I'm watching the local news. They are having something called, 'Pyrofest'. It's an over-the-top fireworks display that will last for hours. It's in a wooded park outside a residential area. All I can think of is all the birds/wildlife with babies, being scared to death. Not to mention the pets that are frightened of fireworks. I don't want to sound like a fun killer, but they use sound cannons to keep the birds from the crops. These fireworks could really disrupt the nesting birds, etc.
Well, yesterday was the 1st day that I used the van, (Maxine)all day. I really liked driving her. Sat way up high. Turning bends was fine. Parking not so bad. Of course, since I was driving a new-to-us vehicle, I was noting all the other Bowtie vans. Lots of us out there! Maybe my imagination, but many of the other white, work vans gave me a break in traffic!
It seems as if you guys were right, as usual. Used, one-ton vans are a great idea.
PS: The reason that we named her, Maxine. When we test-drove her, she had not been cleaned from previous owner. Right in the cupholder was a mass card for a Maxine. Seemed to fit!
Everyone can calm down. Their noise is not deafening. They do not eat crops. The 17 year cicada had been underground for 17 years, eating juices from tree roots. They are only above ground for a short time to shed/mate/lay eggs. Then, they die. Birds, fish,and mammals feast upon them. I suggest that if you are lucky enough to encounter them, you have a license, a fishing pole, and maybe a grandchild. Better than any video game.
Geeze ... if you start feeling bad, get to a dr. A few years ago, DH took our window a/c units out of the house to clean. They were moldy on the inside fins. He didn't wear gloves or a respirator and he got deathly sick. Breathing in that mold can do a number on you.
He ended up going to the dr and was still sick for a couple of weeks.
Yes, breathing mold spores is VERY dangerous. Having lived in a flood-prone area, I know that mold is impossible to totally get rid of in a large area. You have to be careful breathing chlorine, (bleach)too.
I don't know where you like to camp. Ohio has wonderful state campgrounds. Maybe load up the truck and visit some of them. You could pick out a site, that you like. Maybe look for a similar setup as yours,(TV/TT)and get some tips. Have fun. Hurry up delivery!!
We drove the van hitched to the trailer for about 7 miles. We tried some hills and it did very well! The 1500 Suburban was a wonderful 'car' but never meant for towing, but it was what we had at the time. The van,(Maxine) is a 2011, 12 passenger, one-ton Chevy Express. 17K miles. We got some great advice here. Took out 2 rows of seats, flipped the WDH, and we were ready to go. Next week, we get to hitch up again for inspection, and then off to the campgrounds!
The white van might cause some people to turn their nose up, but it's an inexpensive(relatively), versatile, well-made vehicle. It can do the job, and makes sense for us!
DH only backed into the driveway once without a spotter, as I was in the hospital. He stopped and got out several times to check his progress and did okay. He doesn't like the idea of not being able to back in without a spotter,(just in case).
Wow.. I hope you have a good trainer. I agree with Wanda. No more public exposures until this problem has been worked out. You can not expose other people to this dog, and expect them to follow a special routine, so as not to set off a bad behavior. It's wonderful to save a dog's life, but not if it endangers others.
I got an e-mail ad for this grill from Camp Chef. $700 on sale. This is a grill that uses wood pellets. It also requires electricity to run controls. It does not appear that you can use any other fuel. I didn't notice the cost of the pellets. This particular grill looked very well-made, not easily portable. It might be a good idea for a very serious backyard chef, as you can do low/slow for a long time. I don't think I could justify such a purchase but I would be interested in checking one out in person. Any one here have one?
Just a little update. We have a 25ft TT. We keep it in the driveway. Recently got a 3500 Chevy Express. The WDH needed turned as the receiver was mounted lower on the van than previous TV, and I was worried about driveway clearance.
We hitched up and pulled out- we cleared it! Went for a short ride to see how the van handled the weight. It was a BIG difference than previous TV. Everyone was happy until we tried to back it into driveway. Apparently,(I know you old-timers are nodding your heads) the difference in the spacing of the axles between the van and the Suburban, made a big difference in backing it up!. We previously had pulled to the left of the driveway and backed into the far left, against the wall. After giving the neighborhood quite a show, we figured it will be better to pull past the driveway, to the right and back in. Didn't anticipate that!DH not happy about this as he will not be able to back in without a spotter, as the back of the trailer is out of sight, as he enters from this new angle.
Just a head's up to anyone switching TVs. The van is only a few inches longer than the Suburban, but the axles are spaced further apart.
Well, I read ingredient's label. Don't exactly see how it justify's the price. We like to make our own sauce, but in a pinch I can doctor up the jarred stuff to taste pretty good. Anyway, enjoy and don't forget the Chianti!
Pet owners note well: Many states have laws against confining an animal inside a vehicle.
If I see anyone leave a dog unattended in a closed up vehicle (i.e. motorhome or trailer), I promptly call the police and animal control.
In many jurisdictions, an animal cruelty charge will result. In cases where the animal was harmed, the owner can be charged with felony animal cruelty.
Better read your own link. It pertains to when the animal in question is in danger of harm. A sleeping, well-fed dog in an air conditioned RV, listening to the radio is NOT in danger.
This thread is bound to give some beginners the HeeBee-GeeBee's! Bottom line, when you start going to public campgrounds, you will encounter 'the public'. They can be stupid, rude, cruel, drunken, noisy, etc. They may treat their family/pets, differently than you would wish. Try to learn how not to be, from these people.
If you feel that you will not be able to deal with 'the public', don't go to a public place. 'The public' ain't going to change, any time soon.
Our dogs are seasoned campers. We start them as pups. They are trained the same, for the house as the TT. On days that they will be left for an extended time, they get a light meal. A long, long walk before our departure. Close the blinds, adjust AC, put on a radio and TV. Young pups go in the crate. Much like a new baby, get them used to outside noise. Tell them to go lay down and be 'quiet'. Leave the RV, and make some noise. If they bark, correct them. If you have already established a good relationship with your dog, they will learn what behavior is expected of them.
Don't choose a hyper, active breed if you can't satisfy their need for activity and stimulation.
Don't bring dogs to a campground, that doesn't want them.
Clean up after your dog, keep them on a short leash, don't leave them tied up, unsupervised. If you can't control your dog's behavior, don't bring them into a public setting.
I used to enjoy NASCAR races, back in the tobacco days. You really have to be a loyal fan to burn 4 hours, watching a race, when you have a million other things to do. It doesn't hold my attention anymore, too many regulations, same old players. If they can't do it the way they used to, they had better come up with something new.
I still enjoy the sprint cars on our local dirt track. That hasn't changed much. You still get covered in grit, if you sit up front!