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RE: Traveling for Winter Sports

Peter, I re-read your post -- my guess is that there is no boondocking in Vermont and New York, so my suggestion might not work. Maybe a nearby farmer would let you park in the barn??
profdant139 03/28/20 04:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling for Winter Sports

You know, we had often wondered the same thing. A few ski resorts offer limited hookups in the parking lot, but that seemed to us like camping in, well, a parking lot. Here is an alternative -- it depends on some special conditions. Find a boondocking site not too far from the mountain. Wait till the snow level is just above the altitude of the campsite but not so late that the snow melts in the mountains. When all of those variables align, head on out! That is what we did during the first week of March -- after a few days of skiing and snow-shoeing and snow-hiking, we got back home just before the Big Quarantine hit California. In this shot, I'm on the far left, and that is Parker Peak dominating the skyline. This site is north of June Mountain Ski Area: https://i.imgur.com/hxcZfuSl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. And here is the blog post, with more photos. (I was going to say "feel free to check it out if you have a few minutes," but most of us have lots of time on our hands these days.) Skiing While Boondocking
profdant139 03/28/20 04:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Still need the maiden voyage...

I'm sure you've been to the Sawtooths (Sawteeth?) many times, but if not, there is so much to do and see. And lots of great boondocking. So even if the campgrounds are closed in June, you might still be able to go?? Let us know if you'd like more info about the area from Sun Valley to Stanley.
profdant139 03/25/20 07:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Furnace

If you have trouble reaching the burner orifice, you can sometimes use an air compressor to blow out the debris. Harbor Freight usually carries a narrow extension wand that fits onto the air hose so you can reach into tight spaces. Good luck!
profdant139 03/24/20 09:44am Tech Issues
Comet in late May -- hope we can hit the boonies to see it!

It's been a long time since the last good comet -- hopefully we can get to our favorite boondocking sites to enjoy the dark sky! Article
profdant139 03/23/20 10:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Multi month trip planning

PawPaw, that was a great story about learning to read from maps -- thanks for posting it! It reminded me of when my wife and I were very young -- I was 22 and she was 18 and we were not yet married -- huddled over maps, planning our honeymoon, adding up the daily mileages and then changing the route and re-adding the miles. Google Maps is a lot easier, but those were the Very Good Old Days, almost 50 years ago. And if I had it to do all over again, I'd have spent less time driving and more time relaxing!! ;)
profdant139 03/22/20 09:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

Jay D, as the OP I am more likely to have the hatchet bounce off and hit me in some tender place --at least with the manual chainsaw, my biggest potential injury is nicks and abrasions. Of course, if I end up with (heaven forbid) a heart attack from over-exertion, that ain't good. ;) Thank goodness, I am in pretty good aerobic condition this week -- all this "self-isolation" means I have a lot of time to exercise and to lift weights in my garage. But we're all just having fun here, waiting to go camping again.
profdant139 03/22/20 09:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Multi month trip planning

Lwiddis, I think there are folks who don't like to "wing it." Some do -- I'm one of them. But thank goodness there is room in the world for all kinds of folks! It's sort of like the old proverb -- "There are two kinds of people in the world: those who categorize everything, and then the other kind." ;) All kidding aside, when we first starting RVing, we planned every step, just as we used to do in the days of motel trips. Those had to be planned because it was so hard to get reservations. But then, almost by accident, we learned that RV travel could be spontaneous, and we came to prefer that style. It was hard to unlearn the organizational habits of a lifetime. And in defense of the meticulous planners, choosing a route carefully can add to the fun because it means that you can anticipate destinations and do the necessary investigations to see what hidden gems await you in each locale.
profdant139 03/21/20 10:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

March, 2020, north of June Lake, Calif. The trailer is the little white box to the left of center in this first shot -- that's Mono Lake in the background: https://i.imgur.com/bZAhnjml.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. And this is a view of the campsite from the other direction -- that's Parker Peak in the background: https://i.imgur.com/Btmiskrl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 03/21/20 10:18pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Yosemite National Park closed

Sam, the differences in the timing are probably due to understandable confusion and short staffing. There is an old saying supposedly by Napoleon: "Never attribute to conspiracy that which can be explained by incompetence." In this crazy time, incompetence is probably an overly-harsh term. I prefer to describe the chaos as "human error caused by extraordinary events." Hang in there, everyone!!
profdant139 03/20/20 09:25pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mirror folds up in high winds: solved (but not pretty)

Cummins, I actually tried jamming stuff into the joint where the mirror pivots. It did not work well enough.
profdant139 03/20/20 05:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

OP here: Well, I made a "manual chainsaw" like in the video and tried it out -- it does work, but it's a lot of work. Nevertheless, I am going to carry it in my truck -- it packs up into a very small size, and there are times when it might come in handy. Plus it gave me something to do this morning. We are stuck at home -- I am in a "vulnerable category," so I am forced to go into my garage with a mask on. Which describes a lot of my usual non-camping leisure time! ;)
profdant139 03/20/20 05:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mirror folds up in high winds: solved (but not pretty)

Paint! Great idea, since the lumberyard is closed and I can't get ebony. (I hear ebony is very hard and will dull even a carbide blade -- I've never used it.) Or -- wait for it -- wrap the whole project in black Gorilla Tape! No one will ever notice. ;)
profdant139 03/19/20 09:22pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

mapguy, I went to that link at Home Depot -- very helpful!! But I was surprised by the text of the product description: "With its carbon steel teeth and extreme portability, this survival saw is an essential tool for snowmobilers, campers, hikers, mountain bikers and all other outdoorsmen." Just for the record, when there is wood to be cut, DW always takes her turn with the saw. So we may have to ask them to change "outdoorsmen" to "persons of outdoor-ness." ;)
profdant139 03/19/20 12:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mirror folds up in high winds: solved (but not pretty)

steve, I do see the screws on my mirrors. But I am concerned about taking it all apart and then being unable to put it back together -- these are motorized mirrors, and there are undoubtedly springs and rubber gaskets and what-not. Given what is going on in the world right now, I don't want to mess it up and then have to make a trip to the dealership!! ;) So a block of wood will have to do for now.
profdant139 03/19/20 10:16am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mirror folds up in high winds: solved (but not pretty)

Hmmm . . . I forgot about ferries. Someday, when this silly bug goes away, we are heading back to British Columbia, and I will need to pivot the mirrors. Yeti, great point about the black cable ties. And Old Biscuit, the ugly lumpy plywood block is doubly offensive to me -- I am a reasonably skilled woodworker, and I usually work in oak or walnut. Construction grade plywood scrap is an abomination, but this is just a prototype, I keep telling myself. ;)
profdant139 03/18/20 09:44pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Mirror folds up in high winds: solved (but not pretty)

If you have a fancy truck with rock-solid built-in extension mirrors for towing, stop reading. This post is a waste of your time. But if you use clip-on mirrors, this might be of interest. Most (and maybe all?) side mirrors on trucks are designed to pivot when pushed. I'm not sure why -- maybe for tight parking spaces? Usually, the pivot capability is unimportant, as far as I can tell. But there is a downside to this feature: sometimes, when there is a bad headwind and a two-lane highway and oncoming truck traffic, the cumulative gust of wind will push on the extension mirror, which causes the entire driver’s side mirror to suddenly pivot inward toward the side of my truck. This collapse is not a fatal problem, but it is startling, and it is annoying to have to roll down my window and re-position the mirror until the next gust comes along. (Pro tip – if you are wearing a baseball cap, take it off and tuck it under your leg before you open the window, or else it could fly off your head and out the window. Don’t ask how I know this.) So, what to do about this problem? I tried a little wooden wedge to keep the mirror from pivoting. Sometimes that works, for a while, till the vibration causes the wedge to fall out. The other day, I realized that if I could make a little block of wood to fit into the channel between the truck and the mirror housing, that would prevent the mirror from pivoting. Here is what the channel looks like – notice that the sides are not at 90 degree angles and the channel is not symmetrical: https://i.imgur.com/i62Vtuhl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. So here is the small block of scrap wood that I fabricated to fit into that channel – I apologize that is such an ugly piece of wood, but it’s a prototype. If it works in a really windy environment, I may make it out of nicer wood: https://i.imgur.com/pUpXhU3l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Notice the upper right corner of the block – I had to glue on a small wedge to fill a gap due to the asymmetrical geometry of the channel. And also, one of the edges of the block had to be rounded with a wood rasp to fit more precisely into the contours of the channel. Also, note the groove along the top of the block – it is for a cable tie to hold the block in place. So here is the block in the channel, without the cable tie: https://i.imgur.com/jg1hpjGl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. And here is the block with the cable tie in the groove: https://i.imgur.com/v3pZQh3l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. I think this will work – I shoved pretty hard on the mirror and it would not pivot inward. I hope this helps someone with a similar problem.
profdant139 03/18/20 07:09pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Access Denied You don't have permission to access

TenOC, it may really be time to rethink the whole Microsoft thing. I used Windows for many years and was so tired of its endless flaws. My son, who is an IT professional, begged me to switch to the whole Mac/Apple universe. That was several years ago, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. No more crashes. No more security problems. No more glitches. The operating systems are easy and intuitive. The bad news? It's more expensive. But if you put a value on your time and the annoyance factor, the switch may be a good bargain. It certainly was for me. Hang in there, in any case!! We all feel your pain. (When you were young, did you ever dream you would spend so much of your life dealing with problems involving a typewriter?? Me neither.) ;)
profdant139 03/16/20 10:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

Here is a link to the product mentioned by Fisherman, above: Pocket chain saw
profdant139 03/16/20 11:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Cautions about Death Valley

Titus is fine in an ordinary truck, most of the time. But the side canyons can deposit sand on the roadway after thunderstorms. And there are some narrow places -- maybe not too narrow for a 101 inch vehicle, but I am not sure I would take a wide rig on that road. We did encounter some mud, but nothing serious. If you go, allow extra time to explore the Leadville ruins. And there are amazing calcite "mosaics" on the walls of the lower canyon -- we thought they were petroglyphs, but they are just random patterns in the rock: https://i.imgur.com/e6ukbh3l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.]Calcite
profdant139 03/16/20 11:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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