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RE: Emergency Travel - Texas to South Georgia?

magicbus, there is an old military proverb: "Only the paranoid survive." You don't sound silly to me -- you sound well-prepared and alert.
profdant139 04/03/20 07:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Taking RV to FLA (west cost) to pick up mother in law

Great news -- well done!
profdant139 04/03/20 04:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Emergency Travel - Texas to South Georgia?

Good luck!! Our best wishes are with you. You probably already know this, but bring lots of disposable plastic bags for gas stations. Slip the bags over your hands, get gas, throw away. I also use rubber bands to keep the bags from flopping around. Be especially careful of the keypad where you enter your credit card info. That kind of a slick hard surface (like an ATM) has been found to be particularly hospitable to the virus. Disinfect your card with hand sanitizer?? Seems like a lot of trouble, but that is what the experts are saying.
profdant139 04/03/20 04:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: gutter spout upgrade

This is a great idea! Unfortunately, I keep losing my gutter spouts when tree branches scrape the sides and roof of my trailer. This happens when we boondock -- the national forests are not good about tree maintenance on remote forest roads. We often have to lift branches out of the way: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. So I have given up on gutter spouts.
profdant139 04/03/20 04:37pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Traveling for Winter Sports

Jebby, that's all true, but there is nothing like staying in your very own place, free of (for example) other people's germs. ;)
profdant139 04/02/20 09:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: The sound of wings -- no longer just for us boondockers

Before discovering boondocking, I had never heard the sound of my own pulse. Now it is an old friend -- you know you are really in the boonies when your pulse is annoyingly loud. And the sound of elk in the forest, all around you, at night, bugling. And coyotes, of course. I've still never heard a wolf, though.
profdant139 04/02/20 06:58pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
The sound of wings -- no longer just for us boondockers

I just read an article about changes in the "soundscape" of city life during this strange time of urban silence. The reporter said that several people had told him that they are hearing the sounds of birds' wings for the first time in their lives. For those of you who live in rural places, you are used to the idea that birds' wings make noise as they fly by. But as a city guy who never camped or boondocked till my early 50s, I can tell you that it is a little startling to hear the air rushing over a bird's wings, if you have never heard it before. The "soundscape" of boondocking is, to me, one of the best things about camping in a remote spot. And now, courtesy of this terrible disease, other city folks are getting a taste of what quiet feels like. So that is not much of a silver lining, but it is better than solid gloom and doom.
profdant139 04/02/20 05:36pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Taking RV to FLA (west cost) to pick up mother in law

dedmiston, I think the OP with the MIL was fourthclassC, rather than magicbus. I sure am rooting for these folks -- hope they make it home OK.
profdant139 04/01/20 09:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Polyester-mites

Someone told me that surgical masks will stop them, but then I could not figure out how to put the masks on their faces.
profdant139 04/01/20 06:02pm Travel Trailers
New luxury off grid trailer -- very fancy . . .

I don't think this is an April Fools joke -- it looks like it is for real. Too fancy for my tastes, but maybe there's a market for it: Article about luxury off grid trailer I wish them lots of luck -- maybe the post-virus RV boom will compel luxury travelers to seek out high end trailers!
profdant139 04/01/20 12:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling for Winter Sports

canoe, that's true in very cold weather (under 20 degrees). But we boondock all the time in night-time temps in the mid-20s. We only run the furnace during shower time, a few minutes a day. Otherwise, we dress like Eskimos, no problem. And our 120 watt solar panel recharges the batteries every day. Obviously, that's not going to work in cloudy weather! But in the eastern Sierra, it's sunny most of the time, even during the winter months. So it really is possible to dry camp or boondock in the winter, if conditions are right.
profdant139 03/31/20 10:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stricter stay at home rules

Chris, I think you are right to doubt the numbers on that chart (and, after all, it does ask us to choose our own conclusion). The numbers reflect the availability and prevalence of testing, which means both administration of the test and results. So, for example, if Baja is behind California in the deployment of testing, the numbers from Baja will be lower. That does not tell us much about how many folks in Baja have gotten the bug. I think that the bug will spread at different speeds in various places, depending on travel patterns and behavioral and cultural differences. Eventually, it will be everywhere.
profdant139 03/30/20 01:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Taking RV to FLA (west cost) to pick up mother in law

fourthclassC, I think that rescuing her with the RV is a great plan. Yes, it does put you at more risk than just hunkering down in your living room, but it probably involves less risk to her than putting her onto a flight. At least with the RV, you are in control of cleanliness, unlike public transportation. Do you have more than one person who can drive the rig, so that you can keep rolling as much as possible? Since you won't be stopping at RV parks, do you have a way to empty your tanks at home? Also (and you probably already know this), bring a lot of plastic bags (like the market uses for produce) and wear them on your hands as disposable gloves when you get gas. I also use rubber bands around my wrists so that the bags don't flop around. Good luck, and let us know how it went!!
profdant139 03/30/20 01:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling for Winter Sports

Peter, I re-read your post -- my guess is that there is no boondocking in Vermont and New York, so my suggestion might not work. Maybe a nearby farmer would let you park in the barn??
profdant139 03/28/20 04:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling for Winter Sports

You know, we had often wondered the same thing. A few ski resorts offer limited hookups in the parking lot, but that seemed to us like camping in, well, a parking lot. Here is an alternative -- it depends on some special conditions. Find a boondocking site not too far from the mountain. Wait till the snow level is just above the altitude of the campsite but not so late that the snow melts in the mountains. When all of those variables align, head on out! That is what we did during the first week of March -- after a few days of skiing and snow-shoeing and snow-hiking, we got back home just before the Big Quarantine hit California. In this shot, I'm on the far left, and that is Parker Peak dominating the skyline. This site is north of June Mountain Ski Area: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. And here is the blog post, with more photos. (I was going to say "feel free to check it out if you have a few minutes," but most of us have lots of time on our hands these days.) Skiing While Boondocking
profdant139 03/28/20 04:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Still need the maiden voyage...

I'm sure you've been to the Sawtooths (Sawteeth?) many times, but if not, there is so much to do and see. And lots of great boondocking. So even if the campgrounds are closed in June, you might still be able to go?? Let us know if you'd like more info about the area from Sun Valley to Stanley.
profdant139 03/25/20 07:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Furnace

If you have trouble reaching the burner orifice, you can sometimes use an air compressor to blow out the debris. Harbor Freight usually carries a narrow extension wand that fits onto the air hose so you can reach into tight spaces. Good luck!
profdant139 03/24/20 09:44am Tech Issues
Comet in late May -- hope we can hit the boonies to see it!

It's been a long time since the last good comet -- hopefully we can get to our favorite boondocking sites to enjoy the dark sky! Article
profdant139 03/23/20 10:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Multi month trip planning

PawPaw, that was a great story about learning to read from maps -- thanks for posting it! It reminded me of when my wife and I were very young -- I was 22 and she was 18 and we were not yet married -- huddled over maps, planning our honeymoon, adding up the daily mileages and then changing the route and re-adding the miles. Google Maps is a lot easier, but those were the Very Good Old Days, almost 50 years ago. And if I had it to do all over again, I'd have spent less time driving and more time relaxing!! ;)
profdant139 03/22/20 09:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

Jay D, as the OP I am more likely to have the hatchet bounce off and hit me in some tender place --at least with the manual chainsaw, my biggest potential injury is nicks and abrasions. Of course, if I end up with (heaven forbid) a heart attack from over-exertion, that ain't good. ;) Thank goodness, I am in pretty good aerobic condition this week -- all this "self-isolation" means I have a lot of time to exercise and to lift weights in my garage. But we're all just having fun here, waiting to go camping again.
profdant139 03/22/20 09:25pm General RVing Issues
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