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RE: Mens' belts left or right

It depends on whether I am coming or going. Most days I don't know which I am doing, though.
dave54 11/22/19 04:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Voice Controlled Travel Trailer

I want a voice activated checking account. "Deposit more money" and poof! the account balance is larger.
dave54 11/20/19 06:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Christmas shopping

I don't start my Christmas shopping until I finish paying off last year's bills. I am now working on my 2003 Christmas list.
dave54 11/17/19 05:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: What were they thinking?

I'll send them a check from my Nigerian bank account. It has millions in it I can't use.
dave54 11/14/19 10:55am Travel Trailers
RE: A Very Quiet Halloween

Years ago when ours were little, the entire block was filled with children. Halloween would literally be a continuing stream of kids with no break between groups. No more. We had maybe 12 last night. All the families grew up and moved away.
dave54 11/01/19 01:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Trouble with California

... A few years ago the Calexico border checkpoint was backed up...Did not even ask for passports... Checkpoint, or border crossing? Why would you need a passport at a checkpoint? Checkpoints are often many miles inside the country. Citizens mostly would not be carrying passports. The border crossing from Mexico. Surprised the heck outta me they waved me through without stopping. :? Makes you real confident they are keeping us safe, doesn't it?
dave54 10/30/19 07:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Between Portland and The Dallas

There is a KOA at Cascade Locks.
dave54 10/30/19 07:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Neighborhood bear

All these people afraid to go out in the woods without a gun because of black bears? Wow. Maybe they should stay home hiding under their beds. In grizzly country you may be be able to make an argument for a gun, but even then bear spray is more effective than a firearm. I spent my entire working career in black bear country and never felt one bit concerned. Saw plenty, never a fear. I have successfully shooed off every one by yelling and waving my arms. I have more concern over yellowjackets and poison oak. Black bears are big, but normally shy and will flee from people at the first chance. They are only a problem when their desire for food outweighs their normal fear of people. So just use the normal precautions and carry bear spray if you feel a need. A gun is unnecessary weight. I got smart and stopped carrying one while hiking years ago. There just is not a need in black bear country.
dave54 10/30/19 06:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Trouble with California

Some really interesting opinions on this topic. I subscribe to the mantra of just don't give them a reason to cause me a delay while at the same time not give up my rights either. Just came back from Yuma to San Diego about two weeks ago. Made sure I didn't have any fruits onboard. The Ag stop was about 30 seconds. Yes I flipped my sunglasses up onto my head as I'm rolling to a stop even though they are not law enforcement. And I always roll down both the drivers and and rear drivers side windows (factory tinted) so the inspector can see into the vehicle. The lady asked if I was bringing any fruits to which I said no. She asked me to pull forward a bit so she could check the drain plugs on the jet skis. I pulled forward a bit. She looked at the plugs and waved me on. Seriously a total of about 30 seconds. At the ICE checkpoint I did the same thing, sunglasses up and windows down. I never even came to a full stop before the guy waved me on. I'll keep doing this and let the inspector focus on the guy behind me in line that is adamantly keeping his sunglasses on and his tinted windows up to prevent that unauthorized visual search that the inspector is conducting from the doorway of his booth 5 feet away. Similar. Depends upon the inspector, the line, and his mood. A few years ago the Calexico border checkpoint was backed up and several agents were all over a van and a truck, tearing them apart. Very busy. The agent saw my California plate, gave me a quick visual, and waved me through without stopping. Did not even ask for passports. I shrugged, somewhat confused, and continued on my way north. Weird.
dave54 10/30/19 11:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Mysteries of RV design

Since so many rechargeable devices are around today, why aren't there more 12V or USB ports in RVs? The only 12V outlets are at the TV hookups.
dave54 10/30/19 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Where do you find water

In Arizona, there are water kiosks outside gas stations, grocery stores, Walmarts etc where you can fill gallon jugs for 25c or the large 5 gallon jugs for $1. Some areas do not have tap water that is very good, therefore the kiosks. I just used google to find them as we moved around. The water in Arizona, especially along the Colorado River corridor, is so heavily mineralized you cannot drink it. Even showering is like getting sandblasted. So taste the water first to see if you even want it in your tank. We have a double filter system and I replace the filters about every two weeks in Arizona. Drinking water is bottled or from the kiosks. Tank water is for showering and toilets. We don't even wash dishes with tank water.
dave54 10/20/19 10:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Another "Yuk" thread, or OMG, or what are they thinking?

If you do it right you do not need gloves. No part of your hand touches any part that came in contact with the waste.
dave54 10/19/19 05:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

No campfires is a plus in my book.
dave54 10/16/19 12:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slides- Important stuff AND what they don't tell you.

Almost all slides have a manual crank for retraction if the motor goes bad. Make sure you know how to operate it manually before you need to. Crawl under and operate the manual crank while it is in your driveway. Better to figure out how to do it before you need to crawl in the mud, in the dark, with flashlight in one hand while DW is reading the instructions to you... Watch out for trees, fences, pedestals etc while positioning the rig in a site. I know mine extends 42 inches. I carry a tape measure in the glove box to check clearances. While retracting, check for anything getting trapped between the slide and main wall. OTOH under the slide is a dandy spot to stash large items in your campsite. Out of the way and out of the rain.
dave54 10/11/19 09:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Today is the Day

We are coming up on 45 years. I keep telling her she is stuck with me. I am so old I no longer have any trade-in value.
dave54 10/03/19 10:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Holster for .44 Ruger Super Blackhawk on fishign trip

The best source for Canadian firearm laws is the Canadian Border Services Agency, not this forum. I believe you will find any concealed carry permits or licenses you have in the US are not valid in Canada. Their Country. Their Rules.
dave54 09/27/19 07:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Check Your Battery(s)

Yeah, they are a real PITA to access. Behind the propane tanks, remove some straps in a space barely large enough for my fingers to fit, snap open the box lids with a long screwdriver, just to see the top of the batteries. I try to check them at every propane refill, but sometimes I say heck with it and I'll check them later. Then usually don't. During our last trip I noticed they went from full charge to 50% in one night with the heater on. So I checked and they were thirsty. They are four year old batteries, so it may be time to replace.
dave54 09/21/19 12:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sometime we win...National Forests and Wildlife Refuge

Whoever said timber was 'given away' to corporate interests? Timber is sold at competitive auction to the highest bidder. That is frequently, but not always, a locally owned small logging business. By definition, the highest bid at a competitive auction is the fair market value. Of the revenue obtained for the timber, 25% goes right back to the local county earmarked for county roads and schools. Up to 10% is retained by the National Forest for forest roads and trails. Of the remaining, up to 90% may be retained by the National Forest to improve forest health in the harvested area, including reforestation, wildlife habitat improvement, stabilizing disperse camping sites, and similar. The peak year for timber harvests in the National Forest system was 1970. It has been in decline ever since. Harvesting never exceeded sustained yield, and in the Sierra Nevada of California harvests are currently around 5% of sustained yield. National Forests are not now, and never have been, overharvested. If anything, they are grossly underharvested.
dave54 09/15/19 10:49am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tomatoes

Back in the Reagan days, ketchup was classified as a serving of fruit to satisfy federal school lunch program requirements. Please site your source for that, I think you will find that nonsense was blown out of proportion by the media. Agree. It was an off-the-hip proposal that was never implemented. The media was into taking statements out of context and blowing them up into something that was not. Just like today.
dave54 09/15/19 10:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Sometime we win...National Forests and Wildlife Refuge

National Forests were initially created to be logged sustainably. "No national forest shall be established, except to improve and protect the forest within the boundaries, or for the purpose of securing favorable conditions of water flows, and to furnish a continuous supply of timber for the use and necessities of citizens of the United States…" -- Organic Administration Act of 1897. Good logging is beneficial to the forest and wildlife, improves watersheds and fisheries, increases biodiversity, and improves the resiliency of the forest to catastrophic disturbance. Except clear-cut logging, mining and oil extraction violates the multi use principles. I don't think RVers will want or be permitted to do camping in their concessions. Again, Big Bear National Forest approach of low impact, local small operations of selective harvesting can co-exists with camping and does not degrade the watersheds. Individual tree selection (selective harvesting, in your words) is appropriate only in certain situations, and inappropriate in most. In certain conditions clearcutting (or one of the variations) is the best harvest method. Depends upon the tree species, site conditions, and the reason for the harvesting. National Forests are not harvested solely to make money for the treasury or make money for the loggers. That is actually forbidden by law. All harvesting now has a ecological benefit behind it -- improve wildlife habitat, forest health, fire protection, watershed improvement, et al. Sometimes clearcutting is the best way to achieve the objectives, sometimes other harvest are better. The purchaser and the treasury may make some money on the harvesting, but the underlying reason is for the benefit of the forest and local communities. The Forest Service does scarcely any clearcutting anymore due to public misunderstanding of forest ecology and sound forest practices. This is another example of public opinion and emotion running opposite of good science. Too bad, because almost forest ecologist and forest scientist are clamoring for increases in forest harvest levels on public lands, including more clearcutting. The Forest Service in Region 5 (basically California) is currently harvesting only 5% of the sustained yield level. The rest is burning up. There is no Big Bear National Forest. Did you mean the Big Bear District of San Bernardino National Forest? I do concede mining is tough to work work into multiple use. The 1872 Mining Act takes precedence over the Multiple Use Sustained Yield Act in many ways. OTOH -- How much of the computer or device in front of you right now did not originally come out of a hole in the ground? Or your RV? Not too many of us want to life a lifestyle with no mined products at all. Of course, camping (recreation) is only one of the multiple uses of National Forests. In concept, all are equal and should have equal weight in management decisions. Tough to implement when every user group insists they should get priority over all the others.
dave54 09/13/19 10:41am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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