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Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-30-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By Wellibe
We stayed at Bar Harbor Campground in September...

We stayed at Bar Harbor Campground in September of this year.

https://www.thebarharborcampground.com/

It's a little different from the others in that they don't take reservations or credit...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-30-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,695
Posted By Wellibe
Recently I saw an old, well-worn tent pop-up go...

Recently I saw an old, well-worn tent pop-up go up for sale in front a house that I walk by every day. Three days later it was gone. I've also seen a couple of cases where a landowner has turned...
Forum: Boondocking 11-08-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Thanks much for sharing your experience.

Thanks much for sharing your experience.
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-05-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 568
Posted By Wellibe
If you've never been to the Acadia NP area, it's...

If you've never been to the Acadia NP area, it's worth going, though it will be crazy crowded in June, July, and August. We were there in mid Sept this year, and it was more crowded than we liked...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-05-2021, 05:57 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,710
Posted By Wellibe
After reading several reviews, I thought I had...

After reading several reviews, I thought I had found such an app with the Togo RV premium suite. It includes the Roadtrippers trip planning app and an RV gps app, which supposedly can interface with...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 11-03-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By Wellibe
I should hope they're not full 6 months to a year...

I should hope they're not full 6 months to a year out. But I guess a lot depends on where you're going, the size of your rig, and the amenities you require.

We did a trip from WV to ME back in...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-29-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 373
Posted By Wellibe
I haven't been RVing for long, but so far I've...

I haven't been RVing for long, but so far I've had good experiences using the free version of Campendium for finding campgrounds. Google maps (supplemented by a paper atlas) for routing. Two things...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-28-2021, 05:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By Wellibe
I tried automotive...no dice. Asked an employee,...

I tried automotive...no dice. Asked an employee, who told me if they have them, they would be in the book section. No dice.

I just ordered the large scale spiral bound Rand McNally from...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-27-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By Wellibe
Apparently my local Wal Mart no longer carries...

Apparently my local Wal Mart no longer carries highway atlases! Never thought I'd see the day.

I'm no Luddite; I use Google Maps and all, but I can't give up my paper maps. It's just...
Forum: Boondocking 10-26-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
FYI, here is the food storage order for the...

FYI, here is the food storage order for the Bridger-Teton and Shoshone National Forests in Wyoming (big time grizzly country outside of Yellowstone):
...
Forum: RV'ing with Pets 10-24-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,119
Posted By Wellibe
We use one of these for our dog: ...

We use one of these for our dog:

https://www.chewy.com/pet-hub-adjustable-dog-seat-belt/dp/158820

It keeps him from becoming a missile while still allowing him to enjoy riding in the back seat.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-24-2021, 05:32 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,710
Posted By Wellibe
Many states have their property ownership maps...

Many states have their property ownership maps posted on line for free. Of course you need a good internet connection to use them.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-24-2021, 05:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By Wellibe
Yes, those are the socket bolts. The manual says...

Yes, those are the socket bolts. The manual says 65-100 lb-ft is the acceptable torque range. I know if I torqued mine to 100, I'd have trouble moving the bars by hand. Those are pretty easy to...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-23-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,710
Posted By Wellibe
Google maps for routing and Campendium for...

Google maps for routing and Campendium for finding campgrounds.

I tried Togo RV's regular routing app and their RV routing app and found them to be not very useful, definitely not worth paying...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-22-2021, 09:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By Wellibe
My trailer has a flat roof, so I usually store it...

My trailer has a flat roof, so I usually store it a little nose high to promote runoff.

I also level it side to side whenever it's parked. Does anyone else do that? I figure it puts less stress...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-21-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,287
Posted By Wellibe
What is your vehicle's tongue weight rating? ...

What is your vehicle's tongue weight rating? That is the key specification that you are missing. If loaded to GVWR, that Rockwood likely would have a tongue weight over 900 lbs. The Wildwood's...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-17-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,192
Posted By Wellibe
I was driving on the highway in a good bit of...

I was driving on the highway in a good bit of wind today. I saw an Expedition pulling a big tandem axle TT, probably 25 feet or so. As I approached to pass, I could see the trailer swaying back and...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-17-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By Wellibe
Do you mean the socket bolts?

Do you mean the socket bolts?
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-17-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By Wellibe
Thank you, mistercee.

Thank you, mistercee.
Forum: Boondocking 10-14-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
This article is the closest thing I could find to...

This article is the closest thing I could find to scientific documentation of bear spray failing to deter attacks in some cases:

https://www.jstor.org/stable/3873165

I can't access the full...
Forum: Boondocking 10-14-2021, 05:08 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Ammonia is not bear spray, and your speculations...

Ammonia is not bear spray, and your speculations about how animals react to pain are not data.
Forum: Boondocking 10-13-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
[Mod Edit] Do you have any data on bears...

[Mod Edit]

Do you have any data on bears ignoring bear spray after their first encounter? Seems unlikely to me that they can just ignore 3 million scoville units in the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-13-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,192
Posted By Wellibe
Don't focus on the total trailer weight. Pay...

Don't focus on the total trailer weight. Pay attention to the vehicle's tongue weight rating and cargo capacity. You likely will max these out long before you reach the total trailer weight rating....
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-10-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By Wellibe
I don't know how those wireless/bluetooth gizmos...

I don't know how those wireless/bluetooth gizmos work, so I can't help you there. But you'll at least need to run a charging wire from the positive battery post back to the plug. And that wire will...
Forum: Boondocking 10-10-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Joel, thanks for sharing your experience.

Joel, thanks for sharing your experience.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-10-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By Wellibe
As noted, etrailer.com is a good source for parts...

As noted, etrailer.com is a good source for parts and information. They are also good at answering questions before you buy. If you're not into doing the installation, some full service u-haul...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-10-2021, 05:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By Wellibe
Thanks.

Thanks.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-08-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By Wellibe
A couple more quick questions for folks with an...

A couple more quick questions for folks with an Equalizer WDH:

1) Did you have any trouble finding a socket deep enough to grab the nut on the shank bolt without bottoming out on the end of the...
Forum: Boondocking 10-08-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
To a habituated bear, yes, it would be a buffet. ...

To a habituated bear, yes, it would be a buffet. A non-habituated bear will avoid such a high concentration of human activity out of fear (especially if it has ever been subjected to any sort of...
Forum: Boondocking 10-08-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
As I explained the first time that comment was...

As I explained the first time that comment was made, while I am well versed in bear biology and behavior, I'm not so well versed in RV camping behavior. I'm interested in hearing what folks are...
Forum: Boondocking 10-08-2021, 05:39 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Great info. Thanks for sharing.

Great info. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Boondocking 10-08-2021, 05:33 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
So if you don't cook inside your rig, where do...

So if you don't cook inside your rig, where do you cook?
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-06-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By Wellibe
Thanks, I didn't know about torque adapters. ...

Thanks, I didn't know about torque adapters. That would certainly cut down on the cost.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-06-2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 741
Posted By Wellibe
How often do you re-torque your WDH bolts?

I have an Equalizer WDH on my 2010 Toyota Highlander. I'm towing a 3,300 lb GVWR Braxton Creek Bushwhacker Plus TT. I purchased the WDH along with the trailer back in March of this year, and the RV...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 10-06-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By Wellibe
I overcame my fears and applied a little more...

I overcame my fears and applied a little more force, and the valves turned. Sorry for wasting everyone's time.
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 10-05-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By Wellibe
It's a new trailer, purchased in March of this...

It's a new trailer, purchased in March of this year. We've only spent 13 nights in it so far. I have sanitized the water system twice, once before initial use and again after the trailer was parked...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 10-05-2021, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By Wellibe
Not sure that's a button, but I'll give it a try...

Not sure that's a button, but I'll give it a try tomorrow.
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 10-05-2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By Wellibe
Water heater bypass valves won't move

I'm starting to think about winterizing my Bushwhacker Plus for the first time, so I went looking for the water heater bypass valves. I think I found them (see photo - only one is visible, the other...
Forum: Boondocking 10-03-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Being bigger and stronger, grizzlies are more...

Being bigger and stronger, grizzlies are more likely to kill or seriously injure you if they attack. However, they usually only attack out of defensiveness or because they have been surprised by a...
Forum: Boondocking 10-03-2021, 06:03 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Yes, I think keeping a clean camp combined with...

Yes, I think keeping a clean camp combined with avoiding known problem areas should be sufficient. We rarely cook outside just because we find campfire cooking to be more hassle than it's worth, so...
Forum: Boondocking 09-30-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
And apparently he wasn't afraid of being...

And apparently he wasn't afraid of being discovered and evicted for squatting!
Forum: Boondocking 09-30-2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
That's reassuring. Thanks for sharing your...

That's reassuring. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Forum: Boondocking 09-30-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Perhaps I'm overthinking things, but two...

Perhaps I'm overthinking things, but two hypothetical concerns come to mind for a boondocking situation. One, although there are fewer people around, there are also few or no rangers around to...
Forum: Boondocking 09-30-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Yikes.

Yikes.
Forum: Boondocking 09-30-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
I wouldn't worry about Fishing Bridge at all due...

I wouldn't worry about Fishing Bridge at all due to how crowded it is. Yes, it is in the middle of grizzly country, but it would have to be one seriously habituated bear to cause trouble in that...
Forum: Boondocking 09-30-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Yeah, I think a Class A would be more secure than...

Yeah, I think a Class A would be more secure than a TT or Class C. We have a small fiberglass panel travel trailer. Our windows would be vulnerable, and I'm not confident that even the walls would...
Forum: Boondocking 09-30-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Yes, I'm the wildlife biologist, but not the...

Yes, I'm the wildlife biologist, but not the experienced RV camper. Just wondering how folks handle it. I know how I would handle it if I was tent camping, but a big part of the appeal of RV...
Forum: Boondocking 09-30-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 11,185
Posted By Wellibe
Boondocking in grizzly country

The wife and I are considering doing some boondocking in the Rockies next spring. Grizzly bears inhabit the area we are considering.

I'm a former wildlife biologist, and I worked with black...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 09-29-2021, 07:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 670
Posted By Wellibe
We were there last week. Stayed at Bar Harbor...

We were there last week. Stayed at Bar Harbor Campground. Seems nice for a commercial RV park. I know you're looking to make reservations way out, so BHC probably isn't for you since they don't...
Forum: Pop Up, Tent Trailer and Teardrop Topics 09-28-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 535
Posted By Wellibe
Sounds like you do a good bit of boondocking. ...

Sounds like you do a good bit of boondocking. How to you manage with the Tab's small tanks? We haven't done any true boondocking yet, but based on experience at a few campgrounds without water...
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