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RE: Arizona Hwy 89 ALT info please

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ppine 01/01/21 09:58am Roads and Routes
RE: Arizona Hwy 89 ALT info please

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ppine 12/31/20 10:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Boondocking Etiquette

A lot of people seem to think boondocking is sleeping in the parking lot of a restaurant or camping at Quartzite. If you need to mark your campsite you cannot possibly be boondocking in the traditional sense. You might be camping without hookups. It might not have designated campsites, but it is not boondocking. It is something else.
ppine 12/31/20 10:11am Beginning RVing
RE: Boondocking Etiquette

No boondocking in National Parks. I have never had a reason to mark a spot when boondocking. There is always plenty of room. If there isn't a lot of room, camp somewhere else.
ppine 12/30/20 09:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Murphy Bed Option

I have a Rockwood ultra light at 24 feet with a Murphy bed. I like it a lot. Folded up the bed becomes a useable couch. I have had a lot of different RVs. Most TTs with a decent bed and a couch are at least 26-27 feet or more. The bed saves a lot of room and is easy to convert.
ppine 12/30/20 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: A top to bottom look at green energy

I used to live with a nuclear engineer. I have worked on several projects related to nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. The problem with nuclear power is what to do with the waste that is generated. We have no good answers. We have tried a lot of bad experiments.
ppine 12/29/20 09:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trip report: Boondocking in Mojave Desert -- blog post

I like to get out all year. In the winter that means the desert. It is part of an outdoor mental health plan. There is plenty of room and no need to be near anyone. I avoid campgrounds. Boondocking is the way. For the low desert, I like to leave the RV at home to better negotiate the turkey trails and rough roads. We use cots to get above the rocks and reptiles. No tent so we can see the stars. Simple food, a couple of chairs in the shade of the truck. All of that space and you can see 100 miles.
ppine 12/28/20 10:05am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A top to bottom look at green energy

I am a retired environmental consultant. We developed coal gasification, oil shale technology and other synfuels in the 1970s. Wind, solar, hydro and tidal power are for real. You have to look into the future to appreciate them. Battery technology is improving and expanding by leaps and bounds. That is how wind and solar are stored. I remember a professor at the U of Washington in 1974, proposing the idea that we will never run out of fossil fuels. Because when they get too expensive, we will stop trying to recover them. Economics drive the use of fuel and power sources. The US has a long track record of cheap energy. When diesel prices are over $4 or a little higher biodiesel is very competitive. Until then we will stay with dino fuel and natural gas. We already have developed the technology to shift to green power. People need to recognize that it is coming whether you want it or not.
ppine 12/28/20 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing Spare Tire

A lot of the worthwhile places in the West are remote and help is not an option. Carry the right equipment in case you need it. Make sure your tires are in good shape. ON a MH replace them every 5 years or less no matter how much tread they have.
ppine 12/28/20 09:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: GFIC tripping

GFIs are very sensitive. They trip all the time. Many MHs and TTs have a 30 amp system but are plugged into a barn or garage with a 20 amp circuit. Sometimes your rig with a GFI is plugged into a garage circuit with GFI. They fight each other and trip.
ppine 12/27/20 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: How about THIS instead of using more and more energy?

The US has always had cheap energy. Some day we will insulate everything much better. Earth sheltered homes will be common place. we will be able to heat them with the occupants and a few light bulbs. A heat pump will be used to push air through underground chambers.
ppine 12/27/20 08:58am Tech Issues
RE: Best floor plan for 6 sleepers

The answer is 3 Rvs for 6 adults. For 2 parents and a bunch of kids, a bunk house 3 deep works well. You can encourage independence even in young kids by having them sleep in tents. Then Mom and Dad can have privacy.
ppine 12/27/20 08:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coffee maker off inverter and battery in a truck camper

Propane works everywhere.
ppine 12/26/20 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: Ford posts videos of winter testing of their Electric F150.

Along with electric vehicles will come the switch to Green Energy. Solar, wind, tidal, hydro etc. The oil and gas industry will be in decline. The use of coal continues to decline. Mining will still be required to support electric vehicles. Diesel engines will gain in popularity over gas engines, because biodiesel can be produced from many different sources, including algae.
ppine 12/26/20 09:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

The best factory TTs for off-road applications would probably be Outdoors RV made in Oregon. They have a suspension system with shocks, welded aluminum frame and very large tanks. They are designed for off-road use.
ppine 12/23/20 09:46am Travel Trailers
RE: New Truck Buyer Needs Help

Salesmen at dealerships often know little about new trucks. They often know nothing about their used trucks.
ppine 12/23/20 09:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford posts videos of winter testing of their Electric F150.

Diesel engines may remain relevant for longer than people imagine. We will be developing several kinds of biofuels including fuel from algae and many others. Eventually they will be much cheaper than pulling fossil fuels out of the ground.
ppine 12/23/20 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Greasing the hitch

I like the blue grease rated for marine applications. It is more water proof.
ppine 12/22/20 07:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Truck Buyer Needs Help

All truck buyers need help. They are too expensive. Consider an older 3/4 ton truck.
ppine 12/22/20 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford posts videos of winter testing of their Electric F150.

Many trucks will have motors on all 4 wheels. They can tow a lot. The range keeps increasing. They require little maintenance. I predict they will become very popular when the battery technology increases their range and we have sufficient charging stations.
ppine 12/22/20 03:24pm Tow Vehicles
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