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RE: The View from Your Trailer -- let's see 'em!

Let's see if we can revive this thread!! This shot was taken in late September of 2019 in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest -- that's Mono Lake on the left, and Boundary Peak on the horizon. This was the view from our table -- you can see the window frame: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 10/18/19 10:33pm Travel Trailers
Trip report: High Country of the Eastern Sierra

Here's our most recent TR -- ten days of dry camping and boondocking: Blog post And if you are pressed for time and just want the headlines, this is pretty much what that part of the world looks like on a cold, windy, late afternoon in autumn: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 10/18/19 10:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

Near the Hoover Wilderness, north of Tioga Pass, Calif., in late September of 2019. Little trailer, big forest, bigger sky: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 10/18/19 10:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Add to camping to do list...

The Italians have an expression for this -- "Dolce Far Niente." I think it means "the sweetness of doing nothing." Unplugging. Chillaxin'. Hanging out. Kicking back.
profdant139 10/17/19 09:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Using a tow vehicle as a windbreak while boondocking

huachuca, how do you piece together the parts of the sun shades?? They are riveted, not bolted together, so it is hard to re-assemble them. The reason I ask is that we live near the beach and the dumpsters are often full of damaged shades -- it would be great to rehab them instead of sending them to the landfill!
profdant139 10/17/19 09:49am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How cold can you go?

We really like winter camping -- the cold weather holds the crowds way down! The Achilles heel of most trailers is the outflow tube under the water tank -- it's thin and freezes sooner than the rest of the water system. If it is in the high 20s, we usually don't worry. If it is in the low 20s, we use both of the tricks described in these blog posts: Heat cable blog post Hot water recirculator blog post Those tricks work till about 15 degrees. Then they don't. So that is our practical limit. We just got back from ten days of sub-freezing camping in the Sierras -- no problems at all.
profdant139 10/16/19 10:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where do you find water

Believe it or not, ranger stations will often let you fill up. Tip: before asking about the water, first go to the front desk and buy a forest map (which are very useful). Then ask about the water. ;) Be sure to carry a Water Thief (bad name, good gizmo). It slips over unthreaded faucets so you can connect your hose.
profdant139 10/15/19 12:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
More info that might debug the error: the "page 1" glitch

Things are much better than they have been, but I am still getting an error message in a few places. Interestingly, when I go to a forum page and click on the first page of a multi-page thread, I get the error. If I click on page 2 of that thread, I don't get the error. So then, after reading page 2, if I want to see the first page of that thread and I try to hit the "previous" button at the bottom of the page, I do get the error message. So the error has something to do with page 1 of any given thread. (??) I am hoping that these odd quirks will help the software folks in their effort to continue banishing the lingering gremlins. Hang tough, folks, and good luck!! PS --members, if you have other consistent error-generating patterns, maybe describe them here for the benefit of the tech crew?
profdant139 10/13/19 03:56pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: how to level a trailer

I'm a lucky guy -- I am married to The Bubble. She just steps into the trailer and consults Her inner level. It's only level enough when She says it is. ;) Seriously, though, there is a lot of variation from place to place in the trailer. We finally decided that the middle of the floor was the best place. We then mounted these things to the outside of the trailer, calibrated to correspond to that spot on the floor. So that way, we can level up without ever having to check inside the trailer. Until and unless, of course, She enters the trailer and decides that it is not quite right. ;)
profdant139 10/13/19 03:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Using a tow vehicle as a windbreak while boondocking

Tiger, that's the advantage of a Class C or a truck camper over a trailer -- once we have gotten the trailer into position and stabilized, it would be a lot of work to undo everything and then point the nose in a different direction! So before we actually park, we always spend a few minutes trying to thing about where the trailer should be situated in the campsite: What's the best view? Will there be big rocks near the doorway? Will we have room for the awning? But this is the first time I ever wished we'd been able to predict the direction of the wind!
profdant139 10/12/19 06:09pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Using a tow vehicle as a windbreak while boondocking

We were recently boondocking in the Eastern Sierra -- gusts up to 60 mph were predicted. When they arrived, the trailer started to shake a little. No risk of overturning, but still annoying -- like a small earthquake every few minutes. (And yes, we had our stabilizers deployed, but the trailer still shook.) We realized that the gusts were coming from the southwest, so we parked the truck across the path of the wind, right next to the trailer, to serve as a windbreak. It worked! Although the wind was still noisy, the trailer stopped shaking, and we were able to sleep more soundly. This simple solution works when you are boondocking and you have a lot of freedom to position your mobile windbreak. It probably would not work in a campground with tight parking spaces.
profdant139 10/12/19 09:59am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping

Yes -- I can sometimes get to the second page of a thread but not the first! What an odd glitch.
profdant139 10/09/19 11:07pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: UPDATED: Arizona (not Nevada) roads question

Gosh, I-40 is not that bad. It goes through the high country -- great views. It does get duller as you approach California. And compared to the interstates in Calif., I-40 in Arizona is relatively well-maintained.
profdant139 10/09/19 05:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Must cross Yosemite NP to Convict Lake?

Bitterbrush Campground is open year-round. No hookups, but well-located up Highway 168, not too far from the trailheads. Bring extra blankets!
profdant139 10/09/19 05:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dude! Where's my tow truck?

You might be headed for the shop when . . . the light at the end of the tunnel says "check engine." Hang in there!!
profdant139 10/09/19 05:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds is closed for the season.

We did have snow flurries in Canada during the month of September. But nothing major. You should expect night-time temps in the 20s -- great sleeping weather. Of course, your mileage may vary -- there can be major storms during late September. Note that the altitude in the Canadian Rockies is much lower than in the High Sierra. So yes, the seasons are different, but it's not the Arctic. Until January. Then it's the Arctic.
profdant139 10/09/19 04:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds is closed for the season.

Collie, Peter Lougheed is great. Don't know about reservations -- we snagged a lakeside first come first served campsite in early September. We were almost the only ones in the whole campground. And we camped without reservations throughout Banff and Jasper for most of September. But that was several years ago -- it is possible that things have gotten more crowded in Canada, just as they have in the US. Maybe head on over to the Canada forum and see what the experts say. I'm just a tourist. ;)
profdant139 10/09/19 10:43am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Must cross Yosemite NP to Convict Lake?

If you are still in the Convict Lake area, try to spend as much time as possible in the Rock Creek and Bishop Creek areas -- the aspens are going nuts, and they are late this year (which works in your favor).
profdant139 10/09/19 03:06am Roads and Routes
RE: Generator pros and cons

I love my solar but have to have a generator just in case of clouds. I have a Honda 2K -- very quiet but not silent. I like silence. Hondas work great if properly maintained. I run it for a half hour each month under load and then drain the carb each time. And I add Seafoam to the tank. Don't know if other brands are as maintenance-sensitive as Hondas are. If you neglect maintenance, the carb will clog, especially if you live in a place (like Calif) with a lot of ethanol in the gas, and you have to take it to the $hop (unless you can do carb work yourself). Don't ask how I learned this Le$$on, or how long it took me to see the light.
profdant139 10/09/19 03:03am Tech Issues
RE: Reese Sway Control Bar

You probably already know this, but proper loading of the trailer is also important to minimize sway. Adequate tongue weight, plus make sure there is more weight in front of the trailer's wheels than behind them. I have towed over a hundred thousand miles (!) with just a sway bar -- works great on a smaller trailer like mine. For a big trailer, a weight distribution hitch works better, or so they say.
profdant139 10/09/19 02:50am Travel Trailers
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