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RE: RV sites recommendations for Roseburg,OR, Brookings OR

We really liked Twin Rivers RV Park, near Roseburg. Very quiet, right on the river, away from the freeway. The photos on their website do not do it justice -- it really was well landscaped and well located.
profdant139 11/04/19 04:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How cold can you go?

Actually, Huntingdog, our real reason for not using the furnace much is not about saving propane. It is more about electricity -- the furnace draws four amps! And it is noisy. But you are absolutely right -- the water lines usually won't freeze in the high 20s, especially if they are all inside the trailer and if you keep your trailer warm. The real problem is the outflow tube from the water tank, which is thin and is often not inside the trailer. It will usually freeze in the low 20s, unless you have installed a heat cable.
profdant139 11/03/19 03:39am Travel Trailers
RE: How cold can you go?

ajriding, is that the temp?? Yikes. At least it's not minus 7. Not yet.
profdant139 11/02/19 06:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: how to level a trailer

Find another spot?? You're kidding! And miss out on on that entertainment? ;) We view a really un-level spot as a challenge, a fun opportunity for stacking up a lot of rocks and Lego blocks, like this: https://i.imgur.com/plGGNH4l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. After spending an hour attempting to get the trailer level, we can't move because we have sunk so much time and energy into trying to cope with a bad campsite. ;) This is an example of the "sunk cost fallacy," kind of like throwing good money after bad. There really is a time, as Galvanizd indicates, in which discretion is the wiser part of valor.
profdant139 10/31/19 09:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Between Portland and The Dallas

We found the campgrounds in the Gorge to be a little noisy because of the trains. But we liked this RV park: Crown Point in Corbett, OR Hope this helps!
profdant139 10/30/19 05:54pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Where do you find water

Smarty, I guess they are less strict about water in New Mexico than in California -- many truck stop faucets here require special wrenches, exactly to prevent us from "borrowing" their water! ;)
profdant139 10/29/19 09:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How many of you winter camp? Suggestions for winter camping?

Condensation? No problem. It freezes on the windows, and then you wipe up the ice with a towel. ;) Actually, that sounds like a joke, but it is not. We have to wipe up the ice in the morning -- otherwise, it thaws and drips. Unpleasant.
profdant139 10/29/19 03:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Route suggestions please!

Tara, if you are full timing and have unlimited time, my advice would be to stay off the interstates. The two-lane roads are far more interesting. Yes, they take longer, and yes, they are less safe on an accidents-per-mile-driven basis, or so they say. But they are fun, and you never know what you'll see in the small towns along the way!
profdant139 10/28/19 06:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Water Pump loses prime when water tank level is 1/3 full

RKW, what I want to know is this -- how did you get your pump to empty your tank completely so that only a little dribbled out?? Is the outflow tube mounted on the lowest point of the tank? If so, congratulations! Ours was not, so we had it re-installed at the low point. And I put in supports, like SoundGuy did, to combat the dreaded "saggy belly" phenomenon. (Too bad it only works on RVs and not on humans.) . ;)
profdant139 10/28/19 06:01pm Tech Issues
RE: How many of you winter camp? Suggestions for winter camping?

You are good to go! One more thought -- in addition to the tank heaters, consider a heat cable for the outflow tube on your fresh water tank -- it is a notorious Achilles heel in freezing weather because it is so thin. The cable draws about two amps: Ultra Heat Cable for Outflow Tube We just finished a ten day camping trip with low temps in the teens -- the cable did the job for us! And we do not have tank heaters. (We were boondocking, relying solely on our battery and our solar, so juice is at a premium.) This was the view from our breakfast table -- and that's why we love winter camping: https://i.imgur.com/M4QOGVIl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 10/28/19 05:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions please!

Tara, if you want a relatively quiet experience and better security, think about RV parks, believe it or not. Unlike campgrounds, there are no generators in RV parks. And because the perimeter is usually secure, the crime rate tends to be low (except, of course, in urban areas). I know this sounds like heresy, coming from a die-hard boondocker like me, but there are times when ordinary campgrounds are less than wonderful. Especially around Spring Break!
profdant139 10/28/19 05:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Suggestions please!

Gosh, speaking as someone who has done a lot of back-country boondocking all over the West, we have never felt threatened. I have had a few uncomfortable experiences in campgrounds closer to big cities when our neighbors have been playing loud music and drinking and yelling, late into the night. I did not feel safe in asking them to be quiet -- anyone who would engage in that behavior is not likely to be compliant! ;) Whether boondocking or in a campground, the farther we are from town, the safer we feel.
profdant139 10/28/19 03:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Starlink supposedly will be available in 2020

Article We will have to wait and see. And I am not sure they will target the RV market, at least not yet. But there is a glimmer of hope.
profdant139 10/26/19 09:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Building RV park near McKinney TX, what would you want most?

Based on our own travel experiences, there is an additional problem with mixing the long term sites and the overnight sites -- the long-termers often have very early work schedules and get up at 5 am and start their trucks, waking the vacationers (that's me). I am not saying there is anything wrong with the dawn concerto of diesels -- folks have to get to work!! But if the leisure travelers are disturbed by the noise, there will be negative reviews of the RV park. We have been to a very few RV parks in which the two groups of campers were in separate areas, so it is possible.
profdant139 10/26/19 09:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How cold can you go?

jseyfert, I think you solved the mystery. Where it never gets above freezing, there is no "melt and re-freeze" cycle, so no need to pull the wipers away from the glass.
profdant139 10/25/19 11:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Building RV park near McKinney TX, what would you want most?

Some of the advice above is great. And some of it (mine, especially) displays ignorance. Westernparkrvowner correctly observes that a recessed sewer opening is a hazard in the rain. OOPS! Sorry. But having said that, I am sure that I have seen recessed sewer openings at dump stations. The little basin around the opening has a one inch curb to thwart the rain runoff. Would that be a problem in an RV park? I am displaying my ignorance here!
profdant139 10/25/19 06:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Building RV park near McKinney TX, what would you want most?

Make sure the top of the sewer hookups are not six inches above ground level -- that stuff does not flow uphill well at all! Keep them as close to ground level as you can. I have even seen RV parks where the sewer opening was slightly lower than ground level and located within a recessed concrete basin, like a sani-dump. That setup, while more expensive, greatly reduces the chances of a sewer spill. And of course you know that a site contaminated by a bad spill can't be rented out for several days, while everything is cleaned up and dries out . . . . . Good luck with your park!!
profdant139 10/24/19 10:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How cold can you go?

And one more thought -- we are not hijacking the thread here. This is all relevant to "how cold can you go," the OP's topic. How does one cope with winter weather?
profdant139 10/24/19 10:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: How cold can you go?

Caveman Charlie, I can tell you from painful personal experience that if the wipers are left on the glass, and if the glass is above freezing, and wet snow falls on the wiper blades, you can get some very thick ice binding the wiper to the glass. It takes a lot more than a bump to free the wiper blade. Maybe because it is so much colder in Minnesota, that does not happen? It surely does in the Sierra Nevada of California. I see folks pull their wipers away from the glass whenever snow is in the forecast and have learned my lesson. Apparently, there are wiper manufacturers that recommend this procedure, at least according to this article: Lift those blades, they say But let me be the first to say that I am NOT an expert -- I am a warm weather flatlander who sometimes travels to high altitude. So if this is all bad advice, I am wide open to a counter-argument!!
profdant139 10/24/19 09:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

Horton Creek BLM Campground, Bishop, Calif., in late September of 2019: https://i.imgur.com/yAE6CKdl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. The bright star on the right is Jupiter, and the peak on the right is Mt. Tom. In that photo, I tried to "paint" the foreground with a flashlight during a time exposure. It sort of worked, but not perfectly -- it is very hard to get just enough light on the foreground without overdoing it.
profdant139 10/24/19 06:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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