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Old 07-05-2012, 02:12 PM   #15
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Looks like you will be visiting several National Parks. See info in links below, regarding FREE Annual Passes for active duty military:

General info on Annual Passes:
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

Info on Annual Pass for Active Duty Military:
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:50 PM   #16
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Thanks for the info,

Someone had mentioned a Military pass was available to me a while ago, but I never looked into it.

Definately will save me some entrance fees along the way at the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings NP.

Looks like I need to apply for and pick up the pass in person. I live close to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the National Parks website- says I can obtain my pass there.

Thanks a lot for the info and links.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:28 AM   #17
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Route 66 and Leaving Afghanistan

Well,
Only 17 more days now till I leave my base, the Army and Air Force Engineers are closing things down faster then they had projected. Still wont be home for a few more weeks, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Tomorrow will our last day with the Satelite, so I lose Internet then. So instead of reading forums and planning my trip, I will put my Kindle to use and get some reading in the last days here.

Been trying to figure out what route to take on my trip and I think I am going to try and take Route 66 from Oklahoma to the Grand Canyon. I can leave a day or two earlier to really enjoy the drive and I think it solves two problems for me. One, I want to drive slower to save gas since this is my longest trip, and two-since I will be making the drive alone, the two lane road and scenery may keep me more engaged then the common hwy driving I am used to.

Going to look into some stuff and see if I can find a good travel book with info on the route.

My parents booked tickets to Vegas to hang out for a day or two and my sister will meet up with me there as well, so It should be a good mix of solitude and family time combined on the first leg of the Journey.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:12 AM   #18
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In 12 hours I am on a plane home to the US. Have to spend a few days outprocessing before I start my leave and then I m homeward bound. Appointment on the 21st at Jackson Center to have my solar panels and new oven installed. I broke down and purchased an Amana Stainless oven to make the camper more functional without shoreline power. Excited for my trip!
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I don't know if you are aware that you must have a permit to climb half dome. Here is a link for permits, you may want to look at the video to see what the climb is like. I am sure you are in great shape and will have a great time, but it is very challenging. Also try to get reservations down in the Valley, at lower or upper valley camp grounds. Camp ground reservations 877-444-6777 or www.nps.gov/yos . They rarely have spaces open so check out the site and make those reservations ASAP. Most are booked at least six months in advance. If you take 41 make sure you check out the giant sequoias at Mariposa Grove they are beyond belief some are three or more people wide and reach amazing heights. 41 is winding but do-able many buses and RV (s) use it, but it you want a straight easy drive use 140. You will love Yosemite.
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How rude of me, thanks so much for your service and welcome home.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:22 AM   #21
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Thank you for your service, and welcome back.

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Old 08-05-2012, 05:10 AM   #22
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Yeah, I have been checking out the route from the Airport to Azalea, I didnt want to wast the gas, but I think I may go to the campground and get everything set and then make the trip to go pick up my friend when he lands. He has a long flight from Syracuse, NY after he is in a wedding, so I m hoping he won't be too jet lagged when he arrives, because I will want to explore the next day.

I will be sure to fill up when I see a gas station on the way back. Thanks for the advice. Other then the Park, Any tips or favorite spots, bars or restaurant in the area to check out?
I don't eat out often, but one restruant is School house resturant and Tavern. It is located at Hwy 180 and Frankwood. It is a restored school house. here is their website. School House Restaurant and Tavern Sanger
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:42 AM   #23
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Been Home for two weeks now! Almost all set to travel

Well, I have been back home in the states for about two weeks now.

I made the trip to the Cuyhahoga National Parkl, and picked up my free Annual Parks Pass.

The Camper was taken to a local RV Shop I work with, and the Oven was installed, the wheel bearings and brakes gone over and the propane filled.

I made a trip to Jackson Center to have my additional Solar Panels installed and I now can pull around 20.5 AMPS per hour in optimal conditions with my 350 Watts of panels. And I will hold off on installing my last 95 Watt panel until I return from the trip. Hell, if the 350 Watts serve me well. I may even sell it. I guess I got caught up in the "go big or go home" talk lol.

Next up, I have taken all my dishes and pots and pans out for a good cleaning and wiped out all the drawers and did a good cleaning.

Today, I m going to switch out my Cieling lights to the LED lights I bought.

I m on a search today to get an extra wire basket shelf for my sliding galley, I may even just buy two.

I had my Camper/Towing Mirrors installed on my Silverado and other then waxing the surfboard and some final packing I m just be about set, minus my install of my Equalizer Hitch.

Life is good. Cant wait to hit the road

Here is a pic of my set up on the roof with 3 Panels - 110Watt, 95Watt, and 145Watt. Still have room for the last 95Watt one if I want it up there
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:35 AM   #24
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dang, ya even mounted a basketball hoop up there! Who wudda thought!

Seriously, your setup looks great!

Please let us know when you will be "in-town" (northern Ohio). A group of us would love to camp with you, thank you, and celebrate your return home.

First round is on me, just don't ask me to cook for you. A meal might take a while
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:05 PM   #25
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:25 AM   #26
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Dan- I will try and look you guys up when I get back in town, thanks so much for the kind words.

I just found the AIR forums application for my phone, so this should make posting updates a lot easier.

The holiday weekend slowed me down and I got off to a late start at 8pm on Sunday, but I drove through the night and 300 miles of driving got me as far as Indianapolis. I pulled over at a rest stop around 1:30 and called it a night. My route being I-71 to I-70

Sunday night I found that my flush tube on my toilet mysteriously was leaking so the duct tape came in handy.

I woke up early and made a breakfast sandwich and turned on some lights and hopped in the shower when I realized the lights dimmed when the water pump kicked on

With all the solar panels, 350 watts and my change to LED lights I was surprised the batteries discharged that fast, I was waiting to change my generic deep cycle batteries till after the trip. None the less, they are 3 years old and with my limited use of the trailer I never added water to then so I popped the caps and found that they were both low. I pulled out the rest stop with two missions on Monday morning, find a new flush tube and figure out if the batteries would come back to life.

Lesson learned, always use or test everything on the camper prior to a long trip.

I hit Missouri early that morning and my gas log had me right around 11 mpg. The rain from Isaac seemed to follow me, but it was pretty easy to keep the trailer and truck right at 60 mph.

After a few calls to my father, my honorary dispatcher - he found me a Camping World store along my route on I-44 near Springfield, Missouri. The batteries did not recover, and although both my controllers, stock and solar had them fully charged, the batteries still discharged super fast when under loads. So I decided to just get the camping world deep cycles, and will look into lifelines when I complete the trip, the flush tube was a vendor only part, but after some calls I was able to route a part to the Vegas camping world store, so as long as the duct tape holds through the grand canyon, I should be good.

After installing the batteries, I found that my old battery cable to put the positive terminal studs in parallel had an eyelet that was too small to fit on the new batteries, and all that camping world offered was a 24 inch cable that seem like overkill for the mere 6 inches i needed. So off to the nearest auto parts store I went. All in all the detour slowed me about 3 hours with lunch.

I made Tulsa around dinner time and cruised on I-44 to Oklahoma City, where I arrived near midnight and did my best to make a run at the Texas border but came up about 90 miles short. Couldn't find any west bound rest areas that were open so I made camp at a small rv dealership right off an exit that had a large parking lot and seemed nice and quiet, minus the hwy noise, it was a warm night but my fantastic fan earned its keep and the new batteries performed great.

I got up early and hit the road and made the Texas line before 10am. New Mexico's border came a few hours later and I spent all day driving on 40 lol, that state is wider then you think. I hit Arizona right around 4:30 and did a detour to Petrified Forest National Park, just did a few miles of the main route but was glad I stopped.

I made Flagstaff around 8:30 and pulled over to get gas and subway on I-40 en route to hwy 180 when I found a small Army base.

After a quick search with the phone I saw they had full hookups, and knowing that I was already late to get to my spot on the Grand Canyon, I figured I would crash there for the night. So I flashed my military Id and they saw my dod decal on the hood and on I went in.

Hooked everything up and crashed around 10pm and am just getting up now. My refrigerator was flashing LP when I got in last night and I have bee. Leaving it run on the road, after some searching this morning, I guess it could be either air in the line or the flue and burner need cleaned. The hot water tank fired right up as well as my range so I know it's not a propane issue, on electric now the frig is again nice and cold hmmmm. May peak my head in at the service desk at the camping world 2 miles away and see what they think before I head to the park.

Cold night here but I was warm in bed, prolly got down to the high 40s I would guess. Gonna eat breakfast and find the campground host to settle my meager debt for the night b4 I use the water to wash off the road grime from my two day jaunt and 1900 miles. Will post more when I can
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Sounds like a great roadtrip so far. I like your method of planning but not keeping a tight schedule. It makes for a much more relaxed trip.

You might try shutting the fridge off completely, then powering it back on. If the LP doesn't light after three automatic attempts, I beleive it will electronically lock itself off to prevent damage.

Keep the silver side up!
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Couple of thoughts on Yosemite - we go several times a year.

This time of year most of the waterfalls will be dry, but the summer crowds will also be diminished. It's a great time of year to be in the park.

Half Dome is a long but amazing day hike - 18 miles and 6,000 vertical feet. Carry a minimum of two liters of water, and ideally a filter so you can fill up on the way. There is a spring about 1/2 mile past the half dome turnoff from the john muir trail - it's on your left - somewhat hidden behind a large chainsaw cut tree. Most people walk right by it. Bring some grippy work or gardening gloves with you as the cables are hard on your hands, and try to hike in shoes with grippy soles as the granite is somewhat slick.

There is now a daily lottery for permits - and you must have a permit - there will be a ranger (with an iPad no less) at the base of the subdome checking your permit. This time of year you should have a good chance of getting a last minute permit if you intend to hike up on a weekday. You need to apply two days before you want to do the hike - I would apply for every day you are at Yosemite - it's that great of a hike. They will be taking the cables down on Columbus Day - while it is not illegal to use the cables when they are down, I wouldn't recommend it.

Yosemite is not that Airstream friendly - there are a limited number of campsites that can handle your trailer. I would check every day on recreation.gov as there are always lots of cancellations. It's much better to stay in the valley than at Crane Flat - look for openings at one of the pines campgrounds. I would also recommend unhooking and driving up to either or both of Glacier Point and to Tuolumne Meadows - the scenery is unreal and nothing like what you will see in the valley.

On more secret - you can park your airstream in the trailhead parking lot in the valley - and leave it there overnight. There is almost always room even at the highest of the high season. They won't let you sleep in it overnight there, but it's nice to know you can have a place to park it.

If you do not get a half dome permit and still want to do a signature Yosemite hike - Two amazing alternatives this time of year are Clouds Rest out of Tuolumne meadows, and the Panorama Trail out of Glacier Point. Both are 10 out of 10 hikes. The secret for the Panorama Trail is to take a tour bus up from the valley (it leaves from Yosemite lodge) to Glacier Point and then hike back down. If this is your first time to Yosemite, I'd recommend the Panorama Trail as you will get up close to three active waterfalls, even at this time of year.

Below is a picture of my kids and I on top of halfdome about three weeks ago.

As to the rest of your agenda -

If you can spare some additional time - the pacific coast highway from Santa Barbara to Carmel / Monterey is about the most beautiful drive in the whole world this time of year. There are plenty of Airstream friendly parks to stay in - our favorite is Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. You'll find yourself want to stop about every 10 minutes to get out and look at the views, check out migrating whales, etc. Point Lobos is also incredible - park your trailer outside of the park along the highway and walk in.

In between Yosemite and Redwoods NP, the Shasta / Lassen area is also pretty amazing - you can head out of Calfornia this way up towards the 395. We also love McArthur Burney Falls state park in this area. There is a very nice and friendly KOA near Lassen Volcanic Park if you want hookups.
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