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Old 10-01-2013, 08:09 AM   #15
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Tires, brakes, brake controllers and hitches (and how to set them up) are covered here in real depth. I recommend your attention to sorting things and prioritizing. As well, with LED replacements for all exterior lighting on that new trailer.

Shiny is over-rated, IMO. I'd much rather have a paint job on ordinary aluminum (why anodized was used on the premium aluminum trailers).

Your work schedule sounds perfect, to me. Literally so.

Look forward to more.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #16
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I am so close to being very mobile. 4 tires for the Argosy and I am off.
"The truest of freedom comes from changing nothing but the view from you front door."
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:32 PM   #17
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Saw this today. It is the Norman Rockwell Legend Airstream. Really rare.
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:55 PM   #18
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You're making me jealous! Congrats on your lifestyle changes, I think you're going to love the traveling life.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:26 PM   #19
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Yay for you to follow your dreams. So few actually put them into motion. (I'm lining up my affairs to make mine happen too!) Wishing you many safe travels, amazing experiences, and much happiness!
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:34 PM   #20
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Thank you all. I am bored to death right now. With all the massive outlay of money this past month, I can't get tires until next Friday and I am planted here until then... Ugh.

I am getting very used to the solar now. My entire electrical need is easily met by my solar setup. I barely put a dent in the charge and it is full by 10:00AM. I find that I can keep my inverter on all day and plug things in at my leisure as if I lived in a house.

I seriously want brighter bulbs in here. While I can see just fine it feels dark still. It doesn't feel like a home and while I could read, it would be a strain.

My favorite upgrade besides the solar, is my stereo. That probably brings me the most joy. I am rocking out most days while I am here.

The weather is starting to turn and it is definitely cooling off. I hate using the inboard heater because it is a gas hog. I am leaning toward adding a wood stove. I know that many people have strong feelings about this but I feel it will be necessary before the clutches of winter really get here. I found a really neat stove made for wheel houses on boats that I am considering. Of course there will be the appropriate insulation to go with this addition. I have no shortage or wood available to me here. I can save a ton on gas this way.

Knowing that the trailer is ready for travel is exciting. My first shakedown adventure will be to a family local lake. Patagonia lake is about an hour and half away. I will of course be dry camping but I will be right on the shore of the lake and I will just have to bring the canoe along. They say the time spent in a canoe doesn't count against your life expectancy. A little fishing and a whole lot of relaxing someplace new and beautiful is exactly what the doctor ordered.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:20 AM   #21
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"Save" on propane? Dollar savings are best found elsewhere if that is the basis for the decision. Rent/buy a 250-lb tank for a stationary winter. It's a tossup as to whether propane or water is the more important system . . but without propane, RV's wouldn't exist. There's no wood stove out there that will heat tanks and plumbing. Look into catalytic heaters that draw exterior air for combustion.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:13 AM   #22
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Candles are a must for my Airstream! They are cheap and go a long way toward making a space feel (and smell) like home. Although they won't light up your place like a holiday, they can add some nice ambiance. Could also be helpful if you decide to go down the girlfriend route at some point!
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:08 AM   #23
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I hope you won't mind if I borrow this tagline! It's great!
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It seems like you do your homework

From what I have read, and what I have experienced with wood stoves, I am not sure that you will be happy with a small wood stove. I have heard reports that the small marine wood stoves need to be fed every few hours.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:00 AM   #25
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What a great story!
I hope we cross paths at some point.
I am working on selling the house, but I have the tow vehicle! I bought a 2012 RAM 2500 last weekend. I am definitely learning things about driving such a large vehicle!
I am working on prepping the house and I hope to have it sold and be on the road by next summer.
Enjoy your new life!
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:01 AM   #26
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One of the things I do a lot of is videos and singing. Here is one of both!

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/watc...play/b7a55217e

My solar has done very well for me and will make boondocking a real pleasure!
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:02 AM   #27
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Kalamazookim, good luck on your adventure! Mine is just starting too and it is exciting!
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:35 AM   #28
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Loved that you posted the video. You have an amazing voice- You are a man of many talents!
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