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petekerwien

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Posted: 07/14/08 10:03am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How do you guys fit under bridges?

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petekerwien wrote:

How do you guys fit under bridges?
I used to put a tandem on top of my camper (without a rack) and I was still under 12' which clears most bridges. Now I use inflatables which fit inside the camper.

One note, you CANNOT use a camper with kayaks inside! [emoticon]


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Posted: 07/14/08 11:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm just about 12 feet even with the boats on top - it's a rare bridge that's lower than that. They really don't stick up much above the A/C.

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Hiking on Rainbow Ridge in the Alaska Range near the Richardson Highway.

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Cross-Country Skiing to Landmark Gap Lake on the Denali Highway.

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Gold panning in the White Mountains National Recreation Area north east of Fairbanks.

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More gold panning.

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Hiking along the Root Glacier near the old Kennicott Mine, Alaska

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Fishing for Arctic Grayling in Boulder Creek near the Macalren lodge on the Denali Highway.

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Paddling Boulder Creek.

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Having a "Beer-Butt Chicken" cook-off in the White Mountains National Recreation Area

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Great response CLEARY. That's what I'm talking about. Let's have more, I know you're out there. Maybe you're all too busy doing it.
FarcticOx.

PeteKerwien wrote:

How do you guys fit under bridges?


Pete, we just take the camper off and drag it through the bridge.[emoticon]


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Posted: 07/14/08 05:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Silver’s uses their TC to access Non-motorized recreation, such as hiking, photography, field research and art/drawing. Here are a few image excerpts, across the years, with our TC:

Rain never stops us, anyway it always rains when we are in Maine

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Ocean, calm or agitated, attracts us for looong hikes along the shore: Assatigue or Delaware,

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Discovering the light of the sun on the grains of sand in Virginia or the kaleidoscope colours of Zion

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All memories recorded in our mind, on film or sometimes on paper; sketches for future artwork

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Our TC has even brought us for field/lab research work in New Mexico’s Sevilleta (LTER site), studying the carrier of the Hantavirus, the Peromyscus maniculatus (deer mouse)

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and even if there is some work, nothing stops us form hiking to higher ground for our enjoyment

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Our passion for petroglyphs has brought our TC to so many places, where hikes can be very rewarding

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and if no petroglyphs to be found, there is still the beauty of nature to be discover in remote hikes (back of beyond of Zion)

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Our Camper has permitted us to get into great places and have given the opportunity to look, study and discuss our numerous excursions, in the comfort of our TC, sleeping cozily, awaiting the next day of hiking adventures.

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Ted: Sometimes it nice to take the tc for an early evening . Back it up to the waterfront here (or lake front there) and just have a quiet evening. No TV, no phones and especially during the week, few people around. We can get too regimented in using the TC only for long trips or for camping. Once when my DW wanted to go to the mall. I took the TC and sat in it reading with some soft music on. She enjoyed her shopping and I enjoyed the TC. Years ago when the kids were in soccer and piano lessons, dance leson, etc. I took the motorhome and didn't mind the time spent watching the kids chase the soccer ball back and forth. They also appreciated having a refuge for a potty stop or when it rained. Our TC's can be used in many ways. Thanks for the pix and the discussion.

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Posted: 07/14/08 06:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ted[emoticon]here you live with those covered bridges, you would have to tow the camper behind you!!

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whazoo wrote:

Great shots Farctic! I'm not only inspired but have just bought a 16 ft canoe and hope to have similar fun. Having a serious problem though trying to figure how to use my Yakima rack on top of my Outfitter. It won't work as the curve (rocker) of the canoe leaves only the front and back 3 inches of the canoe touching the gunwale brackets. Not sure what to do but boy I want to use it real bad. Thanks for inspiration shots. And real nice kayak you have there.


Hello Whazoo

Cant you use some foam blocks to cradle the gunwales- so that the canoe rest's in the cradle's and provides a base so that you can strap her down.

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Whazoo, I gotta tell you, there's nothing better after a day on the water than to land 20 feet from your TC, crack open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or a cool microbrew, and drop into your lawn chair. That's TC livin'
FarcticOx

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