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RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Don't let a bunch of greedy legislators take YOUR federal lands away! They already have!! .....haven't you read up on 'Agenda 21' or now 'Agenda 2030'?? ...... or better yet the 'Wildlands Project'!! Our so called "Public Lands" are disappearing at an alarming rate right in front of you.....where have you guys been lately? Why don't you take a little time to research the above mentioned subjects. I'm with Len on this one .... thanks Len for taking a Constitutional stand on the matter. Our 'Legislators' swear an Oath to the Constitution but the first thing they do is turn right around and pee all over it!! Thanks for the support, BH, but calm down. No need to get this thread closed. Fair arguments can, and are, being made on both sides. Highplainsdrifter is interested in the WY bills. I'm all for States Rights and WY, as a sovereign state, has the right to determine their own course of action. We'll see how it plays out. LS
LenSatic 02/11/16 09:59pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

I am quite opposed to transfer of federal lands to states. I have worked and fairly paid my federal taxes for decades. I think the federal lands are as much mine as the citizens of any particular state. In my view, one of the best things about the U.S. is the system of lands available for anyone to enjoy. I have made extensive use of federal lands in OH, PA, WV, NH, and VT. I am already planning to use the federal lands in the west when I retire in a few years. I think if federal lands are transferred to the states, we will see the vast majority of the land sold. If you are a hunter, fisherman, camper, hiker, etc., then your opportunities will be dramatically diminished. Just a heads-up, BLM and FS is limiting access here in SE AZ already. Our property is surrounded by BLM and AZ state land so we have an interest on the goings on of the government agencies. My wife is a volunteer at a nearby BLM site and just last week they began restricting access to her area and shut down a scheduled event at another. Be careful what you wish for. ;) LS
LenSatic 02/11/16 07:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

You ask: Would the Western States have ratified the United States Constitution if they had been part of the Union at the time of founding? I think the answer to that questions lies in the state constitutions. Article 21, Section 26 of the Wyoming Constitution states: "The people of this state do agree and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within the boundaries thereof…" Many of the western states' constitutions have exactly the same wording. So if they were willing to give up claim to federal land at the time of their statehood, yes I think they would have been willing recognize federal lands at the time the United States Constitution was ratified. While this may be an interesting theoretical argument, it is ancient history. The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled the federal government has the authority to buy/sell/manage federal land. Our discussion should not be on the legality of it (that has been settled). Our discussion should be whether the federal government should own and manage western lands. That is a political question, not a legal question. My answer to the political question is "emphatically yes". If the states get ownership, much of the land will be sold or overdeveloped in order to pay the high cost of management. Once it is privatized, we can kiss our boondocking butts goodbye. The reason I specified "at the time of the founding" was that it was a gamble to ratify the Constitution and join the Union at that time. The Western States were joining an established and stable nation. Dred Scott was "settled law" until it wasn't. ;) That said, Justice Thomas is an avid RVer; I wonder if he's a member on RV.net. If so, perhaps he'll weigh in. LS
LenSatic 02/11/16 07:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Here is a link to another article regarding the federal government's authority to own land: http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3463803-155/op-ed-lands-transfer-to-states-it That's an interesting argument, but doesn't it strike you as a bit of a stretch? Plus, the author of this opinion piece was the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Would he argue otherwise? The way I approach questions of what is or is not constitutional is by asking, "If this was the spelled out in the original drafts of the Constitution, would it have been ratified by the states?" Assume, for the sake of this discussion, that, at the time of the founding of this country, all 50 states were in the Union. Would the Western States have ratified the Constitution had this Federal ownership of their land been clearly stated? Remember, Washington D.C., a Federal district, was supposed to be square, but Virginia withdrew it's "donation" of land to the District. LS
LenSatic 02/11/16 05:17pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Does the U.S. Constitution matter anymore? The U.S. Constitution limits the Federal Government obtaining land only by sale per approval of a State Legislature and the use of that land is limited only for "Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock yards and other needful buildings." It can also own "territories" up to and until statehood is granted then title transfers to the state except in the above mentioned instances. Yet, 84 percent of Nevada is owned by the Federal Government. Is Nevada truly a sovereign state or is it still a territory? I, for one, am not willing to surrender my freedom as a citizen for my freedom to camp for free. LS I am posting a link to a legal opinion regarding federal landownership. It concludes federal landownership is constitutional. I suggest you read it carefully. https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34273.pdf A link to the Federation of American Scientists? Seriously? I referenced the Constitution in my comment. That is the one word that is missing in that article. It's no question that the Government has given itself permission to do what it is not authorized to do, but that doesn't make it right. Nobody quibbled because the oversight agencies were benign and the citizens saw it as beneficial. That seems to be changing now. LS
LenSatic 02/11/16 01:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

Does the U.S. Constitution matter anymore? The U.S. Constitution limits the Federal Government obtaining land only by sale per approval of a State Legislature and the use of that land is limited only for "Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock yards and other needful buildings." It can also own "territories" up to and until statehood is granted then title transfers to the state except in the above mentioned instances. Yet, 84 percent of Nevada is owned by the Federal Government. Is Nevada truly a sovereign state or is it still a territory? I, for one, am not willing to surrender my freedom as a citizen for my freedom to camp for free. LS
LenSatic 02/11/16 11:29am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Start looking for a boondocking site: eclipse (Aug 17 2017)

This should be an easy one barring the weather. My wife, son (3 at the time), and I flew to Cabo San Lucas for the '91 eclipse. This one will be within a couple hours drive from our son's place in CO. Unfortunately, he's scheduled to be on deployment in '17. I'll Skype it to him. :D LS
LenSatic 02/06/16 08:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transfer of Federal Lands to the States

We live off-grid and totally surrounded by BLM and AZ state land. Now, how do I tell the difference? I don't unless I pull out my GPS. So, what's the difference? For the most part, nothing. That is, until one of the agencies decides to meddle with the status quo. Now, where would our voices be heard the loudest...in D.C. or Phoenix? Case in point: My wife volunteers at a BLM site nearby. They just this week posted a "No Guns" sign in the window of the Visitors Center. How well do you think that is going to go over in AZ. I've only seen one other such sign in Cochise County and it was at the DMV...but NOT on the public entrance. It was on the employee entrance! If the State ran the facility, there would be no sign. BLM is about to see their sales plummet in book and trinket sales. Oh, and volunteers will be quitting soon if it's not removed. LS
LenSatic 01/30/16 10:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Utah and North Rim Grand Canyon

You don't have to drive rough roads to get to the North Rim. It's paved. Also, snow in Sept/Oct is rare. We've been there multiple times. Dan is talking about the roads into the Kaibab National Forest where the picture he posted was taken. You're talking about the Grand Canyon National Park. LS
LenSatic 01/25/16 03:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Offroad Travel Trailers in the US?

Well, I have spent some time looking at the OP's amazing website: themoreweexplore.com You are really adventurous! What about modifying a large egg trailer (maybe the biggest Casita?) and beefing up the undercarriage? Like this: http://i.imgur.com/EHSKIiFl.jpg ;) LS
LenSatic 01/22/16 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: (Yawn) Another day in Quartzsite

Lensatic, I don't know. Haven't really been active locally for over a year. Just read that info on local clubs newsletter. Update, I checked Quartzfest and they are giving the exams. Are you going? Not this year but maybe next year. I've got a club only a few miles from here, but their meetings are during my dinnertime. :D LS
LenSatic 01/17/16 02:07pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: (Yawn) Another day in Quartzsite

QuartzFest is a week-long ham radio, camping, learning and living event QuartzFest 2016, Will they be giving test there, Dave? LS
LenSatic 01/17/16 09:55am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tuweep Area - Grand Canyon National Park

Never mind. The Park Service webpage says that the total permissible vehicle length is 22 feet, including any towed vehicle. Even with a tiny trailer, I am at 33 feet (truck and trailer), so it's no go for me. Oh, well. This is interesting. We met a St. George couple at the Walmart who also owned a Casita and the wife worked for BLM. They said that they had been out there a couple of times with the trailer. She also said that their rangers carry extra spare tires when they go so they did too. I wonder if this is another effort by the BLM to limit visits to the area. LS
LenSatic 01/15/16 08:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How to avoid the dreaded "boondocker's fingertips?"

I get skin splits on my heels if I wear flip-flops for more than about an hour. Boy do they sting! I see peeps walking around in those things all day - I guess they don't have my problem. I did, too, until my wife bought some Dr. Scholl's Intensive Heel Repair cream. It worked. Now I use it, occasionally, plus a pumice stone when I shower. LS
LenSatic 01/12/16 09:25pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The truth about Boondocking

The jack case fits perfectly between the Tahoe's second row of seats and the third row was removed the day we bought it. That's where the dog's travel cage is. He can watch DVDs or listen to his favorite music. He even has his own cup holders. :D LS I want to see the dog hold the cup :D Long tongue. Changing the DVD is a challenge for him, though. ;) LS
LenSatic 01/11/16 09:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How to avoid the dreaded "boondocker's fingertips?"

and stay hydrated. something most of us don't think of when it gets cold. ¡Exactamundo, mi amigo! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! ;) LS
LenSatic 01/10/16 08:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The truth about Boondocking

1. Fairly complete tire servicing capability, including - of course a full size spare, an extended height hydraulic jack, a full power compressor, cans of flat fix spray, a professional tire puncture repair kit, Pretty much the same for tire repair except we carry a 2 1/2 ton floor jack. I hate working with the flimsy screw type and bottle jacks. The jack case fits perfectly between the Tahoe's second row of seats and the third row was removed the day we bought it. That's where the dog's travel cage is. He can watch DVDs or listen to his favorite music. He even has his own cup holders. :D LS
LenSatic 01/10/16 05:35pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trail Manor vs. Fiberglass TT

LenSatic, pay attention to my post: "most eggs I have seen". I look at them at RV shows, so I am commenting from experience, not speculation. That is why I qualified my statement. I also didn't say "all eggs I have seen". I know, but it was misleading and I clarified it. I'm an Egg owner and, over the years, I've only seen one 13 footer, a Burro, that fit your description (and the owner had 2 German Shepherds). Far more of the larger ones do not. Casita does sell 17' trailers that have queen, king, and twin bed floor plans that are as you described. But, they sell very few and I've not seen one on the road. RV shows are RV shows, not RV camping. And, I've never been to an RV show. ;) LS
LenSatic 01/09/16 11:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trail Manor vs. Fiberglass TT

With the TM, you can leave the bed intact while using the rest of the trailer. Most eggs I have seen have the bed/dinette, so you can't have one occupant go to bed while the other stays up reading or working at the table. Not true. In our Casita we have two dinettes, a 4 person rear and a 2 person side. Since it is just my wife and I, we leave the rear converted into the bed full time. I'm only posting to correct misinformation on the TT I know and not comment on ones that I don't. LS
LenSatic 01/08/16 10:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Trail Manor vs. Fiberglass TT

I've looked at all these types of trailers. The best "egg" trailer we've looked at is the RPod. They come in a variety of sizes and some have slide outs. For a light weight trailer they seem to be well made and well thought out. That's not an "egg". Eggs are molded fiberglass like Casita, Scamp, Escape, Burro, etc. LS
LenSatic 01/07/16 12:32pm Travel Trailers
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