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RE: TR: The Road to winning a National Championship

That's awesome. Way to go Ruth. You're quite a husband helping her out with her dream. Bet you're glad you had the dually for that trip and not the old '03 single rear wheel. The dually has a way more comfortable interior and is so much more stable in heavy winds. It really minimized the fatigue factor. Bonus was the 6.7L diesels capability over the 6.0 engine at altitude.
Buzzcut1 12/02/19 06:50am Truck Campers
RE: TR: The Road to winning a National Championship

Woot Woot..!!! ****, I'm still stuck on 600 plus mile days. The payoff of course, was spectacular!! Congrat's to you both. The speed limits once you are outside of California are 75-80. I found myself thinking of 1975 and the gas crisis when they dropped the national speed limit to 55. It would have been unbearable crossing Nevada, Wyoming and Nebraska at that speed and added 3-4 days to the travel time. 600 to 700 miles a day is not something I would do for fun. We had a very limited time window off work to get there and back so I did what needed to be done.
Buzzcut1 12/01/19 08:36am Truck Campers
RE: TR: The Road to winning a National Championship

Congratulations and nice pictures. Wish there was a video of the horsemanship. there is I put in a link to it in the storyline but here it is again second row down far right Ruth Shirkey https://www.usef.org/network/coverage/2019usdressage/?cl=t
Buzzcut1 11/30/19 07:13pm Truck Campers
TR: The Road to winning a National Championship

The Long Journey to the Championships This is a voyage that started in 2005 when Ruth first started training in dressage Thousands of hours of traing two different horses and sacrifice on both her part and mine traveling up and down California for competitions, and many regional championships finally culminated in a trip to the National Dressage Finals at the Horse Park in Kentucky. Many things had to come together, First Ruth and her horse Wyleigh had to score high enough in the local competitions to qualify to compete at the Regional Championship. At Regionals they had to be in the top 3 placings to get an invite to compete at the National Finals for a Championship. Ruth Competes riding the at the internatinal test level (high end). She competed at Prix St Georges, Intermediate one, and Intermediate one Freestyle. She qualified to ride at the Finals with 0ne first place and two second place finishes at regionals so she was able to enter at all 3 levels. Now came the hard part. We had less than 4 weeks to get the truck, trailer, horse and ourselves ready to go on a 5000 mile round trip. I took time off work, so did Ruth. I had the truck and trailer completely serviced. In addition there is a problem with the Bosch CP4 fuel pump and lack of lubricity in US Diesel. It tends to Grenade at over 120,000 miles, we were at 113,000. I had it replaced as well as all engine and drivetrain fluids and filters. 6 new tires on the truck. Ruth met with her trainers for some final tune ups and we hooked up with some friends that were also going to make the drive with horses from Northern Californa The trip was going to involve 3 stop overs. Salt Lake City area, Ogalalla Nebraska, and St Peters MO. Then 3 days in Lexington at a facility near the Kentucky Horse Park (they had another show going on) to let the horses recover from the drive. 7 days at the horse park competing then another 4 days drive home. This was all going on in the first two weeks of November. We would be driving 11 hours and close to 600 miles each day Finally after weeks of stress departure day loomed. We decided to head over the 90 miles to Kevin and Erikas barn by Sacramento the night before so that we could all leave together. Kevin and one of the trainers Chelsea would tag team driving their rig with 4 horses (all Clients horses) and Ruth and I would drive ours with our one horse. Erika would fly out 4 days later. One of the things that made this trip so much easier is that Kevin had done it before and had all the logistics and contacts for the layover barns already lined up. I owe him a debt of gratitude We loaded up at our home barn in Dublin CA and headed out https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78570440_3108822895801366_210705052522774528_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ohc=ODtd49dwizkAQlH8uQA66YkR4LtGbN_IsT714X1tPxbkUEakLpTITUHXw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=0afbd889474bf92886968c1c8e0b04d9&oe=5E8413A6 width=800 We fueled up in Ranch Murietta near Sacrament and Picked up a couple of Calzones for dinner then headed over to unload the horse for the night https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/73515735_3108421669174822_243731229315170304_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ohc=Hwe5caQwcr4AQkRvFNtR9WYQIvlpadXWPEGTgC2XVIwcPYEJJyvodcvnw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=07d08ae9a3b1842dfc4939598a09b790&oe=5E8B4FB1 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/78425187_3108416232508699_6531261895494598656_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=_StxMjD9fR0AQmCCDeWUK4NQmEGmOL0QA4nDELr8yhNvp3syuqwUh_Kgg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=054a2a5b7df695a2616cc4b64b946eb6&oe=5E886F39 height=500 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/77379013_3108421359174853_6891328889616859136_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ohc=ZP0G3vMCgBoAQkiTyzJPc57daBXnpLXfQ9IeRYAj8tsAaIk-seNmB3e6A&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=6a431f45fa23b7d99e8566cf906730d0&oe=5E79C4BD height=500 We were up at 4:45 the next morning to feed and walk the dogs, load the horses then the two rigs pulled out at 6 am sharp for a dawn drive up and over the Sierra Nevadas on 80 then across Nevada into Utah and stopping just south of Salt Lake City 11 hours later https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/77139386_3108416122508710_8167754515282395136_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=KDfD_FracHUAQnS1vHjTOhRk2sxIXYWa2lo6_gamXtI7aSYcLrQm61yHw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=dcc66e55aebfba597cefbf5c8773a867&oe=5E880171 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/73064367_3108421279174861_5715991224842715136_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ohc=VuwMayY2BfkAQloK6JBtBGMYem808atOXVWSijjvrQ7mMnsV4XGPEPuHQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=81f92e8f2fe9cb8579a44c119069ba1f&oe=5E77C392 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78075710_3108421042508218_7254755282603999232_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ohc=do_VVrhp0T8AQmrArMwbR_sl07B7J9r5h2fBQLM43e3PDwKMemyJS1WSA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=cac801131b3880314803638699210225&oe=5E8852A1 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/79390542_3108421172508205_3558967213232750592_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ohc=mdzM8Zzk3aIAQmPW-eM-1ekkOathZGuWYZTkVVpgGTzoOD2ZttxxnwcNg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=625f629f9588e216de1feef00623b294&oe=5E7E5BC5 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/79390542_3108421172508205_3558967213232750592_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ohc=mdzM8Zzk3aIAQmPW-eM-1ekkOathZGuWYZTkVVpgGTzoOD2ZttxxnwcNg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=625f629f9588e216de1feef00623b294&oe=5E7E5BC5 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78964031_3108416059175383_6625148677994315776_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ohc=yIv62ihlmQgAQnmPDdFFGh5qcMa_4TtxS0n68goOiHxgxTxV-1Rsu7RQw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=9bf3de5cdff8119684f9a929ba84902a&oe=5E7DF885 width=800 coming into Utah I misjudged the fuel stop and almost ran the tank dry https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/79414779_3108915905792065_4798011105706246144_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=cOP7sb61rVsAQlsin5miJTo2bzUWILue-AgjqMtQhhvCP_QSVwdtDljkg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=671de092a5c78d90caae488b2367d432&oe=5E7817AD width=800 It was dark and 15* when we pulled into our first Layover barn. An absolutely beautiful place 15 miles south of Salt Lake City. Our hosts served us a wonderful meal. They also had a 30 amp RV plug for us to use on the side of the barn https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/77234350_3108420222508300_602207947371577344_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_ohc=ARoDzjMyRCIAQloUUYm8mzVzPFREFL4OsDEH3kw2tWtduqYGRk6BOKzMw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=5df19e2d5f01bf2e81443ea0e7b46d58&oe=5E7EC061 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78337098_3108420625841593_209790413467287552_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ohc=xXj9BY_YmLAAQkqqEuaaDa-oAt4MmfBc7HUMNDua4dK4H6U-cnVOu3juw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=cc0f5f4077a87fbdb8389533f3ea865d&oe=5E440A82 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/79376927_3108420609174928_5105116707777675264_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ohc=9fEP69-MwbAAQkQ0BYwiR0DI-hira-5dcKB0qpZhE2FOckXYIU3A6IS0g&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=7ee31cc086f606c91b39473537769935&oe=5E84E894 width=800 Day 2 started out very cold, I was glad that we had relectix covering all the windows and doors in the camper, and yes we do like to sleep with the camper cool and nice down comforters on the bed. https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78593933_3108419989174990_6277669726210490368_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ohc=woyPUNRvt7wAQkKEu9e48_XY_EPkZlBvcRvEDQAro8Wib6ydpz8DnwuyQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=4b03546044ff660e29265f33b45ad044&oe=5E4288C8 width=800 dressed to go load the horse and coil up the power cord to the camper https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/75224731_3108415992508723_7657876343161356288_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ohc=kEfikzP8AdsAQm1RvZLTgDyqP1UHZTn3gyoQd17_EWhdHP03-SL-1oGbw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=2ab8b6cb7cf8a8c31f6123156ac25ee4&oe=5E84B7BD width=800 The further east we went the whiter it got. The area around Laramie WY was the worst cold with wind gust of up to 60 mph blowing spindrift across I80 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78490808_3108419742508348_5894241597511434240_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=6AFPozsPDLkAQnW5LNmvpL8wBG4pxL1kXrBVyQ26-ghlYcYO5bkJiwuFg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=75c9138bc5d900cbb272965de2c12f16&oe=5E7B7DB7 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78456750_3108415879175401_4412267860785627136_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ohc=8-eHD62rVkcAQndesI20B1bFSFFdN58l5R43Q9qDifLoFWpU_q3duvr8A&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=a42bb005b2f2b33e29bb3378268388db&oe=5E7FBAF2 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78933399_3108419302508392_7955900481698529280_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ohc=A37BzXlhtjAAQlMZx6epx1I7BVErk7SP38W2rCWjrYmSx0WEF5lQMsQxw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=55952795ffa0be7abff75ad07ad7cdc8&oe=5E8BF47C width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/74229528_3108419059175083_5463521987643047936_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ohc=fkeRnuPUHvAAQn8_K1z9Sf3Bx1aL4Uvks4K6cjyPw8Zzg72os_v5kCjtQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=7c39ca73a4d9a1158fa066a3ba09b345&oe=5E46E97E width=800 after Cheyene the winds quit and we took a lunch break https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/72872264_3108418695841786_3990553083645001728_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ohc=O0SA8Llj2mcAQnuBS47_IIUKQs8Ku_dhgCsChL62Gg48z-SVoUrc_Hxtw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=5e97e4853e037759b25796bc6bf55158&oe=5E4502BF width=800 Pulling into our second overnight barn in Ogalalla Neb. Google sent me down a gravel “short cut” https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78196858_3108982802452042_6555026628148199424_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ohc=ti1gRfbf0zoAQmWkvYbf1IGOUTXTl1d3mw2DGCvsav7Gd3xLhT-YkdiwA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=65b657df74ced6d2e32e3c7fe0fd2a9d&oe=5E8715B4 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78109416_3108982715785384_793110683808956416_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ohc=aJEfk8YvoroAQlpek0cjfoFnn_q9hWgo9zqkjWUki15aPTj_te3jstiOw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=6b8c4faef8600c1b1276dee09fdf6a32&oe=5E8BEC93 width=800 We were beat. It was unload the horses, feed and water them, clean out the trailer, feed the dogs and ourselves and pass out. Day 3 was another long but uneventful haul across the midwest. 685 miles Butt Numbing. Ruth was working remotely on her laptop the whole trip so I was the long distance wheel jockey the entire trip St Peters, The stop over is a clean but isolated barn with no one around. It had water and power but it was fenced in so we since we had the place to ourselves we let the dogs play https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78383559_3108419125841743_8021041812590297088_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ohc=QiGRdVpvnBMAQlPSvS3mFER6M-kFC1yFKfu3n8UkvPGVpSUybb9ScVmug&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=22400c15201cb46771162f44ab8021da&oe=5E44383A width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78105375_3108418469175142_7196576171008458752_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&_nc_ohc=HoaSPefmAN4AQkUKFigSXl8maPzI9YLYEV6b_jOvL3YlQ2ymi2kWC6KIg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=7592f8d82f6989ab5434ebe4daa76ef2&oe=5E747E05 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78680023_3108422502508072_1761460633204686848_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ohc=ozrXa14NJTwAQmFDrk7flv12OWQ4kCW0_sresLrQ4jE-2Iibjj783zQUQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=510f116662b6e7f306340aa49d3585ab&oe=5E460576 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78985024_3108417725841883_4080108576310296576_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ohc=FJ46Y46QSPgAQlwk7QLYRil2uhXGwuXd-DCasfO-iB0ez6BALRAj-bV4g&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=1596c6a71a26d66888eba9fa5f1d3a28&oe=5E753644 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78950926_3108417619175227_2488561075583188992_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=HMzM9_LyOpIAQkuNfQc8VSMLw69AqqmjUKqY2PjNC81C1ulX8trEPbQkg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=a3d0bb05fb4d2f9d2e7ffb4624aedb1d&oe=5E799676 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/77350060_3108417245841931_6217643018468458496_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ohc=m67VQmikv_oAQkUt6B8_UAC6DHBYGh6kv5tytzkzHc7liJTZUxeflJblg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=ec5d717819e76c50e54ca49ce2580ec0&oe=5E7A59CC width=800 we have a camera in the trailer that lets us keep and eye on Wyleigh . Start of the last leg into Kentucky only a 400 mile drive https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/78578842_3108415549175434_5297239653013782528_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ohc=xyVQYWWWQg8AQmqoCvF3om7_zyj_1a43uaTgBTRNHKbThoc6WqqoJEXqw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=f5a74386cdee11996922572bc2803686&oe=5E3E0B57 width=800 Spy Coast Farms Kentucky, next door to the Kentucky Horse Park our 3 day layup before moving over to the show grounds. Nice main Barn, we didn't get to stay there. We were in one of the back quarantine barns https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/77159822_3108415312508791_1246117647775432704_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ohc=mk9a4tUKCM4AQnqu-1nFDsM6ex66wk1eQf72RvQ8dpozyEi8O7bUGiX4g&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=b9afbdf948169609af4bf20bd19fc71a&oe=5E7E2328 width=800 we stayed here https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/79157881_3108416962508626_2467877780101005312_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=XcYAQNFgwrkAQmCR1QtJEdpCiuZITjjWJ3v0_tsVSf07SAUhPiWOc8Lzw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=15c3819370f6287069d35df623b99f57&oe=5E724BF3 width=800 The road crew, still smiling after 2400 miles in 4 days Left To Right Me, Kevin, Chelsea, Ruth https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78772632_3108415179175471_8985583551923617792_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ohc=VDwbUh6s4mwAQk8wGunmwNZrUHsJl5hNl_1irMENU4drrrhQFtUIIX3eQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=af2abdc5a03ca2740564587a3b1a8e1e&oe=5E771770 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78063859_3108422492508073_3884651641235832832_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=AcNKQRi8VFQAQkKtdohA7KtJgntPn-4cRQoZFdRFPLIfwfz-9CdNlliVA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=a3f8a4dd4fe22b2aa0f2d2164099921f&oe=5E7A1519 width=800 Our Campsite for 10 days at the Kentucky Horse Park. One of the few times I have ever taken the camper of the truck on a trip https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78719124_3108422209174768_1521783633973608448_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=N6iI7QmROjIAQm91p8DIvS-_XBT9VyqQivBHi5c9QOxgOST80LVAZ1JnA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=068bef13b1e1b78d3ef2414a61d34c7c&oe=5E4259BC width=800 On the day before the competition started we went over to Buffalo Trace Distillery did the tour, tasting and picked uo a couple of Bottles of Blantons single barrel Bourbon...WIN https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/79136244_3108383599178629_6840019938988523520_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_ohc=axtO3SfD1AEAQkmWBcq0C9X9S8SZH3f3qYYsTLSYVjMdtg76WRBqYTkJg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=b9a08abbda4466f4f14c736115f94e7b&oe=5E866AE1 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/76960958_3109088462441476_3811859904143032320_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ohc=utbuiRuUZPAAQl1yhRG7wHosojbrz9WfpfPAkJXyeatAJ7Fgg6Gubyskw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=5f8a3184549cfda39fe5a76f72118439&oe=5E72FC41 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/77226328_3109088412441481_72119256883396608_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ohc=VujBU9lLhK4AQm-hX95TVAiUS_Pned6YJmaz3uwBQFR_ZssiUMIN9oT9A&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=87849fc00e869ce62ff4002ec832b147&oe=5E75C062 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/78839304_3108340635849592_5806824496048373760_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=qzAl1k9UIIcAQnOHA5PuLk_3hIaLAG86p-kTyXoXTJiDrvdfHlyjWn75w&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=35c7ed5ff847043686e1b8301f6ab7f5&oe=5E8948E3 width=800 All right Let the Games begin. We moved into Barn 23 at the Horse Park, one of the few heated barns on the grounds. A good Omen. It never got above the 40s as a matter of fact on the first day of Competiton Ruth rode outside in a non covered arena. Pouring rain and 36* Day two was 24 and clear with frozen arena surfaces. Such fun https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/l/t1.0-9/78677316_3108385299178459_8282041786847723520_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ohc=STDLGxWezm8AQnykSLFsojvSiPIHt06wDC9ywX3phTZSrZTasN3LG_66g&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=ea61bc7e55827e7c20f505e0a724e47b&oe=5E46EB1C width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/79188083_3108385229178466_554198540943884288_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=LmA3a3PBTBcAQmszUpUwImN-jFyKsHaxUjXki_99DoPXSCF_yR4A7Icmw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=36046777c8ef15db1d900bb101722e31&oe=5E73E86D width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78668778_3108453135838342_5940086245932662784_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ohc=yzKlcX9fM9sAQnyoloOMLnVGzeZ_bQ_wIBZF1ujhPe7bO47w__nZuqTeg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=2b9ecc37bac05ee3f0c76eb1ec9c297f&oe=5E40E046 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78179681_3108453359171653_4687884802752249856_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ohc=K7mlc7Qbk-oAQnfdgxtNqpi4dNvhHj7xFqQTsc4IUnTveyIrsaJTEAJRg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=59f355daad72d05661f9fedef2345dc0&oe=5E3F6C2C width=800 Ruth was hoping to get top 5s in each of her Classes. On Friday she took Third at FEI Intermediate 1 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/78788309_3109079415775714_216290928074162176_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ohc=QB7wy3Y8VDUAQmvR1tk_1QDayTKFymVCUbB591Md0Ks2d7B2Ew8jkiBHA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=18725a41bcb2e72712f147c7bdb5e12c&oe=5E894A1A height=500 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78763957_3108388609178128_7356575947736219648_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=uYfKT5SnI5cAQnRoYeouxHzEoohJQLYiqD1zjwKFrdB1w9vMqyyJSZOUA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=5d93b1c98e9392c0d41f2047dafb997a&oe=5E7BB99D width=800 Saturday was the Freestyle in the indoor Arena. Its her best event Intermediate 1 movements choreographed to music. Ruth and Wyleigh were on fire. I was watching and just losing it After all these years I can tell when I am seeing a special ride and when she and her horse are totally in sync. There were over 1000 spectators and manyTV Cams as they were live broadcasting the rides around the world. The audience went nuts when she finished. I was clapping and yelling. I was with her when they posted the score of 73.9% which put her in first with 5 riders to go. You could cut the air in the barn around our group as score after score got posted and Ruth was still in first. Fianally the last score came up and we all started yelling and High Fiving. Ruth had won the USDF Intermediate 1 Freestyle Championship! A pit crew worthy resaddling, and leg wrap of the horse, getting ruth back into her gear for the honor round and awards. Then it was off to the media center for interviews. So Incredible. https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78225578_3108328102517512_6420645326318731264_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=ftDVZmT4GyoAQnpP3DHmqn7iponLMpOUvwpaalCpbqriWmOrBFY3rOIVA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=b4b6418f646bdeadd537757b386f525f&oe=5E772324 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/78257904_3108381889178800_3074009386255908864_o.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ohc=cdZeAEpufZcAQm1YZbOt-iJ841Z2NbqpINNkdbgDQ73goGBlh4SLpUoGw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=fa7d05a17fdc653a4b24a3f65bc17a74&oe=5E85BBB1 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/78535028_3108382402512082_4316561429491613696_o.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ohc=vw9sdf23BbQAQkbJM-QcCi6dQbPFFC6Z46gArxlNUWZtxsKk1BFNAGSsw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=14e2123ce913c67bea8267f95e3d1943&oe=5E41AC69 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/78429755_3108382362512086_9108668119101997056_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ohc=todI74K8vfUAQlA8LmLez8gIq6B21F9QuW4m7KuHu8sEhiusPm1GTYmIQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=78db2a4c405a58497d521b6fd44ec73f&oe=5E8091F2 width=800 Ruths Interview. https://www.usdf.org/usdressagefinals/media/pr/release.asp?news=938 her ride as it was streamed with commentary second row down far right Ruth Shirkey https://www.usef.org/network/coverage/2019usdressage/?cl=t The last day of Competition was Prix St Georges. Ruth has a slight bobble and it cost her a second championsship Reserve Champion in the US is not bad though. https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/78352594_3108381809178808_3616748988813803520_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=8EklCM6InoIAQk7z4k06pb2tXpE866rvGzYXSlL6UUrw0ym7TBKLTk3wg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=ddab29236feaee48788771d61a6ee675&oe=5E782E7D width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/78613657_3108384852511837_4514906330640678912_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ohc=qJ40KZpjGMAAQl0DJjigBNfqqFF6uxhDdmSagKFGeAK8H1w5fHuayLpEQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=7ee45fe046677a5f3ae866be8840a638&oe=5E75E673 width=800 Impressive showing at the National Finals Championships https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/78746507_3108384205845235_568959355697758208_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ohc=aTRZrJGVuxkAQnDopJs3_46bQwumcJ5_Hs75x8DJsJP3IT8JOiy1o6X9w&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=039a35082f786b3db2dc913ad8c0c678&oe=5E71647A width=800 After and exhausting week it was time to pack up to go home. We loaded everything but the horse into the trailer on Sunday night, I had put the camper back in the bed on Saturday. The weather looked bad for Monday so we needed to be on the road by 6 am. Everything was fine until we hit Lousiville and it started to rain which turned to sleet near St Louis then the temps really dropped and we had snow on top of ice. I shifted into 4x4. It was starting to got to hell on the roads as we made the exit to the layover barn. The surface streets were nastys and the slight slope down to the barn was slick but we made it OK. As we were unloading the horses in the snow all you could hear were crashes and then fire engines going 20 with red lights and sirens on the nearby freeway. We got the horses inside. Filled all the water buckets before the waterlines froze and put the heavy blankets onto the horses. Neither Kevin or Chelsea had ice spikes for their shoues and I knew that the hotel parking lot where they were going would be solid ice so I gave them our spare pair. The next morning Kevin said that they would have been on their butts if they has not had them. https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78655648_3108344385849217_6119129710082392064_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ohc=sVoaWqa4ep0AQns9mYWYFZBR2IgFSf7CNIqC21gHP3TO2uGOXUajLP6Dg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=3e6d73f3b849355ee87ff78d768477d9&oe=5E49A40E width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78158781_3109177729099216_144684202523099136_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=PS7MHfXZCuAAQk0tqiyQvTKVYa_tbIqAOH3xvCcro8OexBSifBND23Daw&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=1203203e6882cf03963d51aaca7f21fb&oe=5E48BE44 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/79229386_3108344205849235_3973899992199856128_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ohc=viEvgW_un2IAQkrqH7Luy0RdYA2_DdRw8VuwZHFgjK-0RalCqLIR5KrLQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=151d020bc7fc96ae8b4ce040e356fa17&oe=5E46545B width=800 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/78177533_3108346522515670_3079012357435817984_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=xClaNIvfTi4AQn14MMxrH_I2YRotprhnIXe-5yVeNTP-prHM4gKaAJ67A&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=9e3b5efb75c60c4676ac3e844f7310fb&oe=5E405CF4 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78055397_3108346572515665_6295127952224944128_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ohc=1-6U9Xk8n44AQmOJ5kYcYSoZ91U-YDfIDW78NC1w2ZYqfrA58zQBz_JtA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=eab45d6f71161256a4b6299164c7dee3&oe=5E41944B width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/78275613_3108344885849167_3054996270411153408_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_ohc=vDwADf4GbHoAQmQglwwip75Dn6NB_TZsiFMdYrgVyFUjJ5IJ9jjNROPjg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=931b3151a81291fb452488a8a1afa3f9&oe=5E74BDEF width=800 The next morning it took us one hour to go 20 miles. It was so cold ( Zero) that I kept the Camper furnace turned on to keep water lines from freezing and we had the horse trailer vents almost completely close and the horse blanketed to keep her warm. Coming out of the barn I hit a bump and the windshield cracked all the way across, good thing it was below my eye level. https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78343776_3110695192280803_3728656487719895040_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ohc=DH0UmjQS9XMAQkJ8i9T8Azj0E3BSU_dG4kj7H1Z0Gocc5JYm39wUzGRkQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=993551bdc39c792ed114917caff188e5&oe=5E7B051B width=800 The roads were icy there were over 50 wrecked cars on the shoulder and in the center median and thousands of semis parked on the shoulders, rest areas and weigh stations. Gradually as we drove west the roads cleared and all was well until Nebraska where once on 80 we got hit by a wind storm. My refridgerator vent cover got torn off by a gust. I made a patch out of Duct Tape https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78157854_3108345915849064_3890290624057835520_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ohc=fC4z9tl1AHUAQl5j7dGsjI5WiIDqdFEcDjyEeYSOjD7nyG278Pr3-n65Q&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=36ec02ea665cc0338ad5276d3fe8081d&oe=5E472EF6 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78189853_3108345905849065_8648743118167867392_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ohc=WQ1o3GRiMo0AQmr_onG14rBEKyBGEG4rTM-dtShTIs4qdLl9hY-SyUTGg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=f68bc6c33778360f82d5aa64d72589ec&oe=5E83DBCC width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/74496186_3108347352515587_6841419398247350272_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=gXYGJmqfyr4AQns4YcvPUsfDt3HoKRjfLJiSbcElPg5LI41T7wXb7tVIA&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=f69adf090092a4c655cdb4bc0b2f0dab&oe=5E88986E width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78199542_3108344775849178_3333095617575518208_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_ohc=cH3VpEYJ4voAQn3zRuXbInByyvJ2A94JMrJLdO1Mwl_2Fc9YeQSgNWCsQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=af3574071397f29593fe30a707d8626e&oe=5E49173E width=800 Dawn of Day 3 was beautiful, the drive to Salt Lake City was a grind. https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78036168_3108345655849090_3213162177707900928_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_ohc=F7oUMWMTI9MAQkvnrzZk9RzTHYpNwM6oYIkVxsORx0KslOHENAka39z-w&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=bf73ca885ea9a9c462511833a5d18618&oe=5E3FABC5 width=800 Our SLC hosts out did themselves. The had a celbration for Ruth and a fantastic dinner for all of us https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/p720x720/77358056_3108345332515789_4937287257208913920_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_ohc=WO7SkPVa_mwAQmv2kA2E_ya9YbEPrWkQB5VWGMxir0rXOEp1FU3a5sdwQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=ec4789310f797007e95459ab95ea4d1c&oe=5E8CA978 width=800 The drive back to the bay area was a long one over 700 miles but the views near the Bonnieville Salt Flats were awesome, From Reno west it was traffic hell due to lane closures and too **** many cars I was so glad to pull into the home barn. Drop the hores and trailer and go home for a long hot shower https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78468091_3108344689182520_5965272234804117504_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ohc=T0EgMLnBl7UAQn9H8QJjGClZwPnqUfIx6e0J2Gb2jAKXCrtXBJ4xDyxxg&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=83d98fdf19d57cba3d85eb1d80e05881&oe=5E7C4351 width=800 https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/78821578_3108343569182632_659399190719234048_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ohc=rGju9mFckbYAQn7hQKSyGcuBOjvyXg8BwyuNAil9oZBiLA4kZgVJuJhaQ&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-2.xx&oh=243998832b1298a178b4b9b2534ba819&oe=5E7E96F1 width=800 The next day I brought the trailer home and we power washed the road grime off from under and over the truck and trailer then I took the camper off and scrubbed it down. All told 600 gallons of Diesel 5600 miles But best of all is helping my wife achieve that incredible goal of becoming a National Champion. Both of us are still in a bit of shock. One other item of note. The California contingent was 12 horses strong and we came back with 4 championships and many second and third place finishes from both the Professional and Amateur ranks.
Buzzcut1 11/30/19 06:33pm Truck Campers
RE: dumping tanks

X2 on the sewer cleanout at home BUT be sure to remove the donut before dumping since it can, and will, fall off when dumping. The What?
Buzzcut1 11/28/19 08:50pm Truck Campers
RE: dumping tanks

About 10-15 miles, so we always dump and flush well before coming back home. Our home sewer connections are far away on the other side of the house, so there is no option. yes there is. I helped my buddy Corey solve that one. Macerator pump at the TC grinds up and using a 100' garden hose pumps the effluent to the clean out on the other side of the house from his driveway. I think it was $50 from camping world
Buzzcut1 11/28/19 08:34pm Truck Campers
RE: dumping tanks

I dump mine at home in the house sewer cleanout. X2 mine is next to my driveway
Buzzcut1 11/28/19 06:35pm Truck Campers
RE: 2WD or 4X4 for a truck camper

It sure was nice having 4x4 to get in and out of the stabling in St Peters Mo. last Monday night and Tuesday morning. Rain which turned to ice when the temperature dropped to 9* covered by a light dusting of snow. We had to go 300-400' down a slope then back up in the morning from the road. The ramps leading to the freeway were slick as hell. We passed close to 50 wrecked cars and thousands of parked semis as we headed west. 4 days 2500 miles from the Horse Park at Lexington KY to the San Francisco bay area https://scontent-msp1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/75250903_3062218143795175_1654254302421581824_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ohc=IZLMr716-moAQn3A6QBvqzU4g9gEfqdkJIdGIV6Otwf14pm4nGfb5iQ6Q&_nc_ht=scontent-msp1-1.xx&oh=463e34fcc08f068b04b0e6db32705e0e&oe=5E499C61 width=800
Buzzcut1 11/19/19 06:23pm Truck Campers
RE: What percent of the time do you leave your TC on your truck?

I leave the camper in the bed 99% of the time. It gets used at least 150 days of the year.
Buzzcut1 11/01/19 08:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance Camper charging system

I have AGMs in my 2008 Lance 1055 they have been there since 2010. Plugged into a shore line when at home, solar on the road. You should be fine unless you are using wet cells and you don't maintain the water level.
Buzzcut1 10/19/19 09:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Has anyone found replacement tents for the Lance 1131?

Try a calling a sail maker and see if they will do a custom canvass for you.
Buzzcut1 10/05/19 10:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Storing generators when traveling?

Re that crushed fuel can. Had to be empty. A liquid in normal air pressure is not compressable even going from ""124*" to near freezing.
Buzzcut1 09/06/19 11:31pm Truck Campers
RE: mounting air fitting for air bags

I have both of mine on the bottom of the passenger side of the bed just behind the cab. I did it for two reasons. I don't ever want to be standing on the traffic side of the truck to add air. I don't trust other drivers. Secondly I routed the air lines inside the frame rails and away from the tires so that a blow out will not rip out the air lines. Yes that happened on my first set up.
Buzzcut1 09/06/19 11:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 1010 cabover strut

My 2003 F350 crew cab and struts worked fine with my 2008 Lance 1050. The struts were too long with the new crew cab 2011 F350 dually so I moved the mounts on the camper back a few inches. That was in 2015. They are still there in 2019 with no adverse effects that I can see.
Buzzcut1 09/04/19 07:56pm Truck Campers
RE: sway bar upgrade on 2002 F-350 dually

I put Roadmaster anti sway bars front and rear of my 2003 F350. They made a world of difference and they were super easy to install.
Buzzcut1 09/03/19 10:31pm Truck Campers
RE: How to disable propane >> Yeah another fridge topic.

Isn't there an off button on the fridge? Push it and turn the whole unit off while going to fuel push it back to on after leaving the fuel pump. Seems basic and free to me.
Buzzcut1 08/28/19 04:56pm Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

Even with the kit the pump is still going to die and leave you stranded. The only thing it does is limit the cost to what I shelled out
Buzzcut1 08/18/19 04:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Designing an Eletric lift basket for camper

What about a dual horizontal pivot set up like what bike racks use to swing out to the side to clear tailgates and SUV hatches?
Buzzcut1 08/05/19 05:32pm Truck Campers
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

Two of my friends had the Bosch CP4 high pressure fuel pump grenade in their 2012 F350s with the 6.7 liter Diesel. It took out the entire fuel system and injectors. Both trucks had over 130,000 miles on them. . . . It would be a terrible coincidence if those two friends got their diesel from the same source . . .and if they did not use a lubricity additive. Lubricity agents are supposed to be added to diesel before the pump. But that's not always reliable; ....according to Power Service, www.powerservice.com, an additive manufacturer that operates its own testing lab, “approximately 40% of the ‘ready for sale’ fuels obtained in North America during 2010 did not meet the 520 HFRR In other words, your diesel supplier may not be supplying good quality diesel. Informative article here: https://www.proboat.com/2018/04/diesel-fuel-additives-part-2-lubricity-facts-and-fictions/ I am the only one that has been adding a lubricity additive since the switch to ULSD. Let's just say that they are adding it now.
Buzzcut1 08/04/19 08:16pm Truck Campers
Three cheers for BKA

She said yes!!! https://youtu.be/Uc7utsW5bU4 Congratulations Bryan
Buzzcut1 08/02/19 08:47pm Truck Campers
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