I misunderstood. To quote the late lamented Emily Litella, "Never mind!" ;)
profdant139 04/11/22 12:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery tender & storage

Well, that may be true of some folks -- but Veebyes is a very reliable and credible poster. I happen to disagree with his viewpoint on this issue -- speaking from painful experience, when I was a newbie, I did disconnect a fully charged battery, let it sit for almost four months, came back, it was flat, and it would no longer hold a charge. Sixteen years later, my BatteryMinder Plus is still going strong, and my flooded batteries tend to last about five years before they need replacement. But just because I disagree with him on one point does not mean that his opinion is without value. He is very experienced and knowledgeable, judging by his many posts over a very long period of time.
profdant139 04/11/22 11:23am Tech Issues
RE: Battery tender & storage

Someone suggested just leaving the battery to sit, not on a tender. I respectfully disagree -- a battery will self-discharge over time and will go flat, which can damage the battery. FWIW, I use a BatteryMinder Plus -- set it and forget it. I do check the water every month or so, but I almost never have to add any.
profdant139 04/10/22 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Break-even point between cable length and voltage drop?

The only thing worse than humble pie is when it comes with a side order of crow. Don't ask how I learned this.
profdant139 04/07/22 04:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Break-even point between cable length and voltage drop?

Very clever -- just bypass the controller and use another controller near the battery! I'm not sure I will do that -- depends on the cost and my lack of skill -- but that is definitely thinking outside the box. It's interesting (in a 30,000 foot way) to see myself as a captive of my own assumptions, for example: "Well, the controller is permanently attached, so I guess I am stuck with it." It is very hard to force myself to think in a non-linear way: what if we ignore the existing controller?? Once someone else points out the obvious alternative (usually DW), I feel humbled. It is not a pleasant sensation.
profdant139 04/07/22 12:21pm Tech Issues
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