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RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

This quote and my response was posted in the TT forum awhile back: Some of them even camped right along the canyon rim. Well, that sounded pretty good to me. I stopped at the ranger station at Jacob Lake to pick up a map of the forest roads. When asked, I explained what I had in mind; the ranger replied that due to erosion from the heavy usage at rim locations, they are now keeping campers at least 1/4 mile from the edge. He also cautioned me that the roads, heavily traveled nowadays, are in bad enough condition to damage a travel trailer. While I agree that your photos are great, the above quote caught my eye. We camped right on the edge at Lotus Point just last July and there was no problem. It's solid granite (I think) out there. Besides, what is the Grand Canyon if not one big monument to erosion. I was waiting for this to happen, though. It seems that there is another kind of erosion going on here. LS This is the MVUM showing that the information is correct. http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd480420.pdf We will lose access to our beloved Federal land while under Federal control. LS
LenSatic 08/19/16 10:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Gas can for generator - towing with closed vehicle

We carry ours on the tongue in front of the propane tanks. LS
LenSatic 08/15/16 10:34am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Newby needs advice

Wait one minute, folks. Here we have TWO career military veterans, asking questions in good faith. There are a lot of rude responses to those questions above, and I think some apologies may be in order. Why mock his truck and ridicule his choices? I think it is true that this truck will be the limiting factor and that it will not be easy to full-time in a trailer that is suited to that truck. But there is no reason to be dismissive or hostile, especially since their career choice (to serve the country and to protect us) is why they did not get rich and can't now afford a monster truck. I am grateful to them and hope that their dreams come true. Questions can be answered in a respectful and civil way. And believe it or not, comments that are phrased pleasantly are often given more weight than those that are mean-spirited. Sorry for the rant, but this thread really hit my hot button. (And no, I am not a veteran -- that is one of the biggest gaps in my resume, and it is too late now to fix it.) Salute, mi amigo! Well said. LS
LenSatic 08/04/16 08:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can't run A/C at home: solved -- see 8/21/16 update

What switch? The AC switch that is actually on the water heater itself. I had the exact same problem and turning this switch off solved it. But, mine is a Suburban water heater. I don't know what Dan has. LS
LenSatic 07/31/16 11:57am Tech Issues
RE: Can't run A/C at home: solved -- see 8/21/16 update

Len, there is nothing else turned on in the trailer -- no other load except the a/c. Not "inside". Just to make sure we are on the same page, I'm talking about this switch (assuming you have a similar HW heater): http://i.imgur.com/ibcDUqTl.jpg LS
LenSatic 07/31/16 11:28am Tech Issues
RE: Can't run A/C at home: solved -- see 8/21/16 update

I think it is time to stop speculating here. I may get an electrician to check this out before anyone gets hurt. Too much conflicting advice from too many really knowledgeable folks. For what it is worth, yes the fan and the compressor both shut down after running for about a minute, and then they both restarted after being off for about ten seconds, and then shut down after ten more seconds, and then I switched everything off. And no, I was not using a dog bone -- this is a very simple little one-piece adapter that enables me to plug the 30 amp cord into an ordinary 3 prong outlet. This arrangement easily runs everything in the trailer, but not the a/c! Is your water heater AC switch on? In the past I've thought that nothing else was on but the WH was and caused power problems due to the surge on AC start. (I didn't read all the posts, so if this was mentioned, I apologize.) LS
LenSatic 07/30/16 10:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Out West whirlwind 2-week trip report

Some of them even camped right along the canyon rim. Well, that sounded pretty good to me. I stopped at the ranger station at Jacob Lake to pick up a map of the forest roads. When asked, I explained what I had in mind; the ranger replied that due to erosion from the heavy usage at rim locations, they are now keeping campers at least 1/4 mile from the edge. He also cautioned me that the roads, heavily traveled nowadays, are in bad enough condition to damage a travel trailer. While I agree that your photos are great, the above quote caught my eye. We camped right on the edge at Lotus Point just last July and there was no problem. It's solid granite (I think) out there. Besides, what is the Grand Canyon if not one big monument to erosion. I was waiting for this to happen, though. It seems that there is another kind of erosion going on here. LS
LenSatic 07/25/16 06:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dry camping

I can see that everyone is trying to milk this situation for laughs . . . . That's an udderly ridiculous accusation! LS
LenSatic 06/14/16 09:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocking I-70 in Colorado?

I have checked the Nat. Forest campground (Heaton Bay) and found it to be booked up, both electric and non electric for my size rig. I will keep checking in case of cancellations. Leadville may be a possible alternative for us. I'll have to check on availability there too. Can anyone advise if Colorado allows overnighting in the highway rest areas and welcome centers? If my figuring is correct we will be dropping into Colorado on I-76 at Julesburg late in the day. Looks like a nice spot to sleep for the night. There is no overnight parking or camping allowed in any of the Colorado rest areas, per CDOT. Our son lives in FTC and we do it all the time in CO. Not on I-25, we use truck stops, but, like I said above, on I-70 in Rifle. Yes, it's posted, but they do not enforce it unless it's abused or someone complains. Just act like the courteous citizens that you are, leave the place cleaner than you found it, and there should be no hassle. If there is, move on. But we have never been hassled. Be polite if you are, though! LS
LenSatic 06/10/16 10:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking I-70 in Colorado?

At exit 147 in Eagle, is a Tourist Information Center. Further west along Fairgrounds Road is a large gravel parking lot that is used by truckers. I did see an RV in there once, but it may have just stopped for lunch. It's been on my "possible" list for quite awhile but we always pass it in daylight. We use the Rest Area at Rifle. It's right on the Colorado River and the locals go there to fish. LS
LenSatic 06/09/16 07:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: November 2016 Camping suggestions

Delete. Double post.
LenSatic 06/05/16 10:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: November 2016 Camping suggestions

The places you mentioned may well have snow during that period, Chief. But, you could work your way south from there since you have so much time. I agree with 4runnerguy that Tucson would be a good centrally located hub in the south. Snow-birders will be showing up then, so plan ahead. Both Davis-Monthan and Ft. Huachuca have MWR RV parks. Luke in PHX probably has, also. I'm not sure what your toad is, but there is a lot to do and see down here. LS (PSM)
LenSatic 06/05/16 10:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

I had this link sent to me so I thought it would be good to post here. It's a YouTube clip worth taking the time to view it. Here's the link Using The Antiquities Act To Steal Your Land I have to agree with HPD on this. Alex Jones is not a good source of information on anything. He's the guy who started all the Jade Helm 15 hysteria last year. LS
LenSatic 05/20/16 12:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Just read a story in the local paper about a 4th generation rancher who deeded the family ranch to the FS several years ago. So, since 1905, 4 families have owned this property and raised their children and grandchildren, earned a living, and lived their dream. Then this woman, who inherited it, decides to deed it to the Forest Service because someone might build a Wal-Mart Super Center on it! Of course she never considered that she may have deprived someone else from living their dream of owning a small ranch at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. And what did she get out of "deeding" it to the FS? Tax write-off maybe? Just asking. http://www.svherald.com/free_access/loving-the-ranching-lifestyle/article_ea761388-18c1-11e6-b479-abdb20b7a05a.html That property is now, forever, out of the ranching and lifelong dream inventory. And NO, Wal-Mart would not have even considered that land. LS Did we read the same article LS? You certainly put your opinion stamp on what was printed trying to change the context to support your point of view. How so? Did I miss some mention of the Walmart real estate director calling her up and offering to buy the property? Or any other developer for that matter? Did she even put it on the market? Heck, I may have wanted it for me and my family but now I will never get the chance. Are there any cattle on it now(?) No. Yet they still call it a ranch. If you are talking the "circle of ownership", Arizona didn't become a state until 1912, 7 years after original owner bought it from a federal government that was actually trying to settle the territory. LS
LenSatic 05/14/16 11:18am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Just read a story in the local paper about a 4th generation rancher who deeded the family ranch to the FS several years ago. So, since 1905, 4 families have owned this property and raised their children and grandchildren, earned a living, and lived their dream. Then this woman, who inherited it, decides to deed it to the Forest Service because someone might build a Wal-Mart Super Center on it! Of course she never considered that she may have deprived someone else from living their dream of owning a small ranch at the base of the Huachuca Mountains. And what did she get out of "deeding" it to the FS? Tax write-off maybe? Just asking. http://www.svherald.com/free_access/loving-the-ranching-lifestyle/article_ea761388-18c1-11e6-b479-abdb20b7a05a.html That property is now, forever, out of the ranching and lifelong dream inventory. And NO, Wal-Mart would not have even considered that land. LS
LenSatic 05/13/16 08:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

I thought all we had to worry about was State Governments. Now your telling us it's the Feds? Yes. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/10/wyoming-welder-facing-16m-in-fines-beats-epa-in-battle-over-stock-pond.html LS
LenSatic 05/11/16 11:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mercury transit of the Sun May 9th, 2016

No joy for me. Anyone have any better luck? It's been about 10 years since the last transit and I don't really remember what I did then. I may have used the welding glass behind my binos. But, as I recall, there were sunspots larger than the disk of Mercury back then. Got pix icanon? LS
LenSatic 05/09/16 09:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Mercury transit of the Sun May 9th, 2016

Got my Solarmax II ready for the event and they're calling for clear skies for Monday. :) Nice! I've got a solar filter for my 8" but not my 5" and I'm too lazy to set up either. It's just a tiny dark disk against a bright ball of fire anyway. ;) Can you take pix through it? If so, post them for those peeps under crying clouds. :D Good luck! LS
LenSatic 05/06/16 11:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Mercury transit of the Sun May 9th, 2016

Those planning on viewing the total eclipse in 2017 can practice using their eye protection on Mon. the 9th when Mercury will pass between Earth and the Sun. If you do not have proper eye protection, welding glass shade 13 or better or Mylar solar filters, make a pinhole camera like you learned in grade school. http://eclipsewise.com/oh/tm2016.html It's a rather long event so don't bother getting up early, I won't. ;) LS
LenSatic 05/05/16 11:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

The tree is dying (the average lifespan of a cottonwood is 100 years). It is already dropping large limbs. The BLM could continue to cut back the limbs of the tree, but they can't save it. You are so right! Problem is that they have never trimmed it. That’s their “hands-off” management style. The plan to cut it down is based on money: $10,000 to trim it back or $20,000 to cut it down. By the way, BLM won’t allow power equipment much of the year due to the birds that nest here seasonally. Had it been owned by the state, it wouldn't be a problem because they probably would have cut it down years ago. Had it been owned by Cochise County, they would probably had local tree services volunteer to trim it occasionally in exchange for free advertising. From the Arizona Land Department: "In the 88 years since statehood, the State has disposed of, or exchanged, about 1,628,079 acres of Trust lands. A total of 9,228,787 acres of Trust Land remains. Almost all of the lands are under one or more leases for natural resource uses and commercial development purposes. About 87 percent of the Trust lands are in the Common School Trust and approximately 90 percent of the Trust revenues go to that Trust." That is pretty old information given that AZ is 104 years old. When people started moving here in the ‘50s they needed somewhere to live. Plus the 3 Interstates used up quite a bit of land. Nine-plus million acres is still a lot of land and we buy an annual pass to use it. LS
LenSatic 05/05/16 11:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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