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RE: Engine surge, generator

tealboy, you probably already know this -- but to prevent this from happening again, use gas without ethanol if you can find it. If not, add SeaFoam or Stabil to your gas tank. And "exercise" your generator monthly under load in order to keep the carb clean. Finally, drain the carb after every use. Yes, this is all a pain in the neck. And yes, you might be able to get away with doing some but not all of the tasks mentioned above. But if you live in a place where ethanol-free gas is hard to find (as I do), take as many precautions as you can to avoid clogged jets. I spent a lot of money getting my carb cleaned until my local mechanic took pity on me and told me what to do. I have not been back to see him in several years. It is shocking to me that Honda and other major manufacturers have not made a carb that will not get clogged by ethanol.
profdant139 07/10/20 02:12am Tech Issues
RE: Trip report: The Tioga Area of Yosemite

rexlion, I've got to be fair to Toyota. It has been a great truck -- 90,000 miles with virtually no repairs. And we have really beaten up this poor little Tacoma. The problem isn't the vibration while off-road towing, since I have to go so slow to protect the trailer. The problem is how I drive on the forest roads without the trailer -- there are long stretches of washboard, sudden "rock gardens" in the roadway, potholes the size of bathtubs. I do my best to avoid damaging the truck, but my best is often not good enough. I would estimate that we drive on really bad forest roads for about 500 to a thousand miles a year -- certainly not all the time, but often enough to shake things up.
profdant139 07/08/20 01:23pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip report: The Tioga Area of Yosemite

It turns out that the blower motor was really toast -- a connector plug had shorted out, burning the components. The mechanic showed me the bad motor -- melted plastic, scorch marks, very dramatic. He said that this sometimes happens with vehicles that have done a lot of rough off-roading, because of the vibration.
profdant139 07/08/20 11:32am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip report: The Tioga Area of Yosemite

Cal, the lake is a lot lower than that right now -- I hope it will rise as the snow melts!
profdant139 07/08/20 09:00am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Trip report: The Tioga Area of Yosemite

Not the most ambitious trip we've ever taken -- but better than staying home. Here is our blog post -- lots of photos: Tioga And in case you are wondering, of course we "social distanced" like traveling hermits. We boondocked and did not go into any stores, so it was essentially like staying home (except for gas stations).
profdant139 07/07/20 07:17pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sonora Pass

By the way, if you want to see some photos of that area, check this out: Sonora
profdant139 07/05/20 09:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Sonora Pass

After driving Sonora Pass a couple of times in my truck, I contacted the Highway Patrol office responsible for that area. I spoke to a female officer. I told her that I had a six cylinder four liter Tacoma with a 6000 pound rating towing a 12 foot trailer weighing 2000 pounds and would be coming up from the east side. She said it was doable. I did it. No problem. I would NOT do that pass in anything longer than 20 feet. We spent a week boondocking near the pass and saw two accidents involving over-length vehicles that could not stay in their lanes. There are several hairpin turns. And coming down, I put it in low gear and rode the engine compression all the way down. There are pull-outs if you need to let faster folks go by. PS -- if you go into the back country of Sonora Pass with your truck scouting for off pavement boondocking sites, make sure you have great tires. We had BFG Rugged Trails and the volcanic rock sliced one of my tires. My wife learned a few new words as I changed the tire at ten thousand feet. She also learned how to use a torque wrench. When I got home, I switched to BFG All Terrains. No flats since then!
profdant139 07/05/20 09:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone in October

Gee, Gary, if you leave tomorrow, you'll be there a lot sooner than October, right? I guess it depends on your tow vehicle. ;)
profdant139 07/05/20 09:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tire trucks

For whatever it is worth, we put BFG All Terrains on our Tacoma -- we do a lot of off pavement stuff -- and they have been great -- no flats despite some very sharp volcanic rocks. They make a lot of noise on concrete roads, though. Not so bad on asphalt.
profdant139 07/05/20 09:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone in October

For what it's worth, we really enjoyed Yellowstone in October. We stayed at the Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone. Here is a link to our blog post--hope it is helpful: YNP and more in October
profdant139 07/04/20 04:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Brett, your head must be spinning with all of the conflicting advice you have gotten so far -- hang in there! I'll try not to add to the confusion and will just describe our setup, which might work for you. We have two group 31 NAPA deep cycle batteries. They are each rated at 110 amp hours. We have a 120 watt suitcase style portable solar panel. (It is a knock-off of a Renogy -- I bet that Renogy is better made than my panel.) We do a lot of boondocking, for days at a time. Unless the weather is really cloudy for days on end, our solar panel tops up our batteries every day. Our fridge runs off of propane, not batteries. And we are pretty minimal users of electricity. We run the lights (LED, of course). And we run the furnace for a short time every evening. But no coffee grinder, and no haircuts. ;) Someone mentioned a concern about theft of the portable solar panels. I suppose that could be a problem. When we are in a crowded campground (as seldom as possible), I use a long cable to lock the solar panel. When we are boondocking, I generally don't bother to lock up. Hope this helps!
profdant139 07/04/20 04:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Really cheap DIY for Carefree Awning Headknockers

wtmtnhiker, thanks for the tip on the bump cap -- I had never heard of such a thing! I am 6'3" and am constantly hitting my head. Off to do some online shopping!
profdant139 07/04/20 09:19am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Travellogues

If you like lots of photos of snowy mountains and lonely boondocking campsites, check out my blog (see link in my signature, below). Not much discussion of RV parks, though. ;)
profdant139 07/03/20 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mammoth Area Camping - Inyo NF

We were just in that area, boondocking. Lots of stuff available, but lots of folks already camping in the forests. Best bet -- go to the Inyo Nat Forest site and download the MVUMs. Get the Avenza app on your phone, too. Then spend some time with your desktop, opening two windows: the MVUM and Google Earth. Fly around the roads on Google Earth, looking for campsites that correlate with the roads on the MVUM that are rated for boondocking. (The legend on the map tells the tale.) The existing boondocking sites are easy to see on Google Earth with a decent monitor -- zoom in and look for fire rings. One more tip -- get the iHikeGPS app. Download the topo maps for the area you are interested in. Mark your potential waypoints on the app so that you can easily locate them when you get to the mountains. Once you have downloaded the topo, the app works without cell coverage!! Be prepared to do some scouting when you get to the area before choosing a campsite. Yes, this is a lot of work, but it is worth it not to be stuck in a campground. Also, note that some RV parks in that area no longer allow public sani-dumping, even for a fee. Call for info!! One more tip -- bring mosquito repellent if you are going up there in July. But you probably already knew that. ;)
profdant139 06/30/20 09:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Places to stay from San Jose to Yellowstone

We liked Twin Falls 93 RV park for an overnight -- well located, safe, and quiet. Nothing fancy -- not a resort.
profdant139 06/28/20 09:54am Roads and Routes
Propane regulator has begun to whine quietly

My regulator was silent, until this last trip. Now it emits a very quiet whine or whistle noise. I fiddled with the tank valves -- no change (until the valve was completely closed, of course). It's not leaking, as far as I can tell. I could just ignore it, but I'd like to restore it to silent operation. We boondock in some very quiet places, and it is faintly audible from inside our trailer. What would cause the regulator to begin whining? Are there "consumer serviceable" parts within the regulator, or is it sealed to guard against dangerous amateur repair efforts? Your advice will be greatly appreciated!
profdant139 06/27/20 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: trip to Idaho

These blog posts might provide some ideas: Sawtooths 2017 Sawtooths 2016
profdant139 06/26/20 04:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lassen Volcanic National Park

jonaz, my best advice would be to download the MVUMs from the surrounding forests -- the forest roads open for boondocking will be shown on those maps. Plan to do a few hours of scouting in the area before making your final choice. Also, Google Earth is a big help -- "fly" along those roads and you will see existing campsites. Good luck!
profdant139 06/15/20 04:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Lance vs Arctic fox

I think it depends. How much off road boondocking do you do? (You live in boondocking heaven.) If you use rough forest roads, the AF has a heavier chassis. (If memory serves, there are some great videos on the AF site discussing the construction details.) The Lance manufacturing techniques are state of the art -- check out their website, too.
profdant139 06/14/20 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Tetons first come first serve

Steve, that's a good idea. Except then I would have to figure out how to set up the tent!! ;)
profdant139 06/14/20 09:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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