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RE: Hell's Canyon and region

Woodhead Park is a good campground, and should be mostly empty this time of year. Sites have water and electricity. The facility is owned and operated by Idaho Power, so you can look for info through their web site.
JHinman 09/27/20 09:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Foam Mattress Topper

My wife and I have used a memory foam topper for years. It is very comfortable, and we do not rotate or flip it. We are not full-time users, however. We shifted the “camper queen” mattress a few inches towards the foot of the bed.the foam topper fills the gap between the head of the mattress and the wall, letting us gain a few valuable inches in bed length.
JHinman 09/21/20 10:13am General RVing Issues
Ford Trailer Camera

My 2018 Ford F-350 Limited listed an owner-installed trailer back-up camera and tire pressure monitor as optional accessories. Are there aftermarket cameras and TPMS that work with the Ford system? I like the idea of trailer TPMS and also a backup camera, but do not want extra screens and displays in the truck.
JHinman 09/14/20 07:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Slide topper recommendations

I will probably hold off for a while. I have never had an issue with two previous trailers, and actually (after reading this forum I am almost embarrassed to admit this) never cleaned the top of either slide. Thanks for the comments!
JHinman 09/08/20 07:41am Travel Trailers
Slide topper recommendations

I am giving some consideration to adding a topper over the slide of the Outdoors RV trailer I hope to get later this month. This is even though I have never had an issue with a slide before. Are there brands that are better than others, or perhaps brands or types to stay away from?
JHinman 09/06/20 06:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why remove dinette booth and replace with table and chairs

We had table and chairs in a rig for the last 10 years, but the trailer we have coming will have a booth. We had to secure the table and chairs with bungee cords before traveling, and that was a pain in the neck. We forgot that once, and paid for it with a dent in the refrigerator door from a chair bouncing around. Geometry of the seat versus table can be an issue, but that only has to be fixed once.
JHinman 09/04/20 03:31pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

It won’t be long before I’ll have the same question. I’m seriously considering partially gutting mine and adding tanks and good insulation under the floor. I’ll make some changes to get more outside storage too. Good luck with your hunt! Sounds like a major project! It could be fun, if a person has the capability to pull it off. I rewired mine to put batteries inside near the back, instead of outside on the tongue. It was interesting, but not something I would choose to do again!
JHinman 09/01/20 09:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

When you mainly boondock, a lot of features in current units don't make sense. Islands in kitchen is one feature that I shake my head at. We've been in windy situations that we feel better with all the slides in while we wait out the storm. Had we had an island in the kitchen, either the stove, fridge or sink would not be accessible. Outside kitchens are another crazy idea as are residential fridges and no ovens. For crying out loud, how do you boondock without an oven for those biscuits and rolls, then after they're baked, using the residual oven heat to warm your space?! Our unit is completely self contained, with solar power and heated basement (ducted to). We don't have thermal windows, but our unit can maintain a 30 degree difference from the outside to in. In addition, it is rated for full time use. Roger! Gotta have an oven! I don’t remember baking rolls, but a pan of lasagna sure is good after fishing or hunting all day. As far as insulated windows go, the biggest load on my batteries is the fan for the heater. I could keep my previous three-season trailer warm, but want to minimize power requirements. I have not done any heat loss calculations, but thermal pane windows are not expensive and I take that conservative route.
JHinman 08/31/20 06:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

Curious why you aren't looking at another Arctic Fox? Looks like their gray capacity is 44 and 35 for black, is that not competitive with the other manufactures? FWIW, we are considering upgrading our 5th wheel. I've looked at Arctic Fox and Grand Designs. The AF quality sure appears better to me. We looked at a Grand Designs FW, model 29RS. It has a pretty nice layout, and the center island in the kitchen would be nice. It is just a bit longer and taller than our current TT. There is one stored very close to our AF, so we could almost compare them side by side. Lots of nice big windows, but they are not thermal pane windows unless I made a special order. The GD had features that we laughed at, like an exterior TV and a little bitty exterior ‘fridge that requires shore power. The TV in our new ORV will probably be relocated to the basement of our house before our first trip. That is where the TV from our AF has been for the last ten years.
JHinman 08/31/20 03:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

Curious why you aren't looking at another Arctic Fox? Looks like their gray capacity is 44 and 35 for black, is that not competitive with the other manufactures? FWIW, we are considering upgrading our 5th wheel. I've looked at Arctic Fox and Grand Designs. The AF quality sure appears better to me. We did look at AF, And in fact that is what we looked at first. We like some of the others better in terms of layout and features. We have been really happy with our current Arctic Fox (2011 model 26X). It is well built, but I am not sure the interior is built any better (or any differently) than the Nomad/Skyline we had before that. We just put a deposit on an Outdoors RV model 24KRS. It is the same length and weight as the AF, The kitchen has a little less counter space, and the fridge is 7 CF instead of 8 CF, but the bedroom and bathroom should be more will hold 100 gallons of fresh water and 80 gallons of grey (two 40-gallon tanks, so we cannot use all of that capacity). I think the exterior-accessible storage will be more convenient also. It seems the trailer has been built, but is sitting at the factory waiting for a shipment of air conditioners. With luck it will show up by the end of September.
JHinman 08/31/20 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: New rig for boondocking?

We made a decision, and would up with a travel trailer instead of a FW. At times we will probably miss the extra space of even the smallest FW, but there are some great features in the rig we bought. Outdoors RV, Backcountry Series 24KRS. 28’-8” long, and just u deer 10,000 lb GVWR, so almost identical to my current rig. It will make 100 gallons of fresh water and hold 80 gallons of grey water, which is a big deal for us. Lots of insulation. Now we are just waiting for delivery. The trailer is at the factory in LaGrande, OR, waiting for an air conditioner. I sure appreciate the many comments people have made in this thread!
JHinman 08/31/20 03:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New rig for boondocking?

One FW I looked at (Outdoors RV) is almost 13 feet tall. Wow! Others are close to that. I had not considered the height, but that could be a deciding factor. I appreciate you fellows for bringing that issue to my attention.
JHinman 08/30/20 06:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

Thanks for the video, DeltaBravo! No joy at the dealership, as the trailers are still on order. They sure look good!
JHinman 08/29/20 01:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: New rig for boondocking?

One of the local RV dealers offered to let me drive a FW with a truck similar to mine. I will take him up on that. I like the layout of some of the FW units. I am still wrestling with size and the potential hassle of the hitch in the bed. I just want to be as informed as I can be when I write a check! Years ago we used to see little FW rigs - Kit Companions and such. Apparently there is not much of a market for those. 30 feet is about as short as a FW gets now.
JHinman 08/29/20 06:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

Cold weather means upper ‘teens” for us. That is late season camping at higher elevations in Idaho, but before it snows so much we get stuck. I vividly remember the first time we took our Arctic Fox out. The first morning I was drinking coffee in my shirt sleeves, watching the sun come up on a 22 F morning. I was comfy and the heat was not constantly on. Thanks for the video. Broadmoor RV is the dealership that sold me my Arctic Fox. The local dealers did not carry one with the optional double-pane windows. We looked at some Grand Design products yesterday, and hope to see some Outdoor RV models today - a Backcountry 24KRS TT and an F26KRS FW.
JHinman 08/29/20 06:17am Travel Trailers
Boondocker recommendations?

I am thinking of replacing my 2011 Arctic Fox, but am not sure what to replace it with. Our camping is almost exclusively dry, and normally older Forest Service campgrounds and dispersal sites. Big deals for us are cold weather capacity, and larger waste tank capacity than we currently have. A more generous shower would be nice, too! TV, fireplaces, and fancy chandeliers would have no place in my rig! I tow with a 2018 F350 Crew cab, long bed, so can probably tow anything that will fit an older campground. There is a bewildering variety of TT out there. Any recommendations?
JHinman 08/28/20 10:16am Travel Trailers
RE: New rig for boondocking?

Interesting point about the height of a FW, considering trees and clearance to the truck bed. I have an F350 Superduty, and that bed is quite high. Taller means more wind resistance when towing, too. I have the power to tow, but maybe there will be a noticeable effect on fuel consumption.
JHinman 08/28/20 06:45am Fifth-Wheels
New rig for boondocking?

I am thinking of a new rig, and maybe a fifth-wheel this time. I have never towed a fifth-wheel before, though, and am uncertain whether that would be a good choice. Perhaps I can benefit from the expertise on this forum. Our camping is almost exclusively boondocking, and typically older Forest Service campgrounds or “dispersal sites”. Maneuverability into these older facilities can be challenging, and the roads to and from can be rudimentary. Most of the rigs I see advertised are too big, but there are some 30-ft models that might be suitable. I have been using an Arctic Fox travel trailer for the last 10 years, and a Nomad (by Skyline) of similar size for years before that. With a gross dry weight of 7200lb and a length of 28’-6”, the AF is easy to tow. Any TT or 5er I get will be fairly easy to tow, but what about backing in to a site? Any advantage to a 5th wheel in terms of control and maneuverability? Getting my current rig into a site without running over trees and rocks can take some doing. What brands or models cater to boondockers? No fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, or TV Is needed, and I don’t think I have ever turned on the AC in any RV I have had. I do need cold-weather capability. Thanks for any thoughts, or for issues that I ought to be thinking of.
JHinman 08/27/20 10:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's your battery setup on your travel trailer?

I just switched to lithium ion. I have one 100 amp-hour battery and a Victron monitor. I can charge it with a small a Honda generator, loading the battery at 25 amps until it gets close to capacity. I ran the generator once yesterday, just to see how it worked, but for a three-day trip I did not really need to. (We are really cheapskates when it comes to power!) The new battery was expensive, but I think it will be easier to use than lead-acid batteries.
JHinman 08/27/20 09:55pm Travel Trailers
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