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RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

Anyone who buys a new vehicle for in excess of $50K, then proceeds to go rock crawling with it or beating it off trees in the woods somewhere has more rocks in their head than what they are craving over IMO lol. But it's your money. Eh, and some would say spending that much, then using it for Starbucks runs and never exploring its capabilities is folly. Ford markets it as off-road capable. It's the new, cooler Toyota FJ.
propchef 10/21/21 04:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Smoker for Long Term

No budget? Cookshack. https://cookshack.com/residential-smokers-grills/ We have one and it's been problem-free for ten years now. It's small but mighty. You'll find it's a tank compared to the Masterbuilt.
propchef 10/17/21 07:53am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Masterbuilt or Char Broil

Get a Weber kettle grill and call it a day. With that you can grill and smoke with the same unit. I've smoked everything from whole turkeys at Thanksgiving to salmon.
propchef 10/17/21 07:50am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Kia, Hyundai: Please come to the rescue "Pathetic Quality"

Market forces will take care of everything. Patience must be exercised.
propchef 09/14/21 02:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: “Pathetic quality”: RV dealers are fed up...

Take a quick look at RVs and you will quickly see that poor construction is only part of the issue. Materials and parts are often poor. Design and engineering are typically very bad. I equate the RV industry to the American auto industry of the 50s and 60s. It took some serious foreign competition to shake up the industry. Even now American makers continue to struggle with quality; e.g., for Ford quality is still "job one". Considering the high prices and poor quality, the door is open for foreign competition. Exactly where will this RV foreign competition come from? There is no RV manufacturering there except for a couple of Japanese boutique builders of tiny motorhomes. Yes, there are some European RV manufacturers but it's nearly impossible to make a profit to export them to North America. How many European RVs have you seen at any dealerships here? Shipping costs from Europe or the Far East are too high for them to make a profit. And RVs take up much more room on ships, than cars do. The only possibility would be foreign investors to buy an existing RV manufacturer and instill their version of quality construction. But I don't see that happening, like Hymer RV's debacle and scandal of purchasing Roadtrek. You're forgetting Canada and Mexico.
propchef 09/14/21 06:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Help buying a small travel trailer

Can we get some information about build quality with the listed units above? Thanks A starting point may be to look at warranty, most only offer one year, a few offer two Jayco, K-Z, and a few others have better warranties, and better reviews on their units as well as more devoted fans. This is a brief rundown on brands and their coverage. warranties. Warrantee paperwork makes great TP. Did around on the forum and you'll find tons of stories of RVs sitting at dealers for weeks or months waiting on warranty work. I wouldn't count on the warrantee reflecting much of anything beyond advertising. Also, most of these "warranties" require you, the owner, to perform certain maintenance items every 3 months (like resealing the roof) or kiss that warranty goodbye. Read them VERY carefully. Very.
propchef 09/09/21 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: "Use Both Lanes Until Merge Point"

Nope, you don't get it. The lane is open all the the way until it is not. And to add: driving a million miles does not mean you know any better. If you do something wrong a million times it is still wrong. So everyone should ignore the signs (several of them) that say "Right lane ends, through traffic merge left"? If you keep driving, ignore any signs and pass on several opportunities to safely merge just so you can be one or two cars in front of me, don't expect me to go out of my way to let you in.
propchef 09/06/21 07:56am General RVing Issues
RE: "Use Both Lanes Until Merge Point"

You've seen it. Road construction with a lane closed and traffic needs to merge from two lanes into one. Construction companies are now posting signs for traffic to "Use Both Lanes" up to the merge point where there is another sign stating "Merge Here" ... ...yet there are still AW's who get glutious maximus hurt when folks pass them in the clear open lane. These AW's are the ones who, by choice, will line up in the thru lane while an open one is clear of any vehicles right up to the "Merge Here" sign. Fine, that is their choice to stage. Don't get PO'd at those who heed the traffic signs. Such was the case this morning when there was traffic backed up in ONE lane as I passed proceeding up to the merge point when a person did not care for what the traffic signs were instructing. He pulls out diagonally blocking me in my open lane(I almost hit him and the person behind me had to suddenly stop too!) This was at slow speeds... 25 MHP-ish. Road construction companies are now more often posting these signs for better traffic control to move vehicle more efficiently, especially through intersection that might be before the actual work zone. Why do those who choose to stage in the thru lane feel so BH that they need to play traffic cop? Maybe it's where I live, but I've never seen anything like this. EVERY construction zone on the freeway here will have signs posted MILES away saying "Left Lane Closed, Through Traffic Merge Right" and yet, despite several warnings to move into the right lane, many don't until the cones literary force them over, at which point they've already lost the opportunity to safely merge. They'll typically move over without looking and usually significantly below the prevailing speed, causing everyone to hit the brakes.
propchef 09/03/21 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Rusty grille - How to avoid

Olive oil isn't a good choice because it usually carries a distinct flavor and anything other than a refined OO has a smoke point too low for grills. They don't have any more sodium or salts than any other oils. Any refined vegetable oil or even the Pam spray mentioned above work great.
propchef 08/28/21 04:19pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Tent Camping Forum

Great photo of Cinder Cone. A number of years ago I worked as a campground host at Lassen NP. There was an encroaching fire that year and we had to evacuate all the campers and visitors to the Park. The closure only lasted a day or so, but it's frightening. I hope the current wildfire doesn't destroy the campground, and spares the Park. Thanks I camped at Eagle Lake, since the campground closest to Cinder Cone had no water (they were working on the pumps), so I stayed outside of Susanville, very close to where the fires are now. I have a number of friends and colleagues up there now feeding the firefighters. It's such a tragedy. Camping at Eagle Lake https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/199903020_10218461873873910_9205459831802060499_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=MdNl5EbYD9AAX95-wXV&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=8ed48efdc5b79283fb4abca46f835c95&oe=614B1E7A
propchef 08/25/21 05:24pm Tent Camping
RE: Tent Camping Forum

Anybody out there want to share their travel/ camping experience? I car camped all over Northern CA this summer, and now 7 of the 9 parks I visited are closed due to fire with only the coastal parks remaining open. :-( There's talk of banning all fires outside of a campground, and even some campgrounds will have limitations. Still did some epics hikes, including Cinder Cone in Lassen Volcanic NP. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/200459572_10218465565966210_2902884293142374464_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=1-5&_nc_sid=730e14&_nc_ohc=QivXNpoXYYsAX9p9iGQ&tn=qKXe6LaElScDJhdS&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=5a7e9e757363367ba737b155d9f712f5&oe=6149FC6B
propchef 08/25/21 06:30am Tent Camping
RE: Porsche as a tow vehicle? Depends on the trailer . . .

That Cayenne tows better than any half-ton. No one mentioned that this area is known for high winds. Speculation, it's what's for dinner.
propchef 08/24/21 06:05am Travel Trailers
RE: New TT Tires

Tires should always be balanced, period. A good shop can dynamically balance the tires. The reason it isn't always recommended is from a comfort standpoint. The vibrations from an unbalanced tire aren't really felt in the TV unless they're really out. However, an unbalanced tire causes premature, uneven wear and excessive heat. Tires appear to be a common failure point, but it's the weight, TT suspensions and lack of maintenance that contribute to these failures.
propchef 08/07/21 11:04am Travel Trailers
RE: On street parking problems Portland

bgum, Have you lived on that slim amount of money for a couple? I knew someone who had a trustee managing their (slim) funds. He could get shoes every 2 years. The trustee was paid out of those slim funds, too. Not much fat. My wife and I lived on $90 per month when in the service and my life was on the line. That is equal to $1053 today. So yes we have lived on less. Good for you. When was that, early '50's? Cool. No one wants to live on $19k intentionally. It's miserable and you endure constant abuse and you do anything to get out. How many of these people have you actually talked to? Understand their story? It's so very sad to see the utter lack of empathy everywhere.
propchef 08/03/21 12:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tent camping, Central Florida. Club.. travelers. Hiking. .

REI is a good place to start - they can provide knowledge on gear and such and help with basic skills. Then have her just start camping locally on her own until she's comfortable with her equipment and herself. As a solo female camper and day hiker, a few tips I can offer her for the trip: Make a basic itinerary ahead of time and leave a copy with you. It may not be exact, but you will have an idea of her route and where she is likely to be. A Garmin inReach is great to have for when she's hiking and/or in areas without cell coverage. Just an extra safety net. Carry paper maps. The GPS doesn't help if you can't get a connection, and sometimes it can lead you astray and being able to verify against a paper map can keep you from going on a Great GPS Adventure. When hiking, leave a note in the car detailing your clothing, planned trails and expectation of when you will return to the car. If something happens out on the trail, authorities can use that info to find you. just an FYI, you don't need an internet connection for the GPS to work. Use AllTrails, download the maps before you go, don't get lost. AllTrails even has an "off route" warning that works without WIFI
propchef 08/03/21 08:03am Tent Camping
RE: Oregon State Parks Fire/open flame ban!

There's a similar ban in NORCAL. Heavy restrictions on fires, complete bans on red flag days, including propane.
propchef 07/29/21 07:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Favorite Leftovers Recipes

I was camping over the weekend and made pasta from leftover ground beef kabobs. - cooked ground beef kabobs (or leftover meatloaf) - your favorite cooked pasta. I used penne - tomato sauce, fresh or canned/jar. We have tomatoes in the garden already and I made a quick sauce from that We'll also make a Sloppy Jose from these types of leftovers. Like a Sloppy Joe but spicy, served with cilantro, lime, and sour cream (crema). #drool
propchef 07/07/21 11:45am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Dried Fruit and Nut Loaf

Yum.
propchef 06/29/21 08:54pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: SPAM-alama-dingdong

Do you eat ANYTHING with flour? You're eating processed food. ANYTHING out of a box, can, or sealed bag, you're eating processed food. I LOVE M&Ms, but they're the WORST. So much so I use them as an example of dangerous processed food. In fact, the American version is illegal in every country outside of the US. I still have them occasionally. Moderation combined with knowledge. Enjoy the M&Ms
propchef 06/29/21 07:12pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: SPAM-alama-dingdong

I've been around meat processing from the slaughter house kill floor to the retail meat case for more than half a century. If you are squeamish about how SPAM is made, I'll be happy to provide a list of about 50 other products you should probably avoid. FYI, crispy pig tails fresh out of the lard press are a tasty treat for a kid. This SPAM is the least of your worries if you're trying to avoid processed foods. Spam is one of my dark secrets, I love having spam (or better yet, livermush) for breakfast. If you live in hurricane country, you need some good Spam recipes.
propchef 06/29/21 07:25am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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