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RE: Trouble with California

I have family on both sides of the border. I've been across the border somewhere between fifty and a hundred times myself, and my dad, who I must say is kind of a confrontational person, has been across at many hundreds of times. I've never heard of anyone being asked for an inspection of their vehicle. We just say no when asked if we have any fruit or vegetables. Even if we have a large box of fruit plainly visible :-). As far as I'm concerned, it's security theater, just like the airport checkpoints and the wall. I think all they really care about is what the semis are hauling. Do you have any experience with quince? They are a wonderfully, powerfully, fragrant fruit that grows in cold climates. When I went through last fall, I had a box of quince and a box of apples. My entire van smelled like essence of fruit. No hassles.
Naio 01/28/20 01:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: WEN inverter generators on today only

I have been very happy with a couple of Wen drills I bought 5 years ago. They also had fantastic customer service when I had a question. Sent me a free drill!
Naio 01/27/20 12:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Composting Toilet

As I said, that is fine for ruminants. Things like sheep and cows and horses. But if you look into it you'll find that human poop is different.
Naio 01/26/20 06:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Moisture under mattress solutions please

For a low-tech solution, I stick something under the center of the mattress to lift it up a bit, every morning except when I forget. Currently I'm using a long fiberglass level, but I have used things like small cardboard boxes or empty water bottles or whatever. It doesn't matter what you use, just get some air under there.
Naio 01/25/20 08:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Purchasing in a 55+ Community - AZ

The 55+ parks I have looked into allow one (co-owner) spouse to be under 55 as long as the other spouse is over. Maybe it works that way with kids, too? Regardless, I bet your issue is one that has come up before in this particular park. I think if you ask around, there will be someone who can tell you how they allow it to be handled and how they don't.
Naio 01/25/20 07:59pm Snowbirds
RE: Yosemite in Winter

Oh, that's a very good point about the cabins! You can reserve the tent cabins in the park on the same website as the campground. They have heaters, I believe. They're not cheap, I'm thinking something like $100 a night, but they are made for multiple people. They are also located right close to the showers, restaurant, shuttle, etc.
Naio 01/24/20 12:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Composting Toilet

I grew up on a farm and I currently teach small-scale farming. The farmers I know do compost their manure until it is safe. That time frame is, of course, different for ruminants or birds than for human manure. You sound like your knowledge mostly comes from YouTube. Don't forget to get both your hepatitis vaccines.
Naio 01/23/20 11:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

Thank you so much for posting this info!
Naio 01/23/20 10:58pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Yosemite in Winter

I don't think you get a choice of campgrounds in the winter. I think they only have one open, and they rotate different ones. Just go, you will love it :-). But bring every blanket you own, and pants and sweaters big enough to wear over several layers of long underwear. I was there at the end of April, and it was so cold I heard a woman in the bathroom complaining that her toothpaste had frozen
Naio 01/23/20 09:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yosemite in Winter

the campgrounds inside the park are cheap, have flush toilets, and I could see Half Dome from my bed when I woke up in the morning and when I went to bed at night.
Naio 01/23/20 08:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Absolute positively the worst road ever

I grew up boondocking in a Volkswagen bug, on the kind of dirt roads where you have to put one set of wheels on the hump in the middle and the other set on the edge of the road because the ruts are so deep. And sometimes you have to get out and push. But the road that made me cry, I was so scared, was just an ordinary mountain freeway. I was in my previous van, and this was when I first got it and hadn't yet got the custom leaf springs that got rid of its wallow. The downgrade was only 6%, and there was a guard rail and no ice or anything. But the way that van swayed, I was terrified.
Naio 01/23/20 07:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yosemite in Winter

profdant here has an excellent trip report about camping in the winter in Yosemite. And yes, they did get snowed in. Yosemite is absolutely amazing! And going when it's less crowded is definitely the thing to do. Do be aware, when you are checking distances to the park, mapping software will tell you the distance to the entrance. It is a full one hour drive from the entrance to the place you want to see, Yosemite Valley. That means that the nearest campgrounds outside the park are an hour and a half or two hours away.
Naio 01/23/20 07:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Absolute positively the worst road ever

> Some of the grade is less than 9%. So reassuring...
Naio 01/23/20 06:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ironwood NM?

Oh good, we're taking money away from veterans to make a taller fence in a place where there is already a fence.
Naio 01/23/20 06:36pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

Sometimes when I can't find good BLM maps for a particular area online, I call the BLM office in the area I'm interested in. For free or very small fee they will mail you maps.
Naio 01/23/20 12:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

I liked this one so much that I printed it out and had it laminated to keep in the van for when I'm out of cell signal. It's a surface management map, showing all the different agencies. Not as high res as one could wish, but it gives the general picture.
Naio 01/23/20 12:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Composting Toilet

Municipal laws that allow composting toilets usually require a two-year period of composting for any sort of animal waste, including composting toilet contents. A skilled composter, using the right inoculants, huge quantities of poo, and operating in a warm climate, could probably get compost much more quickly than that. But in a cool climate, and in quantities produced by just a few people, it takes some time before you get a product that is safe to put on your salad greens. And that's when compost is finished -- when it is safe to handle and use in a garden without burying it.
Naio 01/22/20 10:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: MIA - Mexico

I haven't written to him myself. I'm shy about email :-). But another forum member told me that he heard from Mex about a week ago.
Naio 01/22/20 10:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Composting Toilet

I did the bucket and bag thing, for my first five years of 1/2 to 3/4 time van living. I'm now doing the portapotty thing, and emptying it in a sewer cleanout. They both have their pluses and minuses. I don't ever plan to put a black tank in my van. Seems like too much work for not very much benefit. But I might use it if I had boughv a pre-made RV.
Naio 01/21/20 04:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Composting Toilet

It's funny how the definition of composting toilet has changed since RVers started using them :). A composting toilet used to be something that did the composting itself. Meaning it would hold several years worth of poop. But just last week someone told me she had a composting toilet in her van, and it turned out that what she meant was that she had a bucket and a plastic bag :-). The top comment on that video has a good link about disposing of the non-composted stuff that you get in a plastic bag, from a so-called composting toilet:
Naio 01/21/20 11:20am General RVing Issues
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