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Old 09-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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Mini caravan encountered

Was heading north on I25 out of Socorro NM today following a visit to our little ranch with semi-perminantly planted '78 28' Ambassador - in-holding in the Gila NF, Catron County. I was recovering my Lance slide-in for some much needed refurb.
Anyway my son and I saw at the same time, the unmistakable shiny shape ahead. We passed, waived, and drove ahead. . . then another! I commented on the taillight shape - just like ours, so late 70s?. Then another! And another. this one was obviously an oldie. Round schoolbus taillight with jalousie windows! For some reason we don't see a whole flock like this in New Mexico very often - It was nice.
I bought the Ambassador about 5 years ago and did enough refurbishment to make it livable off-grid. We have a windmill at the ranch with a very good well - great tasting water pumped into the holding tank. About 400 Watts of solar panels into a couple of L16 batteries. Never ran it dead even after 4 days of cloud cover. Everything is 12 volts. So power, hot & cold water, heat (propane), and a grey water drainfield (I put in a proper outhouse for the other).
I made sure that we could unhook anytime we want and go down the road, but for now, she's our wilderness cabin. This suits our lifestyle for now.
Someday though, maybe join up with a caravan - those drivers looked blissfully contented.
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