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RE: Absolute positively the worst road ever

Hmmm. In my experience, the worst roads lead to the best campsites! For example, Sonora Pass in California has a 26 percent (yes!!) grade with hairpin turns. I talked to the Highway Patrol and they said that I would be ok with my small trailer on that road. I did it. It led to some of the greatest boondocking sites ever. And no neighbors! Or some of the forest roads we have taken, with huge rocks and deep potholes. (Forestdale Road near Carson Pass, for example.) Driving at 3 mph in order to avoid a broken axle. Once again, those terrible roads led us to some amazing campsites. In terms of really bad paved roads, I would say that portions of Interstate 5 in Northern California are the roughest we've seen. The trucks have crumbled the right lane. The left lane is going too fast for me and my trailer. I have to go at least 55 in the right lane. And there is no safe way to avoid the damaged concrete pavement. Wham! So far, no damage to the undercarriage of my trailer, but it is nerve-wracking.
profdant139 01/24/20 09:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Yosemite in Winter

Absolutely go to Yosemite in the snow -- it is beautiful. The only issue would be the size of your rig -- Upper Pines Campground (the only one open) is not great for larger rigs. If you go, make sure you have chains for your trailer as well as your tow vehicle -- they can be required by the CHP at any time. We have camped in Yosemite in the snow several times. It almost never gets below 25 degrees at night --- Yosemite Valley is only at 5000 feet or so. We have never had a freeze problem at 25. (Fifteen degrees in the Eastern Sierra? Yes, we have had a little problem now and then. ;) ) We did not run the heat at night -- we just piled on the down comforter and several blankets. As a result, we slept in until 8 am, something we never, ever do at home. When you reach a certain age, sleeping well is a huge luxury. Here is what our campsite looked like in December of 2015: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. And here is a link to a blog post -- lots of photos: Yosemite in the snow
profdant139 01/24/20 09:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

Solved. First, here is the link to the BLM online map system: BLM Online Map Choosing your state is the easy part. If you have the same experience that I had, you pull up the map, zoom in, and you can't see much of anything, other than big mustard yellow blotches. Useless. It turns out that the default settings on the layers on the map are virtually opaque. Here is how to fix it: After your map loads, go to the menu in the upper right and click on the "layers" icon, which looks like a stack of paper. A big box will pop up on the right edge of the map. Now scroll to the bottom of that map. Click the box next to "surface management." It should turn blue. Now click on the little row of three horizontal dots next to the words "surface management." A small box pops up. One of the menu items is "transparency." Click on it. A slider will pop up. As far as I can tell, the slider is set to "opaque" by default. Move the slider toward the right, to about the 60 percent level. That preserves some of the color overlay (which gives you the all-important info about which land is BLM and which is not), while still letting you see roads and other key landmarks. Not the most user-friendly map I have ever seen, but it gets the job done.
profdant139 01/23/20 10:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

I did try that link and found the map to be almost unusable -- as you zoom in, the info gets impossible to read. Maybe I am doing something wrong with the settings. I will have to experiment with it.
profdant139 01/23/20 07:09am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Detailed BLM maps of Utah -- problem solved --see below

(Edit -- see my post late on Jan 23 for an explanation of what I was doing wrong and how to fix the "unreadable" BLM map.) We might have a couple of weeks free for camping in Utah during February, and I would like to boondock on BLM land near Cedar City, Utah. It's cold in that area but not Arctic, so I think we could handle the temperatures. But I am having a heck of a time finding online maps that show the precise boundaries of the BLM land in any given area. Once I have that map, I can then fly around on Google Earth to find existing boondocking sites. Has anyone found an online map that would fill the bill? Or a downloadable PDF? I have spent quite a bit of time looking and have come up empty. Thanks in advance for your advice!!
profdant139 01/22/20 09:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Kings Canyon to Yosemite to Carson City

I can tell you from personal observation that big rigs can handle 120, as long as your tow vehicle is up to the task. For example, here is a video: Big airstream on Tioga Road If you are interested in some photos of the Tioga area, just go to our blog and type Tioga into the search bar. Enjoy! Our blog
profdant139 01/11/20 08:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Love my Mr Heater Hunting Buddy

So far, we have never needed heat at night -- the trailer may get down to about 32 degrees inside, but we sleep like hibernating bears under a thick down comforter. No problem, till you have to get up in the middle of the night. ;)
profdant139 01/11/20 08:01pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Kings Canyon to Yosemite to Carson City

Lots of folks use 120 in both directions, with all sorts of RVs. It is really not that bad. Lots of pullouts available. I have towed it probably six or eight times (with a small trailer). Use a lower gear on the way down. The scenery is stupendous -- if you can spend some time along the way, do it! Unlike Yosemite Valley, the high country along 120 is cool and comfortable in the summer. And 395 from Lee Vining to Carson City also goes through very beautiful territory.
profdant139 01/11/20 05:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trailer Tire Speeding Rating??

For whatever it is worth, I have been using the Endurance tires for the last few years, Load Range D (which is excessive for my trailer). After 20,000 miles, I am very happy with them. But I almost never go over 65 mph.
profdant139 01/11/20 05:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Love my Mr Heater Hunting Buddy

I have to confess -- I have an irrational fear of the propane heaters -- will they use up all the oxygen? Poison me with carbon monoxide? I say "irrational" because thousands of people use these with no trouble at all. And yes, they have to be vented, but nobody would do without some fresh air ventilation inside the RV, regardless of what kind of heater you have. So the ventilation requirement is no reason to doubt the worth of propane heaters. And yes, there can be condensation if the ventilation is not adequate, but again that is true of all heaters. And the little propane units are silent (unlike the built in furnace!) and use no power (also unlike the furnace). One of these days I will overcome my prejudices and get a small propane unit.
profdant139 01/11/20 05:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Add steps without mounting box?

I'd call the Torklift customer support folks -- they actually answer the phone and will help you develop a strategy. For example, maybe weld mounting plates to those triangular brackets, which will then give you a place to attach the steps. Torklift will custom design the steps to fit into the available space. Their steps are not cheap, but they are good.
profdant139 01/08/20 09:26am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: State route 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona

I should add that I am referring to the portion between Flagstaff and Sedona.
profdant139 01/07/20 08:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: State route 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona

It depends on your rig and your courage. Towing a little trailer, like mine? No problem. A big long wide motor home? I would not do it (but that is just me). Very twisty narrow curves, lots of traffic. DW tells me it was a pretty road. I actually don't know -- I was looking at the yellow line the whole time. ;)
profdant139 01/07/20 08:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Florida to Yosemite

I should add that although there is not a lot of good outdoor recreation in Louisiana in the summer (hot and buggy), the food and the music are amazing. There is both Cajun and Zydeco in the Lafayette area -- two different but related types of music. Bring an appetite -- crawfish etouffee, boudin, file gumbo. Wow!!
profdant139 01/07/20 07:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida to Yosemite

Joshua Tree is very, very hot in June and July. Some folks still go there in the summer, but it is too rugged for me. Sequoia is cooler and quieter than Yosemite. Here is a blog post that might be of some use: Kings and Sequoia There are some first come, first served sites in Sequoia during the summer -- not sure how hard it is to score one of those sites.
profdant139 01/07/20 07:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oregon or what to do after Glacier

The answer depends, in part, on what you like to do -- are you sightseer/museum people? Or are you hikers? (I'm guessing the latter, since you love Colorado.) The mountains of Washington are very different from those in Colorado -- I'd strongly recommend Rainier and the North Cascades area, especially around Mt. Baker. Just to whet your appetite, here is a blog post that you may find useful: One of our Rainier blog posts -- lots of pix
profdant139 01/05/20 11:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a DYI forum or site for travel traliers

Mike, my hat is off to you and your wife. Most folks with serious mobility issues would tend to stay home. Your approach is to think outside the box -- well done! It sounds like you have the mechanical skills to make this happen, and a strong desire to succeed. A custom unit is probably the only way you can get a wide enough doorway, accessible seating and bedding, and a proper bathroom. The only problem that I see is that your new trailer is going to be heavy, with all of that extra hardware. I am not sure a van is up to the task of towing such a big load. Is it possible to put a van type body on a truck chassis?
profdant139 01/04/20 10:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for a DYI forum or site for travel traliers

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. (Just kidding -- if you are really handy and really patient, I am sure you can build your own! The idea is very daunting to those of us who are less ambitious -- don't be discouraged by the inevitable nay-sayers.). ;)
profdant139 01/04/20 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Overnighting on 6 HWY Neveda

These might be useful: Great Basin blog post And another one
profdant139 01/03/20 01:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Overnighting on 6 HWY Neveda

If your schedule is flexible, I'd recommend a couple of days at Great Basin National Park -- beautiful in September! Then zoom straight across Nevada to Lee Vining -- about 400 miles. Lots of campgrounds, and a fairly good RV park (Mono Vista). Then tackle Tioga Pass the next morning, after your rig has had a night to rest. ;)
profdant139 01/03/20 01:34pm Roads and Routes
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