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RE: Convict Lake, CA questions??

I just re-watched that video -- hilarious! You can't understand a word I'm saying other than "40 or 50 knots." Which is all that needs to be said, right?
profdant139 05/08/21 07:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Convict Lake, CA questions??

It's a beautiful place -- nice hiking trail around the lake. I don't think there is a good bike trail in the immediate area. Riding up Rock Creek Canyon from Tom's Place to Mosquito Flats Campground is a lot of fun, especially the glide back down the canyon. Yes, bring the kayaks, but watch the afternoon wind: Wind on Convict Lake
profdant139 05/08/21 07:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: water heater works fine - IF- I leave door open

I have the same problem, but only over 9000 feet! I think it must be an airflow issue. It is solved when I open the outside door.
profdant139 05/08/21 07:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Small (non-teardrop) Off-road travel trailer

Vangard looks very interesting -- well done, DB! But their website lacks floorplans and detailed specs, as far as I can tell. I've already written to them to ask for more details.
profdant139 05/08/21 07:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another Redwoods Question

Avenue of the Giants, of course. Matole Road is pretty. If you want to take a long day trip to the coast, Matole Beach is great. If you happen to hit the redwoods when the blackberries are ripe, you are in luck. Late July to mid August, I think. Roosevelt Grove, and the whole Bull Flat area, are wonderful.
profdant139 05/05/21 10:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy 12 in Utah between Torrey and Bryce -- amazing!

Just to give you some idea of what the views were like, this was taken (not by me!) at Larb Hollow Overlook, south of Torrey. The red rock is the Waterpocket Fold (Capitol Reef), and the snowy mountains are the Henry Mountains to the east. When we were there three weeks ago, it looked just like this photo: https://i.imgur.com/4QLg89il.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/04/21 10:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Small (non-teardrop) Off-road travel trailer

Thanks! Much appreciated. I wish they made really small trailers with tandem axles, but I think that the dual wheel wells would cramp the already-scarce storage space in a tiny trailer. We wanted a trailer that would fit on our driveway and found the Fun Finder X-139 -- no storage fees! And we modified it for gentle off-road use. Just got back from two weeks of boondocking in Utah. But this is not a "serious" off-road trailer. We have to drive a lot slower on forest roads than we would with a real off-road unit.
profdant139 05/04/21 09:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Small (non-teardrop) Off-road travel trailer

Andy, I am going to display my ignorance, so here goes -- why would a dual axle have better clearance? I have a single axle because that is the way my trailer was made. But I would prefer dual -- a greater margin of safety in case of a blowout. I should add that we take our trailer into the darndest places -- rocks the size of volleyballs, potholes the size of kettle grills, ruts a foot deep (really), deep sand, mud, snow, and ice. But we go very, very slowly. Very.
profdant139 05/03/21 10:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hwy 12 in Utah between Torrey and Bryce -- amazing!

BarabooBob, you are right that sharp drop-offs on narrow twisty roads are not "show stoppers," as long as you don't blow a tire or skid on black ice. Sliding off the road into a ditch is not the same as sliding off the road and over a thousand foot cliff. To put it another way, the likelihood of the triggering event (the skid or whatever) is exactly the same in both cases, but the magnitude of the consequences may not be the same. But really, Highway 12 is just not that tricky. My wife has a fear of heights and was not bothered a bit. She enjoyed the ride.
profdant139 05/02/21 02:01pm Roads and Routes
Hwy 12 in Utah between Torrey and Bryce -- amazing!

We recently took 12 south from Torrey, towing our small trailer. One of the most beautiful rides we've ever taken. Be sure to stop at all of the signed overlooks, especially if it is a nice clear day -- you can see for more than a hundred miles. The infamous "hogback" was no big deal -- there were several pullouts available, and the drivers were going nice and slow. My point, I guess, is that folks really should not miss this great road if at all possible -- it is worth the extra time that it takes. Yes, it is twisty and narrow. But it is not unsafe (except, I'm sure, in snowy weather).
profdant139 05/02/21 09:45am Roads and Routes
RE: Lassen Nat. Park?

I think it just cleared a day ago -- hit this link and scroll down to the Operator Log. I may be wrong, however! Road Closure and Operator Log
profdant139 05/01/21 09:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CA Redwoods Area for a 42' FW

If you can be there in late July through mid August, the blackberries will be ripe. Bring leather gloves, and don't eat too much at once. If you want to go north of Ancient Redwoods and the Avenue of the Giants to Prairie Creek (great hiking), Kamp Klamath has some sites for big rigs.
profdant139 04/30/21 06:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Transferring fresh water when dry camping

I did not know about the Nautilus. Does this mean you can't just stick a hose into the gravity fill port when you're at home preparing for a trip?
profdant139 04/28/21 03:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Insulation upgrades for cold weather camping

DB, great project -- thanks for posting! I never would have thought about insulating the pass-through, but that makes a lot of sense.
profdant139 04/28/21 10:16am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Transferring fresh water when dry camping

Maybe I am missing something, but when we are boondocking and I have to add water to the fresh tank, I lift up a six gallon jug of water and pour it into the fill port on the side of my trailer. We've been doing it that way for 16 years. I should add that we use a big funnel in the fill port -- DW steadies the funnel while I pour the water. It's great exercise, too! Biceps and legs and lots of other muscle groups get a nice workout. This task is amusing in very cold or very windy or very rainy weather, and most amusing in cold windy rain. Snow is no problem -- it just slides right off. Maybe I will look into a 12 volt pump, after all . . . . ;)
profdant139 04/28/21 09:45am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Small (non-teardrop) Off-road travel trailer

Sadly, you are searching for a unicorn, and so am I. Check out the little rig in my signature -- it almost fills the bill, but they don't make it anymore. We take it offroad a lot (carefully), but it is really not designed for that kind of treatment. (It's a Fun Finder X-139 -- if you can find one used, grab it.) The other issue is your tow vehicle. Do some reading on Wranglers as tow vehicles, and you will want to cut back on your trailer weight. Good luck!!
profdant139 04/27/21 10:15am Travel Trailers
RE: New "Hitch" line of trailers by Cruiser RV

Well, I agree that labels are not the same thing as quality components and workmanship. But speaking as someone who has owned two Cruiser trailers over the last 16 years (and who has towed them on some really bad roads, with rocks and deep ruts), I would be hesitant to conclude that this new model is "junk" until I inspect it carefully. Yes, it might be junk. Or not. But as a satisfied Cruiser customer, I'm interested in finding out more about this new model.
profdant139 04/24/21 01:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tilting bike rack, hitch mounted: update, see 4/23 pm post

UPDATE: Campfire Time suggested fabricating a replacement for the worn part. The problem involved a particular part, sort of a cam latch, that just would no longer engage into its slot, and so the bike rack would no longer lock in the upright position. Pursuing Campfire's idea, I put the bike rack up onto a big work table under a bright light to see exactly which portion of the latch was causing the problem and how a replacement could be fabricated. I was all set to take some measurements for the welding shop. As I was examining the latch mechanism, I noticed a thin sliver of steel -- almost too small to see -- that had wedged itself into the pivot point of the cam latch. Hmmmm. Maybe that sliver was part of the problem?? There was no way to reach the sliver with tools to cut it or file it -- not even a needle-nose pliers could get at it. But there was a thin hole or slot above the sliver. So I took an old sanding belt and cut off a long strip, about a quarter inch wide, and fed it through the slot. Holding both ends of the strip of sanding belt, I worked it back and forth, the same way you'd polish shoes with a strip of cloth (back in the days when we wore shiny leather shoes -- remember?). After about fifteen minutes of "sanding," the sliver was worn away. The latch mechanism was freed up. Problem solved (at least for now). There will come a time, fairly soon, that I have to replace the whole bike rack, but not yet.
profdant139 04/23/21 05:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Tilting bike rack, hitch mounted: update, see 4/23 pm post

campfire, that is a possibility -- but I do not have any welding equipment (and don't know how to weld). I could take the rack to my local welder (I know a good one!) and get an estimate, but I think the repairs would cost more than the price of a new rack. Worth thinking about, though.
profdant139 04/23/21 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Tilting bike rack, hitch mounted: update, see 4/23 pm post

After looking into it, I find that lots of truck camper folks have front racks. I will have to rethink this project . . . .
profdant139 04/22/21 07:19pm Tech Issues
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