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Small "peel and stick" solar panels

I don't know if this is for real or if this product will work on the roof of an RV -- but it is interesting: Article
profdant139 05/19/21 01:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Adding travel time to Google maps

I'm also a "50 mph" person. That number includes gas stops but not meal stops. After many years of experience, we have determined that 50 is a real-world number -- a 400 mile trip really takes 8 hours.
profdant139 05/15/21 07:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Thoughts of Valley of the Gods and Goosenecks SP

Thanks for the report! We also saw many more boondockers in Utah than ever before. I wonder if things will calm down next year, as more campgrounds open up.
profdant139 05/15/21 04:09am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip Report: Capitol Reef/Bryce/Zion

Cal, there has been a noticeable increase in light pollution in So Cal during the last 30 to 40 years -- you can't see the Milky Way in the Antelope Valley any more. And there is no way my little trailer can roll right over rocks the size of washing machines! That's where a TC beats a trailer, for sure. I'm limited to volleyball size rocks. When we get to basketballs and pumpkins, I am on the sidelines. ;)
profdant139 05/14/21 03:50pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: RV towing on 5 through San Francisco

I've driven twisty mountain roads, rocky forest roads, LA freeways, you name it. No big deal. But taking even a small trailer through SF in traffic is one of my least favorite trips. (I've done it twice -- not by choice.) Unless you have no other choice, do not take a really big rig through that town. It's all surface streets, not freeway. Narrow lanes, lots of traffic lights. If you want to visit SF, leave your rig outside of town and take your truck into town. The other problem is that there is a scarcity of RV parks within driving distance of SF. Land in the Bay Area is very, very expensive, as you might imagine.
profdant139 05/14/21 09:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Rv Park with Pine trees

What about Ancient Redwoods RV park in the redwoods of northern Calif? The redwoods are not quite pine trees -- they are a lot bigger.
profdant139 05/14/21 09:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip Report: Capitol Reef/Bryce/Zion

Thanks for all of the kind words! And Kavoom, I would prefer a dual axle trailer -- they are safer in case of a blowout. But they don't make a 12 foot trailer with dual axles! The wheel wells would eat up the storage, I guess. Having such a small trailer means that we can keep the trailer on our short driveway. And the trailer can easily fit into any campsite that a small truck could get into, so it is great for boondocking in the forest.
profdant139 05/13/21 02:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trip Report: Capitol Reef/Bryce/Zion

Yes, lots of folks in the national parks! We got lucky on the weather -- this trip was in early April, and the weather was cool (cold at night), breezy, partly cloudy. Perfect camping and hiking weather, and no rain or snow.
profdant139 05/12/21 12:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Trip Report: Capitol Reef/Bryce/Zion

For most of this trip, we were boondocking on BLM land. Not an epic adventure, but a lot of fun after a year of confinement: Part 1: Capitol Reef Part 2: Bryce and Zion "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/12/21 12:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Do cellphone boosters work for RV camping with poor signal?

Without hijacking the thread, which product would you recommend that does NOT require any permanent installation in the RV? I'm hoping for something very simple -- a "plug and play" device. Obviously, a simple device is not going to match the performance of a high-end unit. But when we go camping, we sometimes have great cell coverage. We often have absolutely no coverage in the boonies. So we only need a boost for those times when there is some weak coverage, maybe a third of the time. Thanks to the experts who are chiming in!! Very informative.
profdant139 05/11/21 11:59am Technology Corner
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

April 2021, east of Capitol Reef National Park, on BLM land. Those dark peaks in the background are part of the "Waterpocket Fold," the geological formation that runs the length of Capitol Reef: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/11/21 10:26am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Transferring fresh water when dry camping

Well, for those of us who have not been using them for years but are finally getting the message, "bladder late than never." ;)
profdant139 05/11/21 10:20am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: i-5 san diego thru LA rest stops?

Yep. It's just used for that purpose alone, to avoid contamination. The hose goes into our sewer cleanout. The FloJet process takes a while, and is a little noisy. But it works -- I now can clean my black and gray tanks at home, really clean and well rinsed, with nobody waiting impatiently at a filthy dump station.
profdant139 05/11/21 09:24am Roads and Routes
RE: i-5 san diego thru LA rest stops?

I should add that the absence of rest stops was a big factor in our decision to get a FloJet macerator for home use. We are now much more likely to use the facilities in our trailer while on the last leg of a trip, because we can easily clean out the black tank at home.
profdant139 05/10/21 07:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: i-5 san diego thru LA rest stops?

The absence of rest stops in Southern California is just shameful. What are most people supposed to do? Fortunately, we RVers have another option -- just pull off the freeway into a wide open shopping center parking lot and use the facilities in your own RV -- much cleaner and safer than using a public restroom.
profdant139 05/10/21 07:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

Unfortunately, the really dark skies of the West are shrinking, too. We were camped near Zion recently -- much more light pollution from nearby towns than there was ten years ago.
profdant139 05/10/21 03:58am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

The photo posting app somehow altered the colors of one of those images, so I re-edited it to look more true-to-life: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/09/21 07:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

This shot was taken in early March of 2020, a few days before Covid arrived. This was taken on BLM land near Tioga Pass – that's Parker Peak, right under Orion. There was some moonlight, which interferes with the stars, but the snow was shining brightly: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. And this next shot was taken in early April of 2021, just after we were fully vaccinated. This was also taken on BLM land, east of Capitol Reef National Park. The mountains in this photo are part of the Waterpocket Fold. There were so many stars that it was hard to see the constellations. In this shot, Orion's sword is directly over the trailer. Sirius is in the upper left. And there is a faint meteor trail near Betelgeuse, which we did not see until we got home and viewed the photo on the computer. "border=0" For Full-Size Image. The stars were so bright that after our eyes had fully adapted to the darkness, we could see pretty well, even though the bright galactic center of the Milky Way had not yet risen above the horizon. There was no light pollution at all at this campsite -- some of the darkest skies we've ever seen. It's very rare that the only light to be seen is starlight, all the way down to the horizon, with no artificial light at all. I'm hoping to see the bright part of the Milky Way again this summer – it has been almost two years without seeing it.
profdant139 05/09/21 01:14pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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
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