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RE: Wolverine Loop, Grand Staircase NM

I drove the Burr Trail a couple years ago with a 1 ton dually, arctic fox 990. I didn't have any trouble on the main trail. it was a beautiful drive! I don't know what the wolverine loop is specifically, but I did notice that some of the side spurs looked pretty sandy, and I wouldn't have taken my rig down them. some of the roads could still be pretty muddy in april. even if it sounds safe, they recommend checking in with the rangers for current road conditions before heading out.
NatParkJunkie 02/16/21 08:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck, and truck camper insurance questions.

It can be towed on the truck, but they need the right wrecker. They sent out 2 different trucks that couldn't do it before they finally sent this. Took all day to figure out a tow truck. The truck was less than a year old at that point, so I called Ram truck's roadside assistance to come come get it. Ended up the transmission failed and needed replaced. I also have AAA, haven't needed to call it for a tow with the camper on yet. My insurance agent didn't know quite what to make of vehicle insurance for my camper, they had to do some research and finally got a policy set up. https://i.imgur.com/x0GGIYBl.jpg
NatParkJunkie 01/09/21 06:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Boondocking Etiquette

second for a cheap tent. I keep it stored way in the back of my truck camper. If I want to "reserve" a legal campsite in a first come first serve campground or dispersed camping site, I will sometimes set up the tent in an obvious spot out in the open.
NatParkJunkie 12/30/20 05:51pm Beginning RVing
RE: Parks And Places Online

I'm not passing any judgment. Just for their awareness, the following: RV COUPLE FINED $1000, THREATENED WITH ARREST FOR MAKING YOUTUBE VIDEO IN NATIONAL PARK Personally, I think the NPS rules are outdated. Their rules were designed for when Jeep wants to film a commercial driving the loop road through Arches national park, or Hollywood wants to film a movie inside a national park, etc. But they decided to make an example out of that youtube couple from the link.
NatParkJunkie 12/27/20 07:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reliable Walkie Talkie?

If what you want is something better than the typical box store walkie talkie programmed for GMRS or FRS channels there are a couple of options. Pick up a pair of Baofeng UV 5R 5W programmable units and a programming cable (ebay, amazon) and go to the chirp website to customize the radio. Many ham radio operators use these radios on ham channels as portable units, Then program the radios to use digital keying so you won't need squelch and program them for GMRS and FRS channels along with the 5 MURS channels. For a few more bucks you can get the rugged radios version of the same units that are much more robust, but more expensive. Rugged radios periodically puts their units on sale. Again, you'll need a programming cable and chirp website to program them. We've used baofeng and rugged radio units for year with good luck. Available as accessories for both are larger battery packs, along with a plug in car charger unit and longer whip antennas. Another licensed ham operator here. What you are recommending is not legal. some info on what you can do legally Or if you want to use the Baofeng UV5R, go get your ham operator license and be legal about it. It's not that hard, a couple weeks of studying and than you have to take a test. I took my test online over zoom over the summer during covid for $4, and I'm licensed for 10 years now to transmit legally. get ham operator license
NatParkJunkie 11/22/20 02:31pm Tech Issues
RE: security page.. new?

The obvious answer is that you must be a robot if you couldn't pass the robot test. :D
NatParkJunkie 11/09/20 08:30am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: HYBRID IN YELLOWSTONE?

or check out this thread. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24211301/
NatParkJunkie 10/28/20 05:41pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: HYBRID IN YELLOWSTONE?

what's a hybrid camper. soft sided? Sometimes Glacier national park has restrictions on hard sided campers only due to bear activity. But I haven't seen that happen very frequently in Yellowstone. There's tent campers in all the campgrounds there. You might have to remove anything with smells from your camper and put in your car or bear boxes there. https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/news/18-24.htm
NatParkJunkie 10/28/20 05:40pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: HappiJac camper jacks

the control board on my 2007 just died a few weeks ago as well. I had to get a new board and remote, and back in business now.
NatParkJunkie 10/19/20 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Are My Tanks Really Empty?

you can check how you're leveled when dumping too. I have a truck camper, and the drain pipes come out the side of the waste tanks, not the bottom. I've found if the dump station isn't very level, if I am nose down, that the gray tank in particular will not drain all of the water out of the tank. I need to either turn around or pull up on leveling blocks to get the front end raised up so that all the water can actually drain out.
NatParkJunkie 09/29/20 09:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Security Camera needs replacement

Wyze camera. currently $25. frequently on sale for $20. It has motion, people, and sound alarms with no subscription cost. https://www.amazon.com/Wyze-Indoor-Wireless-Camera-Vision/dp/B076H3SRXG/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3BJR6J6LI7MFD&dchild=1&keywords=wyze%2Bcam&qid=1599180712&sprefix=wyze%2Caps%2C176&sr=8-3&th=1
NatParkJunkie 09/03/20 06:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Secret driving school for travel trailer towing

3 campers, only 1 first come first served campsite left for the weekend.
NatParkJunkie 08/08/20 02:25am Towing
RE: Camping with my dog

as a solo traveler, I do leave my dog unattended in my camper in a crate with proper climate control when I need to go somewhere where the dog can't go. Usually with a radio on to drown out some of the outside noise so that he doesn't hear every car door slam shut, etc. but I also know that he's not incandescently barking nonstop while I'm not there. I would never leave him unattended outside in a crate or otherwise. There's way too many variables....sun could shift and put the dog in the sun to overheat. He would bark at everything that he could see walking past. If a bear or wild animal or rattle snake wandered through the camp site, that could end very badly. Someone could steal him, etc.
NatParkJunkie 07/26/20 09:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: Wilderness camping and gun safety

I haven't carried a firearm because I do a lot of cross country traveling across multiple states. My current keep a can of bear spray and the fire extinguisher right in side the door of the camper, and carry bear spray on hikes when in bear country. If I wanted to get licensed and start carrying a firearm, what are the legal requirements to travel through multiple different states after getting licensed my my home state? I've never been someplace out in the wilderness where I felt unsafe. The one time that I did have some concerns about some other people was overnighting in a walmart parking lot in town, and decided to pack up and move away from that area immediately even though I was tired and really didn't want to drive anymore. Actually, now that I think about it, I had a black bear sniffing around about a foot away from my tent in Glacier National Park back in my tent camping days. That's what convinced me into hard sided truck camping life. If you get a Pennsylvania license to carry, here are the states that have reciprocity: https://handgunlaw.us/states/pennsylvania.pdf You should also be familiar with the interstate transportation of firearms code: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/926A And here is a good overall guide: https://www.defensivestrategies.org/firearms-the-law/interstate-transportation-of-firearms There are many places you can legally travel with a gun. However, depending on your trip, it just won't (legally) be an option. For example, I go to Canada a lot. Not a chance in hell that I'm bringing a gun with me there. Their country, their laws. I do carry bear spray with me when I camp there. In all actuality, bear spray is fantastic, and arguable just as/more effective than a gun in most instances. Thanks for all the information! I have a lot more to learn now, but it looks like my bear spray plan is probably what I'll stick with. On my last trip to Arizona, I traveled through Illinois, New Mexico and Colorodo, and made a loop through Nevada and California as well. All listed as not honoring PA, so too many laws to keep up on. I definitely don't want to end up getting arrested with a felony gun charge for not understanding the laws in each state.
NatParkJunkie 07/16/20 09:02am Truck Campers
RE: Wilderness camping and gun safety

I haven't carried a firearm because I do a lot of cross country traveling across multiple states. My current keep a can of bear spray and the fire extinguisher right in side the door of the camper, and carry bear spray on hikes when in bear country. If I wanted to get licensed and start carrying a firearm, what are the legal requirements to travel through multiple different states after getting licensed my my home state? I've never been someplace out in the wilderness where I felt unsafe. The one time that I did have some concerns about some other people was overnighting in a walmart parking lot in town, and decided to pack up and move away from that area immediately even though I was tired and really didn't want to drive anymore. Actually, now that I think about it, I had a black bear sniffing around about a foot away from my tent in Glacier National Park back in my tent camping days. That's what convinced me into hard sided truck camping life.
NatParkJunkie 07/15/20 12:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Start of an Adventure with an S & S 8SC

Be aware that cabinets and interior walls, partitions, etc, are screwed to the wall from the OUTSIDE. In other words if this was like a regular house, they would put up the framing with the drywall on it, screw through the back of the drywall into the cabinets, then insul;ate and install sheathing and siding. So no fasteners visible from the outside, but you wreck the wall if you try to take cabinets out by pulling them from the inside. That answers a question I've been trying to solve. I've been trying to figure out how to take out a shelf above the bed that I keep banging my head off of. I haven't been able to find any of the screws that are holding it. They must be on the outside.
NatParkJunkie 07/15/20 12:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Back up camera using factory screen

I took a different route, and got this camera for $97 on a lightning deal last year. Occasionally the signal gets a little flaky, but I finally found a good spot for the transmitter to not get interference very often anymore. I have it wired up to always turn the screen on when the camper is on the truck. It's actually nice having it on the rear view mirror, because it's still an automatic reflex for me to glance at the rear view mirror even when the camper is on the truck. With this camera/screen, when I glance up there, I can see what's directly behind me driving down the road, like a regular rear view mirror. Wireless Backup Camera Kit
NatParkJunkie 07/09/20 09:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Mounting things to the walls

this wouldn't work for a fire extinguisher, but I have command strips all over my camper for hanging lighter things on the walls. Although the command strip hooks hold up to towels and heavy coats, so I guess they can hold up a fair amount of weight.
NatParkJunkie 06/18/20 08:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Pennsylvania Synchronous Fireflies

It might be a little early in the year for fireflies in PA. I usually don't see many of them until mid-late summer. Chapman state park in the middle of Allegheny national forest is nice. Electric sites and a dump station. I was there 2 weeks ago. Didn't notice any fireflies at night then. There's several Army Corps campgrounds along the reservoir not sure what the services are like there. Usually I head for the dispersed camping in the forest away from people. That was my preference long before social distancing was the thing to do. Jakes rock is a nice overlook. Nice mountain biking trails up there too. I checked out the link. I'm pretty sure I know which campsite they mentioned. I'm not going to publish where it is either. :) Only 6 sites directly on a babbling brook. first come first served, no services, and very popular with the locals. I usually have trouble trying to snag a site there too.
NatParkJunkie 06/11/20 09:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CG's along the Gap Trail

did you find these links yet? I live near the GAP trail outside of Pittsburgh, and enjoy biking several sections of the trail. GAP camping info GAP Camping guide Someone I used to work with had a scout troop that used to bike the whole trail every other year. They took the Amtrack train from Pittsburgh to DC with their tents and bikes. When they got off the train in DC, they biked back home to Pittsburgh.
NatParkJunkie 05/20/20 07:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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