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I have gone back and forth on whether to put solar on my roof or to use a portable. Advantages each way it seems to me. The pictures look great. We are ready to go again, but will not be leaving to mid-August and then hope to catch some cool. Last year the heat out West crushed up. We had 95 degrees in Glacier. We are doing the Southwest this year, but are wondering how long we can stay out and head up into the Tetons, etc. without hitting too much snow.
 
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Nice pictures Jim! Valley of Fire is on my bucket list of places that I want to camp.
VoF is a terrific location! The campground is on some high ground surrounded by a relatively "young" 5,000 year-old lava flow. The dark night sky is stunningly clear! The site in central NM makes if a great launch site to numerous other wonderful places such as White Sands, Oliver Lee State Park, the Sacramento Mountains, the Very Large Array Radio Telescope, Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains NP (TX), and Bandelier National Monument.

It's a popular site and it doesn't take reservations, so I recommend arriving no later than Thursday early afternoon. We arrived on early Wednesday afternoon and the prime spots overlooking the lava beds were already gone. We still liked our spot, however, as there was an outstanding overlook on top the hill behind us.

Originally Posted by Alaskan_Warbird View Post
Looks like fun! I like your idea with the solar panel. Our Host Mammoth camper comes 'solar ready' but I don't want to drill through the roof to mount a panel. It'll probably be next year before I'm ready to add it in but will probably do something very similar to you. Thanks for the pics!
The solar panel provides fabulous flexibility, as we generally don't need hookups. We have two Group 24 AGM batteries (158 Ah total), all LED lighting inside and out, and after-market PWM speed controllers on the vent fans. The 3-way fridge always needs DC for the control system, but it's a light load when the fridge is running on propane. The only phantom loads are the propane detector and the USB charging ports.

Shore power allows us to run the water heater, the microwave/convection oven, and the fridge on AC.

Solar panel output voltage (and power) drops as the cells heat up, so they need ventilation to help cool 'em off and maintain a useful operational voltage when the solar charge controller is in the bulk mode.. Accordingly, I strongly recommend not mounting panels directly onto the roof. I may mount the 123 W panel pictured on the top of our camper, but it will be on Yakima crossbars attached to the top of the luggage carrier rail, which should provide a three- or four inch air gap between the roof and the underside of the panel.

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I have gone back and forth on whether to put solar on my roof or to use a portable. Advantages each way it seems to me. The pictures look great. We are ready to go again, but will not be leaving to mid-August and then hope to catch some cool. Last year the heat out West crushed up. We had 95 degrees in Glacier. We are doing the Southwest this year, but are wondering how long we can stay out and head up into the Tetons, etc. without hitting too much snow.
Yes, there are pros and cons. It's nice to be able to optimally place the panel (track the sun and perhaps park the camper in some shade), but it's a pain getting it in and out of the camper.

Check ahead for temps in the SW. Normal May average near Palo Duro Canyon is mid-80's, but it was 100F when we arrived at the ranger station, and it was 104F on the canyon floor.



Thanks again!
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Finally got our new Adventurer camper today that we ordered back in March. Camper weight tag is about #3100, truck payload is #4600.
Have a lot of work to do before leaving for Canada on Sunday including installing a portable solar system and trying to figure how to correct the now intermittent Sirius reception on the truck stereo. Besides all the other move-in projects.
 
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Nice setup.
 
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Heading to Decorah IA for some trout..



F250 4x4 2006 5.4 gasser with 1998/99 Elkhorn 9T off to Decorah IA trout fishing.
 
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Hallmarks still are my favorite looking popup in profile. Looks nice!
 
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Hallmarks still are my favorite looking popup in profile. Looks nice!
Mine has always been an Alaskan.
 
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Just found this section, mostly I wreak havoc over in the '80-86 section. Here are a few shots of our 1989 9' Hideaway on our 1984 F250.

In Oregon's Wallowa Mountains:





Up on Steens Mountain, on Oregon's highest public road at approximately 10,000 feet above sea level:





Stopping for a little coffee break in Clearwater, British Columbia:





A favorite shot, crossing a one-lane bridge in Wells Gray provincial park in British Columbia. Note the gravel truck bearing down behind our truck. My ever-patient wife was not too thrilled when I had her run ahead across the bridge to get this picture:





One last shot, camping by Roosevelt Lake in Kettle Falls, WA, with our trusty '48 CJ-2A in tow:

 
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Karl, great pictures! Stopping for coffee, my wife's second favorite activity.
 
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Karl, great pictures! Stopping for coffee, my wife's second favorite activity.

The timing of the picture at Tim Horton's didn't work in my favor. "Wait a second, Honey, let me snap a picture before we go inside." Literally seconds after taking that picture, a tour bus stopped in front of the entrance. Like a slow-motion nightmare, approximately 40 little old ladies (for a grand total of 80 sensible shoes) made a beeline for the single stall ladies' room.
 
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...made a beeline for the single stall ladies' room.
And there is (to me) my wife's first favorite activity.
 
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Great pic, I'm heading to Wells-Grey in a couple weeks. I hope I can find that bridge and maybe duplicate your pic.
 
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I'm heading to Wells-Grey in a couple weeks. I hope I can find that bridge and maybe duplicate your pic.
It's very easy to find. It's on the main road (Clearwater Valley Road) into the park if heading from the south towards Helmcken Falls. The bridge crosses the Murtle River about 1/2 mile west of Dawson Falls. After the main parking lot for Dawson Falls, the road takes a sharp right and heads down from the bluff to the bridge.

This link should take you to the bridge:


https://www.google.com/maps/@51.9640.../data=!3m1!1e3
 

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