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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

Chips of mesquite wrapped in a foil envelope on the grill will work better than a whole branch -- more surface area. Poke holes in the foil. You can soak the chips. I don't soak them -- I like a strong smoke taste. (I cook on a Big Green Egg grill/smoker, but I used to cook on a gas BBQ.)
profdant139 05/29/20 09:52pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Adding some storage and wire shelving

Thanks, but they are not really fancy. Just light plywood and pine framing -- very basic cabinetry. They have held up through eight years of camping, roughly 75 nights a year on average.
profdant139 05/29/20 09:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Adding some storage and wire shelving

Since you have so much "real estate" now available, let me suggest an alternative to wire shelving. You can easily build in your own lightweight cabinets, which will provide you with a lot of usable storage, complete with doors that close to conceal the contents. I used quarter inch Baltic birch plywood for my floor to ceiling cabinets -- very light and strong. Here is a blog post discussing that project (and others), with a lot of photos -- once you click on the link, search for the word "cabinetry" to jump to that particular project: Cabinetry Good luck, and keep us posted on whichever storage solution you select!!
profdant139 05/27/20 09:24am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Improving Fridge Cooling

This blog post may be of interest: Fridge mod -- insulation and deflector It definitely improved the performance of the fridge, but I did not measure the before and after temps or energy usage.
profdant139 05/25/20 07:14pm Tech Issues
RE: The Long Trailer

I heard that the theatrical trailer for that film was half an hour long . . . .
profdant139 05/23/20 09:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Uncrowded Colorado campgrounds

Are most of the dump stations open? Boondocking is great for a week or so, and then you gotta find a dump station. Here in Calif., most are still closed, so we are stuck at home a little while longer.
profdant139 05/22/20 09:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Routine brake/shock inspection, how?

I'm a serious do it yourselfer for most things, but I take my trailer to my local mechanic for brakes and bearings, once a year. It does not need to be a dealer, but the mechanic should be someone familiar with trailers.
profdant139 05/21/20 09:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Canadian Campground Pics

Wilcox Campground, Jasper National Park, near the icefields. I think that's Mt. Athabasca looming over the campsite: https://i.imgur.com/gpQCFACl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/16/20 03:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Baby steps, Grand Canyon style

I'm also eager to get back on the road, but very worried. (I'm in a high risk category.) As more places open up, the crowds will be distributed over a larger area. So, for example, Utah is crowded right now because there is no alternative. But that will get better over time, I hope!!
profdant139 05/15/20 05:12pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
It's a tricycle, a boat, and a travel trailer

This may be a solution to a nonexistent problem, but it's interesting! It's a tri-brid! As clever as this is, I question its utility. On a long bike tour, how often do you need to cross a body of water by going through it, instead of over it on a bridge? Or around it on a causeway?
profdant139 05/15/20 04:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do I need sway bar or equalizer?

Just to add to the chorus, I have a very small trailer (just over 2000 lb), and I have a sway bar even though I have been told it is not necessary. Better safe than sorry. And if I had anything bigger, I'd have a WD setup. I also load up my tongue weight to the recommended level. I've never had a sway problem, and I never want to see one, either. Those youtube videos are pretty scary -- sway can get out of control real fast. Safe travels, and keep asking questions!! We were all newbies, once upon a time.
profdant139 05/15/20 12:34pm Travel Trailers
Part of Hwy 95 in NV closed due to earthquake damage

Not a big deal, but heads up if you are planning on taking 95 anytime soon: Article
profdant139 05/15/20 11:44am Roads and Routes
RE: Criminal idiot parboiled at YNP

So here is another example of the same issue -- this photo looks like DW is about to fall off the cliff: https://i.imgur.com/cGLFekNl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. This was taken at Dewey Point, above Yosemite Valley. We had snowshoed in from Badger Pass Ski Area, roughly a six mile round trip. DW is actually standing several feet from the edge, but the camera angle makes it look like she is right on the edge. I think dedmiston's point is that if someone posts a picture like this, the poster ought to make it clear that insane risks are not really being taken. (Of course, if you are wearing one of those flying squirrel wing suits, the whole point is to document the insane risk.). ;)
profdant139 05/14/20 05:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Criminal idiot parboiled at YNP

Good point, dedmiston. When we posted this photo on our blog, the accompanying text made it clear that we were not disturbing the soil or taking undue risks. So it is good to make that explicit!!
profdant139 05/14/20 01:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Criminal idiot parboiled at YNP

You are exactly right -- those folks (me and DW!) are pretty far from the geyser -- maybe a hundred feet. (Zoom lens!) Before sitting down, we felt the ground with our hands to see if it was wet. Or too hot. It was dry and warm. But I freely admit that standing (let's say) a hundred yards away would be safer. We were well aware of the risks (minimal but not zero). We wanted to get as close to this back-country geyser as we could while still staying safe. The same is true of surfing, which we do all the time. There is a risk of shark attack. There is a risk of getting hit by a surfboard. There is a substantial risk of getting stung by a sting ray (which has happened to me the last two times we went to the beach). Risk is part of adventure travel. We hike across snowfields, knowing that there is a risk of avalanche. If the slope is too steep, we don't cross it. We swim in creeks in the Sierra -- we test the current first. But if we are wrong, and the current is too strong, we get swept away and drown. We climb fairly steep granite domes, like Lembert Dome in Yosemite. The traction is good, but there is always a chance that your foot will slip and you will get hurt. Some risks are not capable of being managed. Do we know that the person in line next to us at the grocery store does not have Covid? There is no way to know, so we minimize our contacts with the outside world. So the issue is not "do you take risks?" It is "how do you behave in order to minimize risk while still living your life?" Stepping off a boardwalk at Yellowstone is stupid. It's forbidden, too. Taking a risk without being able to evaluate its magnitude is a recipe for death. That's the key -- the saying is "look before you leap," not "never ever leap anything."
profdant139 05/14/20 09:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Criminal idiot parboiled at YNP

There are many parts of the park where there are geysers with no boardwalk, no fence, no ranger, nobody around for miles. You are on your own. Make a mistake and you die. And if you test the crust very carefully, you can sit right near your own private geyser and feel the warmth of the earth on your backside -- a very strange feeling on a chilly autumn day: https://i.imgur.com/FCbRhwel.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/13/20 09:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New to trailers

I'm not sure what you are looking for -- if you have already replaced the floor, it sounds like you already have the floor plan?? Sorry if I am missing the point of your question. In any event, if you are tearing out the whole inside, the sky is the limit -- you can customize to your heart's content, as long as the appliances are all in their proper places (which will be determined by the location of their plumbing and gas fixtures). Good luck!!
profdant139 05/10/20 09:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Boondockers Dream On

ppine, your chariot awaits! Off road wheelchair
profdant139 05/08/20 11:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Boondockers Dream On

I've read that these run about $70,000. Supposedly they are available in the USA. Please don't let me start ranting and raving about how is it possible that Australia, with less than a tenth of the population of the US, has far more and far better boondocking trailer options than the US does. Yes, they have a big outback. So do we.
profdant139 05/08/20 03:48am Travel Trailers
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