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RE: Raccoons - 1, Me - 1. (UPDATE!)

I live in northern CA and have had racoon and skunks invade our yard many times. I contacted a pest control company to trap and relocate these critters and was told that they legally could not release wild animals off my property and would have to euthanize them! I then called the county animal control and was told the same thing. I explained I didn't want to kill them, just get them out of my yard and was told that was the law. I couldn't go along with that so bought a trap and relocated several racoons to a creek a few miles out to town. The skunks however was a different matter. I didn't attempt to capture them and eventually they went away on their own after I blocked all the entrances to under my redwood decks and house foundation.
Lightning55 07/09/22 10:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Camping Safety

We've been doing this for a long time and I think you just have to use common sense and not expose yourself to potential dangerous situations. I do not stay at rest stops, Walmarts or places that might not be safe. I also always have the ability to protect myself if I need to.
Lightning55 06/29/22 08:49am RV Lifestyle
RE: Turbo car engine in mountains

I don't think this is necessary. A large % of cars nowadays are turbo equipped, this is not new technology and is a proven method of increasing power on small displacement motors and has been pretty reliable for the most part. If it was me, I'd run it and not worry about cool down.
Lightning55 04/21/22 08:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Gas prices.

Gas is getting pretty pricey in CA. $6.55 for premium.
Lightning55 03/17/22 09:09am RV Lifestyle
RE: Sliding shelf for Blackstone griddle or BBQ

Truth is, I'm not sure what the rails and hardware cost. My son-in-law special ordered the rails and brackets through his cabinet company and I'm having a hard time getting a bill from him. I think the locking rails and hardware were not cheap, maybe a couple hundred but I'm not sure.
Lightning55 03/04/22 02:35pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Sliding shelf for Blackstone griddle or BBQ

I have a 2021 Grand Design Reflection 31MB 5th wheel with an outdoor kitchen compartment that has a small frig and an area to store a stove. I like using the Blackstone so my son-in-law (that is a cabinet maker) made this custom sliding shelf that now makes storage and use a breeze. Copy and go to the link below for youtube video.
Lightning55 03/04/22 12:10pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Would $7 per gal effect your RV lifestyle?

Recently experts have predicted that gas prices could soon reach $7 per gallon. Depending where you go in northern CA, prices have been north of $5 for at least a couple of months. I just filled my Duramax for $150 and it wasn't even full! If prices soar to these levels, how will it effect your RV travels? For me, it's hard to find places to get reservations anyway so my travels are less but high fuel costs will definitely effect my travels. I'll try to cut expenses elsewhere so we can still go out as often as possible. We have a trip to Yellowstone planned later this year but I won't give up that trip even if it costs a few hundred more in fuel. What say you?
Lightning55 02/23/22 08:49am General RVing Issues
RE: What is the dumbest things about your fifth wheel?

I would have to agree with others that the location of light switches and electrical outlets in my FW are pretty dumb.
Lightning55 02/09/22 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Missing catalytic converter

The problem is that our law makers have de-criminalized thefts like this and there aren't any consequences and often aren't any prosecutions for these crimes. Also it's fast and easy to cut them off. Plus it's too easy to sell them. Recycling yards pay $150 cash on the spot for a cat converter. Some of the precious metals in a converter is worth more than gold. It should be illegal to sell a cat without documentation such as vehicle VIN and drivers license/ID. Society is just too soft on crime these days.
Lightning55 01/25/22 09:11am General RVing Issues
Sliding shelf for Blackstone I have a 2021 Grand Design Reflection 31MB 5th wheel with a kitchen compartment with a small frig and storage area for a stove. We like using the Blackstone so we installed a double sliding shelf for storing and use. This might be the best mod we've made to this trailer so far. Copy and paste the youtube video.
Lightning55 12/26/21 08:58am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Remembering my best physical condition

My best physical shape was in my mid thirties. Things slowly started slipping after that. 74 now and it seems to get worse every year as far as health goes.
Lightning55 12/24/21 10:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Straw cowboy style hats

^^Most, would figure a Cowboy in California, is a cut above! Yes, the truck would help, especially with bull horns attached to the grill. Jerry Bull horns on my beautiful Duramax Denali? Hmmm, I have my limitations.....
Lightning55 12/22/21 11:48am Around the Campfire
RE: Straw cowboy style hats

As a little kid, I loved wearing cowboy hats. I grew up in the northern CA suburbs and whenever I wore a cowboy hat, people would look at me like I was an alien or something. Now as an old guy, I really like the look of jeans, boots, and straw hats, but wonder if it's now more acceptable to wear western wear even though I'm not a cow poke. I haven't been on a horse in decades! It's the 21st century and I see people from all over the world around here dressed in their traditional/cultural clothing. Think I would still fit in if I looked like I was from Texas? I drive a pick up truck if that helps...
Lightning55 12/22/21 10:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Ever Notice?

I noticed his pants with no pockets a long time ago and thought that was a little odd. I also noticed that the bad guy got the drop on him but I figured he was a bad shot and just missed him. In most scenes, I noticed that Dillon never had his holster tied to his leg, the leather straps just dangled at his side. Just a side note - I read that opening gun fight scene was filmed at the same set that High Noon was filmed.
Lightning55 12/17/21 04:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Straw cowboy style hats

I'm no cow poke but I know steam is the best way to shape and needs to be worn to break in for a comfortable fit. I think a Resistol George Strait hat is the best looking cowboy hat there is!
Lightning55 12/16/21 10:40am Around the Campfire
RE: 5th wheel purchase advise - Solitude or Jayco

I've owned a new Jayco and a Grand Design Reflection 5th wheel. My Reflection is much nicer in my opinion and the Solitude is even nicer. Better overall quality and tows better.
Lightning55 12/10/21 04:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The RV market December 2021

I've heard that the market is still strong, but RV lots are filling up with inventory again. I'm not in the market but I'd guess that prices are starting to soften with increased availability. I think the late model used market is still strong. I suspect that it won't be long and the market will be flooded with inventory and the prices will drop a lot.
Lightning55 12/08/21 09:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch What Kind

There are lots of good hitches out there but on my last two 5th wheels, I use an Andersen Ultimate hitch and like it.
Lightning55 12/04/21 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Renting out a parking spot on my property...?

So I spoke with my insurance agent this morning, one reason that I still have a local bricks and sticks agent is to discuss minor questions such as this. As a result of the conversation I decided, from a liability standpoint, it is not worth the risk for me. The part of my property that I would allow access is not a defined vehicular spot; it is not a driveway or similar, it is just a part of field/ lawn/ grassy spot. There are vole holes and ant hills around. While the ants are dormant, the potential to twist an ankle in one of the hills or holes is quite possible. The potential to make a few hundred bucks is not worth any potential claim against my homeowners policy. If it were some sort of "defined" spot for which a vehicle could be parked then I would entertain the thought more. Thanks for comments. Smart call. It's not worth the potential exposure to liability.
Lightning55 11/29/21 11:07am Around the Campfire
RE: Champion Generator

I've got a Champion 3100 and although a little bigger and a bit more expensive, it's a great value for what you get. Remote control electric starter and enough power to run our AC unit. Very quiet, reliable and easy to move with the wheels on the front. I'll admit it's a little heavy though.
Lightning55 11/29/21 10:54am General RVing Issues
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