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RE: Electricity from thin air -- apparently not a hoax??

Well, maybe it's a hoax -- but remember you heard it here first!
profdant139 02/18/20 02:25pm Technology Corner
Electricity from thin air -- apparently not a hoax??

Protein nano-wires that generate juice -- now imagine your awning covered with these little devices: Article But don't hold your breath waiting for this to be commercially available.
profdant139 02/18/20 09:28am Technology Corner
RE: HUGE Propane tanks on new Backcountry models from ORV

I'm surprised that those tanks weigh over 70 pounds -- I thought propane weighs about four pounds per gallon, which would be about 40 pounds plus the weight of the tank itself? My guess is that I am wrong about this. In any event, lifting 70 pounds onto the front of a trailer is not easy, especially for those of us with aging backs. I could do it, but I would first have to get a pre-authorization for a visit to a chiropractor. ;)
profdant139 02/17/20 09:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Quiet boondocking Moab + South Grand Canyon late march

There is a good network of forest roads east of Tusayan, Arizona -- just don't choose a site too near the airport. Lots of sightseeing helicopters. But lots of boondocking. Download the MVUM from the forest service -- very helpful map!
profdant139 02/16/20 09:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Soft & sometimes soggy ground

I've used thick boards in muddy campsites when we boondock. It works ok but it is a pain to pry up the sunken boards after the mud has dried. Don't ask me how I know this. You could use flat rocks, if they are available. The advantage is that unlike boards, you don't have to pack them up and take them home.
profdant139 02/09/20 10:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Interior height of Bushwacker Plus

I had never heard of that model -- I am also interested in getting more info! If you talk to them, please tell them that their brochure will not download and that they need an email address on their home page.
profdant139 02/09/20 05:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: New satellites are messing up our night sky

time2, good point about the need for reflectivity. I thought they were mirrored just to look cool. ;)
profdant139 02/09/20 05:21pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sacramento to Crescent City

And if you take the 5 to 20, call ahead for sandwiches at Granzella's in Williams. That right there is a good reason to choose that route!! ;)
profdant139 02/09/20 09:43am Roads and Routes
RE: New satellites are messing up our night sky

These aren't stationary, are they? I thought they were in low Earth orbit. Which means you can see them move against the background of the stars, and they will mess up long exposures. The sat trails will look like white lines going across the photo.
profdant139 02/07/20 08:05pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: New satellites are messing up our night sky

I am all in favor of cheaper faster internet access, which these sats will provide. But couldn't they have painted them with flat black spray paint??
profdant139 02/07/20 02:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
New satellites are messing up our night sky

To me, dark skies are one of the main benefits of boondocking in remote territory -- it's a lot of work to get there, but the stars are astonishing. So this article is depressing -- apparently, Elon Musk's new sat network is unusually reflective: Article I can probably edit out the "sat trails" from my star photos, but I am not happy.
profdant139 02/06/20 06:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sacramento to Hwy 395

I'm a little late to the dance here, but I have successfully used Kingsbury Grade (Highway 207) from South Lake Tahoe to 395. A little steep and twisty, but no big deal in dry weather. Not so great in the snow, though.
profdant139 02/03/20 10:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: TorkLift GlowStep Revolution Install and Review

Excellent report -- well done!
profdant139 01/29/20 05:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Absolute positively the worst road ever

Hmmm. In my experience, the worst roads lead to the best campsites! For example, Sonora Pass in California has a 26 percent (yes!!) grade with hairpin turns. I talked to the Highway Patrol and they said that I would be ok with my small trailer on that road. I did it. It led to some of the greatest boondocking sites ever. And no neighbors! Or some of the forest roads we have taken, with huge rocks and deep potholes. (Forestdale Road near Carson Pass, for example.) Driving at 3 mph in order to avoid a broken axle. Once again, those terrible roads led us to some amazing campsites. In terms of really bad paved roads, I would say that portions of Interstate 5 in Northern California are the roughest we've seen. The trucks have crumbled the right lane. The left lane is going too fast for me and my trailer. I have to go at least 55 in the right lane. And there is no safe way to avoid the damaged concrete pavement. Wham! So far, no damage to the undercarriage of my trailer, but it is nerve-wracking.
profdant139 01/24/20 09:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Yosemite in Winter

Absolutely go to Yosemite in the snow -- it is beautiful. The only issue would be the size of your rig -- Upper Pines Campground (the only one open) is not great for larger rigs. If you go, make sure you have chains for your trailer as well as your tow vehicle -- they can be required by the CHP at any time. We have camped in Yosemite in the snow several times. It almost never gets below 25 degrees at night --- Yosemite Valley is only at 5000 feet or so. We have never had a freeze problem at 25. (Fifteen degrees in the Eastern Sierra? Yes, we have had a little problem now and then. ;) ) We did not run the heat at night -- we just piled on the down comforter and several blankets. As a result, we slept in until 8 am, something we never, ever do at home. When you reach a certain age, sleeping well is a huge luxury. Here is what our campsite looked like in December of 2015: https://i.imgur.com/28iTKtMl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. And here is a link to a blog post -- lots of photos: Yosemite in the snow
profdant139 01/24/20 09:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

Solved. First, here is the link to the BLM online map system: BLM Online Map Choosing your state is the easy part. If you have the same experience that I had, you pull up the map, zoom in, and you can't see much of anything, other than big mustard yellow blotches. Useless. It turns out that the default settings on the layers on the map are virtually opaque. Here is how to fix it: After your map loads, go to the menu in the upper right and click on the "layers" icon, which looks like a stack of paper. A big box will pop up on the right edge of the map. Now scroll to the bottom of that map. Click the box next to "surface management." It should turn blue. Now click on the little row of three horizontal dots next to the words "surface management." A small box pops up. One of the menu items is "transparency." Click on it. A slider will pop up. As far as I can tell, the slider is set to "opaque" by default. Move the slider toward the right, to about the 60 percent level. That preserves some of the color overlay (which gives you the all-important info about which land is BLM and which is not), while still letting you see roads and other key landmarks. Not the most user-friendly map I have ever seen, but it gets the job done.
profdant139 01/23/20 10:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

I did try that link and found the map to be almost unusable -- as you zoom in, the info gets impossible to read. Maybe I am doing something wrong with the settings. I will have to experiment with it.
profdant139 01/23/20 07:09am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

(Edit -- see my post late on Jan 23 for an explanation of what I was doing wrong and how to fix the "unreadable" BLM map.) We might have a couple of weeks free for camping in Utah during February, and I would like to boondock on BLM land near Cedar City, Utah. It's cold in that area but not Arctic, so I think we could handle the temperatures. But I am having a heck of a time finding online maps that show the precise boundaries of the BLM land in any given area. Once I have that map, I can then fly around on Google Earth to find existing boondocking sites. Has anyone found an online map that would fill the bill? Or a downloadable PDF? I have spent quite a bit of time looking and have come up empty. Thanks in advance for your advice!!
profdant139 01/22/20 09:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Kings Canyon to Yosemite to Carson City

I can tell you from personal observation that big rigs can handle 120, as long as your tow vehicle is up to the task. For example, here is a video: Big airstream on Tioga Road If you are interested in some photos of the Tioga area, just go to our blog and type Tioga into the search bar. Enjoy! Our blog
profdant139 01/11/20 08:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Love my Mr Heater Hunting Buddy

So far, we have never needed heat at night -- the trailer may get down to about 32 degrees inside, but we sleep like hibernating bears under a thick down comforter. No problem, till you have to get up in the middle of the night. ;)
profdant139 01/11/20 08:01pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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