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  1. Susan, you might also check out this thread. There are a lot of good posts there about what people carry and how they store it all.
  2. No, that's the namesake peak of Guadeloupe NP. It's a fun hike, but the only time we've gotten lost on a trail. Only for a bit though towards the very top.
  3. O.K., got it. You black tankers are weird, lol. 💩
  4. But wait, there's more! Just down the highway from Malpais is the Acoma Pueblo. They've kind of broken with pueblo tradition now and are giving guided tours. Well worth a visit.
  5. One more place that many people pass by are the lava tubes at El Malpais, which is right off I-40. Grab a helmet and headlamp at the visitors center and head down the tubes. Venture into dangerous caves completely unsupervised! See underground moss gardens and weird ice!
  6. O.K., I'll bite - what is a honey wagon?
  7. That's the great thing about Ollies - they have wheels!
  8. That was our first Ollie trip as well. There's plenty to fill three weeks or more on that route. We started by making our way to Carlsbad/Guadeloupe. You could start with Big Bend as well if you want. We're hikers, so we spent maybe five nights there and could have spent two more. Be absolutely sure to watch the bats at dawn or dusk at the cave entrance. You could do a quick day trip from there to Roswell if you want to do something hokey. There's BLM land nearby - we camped here the entire time and there are more campsites further down the road, but I'll warn you that the road up the hill to these sites is punishing. It's an oil service road, but we couldn't see nor hear the pumps from our campsite. From there I think we spent two nights at Cloudcroft. There's a campground there, but it may not be open yet when you go. There's an outdoors store in town that you can ask for locations in the national forest to camp. We camped here. That spot was a bit steep, but the better ones along the road were occupied - just be careful that the south end of that road might be closed and it's a difficult turn around. It's a beautiful area, the town is nice, and if you time your trip right, you can get a tour of the Sunspot Observatory. From there we made quick stops at White Sands NP and then the Missile Range Museum, on the way to Saguaro. I think we must have stayed a night somewhere before Tuscon, but I can't remember where. In Tuscon, we camped in the forrest up near Mt. Lemmon, which is a great drive. We camped here, and it was a pretty nice spot. You can walk up the hill from there for some nice sunsets. From Tuscon, we went down to Tumacocori for one night. There's a USFS office on the highway just before town, and they can tell you some spots to camp. We ended up on some BLM pasture land - it was actually pretty nice, but you had to watch where you stepped. If you go there, ask at the park gift shop if they have any home made Membrillo. When we went, one of the rangers was making it from quince that they grow on the grounds. Bring me some. Also stop at the San Xavier Mission if you're into architecture. Next stop was Organ Pipe NP. When we went, we were the only people there besides the border patrol, so it was pretty nice. Watch out for africanized bees - we were chased down a trail by some. The visitors center will tell you where they are, so don't ignore their warnings like we did. The park has a nice campground and we stayed there. There are some good driving trails in the park but its not much for hiking. The park now comes with less cacti. Then we went up to Phoenix to see Taliesin, with a brief stop in Ajo where they have a nice town square. I think we stayed at a KOA in Phoenix - I'm sure you could do better with some research. From Phoenix we went up to Sedona, staying west of town on one of the few roads that allow dispersed camping, here. It's a long, corrugated road, but not too harsh for the trailer. It was a nice, quiet spot. Then we headed back east to Canyon de Chelly, staying at the campground there. Don't ask Siri for directions there - you can stop at the entrance gate and she'll tell you that you're still three hours away. May include unpaved roads, lol. They have a warning on their website now to not try to follow Siri's directions. Anyway, Canyon de Chelley is O.K. for a quick visit, but I think the real way to see it is via a tour of the bottom, which we didn't have time to do. Alternatively, you could keep going north to the Grand Canyon, or farther east to Chaco, which is one of my favorites. You could also stop at Petrified Forest NP. Mesa is then just a hop away, etc. So much to see in that area. Another fun thing to see is the Very Large Array, which you might be able to shoehorn in there somewhere. I don't think I'd try getting up into Utah unless you add another week - it's really a separate trip. We've done four 3-week trips so far to the four corners area, still haven't seen everything, and are itching to go back to the places we've already seen. Finally, whenever we're out there, we spend a few nights in Santa Fe before heading back home, which is sort of a tradition with us.
  9. Depending on the time of year, weather, and where I park, I sometimes have trouble with 200w of panels keeping up with our fridge. That's only when the truck is sitting at home - we have zero issues when traveling, and could probably (?) get away with 100w. We just use a 120Ah Lifeline battery and let the truck's electronics take care of the charging, with a relay to prevent charging when the truck isn't running. The drawback to that arrangement is that you have to run heavy cables to the battery to prevent voltage drop.
  10. Took me forever to find any sort of specs or price on that web site. Looks like it's a 60 Ah battery and a 100w portable panel for $2500. You can get the same thing, but better quality and more capacity from the much more reputable Goal Zero for about $1,000 less. Personally, while I think that the battery packs have their place, I don't consider them alternatives for a generator. If you're trying to do without a generator, then better to just spend that money on more batteries for your trailer. The only advantage of the battery packs is their portability, so unless you plan to use it away from the trailer, then I wouldn't even be considering one.
  11. Like Andrew said, you can fit 4 BBs in the tray if you stand them on end. They're a pain to wire up that way, but that's the only problem. You can get the replacement converter section for the power center, and it will shorten your charge time plus probably (?) give you a more ideal charge curve, but before that module was available, BB used to say that it was no problem using the standard PD charger. Think hard before investing in them. For those who need them, they're awesome; but in most cases for most owners, I'd argue that your money is more wisely spent elsewhere.
  12. Depends on what else you have in there. We keep a door mat inside by the front door which is where dirty shoes and boots get left. I also installed a long net under the street side bed and we keep camp shoes there. It keeps them convenient and off the floor.
  13. Service told me that it was possible to repair road rash, but they can’t guarantee that they can match the color just right. Apparently each batch of the gel coat is just slightly different. So prevention is definitely the best strategy.
  14. I think we’re right at 9’ to the top of the AC. So we’re probably O.K. pretty much anywhere but drive throughs and parking garages. 😛
  15. We started out with mattresses, but swapped them for 4" cushions, and use sleeping bags. The mattresses were of course usable to sit on during the day, but the cushions really make the space feel and function more like a real sitting area.
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