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RE: CalTrans towing TTs

From Tiger RV....Just read in newspaper that a whole crew of employee volunteers are sheltering in place at the water desalination plant to keep it going. Food will be left outside the gate and they will be housed in rented RV's on the premises. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/21/20 11:26am Around the Campfire
Rock hounds/metal detacting and old bones

Do any of you k ow a Mike Martin, from Mad River, Ca.? He also does metal detecting and paleontology. Met him on the beach at Samoa Dunes, near the USS Milwaukee Memorial and has was kind enough to give me a band of metal he had just found on the beach, right where the wreck is. I have a buddy that will see what a great guy I am, when I give it to him. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/21/20 10:40am General RVing Issues
RE: US Closes Mexican and Canadian borders

A lot of people are simply sheltering in place in a foreign country. Unless you are old or have underlying health issues the risk is very low. A lot of travelers are indeed sheltering in place....and often that 'place' is their RV, as they head home...north or south...Most of us have health insurance and that has an end date for many. As much as many would like to just stay put, they must be practical and get home. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/21/20 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Canadians heading north...

I don't think anyone is America bashing, at least I hope not. Saying Canada was doing it 'right' is simply an observation...one that is not accurate. The CDN government is doing it's best, as is the US. Some of it is just different. We are still happily motoring along, enjoying the Pacific coastline...self-isolated and living life. Gary
garyhaupt 03/20/20 09:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Something about having 4 wheel drive

WOW, when will it end? I see you have a winch in case you get into trouble, good thinking! Hope you make it back to Penticton OK. I don't foresee any further issues. My only gripe now is that the brew places are all closed. Gary
garyhaupt 03/18/20 11:01am Class C Motorhomes
Something about having 4 wheel drive

Trying to get home to BC has proven to be a challenge, weather wise. The drive up 395 in California was good...then it went bad...the forcast on the weekend for Reno was snow then improving. We had some dinner and got all jumpy feeling, so left town Friday night. Went about 20 miles up the road..wake up to snow snow snow..and ice...and had that for 100k's..then Susanville..where the forecast had been easing by 11am...then, all of sudden..extension of late winter snow storm. And a road block by CalTrans and CHP, 10 miles west of Susanville. Got snow tires? as they are checking...and are you in 4 wheel drive? yup...4hi....Great...carry on. And another 100k's of huge snows and no traffic. Fabulous drive. https://i.imgur.com/FxnxTIZ.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/FxnxTIZ.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ZRFiRD1.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/ZRFiRD1.jpg Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/18/20 09:35am Class C Motorhomes
Canadians heading north...

From the last government statement: However, there is an exception to this rule for people crossing by land. Canadians crossing at a land border will be screened for symptoms. Sick individuals will be referred to public health authorities on the Canadian side of the border, but they will be allowed into the country. Major crossings will have quarantine officers on site to intercept the sick and supply masks. "We know there are very many Canadians who are presently in the United States and are very quickly making their way home, and I want to assure them all, Canadians will always be allowed to return to Canada," Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said of people crossing by land. Regardless of how they enter the country, anyone coming into Canada from a foreign country must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. Gary Haupt..mid California...motoring along....
garyhaupt 03/18/20 09:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Cautions about Death Valley

Phil...the first 5 or so miles are rugged and then there are a couple narrow spots and that deep sand..man, I wouldn't take mine. If you really want to spend a day doing it, rent a Jeep. Be a lot cheaper than paying a damage bill. Gary
garyhaupt 03/13/20 10:57pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Cautions about Death Valley

We were fortunate to team up with Off-Highway, a buddy for years, that has the Jeep and skills to make it all look easy. We spent two weeks with Brian this past couple months...into the Saline from the south end...off the Panamint Springs end...to the hot springs. Had lunch a and a dip. I am going to enter into the fray tho..about traveling the DV roads n trails. You are never..ever, alone. There is as much traffic on those remote trails as any I have ever seen. That doesn't mean a fool should just take off and hope for the best...that won't last long. You need to have a skill set and tools, and some basic parts. A person does need to prepare to be broken and parked for a couple days...meaning food, water and a tent. You don't have to get a sat phone. You don't need to get a caravan. You just have to have the smarts to know your own limitations. Here are two Blog posts... Saline Valley https://mrgwh.blogspot.com/2020/02/saline-valley-oasis-and-hot-springs.html Titus Canyon https://mrgwh.blogspot.com/2020/02/titus-canyon-in-death-valley-and.html Gary Haupt I so wish I proofed before submitting
garyhaupt 03/10/20 06:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Psssst...wanna see a Wall?

Our three months on the winter road have taken us to....the Wall. https://mrgwh.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-wallseperating-mexico-from-us.html Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 03/05/20 05:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best gadget buy in a long long long time

OP here..and I too have a chainsaw..a Makita electric for the yard, that is seldom used. This wee B&D sawzall was bought used for $50 off Amazon.ca and even tho I am using a non-wood blade, it does the job asked of it, just fine. I don't need to spend the 15 bux just to have a rip blade. As for having a chainsaw while out in the rv? I think people that do that have a wish for self-harm. There are few tools more dangerous than a chainsaw.I invite your perusal. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/aem/2015/459697/ Does that mean you're afraid of one? Or don't know how to use one? :h I carry a cordless chain saw for fire wood cutting. I have no desire to harm myself... :B Gary A great question. I have had some actual training is use of said equipment. You? I do not carry the needed safety gear in my RV to adequately protect myself. Do you? Chaps, proper boots, gloves, hard hat. So, with that having been said...no one sets out to harm themselves with a chainsaw, so far as I know, but armed with the knowledge of what can and does happen...anyone who shrugs and says that's okay, I know what I am doing..falls into the category of 'can't fix stupid'. Gary
garyhaupt 02/27/20 04:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best gadget buy in a long long long time

OP here..and I too have a chainsaw..a Makita electric for the yard, that is seldom used. This wee B&D sawzall was bought used for $50 off Amazon.ca and even tho I am using a non-wood blade, it does the job asked of it, just fine. I don't need to spend the 15 bux just to have a rip blade. As for having a chainsaw while out in the rv? I think people that do that have a wish for self-harm. There are few tools more dangerous than a chainsaw.I invite your perusal. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/aem/2015/459697/ Gary
garyhaupt 02/25/20 09:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Parts of our 3 month wander...

If you want to see the trip, so far....including the Synagogue in Sedona with our Israeli newlyweds. http://mrgwh.blogspot.com/ Hey Gary, I just spent a while looking through your blog posts for your current trip. Virtually all the places and sights were very familiar to us! You've hit some of our favorite areas in the west. We are currently in New Mexico, will spend most of March in Arizona and then April in Utah. Did you happen to get out to Muley Point off of the top of the Moki Dugway? Sadly..I did not. The sign that says 'Not Passable' in wet weather put me off. It was threatening to rain. I saw a Jeep/trailer going in tho. Hopefully next time will see me there. Gary
garyhaupt 02/24/20 08:32am General RVing Issues
Best gadget buy in a long long long time

Wood cutting can be a dangerous past time...and I like a fire. https://i.imgur.com/Q8rHa1K.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/Q8rHa1K.jpg Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/23/20 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Parts of our 3 month wander...

For those planning on the Goosenecks...you get there and realize how badly you want a fire...and there is NO wood. Make sure you get some prior. https://i.imgur.com/QHEa6qC.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/QHEa6qC.jpg Gary
garyhaupt 02/23/20 07:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Parts of our 3 month wander...

Gary, My usual type of questions ... did you take your Class C down or up the Moki Dugway and also ... did you take it into Canyon de Chelly? If so - how difficult? Looking at the Moki, it doesn't seem like a big deal for our/your 24 foot Class C. My only concern would be dealing with the meeting of someone coming from the opposite direction on that road with our wide rigs. Great photos though!! Took the C down...wouldn't hesitate to take it up. The Moki is pretty eye filling place but they run semi's up and down it...so that should tell you something. There are a few narrow spots but also lots of wide.About 1/3 of the way down..watch for the pull off to the left. Big enough for 2 C's...you want to go in there and walk the path forward. A bit of an initial rock scramble but after that, clear sailing. You REALLY want to go see that view. https://i.imgur.com/KWEUMSA.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/KWEUMSA.jpg Canyon de Chelly is all paved...except for the floor..which you could go in with a Jeep, if you hire a guide. Or you hire a Jeep and guide..or you drive the two rims..north and south. You can hike down and across at White House ruins..about 3 hrs, return. Gary
garyhaupt 02/23/20 07:43am General RVing Issues
Parts of our 3 month wander...

Canyon de Chelly..pronounced shay... https://i.imgur.com/Ecmd2t0.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/Ecmd2t0.jpg https://i.imgur.com/hsh3Dtk.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/hsh3Dtk.jpg The feared Moki Dugway down to the Valley of the Gods and Goosenecks. https://i.imgur.com/6Ra4Kpg.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/6Ra4Kpg.jpg The Valley of the Gods...from Gods chair... https://i.imgur.com/l4PKx0g.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/l4PKx0g.jpg The Goosnecks. https://i.imgur.com/gdpNdex.jpg]https://i.imgur.com/gdpNdex.jpg If you want to see the trip, so far....including the Synagogue in Sedona with our Israeli newlyweds. http://mrgwh.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/gwhaupt Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/22/20 01:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Using RV in winter, including water

I have done enough cold weather RV'ing to have some thoughts based on actual deeds. Unless you really really need to...don't use your fresh water. At all. Drain and winterize. (frozen fresh water lines can cause a lot of damage when they thaw) Toss a couple cups of RV anti-freeze into every P trap. Then toss a bunch into each of the two waste tanks. That way, you can use them without the worry of the contents freezing. It's counter-intuative but keep a couple windows cracked open..one in rear and the other up forward. You need to keep condensation down to a minimum. If you are using a large RV, maybe invest in a dehumidifier. Google humidity in an RV. It is incredible how much moisture we give off just being alive and breathing, never mind cooking and washing. If you are plugged in? Get a couple ceramic heaters to supplement your furnace. If you aren't on power..how you going to keep your batteries up? Generator works fine but you'll need an honest one..not an el'cheapo. Keep extra fuel on hand. Good bedding and if it gets to the point your head is cold, put on a toque. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/18/20 09:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Any Class C *WITH* ducted heated holding tanks?

If you can find a Triple E Regal with the winter package, they are hands down one of the best. Aluminum frame construction...no wood rot, enclosed-heated tanks, high R value insulation, Thermal windows, rear 'bus' heater with front control. Gary Haupt
garyhaupt 02/16/20 08:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: A quck peek at our first month

Cool, Wish I could have that much fun. We are very lucky, for sure. I hope you are able to do some of it. Gary
garyhaupt 02/16/20 08:27am General RVing Issues
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