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Old 02-15-2016, 05:38 PM   #15
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It is a good one, and nice to think of our loved ones gone as being so close.


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Old 02-15-2016, 05:58 PM   #16
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Condolences. It is quite difficult to lose your best friend. We met a lady a few weeks ago at a WBCCI rally. Continuing after her husband died has been a challenge, but she has the support of the group and does quite well. She is planning a whole series of trips. She told us that the AS community provided an opportunity to socialize with people of her age group that she found difficult in other venues. Hope it works for you. Pat
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Old 02-15-2016, 06:42 PM   #17
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Judybug, my deepest condolences on your loss. There are many of us in the same boat here. My Joe passed 3 1/2 years ago. Joe did not travel with me...he cared not for camping. That was my thing and still is.

I am well past 70, tow my little 2015 BAMBI 16' Sport with my big Pathfinder. I travel solo, just me and a little chihuahua or Pomeranian. They are good alert dogs. The rest is up to me. I believe in the 2nd amendment...if you get my meaning. Also take bear mace, marine air horn, taser. Never had to use any, but, know how to and am well trained in use. They provide me with peace of mind, if nothing more.

I don't ever feel vulnerable, I do feel confident and aware. I travel in daytime, make sure my cell phone stays charged, my machinery maintained, and don't camp in the boonies alone. If I pull into a place, and feel the least bit wary, I move on...always prefer to move rather than worry. I also carry a big battery charge power station with compressor...best to be prepared. I don't like depending on others.

All that being said....I bought this Airstream to travel, enjoy this great nation and it's beauty, and knowing I am prepared, I feel safe, and just enjoy my travels. I have AAA and Good Sam's club for if I should ever need help.

I lived in San Antonio 1970-75 when we were stationed at Lackland USAF Base. I'm sure it is much different now. I was an RN at the base. Now, live near Denver, Colorado. I look forward to meeting you this August for our trip to JH, WY, then on to Oregon. It should be fun, and nice to meet new friends and likeminded travelers. Evelyn.
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:55 PM   #18
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I just purchased a new TV and FC 20 for my granddaughter. She has been camping with us for several years and i have complete confidence in her ability to handle the truck or trailer as she has been pulling large horse trailers since she was just a little one. She will be on the road by herself many times and we have set up some "safety checks" for her. She has a very level head on her and can handle herself very well, but it is comforting to know she is always safe. She texts us when she departs a location and texts us when she arrives at her destination. She also has a "Road I.D." I wear one as well and highly recommend it. It is an identification tag that has contact information that is stored online with the company with all of her medical history, any medications, any physical problems, complete information on how to contact us, any allergies, etc. and has become known to first responders or rescue teams if the occasion ever arrises. There may be other companies that do the same thing but it is great information if she is ever alone and responders need to know vital information. Would suggest you look into it.
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:26 AM   #19
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Kittyfeet, thank you for posting that poem. So true and encouraging to all of us who are waiting to meet our loved ones again. While I am waiting I am living the things we would have enjoyed together. Recalling his laugh and funny antics, his reminders to check the tires, stop for gas, and give the dogs water still ring in my head. He may not be here, but he is still here. He is a part of me.
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:45 AM   #20
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Kittyfeet, that Road ID sounds like a great idea. Can you post contact info for the company?
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:37 AM   #21
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www.RoadID.com Check out the site. Very reasonable, you have total control of your personal content, and it is really a "piece of mind" comfort.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:40 AM   #22
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Thank you. The granddaughter I mentioned is mid twenties. She has been under our care since she was five. Her parents, my daughter, were tragically killed. I understand the feelings you have.
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:19 AM   #23
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Thank you everyone for a moving thread, and for the poem Kittyfeet. Similar losses have hit our family over the last few years. Getting back up on the horse after a spill is tough . . . but we keep breathing . . . and life gets better bit by bit.

Condolences for everyone's losses . . .

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Old 02-16-2016, 11:24 AM   #24
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Sorry for your loss.
I have traveled all over the west several times on my motorcycle and tent camped in campgrounds along the way. Never a bit of trouble and met people I still keep in touch with years later.
Enjoy yourself whatever you do.
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One of the really neat things I have seen in campgrounds is the willingness to help others. It is one of the few places I know of where six total strangers will show up with their tool boxes to help out someone with a problem. I am not worried about my granddaughter in campgrounds, it is the road travel that worries me most. We have met some wonderful people in camps that we continue to stay in touch with. Happy camping everyone. Get out there and go for it. Pull the wheels off those trailers.
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:29 AM   #26
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the kindness of strangers

i have been traveling alone for several years and have always heavily relied on the kindness of strangers,on the road and in campgrounds...i have met extraordinary people ....(walking around with a dog helps),we all have the same thing in common,a sense of adventure, the love of nature ,exploring,and are privileged to travel in airstreams which attract a lot of attention....a smile,a hello,goes a long way....and simply asking for help if need be....exchanging information...go sit around a campfire...I Love life on the road...where i meet people i normally would not,and share the joy of being nomads....
Go for it...all the best M
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Old 02-17-2016, 08:46 AM   #27
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We are doing a Shirley Valentine gathering in Astoria, OR, mid September for (mostly) solo women, if any dropping in here want to make reservations at Fort Stevens SP and join us.

In or near L Loop, the 8th-11th of September or thereabouts....I will be there at least by the 7th until the 12th.

There's a thread on it somewhere, may already be a link already here...I will look for it and post after awhile.


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Old 02-17-2016, 11:59 AM   #28
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My condolences on your loss, Judybug. After the death of a loved one it can be really difficult to decide what dreams still matter to you, and how you wish to move forward. My mom died suddenly 8.5 months ago. The AS my husband and I have been renovating was a key part of a dream to spend several weeks a year in the Black Hills where she lived. It was really difficult to resume work on the trailer after her passing. I had to keep reminding myself there are other reasons I wanted our trailer, too.
Right now I’m part of a couple, but if something happens to my husband first, I don’t see it as a reason to stop traveling. Unless it’s a physical impossibility. It’s also likely my feelings at that point may be different, and that’s OK too.
As others have suggested, I really believe travelers owe it to themselves to be prepared for any adverse situation which may occur. It’s also very empowering to know you possess skills which will enable you to help yourself in less than ideal circumstances. (Like others, I hate feeling helpless.)
Since you haven’t been on the road for a little while, you might want to consider attending a rally that includes beginner RV courses. Check into Sisters on the Fly, Good Sam or Escapees. It could be a good way to find out what you still remember, and experts are available to fill in the gaps.
Don’t neglect your tow vehicle. You may already have a few a basic skills or know how to trouble-shoot issues. Since knowledge is power, those skills can be taken further with vehicle maintenance and repair classes taught by women for women. But if one of those isn’t available, look into continuing adult education classes at a community college or tech school. Otherwise, if you have a long-standing and good relationship with a mechanic, ask them to show you how to deal with the most common issues you’re likely to encounter. (Offer to pay them for their time even if they don’t ask.)If it’s been awhile or you’ve never done it, you really should practice changing tires. Roadside assistance is a great thing, but if someone can’t be dispatched in a timely manner, the sooner you can get yourself out of a dangerous situation, the better off you will be.
Do you have “pre-flight” checklists? There’s nothing more satisfying than checking items off a list. It’s also reassuring to have visual proof that nothing has been overlooked. Have one for interior trailer items and fun stuff; tools, spare parts and emergency equipment; and one for closing up your house while you’re away.
Here are some safety items I can remember. You may already have them or it may be time to replace. I’m sure I’m overlooking something which someone else will recommend.
Tools to change your tires
Jumper cables
Rechargeable battery charger/Air compressor (in case a power source isn’t available)
Spare vehicle battery (Older batteries or ones which have become too depleted won’t hold a charge)
Full-size spare tires which are properly maintained and inflated
Old-fashioned tire gage (Electronic monitoring is great, but not full proof)
Flares or flashing LED emergency lights
Cones or other markers which can be set in front and behind you rig
Extra fuses for both your vehicle and trailer (If it’s not a ground, the problem may be a blown fuse)
A box of basic and some cordless power tools (Have a physical limitation? Find adaptive tools that will allow you to complete a task with less effort.)
7-way Trailer and vehicle safety testers (Will make it easier to check functioning of signal lights, etc. by yourself. Be sure to keep the trailer tester battery charged.)

Lastly, are there new things you’ve always wanted to learn while traveling, or hobby you want to try? I finally got a digital DSLR camera for Christmas, and have found astrophotography fascinating for many years. I’m dying to go to Big Bend National Park. Attending a star party at the Marathon observatory is at the top of my bucket list.

Enjoy your travels and stay safe. Perhaps we will meet each other somewhere along the way.

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