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Black spots on ceiling = leak?

Bought my 2001 Lance 14 years ago. Over the last couple of years I've noticed black spots on the ceiling. Pushed on them and they don't seem to be "soft". I'm not very good about caulking maintenance. Getting too old to get up on the roof. :) Think they indicate a leak? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 04/13/20 11:35am Truck Campers
RE: Plamosa Rd.\ Bouse

The 2nd week of March of this year I camped at Plamosa Rd for 3 nights in my truck camper. Very large area and nearest camper was probably 50 yards away. However, things have probably changed since then. Here's info from the BLM site (see Colorado River District here) re this area now: Currently, the La Posa North, South, West, and Tyson Wash LTVAs south of Quartzsite, Arizona, and Imperial Dam LTVA in California, remain open to the public, but are at maximum capacity. Capacity is determined in coordination with local, county, and state health and safety officials and on the ability to provide services. Dispersed camping areas near the LTVAs are also full. You should look for alternative camping locations. BTW, also stayed at Road Runner S of Q and it was very nice.
Ramblin' Ralph 04/05/20 10:17am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Quarantine Mods?

Gee, Ralph, can I watch you replace your controller from across the street with binoculars? Sounds fun :( I have a better idea. You come over to the coast and do it and I'll "supervise". :B Won't be as bad as replacing the water pump last year, but still will require getting the old body into uncomfortable positions. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 04/01/20 11:27am Truck Campers
RE: Quarantine Mods?

I'm going to replace my 14 year old Blue Sky solar controller with a Victron unit. Old one still charges, but at night when it gets cold inside the relays click on and off. Makes it hard to sleep. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 03/31/20 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: Quartzsite or bust

I left that area last Sunday, after spending 5 nights in BLM areas (Plomoso, near KOFA and Road Runner). No indication of any "no camping" policies. However, no telling what will happen later. Plenty of room at all places I stayed. Hi Jolly is smaller and had campers closer together. Plenty of people still in LTVAs. Great weather.
Ramblin' Ralph 03/19/20 10:27am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Solar energy when battery disconnect is applied

Some types of controllers (MPPT is one) warn against having solar connected to the unit w/o a battery connection. I installed a switch on my controller to disconnect the panel from the controller before disconnecting the battery.
Ramblin' Ralph 02/16/20 12:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Trillium Lake Campground, Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Don't know about site size, but I've been there a couple of times in my truck camper and it's a beautiful campground!
Ramblin' Ralph 02/12/20 06:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

I got a free public lands map for my Garmin GPS here. I can overlay the public lands map on top of the regular map in the Garmin. However, I can't do the same with Garmin Mapsource (obsolete) or BaseCamp program on a laptop. However, with both I can make a waypoint on the regular map and then toggle to the public lands map and the waypoint shows up. Latest update is Feb 2011, but I would think public lands boundaries are pretty stable.
Ramblin' Ralph 01/23/20 12:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Visible work on roaming towers?

Thanks for the info. Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/10/20 09:46am Technology Corner
Visible work on roaming towers?

Any Visible users out there know if the system allows operation on Verizon "partner" towers for all modes? When on those towers my Verizon flip phone says "Extended Network" and works on voice and text. Got a nebulous answer from Visible on this. Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 01/09/20 03:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Now up to 715 campsites

Blazing: For 14 years of half-time ramblin', about 131,500 miles! I'm not surprised in the number, since I total it up every year. :) Thanks for thumbs up. As you can see from the map, I've camped in Northern Idaho before and several other ID places. Great state for camping and scenery! Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/08/20 10:48am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Now up to 715 campsites

pnichols: PM me your email address and when I format the file properly, I'll send it to you. I'm also "old school" with a Garmin. :) Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/07/20 09:36am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Now up to 715 campsites

Tiger4x4: Many thanks for the thumbs up!! I started Ramblin' 2019 at the neat BLM CG you told me about and returned to it on my next to last stop. Thanks for the tip! Hope all is well with you.
Ramblin' Ralph 01/05/20 05:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Now up to 715 campsites

Thanks for the comments and thumbs up! Yes, I know the East has plenty of beautiful areas. However, I stick to the West for higher elevation, lower temperatures and lower humidity. :) I travel solo, so my blog and related items, like this map, give me something to do at a campsite. I'm glad it's useful to some. Afford: Keep on truckin'. You'll get more. :) Ralph
Ramblin' Ralph 01/05/20 10:05am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Now up to 715 campsites

Finished my 5 months of 2019 ramblin' in early Nov. Tallied up my new campsites and found I'm now up to 715 total for 14 years of ramblin'. You can see the map here. Hope you can find a new place to camp from it. Safe travels and good camping in 2020!
Ramblin' Ralph 01/04/20 12:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Converter Panel "Latch"

Thanks very much for the link and the install tips. I'll add this to my next Amazon order. The hardest part for me with the install will be to get down on my hands and knees(and back up again)! :)
Ramblin' Ralph 12/09/19 06:32pm Tech Issues
Converter Panel "Latch"

The "latch" that holds my converter panel closed broke. The latch is similar to what is on the outside fridge panel. Plastic part that you just twist to open/close. I've tried some googling, but come up with nothing. Probably using the wrong term. Can anybody point me to a source or suggest an alternative? Thanks,
Ramblin' Ralph 12/09/19 11:57am Tech Issues
RE: Ramblin' 2019 is over!

Thanks to all for the thumbs up! Yes, Bob Scott CG is pretty basic. However, very convenient to US50 (The Loneliest Road In America). Not many other choices. Been there 5 times now.
Ramblin' Ralph 11/23/19 10:19am Truck Campers
RE: Ramblin' 2019 is over!

Clarryhill: Many thanks for your kind comments and following my ramblin'. I travel solo, so maintaining my website gives me something to do. When it becomes "work", I'll quit. :) Grit dog: It always makes me feel real good when someone says they used one of my maps to find a campsite! That's why I do it! :)
Ramblin' Ralph 11/22/19 07:37pm Truck Campers
Ramblin' 2019 is over!

Just finished my 14th year of 5 to 6 months of Ramblin' in early Nov. Had another fun year, but only about 6K miles, way less than my usual 9K+. Got a late start and I'm tending to stay more than one night in a campground. Up to about 131K total ramblin' miles now. Some camping stats: - 110 nights camping (including 20 boondocking, but excluding in driveways, etc.) - 67 campsites - 31 nights @ $0/night - $6.92 average campsite fee, with discount, and $11.84 without. Free campsites (boondocking, etc.) included in average cost Below is a screenshot of my campsite map. You can view the "pan & zoom" map on my website here. Click on a pinhead and you'll see the name and description of the campsite. Plenty of pictures on my website (see signature). I'll post some of the best ones here later. I'm hoping to leave for Ramblin' 2020 next May - the old body willing. Right now I'm enjoying my comfy easy chair and the looong hot showers every day. :)
Ramblin' Ralph 11/22/19 12:21pm Truck Campers
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