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RE: Travel to Alberta

One of my good friends growing up went to college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. He told me once that they had an informal test for how cold the day was. Take a half a cup of coffee, stick it out the window (on the second or third floor of the dorm, as I recall), and turn the cup over. If a brown splotch appears in the snow below, it's not too cold. If a small hole appears where the chunk of iced coffee hits it, it's starting to get fairly cold. If nothing at all appears on the snow, it's definitely cold and you should bundle up well. The party trick is to take a cup of boiling water and toss it outside. - It's its cold, it will instantly turn to light fluffy snow. Done it many times in Michigan.
valhalla360 01/25/21 02:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Boondock towing

All, I can not comment about other hitch types, but I have confirmed with Hensley that there is no need to reduce bar tension in rough conditions. It can be reduced or left as tight as when on paved roads and there will be no damage either way. Best wishes to the OP in finding the correct answer to his question. In principal, most WDH "should" be fine. But I see no good reason to abuse them in a situation where they aren't serving a purpose.
valhalla360 01/25/21 10:50am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Drip

If it's on the PVC pipes or fitting, fairly simple. Repaired a crack on a prior trailer with some epoxy and automotive fiberglass wrapped around it. I saw the trailer last summer and the fix is still there and sealing it 12yrs later. If the tank gets a crack, that's a bigger challenge. There is special glue to seal it...anything else won't stick. Even with the special ABS plastic welding glue, I never did get it to stay sealed.
valhalla360 01/25/21 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailers for large families

There are multiple ratings you need to watch. - Tow rating is how much the engine can pull. - But often, the truck payload will run out before you hit the max tow rating. If you have 2500lb truck payload (seems low for a 1 ton rating): - 1000lb of people count against it. - 100lb for the hitch counts against it. - 6000lb trailer should have around 800lb hitch weight which will count against it. - Any other cargo in the truck counts against it. - Any bolt on items (like running boards and roof racks) count against it. Not sure if the seats are considered add ons as full size vans can be ordered without them. It appears you are looking at empty weights if you think these are 6000lb one travels with an empty trailer. Look at GVWR for a more realistic idea of what you can expect to pull: Looked up the Jayco...That's a 7000lb GVWR trailer with only 1160lb of payload (in the trailer)...that's going add another 100-150lb to the hitch weight and you will probably have to move more cargo to the van to keep the trailer within ratings The alpha wolf is better on cargo (1800lb) but weighs in at 7600lb loaded, so figure a hitch weight up around 1000lb. PS: ignore the hitch weights listed in the brochures...they are for empty trailers. Take 12-15% of the GVWR as a good estimate. By the time you get below 10%, you typically wind up with an unstable towing trailer. With a couple of teenagers, if they are reasonably trustable, I would put them in the van for sleeping. They will probably prefer it anyway.
valhalla360 01/25/21 05:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Restrictions Coming

Statistically correct but would you park next to them? Now is the litmus test as everyone, including us, want to break out and go somewhere. Sure, no problem. They are parked in the site next to mine. They aren't sleeping in my bed. Do you think apartment owners in Canada are clearing out 2/3 of the apartments so no one is in the adjacent apartment. Camping, there is even greater separation.
valhalla360 01/25/21 04:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Travel Restrictions Coming

Even you, valhalla, believe these people used a loophole. Loopholes are entirely legal. If they weren't, they wouldn't be a loophole. If it's so horrible, please explain why it's OK to fly and pick up a rental car but to have your own car shipped across is horrible and will kill us all.
valhalla360 01/25/21 04:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Boondock towing

Something like this mounted to the a-frame should do the trick: I have my doubts about that, the fastaway bars, at least on our hitch are rectangular and heavy. Maybe 8 or 10 pounds. Your welding shop idea is workable but I don't get the problem with dropping them in the bed of the truck. If his are coated with grease then he is doing something wrong. Fastaway recommend lube only at the contact points. The ends of the bar. Carry a rag or two and wipe it off. Fastaway e2 I don't get why they are greasy and can't be tossed in the truck bed but since the OP was insistent he had no space, some sort of rack would work. If they are too big or heavy, a welding shop adding some upright pipes in a similar configuration would work. It would also be a convenient storage place while the trailer is parked.
valhalla360 01/25/21 04:50am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondock towing

Do you need the anti sway/wd bars for back roads towing? Why not take them off? I could do that, sure. It's a pain, though, not only having to stop and jack-up the hitch, but also to stow the greasy bars. Every obvious option is already occupied. Some WDH are better than others about large articulations but none are intended for off road use. They are specifically designed to resist large amounts of articulation at the hitch. Taking the bars off should only take a few minutes. If you are worried about where to put them, go down to a welding shop and ask them to make up a bracket to hold them on the a-frame. Should be fairly simple to make something up that will cost far less than a new WDH. Something like this mounted to the a-frame should do the trick:
valhalla360 01/24/21 01:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Travel Trailers for large families

As the youngest of 10, we had a 28ft TT towed by a full size van. Give consideration to a tent or possibly have the seats in the van set up so some of the kids can sleep in the van. Depending on age, kids can sleep in areas I would never consider as an adult. If you want them all sleeping in the trailer, expect to do a lot of set up and tear down of the beds to make it livable during the day as you will likely need to convert the couch and dinette every day. Probably OK on payload but check it. 8 people with an average of 150lb is 1200lb of people, plus hitch weight plus anything else in the van (not sure if bench seats are counted in the door panel payload. Also watch the trailer payload closely, a lot of people can translate to a lot of payload. I'm not familiar with the Nissan model but full size rear wheel drive vans are perfectly fine for towing. If you stay in the ratings, no reason to expect the transmission to blow up and 375hp is way more than my Dad's vans ever had back in the 70-80's.
valhalla360 01/24/21 01:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Restrictions Coming

Those who flaunt the law and disregard health and safety rules wouldn’t be my friends. They endanger others, themselves...and me! They are fully within the law. It's still perfectly legal to fly across the border and shipping via commercial truck is still perfectly legal. RV'ing is one of the safest ways to self isolate. Really the numbers using the loophole are so small as to be irrelevant.
valhalla360 01/24/21 01:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Basic Question About AC Power Wiring

Not a clue, so ignore if wrong, but ISTR about air conditioners sometimes becoming increasingly difficult to start when cycling due to some kind of build-up. Can't remember any details. Weird about the microwave! The compressor pushes the freon (yeah it's nor freon anymore) to the high pressure side. As the high pressure side increases, it takes more torque to spin the compressor. If you shut the air/con down for a few sec and then try to start it up again, the high pressure side hasn't reduced, so you have the compressor trying to overcome both the high pressure and the electric motor start up load...result it's much harder to start. (most newer electronic thermostats have a 5min delay to let the high pressure side come down). I'm confused regarding the microwave. - Is the microwave plugged in but off and it suddenly starts running? - Are you trying to run the microwave while the air/con is running? Someone beat me to it regarding the plug in voltage meter. You may see it drop into the 104-108v range before any odd operation starts but as you say, without the plug in meter, by the time you get your handheld meter out, you've passed the point of no return.
valhalla360 01/24/21 01:10pm Tech Issues
RE: It's a wonderful day: COVID vaccinations

Just got the vaccine this morning. Well organized we were out in about an hour and 20 in was they made us wait to make sure there was no adverse reaction. Our appointment was between 9-11am and we arrived at 8:50am not sure what the situation would be. Passed back by around 10:30 and the parking lot was only half full. On the positive side, 7 day average is 1.06mil per day and rising. So really Biden needs to up the goal since that will already be at well over 106million in his first 100 days if he just keeps doing what was happening before he got in the drivers seat. PS: One thing that's kind of odd. No one asked anything about meeting the current phase requirements (Health Care Worker, 65+ or pre-existing condition). We do meet. Is that a HIPPA thing that they can't ask?
valhalla360 01/24/21 12:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Max Payload Question

Your best bet as mentioned is to hit the scales and see what the real weights are. It's unclear, do you have a SRW or a SRW truck? Either way, tires are only one aspect that can limit weight. Also, check the Ford towing booklet for 2006. It also includes truck camper weight limits which are usually lower than the payload. I'm not positive but I suspect it's related to the high center of gravity.
valhalla360 01/24/21 07:04am Truck Campers
RE: Camp Margaritaville

Been watching that property for years and wondered why the building was vacant. Great location and I am sure it will prosper if managed properly. Yep great location. I'm just wondering how successful its theme will be in an area that prides itself on family entertainment. Jimmy Buffet's fan base is middle age, middle class America...they tend to wear funny hats and Hawaiian shirts. Otherwise, that's about as family friendly as it gets.
valhalla360 01/23/21 03:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

This isn't a gray area of if they are really doing it commercially. They certainly seem to be a commercial operation. But do they disrupt park operations or disturb park visitors? If they do not then why should they be charged a fee with a two week waiting period to use their video cam? Fees should have a rational basis and not just be a money grab. There is also the $1,000,000 insurance policy to consider. The average youtube channel owner in a park doesn't have a shooting schedule in mind, uses a tiny camera, creates no disruption. The park rangers most likely never know that they are there or any different from the multitude of other visitors. So why should they pay to use the public's property in a way no different from the average tourist does shooting selfies. The parks do NOT belong to the park service after all, not in this county, yet. The park doesn't know what the commercial operator is doing until the permit is filed. They have accounted for this by setting up a permit fee schedule that adjusts based on the impact and complexity of the shoot. For what they are doing, it's a $75 fee, which is very reasonable. The average youtube channel owner literally doesn't make a penny and is therefore exempt from the permit process. There is likely some gray area with youtube channels that bring in a couple hundred dollars per year. These guys are making 6 figures off the channel and related activities. Dig around for some of their behind the scenes stuff. It's not a full blown movie set but it is a lot more than a cell phone on a selfie stick (some of their early stuff is but they've moved far beyond that) Unless they are doing something stupid to raise the risk, a $1mil umbrella insurance policy doesn't cost much. Particularly if it's spread out over the 75-100videos per year that they put out.
valhalla360 01/23/21 03:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Camp Margaritaville

Is it actually affiliated with Jimmy?
valhalla360 01/23/21 07:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

Watched most of WHY WE DON’T VISIT NATIONAL PARKS, though haven't seen the referenced video that caused their issue. Based on their RV Vblogs, I think it's a stretch to consider their videos as primarily commercial, and not more toward journalism or travel documentary in the public interest supported by monetizing open access to their channel. Even if they didn't monetize their channel, YT possibly could do so themselves. Would it still be considered commercial? On the other hand, if they charged for streaming access or for DVDs of their episodes, then I could see it focused more for commercial purposes. You seem to be thinking in the old style of making and selling video tapes or DVDs. That's a dying method of delivering commercial videos. Youtube is a bit confusing for many because anyone can post a video to it and most don't make a dime off it. Those people could legitimately claim it's not a commercial operation. But the ones who get big numbers are almost always very much commercial operations. They are a commercial operation. - They have 2 million subscribers. Their videos often have several million views. That does translate into substantial direct Youtube income. - One of their early videos specifically talked about them turning on the monetization options on youtube. - They have product tie ins (essentially short commercials) in most of their videos. - They have a Patron account which is another way to monatize the channel. - They openly admit this is their primary source of income. Keep in mind, they are normally do not primarily focus RVs and on national parks. They more typically travel internationally and a large percentage of their videos include reviews of commercial activities in the area. This isn't a gray area of if they are really doing it commercially.
valhalla360 01/23/21 07:11am Around the Campfire
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

Here is a link to the original case: Court Case And they say permits are up to $750/day which strikes me as pricey. Pull up the link to the fee schedule from the NPS. I believe their work would qualify as Catagory 1 Filming, which is $75. That strikes me as pretty reasonable, The only thing I could find with $750/day was for motion picture filming that involves 49 or more people edit: I just realized, you provided the link.
valhalla360 01/23/21 06:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

The case that brought this to the RV public was Nate and Kara (not sure if that is their name) who did get a big fine for shooting video in the park. Their story They did have a decidedly monetized YT channel but they did not use lighting, props or models.Non-disruptive. They have an episode up detailing what you had to do to get a permit, there was (IIRC) a $400 application fee, not refundable and you had to apply way in advance. 30 days? You had to provide a minute by minute schedule of shooting and I think there were additional fees. This is all from memory so it may be in error. And all they were doing was walking around with a selfy stick and a GoPro or somesuch. I never heard of them and their target audience is obviously the 20-30 age group. He also got a warning from the FCC about flying a drone in the park, something he should have known about. We have been watching them well before this incident. We really like them but they knew of the rules and tried to fly under the radar. They were caught. While all you see is them walking around with a selfy stick...there is a lot more to putting together a high quality video and it's a lot more disruptive. The drone flying is a good example. It's generally prohibited because visitors find it disruptive. Had they gotten the permit, they would have known they couldn't do it or they could have set up a plan to get permission. The minute by minute is an exaggeration. The park want's a schedule so they can insure no conflicts. They have a history of doing this in other countries...ask forgiveness rather than permission when breaking the rules. When you only stay in a country for 3-4 days, you can often get away with this...this year they were stuck in the US all year. This doesn't mean they are bad people. We still watch their videos. But requiring permits for commercial filming is a reasonable expectation.
valhalla360 01/22/21 02:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Requiring a permit to do video in Federal Lands struck down

Volokh Legal Blog If I'm reading this correctly. The parks were requiring a commercial permit which was very pricey and had a lot of nitpicking requirements if you posted your video on YouTube. It's not particularly pricey or nitpicky. You do have to plan ahead and it guarantees that you have signed off on the rules and limits for filming. The way I'm reading your article is: - If the filming is commercial but primarily news reporting, it's protected as free speech. - If the filming is commercial with just a profit motive, you have to get a permit still. That makes a lot of sense. If there is a bear attack, you can't use the permit process to keep the press from covering it. But if you are just making a travel series for profit, you should get a permit and you can't claim you didn't know you couldn't disrupt the other visitors in the name of profits.
valhalla360 01/22/21 02:48pm Around the Campfire
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