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RE: Yosemite National Park's Upper Pines closed...

Maybe there are some lucky folks who were already ensconced in a campsite at Upper Pines before the storm hit, and are now enjoying the empty silence? That happened to us a few years ago -- it was wonderful: "border=0" For Full-Size Image. The only caveat is that our solar panels picked up very little juice -- too many trees, too much shade, too much cloud cover. After a few days, we almost had to run our generator!
profdant139 11/27/19 09:10am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Voice Controlled Travel Trailer

Does this work when there is no cell signal? If not, it's not very useful for those of us who boondock much of the time. It's interesting how many of us are repelled by this idea. Chances are, though, that those of us who post are not a representative sample. Tech-savvy folks, who love voice control, are probably not even reading this thread. It's also generational -- I am against automation, while my sons (in their 30s) love it.
profdant139 11/26/19 09:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions please!

Nope, avoidcrowds, that is not my intention at all. Boondocking really is quieter and is quite safe. But if you don't want to boondock (or can't, which is often the case when we are trying to make lots of miles at the beginnings and ends of trips), then we have found that as between campgrounds and RV parks, RV parks are quieter and more peaceful. I am not saying that RV parks are nicer -- they are often just parking lots. But since there are hookups in RV parks and not in campgrounds, we find that RV parks are quieter -- no generators. And because they are run by private, for-profit operators, RV parks are often better "policed" than are campgrounds -- the owners are not shy about telling the campers to be quiet, if need be. By contrast, campground hosts sometimes are somewhat more lax. Not all of them, but I am just reporting on what we have experienced. Plus, in many RV parks, there are no fire pits. So the campers tend to migrate into their RVs in the evening to watch TV or a movie, rather than sitting around the fire playing music and drinking. Also, RV parks often tend to draw an older crowd of campers. Us seniors go to bed real early -- quiet, except for the occasional snore. ;)
profdant139 11/25/19 07:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Non-renewable Lithium...Fact.

Actually, Gary, this thread actually illustrates the value of dialogue. I am a pro-EV person -- we are considering getting an EV car for DW, who does not need much range. And yes, we have solar panels on our roof at home. But I had never stopped to think about the finite nature of lithium, until the OP posted a question. And then I did a little googling and found that yes, although lithium is plentiful in the short run, there are long term concerns. So I discovered something by actually listening to someone with whom I might disagree. This is a good thing. I am confident that the market will supply an alternative, just as LED bulbs have really "outshone" incandescents. And remember that in the late 1800s, city planners were getting worried about all of the horse manure in the streets of the bigger cities, until cars came along to the rescue. So yes, some threads can turn into partisan rants, on both sides. But other threads can serve as respectful exchanges of information and opinion. It all depends on us, the forum participants!
profdant139 11/24/19 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Non-renewable Lithium...Fact.

Apparently, that's a legitimate concern -- see this article: Article Bottom line: in the short run (the next several years), things look fine. But the longer term supply is worrisome, as demand increases.
profdant139 11/23/19 04:11pm Tech Issues
RE: What is an RV Resort??

An RV resort is any RV park in which my RV is shabbier than everyone else's. ;)
profdant139 11/21/19 09:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Road Trip! BC to California

Berkyeng, here is an alternative thought -- skiing in the Banff area! About five hours away from home, several world class resorts. Full hookups. The climate in March is typically fairly mild -- daytime highs in the 30s, nights in the mid-teens. If you have a heated underbelly, you are good to go! I would suggest some of the US ski resorts in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, but the Banff area is even better than those destinations.
profdant139 11/20/19 09:39am Roads and Routes
RE: Road Trip! BC to California

Dedmiston, those are fair criticisms -- point taken! On the other hand, I was sort of trying to share hard-won wisdom -- I ruined a few family trips by driving too much instead of allocating time to play. Especially with kids. I love, love, love RV travel -- but there are times where discretion is the better part of valor, if you know what I mean.
profdant139 11/19/19 07:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: The first fewDays !

For those who have not driven in Mexico, "topes" are (usually) very abrupt and significant speed bumps, sometimes almost like cinder blocks cemented into the roadway. The sign for "topes" is often very close to the bumps themselves, which means you have to slow down RIGHT NOW when you see that sign, or else risk damage to your vehicle. Please do not ask how I discovered all of these facts.
profdant139 11/19/19 09:41am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

So there we were, many years ago, driving down a two lane highway in Washington, with berry bushes six feet high on either side of the road. Loaded with berries. Looked great. But no one was picking them -- uh oh. Poisonous? We stopped at a ranger station and asked the ranger why nobody was eating the berries. She said, "Yes, everyone eats the berries. But the reason you didn't see anyone picking that particular bunch on that particular day is that there are so many berries everywhere that the pickers are thin on the ground -- the chance of actually seeing someone picking is very small." Being foolish young people, we promptly started picking and eating and were sick for days. Nothing wrong with the berries -- they were amazing. But only in moderation. Don't eat more than a pint a day!!
profdant139 11/18/19 10:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Road Trip! BC to California

The other issue is the cost -- if you tally up the cost of gas and the wear and tear on the rig, it is not cheap to drive from BC to OC, especially if you divide the total by the number of "fun days." (Wear and tear is pretty simple -- if your rig has an expected useful life of 100,000 miles, and the round trip is 5,000 miles, that's 5 percent of the life of the rig and its purchase price.) In other words, let's say it costs a total of $4000 to drive there and back, and you only have four days of fun out of the 12 total days. That's a thousand dollars a fun day. By contrast, if you fly and stay in hotels, you lose two days and end up with ten fun days. Even if the total is $5000, that is only $500 per fun day, a much better ratio. Of course, I have cherry picked these numbers for ease of calculation. The real numbers might be very different!! ;)
profdant139 11/18/19 07:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Will solid state batteries change the world?

Well, I did some googling and came to two conclusions: 1. This guy Goodenough is for real, and he has published some technical papers showing that this new battery is a game-changer. 2. I don't understand the physics well enough to comprehend exactly what is so different and great about this battery. But wouldn't it be wonderful if the "energy density" of batteries were to get close to that of petrochemicals? Gasoline stores a lot of energy in a small space and with not too much weight. But it's got some downsides, too.
profdant139 11/18/19 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Upgraded Solar

Great job on both the project and the report -- thanks for posting this!!
profdant139 11/18/19 07:26pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

Speaking of ice cream, we had some great stuff at Cascadian Farms in Rockport, on Hwy 20. They were wide waffle cones, and we bought some raspberries to put on top of the ice cream. Excellent stuff. If you are in Washington later in July, the wild blackberries may be ripe, especially at the lower elevations. Bring leather gloves, ziplock bags, and long sleeves. Major thorns. But incredibly delicious -- the fresh picked stuff tastes nothing like store-bought berries. In late August, the wild huckleberries and mountain blueberries are ripe, but I think that is beyond your time frame.
profdant139 11/17/19 10:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

Toed, I think you are right. I should have said "folks are willing to pay a lot for a used Casita because they don't DETERIORATE like other types of trailers." That avoids the ambiguity in the word "depreciate."
profdant139 11/16/19 12:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

Try to spend as much time as you can along 20 -- many, many world-class day hikes in North Cascades NP. Great backpacking, too, although I have never done it. This blog post may be of some interest: North Cascades This is what the area looked like in September a few years ago -- July is probably even nicer: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 11/15/19 05:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

Not sure I am guilty of circularity, but definite problem of ambiguity. In this context, depreciation can mean either a decline in value due to lower demand or a decline in value due to deterioration. It is the latter sense that I meant!
profdant139 11/15/19 05:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

Before you buy, make sure there is enough headroom for you -- we looked at Casitas but decided against them for that reason. (I'm 6' 3".) But the resale value is very significant. Not because of money, per se -- but because it is a "proxy" for quality and durability. To put it another way, markets are generally wise. Taken as a group, folks are willing to pay a lot for a used Casita because they don't depreciate like other types of trailers.
profdant139 11/15/19 09:47am Travel Trailers
RE: A fall week in the Kootenays

Judging by the Halfway Hot Springs photo, it looks like that famous red hair was perfectly maintained with your Battery Assisted Hair Dryer setup -- very clever solution! What a fun trip -- thanks for posting the report!
profdant139 11/10/19 09:56am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is CA 120 Lee Vining to Manteca Do-able?

I've towed a small trailer on that route several times -- no problem. Frankly, I don't remember signs warning against longer vehicles, but I bet Second Chance knows what he is talking about. I know for sure that on the Lee Vining side there are signs saying no commercial trucks are allowed on 120. As you come into Groveland, try to find time to reward yourself with a pizza or calzone at Two Guys, just off the highway. Really, really delicious. (This is not off topic --after a tough stretch of road, a pizza is just the thing!) ;) But don't try to eat the calzone when it is hot and you are the driver. Don't ask how I know this.
profdant139 11/10/19 09:49am Roads and Routes
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