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1  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 11:54:55 am
Ron:

Hard to deal with those restrictions!  Not sure if there are similar restrictions at all other state parks here.

Holly/John:

I'd be awfully remiss if I didn't put in a plug for our favorite place: Lake Tahoe...one of the highest and deepest alpine lakes in the world.  It's readily accessible on the north end via I-80, and on the south end via Hwy 50.  Weather permitting, of course.  It's about 2-1/2 to 3 hrs from the Napa area, so a day trip or overnight from the Bay Area is easy and a gorgeous drive. They do have a number of RV parks on both the CA and NV sides of the lake, as well as campgrounds (Fallen Leaf, Nevada Beach, Tahoe Valley, Campground By The Lake, Sugar Pine Pt State Park, etc). From the lake there are many easy day trips to Virginia City, Carson City, Reno.

The north side is more rustic, the south side more touristy (major casinos, Heavenly Valley Ski Area, shopping). The Heavenly Valley tram to the top runs most of the year with some spectacular views.

Just so much to do and see any time of year in that area.....fishing, horseback riding, sleigh rides, hiking, paddle wheel cruises to Emerald Bay, kayaking, etc.   Oh, and the best Bloody Mary anywhere?  It's at Cabo Wabo inside Harvey's Resort.

    - Mike
2  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Mapping Software on: October 20, 2014, 10:53:20 am
On our last long trip we used Google Earth, Google Maps and the AllStays App.  We liked the routing features of the Google Maps app (not for navigating, but general planning ) and the RV-related locations on the AllStays app.

  - Mike
3  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 10:46:45 am
That would be Samuel P. Taylor State Park, between Pt Reyes and San Rafael and it is indeed very nice.  Unfortunately with the CA drought there are some changes/restrictions there...

At Samuel P. Taylor State Park, in order to meet the park's basic water needs, and comply with water conservation, the park has taken the following actions:
 As of 1/20/14, and until further notice, the park dump station will be out of service.  RV's/trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park.
 Beginning the week of 7/20/14 the restroom building next to site 58 will be closed and some water spigots in Orchard Hill Loop will be turned off.  Additionally, all park showers will be closed.  Chemical toilets will be available until this restroom reopens.  These service reductions will remain in effect until futher notice.

    - Mike
4  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 19, 2014, 02:36:37 pm
Wow, Bill....I might be talked into taking my rig (and toad) north on Hwy 1 from Jenner to Manchester.....might.  I would never take that route south though.  I'm sure vertigo would set in and I'd take us crashing over the edge of the cliff!  We've done it in our SUV a number of times and it wasn't the most pleasant driving experience, but the scenery cannot be beat.  I would advise anyone that takes that route to stop by Fort Ross and also the Timber Cove Inn (gotta see the quirky totem, and the trails along the cliffs are amazing....they also have a great bar and food). One thing to mention, though...we've had to stop on the road and wait about 15 mins until a herd of cows decided to cross the road and graze along the cliff.

Very envious of the vertigo-free drivers out there!

   - Mike
5  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 18, 2014, 10:43:25 pm
Many National Parks parks are still open, or open year round out here, like Pinnacles and Lassen.

Lots of state and local parks with RV sites as well.  Skyline Wilderness Park is ideally located close to downtown Napa and the southern end of Napa Valley.  Quiet place with lots of hiking trails and great views.  Full hookups.

Doran Regional Park in Bodega Bay offers RV sites with no hookups, right on the bay and across the street from an ocean beach.

A number of Army Corps campgrounds sprinkled around some of the lakes (like Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino... And I think Folsom Lake)

If you plan to stop a bit up here in the SF Bay Area / Napa Valley Area, give me a shout and we can chat about all the things accessible from around here.

    - Mike
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Reunion in Colorado on: September 18, 2014, 07:59:49 am
Nashville....awesome!  Love that little city!  Marking the calendar....

   - Mike
7  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pet Ramp solution on: September 03, 2014, 11:14:58 pm
Hey, that's pretty slick!  This would be great for our tiny Pomeranians!  Won't have to lift the little things in and out.

  - Mike
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Executive DVR on: September 01, 2014, 01:23:40 pm
This is a pretty good source.....

http://www.remotes.com/store/executive/sts93.html?gclid=CNyY9cvDwMACFchgfgodrDQASg

    - Mike
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Small, quiet electric heater suggestions??? on: August 27, 2014, 10:12:06 am
Margie:

We have a tiny Pelonis unit which does a great job. It can really crank out some heat for its size.
Pelonis Honeycomb Ceramic Disc Furnace - Model PF-1212  (1500W variable, 5A min draw, 12.5A max continuous draw, 5200 btus, $65 @ Amazon, auto/man, heat/fan/off, adjustable thermostat, overheat protection, safety tip-over switch, 6-3/4h x 5-3/4w x 5-1/4d)

Obviously with heaters you need to watch the amp draw as it relates to what source you have (20, 30 or 50 amp campground power....or generator) and what other devices you are using in the rig.

With many heaters the amperage is determined by the setting on a switch (low, medium, high). On this Pelonis unit the amp draw and heat provided is determined by the variable thermostat and current ambient temperature, meaning it will draw a lot if the rig is cold and you have the thermostat way up, but then as the rig heats up the amp draw goes down. 

If you are looking for tiny, they don't get any smaller than this I don't think.  Love the ceramic disc feature, for efficiency and safety too.

   - Mike
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converting Fluorescent To LED Just By Changing Bulbs on: August 25, 2014, 12:02:18 am
Neat project, Ron!  We have cherry cabinets as well and I might take a look at those LED's.  One difference in our rigs I think, is ours came with three way switches....bright, low and off.

  - Mike
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hello to everyone! on: August 23, 2014, 01:24:46 pm
 obliged  Hello....and welcome!  What color didja get?

    - Mike
12  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camgrounds in New Jersey or Delaware on: August 21, 2014, 09:23:57 am
Jackson is a pretty good location, too.  The shore from Asbury Park to Cape May (incl. Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood) are all very accessible, and Philadelphia is a nice day trip.  I'm originally from CT and spent a lot of time in Wildwood.  Many campgrounds along highway 9.  Beaches shouldn't be too crowded after Labor Day.

  - Mike
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: August 20, 2014, 06:29:36 pm
Ya know, there are limited components that cause a lot of heat and if you ignore engine and exhaust then you start to think about electrical issues, which can cause a buildup of heat.  Usually when you have this problem you usually trip a breaker or blow a fuse, but I wouldn't rule out the electrical wiring and devices in that area....side view mirror heaters, electric windows and door locks.....and possibly electric step and leveler.  Other than mice huddling around a little campfire in your door panel, I'm at a loss.
14  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Camgrounds in New Jersey or Delaware on: August 20, 2014, 05:13:07 pm
Hmmmm....nevermind. shrug
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HEAT along the passenger wing wall on: August 20, 2014, 03:41:43 pm
Holly :

I crawled under there this morning and I am totally flummoxed (that's a word, right?) about what is causing your heat problem.  My exhaust runs straight down the rig, a bit off the centerline and about 3 feet away from the passenger side of the rig.  It also is right next to the framing member that runs down the rig, and this framing member is between the side of the rig and the exhaust..  Between the frame and the side of the rig is a very large open space running from the passenger door down to the battery compartment.  This is the area I think you were describing, and on my rig there is absolutely nothing there but space....almost enough to warrant another storage compartment!  I hope the attached pix show what you need to see.

   - Mike


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