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Old 02-21-2016, 11:35 AM   #29
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:01 PM   #30
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I think you have a great idea, but you might want to add in a few actual survival training sessions for new "off-grid" campers. I know that "boondocking" sounds romantic and back to nature is serene, but nature can make for a very "bad" day if you are clueless about respecting it. TV prep/maint., wildlife, weather issues, basic first-aid, etc. might be good lead-in sessions to what you want to teach. Stuff happens in the "field" and you may not be a smart-phone call away from help or your SP may have no charge when its needed. Some things to think about, I hope everyone enjoys their RV experience and whatever paths it takes you on.
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:19 PM   #31
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Al & Missy... you are #5 on the 2016 Wyoming Adventure. Early birds...

Not a "questionable trailer"... a questionable owner after dinging your 25 footer. I dinged our 2006 23 foot Safari the first time with our new Tundra. The tail lights bulge out on the 2012 and dented above the gravel panel on a tight turn. Never had that problem before and the newer Tundra's went back to a flush tail light after a couple models with them. Stuff happens, and yes... if it is the other guy, you will be more careful yourself. Made me questionable... but never expected my new truck as a problem, either. I lived. My friend with a 2000 Arctic Fox crunched his trailer with the new 2012 Tundra tail lights... on his first trip.

Wyoming will have several Base Camps that require a tow driver and an experienced walking along the trailer once leaving the main Forest Service road. It is not advised... but actually the 100% fail safe method in a tight spot. It is also great exercise for the passenger who has been sawing ZZZZZ while your navigate down the two lane highways of Wyoming.

A 30 foot is easier to back up than a 16 foot or a 25 foot. You just have to know when to "stop backing up". Trees are difficult to move. Only one, maybe two spots will have trees scattered about. They have been there for decades and nobody has bothered them, so you probably will be safe.

The extra eyes watching your blind spots and clearance from below your axles and plumbing are important. You can also attempt a different angle... or go to a Base Camp you passed with an easier access.

You may want to follow a 27 to 30 foot trailer, than a 16 foot Bambi off the road. Watch and learn. It takes more time to repair an error in judgment than the passenger walking along side watching your approach needs to spend for a safe trip.
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:21 PM   #32
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I think you have a great idea, but you might want to add in a few actual survival training sessions for new "off-grid" campers. I know that "boondocking" sounds romantic and back to nature is serene, but nature can make for a very "bad" day if you are clueless about respecting it. TV prep/maint., wildlife, weather issues, basic first-aid, etc. might be good lead-in sessions to what you want to teach. Stuff happens in the "field" and you may not be a smart-phone call away from help or your SP may have no charge when its needed. Some things to think about, I hope everyone enjoys their RV experience and whatever paths it takes you on.
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Old 02-21-2016, 02:34 PM   #33
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Ray, as a retired RN, I carry a well stocked first aid kit. If needed, I am available.

I am adventurous, but, not foolhardy. I am grateful for the opportunity and will give it my best. My plan is to succeed. If I find it to be outside my limits...trust me...I will say so, and pack up for home. Nothing ventured...nothing gained. Never too old to learn...even if what is learned....is one's limits.
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Definitely interested in Castle Rock, CO in June or July this year.
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Old 02-21-2016, 03:27 PM   #35
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Definitely interested in Castle Rock, CO in June or July this year.
Email me the information listed on Post #18 so I can get you onto the contact spread sheet.

The air will be fresh, thin and bring extra blankets. Warm days and Cool Evenings, if the sun is out. If the sun is not out... rain jacket, hat and several decks of cards.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:19 PM   #36
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Bill and I are definitely interested and are real greenhorns . We have only had the airstream a year and have only gone to campgrounds that have hook ups.
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Old 02-21-2016, 09:43 PM   #37
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I sent my info to your email.
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:16 AM   #38
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How about SoCal, anything there?
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:57 AM   #39
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West Boondocking

I'm in! We spend June-October in the Colorado Rockies (Silverthorne), and I'm the avid camper in the family--my fly-fishing husband, not so much. I am also a professional artist, and one of the main reasons I bought my FC was to use it as a mobile studio...and boondocking is the only way to get to the scenery I seek.
I've "boondocked" once.....in the parking lot of a diner in the middle of Kansas, LOL. But I really want to learn the ins/outs (pun intended) of boondocking in the Rockies. I can back up, no issues there (as long as no one tries to tell me how to do it).
This summer, I should hit Colorado by mid-June, because I'm taking a slight detour from Naples, FL up through New Hampshire before heading West. Would love to get a boondocking-for-beginners on the calendar sometime in August.
PS: Buying new tires very soon...threads seem to advise getting 15" Michelins...will installing larger wheels/tires create any issues boondocking (ie, less room to go over ruts)? Thanks for getting us to The Boonies...
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:54 AM   #40
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Barretta2... tires and ruts are not an issue for our Boondocking. Those are great tires and can handle anything encountered while towing your trailer!

Anyone wanting to get onto the list needs to go back to Post #18. Without that information on my spreadsheet, you will not hear anything when the specifics are decided.

By August we will be out of Colorado and getting into some real trouble....

baterup... start a Thread under Boondocking and get some Southern California Airstream Boondocking group out of hibernation. Now is a good time for that as the camping season will be here soon.
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:13 PM   #41
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Current List of Greenhorns.... 11

Current List of those on my list.
Dogs are welcome. Cats, too. So far, 12 canines & 20 human beings

If you are NOT on this list, you have sent me NO information. See Post #18.

Ray & Nancy
Tom & Anney
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Gary & Linda
Tom & Sue
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Brent & Connie
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Old 02-22-2016, 02:15 PM   #42
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As you can see....Ray is a strict, tho kind and compassionate, taskmaster.

If he says you must send him your info, per post #18....and only via his new, email-address-solely-for-boondocking...then you must do so...before you are on his "list". Period.

But then, the people I like best in this world say what they mean, and mean what they say.


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