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  1. No hiking shoes? No wading shoes" No skiing boots?? No x-country boots?? No winter hunting boots?? No Uggs?? All of those don't really count as shoes....it is just the things with those pencil thin heels that I never understood.
  2. Sorry, for the confusion. I would not take NO for an answer without a EXPLANATION. All government employees owe an explanation for their actions to the public. Yep, Park Service employees do real well on protecting and preserving the National Parks. I would just like them to realize that the American public deserves to be treated with respect. To many National Park employees view the public as the problem.
  3. Your probably right, but the NPS owes him an explanation as to the reason. I would not take no for an answer, but then again I believe the public lands belong to the American people, not Park Service employees. I even felt that way when I worked for the Park Service!
  4. I have a "solar" off-grid home. My wife owns a oil company stock. We got sued by environmental groups while I was working for the Forest Service and the taxpayers paid for my education on the electrical grid in the Northwest. With all that....solar does not generate enough power to be a viable energy source for this country. Wind generates more energy but storage and environmental effects are a major issue. There is NO WAY Industrial Wind Areas would be approved without the substantial political pressure from above. Solar and Wind really mess up the electrical grid at this time. Without storage capacity, wind and solar throw all sorts of monkey wrenches into the grid. So far, no solution except that Federal tax subsides and payments are really having a negative effect in the Northwest. Coal will probably be replaced with natural gas in the next decade or two. It fits better with the highs and lows produced by wind and solar installations. Really you cannot have wind and solar right now without natural gas generation of electricity. In Calfornia, the current balance is for every three units of wind and solar, seven units of natural gas generation have to come on line for solar and wind to work. California now has a excess supply of electricity and is paying neighboring states to take electricity when the sun shines and the wind blows. For urban areas electric cars that are automanous do make sense. My gut sense is that within ten years you will NOT be able to drive a car in urban areas unless the computer is doing it for you. Most of those vehicles will be electric and probably not owned by you. The oil companies are planning for electric vehicles to take over urban areas. Outside of urban areas there is NO substitute for diesel or gas engines. The good news is that you will probably have a computer back up your trailer for you. It will be interesting. I am really looking forward to self-driving cars. The rest of it....is probably no big deal to the average retired person. Bu those truck driving jobs are gong away.
  5. I actually packed MORE clothes if I had a horse to carry it ALL. Europe was a piece of cake since it was NOT work. Even now, after all these years I have to remind myself...your NOT in the middle of somewhere.....you can buy clothes or wash in a laundry if needed. So I had plenty of time to wash clothes every night in Europe. After working all day I never wanted to do the laundry. Most times when I was working laundry was all I brought in and out. I always made sure I had clean socks. That was more important than anything else. For Linda....it is not the clothes that woman bring, but the shoes. Though one time I was working with a couple of female Foresters in the backcountry. So I helped pack in extra food and get them started on the assignment. I was unpacking one woman's pack to get at the mapping equipment and there was a 20 lb book. It was important to her. At least, it wasn't shoes.
  6. Well, it was Europe. The jeans took forever to dry, but fortunately 1976 was the year of the great drought in Europe. I believe it only rained once in the three and half months. When I was in the cities and wearing jeans I always tried to get a zero day so they would dry before I had to wear them again. But there were times they went on "damp". With today's fabrics it would be a piece of cake.
  7. With all due respect the guy is seriously over packed..... I spent the summer of 1976 bicycling 2000 miles through Europe with an extended stop in the former Soviet Union. So here was the clothes list as I remember it. 3 pairs of socks. Bicycling sneakers (shoes), plus sandles. Three sets of underware. One pair of bicycling shorts, plus one pair of jeans. 3 shirts (2 t-shirts), including one rugby shirt with long sleeves, and one small nylon rain jacket. No hat, still had all my hair at that point. Given all the new technology in clothes today....it is real simple to put together a minimal clothes package that would cover almost all circumstances in RV travel and take up very little room. I would replace all my cotton with fleece and merino wool. For RVing in colder weather I would replace the bicycle gloves with fleece gloves without fingers. With the bicycles, we had to do laundry EVERY DAY. It really was the underware. That is really the trade-off. Do you want to do laundry everyday?? These days I pack for seven days. I end up doing laundry on day 5 or 6 which is usually when the gray and black tanks need to be dumped. So it usually is a RV park with laundry at that time.
  8. AL F, Where did you end up?? PM me. We are going to be at Long Creek. I spent four or five days looking for a boondocking spot and then talked to FS. Long story short....ended up in Long Creek.
  9. Are you in John Day now??

    We are going to be in Long Creek on Saturday.


  10. I have had the same problem when not using the water system for a period of time. See this Forest Service tech note on using Vitamin C to neutralize the chlorine. https://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/html/05231301/05231301.html BTW....this i my MINORITY opinion. I NEVER drink the water from my fresh water tanks. Long story, but I don't want to take the chance when it is so easy to buy clean drinking water at stores or use filtered water for drinking. AND I do drink untreated water from streams when hiking!!! But I don't trust the fresh water storage tanks on my RV. We had a Forest Engineer in the Forest Service that always got sick when he went camping. He finally tracked it down to his tanks and came to the conclusion that it was impossible to keep the tanks pure.
  11. I would just add that you should get a CO detector with a digital readout. That will give you lots more information than just one that beeps. I would also consider adding another so you have two in the class C. Yes, I am a little paranoid when it come to CO. AND I even sleep with the windows open all year round!!! A trailer is a very small space. Get a digital readout meter and watch it during the day as various appliances come on and off. You will learn a LOT.
  12. I had a 31 foot 5th wheel that I bought after retirement. My previous RV was a tent camper. After a few years I parked it in Arizona and now use a 19 foot Casita. It just was a royal pain dragging that large of a rig around and making sure I had a place to land for the night. With the Casita I just go and don't worry. That said, it sounds like you already have the 37 footer. The advice you got is all good and if your a great driver like 2gypsies you will have access to more sites. The good news is almost all NPS roads are paved. So that will not be a issue in most cases. The campground roads will be tight and difficult to negotiate in almost all cases, so being a good "truck" driver makes a huge difference. It might be worth to take a RV driving class before starting your travels. Arrive early. Most campgrounds will have only have a few sites that your rig will fit into. You need plan B or reservations. Here is a "typical" NPS campground. Notice that by mid-October this was the ONLY campground open in Grand Teton National Park. Excuse my rant on the NPS, but look at the pictures of the campground and spurs. http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2015/11/usbackroad-destination-signal-mountain.html They are your National Parks....you will just need a bit of planning to use them with a 37 foot 5th wheel.
  13. No, the pointing stick between the G&H keys on Lenovo and old IBM ThinkPads. For some reason touchpads have totally taken over the market, but for me the pointing stick is much easier to use.
  14. I bought my wife a Chromebook for surfing the web. God knows where she goes on the internet!! She does also use it for banking, but even there I was surprised to find "interesting" extensions on her Chromebook. So I would pick the Chromebook for surfing the web and limit my laptop to trusted sites like banking. When I surf the internet it is on my IPAD. There are only three or four sites that I visit on my laptop. All new sites are on the IPAD and as soon as I can find a Chromebook with a pointing stick I will switch to that Chromebook.
  15. Talked to a National Forest manager in the path. They are expecting 20-30 thousand people. That really isn't that many given that we would get two to three times that number in a typical weekend from Seattle. However, everybody will be in the "path" not spread out.