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RE: Old School RVing

My 62 was like that, but only after I rolled it :-). I used to drive around town with the window down and my left arm hooked around the door so I could easily pull it closed each time I went around the corner. That was when I was young and stupid.
Naio 10/13/19 03:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Old School RVing

I had a '62 corn binder! I loved that truck so much.
Naio 10/12/19 10:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

There is a multi park vendor who does this sort of thing. He takes over State and Federal park campgrounds. He runs them, maintains them, improves them and still pays the state or Federal agency a fee for doing so. And he does not raise the fees and still makes a profit. He runs the Coyote Blog That link to his Park Privatization pages, where he explains how he does it. He hires many workcampers. It seems the logical solution would be to allow the park service to have workcampers. Are there laws against that, maybe labor rights laws? On a level playing field, government provided services are always cheaper than privately provided services. Both have the same base costs, but the private service has an additional cost, which is the profit to the owner. But often the playing field is not level, as in this example where the private owner has a large amount of work done by people who are basically volunteers.
Naio 10/12/19 10:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling in Oregon

Daves not here. lololololol
Naio 10/09/19 09:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling in Oregon

I second the idea that use in campgrounds hasn't changed since legalization. Although when visiting a college town, I noticed that I smelled pot smoke on the street about as often as I smelled cigarette smoke or saw someone drinking beer. It may be technically illegal to smoke in public, but I don't think anyone cares.
Naio 10/09/19 09:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVs and California's Planned Power Outages

I have a friend who lost her house and everything she owned in one of those PG&E fires. She barely escaped with her life. I don't think you should whine so much about the power outages. It's better than losing everything or burning to death in your car trying to escape. I think keeping your RV ready is a good plan. PG&E is pouring a ton of money into upgrading the lines, pulling in crews from all over the US, and hopefully this business of outages will be temporary.
Naio 10/09/19 09:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cleaning electronic circuitry?

Thank you very much, everyone! Retired EE here. I would not use alcohol because it may eat any conformal coating that's present. Damp towel is OK as is a brush of natural fibers (no synthetics). Avoid high velocity air as it creates static that can cause latent failures. Wow. Glad I asked. These are issues I would never have thought of.
Naio 10/01/19 08:06pm Tech Issues
Cleaning electronic circuitry?

A year ago my van was contaminated with some kind of super allergen. I'm not sure if it was ultra fine fiberglass or what. But it had me using a month's worth of allergy meds each night that I spent in the van. I cleaned the van itself out thoroughly, but I have a bunch of items that were in the van that I haven't cleaned. And the ones that I don't know how to clean are the electronic items with internal fans. I can't have those fans blowing allergens all around my van. Inverters, giant battery charger, etcetera. If I open up their cases, is it ok to wipe everything down with a damp paper towel? Will I destroy stuff? If water is unacceptable, is there something else I can do so that the contaminants will stick to the paper towel? I don't want to just dry dust them, because then the stuff will go up in the air. Would one of those high-powered vacuums you put quarters in at the gas station be a better choice? Of course these are the things that are more expensive than I want to spend to replace :-). Thanks very much folks, as always!
Naio 10/01/19 11:04am Tech Issues
RE: How come?

Seems to come on a little before we get started so I'd cross off the RV as the cause. maybe all the packing and work related to blast off time. I second the allergies theory. Packing stirs up a lot of dust and other allergens. Allergies can give you a fever, cough, etc. An easy way to test this is to try something like Claritin that is specific to allergies and doesn't affect cold symptoms.
Naio 09/11/19 09:52am RV Lifestyle
RE: Can you recommend me a high temperature tape?

I really appreciate CapnCampn pointing out that I can just perforate non breathable tape, so I don't need to worry about the breathability issue. I don't think I want to fill the space with anything. This is the same area of the van that landyacht was talking about one time on his van, where the two layers of the roof come together with the wall and the whole business is sort of pleated together with the gutter. He said it's a major origination point for rust, on vans with raised roofs, because the caulking around the edge of the new roof tends to fill the gutter and water doesn't flow properly. I tried to shape my caulking well, so that water would still flow, but it's possibly not ok-but-not-great. Anyway, water gets between the many layers of metal and doesn't have a path to evaporate. That's why I'm thinking about covering the whole area with breathable fabric when I have time. Or maybe even wrap it with wood! But now I just need something so that I can travel and not shake the summer's accumulation of allergens into the air. When I get to the point of doing the permanent covering, I could poke a whole ton of holes in the tape, or cut it away. Whatever happened to landy, anyway? He was such a nice guy.
Naio 09/10/19 11:07am Tech Issues
RE: Can you recommend me a high temperature tape?

I wish you had included a picture--I really can't get my brain around what you are trying to fix. Yeah, it's really hard to describe. I'm not at the van right now, but I did a little web search and here is a pretty good picture. You can see how the roof he is cutting has two layers. Those two layers are both exposed on the inside of my van. They come together at the van gutter, so the space between the two layers diminishes down to nothing and a lot of crud gets in there. Pollen and stuff.
Naio 09/09/19 07:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Can you recommend me a high temperature tape?

Thank you, all of you! I did look at Edge trim first, but because the removed roof was a dual-layer, I would need a total of about 80 feet, which gets awfully expensive. If I use tape, I would use a 2-inch wide tape and tape over both edges with one piece of tape, sealing in the space between them. This would be a good thing for me because I have allergies, and it's difficult to clean in that space, which Narrows down to nothing. On the other hand there is a condensation issue. Digging through my tool junk (which I probably should have done in the first place) I do have a large roll of foil tape. I could try it. It wouldn't cost money :-). But as someone pointed out, it would not breathe. It also wouldn't look that great.... I might still be looking for the perfect solution
Naio 09/09/19 12:48pm Tech Issues
Can you recommend me a high temperature tape?

Hi folks! I was searching Amazon and then I realized I should ask the experts here:-). My new van, which is very much a work-in-progress, still has exposed metal around the interior edges where the original roof was cut away and the raised roof put on. I'd like to cover up those edges, partly for protection (although I have run a grinder over them) and partly so that dust doesn't accumulate between the layers of the metal. The interior is white and it would be nice if the tape was white or clear. I will later cover this with fabric. I don't want to use duct tape because I think the adhesive would break down in the high heat when the van is in storage in the summer. I would also avoid fiberglass tape, because I'm quite allergic to fiberglass and I'm afraid it might break down over time. It would be extra great if the tape were breathable, because I will be taping two layers of metal with one piece of tape, and it would be nice to avoid condensation in the gap. One can't have everything, though. I was looking at the 3M Extreme Sealing Tape, which has good data for temperature, but is expensive and I haven't used it before. And then I thought I should ask you all first! Can you think of a tape that would be ideal for this job?
Naio 09/09/19 09:52am Tech Issues
RE: Seeking expert opinion: thinning vs prescribed burns

I worked in forestry. I do not own a car. Google 'viewshed', before you speak about the forests along highways.
Naio 09/07/19 10:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Seeking expert opinion: thinning vs prescribed burns

Your idea that all soil is gone can simply be disproved by observing how well the replanted areas do. It's not an idea. It's real life work experience. There are still places with forests, that's for sure! But there is a lot of bare rock where forest used to be. And if you go out with a bag of trees and attempt to replant a clearcut, you will find it is very difficult to locate spots to put the trees. Bare rock and gravel are where soil should be.
Naio 09/07/19 09:57am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Seeking expert opinion: thinning vs prescribed burns

Supposedly the original forests on the continent were such that settlers could drive their teams and wagons easily in between trees. You must be thinking of forests back east. They were heavily managed by native people, including periodic prescribed burns, selecting for nutbearing trees, etc. That open, parklike atmosphere was not natural. In the PNW coast range, which we were just discussing, settler wagons were limited to traveling one mile per day. It took a group all day to clear 1 mile of forest in a path wide enough for a wagon. Little known fact: When clear cutting is done a certain amount of slash must be left on the ground to protect from erosion. And the law requires the area be replanted with in 4 years. Those laws were pushed through by environmentalists relatively recently. Most of the west was clearcut with no requirement for replanting, and slash was burned. Now that most of the western forests have been clearcut multiple times, it is very difficult to find any soil in which to replant the trees. I worked in reforestation and have much experience with this. There's a lot of bare exposed rock that used to be forest. Anyone who has been to the Black Hills might find it hard to believe that nearly the entire forest has been logged, but but it has, responsibly. The news releases some organizations put out would try to convince people that logging means clear cutting, but that isn't normally the case. In the PNW, which we are discussing, clearcutting is the norm. In other regions, it is not.
Naio 09/07/19 09:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Seeking expert opinion: thinning vs prescribed burns

What the heck? If that's the only fire you know about west of the Cascades, then I don't feel that this can be a productive conversation.
Naio 09/06/19 08:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Seeking expert opinion: thinning vs prescribed burns

I do see a lot of major fires in the western pnw, where the old growth forest looks like that. I see the fires in the young stands, which is 95% of the coastal forest now. That is the point.
Naio 09/06/19 09:52am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Seeking expert opinion: thinning vs prescribed burns

This is what PNW forests are supposed to look like. Notice all the downed wood that is rotting to create new soil. Leaving most of it to rot, with occasional fire that liberates other nutrients and, as someone said allows different seeds to germinate, is what is required. Note also the large old trees (and their thick layer of ancient lichen) that trap moisture. Removing wood in any form, whether clearcutting or thinning, destroys the soil. This can be to a greater or lesser extent depending on what equipment is used, but the fact is you are taking a lot of carbon out of the system and where is that going to be replaced from? We got into the fire suppression game because people thought that if they suppressed all the fires, then they could remove the wood themselves and use it for lumber. That has not worked out. It has led to billions of acres of forests that are fire prone just because they are young. Young forests are made of kindling. Trees with thin trunks, lots of brush, a forest floor that is missing its foot-deep layer of damp rotting wood, a canopy that is too thin to retain the moisture and shade the ground. I don't know what the solution is. I suppose we could desalinate a lot of ocean water and hose down the forests every couple weeks to replicate the water retention that old growth parent trees would have provided. That would be insanely expensive and probably have some kind of negative effect on the oceans.
Naio 09/06/19 09:05am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Seeking expert opinion: thinning vs prescribed burns

In the PNW forests I worked in, thinning was something logging companies paid the national forest for the right to do. Thinning was just another logging contract. This meant that the forest managers were under a lot of pressure to provide thinning contracts, which would be income for the forest service. It also meant that the thinning was done by companies who didn't have any particular interest in conservation, and were motivated by profit. It's true that an old growth forests the trees rarely burn, just the underbrush. And in young forests the trees burn. How to get from one to another is difficult. For one thing, the logging practices of the past couple hundred years have destroyed the soil, and most of it has washed away. When replanting, it is difficult to even find a pocket of soil to put each tree in. It's interesting that you find the thinned forests pleasant to walk in. What sort of ecosystem did you grow up in? Are they more like the forests where you grew up? I find them extremely creepy and I basically feel like I'm walking in a Walmart. Widely separated young trees are not something that occurs in nature in the PNW.
Naio 09/06/19 08:42am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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