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  1. It is a long drive from I-84 to Lewiston....but worth it. From Lewiston....I would take Highway 12 over Lolo Pass and stop at Lochsa Lodge for dinner. Lots of FS campgrounds along the way, but you might be a little long for some of them. But you should be able to find a campsite. Keep you gas tank topped off at all times. From Missoula head north to Glacier Park.
  2. We went through Moab a few years ago in October.......and ended up in Colorado that night. Check with the chamber for events and BLM, NPS for camping areas. We were headed home, so wanted to keep traveling in that direction. This was the first “open” campsite we found.... http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2015/10/usbackroads-destination-highway-191n.html Moab is a LOT more crowded these days.
  3. It was a real eye-opener when Medicare became my primary. I still have the same coverage when I was working for the secondary.......so now I just refuse the Medicare restrictions and say bill my secondary insurance. Last time, Medicare regulations required TWO trips to the office for a routine physical. Really, I have better things to do with my time that go for a unneeded doctor’s office visit, when one will do. So I refused to do two visits....funny part was my secondary insurance just paid all fees....just as if my visit was being paid primarily by Medicare. Somebody really needs to examine the waste of taxpayers dollars by 90 day prescription requirements and two visits when one will do, etc, etc.
  4. The real surprise for us in Canada was that COSTCO did not accept VISA, only MASTERCARD. That was interesting...we finally wrote them a check from our personal account.
  5. Having retired from the Forest Service where my last job was managing campgrounds I really feel weird not telling the public about THEIR campgrounds. So I even post them on my blog. There are so many different needs when it comes to campgrounds that I suspect most people will ignore many of the suggestions. This forum, is the exception. You guys camp EVERYWHERE!! I do want to use Dutch’s campground though....but it sounds like it is in the south.
  6. Somewhere in this thread....somebody made a comment about avoiding water systems in National Forest campgrounds. The campground water is tested every two weeks when the water systems are operating. A bad test would get another test immediately, and a second bad test would result in trying to track down the problem in water quality. In ten years.....on a National Forest with several hundred water systems.....I can remember only three bad tests after the first one. One was using bleach on the well pump. Can't remember the second, but the third was linked to lack of a back flow restrictor on a water system that served the campground and special use permittee. I ALWAYS fill up at a National Forest campground. I know the water is tested on a regular basis and bad tests are followed up on. Can you say that for your commercial campground?? Your tax money paid for SAFE water at National Forest campgrounds. Take advantage of them. BTW...the Forest Service discovered that the vast majority of the bad tests were related to the threads on the faucets. Which is why all the faucets in National Forest campgrounds are smooth....so if you are really paranoid, clean the faucet before using. The Forest Service folks that RV......don't drink the water out of their tanks. To many things to go wrong, not to mention those "drinking water hoses". It is good to see people raise the issue of water hoses and contamination. I carry one gallon jugs drinking and distilled water jugs. IF I run out of water I run my drinking water through a gravity water filter. Anyway....use the water systems at your National Forest campground. The water is good.
  7. I have a Curt front hitch. Paid $75 to have it installed. I had two installed....the first actually cut the power steering lines on rough roads after two or three years....when I complained to Curt they did send a free replacement hitch....they thought all the installers caught the mistake. Mine didn't, so I was out the power steering repair. Check tolerances!!! Then a Yakima front rack....http://usbackroads.blogspot.com/2012/08/usbackroads-product-yakima-holdup-bike.html Our local RV dealer recommended AGAINST a bike rack on the rear of the 5th wheel, particularly one that is ladder mount. At that end, things move a LOT MORE than up front. We did have issues mounting a hitch to our Carriage 5th wheel. Front hitch is a pretty simple easy solution.
  8. My prescriptions are pretty much generic. The Dr. writes the prescription for a year.....so I go to Costco and fill the entire year at once and pay for it out of pocket. For most my generic’s it is a push between the insurance costs for 90 days and paying for a years supply out of my pocket. Costco....did ask me to ask the Dr. to clearly note a years supply at one time is fine. Seems they don’t keep enough stock on hand to fill a years priscription for people. So I usually have to wait a day or two for the entire supply to come in.... But it sure beats not filling a prescription every 90 days!!
  9. Check your water pump filter.
  10. Couple of comments. I have owned electric bikes for a few years. Buy a step-thru bike (woman’s) regardless of your sex. Throwing your leg over the bike seat gets more difficult every year. Ask about panniers when you shop for the bikes. That was a adventure to find a set that would fit. Ask about battery rebuild or replacement. I suspect my five year old bike will soon be non-electric for this reason. Thanks Trek. Make sure the battery is low on the bike. Top heavy bikes are less fun to ride. I am still looking for one that can be recharged with solar. Really important if you boondocks a lot. They are a kick to ride. I don’t like throttle bikes. Get a good pedalec bike, I never used the throttle on the bike that had it.
  11. I started thinking about all the issues I had to address when I started....... Telecommunications. Out west, you are probably going to need a amplifier for your phone if your going to boondock. You might even need to change your cellular company. Phone amplifiers are not cheap and there are lots of choices. Not to get into a long winded discussion, but Sprint and T-Mobile will not work as a cellular company once you leave the interstates. Given the size of your rig.....you might want to START looking at places that you want to stay at and visit. I had all that in my mind, and had ALL the maps I needed and information. Even so, it did take awhile to organize and set priorities. That could take two years in itself. Here is a application worth exploring BEFORE you leave: https://www.avenzamaps.com They also have Forest Service travel plan maps for free, as well as USGS topo maps, etc. etc. They also see electronic copies of Forest Service at a considerable discount from the paper copies. You really want to have the app set up and be using it BEFORE you start traveling. There are LOTS of maps and it takes a bit to find everything. If you want off the beaten track, you definitely want access to this site. Hobbies and interests. OK...I have LOTS of hobbies and interests.....fly fishing, astronomy, bird hunting, bird watching, hiking, photography, kayaks, rafts, float tubes, bicycles and on and on..... I needed to pare down the "stuff" so it would fit in the RV!! I did need to purchase "new" stuff in some cases to make it useable while traveling. The RV stuff, the clothes, shoes and all that other stuff has pretty much settled out, but even now I am constantly making adjustments to the hobby stuff I drag along. One regret when I started I never wrote down the must visit or see stuff. That way you have a focus to your travels, and it sets you up for "new" opportunities as you travel down the road. It gets you out of the mode of repeating your travels.
  12. I would spend as little money right now. Once you get on the road then decide on what to spend money on....your thoughts will probably change. I wouldn't get a washer/dryer. On extended trips, I just made a point of pulling into a full-service park with laundromat. Timed it so I could dump my tanks, do the laundry, watch cable TV, and all those other city things. Then back out again, until the black tank was full again. It is a nice break from boondocking. Likewise, with the water filter. Like other I don't trust the RV water system to stay clean. BTW....in campgrounds it is the threads on the water bib that will get you a bad water test in most cases. Clean off the bib treads before hooking up. In parts of the desert southwest, the water is just awful anyway. So drinking water and coffee water comes from Wal-Mart, the shower and sink water I use the campground system water. Solar....that I would probably get now. You need solar to keep the batteries up and run the fans, computers and TV's without starting up the generator. How to lose friends you never met......start your generator in a quiet, scenic spot. I bought one of these for solar. Expensive, but works great...simple to store and travel. https://gpelectric.com/products/90-watt-portable-solar-kit/ I would do this ASAP..... https://www.escapees.com/education/smartweigh/ Good luck
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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