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RE: Brain Teaser

When my now 8 year old granddaughter sung that at 4 - 5 years of age, it pretty much made grandma and I useless for anything other than sitting around listening to her. ...although if one expanded the root word, I'm not sure "scintillating" carries the same impression as "twinkling".
PA12DRVR 10/20/20 01:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Halloween Or Not

Don't get trick-or-treaters much at our place. Will be ready if they come, but the long driveway and gap between houses seems to push them somewhere else. For me, I was never thrilled with dozens of snotty-nosed kids coming to the door...no more or less thrilled this year, but don't expect many in any case.
PA12DRVR 10/19/20 12:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Over loaded pickup

I suspect that "overloading" happens fairly frequently; overloaded to the degree in the picture, probably not too often. Prominent local lumberyard won't load for non-account customers (they will put the lumber on the forklift at truck height for the customer to manhandle). The account holders, when signing up, have to execute a very strong liability release that, in part, says "...loading only done upon customer request and per customer direction...".
PA12DRVR 10/12/20 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: alaska 2021 ???

Would suggest folks planning a trip to Alaska take it as soon as possible as Alaska is changing (like everywhere) and not always for the better: - A year might not make much difference, but the more physically fit / less impacted by age one is, the more Alaska can be enjoyed. - Right, Wrong Or Otherwise, many of the "not-pure-tourist-trap" stuff is going by the wayside: The AMHS ain't what it was as little as 5 years ago; the villages accessible by scheduled air transport are shrinking; certain national parks/preserves are reducing means and methods of access..etc, etc. and the list goes on - RWOO, although it may be a 2020 phenomenon, many of the remaining "tourist" services are seeing significant price increases: fishing charters than can only put 4 people on a boat charge more, flight services that can carry full loads but bear the cost of COVID mitigation programs charge more, etc. ....and many places are just closed and unlikely to make it.
PA12DRVR 09/18/20 12:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Great Smoky Mountains Bear FoundScavenging On Human Remains

"This is not something to get alarmed over." ... that's it in a nutshell
PA12DRVR 09/16/20 10:15am General RVing Issues
RE: New tow vehicle!

"Am curious and ask you all who think warranty ratings do not mean much...do you all follow the ICE's RPM rating ? AKA....tach red line for your ICE Or Coast Gaurd max occupancy for all certified boats ? Ditto elevators, airplanes, etc" Not the target audience since I at least factor in the mfg. ratings, but: a) always watch the redline on the ICE's, more carefully on the 0-320 on the PA-12 than the engines in surface vehicles; and more carefully on the KEM on the boat than on the pickemups; b) I am aware of the CG max occupancy for my boat, but never come close since I like to run in skinny water; and c) always factor in the Gross Weight limit as well as balance calcs on the ol PA-12; and d) exceptionally claustrophobic, so avoid elevators as much as possible. I have a 2006 Wrangler Rubicon / LJ that I use every so often to spot the boat and sno-go trailer around the property. Works OK for that, but, since it's the original gutless wonder, can't imagine towing with it.
PA12DRVR 09/15/20 03:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: alaska 2021 ???

The tourism-related businesses have been hit pretty hard up here from all the impacts of the virus, whether border crossing, State mandates, City mandates, Village mandates, lack of revenue etc. Many places had pre-emptively shut down for the year...including a couple of very well-known flight outfits...but others saw a bit of an uptick for August, although probably not enough and not much of an uptick for businesses dependent on road traffic. Anecdotally, we've gone to Seward a few times and: a) had no problem getting a hotel room in July and August...usually very difficult; and b) would have had no problem getting a fishing charter except 4 people would have been paying for 6 slots....so we took our own boat instead. Similarly anecdotally, Brand X and Y were shutdown for flightseeing around McKinley and River Charter Co. ABC was shutdown because they couldn't justify paying the seasonal help with the reduced customer demand. I guesstimate that the critical path to RV travel in Alaska in 2021 will depend on the border status: businesses being open is probably a bit of "who knows" but again my guesstimate would be that some (as opposed to "Most") of the tourism-based venues and activities will be available. Regarding the AMHS, there is the cross-gulf ferry option that gets one from Southeast into "Southcentral" (Valdez, whittier, etc) but it's a real likelihood that that will be on a very reduced schedule in 2021.
PA12DRVR 09/15/20 03:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Wolves as Pets

FWIW, I know of (choosing those words for precision) quite a few dog breeders from back in the day that were of the opinion that, for sled hauling (not racing) purposes, it was a waste of time and effort to try to raise / use full-blood wolves for that use: the wolves would eventually revert to form, lose training, usually run away, etc. The breeders seemed to prefer some mix of wolf and dog along the 1/4 - 3/4 ratio. ....no direct knowledge or any knowledge of wolves or wolf hybrids used for pets.
PA12DRVR 09/14/20 01:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Total outdoor flame device ban Oregon SP

No. 1 Son runs a hotshot crew, based up here in AK, but currently deployed to Colorado. They are anticipating only statutorily-mandated breaks for the next 45 days (one of which ends Monday, 14-Sep) and anticipate an assignment to Oregon. It's pretty ugly in the West.
PA12DRVR 09/10/20 02:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire pressure gauges

Well, we have kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, and everybody needs to check their air pressure now and again. If I only had one gauge, it would disappear in short order. :) "....and everybody needs GRANDPA to check their air pressure AND PROPERTY INFLATE THEIR TIRES now and again...." ^^^ My version....but I also adopt the "put one in every spot I might need it" approach.
PA12DRVR 09/04/20 10:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Without getting into the debate about "will you want a bigger trailer", I'd suggest a 3/4 ton for a couple of reasons: - it will likely hold some better percentage of it's value on resale (if that's a consideration) - More capacity to carry additional weight in the bed - Generally more capable for non-RV towing stuff (other towing, hauling, etc)...if that is of any consideration. - With the Ford and Chevy brands, I suspect it's easier to get a strong engine/towing combination in a "standard" package on the 3/4 ton than on the 1/2 ton. Even if the numbers otherwise work out, a bigger engine / more towing capacity wouldn't be amiss in the mountains. My DW is 5'-3" as well: at a little bit north of 60, she much prefers to ride / drive her Sequoia than my F250, but access to the F250 is straightforward with running boards and a grab handle on the door pillar. She does need a step stool for the F550 dump truck.... Our Sequoia is a couple years newer than the OP's Tundra, but (based on towing a variety of things with it, no RV), if the Tundra couldn't tow something, I'd jump straight to a 3/4 ton or SRW 1-ton.
PA12DRVR 09/02/20 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Seen a Good Movie Lately?

Watched "Ford v. Ferrari" on the tube the other night. That one hits the sweet spot for me. Also happened to catch "Once Upon a Time in the West" as well as "Once Upon a Time in ....Hollywood" in the past week. Obviously, "...in the West" one of the greats; "....in Hollywood" is a good movie, I'm just too set in my ways to appreciate the time setting and period effects. Never saw it in theater, but "The 13th Warrior" also was intriguing on the tube a couple of weeks ago.
PA12DRVR 09/01/20 10:52am Around the Campfire
RE: GVWR over 10k on new truck, need commercial plates?

All states are different. Up here in the GWN, my F550 registered for personal use but registered at 19,200 GVWR has to pay Alaska's commercial fee for registering. Don't have to jump through the other hoops associated with "commercial vehicles"....DOT fees, proof of safety program, proof (as opposed to affirmation) of insurance, etc.
PA12DRVR 08/19/20 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Capacity for a 2013 Toyota Sequoia

Very limited info to offer, but for my 2012 Sequoia: - Have on occasion towed my 23' boat with the Sequoia when the truck was down - weight (boat, trailer, everything on it) is about 6200 #'s) - Usual load in the Sequoia is 2 adults, 2 kids, minimal gear - Pulls fine, but of course, no wind resistance to speak of - Stops OK; Sequoia not wired for trailer brakes, so that needs to be factored in - Uphill pulling is OK, but nothing to write home about - Downhill stopping is OK, but not comfortable (see comment above about trailer brakes) - My Sequoia is setup for a cushy ride on "P" tires....when towing the boat, it's soft, squishy, and wags quite a bit. I'd go with the lightest choice on your list. The Sequoia will pull "above it's weight", but it's not the best for stopping and general handling if a heavy trailer is behind it.
PA12DRVR 08/17/20 10:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chicken Killers

No chickens and I can't speak to fencing, but the eating pattern fits what the local ermine / weasels do to rabbits and grouse. Vicious little things. Then the hawks come and mitigate the ermine for a while....
PA12DRVR 08/13/20 08:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: You can't make me

... not question authority ... not run the published numbers and draw my own conclusions ... not note the changing narrative from "flatten the curve" to "look at all these new cases" ... not note the arbitrary and capricious nature of many facets of many mandates around the country
PA12DRVR 08/13/20 10:26am Around the Campfire
RE: What ONE feature do you really like/want in your next RV ?

Full size (i.e. residential -size) fridge / freezer. For my prior use of mostly 1 -2 week stays at State Parks with connections to host family, this was the best feature of our 39' FW. - Closely followed by two A/C's, "RV-King" size bed, and a big/easy access storage compartment.
PA12DRVR 08/12/20 03:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Firearms to Alaska

FWIW ...Assuming you won't be guided, but will be using either a transporter or a charter flight: - Although all bets are off in the current environment (i.e. impact of covid on folks coming to Alaska), transporters tend to book up a season in advance. Now would be the time to make inquiries for 2021....and depending on any number of things, many transporters tend give preference to their prior clients. - Alternatively, one can just charter a flight from ____ (some town) to _____ some unnamed lake. Probably less critical to arrange in advance, but less certainty of being in a productive area as well. - For moose, "boat" use tends to hit extremes: boat on rivers that are within reach from the road system (i.e. Little Su from Los Anchorage) and count on luck and hunting during the week to find a moose, or take multi-day trips up the bigger rivers to get into the country. ....of course, my colleague has a cabin within an hour's C180 flight of Anchorage and he routinely has his choice of moose to shoot by just hanging out for a few days.
PA12DRVR 08/07/20 09:29am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: over nite stops

Have (in years past) seen several rest stops in Texas where all the "Truck" spots were full of trucks and there were more trucks parked on the entry / exit roads....so it's not just a RV v. Truck problem. That being said, I would use rest areas for the 5-6 hour stop (usually between circa 9:00 p.m. - 3: a.m.) when passing through with my 39' fifth wheel and I'd park in the "Truck" side. I don't agree with cars parking in the truck spots or for people staying for days in a rest area.
PA12DRVR 08/06/20 11:03am Around the Campfire
RE: Firearms to Alaska

FWIW: - You'll be competing with 1/3 of either Los Anchorage or Squarebanks if you try for a moose hunt up here in road accessible locations. ATV-accessible locations off the road are a bit better, but only if (in my experience) if you're AT LEAST 1 full days transit back, and ideally a tough day's transit. One can always "get lucky", but it doesn't happen all the time. - Same thing on early caribou: Road accessible means it's accessible to much of the population of the bigger towns..... - Not sure when Canada is going to relax their transit requirements. - I spend much of Moose season at my ATV-accessible cabin; more to ensure no vandalism from the ATV-riders than anything else, although if the world's dumbest moose wanders by (as has happened 4-5 times in the past 30 years) where I can take it from the deck, so be it. I operate primarily 85% + on wheels. Have skis but also have a hangar that is 2000' of asphalt away from the snow strip in Los Anchorage. Failed at retirement once already but the next retirement may see new wheel skis. Float spot logistics are complicated in Los Anchorage, so no floats for me.
PA12DRVR 08/06/20 10:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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