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RE: New small Airstream TT that will fit inside garage.

Link That's the clicky, and thanks Nam for bringing this new TT to our attention. I'm looking forward to looking at it carefully. Yes, I am sure it is expensive. But add up all the storage fees you'd save if you could park it in a garage!!
profdant139 03/18/23 11:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hwy 89A in Northern Arizona

If you are talking about the road from Flagstaff to Sedona, do not do it in a big rig. I am all in favor of adventure, and I don't shy away from difficult roads. But that road is not designed for big RVs.
profdant139 03/15/23 09:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: stairs

Well, no matter what, we seem to track in a lot of dirt and gravel. We have the GlowSteps, as I mentioned above. And they stay outside -- they are mounted below the door. But we boondock in messy places -- ice, snow, mud, you name it. So we keep a boot cleaner near the front door, and a stiff whisk broom, and an astro-turf welcome mat. None of that stuff works perfectly, but we can fool ourselves into thinking that we are doing our best to hold back the mess. When it gets really bad, we have to take our boots off before coming thru the door. Like the time we somehow ended up in a cow pasture . . . .
profdant139 03/10/23 10:00pm Tech Issues
RE: stairs

Durb, that is a clever solution -- I did not know that the GlowSteps could be used as a ladder.
profdant139 03/08/23 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: stairs

John, that was a great write-up on the GlowSteps -- well done! For whatever it is worth, I am also a happy GlowSteps camper -- we do a lot of boondocking in rough country, and the GlowSteps can cope with difficult situations. But if I understand the OP's situation correctly, I'm not sure that GlowSteps would solve the problem of a very narrow site, with the bottom of the step an inch from a block wall. I don't know of any steps that would handle that issue.
profdant139 03/07/23 05:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Mono County Roads

toed, you are right that there is no alternative route during this current wave of blizzards. But in an "ordinary" snowstorm, there are times that you can safely do an end-run around the closures, if you head east from Bishop and then north through Nevada. It all depends on the snow level and the wind. If the snow level is (let's say) 5000 feet, 395 may be closed but the Nevada roads might not be. Having said all of that, my first instinct in bad weather is to stay home, if at all possible. I have towed my trailer in slush and snow, and it is not fun.
profdant139 03/03/23 10:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Waterton & Lake Louise early May.????

Ten o see, if possible, stop for a few days in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park on your way from Waterton to Lake Louise. Spectacular.
profdant139 02/23/23 10:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Are you familiar with Duck Coat Roof Coating??

John, I am astonished by your internet sleuthing skills -- yes, my trailer is tiny -- it is a box 12 feet long by 7 feet wide. As soon as I am able (which may be a while), I will climb up on the roof to see what it is made of. Your write-up of how to waterproof the roof and the siding is just excellent -- so detailed. Have you considered publishing it as a stand-alone post under the DIY forum? I think it would be very valuable to the membership at large -- as matters now stand, it is just a part of my Duck Coat post, which is not going to get very many views by comparison. Thanks again for your clear and comprehensive comments!
profdant139 02/11/23 04:42am Tech Issues
RE: Are you familiar with Duck Coat Roof Coating??

John, you've given me a lot to think about! I don't know what my roof is made of -- but it has lasted for 11 years of constant sun exposure with no leakage at all, no cracking, no trouble yet. And it would be nice to keep this little trailer for about ten more years -- I am in my early 70s, and I doubt I will be able to deal with trailering much beyond 80. I wish I could, I hope I will, but that is not the way to bet. Having said that, I don't want to do a half baked job of preventive maintenance. So I have some homework to do. The fact that I am not getting input from many Duck Coat users is itself very useful info. Let's stick with the tried and true.
profdant139 02/09/23 10:14am Tech Issues
RE: Are you familiar with Duck Coat Roof Coating??

John, thanks for that detailed answer! I don't have a leak, and my roof looks fine -- but I am one of those "be prepared" folks, so I am doing my homework ahead of time. And the fact that Duck Coat does not have data sheets is not encouraging. I will keep on going with my research. In my dreams, there is some sort of an easy to use, pour-on roof coating that dries quickly. I guess that as I have gotten older, my dreams have become much less interesting than they were when I was young! ;)
profdant139 02/07/23 02:11am Tech Issues
Are you familiar with Duck Coat Roof Coating??

Someone recommended this product: Duck Coat Roof Coating The info on the web page looks promising -- but when I did a search of our archive, I came up empty, which is strange. If you've used this product on your RV, please feel free to chime in! Thanks in advance for your advice.
profdant139 02/06/23 05:30pm Tech Issues
RE: 1" to 3/8" thread adapter?

You've probably already thought of this, but you might be able to put together a "daisy chain" of reducing bushings. This is an example of one, but the price looks to be very high: Bushing
profdant139 01/31/23 05:00pm Tech Issues
RE: California Redwoods Campground

I don't know if Kamp Klamath is open in March, but it is very well located -- right near Prairie Creek. Lots of hiking in old growth forest. Whales and sea lions can often be seen from the beach near the RV park. The RV park is fine for big rigs and is very quiet -- not located right on the highway. But the bathrooms are not very nice -- they need upgrading. We use the bathroom in our trailer, so that is not an issue for us -- we've been to this place four or five times over the years. Here is a link: Kamp Klamath
profdant139 01/15/23 05:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Icefields Parkway first week in June

I'm a little late to the dance, but I have to add my two cents here -- my advice is not to be too worried about the snow. We were in the Canadian Rockies in mid-September several years ago, and we saw some snow -- this sunrise shot was taken from our campsite at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. If you hike, bring waterproof knee-length gaiters -- they shed the snow and keep your boots dry. If there is any ice, we also carry microspikes, which are like crampons but much easier to put on and take off. If you have never been to Banff and Jasper and Lake Louise, you have to see it to believe it. Astonishingly beautiful.
profdant139 01/10/23 01:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: cheap solar panels

Thanks, piano, for pointing this out -- yes, it might be a scam, but it is worth looking into. As my kids used to say when they were teenagers, "Good lookin' out, dawg!" (I'm not sure where they got that phrase, but it sometimes comes in handy.)
profdant139 01/07/23 10:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

September 2022, along the Nooksack River, near Mt. Baker, in northern Washington: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. Sept. 2022, Sauk Park Campground, near Marblemount, Washington. This is a "boondocking" campground -- virtually no facilities, other than porta-potties: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. October, 2022, near Lee Vining, California: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 12/31/22 05:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Best route from Salem, Oregon to West Valley City, Utah?

I really, really hate to be a naysayer -- I am a great believer in adventure and taking moderate risks. But. Towing an old trailer on slippery winter roads as a newbie is not a moderate risk. Ironically, the biggest problem is the Caravan -- I have towed a small trailer with a Caravan, and the vehicle was not suited to long downgrades. No matter how much I downshifted, the brakes would get hot. The rotors eventually warped. Taking the van without the trailer would be a lot safer. You'll have to run the numbers to see if driving is any cheaper than flying. Good luck, and stay safe.
profdant139 12/26/22 10:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

This post describes a DIY battery heater -- it is a little too sophisticated (well, actually a lot) for my skills or lack therof. But it looks to be a doable deal for technically-minded folks: Li Battery Heater DIY
profdant139 12/16/22 05:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

OK, Steve, I'll continue to display my ignorance -- what are double tapped terminals, and why are two terminals better than one? And why a fat terminal vs a skinny one? The more I know, the more I realize how much I don't know.
profdant139 12/13/22 10:17am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

If storage at 50% state of charge is optimal, I guess I can't just put a lithium battery on a shelf in my garage hooked up to a BatteryMinder Plus (which is what I do now with my lead acid dinosaurs). Dumb Question Number 17 -- if I can't leave a lithium battery on a trickle charger, how do I keep it at 50% while it is in storage? And by "storage," I mean "whenever I'm not actually on a camping trip, the batteries go onto the trickle charger." Thanks to everyone for your continuing patience with my naive questions -- judging by the little "hit counter" on the welcome screen for this forum, there are a lot of other folks like me who are curious about lithium but aren't sure what to ask.
profdant139 12/10/22 05:15pm Tech Issues
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