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RE: What do you use to lube your stabilizer jacks?

Never use them. We were sailors before RVers so the bouncing and rocking doesn't bother us. Also, our center-of-gravity is far enough aft that tipping back is not a problem. We rarely unhitch anyway. LS
LenSatic 04/10/14 09:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hit the boonies on May 23-24: a new meteor shower

Dan, I realize that it's difficult to predict the path of a new meteor shower. Have the experts been able to rate the chances of a meteor colliding with earth and destroying all life as we know it? For the spectacular show that they put on, most meteors are only about the size of grains of sand. That said, meteors hit the Earth all the time but, because of their low mass, slow to terminal velocity before they do. You are thinking asteroids. LS
LenSatic 03/30/14 09:51am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Hit the boonies on May 23-24: a new meteor shower

In So Cal, get away from town -- Death Valley is a good option. Mt. Pinos might be ok, but there is still some light pollution from Bakersfield. In Utah, just drive toward Bryce from Panguitch. Red Canyon State Park is right nearby. Might be a little chilly at night in late May -- bring blankets and hot drinks! Someone sent me a PM asking about how to look for meteors. It's easy -- no equipment. Just lay down (or sit in a recliner) and look toward the north (for this meteor shower). The hardest part for me will be staying awake till midnight! Lockwood Valley is where the Los Angeles Astronomical Society has their dark sky site. Very dark sky! I was a member: http://www.laas.org/ LS
LenSatic 03/29/14 07:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Where to go in the Far West for a week in early May?

There ya go, Dan. We've narrowed it down for ya. ;) LS
LenSatic 03/27/14 11:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Where to go in the Far West for a week in early May?

Your are pretty close to the Kofa NWR north of Yuma. We were there recently and were all alone until the last full day when some idiot decided to park right next to us. We were on BLM land, outsied of the NWR, which is still close to the highway. You can go into the NWR and really get away but the roads are pretty rough. Might be getting a little warm then, though. LS
LenSatic 03/27/14 01:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Small Travel Trailer Please!!

Could you raise a Casita for better clearance? Ours is raised and is on 15" wheels. It has as much or more clearance as the Tahoe. It's the angle of the rear once the wheels start to climb out of a rut. Check out those Aussie rigs and you'll see that they built a pretty good angle into them. Our bumper was bent because we went through a rut too fast. Lesson learned. ;) LS
LenSatic 03/25/14 08:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cool one for you all ~~ --->

Love it! Chopped the ride, but not the crib. :) LS
LenSatic 03/25/14 08:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small Travel Trailer Please!!

One more thing.....I like the Airliners and Casitas. Still think an older unit would fit my price range a bit better. I know the Casitas go back a few years and could find a used one. any other suggestions on something 5-10 years old that may be an older model that I have not seen??? Most importantly, do the lights in these units run off 12v power also??? Will have a generator, but do not want to run it all the time. Used eggs are hard to find and sell quickly. Plus, they hold their value very well so there would not be much in the way of savings. And yes, they have 12v house batteries. Go here to check see if anyone is selling: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/ Good luck! LS
LenSatic 03/25/14 08:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small Travel Trailer Please!!

I've looked under some of the FG campers, like Casita, etc, and from what I have seen, the frames are pretty light duty. I suspect they are designing those with such a light frame, because as you noted, the FG bodies are essentially two bathtub tanks joined in a seam in the middle. I think they are counting on the body structure to have adequate strength on it's own, to keep it's shape. I really have not seen much written about how well they may work on rough roads. We've dragged our's over some horrendous terrain and the frame has done just fine. The rear bumper, not so well. Casitas will take a beating and do just fine. It would be nice to have a slightly angled rear-end to raise the bumper a bit. Most of the damage we see is to the larger cabinet door inside. They often fall off because the screws vibrate out and lately the hinges have actually broken. That may give you an idea of what we put it through. I'm not going to shoot it to see if it's bulletproof, though. ;) LS
LenSatic 03/25/14 07:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trip report: Palomar Mountain, east of San Diego

Good to hear. We woke up the next morning with 2 flat tires. That's what we were dealing with when the ranger stopped by. No pictures of the Hale telescope? Pat
LenSatic 03/22/14 08:35pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip report: Palomar Mountain, east of San Diego

Dan, The SP was empty when we were there, also, and the ranger explained that, too. Gang activity. He and his wife lived in the ranger house for a year or so but his wife refused to stay there. That school across the main road (near the pond) is (or at least was) a reform school. The frogs in the pond were cute, though. ;) Pat
LenSatic 03/22/14 07:04pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip report: Palomar Mountain, east of San Diego

Len, whose nose and whose tail? Yikes!! I have never gotten to see a mountain lion, in (literally) more than a thousand days of hiking and mountain biking. (We did see a bobcat, once.) What time of day? How close were you? Our nose; his tail. It was the middle of the afternoon. He was facing at about a 2:00 angle to the trail and was looking back at us from about 10 yards. All I could think about was the Ziploc bag of salami and cheese in my backpack. We put our hands on our hips trying to look larger and slowly backed up the trail. He eventually wandered off. Of course, we knew that he was still out there somewhere. :E We talked to a ranger later about the encounter and he was surprised. He said that he had worked there for over 10 years and never saw one. On the other hand, I've never seen a bear in the wild. Go figure. LS
LenSatic 03/22/14 12:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip report: Palomar Mountain, east of San Diego

Palomar is where the wife and I ran nose to tail into a mountain lion a few years ago. It made for an interesting few minutes. ;) Excellent report, as usual, Dan. LS
LenSatic 03/22/14 11:58am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: New Type of Camper

Heck, our 25 year old son just bought (2 weeks ago) a silver Tacoma with a shell and is, at this moment, camping up near Moab. LS
LenSatic 03/20/14 10:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Gray water: tenters dump it, so why can't I?

I like bigdogger's solution -- I will just run my gray water through my Brita charcoal filter! ;) I carry one of these in my vest or backpack all the time: http://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-PointOne-Squeeze-Filtration-System/dp/B00BHCBMOS It would do trick safely. Psychologically...I don't know. ;) Four liter size: http://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-Complete-Water-Treatment-System/dp/B0078ZMHGK And, no, I don't work for Sawyer or Amazon. :) LS Same here. I will usually put our camp fire out with about 4-5 gallons of GW at the end of the night. Really it's the best of both worlds. I don't think you meant to quote me. I was posting about making GW drinkable. ;) LS
LenSatic 03/19/14 10:23pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Gray water: tenters dump it, so why can't I?

I like bigdogger's solution -- I will just run my gray water through my Brita charcoal filter! ;) I carry one of these in my vest or backpack all the time: http://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-PointOne-Squeeze-Filtration-System/dp/B00BHCBMOS It would do trick safely. Psychologically...I don't know. ;) Four liter size: http://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-Complete-Water-Treatment-System/dp/B0078ZMHGK And, no, I don't work for Sawyer or Amazon. :) LS
LenSatic 03/19/14 04:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Gray water: tenters dump it, so why can't I?

Of course, our septic tank has a leach field under our garden. ;) LS We have a septic system with a leach field and were told not to plant consumable plants on top of it. Hmmm. Maybe it's because we live in the desert. Even during the Monsoons the ground is dry very shortly after the rain stops. The leach pipes are buried 5' to 6' in a couple of feet of gravel. I can't imagine anything leaching upward. I'll let you know if it kills me, though. ;) LS
LenSatic 03/19/14 09:46am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Gray water: tenters dump it, so why can't I?

Soooo, if no one witness's you do something that is posted not to do......it's OK ? .......I mean, as long as YOU can justify it in YOUR head? Interesting! Who said that? :? LS
LenSatic 03/18/14 10:09pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Gray water: tenters dump it, so why can't I?

My understanding is that it is not safe to grow edible plants on a septic leach field. We checked first. The county inspector, who was a friend before we built here, suggested it. LS
LenSatic 03/18/14 07:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Gray water: tenters dump it, so why can't I?

And I read an article recently that discussed saving the gray water in your home and using it to water your plants....THAT was a positive thing! We live 100% off-grid, surrounded by BLM land, and piped our washing machine to the flower bed and mesquite tree on the north side of the house. Of course, our septic tank has a leach field under our garden. ;) LS
LenSatic 03/18/14 06:59pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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