SNU April 2014 Newsletter

SNU Folks,

*The  April 2014 Newsletter has been posted*
Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

_Topics in the April newsletter_
Boca Rest April Rally -|- Lahontan Rally Review -|- Prez Meanderings -|- Ideas Wanted for the 2015 Region Rally & the 2016 SNU Anniversary Rally -|- Rally Site Possibilities -| !965 & 2014 Alaska trips

*April Rally at Boca*
Boca Rest is the site for our April Rally. Dates: Thursday April 24 to Sunday April 27, 2014  To get there take I-80 west, about 20 miles towards Truckee. Take the Hershdale exit and go over the bridge and up the road past the dam. The campground is right off the paved road on the shore of the reservoir.  Bring wood for campfires.

*Special Note*

Check the April Blue Beret.  SNU member Gail Williams  is in the picture (between the lady with the red hair and the one in the stripped shirt) of Lodi Region Rally group that took the wine tour bottom right on page 75.

*SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars*

Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

Also check the SNU Facebook page


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SNU Rally at Lahontan March 2014

Beautiful weather: cool mornings, warm sun., breezy at times. The SNU gathered for the spring breakout rally at Lahontan State Park on the sand.


Morning campfire and coffee – See the photo gallery!

good time had by all. The only emergency trip for forgotten supplies was to get S’mores components for the kids.

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Popcorn with an aluminum can

There are those hot air type popcorn poppers but electricity and special gear aren’t necessarily a good thing in the RV. There are those Jiffy Pop (Jiffy Pop – Amazon Affiliate link) but you can also use an aluminum can and a few kernels. Eric Ravencraft describes how to turn an aluminum can into a DIY popcorn popper. Cut a flap for a popped corn deflecter and make a handfull with minimal hassle.

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Squirrels

Some call them rats with PR. They don’t hibernate but they do hunker down when it’s cold or the weather is bad. Since they live off nuts with an occasional bird or bird egg and insects and whatnot, we probably ought to avoid putting out peanuts for the Blue Jays. Most of those peanuts get stashed and that means the squirrels can probably get a good meal robbing the Blue Jay stash. They are ‘cute’ but there are reasons people don’t like them around. GruntDoc has a nice picture about why the War on Squirrels got started. They chew on wires and other things.

A few years ago, some squirrels built a nest in the V of my B-Van V-8 engine. The smell of roasting sagebrush on the annual spring trip to the smog and lube center was quite nice but also quite a fire hazard. It took a bit of doing to get into the area to remove all the debris and clean things out. Now, its just another item on pre-trip the checkoff list.

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Sierra Nevada Unit March Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  March 2014 Newsletter has been posted

Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the March newsletter: Black Bear February Lunch -|- March rally at Lahontan -|- Prez Meanderings about the Hobo Rally -|- SNU rally update -|- Welcome New Members

March Rally at Lahontan

Thursday March 20 to Sunday March 23 2014 are the dates for the rally at Lahontan. The rally site is  the Beach 7 unstructured camping area just after the end of the paved road.  Be sure and bring wood for campfires. For more information check this link.

SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars

Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

Also check the SNU Facebook page


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Hobo Rally 2014 and other amusements going to and from

Airstream owners remembering the glory days of the hobos at the WBCCI Region 12 Hobo Rally 2014



See the photo gallery!

Don and Gail arrived via Parker, AZ before the Hobo Rally to provide comminications support for the Best in the Desert Parker 425 off-road race – and took a few pictures!

The Rally included visits to see the Palo Verde Valley irrigation diversion dam, the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, and the Hart Mine Marsh. The parade at the end featured the crowning of the Hobo King and Queen.

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Sale on! Cameco leveling blocks and chocks at Amazon

Amazon has a sale on today for Camco leveling blocks and chocks. The yellow Camco blocks are $25 on sale while the Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers, (Pack of 10) orange blocks are running at $32. The Tri-Lynx seems to have a slight edge in user ratings. (affiliate links – check the links and support the website!)

Note that Amazon is now collecting sales tax for Nevada.

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SNU February Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  February 2014 Newsletter has been posted – Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the February newsletter: January Lunch at Hometown -|- Prez Meanderings -|- February lunch announcement -|- Cricket Invasion -|- News about the Newsletter -|- Restoration Project -|- RV Power Grid

February 2014 lunch
February 22, 2014 the SNU lunch will be at Black Bear in Fernley.  It is East of downtown Fernley off Interstate 80 East at Exit 48. The time is 11:30am. Please let us know if you plan to attend. Email hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 5011.

SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars

Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

Also check the SNU Facebook page


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Spring cleaning: 25 tips

Paul Michael has 25 Essential Tricks for Quick and Easy Cleaning over at WiseBread. These are mostly about uses of vinegar and baking soda and similar well tried recipes with a few techniques and hints. Examples:

“Use a tube sock on your hand, soaked in warm water, to wash your blinds. You can do both sides at once and balance the blind.”

“Simple dryer sheets, like Bounce, rubbed onto your baseboards will clean them up a treat. And as a bonus side effect, they coat them in a way that repels dust and pet hair.”

“Repair Hardwood Floor Scratches – All you need is a walnut. By rubbing a walnut into the shallow scratches, their natural oils help hide the flaw. It’s an age-old carpenter’s trick.”

It’s always handy to keep a list like this easy to find – sometimes it might just make life a bit easier, a bit cleaner, and better smelling!

For books on the subject, see Household cleaning recipes on Amazon (affiliate link). Many have Kindle editions so you can take them along without cluttering your RV!

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Read cheap; take it with you

The University of California Press has made 700 books available for reading free of charge. OpenCulture has the story.

“The University of California Press e-books collection holds books published by UCP (and a select few printed by other academic presses) between 1982-2004. The general public currently has access to 770 books through this initiative. The collection is dynamic, with new titles being added over time.”

The University of Chicago Press also provides some free material.

The OpenCulture page also has a number of links to other resouces that provide free media including eBooks, audio books, and movies.

If you have a Kindle reader, check out dailyfreebooks for thousands of free eBooks including promotional copies as well as copyright expired material.

Of course, don’t forget Project Gutenberg, the “first producer of free ebooks” based on volunteer efforts.

Then there is the local library. Did you know many loan books for eBook readers? For example, you can find a book at the Washoe County Library website and it will not only tell you which branch has the book available or allow you to place a hold on the book, it will also tell you if the book is available in the electronic edition. To help you out, there are even workshops such as the one at the North Valleys Library branch on January 18.

What is nice about the electronics media revolution is that you can haul around significant personal libraries and not burden your RV. Thousands of books or movies will fit in a typical backup drive or eBook reader or tablet.

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2002 MBCU Calendar

The Monterey Bay Unit put together a restrospective calendar – 11 years ago!

The calendar has been scanned and broken into 3 PDF (rather large) files. See the 2002 MBCU Calendar index page.

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Firearms in camp court decision

Eugene Volokh reports that “Today’s Morris v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (D. Idaho Jan. 10, 2014) strikes down an Army Corps of Engineers regulation barring possession of loaded guns in recreation areas surrounding Corps dams.” In this case, a tent was considered akin to a home. Second amendment rights are protected in homes.

“The court also holds that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry guns as well as to possess them at homes, so that the regulation is unconstitutional even as to carrying outside tents. And the court rejects the argument that the government may restrict such gun possession and carrying on the grounds that the government owns the property, and has no obligation to open the property to the public in the first place.”

An RV is also “akin to a home” so a firearm you have in it should fall under the same judgment.

It used to be that having a firearm handy for protection while camping was no big deal. The comments to Volokh’s post show how this has changed. There is still a need in the wilds for protection and self defense but some folks think there is a danger from firearms that outweighs this need. Sometimes that thinking is so strong it results in court cases. The courts are a bit confused which is why Volokh warns that “It’s not clear how the opinion will fare on appeal, but the case should be interesting to watch.

Whatever your opinion, if you do have firearms with you on your RV experience, make sure you maintain your shooting skills, keep up to date with laws and regulations where you travel, maintain the equipment in good condition, and store it properly for travel.

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SNU Newsletter

SNU Folks,
Happy New Year!

*The  January 2014 Newsletter has been posted*

Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

_Topics in the January newsletter_
December at Jakes -|- January 2014 Lunch -|- Prez Meanderings -|- Death Valley November 2013 -|- Achievements & Highlights of SNU in 2013 -|- Welcome to the Lewis’s -|- Rallies, Caravans, and more

*January 2014 lunch*

The location for the January lunch at the Hometown Cafe is just north of Reno off Hwy 395, exit 74 in Lemmon Valley. The date is Saturday January 25, 2014,  time is 11:30am. Please let us know if you plan to attend. Email hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 5011.

*SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars*

Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

Also check the SNU Facebook page


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SNU Lunch

It’s rather risky getting out in an RV when there are chain requirements on the road. So, the SNU gathers for lunch in winter meetings.


See the photo gallery!

The January venue is the Hometown Cafe in Lemmon Valley.

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SNU December Newsletter

SNU Folks,

*The  December 2013 Newsletter has been posted*
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2013/13-news/index.html

Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

_Topics in the December newsletter_
Prez Meanderings -|- Carolina lunch review -|- December lunch -|- SNU Events Calendars -|- SNU tenure -|- 1971 European Caravan diaries -|- Death Valley rally preview

December 2013 lunch
The December SNU lunch will be at Jake’s Restaurant in Fernley on Saturday December 14, 2013 at 11:30am. Please let us know if you plan to attend. Email hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 5011.

*SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars*
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2014/14-events/docs/14-rallyschedule.html

Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org
http://www.sierranevadaairstreams.org/snuze/index.php?cat=14
Also check the SNU Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/178368645651150

– 
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SNU: Lunch at the Carolina Kitchen

A BBQ joint in the industrial area of Sparks, the Carolina Kitchen made a good place for lunch for the bunch

See the photo gallery!

Next up is Jake’s Restaurant in Fernly on December 14.

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Rally Ribbons

Ribbons are used to identify participants at WBCCI Rallies. Here is a photo gallery of a few from the 70′s to the 90′s



See the photo gallery!

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SNU November newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  November 2013 Newsletter has been posted
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2013/13-news/index.html

Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the November  newsletter
Prez Meanderings -|- Crocker Rally Review -|- November Lunch -|- Death Valley Rally -|- Welcome new member -|- Visitors -|- Caravaning

It looks like once again, the SNU newsletter includes an article on the same topic that is highlighted in the November Blue Beret – Caravanning. Between the SNU newsletter, our website, and the Blue Beret you should get a good overall picture of Caravaning in WBCCI.

SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2014/14-events/docs/14-rallyschedule.html

Check Zephyrs and find out what else is new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org
http://www.sierranevadaairstreams.org/snuze/index.php?cat=14

Also check the SNU Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/178368645651150


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SNU Rally at Crocker October 2013

A bit chilly in the fall but the leaves were turning, the winds were calm, and the comeraderie something else (along with the scenery).


Crocker Rally 2013
see the photo gallery!

A no-fee camp area on between Frenchman’s and Davis Lakes. See Red Clover Valley Tour – first a in series of summer tours at Plumas County News for a bit of history on the area and the roads.

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Bryan and Jo’s Airstream Friends (1960′s)

The Harrison’s kept a photo log of friends they met at rallies and caravans.



#441 Dick and Fanny Nevel Photo taken in Arizona May 27, 1962. Participated in Airstream Company Caravan #33 Eastern Canada Summer 1963
See the photo gallery!

See who travelled in what kind of Airstream some fifty years ago!

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