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RE: Traveling for Winter Sports

Interested in the topic. A bit of googling reveals there are some ski areas that allow overnight parking, some free, some with hook-ups for a fee. I wasn't looking at eastern areas but I found a few out west: Taos NM Wolf Creek CO Powderhorn Mtn CO Mt. Baker WA Grand Targhee WY As for leaving the trailer for the day and traveling to the ski area, I wouldn't leave it at a parking lot like WalMart or truck stop. I would look for a nearby open campground. Ski Apache Northwest of Ruidoso New Mexico. There is a nice campground on the way up the mountain to the ski resort and then there are also some Bureau of Indian Affairs roads on the reservation near the ski area that have some camping pull offs along the roads and a campground on the reservation. When searching Google Maps look for Eagle Lake and Eagle Lake number 2 on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. They are right next to each other. The road that runs between the two of them goes to a Reservation campground that is about 200 yards North of Eagle Lake no 2. I haven't called the reservation yet to find out what kind of accommodations they have. When I make my trip out west I will be fully self-contained so will not have to worry about hookups.
mobeewan 04/04/20 01:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Fire tools

An AMES floral round point shovel is my main fire tool. It is 42 inches long with 6 inch wide blade. Long enough to reach into the fire to move pices of wood or scoop up hot coals for cooking or baked potatoes. I like to use dutch ovens for baking rolls, cakes and pizza. I also like to cook using the campfire.
mobeewan 04/03/20 05:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for advice on purchasing a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup

Thanks to everyone for the input. I'll start looking at 1 ton trucks. I don't need anything fancy. Most likely to work truck will do as long as it has cloth seats and a removable front center seat.
mobeewan 03/23/20 12:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for advice on purchasing a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup

How about the difference in tags and the registration between a 3/4 ton and a 1 ton? I've seen one YouTuber that was talking about how expensive it was to register and put plates on a 1 ton van they had converted into a camper he either registered it in Arizona or Nevada. I'm probably going to use South Dakota as my state of residency however it might wind up being Nevada or even Texas. I know for the camper when I purchase it I'll still be living in Virginia. For the difference in taxes and registration I want to try and purchase it and have it delivered listed as a camper if possible. Where I live yearly property taxes are cheaper on my 28 foot travel trailer than they are on my 5 by 8 utility trailer with 2-foot sidewalls.
mobeewan 03/21/20 11:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for advice on purchasing a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup

Running A/C on batteries isn’t practical IMO. Same with heating. Use the generator and propane and save a bundle of bucks. You may like the West. I do. But the transition from green Virginia to the brown SW might prove unsettling. Don’t underestimate your build time. Take longer than you think. I won't be running the heat completely off of 800 Watts of batteries. As I stated in my post for heat I will also have propane and may add a diesel heater if I need it. I'm going to have about 1200 watts of solar that can be tilted for maximum sun exposure. This should be plenty enough to run a 400 to 600 watt air conditioner rated between 5000 and 8000 BTUs. I will only be cooling a 7 by 16 box and will not need a 13500 BTU roof AC. In the summertime I will not be living under air conditioning 24/7. It will be mostly when I'm closed up inside the trailer or overnight if it's above 80°. I have already budgeted for the cost of solar, so money is not an issue. I lived out west for 7 years when my father was in the Air Force. His mother, brothers and sisters lived in West Texas and we were also in southeast New Mexico north of El Paso for three years, so not having green from time to time will not be a big bother for me. I will be moving around seasonally within the area bounded by the four states that I mentioned, so there will be plenty of opportunity to be around areas that are green.
mobeewan 03/21/20 05:05pm Tow Vehicles
Looking for advice on purchasing a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup

I currently have a 2003 Silverado K1500 extended cab with about 155,000 miles on it and a 2007 28 ft TT that need some repairs. I will will be replacing the truck in the next year or two. I've got water damage in the left rear corner of the TT from a leaking skylight. I am either going to sell the trailer as is or repair the roof and upper wall if necessary for higher resale value. If I do fix the roof I might as well replace the rubber roof while at it, but I will not be keeping the trailer. I am single. My plan is to retire in the next 2 years, sell the house, sell my existing trailer and move out west to live as a nomad. I plan on purchasing a 7 foot x 16 foot enclosed utility trailer with rear doors and turning it into a rolling man cave built the way I want it. I plan on living in a rectangle with the corners being Texas, Arizona, Idaho and Minnesota, moving around as the inclination hits me and the seasons change, with a few trips outside the box to go other places I haven't been. I plan on having plenty of solar with eight lithium batteries to be able to run a 12 volt refrigerator/freezer with a compressor and a 6000 BTU air conditioner. I will also carry a 2000 to 3000 watt generator for backup and to help recharge the batteries when necessary. Heating will be a combination of propane and electric. I might even throw in a Chinese diesel heater if the propane and electric turn out not to be enough. The rooftop solar panels will be tiltable to take advantage of the maximum amount of sun exposure. If there's not enough room for enough solar panels on the trailer roof, I will also have one or two large panels on top of the truck cap. The truck bed will contain two of the lithium batteries along with its own charge controller and a small inverter to power tools and battery chargers that will be in the truck cap. If I need to, I will be able to connect the truck solar system to the main solar system in the trailer when I am stationary. The gross weight of the trailer will probably be between 4000 and 5000 lbs I want to get a commercial type truck cap that sits on the bed rails and has compartments down the sides with lockable tool storage. In the forward end of the bed of the truck there will be a 50 gallon water tank. There will also be a water transfer system that I can use to refill the water tank in the trailer from the truck's water tank. Most of the rest of the truck bed will contain storage bins for extra items that will not be kept in the trailer, along with a small portable table saw, a pull out workbench, pull out drawers that will be located under the pullout workbench and other various tools that I might need on the road for repairs or to help other people that might need to make repairs or even build their own portable man cave or rolling she shed. Based on this information I was hoping to make do with a three quarter ton pickup with an 8 foot bed. Does anyone think it will really be necessary for me to buy a 1 ton truck?
mobeewan 03/20/20 10:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas prices

Starting the stampede. Gas price .99 Not sure thats the smartest thing to post, when we are encouraged to stay put, and not travel if possible . So if you can get in your vehicle, drive to the gas station & pay-at-the-pump how is that putting yourself or anyone else in danger?
mobeewan 03/20/20 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Building a house, need long term RV site

When we build a house, we have the electrical meter mounted on a pole part way out the driveway. We then have a temporary panel installed to supply electricity for building the house. You could have a plug installed on the temporary panel for you to plug in to. Have a portable toilet company delivery a jobsite washroom for yourself, and the workers. You could stay on site, provide night security, and watch the house getting built. When the house is completed, you leave the meter on the pole, and run the permanent wire to the house. This way you don't have the meter on the side of your house. If you prefer to have the meter on the house, just leave enough cable to reach the house once completed. If you planned on an outside shed when you build the house, you might consider getting the shed now and using it for additional space instead of a tent for additional living. You could also wire it into the temporary service connection for lights, electric heat, hot plate, coffee pot and your needed office space.
mobeewan 03/08/20 11:51am Beginning RVing
RE: FBI seeks YNP photos

This has been in the news for a while. The last known place the children were seen alive was Yellowstone National Park. After that there is no known information as to where the children are other than the mother said the children were with a relative. The relative has said she has no idea of the whereabouts of the children at that the mother had not brought them to her. Child Protective Services in Idaho served papers on her to produce the children to show that they were okay after it was believed that they were missing. She then ran off to Hawaii with her new boyfriend. She was arrested on a warrant from Idaho to be held for extradition. She is now back in Idaho. They're trying to get pictures from people that may have seen them in Yellowstone to get a timeline and location of where the children may have actually been seen last in the park so they can start looking for their bodies. There is a lot of strange things going on around this woman and her boyfriend. She read some books that he wrote about the end times. She ran off the Idaho leaving her second husband to have an affair with the man. He is a member of a doomsday cult. There has been a high mortality rate of relatives and Children of the cult members. The woman's first husband who was the father of the children supposedly died of natural causes. Her second husband was allegedly killed in self-defense by the woman's brother who is also now dead. The boyfriends wife also supposedly died of natural causes. The body of the husband and the body of the boyfriends wife are being exhumed and reexamined. The woman originally lived in Arizona when she was married to her first two husbands. She then moved to Idaho with the children after the death of her second husband. The son is autistic. The son had a trained therapy dog. The woman return the dog to the organization that had provided it saying that he no longer needed the dog and do not mention it to the daughter before moving to Idaho. Items belonging to the children have been put in a rental storage unit. The daughter's cell phone was used in Hawaii and there is no evidence that her or the boy ever travelled to Hawaii. I think based on her lack of cooperation and not being able to find the children I think it's pretty well believed that they are deceased.
mobeewan 03/06/20 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Front glass window protection

Think about it, the windshield of your tow vehicle doesn't have a cover either. Yeah but it can be replace same-day or next-day. Not so much for custom Order trailer window glass.
mobeewan 03/06/20 01:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help with propane connection to external cooker

I have a 6 lb cylinder that I bought years ago for 3 day canoe trips when we used to carry our camping gear with us Downriver. Later I bought an 11 lb cylinder to use with a tabletop Grill on weekend Campground trips. Between the two I have enough versatility, to run a tabletop Grill, on-demand water heater and Camp Chef type oven. I don't have to worry about how much propane I use off the trailer cylinders since most of my camping has been in spring, late fall or early winter when I needed to run the heater. They are light enough to handle easily. They were purchased when they were relatively inexpensive. Nowadays they each one individually cost more than 20 lb cylinders. I have gotten the six pound cylinder recertified once when I had to change out the valve to the new type. If you would be okay with getting a 20-pounder why not. If you can afford it you might even think about an 11 lb cylinder. You could even use it as a backup cylinder if the ones on the trailer run out like I did once in the middle of the night on the last night I was camping during the Christmas holidays.
mobeewan 03/02/20 10:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ball For Drop Shank

You need the other half that goes with that shank to make the complete hitch. There are two different halves for the shank you have. On one of them the ball attaches directly to it. The other one has a box for a drawbar to be inserted into it. Check here if your shank is made by Curt.
mobeewan 02/24/20 03:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best gadget buy in a long long long time

I've got the Ryobi 40 volt chain saw and it cuts like a beast especially when I use the 4 amp battery for my Ryobi lawn mower. The only problem is I can't stow it with the chain oil in it or it will leak out. Other than that it makes for a great addition to my other 40 volt Ryobi yard tools. I also have the 18 volt reciprocating saw with a good assortment of blades including 6 inch and 12 inch printing blades.
mobeewan 02/24/20 03:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Would you plug in here.

Yes. Why not? Connect my water too. https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p600x600/86288192_3116628125023636_8316041632726122496_o.jpg?_nc_cat=1&_nc_ohc=5QNyG5txOisAX_06mM2&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&_nc_tp=6&oh=17233e0d4f4b04ba2545f2bc08b397c0&oe=5EC964A2 width=400 that looks like a NASCAR race hook up ! Gives a whole new meaning to Pole position.
mobeewan 02/18/20 11:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: "Single Drop"

Never seen this before, what does it mean when a campground describes a site as "single drop" ? Drop camping is a backpacking term where you are dropped off by an outfitter at a trailhead. I'm guessing if it's a campground for tent campers then it may be a single site for one person or tent. Do you know for a fact the campground has RV spots? If so, it may also have spots for tent campers.
mobeewan 02/18/20 11:11pm Beginning RVing
RE: problem with electric water heater-Fixed but new problem

Element is easy to replace just make sure you buy the wrench to take it off.($5 or$6). Watch this: element The video was good at showing the basics, but he didn't use any Teflon tape when installing the new element or reinstalling the anode plug. Nor did he clean the tank threads to remove the remnants of Teflon tape. After he reconnected the leads for the heating element he should have refilled the water heater and turned on the element to test it and make sure it was going to heat and the element threads were not going to leak. You never know for sure if the element threads or the anode plug threads are going to leak until the tank and the water are heated up. He put the cover back on the element access so he would never know it was leaking unless he found the floor was getting wet under the water heater. After the element is successfully tested and there is no leakage then he should have continued to reinstall the element cover and the gas burner tube. I'll give the video a B minus.Thread sealant isn't necessary on the threads for the heating element, since they don't do any sealing. The rubber gasket is what seals the heating element, the threads are regular SAE, not NPT. A little sealant on the anode rod can't hurt though. I did not realize that there was an o-ring seal on the heating element. However, it still needs to be hot water pressure checked for leakage before the cover is put back on and everything else is reconnected.
mobeewan 02/17/20 06:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: HUGE Propane tanks on new Backcountry models from ORV

I'm surprised that those tanks weigh over 70 pounds -- I thought propane weighs about four pounds per gallon, which would be about 40 pounds plus the weight of the tank itself? My guess is that I am wrong about this. In any event, lifting 70 pounds onto the front of a trailer is not easy, especially for those of us with aging backs. I could do it, but I would first have to get a pre-authorization for a visit to a chiropractor. ;) A 40 lb cylinder weighs about 32 lbs empty.
mobeewan 02/17/20 06:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Shower drain clog.

Another thing to check besides a clog, is the vent pipe for the tank where it comes through the roof. Check to make sure wasps of dirt daubers have not been building a nest at the top of the vent pipe plugging it.
mobeewan 02/16/20 04:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: problem with electric water heater-Fixed but new problem

Element is easy to replace just make sure you buy the wrench to take it off.($5 or$6). Watch this: element The video was good at showing the basics, but he didn't use any Teflon tape when installing the new element or reinstalling the anode plug. Nor did he clean the tank threads to remove the remnants of Teflon tape. After he reconnected the leads for the heating element he should have refilled the water heater and turned on the element to test it and make sure it was going to heat and the element threads were not going to leak. You never know for sure if the element threads or the anode plug threads are going to leak until the tank and the water are heated up. He put the cover back on the element access so he would never know it was leaking unless he found the floor was getting wet under the water heater. After the element is successfully tested and there is no leakage then he should have continued to reinstall the element cover and the gas burner tube. I'll give the video a B minus.
mobeewan 02/16/20 03:31pm General RVing Issues
Nikola announces electric pickup truck

Nikola Badger hydrogen electric pickup truck It will use a hydrogen fuel cell to power an electric motor. With a 300 mile backup battery bank that can be used for driving around town. Claiming 600 mile range on hydrogen and 300 miles on battery for a total of 900 miles. I wonder how much solar you will need on your trailer to recharge it and how long it will take.
mobeewan 02/11/20 04:18pm Tow Vehicles
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