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  1. kitphantom

    Camping reservations

    We tend to make reservations as soon as the window opens. For most of the national park and US forest Service places we go, that's 6 months in advance. For some of the concessionaire campgrounds in NPs, reservations can be made a year or so in advance. Utah state parks is 4 months. Makes for fun...
  2. kitphantom

    Blackstone, bbq’s or campfire cooking?

    The old Coleman white gas stoves are pretty sturdy, and can be rehabbed. There are collectors that love those and the lanterns. The only time any of our three smell bad is just as the main valve is turned off. although some count three as a collection, we're not collectors of those. We ahve two...
  3. kitphantom

    Battey hook-up

    Do you have a photo of what you have? What camper do you have? And convertor? Most modern ones will charge the battery from shore power, older ones may not. Some may overcharge if left on shore power too long. The battery should charge from the truck if it is set up that way, do you h ave a...
  4. kitphantom

    Do people only choose Pop Ups because they have no other choice?

    We looked at A-frames early on, too tight for us, which is why checking out a range of options can be a good thing. As it was, my husband's head brushed the ceiling in our first popup. The "you sit down, so I can stand up" in that tiny popup got old. Even with travel trailers, we've had to look...
  5. kitphantom

    Blackstone, bbq’s or campfire cooking?

    Old thread, good subject. Personal preference. Many seem to like the Blackstone, but it just doesn't fit the way we cook and eat while camping well enough to add to the mix. In 33 seasons of camping, we have never had a wood campfire, let alone cooked on one. I bet we both could still make good...
  6. kitphantom

    Do people only choose Pop Ups because they have no other choice?

    All of us (or at least most of us) have to make trade-offs and budget, one way or another. For me, it's not that one form of cmaping is superior to another, it's different. Backpacking is much different than even front country ground tent camping, and so on. I made that trade-off argument years...
  7. kitphantom

    December 2022 - what did you do for your camper?

    We have the trailer home, new black valve installed, no charge. Our service advisor said it was obvious it was defective. Now parked for the winter, i.e. a far to that side of the driveway as we can manage and still have room for garbage & recycle bins, and access to the back yard.I'l call the...
  8. kitphantom

    Another Yellowstone Camping Question and also GTN, Glacier, Banff and Jasper

    The first time we visited Glacier was sometime during the Clinton administration. We were basing in Grand Teton to do both it and Yellowstone, and learned the president was arriving in a couple of days. The traffic was crazy enough without a presidential visit, we didn't find a good campsite in...
  9. kitphantom

    December 2022 - what did you do for your camper?

    For those needing it, here's your battery charge reminder. As I'm posting, it's not even 7 a.m. local time, and not a thing done for the camper. It's at the shop to have the black tank valve replaced, so the driveway looks empty. I'm going to work on quilt projects today, one of my next quilts...
  10. kitphantom

    November 2022 - what did you do for your camper?

    Total mileage for 2022 was 4410 miles, 3679 since new tires on the first trip of the year. We only camped in NM, CO, and AZ, so the longest travel day was about 450 miles, coming home from Tucson the other day. Otherwise, we had a few about 330 miles, others were less. Dropped the trailer off...
  11. kitphantom

    November 2022 - what did you do for your camper?

    I totaled the nights camping in the trailer (see my signature) and this was the best year since '19. That's in spite of canceling two ladies' trips with my friend, due to each of us having surgery timed to cancel a trip. Taking it to the shop in a bit, for the black tank valve replacement...
  12. kitphantom

    November 2022 - what did you do for your camper?

    I guess my computer list is an extension of my pencil and paper. If nothing else, it's a lot more legible!
  13. kitphantom

    November 2022 - what did you do for your camper?

    Yesterday, I finished emptying out all the food supplies, toiletries, etc. that come in the house for the winter. Also all the bedding, rugs, and laundry is at least in the house - I have stacks of things yet to be washed, and others to be folded and put away, both home and trailer. I hurried to...
  14. kitphantom

    Whats the appeal?

    problems can arise in campgrounds or boondocking. We even almost got smoked out while backpacking because someone set up down the hill from us and had a fire they didn't know how to build. They weren't actually in a legal area, being too close to the trail. We also encountered a group once...
  15. kitphantom

    Whats the appeal?

    As with so much, boondocking or not is personal preference, assuming there is availability of it where you camp. As I commented earlier in the thread, we don't do it, for a number of reasons that make sense to us. (Not counting the fact that my husband backpacks, which is sort of ultimate...
  16. kitphantom

    November 2022 - what did you do for your camper?

    We had our last trip of the year, a week in Tucson, and got home yesterday. Today, we blew out the water system, and pumped through RV antifreeze. Fridge is off, cleaned out, and left to defrost until tomorrow. All food, toiletries, cleaning supplies that might freeze are now in the house. i...
  17. kitphantom

    How Do You Make Coffee (The Juice Of Life)

    I never got to like drinking coffee, but my folks drank percolator coffee, so I learned to make it for them, as a youngster back in the late '60s. They added a pinch of salt to the grounds basket. When I started my first job, one of my tasks was to make coffe in the "Mr. Coffee". I know some...
  18. kitphantom

    Small generator

    The OP is finding options. Not all work for each of us, so it's nice to see the range of what's out there. Solar is nice, we just put the panel out when we set up camp and it does its thing. If it's an overnight stop, we don't bother. We also have the secondary panel, our original one, to...
  19. kitphantom

    Small generator

    We camp where solar works well, so have a Zamp 160 solar panel, which charges our batteries. We switched to dual 6v batteries when a single group 24 was not quite enough for some days in the TT. The deep cycle golf cart batteries can be drained lower than the standard group 24 without shortening...
  20. kitphantom

    What spices do you carry for healthier cooking?

    Because we do so much batch cooking and freezing, even at home we eat some interesting combinations, whatever appeals at the moment.




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