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Old 12-27-2009, 05:00 PM   #15
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National forest campgrounds in our area have done a very good job of staying up to date about height clearances & length of pads for trailers. Most are dry camping (no electric & no water at the site) with pit toilets and no shower house (one exception being Fall Lake). It's uncommon but we'll occasionally run into campgrounds with a water spigot that is more than 50' from the road (I have two 25' white hoses). We always carry a clean 5 gallon plastic jerry can -- lug the thing 8 times and there's a full 40 gallons in the water tank. That saves you when a water thief doesn't work too; eg, http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ant-59445.html.

State forests up here are not predictable at all unless you know from previous experience.
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The biggggest hassle with National Parks for me is their dog policy. Not that I can't understand why, but it is a major hassle to only be able to walk dogs on paved roadways. But all in all it is worth the hassle. I have been known to bend the rules at 5am and so far no tickets. But the rangers mean business.

Also noticed a less than tolerant attitude of neighbors towards gennys. Some NP campgrounds have loops dedicated towards generator use. Easy to understand as this may be the trip of a lifetime for your neighbor. I use an inverter genny. Had a regular genny and couldn't stand the noise myself, let alone my neighbors.

Also the ranger programs have always been a high point for me, but have seen to have deteriorated over the years.

Nowadays camping comraderie is lacking. Your neighbors might as well be in the city, which likely is where the come from. Who wants to hang out with a cynical ex hippy like me anyway?
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Mileage may vary. Much of our camping has been with a 34', although in NP's that is usually stretching it a bit.

Boondocking at Big Bend NP

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Death Valley

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Just examples... we have also enjoyed BLM, CoE and many state parks - all our preference over private campgrounds.
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I like cynical ex-hippies.

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The biggggest hassle with National Parks for me is their dog policy. Not that I can't understand why, but it is a major hassle to only be able to walk dogs on paved roadways. But all in all it is worth the hassle. I have been known to bend the rules at 5am and so far no tickets. But the rangers mean business.

Also noticed a less than tolerant attitude of neighbors towards gennys. Some NP campgrounds have loops dedicated towards generator use. Easy to understand as this may be the trip of a lifetime for your neighbor. I use an inverter genny. Had a regular genny and couldn't stand the noise myself, let alone my neighbors.
Yeah, kinda annoying when you can't have your pups on the trail. Although I'm not sure I'd want to risk them against the numerous near-bear sightings we had on the Red Rock Falls trail at Many Glacier. Dog + bear = the dog loses every time. We had similar frequent bear sightings & reports from other hikers at Waterton Lakes a week later.

I don't think I'd want to take my two black-backed dogs up Angels Landing in sunny, hot Zion N.P. either. Guess rangers make their policies based on the lowest common denominator of un-knowing dog owners. We rarely use our A/C in north country camping. But A/C definitely helps with leaving pets in the Airstream while in hot country. And then hookups do become vital for pet owners. It sure did in Kentucky in summer 2008!

Genny policies in Glacier were generous -- a couple hours each starting at 8:00AM, noon & early evening. We use LED lanterns at night anyway and thus do not drain batteries for lighting. Battery power is more useful dedicated to the biggest draw of all -- the furnace fan if at higher elevations in shoulder season. Running the fridge on LP is of no concern to me. One 30# LP tank will run for weeks (if not months) of above freezing camping.
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Yeah, kinda annoying when you can't have your pups on the trail. Although I'm not sure I'd want to risk them against the numerous near-bear sightings we had on the Red Rock Falls trail at Many Glacier. Dog + bear = the dog loses every time.
I'm less worried about dogs finding a bear than a snake. At Bandolier Nat Monument near Los Alamos I found a rattlesnake nest of about a dozen babies right on the trail. I've killed 2 rattlers here in Estancia this year. I know several folks around here that had dogs, horses and cattle bit along with one kid (human kind). Animals, however do seem to fare better than people with a bite. My dogs greatest pleasure in life is running free and chasing an occassional jack rabbitt (never caught one) so I take the chance. I try to keep out of the high grass and rocks though to miniminze the risk.
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NP dog policy makes it almost impossible to bring a dog. Even with electricity, a dog locked in an air conditioned trailer often means a barking dog defending his territory (and your/his stuff). When we had a dog, we rarely went to NP's because there was hardly anything we could do there if the temp was over 60˚ and we couldn't find shade. Since we do go to a lot of NP's now—the Golden Age pass makes NP's a bargain—it is a factor in deciding not to get another dog.

I understand the NP policy because some people's dog's are scary. I also understand leash laws, though I could always control my dog without a leash. It's too bad that badly behaved humans (the ones who need a leash themselves) cause the rules that affect all of us.

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Our truck has a topper that we ordered with extra-large sliding side windows along with a sliding pass-through window at the front. When we were at facilities (NPs, NMs, etc.) with our doggies, we'd just put them into the back of the truck, provide them with plenty of water, and make sure the truck was parked in the shade. That usually meant parking well off to the side someplace, but that was fine by us and by the dogs.


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