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Old 03-05-2014, 02:00 PM   #29
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So, how far away did you say retirement is?

I'm going to pray that all your camping trips between now and then go better for you.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:09 PM   #30
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The end of your story reminds of the Simpsons Spinal Tap episode. Spinal Tap gives up on their concert after only 20 minutes, due to (naturally) a series of failures, which sparks rioting. Then, the next day, Spinal Tap is on the bus, saying, "Good show last night." "Yeah, not bad."

I've been in a couple camping situations where, on the whole, I'd rather have been home. These usually involve excessive amounts of precipitation and a critical failure, a combination which is thankfully rare. But you're right - a bad day camping beats a good day at home.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:13 PM   #31
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Where's that thread about the guy loosing his dentures into the toilet and their adventures trying to recover them?

That one even had spectators IIRC.

Better luck next trip.

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Old 03-05-2014, 02:21 PM   #32
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This is one of those stories you tell for a long time! Also thanks for the tip - a roll of quarters!
We have a "quarter pig" we keeo stocked at all times.

Hate getting into a laundromat or car wash and have the machines be out of quarters.

Never run completely out of anything, is my motto. A little ocd, here.


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Old 03-05-2014, 02:50 PM   #33
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I have a "quarter/loonie/toonie USN blimp bank" beside the bed for the same reason, Maggie.



It's there for those on-the-road laundromats, or when I want to run to the park store to grab a cold drink, bag of munchies, or whatever.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:55 PM   #34
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No masochism involved. Anyone who watches action/adventure movies knows, the only difference between a disaster and an adventure is how you tell the story afterwards. So my philosophy is, anytime something bad happens, find a way to tell a good story about it! Thus I had an adventure, not a disaster.
Seems to be the same mantra for many autobiographies.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:57 PM   #35
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Sweet pup, FaN.

A Brittany mix?


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What a tale! You survived and that's the main thing.

The roll of quarters is essential and, coming from Canada where they're not in great supply, we save them up when we can.
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A Brittany mix?


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Old 03-05-2014, 04:44 PM   #38
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This is a lesson that it is a good thing to be a pessimist or paranoid and then you'll be prepared for anything that may come along. You'll never be happy, but you'll be prepared.

It also is good to marry a wife who thinks about always having a roll of quarters with us. We're both pretty good at hitting our heads—she hits the stove hood at home (she's tall) and we both hit the upper cabinet doors on occasion, but my speciality is hitting my head on the windows outside when they are open. They really hurt. Barb once hit her head on a slide out on a trailer next to us at a campground where the sites where very close together. Pro, you might consider a wig to protect yourself, but Barb, who has very thick hair, can tell you it won't help much as to the pain, though it might reduce the depth of the lacerations.

Every time I remodel a house (another mental illness even more insane that buying an RV), I have some days where everything seems to go wrong. Sometimes it is my fault, sometimes the last guy who worked on the house was an idiot, or sometimes a product was badly made (I especially love it when screw heads strip out because many screws these days are made of soft metal). As one thing goes wrong after another, I start to get animated and my language gets "colorful"; I may lose the always fragile ability to think clearly and then every thing really goes wrong. I may remember it is time to stop and rest because I can do nothing right and it really doesn't help to throw a tool through the window (I've never gotten that crazed, yet) or kick anything (I learned when in my early 20's that you really hurt your foot that way). After a while, what was impossible may become easy, or I start on another downward spiral. At that point Barb tells me to quit for the day. Sometimes I listen.

I've learned never to leave the hose connected if the low temp is supposed to be in the mid or upper 30's. That's something you learn fast when living in cold climates like us. Local temps can vary a lot from those the weather guys predict, especially if the campground is in a low spot. I've had to go outside in sleet and rain to disconnect the hose in the evening because the weather changed fast, and that taught me to keep the tanks full and disconnect the hose before the sunset (I sometimes go into denial about that and still have to go outside in miserable weather). The good thing is that when I have to do that, it is too cold to have the windows open and I won't hit my head.

Anyone who hasn't had a day like yours hasn't gotten out of bed in decades. There'll be another, hopefully not for a long time.

There was the time I forgot to remove the foot for the jack and dragged it out of the site and down the access road. It eventually fell off and as I came around the loop, someone was running toward me with it. The trailer was a few weeks old and Barb was convinced I had ruined it. The top of the foot was bent into an oval and splayed outward—a hammer got it round again and it fit better than before (it was so tight originally that I had to use a hammer to get it off). I suggest everyone drag that thing through the campground to make it fit better. But at the time I sure felt stupid.

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Old 03-05-2014, 05:16 PM   #39
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I resemble those remarks!

Funny stuff~ but not funny to think of you in pain.

The first year I had Airstream #1 I had an unspoiled record - every single time I was scheduled to hitch up and travel it stormed. I broke camp so many times in the pouring rain that it wasn't even funny. Almost without exception the sky cleared 10 minutes after I was finally underway. Once was a near hurricane. I learned the limitation of cheap ponchos... I bent over to pick up the block under the jack post, the poncho went airborne, and the near freezing rain POURED down the back of my jeans.... Sort of like Niagara Falls in my pants. I could NOT get in the truck and tow in that condition... so back to the trailer, put down the steps, unlock the door - teeth chattering worse and worse - down the hall to the shower, strip to the skin, towel off, dress again, put poncho on, hang wet clothing in the shower, try to make it back to the tow vehicle without having the poncho blow up again. I was on my LAST pair of soaked shoes that time. MISERY!

Still got pretty wet getting back into the truck. Learned how handy a blanket or a big towel can be in a truck. Oh what fun. Learned to break down everything outside the night before and pre-hitch. In the morning, make breakfast, roll up the electric cord and stow - and go.

I actually moved camps today in 33 F weather. Quite pleasant by contrast AND I hit the target with the Hensley on the first try! Wet shoes, but I've learned to wear expensive wool hiking socks which help keep the tootsies warm even when wet.

Get well soon Protag - and if we meet down the road, I'll buy you a drink.

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Old 03-05-2014, 06:45 PM   #40
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In Texas, trial lawyers have a saying about a case being "Snake bit." That's where everything that can go wrong--and a bunch of things that can't go wrong--go wrong, and the whole case is that way from beginning to end. A good, experienced trial lawyer figures it out pretty soon after things start to go south. And that happens in the workshop, too, in my experience; or sailing; or whatever.

The important thing is to figure out that you're in one of those "snakebit" situations and to remedy it right away.

The remedy involves three things: (1) immediate retreat; (2) bed; (3) a dram of something distilled. Cuz, as Scarlet so famously said, "Tomorra will probably just be more of the same s#!7..."

Glad you survived with a good story.
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Pro, I hope you are feeling better. Someone on this forum once said, "You will either have a good time, or a good story." And it is possible to have both.

Why is it that men with "high foreheads" always seem to hit their heads more than others? (Speaking about Len.... )

On freezing temps when we're not dewinterized, our strategy is to:

1. Disconnect the outer lines.
2. Open cabinet doors that have pipes behind them.
3. Run the furnace on low, and just pile on extra clothes, bedding. This heats the trailer's underside.
4. You can also travel with a jug of light anti-freeze such as windshield washer fluid, and put some down the drains if wastewater freezing is a possibility.

Otherwise we do camp at the beginning and end of the shoulder seasons with a winterized Bambi-- with pipes blown out, &c. Lots of water jugs, and showers in a CG facility only. Manual flush. You can still put water down the drains with a chaser of windshield washer fluid.
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Why is it that men with "high foreheads" always seem to hit their heads more than others? (Speaking about Len.... )
I blame that last growth spurt that made me taller than my hair!
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