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RE: New study on genetic origins of dogs

I don't think that is correct. Right now, the breeds most commonly identified as being the most closely related genetically to wolves are (not in order): Huskies Malamutes Chow Chows Akitas Shiba Inus Shih Tzus Llhasa Apsos Pekinese Samoyed Saluki Tibetan Terrier Basenji Afghan Hound Shar PeiJust recalling a chart the International Wolf Center in Ely had on the wall. They could have been identifying the breeds that LOOK the most like wolves. Huskies, malamutes, shepherds and collies would all be up there on that list. Personally, I'm glad collies aren't on this list. Tornado-dog is already a beast with the "closest to wolves" shuh tzu and pekinese and his JRT attitude. The collie dna is his only saving grace... ;)
toedtoes 09/23/22 03:46pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

I suspect part of the issue you are having is that you are looking at RV Parks in highly congested areas. Yes, RV Parks in Tahoe or San Francisco are crowded and expensive and/or run down. Just like hotels in those places. They are international vacation spots. It's sort of like the person who goes to Disneyland and then complains about the crowds and commercialism. That's why you go to Disneyland - if you don't want that then you go elsewhere. Look for places that are not international tourist attractions. Look at campgrounds rather than RV Parks. All the federal places I identified in my prior post are under $40 a night (under $30 for dry campsites) - no need to pay $150+ a night to get away.
toedtoes 09/19/22 05:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

"Yosemite, oh right, wishful thinking." Not correct. By staying on the east side of the park in the national forest you can make day trips into Yosemite. Personally I think you'll like the Lee Vining/June Lake area so much you won't go into Yosemite. The Lee Vining / June Lake area is another great option. A bit longer drive than you were looking at, but plenty to see and do.
toedtoes 09/19/22 02:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where to get three nights of peaceful RV time?

There are no restaurants within walking distance, but Codorniz Recreation Area fits the rest. It's about 20 minutes off highway 99 at Chowchilla, so about 3-4 hours away from you. There are electric only sites, full hookup sites and dry sites. Dry sites look out over Eastman Lake. There is plenty of hiking all over the hills, including a trail that circles the lake. At night, the coyotes howl along the lake. Firepits and picnic tables at all sites. Another easy reach campground is Sycamore Grove just outside of Red Bluff off I-5. Again, no restaurants within walking distance. The campground is manicured grass with dry and water/electric sites. No dump station or sewer hookups. Nice nature trails, some with a nice view of Mt Shasta. Sacramento River runs between it and the freeway. You can also look at NF campgrounds near Sierra City, Sierraville, etc along highways 49 and 89. There are some that are within walking distance of the towns. They will be dry camping, but usually sit alongside rivers, creeks or lakes. The Lakes Basin area near Bassett Station is very scenic. And it looks like most are open through October/November this year. Going during the week will definitely help. New Hogan and New Melones reserviors offer great quiet off season dry camping. The campgrounds are open year round but don't get the party crowds off season. Plenty of hiking to do with lots of wildlife around. As they are in the foothills, they don't get the snow and the weather will be similar to what you have at Travis. Campsites are dry - no hookups. And again, no restaurants within walking distance. All of the above are federal gov campgrounds (NF, COE, etc) and can be reserved through recreation.gov. There are private RV Parks throughout the foothills too. Look for places along highway 49 south of Sacramento. Look around San Andreas, Mokelumne Hill, Twain Harte, Calaveras, etc. And you can try some state parks. Bodega Dunes, Calaveras, Mt Diablo, Mt Tamalpais, Samuel P Taylor, China Camp, etc. Lots of options if you're willing to look.
toedtoes 09/19/22 02:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Flojet portable macerator

It does use gravity to do the major pull, but if you can dump using a stinky slinky, you can dump with the flojet. I have the portable one. I really only use it at home. On the road at dump stations, a stinky slinky is just too easy not to use. At home, I simply attach it to the dump point (it connects like a stnky slinky) and then use long jumper cables to connect it to the house battery on the other side of the RV. It does a great job of moving everything through the attached garden hose and down the clean out pipe. I have found that the power is a bit reduced if I'm not connected to shore power. It still works, but it is more powerful when I hook up. I did have the fuse blow once, easy to switch out. And I had the blades lock up - just a quarter turn on the screw and they were fine. Otherwise no problems at all. And so much nicer than connecting multiple stinky slinkies and having to manually "lift" the contents down the slinky hose line.
toedtoes 09/18/22 11:26am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Flojet portable macerator

What do you want to know?
toedtoes 09/17/22 01:56pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New study on genetic origins of dogs

I don't think that is correct. Right now, the breeds most commonly identified as being the most closely related genetically to wolves are (not in order): Huskies Malamutes Chow Chows Akitas Shiba Inus Shih Tzus Llhasa Apsos Pekinese Samoyed Saluki Tibetan Terrier Basenji Afghan Hound Shar Pei
toedtoes 09/17/22 10:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: Storage of Fresh Water - How Long

No nerve struck. I don't normally sanitize my tank - unless I smell or taste mustiness, etc. But the OP's question wasn't about sanitizing, it was about draining the tank of water between use.
toedtoes 09/15/22 04:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: America's first automated RV park

As I said, there are exceptions. But, the majority of folks who overnight at Walmarts, etc, are NOT going to pay $39 to park overnight. And in many areas, $40 will get you a full 24 hours with hookups at an RV Park or campground. And a dry campground could cost as little as $8-$12 with a NP senior pass. So while this concept at $39 might work in a few areas, it won't significantly reduce the Walmart overnighters or be more cost effective than many other existing opportunities.
toedtoes 09/15/22 04:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: America's first automated RV park

I only think this would work in that way if the cost was minimal. Most folks parking overnight at Walmart do so because it's a free overnight. Unless the park was under $15, most people won't choose it over Walmart. Yes, I know there are exceptions to that. But in most cases, folks who overnight at Walmart do so for the cost savings, not because they didn't want to deal with humans at an RV Park.
toedtoes 09/15/22 02:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: help moving a 5th wheel about 20 feet in Orlando

Have her call a local tow company. I did that with my clipper when it wasn't running. The tow company came over, towed the clipper out of the driveway so I could pull the trailer out, then moved the clipper back into the driveway. $125.
toedtoes 09/15/22 07:28am Towing
RE: CARB smog testing motorhomes Every 4months by 2024

Nobody is denying you your right to recreate in a big RV. They are simoly trying to stop you from poluting the earth while you do it.
toedtoes 09/15/22 07:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: CARB smog testing motorhomes Every 4months by 2024

It only affects motorhomes that have a GVWR of over 14,000lbs. Which is 100% of class A's, and every class C over @ 24'. If you're gonna drive what is basically a big bus, then yeah you're gonna be treated like your driving a big bus.
toedtoes 09/14/22 07:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CARB smog testing motorhomes Every 4months by 2024

In 2024, they will require testing TWICE per year. This can be done remotely using OBD equipment. In 2027, testing will increase to 4 times per year. It only affects motorhomes that have a GVWR of over 14,000lbs.
toedtoes 09/14/22 06:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage of Fresh Water - How Long

So much paranoia about FRESH water. I drain and winterize at the end of the season. In 22 years of owning our coach, I have never put anything in the FRESH water tank but water........ The wife, cat and I have never been sick from the water in out coach. I also don't put any chemicals in the waste tanks. There are no leaks, so there is no smell in the coach. Richard This isn't about sanitizing the tank. It's simply about draining the tank between trips. It's preference. I personally drink from my tank. To me bottled water, which is sealed, retains a "freshness" that water sitting in an RV tank doesn't. So, if it sits a long time (more than a months or so, I'd rather drain and fill right before a trip. If you don't drink from the tank, or don't taste a difference between water fresh from the tap and water that's been sitting in a container for a while, then don't drain.
toedtoes 09/14/22 06:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage of Fresh Water - How Long

I think there are multiple factors: 1. The water quality. Is it chlorinated? Is ita bit icky right from the source? 2. How big of a tank. 3. How often do you go out. Are you going out year round? Or does it sits for months between trips? Are you doing a couple 3+ week trips a year or weekend trips every couple weeks? 4. Where the camper is stored. Is it kept at home and you spend time in it when not camping? Are you always tinkering with it and the water comes in handy? Or does it get put away and ignored until the next trip? If not draining it means the water sits unmoved for months at a time, then I would drain. If I had to fill at an RV park and the water is not as good as my water at home, I'd drain it. Otherwise, I'd just top off between trips and not worry.
toedtoes 09/14/22 12:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage of Fresh Water - How Long

I have chlorinated city water. As long as I was going back out (or using it at home) within a month, I didn't drain it. If the RV was going to sit unused for more than a month, than I drained it.
toedtoes 09/13/22 08:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Occasional Winter Camping??

I think camping in a blizzard is a lot different than overnighting at a ski lodge once in a while. As long as the OP is planning on skiing during the day, then the temps won't be so low that the camper needs to be heated while they are away. The daytime temps will be above freezing. So, trying to warm the camper during the day is unnecessary (things won't freeze) and unneccessarily dangerous. Just winterize the camper and use bottled water as needed. When the OP arrives back at the camper after a day of skiing, use the furnace to warm up. Make sure you have enough battery power or a generator to run the furnace fan for the night. If the OP is uncomfortable running the furnace while you sleep, just run it right before bed then hunker down with lots of good bedding, then turn it on when you awake. If the OP can hook up to electricity, use a space heater with a remote control - that way you can turn on, turn off, and adjust the heat level as needed without having to get out of bed. If the toilet sits directly over the black tank, then you can use a pitcher of water to "flush" the toilet after use - that small amount of water going directly into your tank from the bowl won't damage anything if it freezes. And as it's only one night, the next day you can go home and add more water through the toilet and then drain the black tank.
toedtoes 09/13/22 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: Occasional Winter Camping??

A lot will depend on the actual temps when you go. I would not leave the furnace running when you are not there - you will run down your battery quickly due the the fan. Lots of blankets for covers and picking your visits to nice winter weather and you should be fine.
toedtoes 09/12/22 06:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Mass Graves ?

You must live in Sunnydale!
toedtoes 09/12/22 02:00pm Around the Campfire
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