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Getting ready to go

Leaving for first vacation in way too long with DH soon. Since I'm taking DH and the two big Goldens, I'll have an extra 300# of, um, Beloved Companions along. Just went through the rig and pulled out ALL of the non-essentials, including my tea-maker and toaster. WAH! Some of the games. Some of the pots and pans. It came to a surprising number of pounds when you include the extra 15' 30Amp cord, the extra hoses and most of the books - do I really need 3 Good Sam directories in the trailer? Maybe now I'll be able to make it up the hills!
Dernhelm 11/02/15 04:06pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Camping 101

I think the comfort of our rig is inversely related to how rough our earliest campsites were. From rice paddies to tents through the uncovered bed of a pickup truck - suddenly owning a travel trailer or even a Class A makes perfect sense. And if it gets you outside, it's "camping."
Dernhelm 11/02/15 04:02pm RV Lifestyle
RE: US 93 Kingman AZ - I-10

Thanks so much for your help. Sounds like I can do it ok.
Dernhelm 10/26/15 11:19am Roads and Routes
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Buddy seems to really know what/who he wants, and I'm happy for y'all! But, um, I'm really sorry about your China cabinet too. :-(
Dernhelm 10/24/15 05:55pm RV Pet Stop
US 93 Kingman AZ - I-10

I'm headed for the Phoenix area in a couple of weeks. I noticed that US 93 isn't marked with the "RV-friendly" orange line in my Good Sam atlas. Is there really anything wrong with the road? All that would really concern me is low bridges I think. Has anybody done this road with a rig or travel trailer recently?
Dernhelm 10/23/15 03:18pm Roads and Routes
Camping 101

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Dernhelm 10/23/15 03:10pm Around the Campfire
Camping 101

Took a 35-ish friend and her 13 yr old daughter camping a couple of weeks ago as they asked "to learn about camping." I took my hybrid trailer; I loaned them a 4 person tent. Also loaned them a 40 deg. double sleeping bag and a lantern. After the first night my friend reported she was "too cold." It turned out she hadn't zipped up the bag, but had just used it as a blanket for the two of them. Dinner #2 was hamburgers on the grill, with charcoal as the campground didn't let us burn wood and we couldn't find any firewood to buy anyway. When asked to make a mound of the charcoal, the teen carefully took them out of the bag, one at a time, and built a very professional-looking pyramid. However, she then did a splendid job getting the charcoal lit. Her mom couldn't understand why we waited until the flames went out before starting to cook. Dinner #3 was pork steaks, again on the charcoal. This time Miss Teen just dumped it into the grill and scooped it into a pile. Very satisfactory. I'm not sure I sold them on the joys of camping, even though we ate s'mores a bunch. I did explain that as far as I'm concerned, camping is what you do so you can enjoy the country: travel, inexpensive lodging, scenery, new places, nature, etc. They both enjoyed watching the stars, the Milky Way and a truly huge number of meteors, but I'm not sure they'll be back around the campfire. It was fun though, and I thought it might make you smile. Have any of you ever "taught" camping to a friend? Not kids or grandkids, that doesn't count. :)
Dernhelm 10/23/15 03:10pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Old Fella Rally October 5-12 2015 Great Smoky Mountains

I am SO jealous. Hope you have a wonderful, safe and reasonably dry time.
Dernhelm 10/05/15 12:08pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: South West Coast Hybrid gathering

Hey I think it sounds like fun. Keep us posted.
Dernhelm 09/23/15 04:39pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Old Fella Rally October 5-12 2015 Great Smoky Mountains

I wish I could be there, but it doesn't look like I can make it. Here's a link to our Albuquerque shindig https://tinyurl.com/nhlwy7c This link goes to a public Facebook album - no FB account needed. Enjoy!
Dernhelm 09/16/15 09:16am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Old Fella Rally October 5-12 2015 Great Smoky Mountains

I am going to try to get there YET AGAIN!
Dernhelm 04/19/15 06:13pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Ordred a Jayco X17Z

I love my 17Z. I haul it with empty tanks and fill the water tank on arrival. Most campgrounds have a water spigot somewhere and I carry a long hose. I use the dump station when I leave so I'm again hauling empty. I keep a strict watch on luggage to avoid going over the CC weight limit, which is posted inside the door. I also don't want to go over or even too close to the weight rating of the tow vehicle because weight = gas (not to mention brakes, engine wear, safety issues, etc.). So I bought a Nook to replace the library I used to carry. I don't bring cases of soft drinks or carry more than 2 gallons of drinking water at a time. I bought a new, lighter laptop. I don't use very many canned goods. I weigh the luggage before leaving town, each trip. But then, I'm nuts. Enjoy your trailer! And enjoy traveling light!
Dernhelm 03/10/15 03:55pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
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