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RE: Southern Utah with kids

That is a lot of doing for 2 weeks. There isn't much between Kanab and Lake Powell, especially once you get past Jacob Lake. Which is the entry way to the North Rim of the Canyon. Agree that two weeks isn't a lot of time. I suggest picking one area and focusing just on that rather than trying to "see it all". Case in point, I could easily spend a month (even a lot more) between Kanab and Page. Note that Lake Powell is at historically low levels right now which has it's good and bad points. On the bad, it's sort of ugly with a big bathtub ring and lots of mud between you and the water. On the good, there are canyons that haven't been exposed for decades to explore...all be it, somewhat filled with silt, but they are cleaning out. If you want a couple good books to help research places to explore, I suggest "Photographing the Southwest, volumes 1 and 2" by Laurent Martres.
SteveAE 11/20/22 08:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Southern Utah with kids

So much depends on the season and your intended route, but here are some ideas: (note that my brain seems to be working from South to North today, so adjust as needed) A few miles west of Marble Canyon off Hwy 89A then about 2 miles north up House Rock Valley Road, is a Condor Viewing site. A few more miles north on House Rock Valley Road, is a nice hike to some pictographs. If you have a 4x4 and are adventuress, check out White Pocket in the same area. Awesome place, but do use caution (if you try to go to White Pocket), as there can be deep sand in there. Condors can also sometimes be seen under the bridge and cliffs at Marble Canyon (just park at the visitor center and walk out on the old bridge. Nice NPS CG at Lees Ferry. A few miles north of Kanab, off the East side of hwy 89, there are Dinosaur Tracks. It's a bit weird parking at a truck stop/weigh station, and then you gotta figure out the trail to the top of the ridge (not marked, but lots of folks have walked there so there is a "route". Up on the ridge you will find the tracks. A little imagination (and some water to lightly spread over the tracks) helps. A little further to the north and east, Escalante is the best. You could spend a lifetime exploring the region (I have been doing just that). Research Spooky and Peek-a-Boo canyons, check out hike up to Calf Creek falls (don't miss the large picto's), walk along (and in) the river to several arches, lots of petrified wood down the Burr Trail (you can drive it) past Deer Creek CG. Personally, I would stay at the large BLM dispersion camping area about a mile down (south) Hole-in-the-Rock Road when exploring the area or stay at Kodachrome Basin State Park (or one of the several RV parks in the area if that is more your style. Soooo many places to explore here. Much, much, much better than the Big Ditch (Grand Canyon). I could go on and on, but then you would miss the fun of researching and finding special places for yourself. But these should give you some starting points. Have fun.
SteveAE 11/19/22 10:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel Trailer electrical, - Inverter placement/hookup

There are a lot of great, very experienced, folks on here (pianotuna in, I believe, Ontario comes to mind but there are others as well), and it just might take them some time to see your post and respond. I considered separating the solar but we get almost all of our power that way so it didn't really make sense. Hence the simple double throw/center off switch to isolate the two works .... for us. Kinda idiot proof....which, as I get older, is a nice thing. Regards and welcome to the group, Steve
SteveAE 10/30/22 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer electrical, - Inverter placement/hookup

We almost are never plugged in. I have a 2000 watt inverter, solar charger and regular charger (I disabled the "stupid converter") under the bed. The bed is in the front of the trailer so it's all close to the four batteries on the tongue allowing for short lengths of heavy wire to connect it all. I started out with a fancy automatic transfer switch, but changed it to a much more reliable manual two position - center off electrical switch. All outlets (including the AC which the inverter can't run but it's doesn't take a rocket scientist to simply not turn it on) are powered which makes life super simple. Wife loves being able to use the microwave. I run the refrigerator and water heater on propane. If we accidentally overload the inverter (which has only happened when I tested it to see what would happen) it simply drops off line until the overload is resolved. It took some time and money to put together, but this systems works well for us. You can get fancy and get an inverter/charger that is smart enough to take power from wherever you have it available (shore power, the batteries or both), but this isn't as economical as a little $70 switch in an electrical box.
SteveAE 10/29/22 09:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Tent Camping Tricks and Cheap tricks

OK, you wana go there, huh? We have been using groovers (portable toilets) of varying types for many years on river trips. Some tips: - Don't urinate in the groover (rule number one on river trips). Urine is the primary cause of the odor.....besides it weighs a lot and fills up the groover that much quicker. If you need a night bucket, use a small separate jug and just dump it outside in the mornings (we pee in rivers on river trips....yup, it's the required way to go). - To save even more space in the groover (when you are out for weeks, this is super important), you can burn your TP or toss it in the trash. - Put a little baking soda in the groover after each use. It neutralizes any odor (I row all day with a groover inches from my knees and don't smell a thing). - If you must cover the contents up, you can put some pine shavings (available at any farm supply or pet store) or kitty litter in. But keep in mind that septic systems (or river dump stations) don't like this stuff (it clogs them up). Poop, water, and TP is all that should in the groover. - I spray the inside of my groover with Pam (or rub Crisco on the inside) before every trip to make emptying easier at the end of a trip (avoids Klingons). If there is room, a little water the day before emptying also helps with the dump. - An easy, cheap, groover can be had by simply using a 5 gallon bucket with a screw on Gamma lid. Put a RV toilet seat on it if want a little more comfort (the rim of the Gamma Lid is a whole lot more comfortable than the rim of a metal ammo can). - Some folks put a plastic bag inside the groover than just dump that in a trash can after the trip, though that practice is frowned upon by most river management agencies. - Generally, one pint of space per day per person is considered adequate (and usually the required space on river trips). Why do I call it a groover? Back in the day before the invention of fancy river toilets, we used to use 30 mm ammo cans that would would leave a very distinct "groove" in the cheeks for several minutes after use. Many still continue to use the ammo cans, but now add a seat. If you have young children, make light of it and they will quickly adapt. I hope this helps with the go.
SteveAE 10/28/22 06:44pm Tent Camping
RE: SoCal to east side of North Cascades: 395 or 395/97?

Unless it's hunting season, there is nice dispersion camping at the Summer Lake Wildlife refuge. Just turn right off 31 at the BLM office (before the rest stop) and you'll figure it out. If it's busy (only in hunting season) at the Wildlife refuge, there's tons of spots in the NF along 31 about 16 miles SE of hwy 97. Once on 97 (near LaPine), there isn't a lot of great (dispersion) places unless you go a little way's from the road. Indeed, not much for quite a longgggg way....unless you get off the road. Might wind up in a dreaded CG. There is a super nice roadside wayside north of Moro (DeMoss County Park) where you could overnight. Up near Ruffis, some folks stay on US Army Corps of Engineering land along the Columbia river. Have never checked it out myself though.
SteveAE 08/24/22 09:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: SoCal to east side of North Cascades: 395 or 395/97?

Other than the section of 395 between John Day and Pendleton, I suspect that you'll find 97 more interesting overall. Heading north on 395 from eastern California, I usually take hwy 31 from north of Lakeview to LaPine. Sometimes, for a change in scenery, I take 139 out of Susanville to Klamath Falls. But this route will take (quite a bit) longer. Hope this helps.
SteveAE 08/23/22 10:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Diesel fuel prices … how is that affecting your RV travel ?

these are the good old days. my boss said that back in 1971 he was right. This one got me wondering what gas really did cost in 1971 (sorry, I couldn't find similar data for diesel....though no doubt someone will): Inflation adjusted price of gasoline Anyway, the national average was $0.36 per gallon. If that was adjusted for inflation (1971 to April 2022) it would be $2.57 today.....interestingly, about what it was before it started it's rapid rise. I also found it interesting that the long term inflation adjusted average since 1918 was $3.20/gallon I have noticed that, in the past couple weeks, it seems that the spread between the price of Diesel and Gas is decreeing here (Bend, Oregon). I wonder if anyone else is seeing similar?
SteveAE 06/11/22 06:04pm RV Lifestyle
RE: If’s you’re headed North….

We spent three months in N. Canada/Alaska a number of years ago. Didn't bring a generator and and never plugged in once. Of course, that was in the summer................ This past winter, traveling in S. Arizona for three months, we brought along (and used) a generator (once). We were camped under trees and it was raining. Had we not been under the trees, we wouldn't have needed the generator. Actually, probably didn't really "need" to use the generator as we could have simply reduced our usage (i.e.; no microwave use) We have 300 watts of solar, flat mounted to the rood and four 6 volt deep cycle batteries. Refrigerator and water heater are set to gas (all the time). We use a Fantastic Endless Breeze fan if it's hot. The DW uses the microwave daily. Solar is great (for a RV) when supplemented with propane as needed.
SteveAE 06/07/22 08:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Water filtration when boondocking

No need to give up your backpacking techniques. A different approach would be to use one of the many water purification products such as Aquamira No filter to clean/replace and no chemical taste (that we have ever detected anyway). Lightweight and doesn't take hardly any space. Disadvantage of course is that it doesn't remove solids.....or change the color (muddy water is still muddy water.....) However, Alum does a "pretty good job" of settling out most solids if you are willing to give it time (overnight) to work. With the combination of the two (Alum and Aquamira), I wouldn't hesitate to fill my tank from almost any water source (unless there was heavy metals or chemicals involved). The water may not look pretty, but it will be safe to drink.
SteveAE 05/08/22 07:54pm Truck Campers
RE: New porch light

This one,not cheap but BRIGHT Porch Light I have two of these as scare lights on the front of my trailer. They are really bright, in my mind, too bright for a porch light. If you want, PM me an email address and I will forward a photo that illustrates their intensity. Agreed that I don't want too much light either. Trying to find the right balance without buying five different fixtures. Sent Super Bright LED's a note inquiring as to how many lumens they recommend for a porch light. PM sent.
SteveAE 04/23/22 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: New porch light

I agree, good folks. I got all my LED bulbs from them. Didn't consider them for fixtures, but I will take a look.
SteveAE 04/22/22 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: New porch light

IAMICHABOD, I like it. Thanks. Will see if any one else has any other suggestions b4 I order it. Rescue, Where we usually go there isn't anyone to bother. But, if I needed light to see so I didn't fall down and injure myself then.....who cares.
SteveAE 04/22/22 04:45pm General RVing Issues
New porch light

Hi, I am tired of the single bulb, low light output, of the porch light that came with my trailer. Put a LED in there a number of years ago, but it's still not bright enough.....or, more likely, my eyes simply need more light than they used to. Seldom have it on, but when on, I want to see. Bothering anyone with "light pollution" isn't an issue where I usually am. My buddies new trailer has lots of light, but I would rather not buy a new trailer just to get more light. Any suggestions for a different fixture I can put out there? Thanks,
SteveAE 04/22/22 03:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Antelope Canyon

X2 on Lone Rock CG being long as you are looking for dispersion camping. The Nat. Park CG at Lee's Ferry is nice (and there is a free dump station nearby) Horseshoe Bend is OK I guess. But if you go down to Lees Ferry, you can get a boat ride up to the dam (it's called a "backhaul") where you can put your own kayaks (if you have them) in and then float downstream, right through Horseshoe Bend, back to Lee's Ferry. Stop in at Marble Cyn Lodge to arrange this. Also, when you cross the bridge (Navajo Bridge), there is a visitor center. Condors are often seen under the bridge there. About 20 miles West of Marble Canyon is a gravel road called House Rock Valley Road that goes north. A couple miles North on this road takes you to a Condor Viewing area. You will need binoculars (or a spotting scope) and patience, but you'll probably see condors. If you have a solid four wheel drive vehicle, you can check out White Pocket a little further up HRVR. Looks like The Wave....without the "impossible to get" permit required. Deep sand out there so be careful. There are tour companies that will take you out there from Page if you prefer to not tempt fate. A bit further north on HRVR (about 5 miles past the turn off's for White Pocket) is a cool pictograph panel. Large parking area so you can't miss it, then it's only about a 3/4 mile hike on an easy trail starting on the other side of the road. Behind (on the N. Side) of Lake Powell is pretty neat (and very remote) too. You could easily spend a life time there and not scratch the surface. Have fun,
SteveAE 04/14/22 10:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Break-even point between cable length and voltage drop?

Short of modifying your existing system (or better yet, building your own system that will better work for you....panels and a controller are super cheap these days), I like the idea of having two different length cables that you can mix and match as needed. Just keep in mind that every time you have a connection point there is an increase in resistance.....and a corresponding voltage drop. But, keeping with my theme of looking for alternative solutions (I guess they call it thinking outside the box) here are some more (dumb???) ideas: - Get a second portable system that you put in parallel with your existing system and double the fun of chasing the sun around. - Have a second battery that you put right by your panel, then swap batteries as needed. If you can't bring Mohammad to the mountain, then move the mountain to Mohammad...or some such nonsense. - Put another cable in parallel with your existing cable.
SteveAE 04/08/22 07:32am Tech Issues
RE: Break-even point between cable length and voltage drop?

Hey Dan, hope you guys are well. Looks like you are getting lots of advice, so I am going to take a different approach the problem. I considered all this when I got panels and concluded that (for me) it was better to permanently mount panels on the trailer roof. No, you don't get as much of a charge when in the shade (surprisingly, I often do get enough, especially under conifers ..... but not so much under deciduous trees). However, IMO, the advantages of roof mounted panels outweigh the negatives with; shorter (and heavier i.e.; larger diameter) cable runs, no worry about theft, the batteries charge when on the road and parked at home, no set-up and monitoring of the panels, no storage space needed for the panels/wire/controller, and no fussing (more time for hiking, etc.). And I suspect if you made this change, you would wonder why you hadn't done it sooner. Additionally, there is no reason (other than cost) that you couldn't use a combination of permanently mounted panels and your portable system if you wanted that occasional extra boost when in the deep shade.....though I suspect that after a few trips you will start leaving the portable system system at home. Anyway, there you have it. A different approach to the problem. Regards.
SteveAE 04/06/22 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: For those towing with Teslas. Super charger tips. Thanks

Just curious. How far can you tow on a charge (lets say on the hwy)? And how long does it take to recharge? Thanks, Kinda depends. We are in BC so mostly mountain type 2 lane roads. We have never run it down anywhere close to zero, but I’ll speculate on around 240 kilometres....ish? A typical Supercharger stop is around 15 minutes for us, maybe 20 minutes if we are having lunch. A typical travel day for us is anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. We usually have to stop to pee before we have to stop to charge. :). We combine the two. :). Works for us. Hope that helps. That does. Thank you.
SteveAE 04/05/22 07:12am Travel Trailers
RE: For those towing with Teslas. Super charger tips. Thanks

Just curious. How far can you tow on a charge (lets say on the hwy)? And how long does it take to recharge? Thanks,
SteveAE 04/04/22 05:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Idaho highway 93

We've towed our 22' travel trailer over it several times. A little steep and wiggly for a few miles up on the pass but not a problem. Pretty country. Rest area at the pass makes a good lunch spot.
SteveAE 03/27/22 09:54pm Roads and Routes
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