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    Camping, fly fishing, bird hunting, astronomy, photography, hiking, and everything else outdoors.

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  1. But it was ALL Rocky Mountain spring water!! Actually, pretty clean and run through a RV water filter before filling the tank. But I don't drink out of that water in any case. I suspect it might be a result of not using the trailer for a couple of months in summer with water in the tank. If your not using the freshwater tank on a daily basis...all sorts of bad stuff. I did see an video on cleaning out the filter and he also had the exact same sludge situation. Sounded like he was always on municipal water systems. But he didn't look old enough to be a full-timer. I like the idea of shut off valves, but not installing them. I think I will go ahead and make a point of cleaning the filter when I blow out the line in the fall. That way there should be no water in the system.
  2. Kodiak...I did think about crimping the line, but decided that might cause more problems...thought about a plug, but decided towels also work. Kirk.... When I looked at the system I thought without any pressure I would lose maybe a pint of water at most and things would stabilize. I forgot about the pressure in the hot water tank from the air bubble. Looking back on it....I think the water was coming from the hot water heater like you said....so when I turned on the pump that sent the water to the faucet instead of the floor. The water line was higher than my water tank so that water didn't run onto the floor!! The filter is on the "upstream" side of the pump. The water flows past the filter and then into the pump. From there it feeds the hot water heater and the cold water side of the system. I believe I had the hot water system on "flow" rather than bypass....that means the water came from my hot water system flowing backwards through the pump??? I copied your message, put it in a zip lock and stuck it next to the filter. See how it goes next time. I was shocked at the gunk and "smell" of the clogged filter. I suspect that would give one a bad water quality test!! I don't drink or cook with the water in my freshwater tank since I think they are impossible to keep clean. This was an "eye-opening" experience. When I winterize the trailer after blowing all the lines I am going to go ahead and clean the filter at that point in the process. It was almost four years before the filter clogged.
  3. That was interesting....now that I have done it. Does anybody have tips on HOW to do it without flooding the trailer?? I have a standard Flojet Model 03526144 with an inline filter. Basically you snap a couple of taps and the filter slips right out. Handy...works great except with the water pump OFF, water started pouring out of the filter housing. It was counter intuitive, but turning on the hot water faucet significantly slowed the water flow. Enough to get the filter cleaned and reinserted. However, is there a better way?? With the fresh water tank and hot water tank filled?? I do use creek water in my water tank, but pre-filter with a blue inline water filter. Right now, I will do it every year as part of winterizing after blowing out the lines. But it was be nice to be able to do it in mid-season without draining the system. Any thoughts...thanks.
  4. Comments....on above. Not sure how important heated underbelly is....waterlines tend to freeze around 25 degrees....Are you planning on spending time in that cold weather?? If your into landscape photography the walkable roof and ladder....defiinitely handy.....otherwise forget about it. The only tank capacity is that REALLY matters is the black tank. Don't get hung up on tank capacities for one person. For hiking and mountain biking....small, narrow RV.....or see suggestion below. Storage in a truck is a "pain in..." Hard to access. I have a 30 foot 5th wheel that lives in Arizona. Great for living, awful rig for traveling the backroads. I also have a 19 foot Casita. Great little rig as someone mentioned. Fine for ONE, short person. My dog sleeps in the truck. It is that small. Great rig, well built. I am seriously thinking about buying a 4-wheel pop up camper to use with the Casita. You can buy a model base model without bath, etc. https://fourwheelcampers.com That gives you TWO RV's, the trailer and the pop-up on your truck. You can then leave the trailer and use the pop-up for really rough roads. As someone mentioned Lance Trailers are very well built and designed. Saw one and I was impressed. Expensive, but very well designed. I would also look at this trailer: https://escapetrailer.com/trailers/the-21-escape/ Good luck finding any of these trailers used. The Casita and Escape need to be ordered in advance from three months to a year. Oh, get a front hitch for the front of your truck and haul your mountain bike there. http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2012/08/usbackroads-product-yakima-holdup-bike.html Hope this helps.....didn't comment on the other advice in this thread, but it was all good. Just new stuff from me that no one else covered.
  5. Hmmm......I just upgraded two of my machines from Windows 2000 to XP!!! My everyday machines are all Windows 7. I just bought a "new" one for $300 that came with Windows 7. My wife has a 12 year old IMAC and a two month MacBook Air. All said, the differences between a Mac and a Windows machine are pretty minimal these days for most users. So minimal that the 12 year old IMAC has more issues with upgraded MIcrosoft software than the other machines. In fact, just yesterday Microsoft said forget it your operating system software is out of date. I have probably close to several thousand dollars in hobby software that runs on XP and 7, but not 10. You really think I am going to spend all that money for a hobby just to have the latest operating system??? I am shifting my internet browsing to a IPAD. It works better than a computer for in most connected applications. I will keep the computers running XP and Windows 7 for as long as I can which pretty much should be another couple of decades!! I remember using a computer before the internet in 1973!!! It worked great for the job at hand. Really, you don't need ONE machine to do everything. You really are better off having a computer, a tablet, chromebook, and a phone and take advantage of the capabilities of each.
  6. Wow...a dog license!! What will they think of next...cat license?? Hamster license?? Goldfish license?? To follow up on previous comments....the dog is legally part of YOU. Get shots, keep them under control, etc. etc.
  7. Vladimir

    Co-op questions

    Never had an issue with storage through the summer. I suspect that your better off storing stuff in a well insulated, heat shielded Casita than storing stuff for a summer in a RV. We have done both. The only issue is do you want to belong to a co-op?? Here is my description of Park of the Sierra’s. Read the last part about belonging to a co-op. It works for some, it can work for most others and for some...well, you should never join a co-op. But I think if you stayed for a season in the co-op of your choice you would know by the end of a couple of months if you want to join. http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2012/02/park-of-sierras-coarsegold-california.html
  8. The porta-note does NOT have a flat bottom. I was in one for only a short period of time and it was rather uncomfortable. Nice boat, however, I would definitely look into one IF they had a flat bottom. They are limited to lakes, the advantage of a good fishing pontoon boat is you can take it down some pretty knarly rivers.
  9. I have a pontoon boat. The one your looking at is fairly cheaply made and is sold by Costco for 299 each spring. This is the boat I own: http://www.outcastboats.com/pontoons/pac-900.asp It is more expensive, but you can take it down rivers. They are used by fly fishermen all the time. If you go to a lake that if frequented by fly fishers you will be able to see and try different brands. And get some good advice on using them. You do need waders or hip boots and fins to use them for fishing. They are great, both hands free and you maneuver by kicking with the fins. If you want to go somewhere fast use the oars. I outfitted mine with a small trolling motor and a small battery charged by a solar panel. On small lakes I do not bother with trolling motor. See the set up here: http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2012/05/solar-powered-fishing-boat.html It is probably the safest craft for fishing. Very stable. Wind is the big issue, but read the blog. There are lots of companies that make good pontoon boats. Here are two in Idaho. http://www.outcastboats.com/..........click on shop to see the companies product line. https://bucksbags.com/ver193/fishing.html The boats store well for travel. Set-up time is usually about half hour or so if completely deflated. I just keep mine inflated all the time during fishing season and it travels on top of the truck boat rack. Strictly for fishing. I would buy a pontoon boat before any other type boat. Most of one person crafts. Like I said they are really popular with fly fishing folks since you have both hands free for fishing. I can answer any other questions that you might have.
  10. For RV'ers it is not the MOST pleasant days in the year.....but the best times to visit. I thought long and hard about this an did come up with the "perfect" answer. http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2010/03/when-is-best-time-to-visit-national.html Oh, If I was trapped in one place for an entire year.....Central Coast of California.
  11. Those are not my political views. I just want people to know that it was NOT a Forest Service, BLM or National Park Service decision.
  12. I have never been a fan of the campground reservation system. These folks are optimistic things will get better, but as a cynic I think hope springs eternal. https://www.outsideonline.com/2330471/camping-reservations-app-access-land For folks that forgot their history....Al Gore is the "father" of the campground reservation system. Something I have never forgiven him for. It was a nightmare when I was working from the administrative side and remains a nightmare for the public.
  13. As far as I know these are the ONLY people that have measured each spur in a Forest Service campground. AND that includes the Forest Service! https://www.forestcamping.com I had a 30 foot 5th wheel and parked it in Arizona. Your mileage may vary with a 32 footer. It really depends on where you want to go....and it my case it was everywhere. Like you, I had tent trailers before retirement and hauled them everywhere. The 5th wheel was just to large to haul to those areas that I was interested in going. BUT, here are some tips on how to get around with that 32 foot 5th wheel on Forest Service managed lands. http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-to-find-boondock-locations-part-2.html
  14. Correct. It is an insurance company requirement. But I found it was cheaper to get a years supply at one time by paying out of pocket. I am on the Federal Employees Health Plan and the benefits are not that good compared to many private plans. So your mileage may vary.
  15. Pharmacies will fill prescriptions for a full year if you get your doctor to write it that way. I do need to call Costco prior, to make sure they have enough pills to fill mine for a full year. You do have to pay for it out of pocket, but I find my pills (all generic) cost the same for one year out of pocket as filling every ninety days under my insurance. Wal-Mart and Amazon are about the same for on-line ordering. Wal-Mart is cheaper on many items.
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