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Concrete graffiti

New driveway poured. Carefully smoothed and textured. Made sure to tell all the neighbor kids I do not want any initials or footprints to appear overnight. The kids obeyed. Not one of them marred the fresh pour. Should have told the raccoons! I now have wildlife tracks preserved for posterity.
dave54 06/04/20 08:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: Most expensive camp chair!

Wait until season end closeout at Walmart and buy a folding chair for $10. Does the Yeti version last 30x as long as the cheap one?
dave54 05/30/20 07:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ladder

Nobody steals ladders. Agree. A simple unlocked strap may be enough. No thief will spend more than a few seconds on taking a ladder. He'll see it strapped down and not bother with the effort. There are locks that cannot be cut with an angle grinder (or at least very difficult and time consuming) but they cost more than the ladder is worth. Our ladder collapses lengthwise into the dimensions of a 4x4. It slides into a space under the rear bumper, and held in place with straps.
dave54 05/19/20 12:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: National parks balancing demands for cell service, silence

Interesting subject. Balancing the pros and cons of electronics but Congress seems to want connectivity. Congress only wants what the people tell them. There is public demand for connectivity, and Congress is responding to the demand. As for me -- my phone has a power off switch and I use it often. Anyone that needs to contact me should know how to leave a voicemail or text. I figure if Lewis and Clark could navigate across an unmapped continent without a GPS and only a compass, I can live for a few hours with my phone off.
dave54 05/03/20 05:03pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Rude People

Any couples having a DV incident had stresses and problems long before the quarantine started.
dave54 04/21/20 10:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: Yet another reason to love trailering

Agree 100% Often just pull off the road in a nice spot to eat lunch. Once watched a small family of bighorn sheep frolicking on the hillside while we ate with the cars speeding by a few yards away not even noticing. Or the elk that came right up to our window while eating and looked in at us (had the clean the elk noseprint off the glass). You don't experience that in fast food restaurants.
dave54 04/17/20 11:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Stimulus Check , what are you going to do with yours ?

Invest it while the stock market is still down.
dave54 04/03/20 07:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Oil trades now in US dollars.....not for long

China holds $1.2 Trillion in US debt. It is not in their own best interest to devalue the dollar. They have a financial reason to keep the US economy stable.
dave54 04/03/20 07:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: Multi month trip planning

How did we go anywhere when we only had paper maps :@ I still use them for getting the basic layout for a trip. When you zoom out of google maps to look at an entire state or several states at once, half of the roads disappear. Zoom in to see the minor roads, you have too small of an area to get the big picture. So you end up constantly zooming in and out. Paper maps -- no problem. Spread them out over the kitchen table and start making plans with my DW right next to me.
dave54 03/23/20 11:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Insanity in the grocery stores...

One local store is completely out of bread, buns, and rolls. But they had plenty of flour and yeast. So we will fill our house with the aroma of fresh baked bread. :)
dave54 03/19/20 11:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Intelligent Life !

To the best of our collective human knowledge... Mars is a planet entirely populated by robots. Perhaps we should check there. Naw... they have kids there. The one thing they do not have is Santa Claus, so the Martians kidnapped him. My favorite Christmas movie!
dave54 03/05/20 04:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: I5 Bakersfield to Redding

If you are driving from Bakersfield, you don't really have a choice do you? 99 ends at Sacramento and you need to be on 99 to get to Sacramento... That will come as quite a shock to residents of Yuba City, Gridley, Chico... 99 ends at Red Bluff in the north.You are correct but nobody takes that part of 99 going north anymore since the that section of 5 opened up. Not necessarily. For some topographic reason, 99 get less wind than the parallel I5. Yesterday, for example, the winds were howling on I5, trucks, trailers, and RVs not recommended. 99 had a few gusts, but otherwise no problem.
dave54 03/02/20 01:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: I5 Bakersfield to Redding

If you are driving from Bakersfield, you don't really have a choice do you? 99 ends at Sacramento and you need to be on 99 to get to Sacramento... That will come as quite a shock to residents of Yuba City, Gridley, Chico... 99 ends at Red Bluff in the north.
dave54 02/29/20 07:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Who's the shortsighted one here

I always wondered why people drove around the gym parking lot 3-4 times trying to get a parking space 20 feet closer to the front door.
dave54 02/28/20 10:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Propane hookup for outside gas line

You can do either way. If you use the line before the tank regulator, then keep the regulator on the grill. If you plumb into the line after the tank regulator, then remove the regulator from the grill. Only have one regulator between the tank and the grill. Two does not work. I plug mine into a regulated line, so I removed the grill regulator. However, I have the regulator on quick connect fittings with all the adapters so I can hook it up to a separate 1 lb bottle if I want, or a separate 5 gal bottle.
dave54 02/28/20 11:05am Beginning RVing
RE: What is this

Looks like a muffler bearing modulator. The import version, from the 80s. Had a bigger flange starting in 1989.
dave54 02/16/20 03:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

I've seen the arguments for and against. Only observation I've made on this forum over the years is that it seems everyone that's switched over to LT tires is happy with the switch. I switched back to ST. With LTs the rig was all over the road and made towing a real workout, and had poorer fuel economy. With STs the rig just handles better in all weather and road conditions with better fuel economy. The only time I ever had a problem with an ST is when the tires were over 4 years old, and I got lazy and failed to check pressures. I am normally OCD on tire care and never had a problem when I maintained diligence. LTs require less diligence, true, but the worse handling and fuel economy made it bad trade-off for me. YMMV.
dave54 02/15/20 06:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: exchanging propane cylinder that came with TT

Personally, I would not turn in a tank that I knew was defective. You might take your old tank to a propane dealer and see if they could repair the old tank. To me, turning in a defective tank is the same as lying and cheating. Not at all. The exchange companies specifically say that they will accept any tank, because they inspect and if necessary repair, or dispose of, every tank they get. It's part of their business model. Their customers know they are always getting a good tank, and they will always be able to exchange an empty, even if it fails while they are using it. Agree. I talked to our local propane dealer, and he said all returned tanks are inspected and repaired as needed. It is illegal to give out a tank with a known defect. He stated he would rather a defective tank be traded in than the homeowner try and get it refilled from a shady or careless supplier.
dave54 12/11/19 12:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: jack pads

We have 4 sets of plastic blocks. Never bought one of them. 2 were freebies from the dealer when we bought new rigs. One was a door prize at a RV show, and one was a gift. I stopped carrying wooden blocks and now just use the plastic, with 12x18 plywood on the bottom in soft soil. The wooden blocks soak up water and get heavier. If the plastic gets muddy, it's easy to wash them off and they don't get heavier. Plus being interlocking they are more secure.
dave54 12/09/19 11:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: You don't need it.

The tools I carry are are almost never used on the rig. They get used on the bicycles, the gennies, the grill...
dave54 12/09/19 10:50pm General RVing Issues
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