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RE: Full hook up?

I use the campground facilities to shower. . Yeah, RIGHT ! you have you bellowed TC with your own bathroom and having full hookups you go to public showers seeking diseases ? OK now that sounds more like snobbery than "I don't use hookups". Yes I use the campground facilities. I have no problem with them. I prefer the larger stall size of the campground facilities over the cramped space in my camper. A pair of flip flops prevent the common issues with public showers. Like I said, I'd rather use my own water from the fresh tank for drinking and cooking than use it up on a shower and have to drink some lousy tasting water or carry a case or two of water bottles with me.
toedtoes 06/22/21 08:22am Truck Campers
RE: Sad state of national parks and forests - II

I think we've gotten off topic. Before this thread gets shut down could we back off the discussion of presidential merits and get back to the national parks?
toedtoes 06/21/21 06:12pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Full hook up?

^This X 2. This "I never use hook ups" snobbery gets old. For me that equals to "I don't shower" I use the campground facilities to shower. I'd rather save my home-filled fresh tank water for drinking, cooking, etc, then use it up on showers and end up with crappy tasting water the rest of the trip. The campgrounds I visit that don't have shower facilities have a creek or lake that I can wash off in - and those are for camping not sightseeing so it's not like I'm going out in public all smelly. I rarely use hookups, but I don't think it makes me better than others. It's just what I prefer. Others prefer hookups - and I respect their choice. That's why I like the variety of campgrounds and RV parks - there's something for everyone.
toedtoes 06/21/21 06:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Check in/out timing...

I think there is a difference between a camper who ignores the check in/out rules and a management that screws up a reservation, etc. 2Retired - your experience was definitely the fault of the campground. I would wipe that park off my list just as you did. On the other hand, if a camper just takes someone else's spot, or refuses to leave by check out time, or demands you leave early to accommodate them, then I wouldn't blame the campground.
toedtoes 06/21/21 06:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Check in/out timing...

I have never arrived with my reserved site occupied. I have never had the next occupant arrive while I was still at the site. I think this is most likely on a first-come first-served camp, often Federal camps. People will often arrive very early at a park hoping to grab a free site as soon as it is vacated. They are scanning the whole campground not one particular site tho. It may be a problem at RV Parks also. I certainly understand getting there early for first come first serve sites. I don't see any reason to arrive before check in for a reserved site.
toedtoes 06/18/21 10:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Full hook up?

... Why do all that extra setup and takedown if it's not needed? Where I like to camp - we need AC 24 hr a day. When our lovely Honda 3000 can provide the power when we stop at rest areas, all dry campings have night generators restrictions. Still with my senior pass, I am getting water and power camping in most beautiful places for $7 to 10. Than when you go to prime areas, like TX shore, or Alaska, you have to pay to stay. I get hooking up to electricity - why not use it since you are paying for it. But that's a quick plug in and unplug. I just don't see the point of hooking up the sewer hose if it's not needed. Just seems like extra work and a potential tripping hazard.
toedtoes 06/18/21 08:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Check in/out timing...

“As I was setting up the guy in the site next to us came over and said "you're early".” That guy needs something else to do. One should never "assume" that someone is "late" vacating a campsite, folks often pay for an additional "night" stay just so they do not have to be rushed to pack up in the morning. Double booking can also happen which may pit you against the folks already in the spot that you were given.. Mistakes can happen. Leave the "assumptions" and "policing" of the campground sites to the campground owner/management to deal with. Much bigger issues in this world to deal with than fighting over a small rented plot of land.. I agree with this. Unless you are the leaver or the comer, stay out of it. To start questioning what other campers are doing is just taking the fast lane to a miserable life.
toedtoes 06/18/21 05:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Full hook up?

As others, I rarely go to full hookup places. The few times I have, I will always hook up the power, but nothing else. With doing more sightseeing trips at national parks, etc, I will often break up the first and last day's drive with an overnight stay at a full hookup RV park, then dry camp at the national park. I may do a full hookup night midtrip if I have multiple destinations so I can recharge batteries, etc. I use the water out of my tank and will only fill if I am midtrip and know I will need more water than the tank can hold AND the water at the park is decent tasting. I only dump if there is enough to dump by the time I am ready to leave. Why do all that extra setup and takedown if it's not needed?
toedtoes 06/18/21 05:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Check in/out timing...

I go to public dry campgrounds, not RV parks or private campgrounds so my experience is colored by that. I have never arrived with my reserved site occupied. I have never had the next occupant arrive while I was still at the site. If arriving on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, I try to make sure I don't arrive before 2 pm as campgrounds are full and I don't want to come in while others are trying to get out. Even if my site is empty, the weekend exodus can make the campround roads crowded. If there is a reserved tag behind mine (showing that someone has the site reserved the day I leave) I try to get out by checkout time. If it is not reserved and it is midweek, then I may stay up until checkin time. This has never been a problem. But I am careful to check on the campground's occupancy - if it will be crowded, I get out earlier to again avoid the crowded roads. One time, upon arriving at my campsite, a couple said "oh, we were hoping you wouldn't arrive yet. We wanted to get a photo of us at the water." I explained to them that my campsite didn't extend that far, pointed out the boundaries, and told them they were quite welcome to take their photos. That's the only " arrival issue" I've had. One time, on a Saturday morning a 5er setup next to me. They were completely unpacked by about 11:30 am. A bit after 2 pm, a large trailer arrived and I heard a lot of back and forth and saw the camphost come over. Apparently, the 5er just "took" the reserved waterfront spot knowing it wasn't theirs. They arrived early so that they would be fully unpacked by the time the rightful camper arrived. The rightful camper ended up taking another non-waterfront site to avoid a big fight. I'm not so sure I'd be willing to let my selected site go that easily. Especially as the crashers knew what they were doing. If it were simply a case of the previous occupant hanging out later, I'd first talk to them and see what was going on. Maybe they had a problem - engine trouble, missing kid, injury, etc. If it was an ongoing problem, I'd try to be sympathetic and understanding and work with them. If it was just that they wanted to squeeze in as much time as possible, I'd give them 30 minutes to pack up and head out before bringing in the camphost AS LONG AS there was an overflow area for me to park in.
toedtoes 06/18/21 05:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sad state of national parks and forests - II

Honestly, $80 for an annual pass (far less for old folks) is really too cheap for what you get. Bump that up a bit and mandate the dollars go right back into the parks and I bet you see a lot of improvements. The annual pass and the "old folks" pass are not the same. The standard annual pass does not include discounts for camping fees, etc. All you get is the free entrance. Unless you can/will visit national parks multiple times in a year, it is not cost effective to spend the $80. A 7-day entrance fee for Death Valley is $30. Unless you are staying longer than 14 days, or visiting another national park during the calendar year, it isn't cost effective to buy the annual pass. In comparison: a standard site at Furnace Creek is $22 per night. With the senior pass, it's $11. For 14 nights, that's a savings of $154 in camping fees as well as the $60 in entrance fees. Making it extremely worth the one-time price of the pass.
toedtoes 06/17/21 01:27pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of national parks and forests - II

California State Parks gets no funding from counties, so a county filing bankruptcy has no bearing on the state of the facilities. The coastal regions of California State Parks are the most financially secure of all properties. The income generated from these beaches and parks far exceed all other parks. California State Parks field staff are extremely dedicated and will buy toilet paper out of pocket and clean up off the clock to make sure visitors are happy, regardless of funding. That has nothing to do with the Parks' administrative staff or their capabilities. National Parks is subject to far more political budget interference than California State Parks. California's budget has remained stable for quite a few years. National Park's budget has been flip flopped on a regular basis. National forest campgrounds tend to be very basic and federal staffing is extremely limited. Most maintenance work (eg, bathroom cleaning) is done by volunteer camphosts or on a much more limited basis by forest staff. California State Park campgrounds have paid maintenance staff to do this work. California State Parks campground fees are more expensive than the federal counterparts. While I agree we need to better fund our National Parks and Forests, I don't think it's fair to compare them to the state systems.
toedtoes 06/17/21 01:12pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Glacier entry ticket

As mentioned, if you have a service reservation, you do not need an entry ticket: Glacier Ticketed Entry
toedtoes 06/16/21 07:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dog fence when sitting outside camper with dog

One thing to remember is that it isn't just about how well-behaved YOUR dog is, but about all the other dogs and people. I've had kids run straight into my campsite at my dogs. I've had loose dogs run into my campsite. I've had coyotes come near. And so on. The last time I used a tether, two loose schnauzers stood just out of my dogs' reach, marked the area, and antagonized my dogs. Having the dogs on a leash keeps them close enough to me that they are less stressed and/or intimidated. And I am close enough to them and have direct control over them so I can quickly move them away from a potential situation.
toedtoes 06/08/21 10:03pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Dog fence when sitting outside camper with dog

I only use a leash when outside the camper for several reasons: 1. it ensures that I am paying attention to what my dog is doing 2. it ensures that I will be able to quickly interact if a kid or another dog suddenly approaches my dog 3. it ensures that I am following campground rules and that my dog is not left unattended at any time.
toedtoes 06/07/21 10:42pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Sun Bathing

She just doesn't want to burn... ;)
toedtoes 06/06/21 10:29am RV Pet Stop
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

Well "toedtoes", my DP plate is DPNNNLL. Doesn't follow the PDF you posted. Is my plate an error? I don't know why your plate is different. It may be personalized, it may have been a mistake, it may be connected to a specific plate style or time frame, or maybe it just wasn't a common enough configuration to include, or maybe they missed that configuration when they wrote the PDF. The point I was making is that the plate configurations are established to make it easy to spot something weird. If a stolen commercial plate is put on lexus sedan, it will stand out to officers and so on.
toedtoes 06/06/21 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

For disabled plates the configurations are as follows for auto/commercial registrations: DPNNNNN or DPLNNNN NNNNNDP or LNNNNDP Personalized plates obviously do not follow these configurations. Here is a pdf on the various configurations. A pickup can be registered as a "passenger vehicle" if it has a permanently attached camper as defined below or as a "commercial vehicle". Those are the two choices. Directly from the handbook: 13.110 Pickup With a Camper Attached Commercial Vehicles 13.110 Pickup With a Camper Attached A “camper” is a structure designed to be mounted upon a motor vehicle and to provide facilities for human habitation or camping purposes (CVC §243). A canopy or similar structure mounted upon a motor vehicle for purposes of human habitation or camping purposes is considered a camper. Other equipment facilitating human habitation, such as a stove or bed, does not have to be permanently affixed to the vehicle. Do not complete a Verification of Vehicle (REG 31) form for human habitation facilities. A one-axle camper is not considered a motor vehicle (CVC §243). When mounted upon a motor vehicle, the camper must have its total weight supported by the motor vehicle, independent of any axle attached permanently or temporarily to the structure. a one-axle structure that is too large to be mounted upon and fully supported by the motor vehicle independent of the axle attached to the structure is a trailer coach or camp trailer, depending on its overall length, and it must be registered separately. Passenger Vehicle Registration—A pickup truck with a permanently attached camper or camper shell (the owner’s intention is not to remove it) meets the definition of a housecar (CVC §362) and may be registered as a passenger vehicle. Assign a body type model (BTM) “PM” (pickup with camper mounted) to the vehicle. Adding a camper shell to a pickup truck does not necessarily constitute a change from commercial to auto registration. The addition must meet the definitions for human habitation or camping purposes. Otherwise, the vehicle may be subject to citation from law enforcement for not meeting the definition of an auto. Human habitation is defined as living space which includes, but is not limited to: closets, cabinets, kitchen units or fixtures, and bath or toilet rooms. In addition to basic original or transfer requirements, the following must be submitted: A Miscellaneous Certifications (REG 256A) form with the Certification of Vehicle for Human Habitation section completed to establish or retain “PM” status. The procedures below must be followed: Advise the customer that removing the camper will require commercial registration and weight fees to be due. Commercial Vehicle Registration—A pickup with a camper temporarily attached (the owner’s intention is to remove it occasionally) must be registered as a commercial vehicle and the camper (including the axle) is a load. Do not include the camper in the value of the vehicle for vehicle license fee (VLF) determination; the value is based on the pickup only.
toedtoes 06/04/21 02:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

Whats the diference between hauling camper or ATV? Or some lumber to build your deck,house or whatever. As long its for personal use and not for profit aka busines you should be ok Because many people argued that they shouldn't have to pay the higher registration rates for a truck if they only use the truck to carry a camper. The DMV said "OK" and gave them the option to pay less. But in exchange, the owner agrees not to use the truck for any other purpose.
toedtoes 06/03/21 10:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

I think everyone is making this a lot more complicated for police than it truly is. The OP's truck has a plate number that consists of AAANNN or NAAANNN or NNNAAA. That means it is registered as noncommercial and cannot be used for hauling. If it were registered as commercial and allowed to haul, it would have a plate reading all numbers (N) with one alpha (A) somewhere within. Very easy to determine if you are allowed to haul or not. And, even if the officer were so unfamiliar with a truck being registered as noncommercial, the truck would still stand out to them as potentially having stolen plates because the plate numbers sequence would be "wrong" for a truck. So, you would likely get stopped for being "suspicious" while the officer checks the plate number to see what car it came off of.
toedtoes 06/03/21 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

A pickup designated as a noncommercial vehicle (ie, an RV) will have an automobile plate number configuration. It will be 6 or 7 digits. Depending on the plate choice (standard or specialty), if 6 digits, it will have AAANNN or NNNAAA. If 7 digits it will be NAAANNN. A pickup designated as commercial will have 6 or 7 digits. There will only be one A somewhere within 5 or 6 Ns, depending on the plate choice. So, yes, it is very easy to glance at a plate and know it is not registered as commercial. As for California being weird about this, it was done because many people wanted to pay a lower registration fee by claiming they "never use their truck without the camper" - the DMW gave them that ability. Not really so weird.
toedtoes 06/02/21 11:10am Truck Campers
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