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  1. Here is a small 5th wheel. http://escapetrailer.com/trailers/the-5-0-escape/
  2. I towed a 20,000 lb 5th wheel with my one-ton Dodge Ram. It was ok for towing. I paid attention driving. Now I use the one-ton Ram to tow a Casita trailer at 2500 lbs. I like towing the Casita. It is real comfortable for towing. I am not sure why people look for the minimum tow vehicle?? It is ONLY your life that is on the line. Isn't that reason enough to have a extra measure of safety. Besides, I always appreciate the comments from fellow RV'ers at the gas pump, when they walk by....shake their heads...and ask..." are you sure you have "enough" truck for the Casita?".
  3. For some reason the very act of towing a RV makes some drivers insane. That said. I polled a bunch of Forest Service folks and they estimated that 80% of people on the National Forest in the rural west are carrying. That is a very large number!! I NEVER felt the need to carry a gun, except during hunting season. It is hard to hunt upland birds without a shotgun. There is no doubt that the "clients" on public land have changed over the past 40 years. Just last week I had a guy confront me about running a generator at 6:00 pm on state wildlife land. I pointed out the rules and regulations and invited him to drive with me to the managers office if he wanted to continue the conversation. He did come by later and apologize. Not sure if it was heartfelt or the fact I knew the manager for the area. I have taken to carrying Bear Spray. I don't carry guns except during hunting season. I do have a very large hunting dog that camps with me and many times camp with other friends. I do camp by myself a lot. Carrying a gun is a awful responsibility. You have to know how and when to use the gun and when you look at all the law enforcement incidents do you think you could do a better job?? The good news is incidents are far and few in between. The bad news is your on your own in my cases. The correct decision might be right for you and wrong for somebody else. For me I will continue to carry only bear spray and I will continue to camp by myself. Odds are in your favor that you will be just fine.
  4. The Los Padres is a urban forest. As such, they have greater restrictions than most National Forests out west. Call the Ranger District and ask them about dispersed camping opportunities. Whatever, you do don't ask about boondocking they won't have a clue!! While your at it ask about road conditions and their length of stay policy. Looking at their web site it appears there are lots of closures as result of the fires and slides.
  5. Well, thanks for all the replies. I am going with three weeks!! Then dump. I did learn a lot in the comments. For all those wondering why not dump everytime?? The whole point is to leave the truck and trailer hooked up with all the fishing stuff inside both rigs. That way I can just pull out and go fishing and come back the next day. Running to the state park to dump everytime defeats the purpose of using the trailer for fishing. I might as well load and remove the fishing stuff and just do day fishing trips rather than overnight. I also keep all my food and fishing clothes in the trailer. So.....the milk...how long can I leave that in the fridge???
  6. No...it was a discussion forum. Some of those guys work in the industry so it was THEIR best guesses based on past performance. There have been lots of discussion of the number of things orbiting in space. Not sure how this proposal would affect current satellites. But the US government has been concerned about the number of things floating around in space....there have been proposals to "clean" up space. Looking up at night. There are an amazing number of satellites in low earth orbit. I don't know who is right on the date. Just throwing it out that it might be later than people think.
  7. The stuff stored is the obvious stuff. I have converted my Casita trailer to a fly fishing cabin. Once a week at a minimum I take it out for fishing and usually stay overnight or a couple of nights. I really do not want to dump the black tank after every trip. I can easily go a month or two before the black tank needs dumping. I do have lots of water in the tank. So can I wait a month....or should I dump much more frequently even though it is not full. Thoughts??
  8. In a astronomy forum the number of satellites was mentioned as 4,425. There is concern about the sheer number of satellites and their impact on other orbiting objects. Best guesses were 2023 for initial launch.
  9. Moisture can trip a GFI.
  10. As your coming down into Ely from the west on Highway 6 there is the Ward Mountain Recreation Area on National Forest land. Nice campground. I came through in March campground was open with NO FEES. Since water was not turned on and toilets locked. Nice trails leaving the campground. It is a ORV site. You can get any size rig into trailheads. There is a "trailer" spur that I did fit my Dodge and 31 foot 5th wheel. Well, over 24 stations over the air, and LTE Verizon service with four bars and 20 Mbps download speeds on data. Find it on Google earth you can see the size of the campgrounds. This is not one of those dinky FS campgrounds. It is really close to Ely and much nicer than the Sinclair gas station. here is the link to the campground: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/htnf/recarea/?recid=65536
  11. Just looked at my Verizon account. No way I could figure out what the data limits were, so I called an agent. It is still unlimited. He said that is what unlimited means.....I don't think he heard my laughing!! Thanks for the heads up so I could check....
  12. wow...thanks. I am headed back to Canada in a couple of weeks. I better call and see what my data limit is now!!!! Hopefully, I was grandfathered into "unlimited".
  13. Never in a RV, but we had them in the Forest Service. They require daily maintenance in turning the pile and fairly warm temperatures to keep the composting going. Worked great at a Ferry Terminal that we had on Lake Chelan. Failed totally in the campgrounds. They are large and bulky and that is the biggest problem with them in RV's. The Forest Service development centers and research arm have spent much effort in replacing the dump and pump toilets on Forest Service managed lands. Nothing has been found to replace a holding tank and pumping. The one great success......really the last technological advancement by American engineering was the SST toilet. http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2012/05/sst-sweet-smelling-toilet.html
  14. Well, that is real interesting. So the Jackalopes are rarer the deeralopes........well, I guess is it tougher for a Jack to run down a antelope than a deer. It would be interesting to see a Jack running after "consuming generous portions of alcoholic beverages". Do all the female Jacks just disappear before closing time??
  15. It is important to "interview" the Dr. as to your expectations on medical care. I did this when I had to find a new Dr. I basically told her it was "my body, my money, my health care" and I needed her technical expertise. I think she was initially surprised at my "demands", but now after over a year she is comfortable with the arrangement. She is my Dr., so I come prepared with data and questions written down. If I see a specialist or get new prescriptions I run them past her and get her to rewrite the prescription so she writes ALL my prescriptions. I think she just decided I was really weird, but really easy to deal with...so things like a year prescription filled one time did not faze her!! I have run into Dr's that actually thought it was THEIR decision as to the medical care I was going to receive!!! I called to file a complaint against a emergency room doctor that told me....."that there was no medical or legal reason for NOT trying my treatment path...he just wasn't going to do it". It had to do with pain medicine. Sorry, bird season was starting in a few days. Hiring a Dr. is not any different than hiring a civil engineer or other professional.