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RE: Travellogues

If you like lots of photos of snowy mountains and lonely boondocking campsites, check out my blog (see link in my signature, below). Not much discussion of RV parks, though. ;)
profdant139 07/03/20 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mammoth Area Camping - Inyo NF

We were just in that area, boondocking. Lots of stuff available, but lots of folks already camping in the forests. Best bet -- go to the Inyo Nat Forest site and download the MVUMs. Get the Avenza app on your phone, too. Then spend some time with your desktop, opening two windows: the MVUM and Google Earth. Fly around the roads on Google Earth, looking for campsites that correlate with the roads on the MVUM that are rated for boondocking. (The legend on the map tells the tale.) The existing boondocking sites are easy to see on Google Earth with a decent monitor -- zoom in and look for fire rings. One more tip -- get the iHikeGPS app. Download the topo maps for the area you are interested in. Mark your potential waypoints on the app so that you can easily locate them when you get to the mountains. Once you have downloaded the topo, the app works without cell coverage!! Be prepared to do some scouting when you get to the area before choosing a campsite. Yes, this is a lot of work, but it is worth it not to be stuck in a campground. Also, note that some RV parks in that area no longer allow public sani-dumping, even for a fee. Call for info!! One more tip -- bring mosquito repellent if you are going up there in July. But you probably already knew that. ;)
profdant139 06/30/20 09:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Places to stay from San Jose to Yellowstone

We liked Twin Falls 93 RV park for an overnight -- well located, safe, and quiet. Nothing fancy -- not a resort.
profdant139 06/28/20 09:54am Roads and Routes
Propane regulator has begun to whine quietly

My regulator was silent, until this last trip. Now it emits a very quiet whine or whistle noise. I fiddled with the tank valves -- no change (until the valve was completely closed, of course). It's not leaking, as far as I can tell. I could just ignore it, but I'd like to restore it to silent operation. We boondock in some very quiet places, and it is faintly audible from inside our trailer. What would cause the regulator to begin whining? Are there "consumer serviceable" parts within the regulator, or is it sealed to guard against dangerous amateur repair efforts? Your advice will be greatly appreciated!
profdant139 06/27/20 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: trip to Idaho

These blog posts might provide some ideas: Sawtooths 2017 Sawtooths 2016
profdant139 06/26/20 04:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lassen Volcanic National Park

jonaz, my best advice would be to download the MVUMs from the surrounding forests -- the forest roads open for boondocking will be shown on those maps. Plan to do a few hours of scouting in the area before making your final choice. Also, Google Earth is a big help -- "fly" along those roads and you will see existing campsites. Good luck!
profdant139 06/15/20 04:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Lance vs Arctic fox

I think it depends. How much off road boondocking do you do? (You live in boondocking heaven.) If you use rough forest roads, the AF has a heavier chassis. (If memory serves, there are some great videos on the AF site discussing the construction details.) The Lance manufacturing techniques are state of the art -- check out their website, too.
profdant139 06/14/20 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Tetons first come first serve

Steve, that's a good idea. Except then I would have to figure out how to set up the tent!! ;)
profdant139 06/14/20 09:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: They are comming to take me away

Talleyho, you are stuck in a tropical paradise? Sounds terrible . . . ;) After a while, "same-old same-old" gets real old, even in paradise, I guess.
profdant139 06/13/20 01:17pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Kebler Pass CO

One good reason to use Kebler Pass (aside from the scenery) is that it connects Aspen to Crested Butte, without having to go down to Montrose and back up through Gunnison. I'm not sure it saves any time, but why not take the scenic route? ;) And Baraboo Bob, you need to build in a lot of time for photos, that's for sure. This photo was taken not far from the pass: https://i.imgur.com/tb3MdT3l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. If you'd like to see some more pix of the Crested Butte area, here's a blog link: Fall color
profdant139 06/13/20 01:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Grand Tetons first come first serve

JAC1982, if your parents want to boondock, there is an easy way to avoid losing your site when you pack up for the day -- leave a couple of camp chairs in the site, with a big note saying "campsite occupied" and maybe the current date. We have done this and have never had anyone poach our site. And there is plenty of boondocking to the east of the Tetons -- for example, the Shadow Mtn area.
profdant139 06/13/20 12:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lightweight Generator From Israel

Here is a short video made by the manufacturer: Product Overview And here is their video focusing on the technology: Short tech video I tried to find out if these things are for sale yet but came up empty. At 220 pounds, they could be decent built-in generators for larger RVs -- but sixteen KW is more than enough! I wish they would make a three thousand watt mini version!!
profdant139 06/12/20 05:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Trailer legs

Here's a link Interesting -- I have never seen this product before. It looks tricky to use, but in theory I like the idea of taking weight off the tires while in storage without using jacks. Hopefully someone who has used this will post.
profdant139 06/10/20 03:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Inyo National Forest

Yes, there is a lot of boondocking in that area. Unfortunately, it is kind of warm -- around 7000 feet. Many of the campgrounds in that general area are at about 9000 feet, a lot cooler. On the other hand, beggars can't be choosers -- at this point, I would settle for almost anything! ;)
profdant139 06/08/20 07:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New LED taillights from Command Electronics

Nice. Unfortunately last year I replaced my dead LED tail light with an old style Command. We will see how long it lasts. Thanks for the update!
profdant139 06/08/20 07:03pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Inyo National Forest

Lwiddis, thanks for posting this. And yes, there are thousands of us in SoCal, just itching to hit the road. What a mess it is going to be!
profdant139 06/07/20 09:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sad state of national parks and public lands.

cptqueeg, it is interesting that you should say "enjoy it before it goes up in smoke." When we were in Idaho a couple of years ago, that is exactly what the ranger said to us -- the bark beetle was spreading, and the forests were on borrowed time. Someday the forests will recover, long after I am gone.
profdant139 06/06/20 09:04pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of national parks and public lands.

For the sake of comparison, visit a Cal Fire Demonstration Forest -- beautifully maintained, properly thinned, logging allowed but carefully monitored by the rangers. It can be done. Don't know why the federal forests are falling apart, by contrast.
profdant139 06/05/20 09:55am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Refrigerator cooling question

Running the fan all the time uses electricity. But if you have lots of power, that's not a problem. Here is another idea -- this should increase the efficiency of the airflow. It's a flue deflector: Flue deflector -- DIY It should reduce (or in my case eliminate) the need for fans to improve airflow. Good luck!
profdant139 06/04/20 09:52am Tech Issues
RE: State of charge

For whatever it's worth, I have found that if I disconnect the battery from everything for about 15 minutes, I get a fairly accurate measurement of resting charge. It's not as accurate as letting it sit for 24 hr., but I usually do this "quick rest" method when we are camping. So I can't disconnect it for 24 hr. I developed the "15 minute test" by disconnecting the battery and taking readings with my voltmeter every three minutes. For the first 15 min. after disconnecting, the voltage kept going up. But the curve flattened out after 15 min. and stayed pretty constant for quite a while. If anyone has different information, I would be very interested in hearing about it!
profdant139 05/31/20 05:45pm Tech Issues
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