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    • #44368
      Janice Meyers
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      You and Nancy have a beautiful rig! So glad we got to camp together with our Alaskans at The Indians before the area was closed. I am wondering if the fires got into that area of the Ventana Wilderness.

    • #41524
      Janice Meyers
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      Hey John, I hope you are having an awesome trip. You should be seeing an amazing display of wildflowers in California!
      I am curious to know if Death Valley, Yosemite and other parks were open? Their websites have been reporting they are closed due to COVID.
      We love exploring the Death Valley area and agree with Jefe that it never gets old.
      Tom’s route through Nevada looks interesting. Our son lives in Sparks, so I hope to check that out.
      Say Tom, how do you get permits from the Indian Reservations?
      Stay well and happy trails, Janice

    • #41439
      Janice Meyers
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      Pres and I were able to venture out for a 2-day self-contained camping trip to a location within a couple of hours’ drive from our home in early April. Folks that were camping in the area were great to keep to themselves and maintain social distancing – words I didn’t even know a few months ago.
      Sadly, the authorities have decided to close off most of the connecting roads and all of the coastal access to that location. Boondocking means freedom and sadly more and more places are getting closed off for access.
      I wish truck campers and those who are self-contained could get exemptions as an alternate means for self-quarantine.
      Like the TCA t-shirt says, Happiness begins where the pavement ends. I look forward to resuming adventures in our truck camper soon.

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    • #41436
      Janice Meyers
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      Best wishes for getting your retirement rig rolling soon. We too are eager to get back to “normal” boondocking trips in our Alaskan truck camper.

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    • #37120
      Janice Meyers
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      Welcome Joe. Forgive my ignorance but please tell me what LOA stands for. We are new to truck camper camping compared to your experience and are loving it.

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    • #36790
      Janice Meyers
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      We own an older model Alaskan camper (2003-4) and we enjoy having the indoor Thetford cassette toilet – a real plus at night. The cassette offers the convenience of dumping at a pit toilet when a dumping station is not available. We have an outdoor shower with hot water and use a pop-up Rhino tent for privacy. We have not been put off that the shower is outside and have found it handy for rinsing off on hot days before heading inside.

    • #30314
      Janice Meyers
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      Hey Mick, Thanks for all your planning tips. Sorry, after reading how you plotted the eclipse path for a perfect camp spot, I can’t call you “dumb,” grin. I will be checking out the resources you listed, thanks.

    • #30313
      Janice Meyers
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      Thanks Kyle. It looks like CalTopo just released a cell phone app as well. I will be checking out the Backcountry Navigator, thanks!

    • #29613
      Janice Meyers
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      Wow Don! This is awesome info, thank you. This should help me change up my old school maps and books to include digital and more current info. We just got back from a trip where weather and conflicting maps caused a few concerns. My hubby and I are grateful and will be checking out your resources. I try to file a “flight plan” which of course can change due to closed roads, such as we encountered due to flooding in Death Valley.
      Warmly, Janice

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    • #29062
      Janice Meyers
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      Thanks Mike. We bought the rig used and it was well cared for.
      To answer your question, the tool boxes are made by Knapheide. It is so handy to have access and storage from the outside.
      We recently updated our rig with heavy duty sway bars and springs front and back. We will be testing this nice improvement on the remote wilderness trails of Death Valley this week. I hope we will see some early spring wildflowers from recent rains.

    • #28676
      Janice Meyers
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      Wow! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of rigs and camping spots on this page. We have a 2004 Alaskan telescoping camper that raises and lowers via hydraulics. It is mounted on our 2004 4×4 F-350 diesel utility truck. We enjoy having the spare tire, tools and gear in the utility’s side panel tool boxes. Our cozy rig has a refrigerator, propane heater, Thetford porta-potty, outside shower, stove and oven. We carry a solar panel and small gas generator.

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    • #28675
      Janice Meyers
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      Howdy campers. My hubby and I have been camping for over 40 years and recently graduated from sleeping in the back of our 4×4 truck with a camper shell to the luxury of an Alaskan camper on a 4×4 F-350 utility truck. Our favorite haunts are Death Valley in the winter and Big Sur year round, both in California.
      Having a rig this big is an adjustment and may mean “tamer” adventures off-road. Our wheelbase is 22 ft. long and we plan to visit the desert trails soon to test out our new to us rig. I was encouraged to see Jefe’s pics of taking his rig over rocky terrain. 😉
      I’m so happy to find a forum that addresses the joys and challenges of truck camper camping!
      https://photos.app.goo.gl/e5c6F5Sx1mHpiWKT7

    • #51942
      Janice Meyers
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      What did you find out about The Indians area? I talked with a Forest Ranger who told me about their burn area map. We camped there before the Dolan Fire. I wrote a post about it with the fire map link which I’ll share but would love to know if you were able to visit the area in person after the fire?

      Camping at The Indians Ventana Wilderness

    • #34409
      Janice Meyers
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      I like your side entry door. 😉

    • #32092
      Janice Meyers
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      Nice looking rig Carrie! It looks like you get to do some horse camping. What kind of horses do you ride? I have a black and white Paint mare.

    • #32091
      Janice Meyers
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      Beautiful rig! I have only seen one other “diamond plate” type exterior like that. How does this type of exterior do for creating a “mirror” in the sun?

    • #30088
      Janice Meyers
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      Thanks Geoff, Don and gang for your help with trip planning!! I will be checking out all of your great info. My hubby does most of the driving while I serve as navigator. Sometimes I miss the sights with my nose in a map. Most places we go have little or no cell service. The resources you posted look like I can do my online work ahead and then download for offline use.
      Hey Geoff, we really like the convenience of the storage with a utility truck and I bet you do too! We did discover that it is tough to wrestle the spare tire out of the cabinet without having to let out some air. So, now we carry a small air compressor.

    • #28864
      Janice Meyers
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      We love exploring the Panamint mountain range! We have camped at the old Claire Camp mine going up the canyon road out of the ghost town of Ballarat. Another favorite is Jail Canyon. The Argus range has some cool old mining sites and adopted cabins not far from the Panamints.

    • #28863
      Janice Meyers
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      Beautiful! What is the location?

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