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Old 07-21-2017, 09:44 PM   #1
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Returning from the High sierras and wondering why we came back! any way just to let you know Taigo Pass is open but most of the upper campgrounds like Tuolumne Meadows are still closed. Had a wonderful time even though our frig and water heater died. Turns out the thermo fuse on the frig took a dump and thermo disc reset connected to the heat shield did not reset. The water heater also died, cleaned out the burner assembly and chamber, along with 2 prong electrode still nothing. Gas valve was working fine and could manually start no problem but would only stay on for 3 seconds. 99% sure the Module took a dump. Went ahead and by passed the thermo fuse since there were no signs of yellowing and no ammonia smells, everything looked good. Have scheduled warranty service appointment in two weeks to have both items addressed. Happy Camping
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:51 PM   #2
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:59 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim, That's one of the many reasons we love our little escape trailer, fits nice and snug in small camp sites, big boys can't even think of fitting in there.
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Returning from the High sierras and wondering why we came back! any way just to let you know Taigo Pass is open but most of the upper campgrounds like Tuolumne Meadows are still closed. Had a wonderful time even though our frig and water heater died. Turns out the thermo fuse on the frig took a dump and thermo disc reset connected to the heat shield did not reset. The water heater also died, cleaned out the burner assembly and chamber, along with 2 prong electrode still nothing. Gas valve was working fine and could manually start no problem but would only stay on for 3 seconds. 99% sure the Module took a dump. Went ahead and by passed the thermo fuse since there were no signs of yellowing and no ammonia smells, everything looked good. Have scheduled warranty service appointment in two weeks to have both items addressed. Happy Camping
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Wow! don't blame you for not leaving ! Pat
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Old 07-21-2017, 10:11 PM   #5
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Tioga pass on Highway 120 closes in dead winter, why would nearby campgrounds be closed now? fire ? Did you return via CA 395 ?
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Old 07-21-2017, 10:15 PM   #6
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Is that tufa in the photo of the lake? What lake is it, and is it saline?
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There is tons of tufa in Mono lake where CA 120 meets CA 395. Mono has very little greenery but tons of tufa. It seems TIN stayed at a commercial campground in that area, on way out of Yosemite.

Mono is very salty so yes. It's also a pit stop for migratory birds that come to feed, refueling (lots of brine) before continuing. Mono is a critical lake for western hemisphere birds.
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Tioga pass on Highway 120 closes in dead winter, why would nearby campgrounds be closed now? fire ? Did you return via CA 395 ?
Hi Santiago,
The reason is to much snow and snow melt in the upper campgrounds. they are looking at first weeks of august to open some. That is what we where told. Yes we always use CA 395 up and back, so many beautiful campgrounds and lakes and of course places to eat not to mention the diversity, -282 sea elevation to 14,000 ft. elevation in one day.
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Is that tufa in the photo of the lake? What lake is it, and is it saline?
Hi Mike,
Yes that pic is from Mono Lake's south Tufa area. It is alkaline, with a pH of 10, and almost three times as salty as the ocean. trillions of brine shrimp and flies.
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The reason is to much snow and snow melt in the upper campgrounds. there are looking at first weeks of august to open some. That is what we where told.
Amazing, late July and still feeling he effects of the heavy rains that area had. I've crossed passes just south of there on foot with snow late August but that was 9500 feet. Glad it's not due to fires. Welcome back Tin.
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