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RE: Yosemite National Park campgrounds

Looks like a two hour commute each way from Codorniz to Yosemite Valley, unless there is traffic.
profdant139 05/19/23 09:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Better/brighter interior bulbs?

We've had great luck with m4 -- they are located in the US and they answer questions quickly and correctly. More expensive than "straight outta China," but much more reliable and trustworthy: m4 LEDs
profdant139 05/17/23 10:08am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Crecent City via 199 Grant's Pass or 299 Redding

Just FYI, always check the CalTrans website before taking 299. There are some geologic problems that flare up from time to time -- the road was built across some unstable sedimentary rock. The road is rarely closed, but there are often delays due to alternating one lane restrictions. And here is a completely different route -- if you are coming up 5 from the south, cut over on 20 and take 101 all the way up the coast. And if you do that, stop for sandwiches at Granzellas in Williams.
profdant139 05/09/23 01:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Mount Rainier National Park "Washington" Suggestions Please

PS -- ask for a spot in the back, further away from the road. There is some minor traffic noise during the day. The nights are very quiet.
profdant139 04/06/23 07:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mount Rainier National Park "Washington" Suggestions Please

When we need hookups near Rainier, this is where we go: Mounthaven RV It is very near the park entrance. The folks who run it are great -- very accommodating and friendly.
profdant139 04/06/23 07:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: They are not Scamp, Casita or Teardrop

Robert, spread the word in Australia -- there is a huge market for small rugged full featured trailers in the US, and few if any US-made models to choose from. Send us your off-road caravans!
profdant139 04/06/23 07:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water saver for shower.

Lou, I agree with you completely -- there is no one right way to camp. It depends on what motivates you. For us, our goal is just being in the middle of nowhere, with no sound except the wind in the trees: https://i.imgur.com/t58MuNpl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. But there are costs to remote boondocking -- we have to be careful about water and electricity and so forth.
profdant139 03/27/23 01:02pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Water saver for shower.

John, that was a great write-up -- lots of good ideas. Thanks for posting that!
profdant139 03/26/23 03:16am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Water saver for shower.

We are way out on the lunatic fringe of water conservation -- we have 30 gallons of fresh water, which lasts us six days. It is used for showering (every night), cooking, dishwashing, and toilet flushing. The real limiting factor for us is the gray water -- we only have a 25 gallon gray tank, and it fills up in six days. So we have to dump every week. We use paper plates to cut down on water usage. And I wipe out the dirty pots and pans with used paper napkins in order to reduce the amount of water needed for washing. Surprisingly, dishes can be washed in a tiny trickle of water. It takes a little patience, but it works! It's like a Navy shower for the pots and pans: get 'em just barely wet. Turn off the water. Use a little soap on a paper napkin. Rinse in a trickle. And for soap, we use Dr. Bronner's Castile liquid soap. A little drop of that stuff will do the job, and it rinses clean very quickly. If we had a bigger set of tanks, we would not have to be so fanatical.
profdant139 03/24/23 05:41pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Water saver for shower.

For what it is worth, here is how we save water while waiting for the hot water to arrive: Every night, DW is the first to shower. She takes a four-cup plastic measuring cup into the shower. She runs water from the hot water faucet into the measuring cup until the water coming from the faucet is warm enough. The measuring cup usually contains about two cups by the time she decides the water is warm enough. Then, she showers. (And yes, these are very serious Navy showers -- we mostly boondock.) When she is ready for a final rinse, she adds a little hot water to the measuring cup and uses the warm water for rinsing. Then it is my turn to shower. The water in the hose is already warm, so I don't need to use a measuring cup. Someone mentioned Oxygenics. We got one for the trailer and found that it uses a little too much water -- about 3 quarts per minute, on a minimum setting. We found that a cheap little low flow showerhead consumes two quarts per minute on a minimum setting. The Oxygenics is now in our S&B house -- it's great.
profdant139 03/23/23 05:45pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: New small Airstream TT that will fit inside garage.

Link That's the clicky, and thanks Nam for bringing this new TT to our attention. I'm looking forward to looking at it carefully. Yes, I am sure it is expensive. But add up all the storage fees you'd save if you could park it in a garage!!
profdant139 03/18/23 11:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hwy 89A in Northern Arizona

If you are talking about the road from Flagstaff to Sedona, do not do it in a big rig. I am all in favor of adventure, and I don't shy away from difficult roads. But that road is not designed for big RVs.
profdant139 03/15/23 09:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: stairs

Well, no matter what, we seem to track in a lot of dirt and gravel. We have the GlowSteps, as I mentioned above. And they stay outside -- they are mounted below the door. But we boondock in messy places -- ice, snow, mud, you name it. So we keep a boot cleaner near the front door, and a stiff whisk broom, and an astro-turf welcome mat. None of that stuff works perfectly, but we can fool ourselves into thinking that we are doing our best to hold back the mess. When it gets really bad, we have to take our boots off before coming thru the door. Like the time we somehow ended up in a cow pasture . . . .
profdant139 03/10/23 10:00pm Tech Issues
RE: stairs

Durb, that is a clever solution -- I did not know that the GlowSteps could be used as a ladder.
profdant139 03/08/23 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: stairs

John, that was a great write-up on the GlowSteps -- well done! For whatever it is worth, I am also a happy GlowSteps camper -- we do a lot of boondocking in rough country, and the GlowSteps can cope with difficult situations. But if I understand the OP's situation correctly, I'm not sure that GlowSteps would solve the problem of a very narrow site, with the bottom of the step an inch from a block wall. I don't know of any steps that would handle that issue.
profdant139 03/07/23 05:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Mono County Roads

toed, you are right that there is no alternative route during this current wave of blizzards. But in an "ordinary" snowstorm, there are times that you can safely do an end-run around the closures, if you head east from Bishop and then north through Nevada. It all depends on the snow level and the wind. If the snow level is (let's say) 5000 feet, 395 may be closed but the Nevada roads might not be. Having said all of that, my first instinct in bad weather is to stay home, if at all possible. I have towed my trailer in slush and snow, and it is not fun.
profdant139 03/03/23 10:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Waterton & Lake Louise early May.????

Ten o see, if possible, stop for a few days in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park on your way from Waterton to Lake Louise. Spectacular.
profdant139 02/23/23 10:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Are you familiar with Duck Coat Roof Coating??

John, I am astonished by your internet sleuthing skills -- yes, my trailer is tiny -- it is a box 12 feet long by 7 feet wide. As soon as I am able (which may be a while), I will climb up on the roof to see what it is made of. Your write-up of how to waterproof the roof and the siding is just excellent -- so detailed. Have you considered publishing it as a stand-alone post under the DIY forum? I think it would be very valuable to the membership at large -- as matters now stand, it is just a part of my Duck Coat post, which is not going to get very many views by comparison. Thanks again for your clear and comprehensive comments!
profdant139 02/11/23 04:42am Tech Issues
RE: Are you familiar with Duck Coat Roof Coating??

John, you've given me a lot to think about! I don't know what my roof is made of -- but it has lasted for 11 years of constant sun exposure with no leakage at all, no cracking, no trouble yet. And it would be nice to keep this little trailer for about ten more years -- I am in my early 70s, and I doubt I will be able to deal with trailering much beyond 80. I wish I could, I hope I will, but that is not the way to bet. Having said that, I don't want to do a half baked job of preventive maintenance. So I have some homework to do. The fact that I am not getting input from many Duck Coat users is itself very useful info. Let's stick with the tried and true.
profdant139 02/09/23 10:14am Tech Issues
RE: Are you familiar with Duck Coat Roof Coating??

John, thanks for that detailed answer! I don't have a leak, and my roof looks fine -- but I am one of those "be prepared" folks, so I am doing my homework ahead of time. And the fact that Duck Coat does not have data sheets is not encouraging. I will keep on going with my research. In my dreams, there is some sort of an easy to use, pour-on roof coating that dries quickly. I guess that as I have gotten older, my dreams have become much less interesting than they were when I was young! ;)
profdant139 02/07/23 02:11am Tech Issues
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