SNU July Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  July 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 July newsletter: July Weed Heights rally -|- Sweetwater rally review -|- Welcome new members -|- 1st draft 2015 rally schedule -|- time to renew for 2015 -|- Prez Meanderings -|- 2014 Road to Gillette -|- 2015 Joint Rally with NorCal -|- Silver Trailer Event -|- camera basics

July Rally at Weed Heights

Thursday July 25 to Sunday July 27 are the dates for the SNU rally at Weed Heights RV Park. This year the rally is on the weekend of a Night in the Country Music Festival  There is a shuttle that runs from the RV Park to the Fairgrounds. The SNU has reserved spaces in the RV park for our rally so please let us know ASAP if you plan to attend.  For more information:

Check out Don and Gail’s photos

The photo gallery of the WBCCI rally includes photos of some of the unique features on 2015 Airstreams. - 

Summer travels 

Keep Informed about the SNU

SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars

SNU Facebook page

Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org

What’s new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

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Trailering, 1952

Josh dug up Living in a Trailer by James Jones from the July 1952 edition of Holiday Magazine. Some things haven’t changed much in 63 years — some have.

“THE FIRST TIME you tow a house trailer you keep jerking the wheel to compensate for that crazy sway in the back end. It takes a long time to get enough used to it to ignore it. The first haul I ever made with mine—a trip that, although I didn’t know it then, turned out to be the first leg of a junket that would take me clear across the country and back and consume a year and a half—was to Memphis, Tennessee, from my home in Illinois. That’s about 400 miles, and it took me four days to make it. A year and a half later, on my way home from California, I hauled from Tucson, Arizona, to El Paso in one day. I had left a green-eared neophyte, and I was coming back a veteran. There is no pride in the world more rabid than that of a confirmed and dedicated trailerite. The next winter I took my trailer to Florida in four days, just about 1,200 miles.”

check it out. People, parks, and tours back when.

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Sweetwater Summit June 2014

The rally was timed for the amateur radio field day event at 7000′ with lots of room for everyone.

See the photo gallery!

Randy got the kit up with adjustments for the stiff breezes. Jerry calibrated his camp oven. Even with the solar powered LED lights, you could see the Milky Way if you stayed up long enough past sundown.

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Coffee water

There is a page on Coffee in the Owner’s Guide that mentions the key ingredient but that ingredient is often overlooked in the obsession about beans and roasting and procedures and protocols. The science behind the perfect coffee is a report on research to find out just how the water can influence the taste of coffee. Here are some highlights from the report.

“Hendon used computational chemistry methods to look at how different compositions of water affect the extraction of six chemicals that contribute to the flavour of coffee, along with caffeine. The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, found that water composition can make a dramatic difference to the taste of coffee made from the same bean.

“Hendon explained: “Coffee beans contain hundreds of chemicals; the precise composition depends on the type of bean and how it is roasted. The flavour of the resulting coffee is determined by how much of these chemicals are extracted by the water, which is influenced by roast time, grind, temperature, pressure and brew time.

“We’ve found that the water composition is key to the proportions of sugars, starches, bases and acids extracted from a particular roast.”

“The coffee industry uses guidelines on the ideal water for coffee extraction from the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), which measures ionic conductivity to quantify the total dissolved solids, however the researchers found that it was the proportions of these ions that Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, co-author on the paper, said: “Unfortunately most of the time you are limited by the source water available. Water from the tap varies regionally and from day to day depending on how much it rains affected the extraction and therefore the taste of the coffee.

It seems a bit of magnesium is better than sodium but they key to keep in mind is that this taste stuff is getting into the weeds. Both the water minerals and the coffee taste chemicals are in very small amounts and you don’t have a whole lot of control over them. In an RV, you deal with what you can get as you travel. Use the tastes you encounter as another local phenomena to enjoy like the scenery and other attractions.

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Pictures!

Time to catch up on photo galleries and other additions to the web site.

First up is Eagle Lake. The gathering there in 2014 at Rocky Point East had wheels working CAP exercises so we got an aerial view.


Eagle Lake 2014
There are several photo galleries of the event linked so go see!

Then there’s the Likely RV Park. This is in the northeast corner of California where the Astronomy club likes the dark skies.


Likely RV Park
See the photo gallery!

The park management has been soliciting business so Randy checked it out. Not only does it provide good opportunities for astronomers but it also has a golf course and other amenities … maybe a bit civilized for the SNU ?

The top pages for early rally photos have been updated, too. See Rallies of the 1950′s and 1960′s and Rallies 1970′s, 1980′s & 1990′s and Rallies 2000, 2001 & 2002. See what was and compare the scenery to what it is today.

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SNU Newsletter

SNU Folks,

*The  June 2014 Newsletter has been posted*
http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2014/14-news/index.html

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

_Topics in the June newsletter_
Rally Sweetwater Summit  -|- Prez Meanderings  -|- Rocky Point Rally Review -|- Weed Heights Reminder  -|-  Sringtime In Kentucky 2014  -|- Region 12 Rally in Pahrump -|- November in Mesquite -|- Traveling Pets

*June  Rally at Sweetwater*
The dates are Thursday June 26 to Sunday 29 2014.  This is Field Day for ham radio operators. You don’t have to be a ham to enjoy Sweetwater. Sweetwater is a good place for hiking, bike riding, and of course, just enjoying the beautiful scenery. The rally site is off Hwy 338 between Smith, NV and Bridgeport, CA. There is a weather station on the summit and that is where you turn off the highway.  There is a small air strip on the opposite side of the highway.

Bring wood for campfires. For more information check this link

http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/snu/2014/14-events/14jn-sweetwater.html

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

* SNU Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/178368645651150

* What’s new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org
http://www.sierranevadaairstreams.org/snuze/index.php?cat=14

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April 2014 Boca Rest SNU Rally

Just off I80 near the California and Nevada Border are several NFS campgrounds on holding reservoirs for Truckee River water.  As this is a drought year, the water levels are rather low.

The rally weekend also happened to be one where spring storms were working their way through so the wind chill was significant and the propane consumption rather high. The wind was perhaps a bit strong for Randy’s kites, too. See the photo gallery!

 

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SNU May Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The  May 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 May newsletter_

May Rally at Rocky Point -|- Boca Rally Review -|- Prez Meanderings -|- RSVP’s needed for Weed Heights -|- WBCCI International Rally -|- A Tale of Two Restorations -|- Washboard Roads

May Rally at Rocky Point

Thursday May 15 to Sunday 18 2014 is the Rally at Rocky Point on Eagle Lake.  The road to the rally site is well marked as long as you look for the signs. It follows the west side of Buck’s Bay. If you haven’t been to Rocky Point before, check the rally link or contact the SNU at hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org and we’ll arrange for you to caravan with somebody who knows the route.

Special dinner –  772 will stop by KFC to obtain chicken and sides for everyone for a shared dinner on Thursday. Be sure and let us know if you plan on coming to Rocky Point so we can get enough fixin’s for all.

 Bring wood for campfires. (and a permit)

Keep Informed about the SNU

 * SNU 2014 Rally Schedule – Mark your calendars

 

* SNU Facebook page

 

* What’s new on the SierraNevadaAirstreams.org

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SNU HQ 

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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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