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RE: 4 wheel drive trails in Park City UT

The Toy Hauler forum here isn't as busy as it used to be, but this kind of question used to come up all the time over there. Cross posting is frowned upon without a Moderator's approval, but go ahead and put up a duplicate post over there if you want to.
dedmiston 05/22/22 06:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Solo fire pit

So far I don't think we've seen any posts from Solo Stove owners who didn't like theirs. That's about what I expected. I would look at the propane faux campfire pits as a better option. I've camped in places that restricted real fires because of the mess and not for fire safety. We've used the propane pits and they're a nice way to create some light to see people's faces and a campfire effect, but they don't do much at all for warmth. Everything has its pros & cons. You can use the propane pits practically anywhere, but they don't provide much heat unless you're pretty much right on top of it. I've seen pictures lately of people adding a disk shaped canopy a few feet above the flames to catch some of the heat and radiate it out to the crowd. This makes sense, but it also seems like that canopy could turn into a sail in more than a light breeze, which would be bad times for whoever is sitting downwind and ends up with the pit in their lap. The Solo pits are kind of expensive. The flames are somewhat contained by the tub once it burns down below the top, unless you keep feeding it more wood. The warmth is great though, they don't smoke as much, and the cleanup is simple. Different strokes.
dedmiston 05/21/22 05:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

dedmiston wrote: "Just to be a contrarian." ME TOO!! but but, whatcha gonna do when park pressure is way low??? while watts is a great regulator...can it turn the park water pressure up, when it is low?? Now what...want to take shower?? Turn on pump, oh ya, nice consistent water pressure!!;) Jerry LOL. Yep Jerry, when the pressure is too low, you have to sneak out and shut off everyone else's water and shower while they're sleeping. Just don't forget to turn them back on. (kidding)
dedmiston 05/20/22 09:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Where to Stay in Mammoth, CA?

I think the camp at Convict Lake has some FHU spaces. I've stayed in the lodge there a few times and it's a gorgeous setting about halfway between Bishop and Mammoth. I've never looked into camping there, but I always see people in the CG and it looks pretty decent. The fishing is good and the restaurant and bar at the lodge are incredible. I've stayed at the RV park in Mammoth and it was OK but not great. I think our space was water & power only, so we had to roll the tote down to the dump to empty out. It's never fun to use the tote, but it's not the worst solution either.
dedmiston 05/20/22 08:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

What did Frank say? I did it My Way. I'm pretty sure he was singing about boozing & chasing around with showgirls and not whether to fill the holding tank or not. But I get your point. :B
dedmiston 05/20/22 08:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Can 19 Silverado 1500 pull 23rslw jayco with just a ball

If you do get in an accident your insurance could deny any claim on your behalf. Others attorneys would have a field day in court. I can't believe this old myth still persists. I worked in insurance claims for years and this never ever ever ever happened in my office. Never. Insurance is specifically for stupidity and negligence. If insurance didn't pay out claims for negligence, they would never pay out a claim. You're negligent when you run a red light or make an unsafe lane change. You're negligent when you overload the bed of your pickup truck with pallets of bricks and you roll the truck. The list of stupid stuff is infinite. Claims reps and adjusters look for fraud (first-party claims) and negligence/blame where a third-party is involved so that responsibility can be assigned. They haggle with body shops over parts prices and labor hours. They haggle with rental car companies over the number of days they'll pay for the rental. They haggle with their policy holders over the value of a total loss (worst part of the job). They look closely at fire claims because of the high incidence of fraud. But they don't give a rip about tow ratings. Underwriters look for patterns of negligence so they can either raise the premiums on risky drivers or tag them for non-renewal if they're bad enough. Neither of these roles involve looking at tow ratings. As far as third-party attorneys go (somebody else suing you)... They'll look for any reason to run up the bills. If your claim involved you towing overweight, the injured party's attorney might use this as a point to try to sway a jury (if your insurance doesn't settle and lets it go to trial). All of this is irrelevant to you though, because your liability adjuster is going to defend you in court and pay out if it's your fault. It doesn't matter to you how much they pay out, as long as it's covered by your policy limits. Your biggest risk isn't your tow ratings, it's your liability coverage amount. With property values skyrocketing, make sure your limits are high enough to cover the value of your house and assets. If you have strong assets, work with your agent to figure out the right amount of liability coverage and add an umbrella policy. And don't listen to people perpetuating the myths. For that matter, don't even listen to me. Read your policy and see what's covered and what's excluded. Talk to your agent. The more you educate yourself, the easier it will be to spot the urban legends like bgum's above. Remember: The sky is NOT falling.
dedmiston 05/19/22 04:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

I'd much rather use the silent water service from the camp. Silent is nice, but that same silence will be responsible for major damage inside the RV if a line or fitting breaks, especially in the middle of the night. There will be nothing to alert you of the leak other than water pouring out of your RV.:E Sorry, but I'm going to have to file that under paranoia. Can it happen? Sure, but the odds of it happening, especially with regulated pressure? Pretty slim. There's a long list of things that can go wrong in our lives. I worry about some of them, I prepare for others, and I choose not to fixate on the rest of the list. I sleep great at night. Literally and figuratively. Not worrying about phantoms and bogies is one way to sleep better. And not running a noisy water pump when we get up to pee is another way. I think a lot of stuff that vexes us nowadays comes from not being chased by bears anymore. If we were still being chased by bears, we wouldn't fret about half the stuff that we do. I think we're wired to worry about a certain amount of things in the world. And now that our species seems to have mostly solved the problem of being chased by bears, we've had to adopt other things to fixate on. Or we could retrain ourselves to shrug our shoulders and say "meh" about some of these things. I say "meh" to worrying that my plumbing is going to explode while I sleep. Meh. (Now watch me get eaten by a bear.)
dedmiston 05/18/22 12:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Road Debris Damage

It should be covered under you the Collision portion of your policy. Report it to your carrier ASAP, because they have the right to inspect any damage before you repair it.
dedmiston 05/18/22 08:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

Just to be a contrarian... :B Probably 75% of our camping is boondocking and we use the heck out of our pump. I think I've only replaced the pump once on any of our rigs when it developed a leak on one of the connections. (It made sense to replace it when I tore into it.) But we never use the pump when we have full hookups. I'd much rather use the silent water service from the camp. We've probably logged a few hundred nights with FHU and I've gone through a bunch of cheap pressure regulators, but we've never had a pressure related failure. I wouldn't hesitate to keep using a regulator and take advantage of the silent water hookup and give the pump a vacation of its own. Yes, I'll switch over to our fresh tank if it's too cold for the hookup, but that's an exception and not a habit.
dedmiston 05/17/22 10:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Cameo Slides - Gear skipping

Please see the duplicate thread in fifth-wheels. And welcome to the forum, RangerReady. I hope you find the help you need. Good luck.
dedmiston 05/16/22 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane shut off valve opens on its own

Grit dog, my biggest problem is with my computer, as I will type out a paragraph and the unit will delete everything I just wrote or write back over what I am writing. I live alone and know little about computers. I say all to explain why I am not more verbose about issues. I may have bigger issues with my lp system. I am still checking to see if the valve closure was an error or it takes weeks to slowly open on its own. my 04,24 ft winnie stays in my driveway and I like to drive it once a week. I am doing various proejects such as recaulking and now rust removal from undercarriage. Doug Hang in there Doug.
dedmiston 05/15/22 07:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire in northeastern New Mexico...

Thanks for doing the right thing. Godspeed to you and your buddies. Thanks for helping them out.
dedmiston 05/15/22 07:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boondocking on Oxygen Can it Be Done?

It sounds like you're set up pretty well. Maybe you could do a test run from home a few days before you hit the road. Good for you for pushing through your limitations and getting out there.
dedmiston 05/15/22 05:44am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Covid in RV Parks

I don't trust the government doctors or the CDC because they all lie about Covid. Masks and vaccines don't work and I have a dead wife to prove it. But Covid didn't stop us from travelling and enjoying life. Hey there. I'm so sorry to hear about your wife. I've been sending you messages since you first mentioned that she got sick last fall. I had hoped that she recovered, but I'm so sorry to see that she didn't. I've admired your posts for years and always appreciated the good times that you two had, even during the lockdowns. I'm so sorry for your loss, brother. I can't imagine your pain.
dedmiston 05/14/22 07:55am Full-time RVing
RE: Solo fire pit

I bought one in 2018 and I love it. Cons: They aren't cheap. Pros: - They make a great fire. Having a fire in a pit like that feels like a compromise to me, but sometimes we go places that don't have a pit or a decent ring. If we're just going to be there one or two nights, we'll use the Solo so we don't leave a mess. - No mess. That tub is like a crematorium and all that's left of the wood is an inch or two of very fine ash. As long as you don't mess with it and don't add any water or sand, it will burn down to nothing and leave you with cool ashes that you can safely dump in the bushes. But if you try to put the fire out with water/sand, then you'll have a horrible mess on your hands. - Incredible customer service. I called them after I thought it was out of warranty and asked them for a price for a replacement canvas carrying bag because mine had worn out. The rep wouldn't send me to sales, she said this was a service issue and replaced it with a better designed bag under warranty and sent me some other doo-dads for my "trouble". I thought I was going to get the run around, but they took great care of me. As far as accessories go, I don't think you really need anything. Even though they call their pits a "stove", I don't really cook that way and I already have a decent grill. All you need is their stove, the ring that goes around the top lip to control the flames, and the bag. I always keep a shovel in my pickup bed and I can use that to deal with any mess from the ashes and to make a clean spot if there are dead grasses where I want to place the fire. Besides the price, I don't think there's any downside. My buddies with their washer tubs tease me for paying big bucks when their tubs were so cheap, but mine burns the ashes more thoroughly and I don't have the same mess they do. Their tubs are pretty similar to mine though.
dedmiston 05/14/22 07:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Strange Gray Powder

If I were trying to go full on Sherlock Holmes, I would layer some paper towels in there to try to figure out where it's happening. Take everything out and put a paper towel in the bottom of the drawer. Then make a burrito out of the utensils using a paper towel as the tortilla. Then put another one over the top of the drawer just to overdo it a little. After your next drive you'll be able to see if it's coming from the top of the drawer, the utensils themselves, or the bottom of the drawer. If you have the patience, you could leave it that way for a while to see if the powder is a function of the miles you've driven or just the passing of time.
dedmiston 05/12/22 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: For Sale stuff. (question)

Deleted Wade's comments and closing this thread. The OP's question has been answered by Admin.
dedmiston 05/08/22 10:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: first commercially available all electric RV

so are you saying that Americans park there vehicles with solar in the shadeIn that regard, roof-mounted panels tend to be counterproductive: The power they produce by parking the RV in full sunlight is offset by the extra power required to keep the RV cool...due to the extra heat buildup from parking in full sunlight. That’s possibly the nuttiest thing I’ve ever read here.
dedmiston 05/05/22 08:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Route and Campgrounds from Orlando to Las Vegas

I just did that drive last month when my flight home from a cruise went haywire (long story). We did it in a rental and made it in three nights (not recommended). I really don't like I-10, so we went up through Atlanta and caught I-40 in Memphis and took it the whole way. It was a gorgeous drive and I'd do it again. Actually, I'm doing it again for business at the end of the month (another long story) and I'll take the same route, except I'll probably come south through Alabama into the panhandle instead of going through Atlanta again. As far as places to stay, that totally depends on the time of year you're going. I'd pick your route first, and then start calling random camps along the way to find out how full they are to determine whether you're going to need reservations along the way. You'll definitely need reservations on the weekends. RV Trip Wizard is a great tool for plotting out your trip. You can configure this bullseye of concentric circles to whatever distances you want (200, 300, & 400) and then use that to visually see how far you think you want to go in a day, and then find camps within those ranges. A good round number is 50 mph average. The accounts for slower speeds in an RV plus stops for gas, food, and breaks.
dedmiston 04/01/22 09:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Best way to travel the Pacific Coast

I've done the trip multiple times in various pieces, and I also did the whole coast from Victoria, BC all the way to L.A. It's a gorgeous drive, but there's also a whole lot of nothing in some of those places. It's all beautiful, but it depends on your need for variety and for stops along the way. Highway 1 through California isn't for everyone. It's narrow through Mendocino (but gorgeous) and 101 is an easier detour. The 101 is gorgeous up there, so it's no real compromise. Highway 1 between Carmel and San Simeon can be a tough drive and I wouldn't recommend it if you're towing. I think you could easily cover this road on a day trip though. You could camp in Morro Bay (in San Luis Obispo County) and drive up hwy 1 through Big Sur to Carmel, and then turn east at Carmel to the 101 and come back south to 46 at Paso Robles to cut back to PCH below Cambria or keep going south down the Cuesta Grade and back up hwy 1 to Morro Bay. You could do something similar to see the coast at Mendocino so you don't miss any of the highlights like Ft. Bragg. In short, there are amazing things to see along the PCH, but I don't recommend towing a trailer down the whole thing.
dedmiston 03/31/22 12:29pm Travel Trailers
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