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Old 12-24-2015, 03:28 PM   #15
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Duct Tape Boondocking- A roll ahead of others.

I could just as easily find life's ambition to make it "Toilet Tissue- Boondocking by the Foot". But I decided to wipe that off of my list of topics for 2015.

Can any of you imagine what a group of Off the Grid Airstreamers or tent campers are like on these Adventures? They arrive as normal people, more like yourselves, than myself ...and just do not know any better and have a good time. You will leave disheveled, sun burned and maybe several pounds lighter due to the outdoor activities... but better off for it. If "duct tape or toilet paper" is off limits for a discussion in Boondocking... well so should be which end of the shovel is the working end when your trailer is stuck and needs some excavating.

Or "Dumb things you can do to your Airstream". Get with the duct tape promoters and forget having a door bell or a printed number on your trailer. Or worry about the price of unleaded fuel, if it snows in Iowa in January or can I camp in Calgary during the Winter with a solar panel...? Geez. Have fun, for once... or twice, or whenever you want to do something different.

Use your time wisely, as when you are too old to remember where you left your pants... you had better hook up that shiny Airstream and catch a trip that was worth doing. When my life's odometer turned 65... my attitude button began to glow. Give us 2016 Wyoming. Give us 2016 Black Hills. Give us... your "extreme opinion(s)" that are the norm for some of us. Call me a Dreamer... but say it with a smile. OK?
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Old 12-24-2015, 03:31 PM   #16
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we used to call the army version of duct tape "100 MPH tape" most of our helicopters, especially the hueys were covered with the tape to cover bullet holes or cracked sections in the fuselage and yes the tape would stay attached at 100 mph
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:38 PM   #17
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PeterKV... you must have spent 20 weeks at Fort Wolters, Texas. That was not part of the classroom topics...using duct tape on the rotor's to cover some holes, as well. When someone steps into a military helicopter and realizes that the skin of aluminum is no thicker than their Airstream (I have to assume) skin... duct tape is sufficient for "temporary patching".
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:33 PM   #18
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BigButtUgly... I do not want to hear from you. You are a Duct Tape Disbeliever.

Scotch Tape is NOT in the same category and might work on your trailer but not mine. Start your own Thread.
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Old 12-24-2015, 06:17 PM   #19
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Aloha Ray, do you have a booth at Tucson, my ex will be there shopping for her jewelry work. Seems like you may have some interesting things to check out.

What sort of items will you be selling? Can you share your location or booth number?

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Old 12-25-2015, 08:01 AM   #20
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Hey, its Christmas Moring and my wife got me 5 rolls of different color duct tape, cant waite to use them.

Another great day in America.

Merry Christmas and God bless all you AS nuts.
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Old 12-25-2015, 11:47 AM   #21
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Foot blisters. I got one the size of a nickel walking barefoot on Virginia Beach, from the hotel to the fishing pier and back. We were going to tour Williamsburg the next day and I was effectively crippled. 5 layers of duck tape over the lanced blister and I hiked all over the place the next day and around DC the next day. No pain or even discomfort. There's a roll in my first aid kit ever since.
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Old 12-25-2015, 12:07 PM   #22
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Gearheart... PhD MD medical profession in your future!

I was driving my 4x4 into the back country in the western Nebraska Badlands. In the process of driving further back on two ruts and up some steep badland sections, my driver's side broke through the crust above an under the surface "water flute", I call them. The surface look solid, but with weight you can break through.

I needed a jack and a shovel to get my rear wheel up, fill the "flute" so I could go any further. Getting the jack from under the drivers seat there ARE sharp wire ends that are part of the suspension for the seats. One of these sliced a razor sharp cut an inch long. It was now sunset and with a flash light I could see that the skin was sliced where I could spread it apart to see the muscle tissue below. It really did not bleed very much, but needed to self stitch the open cut... or better yet... DUCT TAPE it.

I added some Neosporin and a strip of "silver duct tape" and used tension to secure the wound and spent the night at a 45 degree angle to await daylight the next morning.

Worked like a professional job. I let the duct tape hold it together until it began to peel off from my skin. I then repeated the process. Discovered lots of Oligocene Fossils at the former Munson Ranch north of Harrison, Nebraska.

If anyone wants to see the scar... ask. It barely shows, so I have lost the sport of creeping people out with the story. Now... tearing off my left foot's big toe nail climbing some steep cliffs in my climbing boots... that one is an even better story. I will show you that toe nail as well. It did not turn out so well... but did not use Duct Tape. Should of, but did not have any with me on that trip.

Maybe dames7 needs to be coming out west in 2016 and BRING you duct tape...
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Merry Christmas Ray and Nancy!


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Warts!!! Cut duct tape enough to cover and secure around wart by About 3/8" al the way around. Leave on for a week... Carefully remove duct tape and use pumice stone to scrub away dead skin. Reapply duct tape for another week. Repeat cleaning. Saw it happen..

Here is link to process and some research. Using Duct Tape as a Wart Removal Method – Step By Step Procedure To Be Successful |

Did not do myself.
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Duct taped a starter motor in place after the mount casting broke on an aircraft engine. Got us home.

Duct taped a "cracked" wooden prop and windscreen on a Piper Cub when it flipped in Alaska during a "landing".. Temp repair of wing fabric... Make sure you put same number of wraps of duct tape at same Place on opposite end of
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Can't afford to replace back window in my 2003 F150, (gasket has gone bad), it's been wearing marine duct tape for years. I seriously need to get it fixed though.

I wrap several feet of duct tape around golf pencils, these are in all my backpacks for emergency use. There is also one in the first aid kit I take with me. I've fixed boots so I could hike home properly. I've used it on many a blister. Unlike moleskin, duct tape actually stays in place despite hot sweaty feet.
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Dometic Duct Tape Vent Fan... repair

Under Refrigerators I found what might be a fix for the loud, obnoxious vibrating sounds from the exterior exhaust fan to cool the back of the Dometic Refrigerator.

It might not be the fan, but the factory installation without any thought as to years of complaints of excessive fan noise.

At this moment... and counting, a rolled up piece of duct taped cardboard did stop the vibration amplified noise into the trailer's interior. If this is driving you NUTS, as I already find myself after TWO Airstreams with identical issues... read that thread.

Another great use for duct tape, and it could save you money and give you a good night's sleep for the price of some rolled up piece of cardboard box.
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The refrigerator fan "Silence is Golden" lasted one day, once arriving at the Gilbert Ray RV Park to the west of Tucson, AZ.

The annoying buzzing, wheezing and grinding increased... back to the normal background noise. Sometimes you succeed, and sometimes you don't.
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