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RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

Toed, I think you are right. I should have said "folks are willing to pay a lot for a used Casita because they don't DETERIORATE like other types of trailers." That avoids the ambiguity in the word "depreciate."
profdant139 11/16/19 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

Try to spend as much time as you can along 20 -- many, many world-class day hikes in North Cascades NP. Great backpacking, too, although I have never done it. This blog post may be of some interest: North Cascades This is what the area looked like in September a few years ago -- July is probably even nicer: https://i.imgur.com/mNnwyTjl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 11/15/19 05:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

Not sure I am guilty of circularity, but definite problem of ambiguity. In this context, depreciation can mean either a decline in value due to lower demand or a decline in value due to deterioration. It is the latter sense that I meant!
profdant139 11/15/19 05:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

Before you buy, make sure there is enough headroom for you -- we looked at Casitas but decided against them for that reason. (I'm 6' 3".) But the resale value is very significant. Not because of money, per se -- but because it is a "proxy" for quality and durability. To put it another way, markets are generally wise. Taken as a group, folks are willing to pay a lot for a used Casita because they don't depreciate like other types of trailers.
profdant139 11/15/19 09:47am Travel Trailers
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Judging by the Halfway Hot Springs photo, it looks like that famous red hair was perfectly maintained with your Battery Assisted Hair Dryer setup -- very clever solution! What a fun trip -- thanks for posting the report!
profdant139 11/10/19 09:56am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is CA 120 Lee Vining to Manteca Do-able?

I've towed a small trailer on that route several times -- no problem. Frankly, I don't remember signs warning against longer vehicles, but I bet Second Chance knows what he is talking about. I know for sure that on the Lee Vining side there are signs saying no commercial trucks are allowed on 120. As you come into Groveland, try to find time to reward yourself with a pizza or calzone at Two Guys, just off the highway. Really, really delicious. (This is not off topic --after a tough stretch of road, a pizza is just the thing!) ;) But don't try to eat the calzone when it is hot and you are the driver. Don't ask how I know this.
profdant139 11/10/19 09:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Estes park colorado

We liked Mary's Lake RV in Estes Park. It is located away from the busy area of town.
profdant139 11/10/19 09:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Battery storage

So I am going to display my ignorance, once again -- I had thought that if a battery is left disconnected, it will discharge about one percent per day. And after a couple of months, that discharge could shorten the battery's useful life. Is that not true? Because if a battery can be charged, disconnected, and left alone for a long time with no damage, I am wasting electricity. I store mine in my garage (which never freezes) and keep it on one of those Battery Minder Plus gizmos.
profdant139 11/07/19 01:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Filling Propane While Traveling

My tanks each weigh 36 lb when full. The good news is that when they are empty, they weigh less than 20. So it is not a big problem to put the empty one into the back of my truck and go get more propane. Also, a tank will usually last me three weeks or a month, so it is rare that we need a refill while on a camping trip. When one gets empty, we usually just switch to the full tank and then refill when we get home. Propane is amazing stuff -- very high "energy density." (A little goes a long way!)
profdant139 11/06/19 09:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Watch for this rig in Mexico but do not approach

Here is a working link to that story: Link The suspect's name is Adam Williams, and he is from Utah.
profdant139 11/06/19 03:46pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: US 395 Kamer Junction to Hesperia

Pete, things are a little better than before -- some repaving, some additional passing lanes. And if your choice is 395 versus going through metro LA, 395 can be a little faster. Check traffic on Google Maps as you approach the area, in order to choose the least bad route. ;) Having said that, they are starting to build subdivisions again in the Hesperia/Adelanto area -- construction had come to a halt after the real estate crash of 2008, but land values have recovered, and the bulldozers are no longer dozing. ;) So once those houses get built and occupied, there will be additional congestion on 395 in the vicinity of I-15.
profdant139 11/06/19 10:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Install cassette toilet, use black tank for grey water??

Here is my very low-tech solution -- when the gray tank is nearly full (after five days of camping), we fill an ordinary bucket (not too full!!) with gray water and then carefully carry it into the bathroom and dump it down the toilet. Since our black tank has way too much capacity (25 gal, same as the gray tank), we "borrow" the capacity of the black tank. This method is tedious and slow -- the bucket only holds two gallons without risk of spilling. And it has to be done carefully -- don't want gray water on the floor of the bathroom! But the advantage is that this method works without any modification of the plumbing.
profdant139 11/05/19 09:22am Tech Issues
RE: RV sites recommendations for Roseburg,OR, Brookings OR

We really liked Twin Rivers RV Park, near Roseburg. Very quiet, right on the river, away from the freeway. The photos on their website do not do it justice -- it really was well landscaped and well located.
profdant139 11/04/19 04:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How cold can you go?

Actually, Huntingdog, our real reason for not using the furnace much is not about saving propane. It is more about electricity -- the furnace draws four amps! And it is noisy. But you are absolutely right -- the water lines usually won't freeze in the high 20s, especially if they are all inside the trailer and if you keep your trailer warm. The real problem is the outflow tube from the water tank, which is thin and is often not inside the trailer. It will usually freeze in the low 20s, unless you have installed a heat cable.
profdant139 11/03/19 03:39am Travel Trailers
RE: How cold can you go?

ajriding, is that the temp?? Yikes. At least it's not minus 7. Not yet.
profdant139 11/02/19 06:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: how to level a trailer

Find another spot?? You're kidding! And miss out on on that entertainment? ;) We view a really un-level spot as a challenge, a fun opportunity for stacking up a lot of rocks and Lego blocks, like this: https://i.imgur.com/plGGNH4l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. After spending an hour attempting to get the trailer level, we can't move because we have sunk so much time and energy into trying to cope with a bad campsite. ;) This is an example of the "sunk cost fallacy," kind of like throwing good money after bad. There really is a time, as Galvanizd indicates, in which discretion is the wiser part of valor.
profdant139 10/31/19 09:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Between Portland and The Dallas

We found the campgrounds in the Gorge to be a little noisy because of the trains. But we liked this RV park: Crown Point in Corbett, OR Hope this helps!
profdant139 10/30/19 05:54pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Where do you find water

Smarty, I guess they are less strict about water in New Mexico than in California -- many truck stop faucets here require special wrenches, exactly to prevent us from "borrowing" their water! ;)
profdant139 10/29/19 09:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How many of you winter camp? Suggestions for winter camping?

Condensation? No problem. It freezes on the windows, and then you wipe up the ice with a towel. ;) Actually, that sounds like a joke, but it is not. We have to wipe up the ice in the morning -- otherwise, it thaws and drips. Unpleasant.
profdant139 10/29/19 03:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Route suggestions please!

Tara, if you are full timing and have unlimited time, my advice would be to stay off the interstates. The two-lane roads are far more interesting. Yes, they take longer, and yes, they are less safe on an accidents-per-mile-driven basis, or so they say. But they are fun, and you never know what you'll see in the small towns along the way!
profdant139 10/28/19 06:06pm Roads and Routes
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