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RE: I Bought Too Much Truck

I drove a Ford F-350 long bed for 20 years. It just takes some getting used to. I used it for everything. Get in the habit of parking a little further out. Stay out of squeezy spots. Measure your height and remember it.
ppine 03/14/23 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Price of camping

Recently I joined up with some friends at a fancy RV park in the wine country of California. It cost $75 a night and I could not wait to leave. An RV park is okay of a night to recharge some batteries and take a shower. I like USFS campground and boondocking.
ppine 03/14/23 09:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: It looks like my truck camper days are over.

Sorry for you. Glad you survived. Get healed up and maybe you can find a small trailer.
ppine 03/06/23 06:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Waterton & Lake Louise early May.????

Be ready for some cold weather. I have been in cold weather in Alberta in July and August. Big snow year a lot of places.
ppine 03/06/23 06:09pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roadtrip by car vs RV, a couple of thoughts...

It boils down to personal preference. A car is light and fast. An RV is slower and comfortable. Go the the way you like. I don't think people really save much money with an RV. It is the wrong reason to own and use one. Take an RV because you like it.
ppine 03/06/23 06:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: New to diesel fuel

It depends on the weather and how long your vehicle sits. Fuel stabilizer is a good idea in the off season. Diesel can grow algae in it. Hot humid climates are bad for algae formation. diesel additives will take out moisture which accumulates in the tank from condensation. DEF has a shelf life of 6 months to a year depending on who you talk to. Add DEF when are ready to use your rig.
ppine 02/28/23 05:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do we have a pickup glut already?

There is no glut of pick-ups. Prices tell the story. I only bought a new truck because used ones cost just as much.
ppine 02/26/23 05:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pets left alone in RV at campground?

ppine 02/26/23 05:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pop Ups

Dry it out religiously. I have a canvas wall tent that is over 40 years old. I always dry it out. Pop ups are great in good weather. But they are too hot in the heat, too cold in the cold and too loud near traffic.
ppine 02/24/23 04:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Some Great tent Camping!

I have an RV and really like it traveling with my girl and three dogs. But for light and fast trips, I just go in a pickup. I don't tow anything. Sometimes I sleep in the truck with a canopy. Just bought a new Kodiak canvas tent. Even in my 70s tent camping is great except in really bad weather. Just bought a 1959 Coleman gas stove for $25. Bringing back the magic of the early days. I don't camp much in July or August in campgrounds, too crowded. I like the off season. Boondocking is the main way I use the trailer or Forest Service in spring and fall. RVs parks are the worst except for getting some power and water.
ppine 02/24/23 04:50pm Tent Camping
RE: Roadtrip by car vs RV, a couple of thoughts...

Yes. Good sentiments. I just went on a trip to Elko for Cowboy Poetry. We take the car and stay in a motel. It is not ideal in winter with three dogs, but camping in an RV when it is below zero is a challenge.
ppine 02/22/23 01:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

But get ready for hydrogen, ammonia and maybe fusion powered cars. The best solutions may not even be on the drawing board yet.
ppine 02/08/23 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cautions about Death Valley

The paved roads are fine. Most of the dirt roads suffered washouts. Bring a shovel, check the latest postings on the Park website. The West Side Road is still closed. That is the main access road I use to find remote canyons on the east side of the Panamints. Cell phones are of little use in DV. A sat phone can get you some contact, but finding anyone to come all the way out to Saline Valley is going to be really difficult. You might be able to get Search and Rescue. A wrecker to pull your truck is going to cost around $3,000 or more. I got hurt once in a mule wreck a long way from help in eastern Oregon. There were no helicopters available. It took all day to get to a hospital. They drove me 100 miles on dirt roads with a busted femur. The fixed wing plane ride cost $15,000 and my insurance would only pay $5k One final note, Death Valley is a dangerous place. Do not go anywhere near the back roads in the summer heat. I do not even drive through the Park in the summer months. The best time to be there is Nov to about early March.
ppine 02/07/23 10:00am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 25% better mpg from current diesels? Too good to be true?

With diesel being about 25 percent higher in cost than regular gas where is the net savings? Just saying/asking... :h Depends on location. On the West Coast diesel is often cheaper than gas. Diesel engines last much longer, they get better mileage, they pull better, and they are worth a lot more when they age. There are gross savings, net savings and fuel savings.
ppine 02/07/23 09:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Now I have just heard about using ammonia to power cars and trucks for the first time. There are a lot of smart people working on energy solutions in the US. EVs might be okay, but the real solutions are probably out there in the formative stages. I have a certain warm fuzzy feeling that diesel technology will still be relevant well after I am gone.
ppine 02/07/23 09:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Kitty crazy after neuter

Wait about a month and your cat will be back to normal. It takes awhile for the hormone levels to be reduced. He is probably uncomfortable and will be doing some odd things for awhile.
ppine 01/27/23 09:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

I see no plan or intent to replace gas engines with EVs. Okay maybe in California. EVs are a tool in the tool box. They seem best suited for commuter vehicles in urban environments. Now there are conversion kits to power classic cars and sports cars with electric motors. EVs may just be a stepping stone to hydrogen powered cars or the next tech after that. Diesel engines deserve some special mention, but don't seem to get much appreciation in the US by law makers. In Europe over half the cars run on diesel. All of the trucks. There are diesel lawn mowers and outboard motors most places outside the US. Diesel can be converted to hydrogen. They can run on peanut oil, waste cooking oil, fuel from algae and fuel from wood. Diesel tech will be around for a long time. We are likely to have a mix of power sources for transportation for the next 20 years or so until one stands out and gets promoted by the government.
ppine 01/24/23 10:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Colorado please

Colorado driving is not for the faint of heart. Colo Native is right about Trail Ridge Road. All of your proposed routes will work, but all require mountain driving skills. RMNP is over rated because of the size of the crowds. I went once never to return when I lived there. I would encourage you to spend more time in the adjacent National Forests and less time in the Park.
ppine 01/22/23 09:43am Roads and Routes
RE: OT -- Oregon Trail

Lots of the trail in on private property. Some is covered by modern highways. I like the area around Ft Laramie and the wagon ruts near Gurnsey. Register Cliff is worth visiting.
ppine 01/19/23 08:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best itinerary for Alaska

There are thousands of places to pull of the road and boondock in Alaska.
ppine 01/06/23 09:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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