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Old 08-02-2016, 02:54 PM   #1
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Last weekend's trip tried to cancel this weekend's trip....

We went to Gunnison National forest, short Friday to Sunday trip. New location and took longer than expected to get there. Kids almost drove me to going home. Glad we didn't though. Ended up exploring into the forest and following the roads to a little place called spring creek resevoir. Kept going past that and found a little campground on Spring Creek itself.

2 spots nearby were occupied when we arrived, but they left the next day. Road had some rough spots, but we weren't the only large camper we saw. There was also a designated campground (but no hookups etc) on the south side of the reservoir, or you could find a spot on the north for free. <shrug>.

We set up facing the Reservoir, but when we go back, I would face the woods to give us shade in the afternoon. The lower green area in the background is the creek.


Looking back at the camper (its in the center of the image next to the tree in the foreground.


Looking North (vs south at the camper). There is snow and ice on the mtns in the background. I expect they are capped year round.



Okay sized creek, big enough to fish, but doubt anything larger than 8 inches lives there. Good sized creek to throw rocks into. And plenty large to run through for playing fetch.


We noticed that the dust cap fell off inside the decorative cap and knocked out the plastic piece. I took it apart and then let the dealer confirm, no damage to the bearing, but I get to buy a new cover. Oh well. Looks like they will replace the tongue jack since it isn't retracting the whole way, so we break even.


I did discover that the ramp DOESN"T lift the other axle so glad I worked on this at home vs the side of the road. Off to buy a piston jack.


Going back this weekend to the same area. Hope to do a little fishing in the creek downstream where it is larger and hope to get to do some more exploring up into the mtns.
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Old 08-02-2016, 04:00 PM   #2
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Nice pics and writeup. Looks very isolated - I like that.
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Totally awesome!!!
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With the 6V batteries and the gennie to charge during the day, we can go for a long weekend. Would be good to get a solar setup, but the $ is already invested in the generator, so seems extra, we don't burn that much gas. For a 3-4 day trip don't have water issues. We are a big fan of getting off the grid. If for no other reason, the dog can get off a leash and just run all day. Going back this weekend and will do more exploring. Plus play with the camera on the dogs back some more.
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Where did you ever find room for "six" batteries?
I have two, and can't find enough room to sacrifice for two more.
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Where did you ever find room for "six" batteries?
I have two, and can't find enough room to sacrifice for two more.
LLoyd ..looks like he said '6v batteries'..probably only a pair of them.
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Yes, 6Volt batteries, only 2. Wonder if i could run my AC off six 6Volt batteries..... heck, id settle for running the coffee pot. The instant stuff is pretty good, but its not the coffee pot quality. not coffee snobs, but we do like a hot coffee in the AM to start the day. A must, so I do run the generator in the AM to keep momma happy. And no one complains.
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Yes, 6Volt batteries, only 2. Wonder if i could run my AC off six 6Volt batteries..... heck, id settle for running the coffee pot. The instant stuff is pretty good, but its not the coffee pot quality. not coffee snobs, but we do like a hot coffee in the AM to start the day. A must, so I do run the generator in the AM to keep momma happy. And no one complains.
Hey...for coffee, it is called a percolator. old style that you can still get and make the coffee on the stove...easy...I don't even own a generator(hate the noise) and can stay for about 5 days on one battery , using 12v sparingly.
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LLoyd ..looks like he said '6v batteries'..probably only a pair of them.

Looks like I better start reading the posts a little closer.
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Hey...for coffee, it is called a percolator. old style that you can still get and make the coffee on the stove...easy...I don't even own a generator(hate the noise) and can stay for about 5 days on one battery , using 12v sparingly.
Yeah yeah. We've talked about it. And so far have landed on "well, we have the coffee pot already so just keep using it." Only $20 for a percolator though. I do want to update the lights to LED and thats a ton of money compared to a percolator.....

Now that we seem to have resolved the charging issue (ways to ensure camper is topped off before a trip) we don't have issues with electricity. And really, only issue we used to have was when the juice falls below a certain point, the heater stops working. And we use it all night every night out here. Slated to be low 40s this weekend.
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