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RE: Using a tow vehicle as a windbreak while boondocking

A few years ago we were in the desert near Amboy, CA. Big ass 5th wheel toy hauler, pointed South. Front end jacked up pretty high to level it. That evening the winds came up out of the west, really hard and gusts well over 60 mph. Wife slept through it, I didn't. I could feel one of the landing gear starting to lift on some of those gusts and then the trailer coming back down on it. Late at night, pitch black otherwise I would have hooked up and moved. When we were out in the same area in May (unseasonably cool), I parked headed west. Stayed hooked up to the truck and dropped the jacks. When the wind picked up out of the west, barely felt it. When we go off roading near Cal City, I typically park the 5th wheel perpendicular to the wind - leave the truck hooked up, but at close to 90 degrees to the fifth wheel. Don't feel the trailer move much and blocks the wind pretty well outside. Downside is the wind will swirl around the trailer and draw the smoke from the fire which is downwind, back towards us near the trailer. I built a simple wind block so the water heater doesn't blow out as it is always on the windward side of the trailer when I park like this.
mrw8i 10/18/19 07:40pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 360 degree videos of some national park campgrounds

They have quite a few campgrounds video'd not just National Park campgrounds. I used it when looking for a site at DeMotte Campground near North Rim Grand Canyon. Click on the "Big Map" link at the top.
mrw8i 09/03/19 05:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Easter Sierras Advice Needed--RV Parks and Sites to See

Lee Vining/Mono Lake - not sure where but I think there are RV parks there. Mammoth Lakes - Mammoth Mountain RV Park. I have not stayed there, but after climbing the Sherwin grade I get water there, and then head to Glass Creek to dry camp. Leaving, I dump at the RV park in Mammoth. Lots of forest service roads to explore in the Mammoth/June Lakes area. Lone Pine - Boulder Creek at the south end of town. Again, I have not stayed there. We have camped in the Alabama Hills, but tourists are always driving by. We have dry camped quite a few times at Tuttle Creek BLM campground.
mrw8i 07/04/19 07:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The best camping spots are free.

In the last 10 years, have stayed at 2 RV resorts. The last time 2 nights ago. Spent a week at the North Rim Grand Canyon dry camping. On the way to the Grand Canyon we stayed overnight on BLM land about 30 miles north of Las Vegas. Ran generator and A/C all night to keep the RV about 79 degrees. Next morning was hot, and the bees - OMG the bees looking for water, we were on the road by 7:30AM. Had a wonderful time on the North Rim, traveled all over in the RZR going to hard to get to lookouts over the Canyon. On the way home we stayed at an RV resort in Las Vegas at $57. Not our kind of thing to do. Wasn't sure what to do while there, so we sat outside, drank wine, BBQ'd, then went to bed with the A/C on but without the Generator. Next morning, no bees, emptied the trash, dumped the 2 full tanks from the previous 7 days of dry camping (black and gray), and headed home. I preferred the RV resort, to the BLM boondocking the week before.
mrw8i 06/23/19 09:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Expedition w/Toy Hauler and 2 SeaDoo's

Before heading down the double tow route make sure that your combination is legal under CA regulations. Memory has it that in Cali the first trailer needs to be a fifth wheel and both trailers need brake systems. Using a launch cart will probably require a winch for loading. From experience (we have about 20 of the launch carts like in the first picture)get the large tire/wheel option if conditions will include anything beyond smooth pavement. Also, have some concerns regarding weight capacity/weight distribution for your toy hauler if the launch cart system is chosen. Might be a good idea to load your trailer normally for a trip -then visit the scale. I haven't looked it up in a while, but I'm pretty sure the combined length needs to be under a certain requirement and the driver needs a Class A license (not non-commercial, but full Class A). I think it's a CDL with a doubles endorsement.
mrw8i 06/14/19 01:45pm Toy Haulers
RE: Snow: how deep is too deep for camping?

old guy is sort of right -- I have driven in snow, but only about 50 times. Not like a true mountain person. I do not consider myself an expert -- maybe a low intermediate? But I do know that I can get in and out of a few inches of snow. I've done that several times with my trailer. I am really asking the experts, "What is the deepest snow that you have camped in?" And yes, mrw, there is a lot of terrain under 7000 feet that is already clear. We were at June Lake not long ago, and the whole Volcanic Tableland is snow-free. But the high country is really calling me -- gotta get up into that cold clear air, with 200 mile views. (Not at the price of getting badly stuck, though.) Maybe time for a winch.
mrw8i 05/18/19 08:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Snow: how deep is too deep for camping?

High desert is not a bad place to camp this time of year. We are going to Lone Pine over Memorial weekend. Many others will be there as well, but it is still away from the city. It's not the type of camping you do, but it can be close. For you look at the road east out of Independence (I think it is Mazourka Cyn Road) and then heads north. It can get rough, but you might be able to get part way up. I've never been, but looks really cool.
mrw8i 05/18/19 07:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sulastic rear spring reviews? Please post your results?

You can have mine. Waste of money and dangerous. Not bad without a load. But with the 5th wheel hooked up, if I got in something slippery while accelerating from a stop (painted crosswalk, bit of sand, gutter in the road with a splash of water) and the tire spun - there was unbelievable (dangerous) wheel hop which shook the truck and trailer violently. Didn't need to be accelerating very hard or aggressively as this product kept the wheel from staying planted, inducing violent wheel hop. I put the factory shackles back on and have not experienced this since.
mrw8i 05/06/19 04:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fresh water tanks....Can they be Black in Color?

150Gal fresh water, 60 Gal Gray, 60 Gal Black. We've washed mud off the RZR a few times. Sometimes use the outside shower. I rarely fill the fresh water all the way. If just two of us for 2 nights, 50 gal fresh is way more than enough.
mrw8i 04/17/19 10:41pm Toy Haulers
RE: History of the Grand Canyon

I think it's interesting to think about how the Grand Canyon was formed. New Clues Emerge in Puzzle of Grand Canyon Age
mrw8i 02/19/19 01:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: T-Day @ wagon Wheel OHV

Yes Deathvalley is a must see at least once in your life, make sure to take time to see and do things such as Racetrack, Artist palate drive and Scotty Castle! (Which is closed till 2020, due to flood from freak rain storm). A friend of mine took a picture of Garlock Rd that Sunday and was backed up for miles, I wish I could figure out how to transfer the picture from my phone to here. You would be amazed! I was there as a kid, went to Scotty's castle. Might have to wait until 2020 so we can see it, my DW has not been there at all. I've ridden my Dual sport through the western part between Furnace Creek and up over Cerro Gordo. I've ridden my RZR from Swansea up to the silver mine, over to the salt tram and then to Cerro Gordo. Great ride. Then back. Can't take the road directly from Kelso to Cerro Gordo - as it is street legal only.
mrw8i 02/12/19 07:25pm Toy Haulers
RE: T-Day @ wagon Wheel OHV

2 weeks ago visited the petroglyphs area you mentioned earlier in this thread. Didn't know about it. Awesome. Didn't have enough time there. Will visit there again this Friday or Saturday for a longer visit. Thanks.
mrw8i 02/12/19 07:23pm Toy Haulers
RE: Hungry Valley, Gorman Ca

This time of year, Jawbone, Cal City, Stoddard Wells, etc is a much better area to ride and not much further than Gorman.
mrw8i 02/12/19 07:20pm Toy Haulers
RE: Gas can mount on top of spare tire on back wall of trailer

Looks dangerous. Those fuel containers will not survive an accident. Look at something like a Rotopax container and mount it/them in a safer location.
mrw8i 01/09/19 08:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Battery replacement time

I have Costco batteries. They are the low-end Interstate batteries. The 6V GC2 batteries from Costco have a 1 year warranty. I have 2 pairs of them on my Toy Hauler. They are over 4 years old. I have four 100 watt solar panels. When dry camping (which is always) I start the morning off with the Onan generator for the coffee maker, this gives the initial charge to the batteries after running the heater all night long. The solar does the final charge during the day. The older lead acid batteries get the more water they require so you have to check them more often. Monthly I add water. I installed a watering system on the batteries as they are hard to get to. The watering system replaces the caps with a cap with a float on it. You hook tubes between the caps of the batteries and then there is a single hookup when you want to add water to all the batteries.
mrw8i 01/05/19 08:23am Toy Haulers
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