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RE: Nifty shower shelf

Looks like zip ties holding it in place -- very practical and "minimalist!" One thought about zip ties, especially in a bathroom area -- after you clip off the excess "tail," take a piece of sandpaper and smooth out the sharp edges that still remain. It'll avoid accidental skin punctures and cuts when you slide your arm over the zip tie when your eyes are closed and you are reaching around for the soap. Please don't ask how I learned this trick.
profdant139 07/19/19 01:12pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Places to stay in BC

Ten-four, good buddy! You can see that it's been a while since I tried to boondock in BC!! ;)
profdant139 07/19/19 01:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Missing camper found alive in White Mtns of Calif

As far as I know, it has not been confirmed. But the witness/victim in this case seems very credible, given everything we know about her and her husband. So I am suspending my usual cynical disbelief and am waiting for further developments.
profdant139 07/19/19 09:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Missing camper found alive in White Mtns of Calif

I'm all about self-sufficiency and self-rescue, but gosh -- she just stepped out to walk the dog, not take a hike -- and then some crazy criminal chased her with a knife! Do you take a GPS to walk your dog? If so, what kind of a dog do you have?? If she were some random city slicker, I would be skeptical of her story and would suspect that alcohol was involved. But she is a very experienced outdoors-person (and a dedicated boondocker). So I'm reluctant to play the "coulda-woulda-shoulda" game in this case. From what I know so far, she was the victim of bad luck.
profdant139 07/18/19 08:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Places to stay in BC

Brett, there are places to boondock on Crown land, but be aware that if there is active logging, you need to be able to pull over and let the trucks through. Some folks carry CB radios so that they can monitor truck traffic. If there is a truck coming down the hill with a big load, you will want to stop in a wide spot and wait. The corners can get very tight -- the logs often stick out over the end of the truckload and "sweep" the shoulders of the road. There are other folks on this forum who know a lot more about this than I do, but I know just enough to be a little wary of taking a trailer into a logging zone. Having said all of that, the ordinary campgrounds in the Canadian national and provincial parks are world-class. So although the boondocking is not as "free and easy" as it is in the western part of the USA, the campgrounds are excellent. Great views, great locations, well maintained and staffed.
profdant139 07/18/19 09:28am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Water Spigot / Thread Issues On Sites

Many campgrounds have smooth un-threaded faucets, precisely so we can't attach our hoses. The water thief/water bandit is a lifesaver. One tip, though -- when you are using the bandit, don't turn on the faucet real hard or real fast. The bandit can pop off due to the pressure, getting you all wet. Please do not ask how I learned this.
profdant139 07/17/19 02:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Missing camper found alive in White Mtns of Calif

The story is that she wasn't really "hiking" -- she was just walking the dog after a long car ride. But we are just going to have to wait. Regardless, this is a good day.
profdant139 07/15/19 07:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Missing camper found alive in White Mtns of Calif

Yeah, I read about the knife -- not sure how accurate the media reports are. Let's wait and see and give the family time to recover their equilibrium.
profdant139 07/15/19 07:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Help!!! Frame broke

Thank goodness no one was hurt! Very sorry that this happened to you.
profdant139 07/15/19 06:04pm Travel Trailers
Missing camper found alive in White Mtns of Calif

Great news for those of us who have been following this story: Found! Last Friday, she and her husband had just pulled into either Grandview Campground or a nearby boondocking site -- the accounts are inconsistent. This is in the Bristlecone area, east of Big Pine. She hopped out of the car to take her small dog for a quick walk and just disappeared. Four days without food or water at 8000 feet. I hope that after she recovers, she can let us all know what happened. This person is a very experienced camper and boondocker -- did she get lost? Or was there some sort of threat that caused her to run and become disoriented? If it can happen to her, it can happen to almost anyone -- so that is why I would like to know what went wrong and how to avoid the problem. This story resonated very strongly with me -- these folks are almost carbon copies of many of us on this forum -- avid campers and hikers, active seniors, adventurous but prudent travelers. What a sense of relief to hear that she is ok!!
profdant139 07/15/19 06:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: Mendocino Coast Camping, May 2019

Thanks for the kind words, Phil. Our goal is to carefully push the limits of what an ordinary TT can do. The truck campers and the adventurous Class C units can get to some very remote places -- we can't quite get out that far, but almost. The trade-off is that although we are not camped right on the mountain-top, we park our TT as a basecamp not far away and then use the 4x4 truck as our daily trailhead vehicle, unencumbered by a big TC in the cargo bed.
profdant139 07/13/19 04:36am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A simple idea

Or here is another example of a fun parking job -- this was near Silverton, Colorado, also at ten thousand feet. Narrow, steep, rocky, un-level, lots of trees. Much laughter and expressive hand-waving. Easily another 45 minutes well spent! https://i.imgur.com/asCVkRcl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 07/12/19 10:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: A simple idea

colliehauler, believe it or not, the very trickiest parking jobs are in the boonies -- no driveway, no pad, just lots of rocks and trees. For example, this site was in the Uintas of Utah at ten thousand feet -- and yes, we did back up through those rocks to the campsite, very slowly and carefully. No hardware was harmed, but it took us a good 45 minutes to get situated: https://i.imgur.com/wD2kflBl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 07/12/19 10:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: TR: Mendocino Coast Camping, May 2019

Yep -- several years ago, we took a long twisty drive to Mattole Beach Campground -- very remote, peaceful, breezy, chilly. A wonderful place to cool off and relax in the summertime. Here is our post from that trip: Mattole Beach and the Redwoods This photo sort of captures the vibe -- empty beaches, steep hills tumbling into the water, old farms hanging onto the cliffs. Imagine the Santa Cruz coast with no one around, and no houses: https://i.imgur.com/kwnLGr8l.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. The only downer is that during the last several years, there has been a huge increase in illegal marijuana farming -- more traffic than before, and lots of stream pollution due to fertilizer runoff.
profdant139 07/12/19 09:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Towing on Colorado hwy 149

busskipper, thanks for posting that link! It makes me want to rush right back to Colorado. Just two long days of driving, and I'm there . . . .
profdant139 07/12/19 01:21pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-5 to Hwy 101 via CA 299

Good road. Just be aware that they have soil problems here and there, and so there is often construction and repair during the summer months. No big deal -- you may have to wait for a few minutes at each site.
profdant139 07/12/19 01:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: A simple idea

Two more suggestions: first, tell her how great she's doing, as often as you can. Pretty soon, you will both start to believe it. ;) Second, don't undertake a complicated backing-up job when you are hungry or thirsty. We often "snack up" as we are nearing our destination to build up our blood sugar for the upcoming ordeal.
profdant139 07/12/19 01:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: A simple idea

And of course, let's not forget the key "GOAL" maneuver -- get out and look! (Which, I admit, can get tiresome after a number of repetitions . . . . )
profdant139 07/10/19 04:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: A simple idea

One other thought -- we also have a signal for "pull forward," mostly used when we are trying to straighten out the trailer a little.
profdant139 07/10/19 01:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: A simple idea

ADK, don't give up on your spotter. She and you can train each other to work together. It takes a lot of practice. Ron's suggestion about standard gestures is a good one. It is also important that she stand where she can see your mirrors (so that you can see her!). When it is pitch-dark (like when we are preparing to boondock on a moonless night), we use walkie talkies. Headlamps are helpful, but I can't see her hands well enough. After several years of trailering, she eventually got so good at guiding me that I wrote this tribute song, to the familiar tune of "Pinball Wizard:" Ever since I was a camper I've worked with my hitch ball From Glacier to the Tetons I've tried to hitch them all But I ain't seen nothing like her In any campground at all That’s my own DW Sure plays a mean Hitch Ball She stands like a statue Becomes part of the machine She can see my bumper Always hitches clean She plays by intuition That coupler neatly falls That’s my own DW Sure plays a mean hitch ball She's a Hitch Ball Wizard There's got to be a twist A Hitch Ball wizard She's got such a supple wrist How do you think she does it? (I don't know) What makes her so good? She never gets distracted Can't hear the neighbors yell Doesn't see the taillights flashing Brings me in so well Always gets it hooked up Never missed the ball That’s my own DW Sure plays a mean hitch ball I thought I was The Hitch Ball Star But I just handed My Hitch Ball crown to her Even on my little trailer She can beat my best She simply leads me in And she just does the rest She's got crazy waving fingers Never seen her fall That’s my own DW Sure plays a mean hitch ball . . . .
profdant139 07/10/19 12:37pm Travel Trailers
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