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More info that might debug the error: the "page 1" glitch

Things are much better than they have been, but I am still getting an error message in a few places. Interestingly, when I go to a forum page and click on the first page of a multi-page thread, I get the error. If I click on page 2 of that thread, I don't get the error. So then, after reading page 2, if I want to see the first page of that thread and I try to hit the "previous" button at the bottom of the page, I do get the error message. So the error has something to do with page 1 of any given thread. (??) I am hoping that these odd quirks will help the software folks in their effort to continue banishing the lingering gremlins. Hang tough, folks, and good luck!! PS --members, if you have other consistent error-generating patterns, maybe describe them here for the benefit of the tech crew?
profdant139 10/13/19 03:56pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: how to level a trailer

I'm a lucky guy -- I am married to The Bubble. She just steps into the trailer and consults Her inner level. It's only level enough when She says it is. ;) Seriously, though, there is a lot of variation from place to place in the trailer. We finally decided that the middle of the floor was the best place. We then mounted these things to the outside of the trailer, calibrated to correspond to that spot on the floor. So that way, we can level up without ever having to check inside the trailer. Until and unless, of course, She enters the trailer and decides that it is not quite right. ;)
profdant139 10/13/19 03:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Using a tow vehicle as a windbreak while boondocking

Tiger, that's the advantage of a Class C or a truck camper over a trailer -- once we have gotten the trailer into position and stabilized, it would be a lot of work to undo everything and then point the nose in a different direction! So before we actually park, we always spend a few minutes trying to thing about where the trailer should be situated in the campsite: What's the best view? Will there be big rocks near the doorway? Will we have room for the awning? But this is the first time I ever wished we'd been able to predict the direction of the wind!
profdant139 10/12/19 06:09pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Using a tow vehicle as a windbreak while boondocking

We were recently boondocking in the Eastern Sierra -- gusts up to 60 mph were predicted. When they arrived, the trailer started to shake a little. No risk of overturning, but still annoying -- like a small earthquake every few minutes. (And yes, we had our stabilizers deployed, but the trailer still shook.) We realized that the gusts were coming from the southwest, so we parked the truck across the path of the wind, right next to the trailer, to serve as a windbreak. It worked! Although the wind was still noisy, the trailer stopped shaking, and we were able to sleep more soundly. This simple solution works when you are boondocking and you have a lot of freedom to position your mobile windbreak. It probably would not work in a campground with tight parking spaces.
profdant139 10/12/19 09:59am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: ERROR MESSAGE

Yes -- I can sometimes get to the second page of a thread but not the first! What an odd glitch.
profdant139 10/09/19 11:07pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: UPDATED: Arizona (not Nevada) roads question

Gosh, I-40 is not that bad. It goes through the high country -- great views. It does get duller as you approach California. And compared to the interstates in Calif., I-40 in Arizona is relatively well-maintained.
profdant139 10/09/19 05:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Must cross Yosemite NP to Convict Lake?

Bitterbrush Campground is open year-round. No hookups, but well-located up Highway 168, not too far from the trailheads. Bring extra blankets!
profdant139 10/09/19 05:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dude! Where's my tow truck?

You might be headed for the shop when . . . the light at the end of the tunnel says "check engine." Hang in there!!
profdant139 10/09/19 05:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds is closed for the season.

We did have snow flurries in Canada during the month of September. But nothing major. You should expect night-time temps in the 20s -- great sleeping weather. Of course, your mileage may vary -- there can be major storms during late September. Note that the altitude in the Canadian Rockies is much lower than in the High Sierra. So yes, the seasons are different, but it's not the Arctic. Until January. Then it's the Arctic.
profdant139 10/09/19 04:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds is closed for the season.

Collie, Peter Lougheed is great. Don't know about reservations -- we snagged a lakeside first come first served campsite in early September. We were almost the only ones in the whole campground. And we camped without reservations throughout Banff and Jasper for most of September. But that was several years ago -- it is possible that things have gotten more crowded in Canada, just as they have in the US. Maybe head on over to the Canada forum and see what the experts say. I'm just a tourist. ;)
profdant139 10/09/19 10:43am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Must cross Yosemite NP to Convict Lake?

If you are still in the Convict Lake area, try to spend as much time as possible in the Rock Creek and Bishop Creek areas -- the aspens are going nuts, and they are late this year (which works in your favor).
profdant139 10/09/19 03:06am Roads and Routes
RE: Generator pros and cons

I love my solar but have to have a generator just in case of clouds. I have a Honda 2K -- very quiet but not silent. I like silence. Hondas work great if properly maintained. I run it for a half hour each month under load and then drain the carb each time. And I add Seafoam to the tank. Don't know if other brands are as maintenance-sensitive as Hondas are. If you neglect maintenance, the carb will clog, especially if you live in a place (like Calif) with a lot of ethanol in the gas, and you have to take it to the $hop (unless you can do carb work yourself). Don't ask how I learned this Le$$on, or how long it took me to see the light.
profdant139 10/09/19 03:03am Tech Issues
RE: Reese Sway Control Bar

You probably already know this, but proper loading of the trailer is also important to minimize sway. Adequate tongue weight, plus make sure there is more weight in front of the trailer's wheels than behind them. I have towed over a hundred thousand miles (!) with just a sway bar -- works great on a smaller trailer like mine. For a big trailer, a weight distribution hitch works better, or so they say.
profdant139 10/09/19 02:50am Travel Trailers
RE: "We're sorry. An error has Occurred"

The admin says that it has cropped up again and they are working on it -- hopefully an easier fix this time, since they have just finished dealing with the first episode. Hang in there, Tech Guys! We're rooting for you.
profdant139 10/08/19 08:03pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds is closed for the season.

Collie, yes, the Banff area is crowded. For good reason. This was taken from our campsite in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park (not far from Banff) on a September morning, after a dusting of snow: https://i.imgur.com/zMe5AxHl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. So I would go, at least once. We've been there three times. And once you are on the trails, you will often be alone. Same for Yellowstone. Same for Yosemite. Very popular because they are great.
profdant139 10/08/19 05:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds is closed for the season.

The key to Tioga is the pullouts. I go down the hill at 40. When traffic piles up, I pull over. Same with uphill. I go about 45 and pull over when necessary. The part from Lee Vining to Ellery Lake is the only steep part.
profdant139 10/08/19 12:59pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds is closed for the season.

Sam, it's like Yogi Berra said about a popular restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded." The Valley is pretty but not silent, unlike the high country of the Eastern Sierra. So we only go to the Valley in the dead of winter! (The campgrounds are nice a quiet when the temps are below freezing.) And my little trailer (2500 lbs, fully loaded) could be pulled by a mountain bike. The Tacoma is rated for 7000 lb. I like to keep a big cushion of safety, because we go into such rough and steep terrain. The Taco pulls that little rig right through mud and sand and snow, and it is great on mountain descents. Just put it into second gear and sit back as it chugs down the hill at 30 mph.
profdant139 10/08/19 11:40am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds is closed for the season.

Yep. We stayed at Tuolumne Meadows for a few days just before the snow arrived and then moved to the national forest near Lee Vining for some boondocking. We knew we were going to get a dusting -- not a problem. We parked the truck right next to the trailer at an angle across the path of the wind, hoping that the truck would shelter the trailer so that it would not shake too much during the 60 mph gusts. It worked -- we slept through most of the storm. This shot was taken just as the sun came up: https://i.imgur.com/of94nyOl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 10/08/19 10:48am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Traveling in Oregon

It's now legal in Calif, too, and we have not had any problems. We have, however, heard some loud drunk folks playing music. (I know they were drunk because we saw a lot of empties in the morning.) I think marijuana tends to make the party people a little quieter than alcohol does, but I am just speculating -- I don't know from personal experience! Renee, if you want a quiet campground, my advice is to avoid holiday weekends, and avoid areas in easy driving distance from big cities.
profdant139 10/08/19 09:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: ERROR MESSAGE

Well done, and thanks for hammering on this! I am sure it was a lot of effort. You can tell that these forums are very important to us, and you have a lot of dedicated "viewers."
profdant139 10/07/19 06:58pm Forum Posting Help and Support
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