I don't what to say. It has taken me a long time to read these replies, since the tears have sooo obscured my vision. I'm overwhelmed by the kindness you all have shown. Sharing this with the camping community was wonderful therapy for me, and for that I thank each and ever one of you.
I spent so much of my life self absorbed, thinking mainly of myself and MY personal wants that I often dropped the ball on the really important things in life...my wife, God, my kids, and to a lesser degree my grand kids (I had evolved pretty well by the time the grand kids came along). Camping changed much of that over the last several years since it's such a family oriented activity.
I am so thankful that I have the chance for a re-do, if only for short time. My main mission now is getting affairs in order so my wife will be able to transition, in the least painful way possible, to life without me. I am trying to find the right words to tell her to move on as soon as she can and hopefully find someone else to grow old with-someone who will cherish her as I do. That's very hard to say, and probably just as difficult to do, but I don't want her to be alone.
I feel I am rapidly making amends for my past failings...oh, and I talk to God daily! It's funny how the reality of our mortality can change our attitudes isn't it? It's not over for me just yet. I had another great day today and can still do anything I want to do only a lot slower, but I am starting feel fear, not overwhelming, but fear nonetheless.
Final thought: Hold those you love closely and tell them, show them, just how much you love them. Take a daily break from the stress of your busy day to look around at the trees, flowers and birds, and take note of all the things that you may have never noticed before. Of course as campers you probably already do this! I better quit before I get pathetic. :)
We sold our camper today. It was very sad watching it being pulled out of the drive for that last time. :(
I just found out a few weeks ago that I have terminal cancer...3 to 6 months to live. Suddenly priorities have been rearranged, and camping didn't make the 'must do' list.
Anyway, don't feel badly for me because I'm still feeling good and will totally enjoy the time I have left.
I spent well over an hour with the couple who bought our camper and simply amazed and overwhelmed them with my knowledge of my rig and my ability to 'educate' them during our walk through. Remembering back when we got our first camper, like them we knew NOTHING about weight distribution, towing capacity, camper maintenance...NOTHING. Everything we learned, we learned from the good folks at RV.net. I am grateful for this site and don't know how I would have done without it!
I made sure to jot down the name of this site, and the new owners are anxious to join. Thank you all again for the knowledge and wisdom you so unselfishly share with the entire camping community.
When we first bought our camper, I found that I lost fresh water suction way before I ran out of water. When I checked under the camper, I found that the tank bottom sagged enough to allow much of the water to be below the suction line.
I also found that the tank was only held up by resting on an angle iron on the front and back of the tank. As the tank sagged, the edges moved inward, effectively pulling it off it's supports! It only had about 1/2" of tank sitting on the support on each side. I now understand why the dealer told me not to travel with a tank of water. That's their solution to poor construction I guess. Anyway, I added several steel support straps so I COULD carry a full tank of water safely.
I am retired IT (system design and implementation) and my "go to" bag of tricks for virtually everything starts with Piriform products. They have free versions of most of their software, but, after using them I've since gone to their paid versions. You do get what you pay for, however, I'd give their free version a shot: Recuva Software
The free version download link is at the bottom of the page. Recuva will work with virtually any file type on any memory device.
x2...I've had great luck with Recuva.
I am a firm believer in BUYING AMERICAN whenever I have a choice. I'm not stupid enough to think I'm going to get it right every time, but I understand enough about economics to know I need to make an effort to support American industry...especially through mom and pop type businesses. I will admit to paying a little extra at times in my attempt to do what I think is right.
I refilled for about a summer without a problem. It just got to where it didn't seem worth it to me. But then we never cooked enough with our table top propane to make it worthwhile. You may have an entirely different situation.
The majority of replies you are likely to get here will be very negative with little to back those opinions. Give it try, but research and read as much as you can about propane gas properties and fill techniques. You CAN do it safely.