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RE: On the road breakdown stories..

Mine seem to involve leaf springs. I had a Chalet A-frame and was killing a few days until the Chalet Rally near Bryce Canyon. I drove the 55 miles of bad washboard to the north rim of the Grand Canyon to a place called Toroweap or Tuweep. I was a couple miles away when I saw a bad dip that was partially filled in with talc dust. I heard a load clunk when my camper hit it and noticed it sitting funny. It only had minor damage to the wheel well but the leaf spring was snapped. The remote ranger residence was maybe two miles away and he was there. I used a block of wood to tow it to the house in case I could fix it. The ranger got on the sat phone and called Tony's in Fredonia AZ. He warned me the haul out was expensive but I didn't want to spend my vacation dealing with a broke camper in the middle of nowhere. So two hours later the flatbed shows up. They overnight a spring in the next day and only had to spend one night in a motel. A few years later and bigger camper with two axles...I pulled off for the night at Meteor Crater RV park only to notice BOTH rear leaf springs snapped in the same spot. UGG not this again. I had them replaced in Flagstaff as once again limited on time and I didn't have any air tools to deal with the rusty fasteners.
caver 10/16/20 01:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Did you notice..........

On my road trip back in August it did seem that things were way busier than normal. I stopped at a place in WY that was more of an overnight spot. It filled by dark. I talked to the camp host the next day and she said they hosted there the previous 1-2 years. She said then they might get one or two people stopping for the night. This yer she said it has been full every night.
caver 10/02/20 01:29pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Stud Finders

Project Farm just evaluated a bunch of stud finders.
caver 10/02/20 01:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: What do you shut off when leaving for a trip

Maybe 20+ years ago I found that my garage door opener (late 70's unit) latches a relay if there's a power drop out. So even if it's out for a second or 4 hours it latches the lights on 24/7 when power returns. MY A/C condensate drain has a pump to lift it up about 2' so always concerned about a malfunction there. I have a basement so anything that might be aged by heat is stored there like photos etc. For years my parents did the snowbird thing and they shut water off, fridge etc and kept the heat about 50.
caver 07/26/20 09:25pm General RVing Issues
What do you shut off when leaving for a trip

Many years ago a co-worker left for a couple days and came home to a ruptured water heater and the associated damage it caused. He was surprised when I said if I'm gone for more than about 2 days I shut the water off. That has evolved in that now if I'm gone camping for over two weeks I shut the refrigerator off, HVAC, unplug garage door opener, water heater and even the HVAC. A long time ago I would just have a friend come buy and check on the place every few days but as the trips moved up to 3 weeks I didn't want to bother them. I'm retired now so the trip can be as long or short as I want. Curious in what others do.
caver 07/26/20 03:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: I-40 Anything worth seeing

Lots of Rt 66 stuff. At Shamrock TX there's an old restored art deco Conoco service station. Santa Rosa NM has Blue Hole (might be closed at the moment). Midpoint Cafe at Adrian TX. Out front the have the half way route 66 sign people use for photo ops. Lots of other stuff but I'm drawing a blank.
caver 07/14/20 07:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Recommendations for a a route from PA to CO avoiding IL

Thanks Caver. Does the 400/50 route avoid Kansas City as well? Yes by a long shot. I hate I70 across Missouri and not fond of the part through downtown KC. Also, you avoid the toll road. If you got to Springfield google maps has you routing around Joplin. Those are very rural roads but are paved. You can go through Joplin and join up with 400/50. It also suggest going to Wichita and joining back up with I70 but I prefer the less traveled roads. I would check conditions around Wichita as there was heavy road construction east of the city when I was through there last September.
caver 07/12/20 08:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

I learned this from an insurance agent I know. Yeah I was surprised so don't shoot the messenger!!! From the IL State Police: Illinois law states BOTH vehicles must adjust speed and position to avoid colliding with each other. That means the driver on the main line of the interstate AND the driver of the vehicle entering on the ramp must adjust their speed and vehicle position to not hit one another. Sometimes motorists from out of state (and even within Illinois) think they get to stay in the lane and the person on the ramp has to yield to them. This is incorrect. Unless the ramp has specific instructions (typically during construction of other special circumstances) the sign posted here which is clearly visible at converging roadways means BOTH drivers have to yield to each other. Share the road and adjust for merging traffic. We hope this helps the understanding of the sign! (625 ILCS 5/11-905) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-905) Sec. 11-905. Merging traffic. Notwithstanding the right-of-way provision in Section 11-901 of this Act, at an intersection where traffic lanes are provided for merging traffic the driver of each vehicle on the converging roadways is required to adjust his vehicular speed and lateral position so as to avoid a collision with another vehicle. (Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)
caver 07/12/20 05:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recommendations for a a route from PA to CO avoiding IL

If you cross at Cairo you will be in IL for 1 mile as you go from the Ohio River Bridge to the Mississippi River Bridge. You can take 60 (divided hwy)across to near the Mo state line and either wander back up to I70 or do what I do and take 400/50 all the way to Pueblo which is often the route I take from Southern MO. The next crossing of the Mississippi south is the Dorena Hickman Ferry. The next south is at Dyersburg.
caver 07/12/20 05:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: People sure are getting petty with their park reviews

I leave very few reviews of anything anymore. If I do it's one of those store surveys and I just say they are the nicest person and any other nice stuff I make up. I try to add some funny into it. As far as camping reviews I've seen people leave GLOWING reviews about a nice boondocking site. Well it's not nice anymore.
caver 07/11/20 08:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: US 95 in Idaho, early July

Very calm woman filming that rockslide. Probably a few of us have camped less than 3 miles south of there at Canyon Pines.
caver 07/05/20 04:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: US 60

In MO it's 4 lane from Charleston to just SW of Springfield.
caver 07/04/20 10:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Missouri hwy 19

It's gets more curvy south of Salem but you aren't headed that far.
caver 07/03/20 05:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone in October

Good point on the Asian tours. I was there two years ago in mid September and the crowds were lower but seemed to be more Asian tour groups. Things were already on the verge of shutting down in some areas. I stayed outside the park at a FS CG and it was only open one more week.
caver 07/02/20 09:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cascade, ID to Yellow Pine, ID

Paved road from Cascade to Warm lake and possibly beyond. I was there two years ago. The road past South Fork Salmon River CG marked 474 on google maps is paved. it's narrow and curvy so I wouldn't take a big rig down it but I'm sure someone has. I left my camper at the above mentioned CG. Past Poverty Flat CG on the map it seems to change to FR674. It meets East Fork Rd and I turned right to go to Yellow Pine. That road was gravel but wide and and well maintained. I had lunch (it sucked) and went down to Johnson Creek airport. I watched a few guys flying planes in and out and then went back the way I came. It's a nice area and I was there when the Aspens were turning.
caver 05/29/20 11:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Closure Threads

Yep virus thread and move it all there. Who reads ATC?
caver 03/29/20 01:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Carlsbad Caverns is closed

I got stuck in those elevators after hours TWICE. Doing volunteer work with a group. We (volunteer cavers)were crammed in the first time but luckily the phone worked and maintenance guy lived on site. Second time not as crammed in and maybe a year later it stops again. This time the maintenance guy had to come from town.
caver 03/20/20 08:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Carlsbad Caverns is closed

Per their FB page>>>> Cavern and Visitor Center Temporarily Closed Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, the cavern and visitor center are temporarily closed as of March 21. Park roads, desert trails, and picnic areas remain open. Updates will be posted to the park website ( and social media channels.
caver 03/20/20 06:21pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Moab UT Closed

I was just looking through an article from the Deseret News which said they are coordinating with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service on coming restrictions on federal lands. I first heard about via post from MODERATOR'S EDIT: Per the site Admin's request, I am closing all COVID-19 threads and directing future comments to one thread in Around the Campfire: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS
caver 03/18/20 05:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Moab UT Closed

Moab Utah closed if you had plans. Then there was a 5.7 earthquake up by Salt Lake.
caver 03/18/20 11:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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