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Karl

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Re: Electric Blankets
« Reply #30 on: April 09, 2008, 07:20:22 PM »
Carl,
Now there's a picture that boggles the imagination: "Mama in her kerchief, and me in my cap..."  ;D
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Re: Electric Blankets
« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2008, 09:56:37 PM »
Carl,
Now there's a picture that boggles the imagination: "Mama in her kerchief, and me in my cap..."  ;D

Boggle away me lad.  I have spent many a night on California mountainsides on X feet of snow on a 3/4" closed-celll foam pad, in a down bag wearing a stocking cap pulled down over my ears.   Did not freeze to death once.
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Re: Electric Blankets
« Reply #32 on: April 10, 2008, 04:07:35 AM »
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Did not freeze to death once.
Now that IS welcome news!  :D The down-filled 'mummy' bags we had did a great job, and had an inside drawstring that you could cinch up so only your breathing holes were exposed. I never spent "A Night on Bald Mountain" like you, but Yakima, WA gets pretty cold in the middle of winter too.
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Re: Electric Blankets
« Reply #33 on: April 10, 2008, 07:10:41 PM »
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I never spent "A Night on Bald Mountain" like you

Actually I have done exactly that.   Mt San Antonio, a 10,000 foot peak in the Los Angeles area is nicknamed "Old Baldy".   One night, a climbing partner and I decided to bivouac overnight on the summit.   There are a couple of low rock pens 2-3 foot high on the summit built by someone with same bright idea.   We climbed to the summit and set up camp in one of the pens by throwing down some foam pads and our down sleeping bags.

A strong NE, Santa Ana wind was blowing that night.  Cold air pushes over the mountain range and slides down the slopes picking up heat by compression and friction to the point that as the wind sweeps across the basins below it is a hot, very dry wind.   However, at the summit of the mountains the wind is still strong but bloody cold.  That night the winds at the summit was about 30-35mph and the temp was in the 30s.   In our bags, behind the shelter of the rock walls we were comfortable.   

The strong dry winds cleared all the marine-layer fog and scuzz out of Southern California and gave us unlimited visibilty.    At 10,000 feet your visible horizon is 122 miles.   We could see the lights of Los Angeles spread out from San Bernardino to Santa Monica and from the San Fernando Valley to San Clemente in the south.  We could even see the loom of the lights of San Diego in the far south.  Stunning.    We spend an hour or so like a pair of prairie dogs, popping up out of our holes, drinking in the scenery and popping back down again in a minute or so to keep from freezing in the wind blast.

Nothing to do with RVing, just a nice memory.   :)

 
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Re: Electric Blankets
« Reply #34 on: April 10, 2008, 07:33:07 PM »
I hear you Carl. A little nip on the nose is nothing compared to the lasting memories. :)
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Re: Electric Blankets
« Reply #35 on: April 11, 2008, 03:29:52 PM »
Elizabeth who started this thread,

I recently saw an article about an RV that burned to the ground and the cause was an electric blanket.  Can't locate the article again but it might have been in either one of the motorhome magazines or the newspaper.  The article included a photo and all that was left was the metal chassis.  I think we need to pay more attention to electric blankets as an RV safety issue.  So, Elizabeth, I suggest you stay away from electric blankets in your RV.  Go with the more reliable and safer mattress pads that are designed for lying upon.

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Re: Electric Blankets
« Reply #36 on: April 30, 2008, 06:54:59 PM »
So we are picking up the trailer on Friday and our first camping trip is planned for the following weekend.

We are only going 1/2 hour away so if it gets to cold we are not to far away to come home.

We have purchased some nice comforters, we are also taking the sleeping bags and the duvets.  I think we should be alright.  And as I mentioned we have the three dogs.  They should help to keep us warm.

As long as it doesn't snow or rain we should be alright.
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Re: Electric Blankets
« Reply #37 on: April 30, 2008, 07:06:04 PM »
A half-hour is a good first trip. Enjoy!!

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Re: Electric Blankets
« Reply #38 on: May 06, 2008, 09:26:49 AM »
Be sure to take a tablet of paper and pen/pencil to make a list of 'reality' stuff needed, and what you find you don't need but have taking up space. 

As to towing - not too big of a deal - the PUP will track with your tow vehicle, but slightly wider turns may be necessary, longer stopping distances.

Backing into your sight may seem like a trial to you (why i recommended practicing at empty school parking lot/bus lanes).  Place your hands on the lower part of the steering wheel, and the direction you want the PUP to go is the way you turn the steering wheel.  Only turn it 'slightly' or you will cut it too much.  Go slowly and stop frequently to check progress - or have one of your camp mates be your spotter. 

Remember to have checked for low branches on the campsite before backing into it.

Have a wonderful trip!!