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Old 07-02-2014, 03:33 PM   #435
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We have a "hide a key" magnetic box discretely tucked into an inconspicuous place on our truck. You might want to get one because excrement happens. ;-)
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:08 PM   #436
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Yes. Had that conversation with my son a couple of hours ago.

It had never occurred to me to locate a spare key.

Ordered Chinese for delivery and had a frozen Margarita while I was waiting for it.


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Old 07-02-2014, 05:40 PM   #437
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Same thing happened to me. After getting new keys made, tha old set showed up in the backseat when I no longer needed them. You seem to be handling it well. Just another little bump in the mostly smooth road. Peace, jim
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:51 PM   #438
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My son said the old ones will be found as soon as the replacement shows up.

The camp host here said his wife laid her keys on the counter when she got home from the grocery store one day, and they haven't been seen since.....that was "years ago".

I have laid on my stomach and looked under the Interstate, with a flashlight. Cannot fathom where they could have gotten to.

The key for the fresh water fill is also on that key ring.


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Old 07-02-2014, 06:12 PM   #439
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Keys will turn up in the strangest places. Missy's (DW) were found in the refrigerator.

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Old 07-02-2014, 06:40 PM   #440
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You're all so sweet to me.

Yep, I looked in the refrigerator, was afraid I would find them in there.

I saw a commercial recently, where a man finds his wife's keys in the refrigerator.

Then the statement that leaving your keys in strange places could be an early sign of Alzheimer's. We all fear that.


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Old 07-02-2014, 07:19 PM   #441
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I just found my keys. Almost 11 hours after I lost them.

In the oddest place, the back seat organizer that sits behind the passenger seat, where I keep animal crackers and similar snacks but which I have not been into today.

This sits directly above the front seat organizer that rests on the floor below it, where I keep Lily's leash and treats.

All I can think is that they must have dropped off my finger as I put her leash away or something, and I didn't hear it or see it. There is a flap that covers that pocket, tho. How in the world.....

Will wait for the overnighted set in the a.m. and continue on my way.


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Old 07-02-2014, 07:24 PM   #442
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:49 PM   #443
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Thank you.

I feel a bit foolish.


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Well, now you have a spare set to hide somewhere!!! it's not fun while it's happening, but it's going to make a great story to share!!! we have three sets...mine, his and a third complete set always kept in the Bvan... excessive maybe, but safe... Hugs, gail
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:04 AM   #445
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If it is worth doing, it is with doing to excess!

We have six complete sets of trailer keys (two for the front door, the water filler hatch which is unique because it is stainless steel and the outside storage hatches rekeyed to match the pickup camper top ) with one set always attached to the pants I am wearing on the belt loop using a climbing carabeanener (sp?). My wife has a set and there is a truck door key stored elsewhere.

Our weak link is the truck ignition computer chipped device like Mercedes uses. They are very proud of that device and a new one is several hundred dollars after being programmed to the truck.
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Our weak link is the truck ignition computer chipped device like Mercedes uses. They are very proud of that device and a new one is several hundred dollars after being programmed to the truck.
I think most cars and light trucks are now equipped with a variant of this. Both of our vehicles take a special key that Ford wants well over a hundred bucks for. One day, I was in Walmart, and noticed a display advertising this kind of key for $69, cut and programmed to the vehicle. I got one for the car, and it is a great spare key.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:02 AM   #447
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I'm going to buy, the first place I find, one of those stretchy, wrist bands for key rings, and make myself put it on every time I leave the Interstate. The truth is, one is in and out of a travel whatever much differently than a traditional vehicle. Doug was always in charge of the keys, now me.

I have to admit, I dissolved into a few moments of tears yesterday. Whatever is going on, good or bad, you are doing it by yourself. I guess that's unhealthy self-pity of a sort, but it's the reality of it til you make yourself shake it off.

I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how the keys got into that pouch....with a cover flap! If I hadn't had an urge for a few animal crackers while reading (don't laugh, they are a crunchy, sweetish snack with few calories ), I wouldn't have found them til I did.

I am guessing a locksmith could get you into this rig, if your keys were left inside?

We have had a cool and comfortable night in the parking lot. Really looking forward to some comfy time with these good friends.

Val is one of those people who has a natural flair for putting things together, and has the most beautiful garden....which I will likely be parked near.

Doug's kids are gathered at his daughters' house, going thru his things. Crying a bit and deepening their understanding of their father. Also finding a few things in the items in storage which we had been hoping to locate.

Looks like the long camping weekend with the kids and grands is going to happen in August, weather permitting. None of us are excited about hot weather camping without electricity, but they are going to make the effort for a couple of days.....for me, and for their children.

Thanks for your support and kindness,


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Congratulations on finding your keys. I thought at first they were with the set of trailer keys I lost at a campground near Talkeetna, Alaska. Keys must go somewhere, because once we lose them, they sure are hard to find. I think I left mine on the truck bumper or the top of the propane tanks and they fell out on the road. We searched the roads in the campground, but couldn't find them. Barb didn't lose hers, so I had duplicates made down the road. Carrying two sets of keys—truck keys on one ring and trailer keys on another is a pain. The trailer keys are easy to lose and there are too many of them. Easy to drive off without trailer keys.

Luckily you didn't lock yourself out of the Interstate.

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