False bravado, ignoring history, it's easy to scoff at warnings of potential disaster. All of the major hurricanes started as tropical depressions and some developed, over time, to 1,2,3,4,5 category storms. No one is able to predict exactly what, when, where, and how big they'll become.
Listen to Skip; he knows very well how unpredictable these things are. If you are still on the OBX sand bars, you have little time to evac at this stage of the game.
We rode out a TS in the OBX a few years ago (water up to the axles of the 3/4 ton truck), and this is nothing compared to what is about to happen.
I've seen 1st hand hurricane Mitch, a Cat 5 (in Honduras: 14,000+ dead), and believe me, steer far inland and give yourself some lead-time.
When Dunes and I camped in the Moab area in 2007, we had a lady camping close by (about 60 feet away) in a 4-Wheel camper. She were having a blast, no worries at all.
When I ran expeditions along the Mosquito Coast in the early '90s (Honduras Caribbean Coast to Nica, Central America: no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no roads), I had a solo traveling Swiss (late 50s) lady (medical professional, with husband back in Switzerland, giving the nod to her travels) sign on (a liability waiver in case of death) to a brutal trek from Honduras Caribbean coastal locale (my base camp), 106 kilometers to near the Nicaragua frontier (all on foot, with rafting dry bags rigged with backpack shoulder/waist straps). My expeditions were mostly moon-light (night treks) along the beach-head, with ~34 river crossings (floating across beach-cut alligator-infested lagoons using the air-entrapped dry bags). I had villages along the way arranged to provide food and shelter to sleep during the day; we trekked during the night (avoiding the 128F and 97% humidity, but by plan, encountering nesting sea turtles, and the Caribbean shore bioluminescence)...fast forward 10 months later, and I have 2 Australian guys on the same expedition (both Australian army); I end up carrying one guy miles through the jungle to a village for appendix surgery....
...this goes to show you that women can go and do anything anywhere; the only impediment is your psyche.
....you will be working in 2 of the coldest regions in the populated Americas (The Dakotas). Other than a building insulated to R40+, only specialized Arctic research vehicles and specialized military vehicles with "living units" can withstand -50F to -60F prolonged (often present in the Dakotas and Minnesota); imagine an old non-frost-free freezer with 4 inches of ice crystals inside it: the inside of an R10 to R18 camper will look that way or worse after a few nights sleeping inside it at -40F, -50F, -60F. Alaska is Florida-like compared to The Dakotas **interior continental winters** (just check last year's Alaska winter cold stats: they are Florida-like compared to Dakotas/Minnesota).
There is NOTHING in the realm of off-the-shelf RV units available to you at a **reasonable price** that will protect both your fuel system, water storage system, batteries and interior against those kinds of prolonged temperatures. You'll have to go to a specialized Arctic vehicle up-fitter for your needs. Or, pray that your schedule doesn't situate you in the Dakotas during the depths of winter.
Good luck to you,
Thanks Almot. I've been playing with that linked quote generator (adding/changing all sorts of age/medication/situation scenarios).
I ran many, many hypothetical future health scenario (for multiple countries). One just has to beware of countries currently on the Canadian Foreign Affairs "no travel" list.
....also, even if your camper is a 2011, check the replacement date embossed on your CO detector. These things expire (become ineffective) after some x date (4years? 5 years? 7 years?). I replaced both CO and propane detectors already in the 2005.5 camper; and they are again about ready to be replaced in ~2015.
Truly enjoyed your comprehensive photojournalism on OX V !
Yours was the 1st article I've read on "the event" that I could live OX vicariously through.
Q: will you be at OX East (Taylor Ranch) in October?
So, I imagine that *supplemental* health travel insurance (with built-in evac) cost would vary widely for "Canadian" between 57~60 and 60~65 and 65~say 75 for a 4~6 month stay (a purchaser in excellent health, on no meds for previous 5+ years) ?
I used to use Amex health travel insurance (Mexico & Central America), and Blue Cross years ago, but never needed to put a claim in.
Beautiful and extremely interesting expe! I've been reading through as time allows for 3 days...
Gotta love that snake-snap :-) I know someone who would really jump at the opportunity to see this :-0
I really like the mosaic placemat! You are back to BFG TA Ko tires? We're looking at the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac (they are winter rated) as a replacement set in October...
Going back to finish reading your expe now...
S & D
The Dr says she is now a sniper.
LOL :B Great to read the good news!
My dad experience the same remarkable color fidelity, sharpness of vision, depth of field after the same surgery. It is like a new lease on life.
At the very least, I'm going to submit a complaint about the dealer to the BBB, and post a poor review for them on their Google listing. Where I go from there will depend on their next response.
....I think that this is a reasonable thing to do.
....unfortunately, it looks like due diligence wasn't done all the way to the end on the buyer-side (the buyer is providing the truck: about 2/3rds of the components making up a truck and camper rig).
It'll be a really tough one to argue with the dealer; however, if the dealer was smart and customer-care oriented, they could, if they play their cards right, keep a customer, by taking back the camper, and calling it even. Then, offering you the same camper, at cost (becaue the camper is, in effect, now "used"), after you up-grade your truck to something closer to a half-ton (like a Tundra)...
IF: you've bought your Taco "used", you could sell, and buy a used Tundra, perhaps even hedging a possible loss, with a little luck ?
On edit: see your Taco is a 2014. Can you swing a fast switch with a demo Tundra at same dealership ?
And don't get me started about my fellow TT folks -- when this subject comes up, very, very few of them have ever visited RV.net or Woodall's or Trailer Life, and they are just stumbling around in the dark, trying to reinvent the wheel,...
....in my impromptu surveys while traveling, very few campers and RVers over the age of roughly ~mid 30s frequent the Internet to do anything substantial (this includes Facebook, and other similar genre). In light of this, almost no one we know (working kids in their late 20s and 30s) have disposable income, let alone enough to buy a $20,000 (used) to $90,000 (new) truck camper rig. This cohort typically tent camps, or, borrow a tent trailer to camp.
Most of those doing motorized RVing or hauling big TTs/5ths are well established in their careers (earning enough to accumulate disposable income substantial enough to buy an RV), and are typically in their 40s+, and just don't frequent the Internet nearly as much as 20 somethings...and teens.
Anyhow, this is my experience, and not gospel (read it as anecdotal).
...I had our "heating and air conditioning blower motor resistor: service and repair blower motor resistor replacement" done by GM on our 2500HD under recall (the truck was 7.7 years old when the "no charge work" was done!). This large electrical component was under the dash on passenger side inside the cab. Word is that this component was subject to in-cab humidity, and corrosion, even though it is not directly exposed to outside weathering elements.
I can imagine older trucks having (possibly) similar vulnerable under-dash electrical components that, over a decade or two, could degrade due to in-cab humidity (ie. your floor mats are wet over many winter months over many years, then bingo, intermittent electrical issues) ?
...now that you've isolated all the components on that 30A circuit causing a parasitic draw, you just need to isolate the single component, and replace it...
Very nice camper. I like the outboard awning/tent!
A fellow RVnetter (Sabconsulting: editor of Trip Reports) just left the UK for a tour of Europe with their truck camper.
Hope to see a few of your travel photos (and camper user reports) as you tour around the UK and Europe!
Those two grand kids look like angels. They would make any grand parent surmount the insurmountable, and move back to the "Mythical Bird", with a new lease on the future :B
Your trip to "Roam" really made *our day* (man, I've been looking for Roam, and can't find that place anywhere!).
Keep on roamin' !!
Sand & Dunes in waterlogged East (I've been thinkin' of rebuilding the Outfitter as an Ark; hmmmmm? I'll have to consult with some marine architect guy named Noah, recommended by our marina. If we get any more water over here in the East, the Earth may destabilize, then who knows :B)
Your approach looks pretty good to me.
As the others have written, air flowing through the affected area (as soon as you discover the water infil) is a great start.
I cut the rotted plywood out of the under-wing of our camper, and let the cavity dry (it is still drying 3 weeks later). I'm thinking of installing a permanent screened vent (hole) there, keeping air flow constant.
....its pouring rain this morning, with more to come; so construction on hold: I'm glad I checked out RVnet! A very comprehensive report and substantial shake-down expedition with lovely family!
Made my day!