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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
RE: T-Day @ wagon Wheel OHV

Death Valley is one of our favorite spot! No off road vehicle allowed, but be happy to show you around, lots to see and history. It's funny people always say "what the ....... would you want to go there for?" Love Death Valley !!!! I've been visiting Death Valley for the last 40 years off and on. Not sure it's worthy of National Park status, but really close. Last time there, finally made it to the Racetrack.
mrw8i 12/02/18 08:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: 1st desert trip of the season

Yes, east on BM6381. Inscription Canyon. It's not on the FOJ map - it's east of there. I literally have to use Google Maps to find it. I follow the dirt roads I see on Google Maps. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Inscription+Canyon/@35.1987493,-117.1937396,117m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x80c3f61462fe0ee5:0xbb44d8311746fb52!8m2!3d35.1999717!4d-117.1939353!10m1!1e3 (MOD'S EDIT: Made your link clicky)
mrw8i 10/08/18 10:31pm Toy Haulers
RE: 1st desert trip of the season

Bet you're liking more power and better suspension. I remember going across that lakebed soon after rains, very muddy, didn't want to stop, afraid I might not get out. I've also seen it deep in water. Other times, just dust. You are really close to the Black Canyon Petroglyphs - keep heading east past Husky monument, then south a few miles. You need to check it out next time you camp at Cuddleback.
mrw8i 10/08/18 07:41pm Toy Haulers
RE: Has anyone been desert riding yet?

The Joint is cool. Quite the history and still in the family. I've found early October is usually good time to ride in that area. Warm days and evenings, but not hot, cold or uncomfortable. We should be out there last weekend in October, soonest we can go.
mrw8i 10/03/18 07:34pm Toy Haulers
RE: 6.7L CAC hose rupture..beware!

Yep, I had 44.5 feet behind me at about 19k#. I may have had it to the floor when it happened and the bang was quite the shock! LOL Bang? It was an explosion !!!
mrw8i 08/27/18 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7L CAC hose rupture..beware!

My registration will be due Jan, 2019. Pretty sure I'll have to smog it to get the registration, I think it will be 2 years since the last time. This might be the first time I smog it a few months early so I can get the pipe changed early. I usually pay the registration the day before its due, then smog it a few weeks later. It's very difficult to believe that these smoggers know enough about the 6.7 to glance at it and spot a strange hose. But on the other hand the gestapo has no sense of humor so I can see your point. They know. They see them a lot. They are blind tested constantly by the state. State shows up with a highly modified vehicle, except the inspector does not know it's the state bringing it. Full of legal aftermarket parts, and one factory thing disconnected. The inspector has to find it, but doesn't know he is being tested. The fine is heavy if he misses it. Any aftermarket part has to have a CARB number on it, they enter the CARB number into the computer and that CARB number has to be registered with your make/year/engine otherwise it fails.
mrw8i 08/27/18 08:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7L CAC hose rupture..beware!

When it happened to me I was towing a 12,000lb toy hauler. 250 miles from home. Middle of the desert on I-40. 50 miles to the nearest town. Ford sent out a tow truck and towed the truck to the nearest Ford dealer 75 miles the opposite direction from home. I got lucky and a friend drove out that same day and towed our trailer home 250 miles that same day. I've got a spare tube with me since then, but if the tube blowing also damages the turbo, I'd rather have a stronger tube than risk damaging the turbo in the middle of nowhere.
mrw8i 08/27/18 05:21pm Tow Vehicles
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