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RE: No one is heading south?

We saw plenty of northern license plates as we drove south on I-95 - LOTS from Canada!
Deb and Ed M 11/09/19 03:41pm Snowbirds
RE: Bizarre text this morning at 1:48

This story may explain the delayed texts A ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day It’s happening to people across all major US carriers. Very interesting, and thanks! To Colliehauler - even though there's a techie explanation, I still prefer to think that your dogs are enjoying the company of your friend and this was a "sign" :-)
Deb and Ed M 11/08/19 08:00pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Fresh water tank under camper-Camping in colder weather.

Our previous Class C had exposed black/gray tanks and low-point drain valves and the freshwater compartment wasn't heated, so when it was sub-freezing, we simply used a jug of water for teeth-brushing and coffee-making; and flushed the toilet using antifreeze. (Showers were taken using the campground's facilities) Anything that went down the kitchen drain got followed by a splash of antifreeze. Works sufficiently well until you get to warmer temps and better than worrying about cracked pipes/fittings.
Deb and Ed M 11/06/19 06:03am Beginning RVing
RE: Storage in Barn for winter.

With fresh concrete, *I* would put down some wood. You will be amazed at how nice your RV remains when parked indoors! When we sold our 10-yr-old Class C - it looked like new :-)
Deb and Ed M 11/05/19 06:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Missing couple camping on Padre Island confirmed dead

Some will take this as being insensitive, but all that has been reported about border violence, you just can't be naive and think you will be immune. I lived in Laredo and worked within 10 miles of the river on a very isolated 105,000 acre ranch. You had better have your head on a swivel, avoid being alone, and get back to home before dark. Many bad things happen there. Ed has a friend whose ranch property abuts the border in AZ. He said the same things. I understand that there's lots of people who love boondocking, and I'll admit I've been jealous to see photos of their beautiful/remote camping spots. But there are questionable people *everywhere* who also like remoteness and might not hesitate to ruin your day (thinking of hikers shot because they stumbled onto "grow lots" in the wilderness, for example) Camping along a Trade Route is probably not a good idea, period. This story was on national news last night - they have pretty good photos of the man and woman driving the truck/RV across the border
Deb and Ed M 11/05/19 06:40am RV Lifestyle
RE: Local news story made me chuckle (stolen? dog)

If it was stolen to train fighting dogs then it will have a very short life of pain and misery. Not everybody has good intentions. I'm going to think happy thoughts and pray the guy will sell the dog to someone because he needs drug money.... I just can't wrap my head around using an ordinary dog to train fighters.... :-(
Deb and Ed M 11/04/19 11:51am RV Pet Stop
RE: What happened to

And I don't believe that I've ever made a purchasing decision, yea or nay, based on a company's logo. Oh, I certainly do. If it's got a "swoosh" or a polo player or a backward C/forward C or a hood ornament - it's going to be crazy-expensive. I tend to avoid those... LOL!
Deb and Ed M 11/02/19 07:14am General RVing Issues
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I converted a 2015 Transit T-250 cargo van to a bare-bones camper (think "tent on wheels"). Mine is the 148" wheelbase, with the mid-roof height (interior is 6' - I can stand upright, Hubby needs to duck a bit). It has the Ecoboost motor - it's FAST/strong when you ask it to be; but still gets 18 mpg at 70+ mph or in the mountains. If we tow a car from FL to Michigan, the mpg drops to 14-ish. If you are looking at used - make sure it has cruise control - an amazing amount of them don't. There has been a recall on the rubber disc that connects the driveshaft to the transmission - was easy to get repaired. If you want inspiration - go to the www.transitUSAforum.com under camper conversions - there are some truly amazing vans out there. My favorite website for technical info was www.faroutride.com Antoine and Isabelle are Canadian engineers who converted a high-top, extra-long T-350 into their fulltime home for the last 2 years as they chased snow for skiing and mountains for biking in Canada and the USA. A good source for floorplan ideas is the Sportsmobile website. My "dinette" converts into an almost king-sized bed, and I still have plenty of room for a kitchen cabinet, separate sink, portapotty - and I'm still a hair under 20' in length. Easy to find parking spaces. I LOVE driving the Transit - it's very car-like in handling. We regularly drive 500-700-miles per day, and feel rested at the end of the trip :-) And you are going to LOVE how the factory tow package works using engine braking when you're towing on a steep downhill!
Deb and Ed M 11/01/19 01:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: A Very Quiet Halloween

We turned out the lights - our neighborhood doesn't have any kids, is comprised of many (empty) cottages; and my worst fear, given that we were experiencing almost-blizzard conditions was that I would be stuck with a big bag of candy :-( I think a lot more families are opting for the fun of community events (my son's Fire Department hosted a "Truck or Treat" on Saturday at the firehouse)
Deb and Ed M 11/01/19 07:11am Around the Campfire
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Gizmo has a nice ring to it! My white van is "Gracie Unicorn" - the unicorn part came from trying for MONTHS to find a loaded (XLT) Transit cargo van; Gracie is from "by the Grace of God, we will live long enough to go to all the places this van can take us"....LOL! And yes, we have a little Beanie Baby unicorn who rides along ;-)
Deb and Ed M 11/01/19 07:03am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Martingale Collar Danger

Collars - yeeesh. I've seen dogs killed by collars that fit too well (hunting dog who was hung to death on a picket gate) or too loose (sheltie who was hit and killed after slipping out of its collar being dragged to the groomer) - and I've known the terror of a loose/scared/running dog with NO collar.... I looked into breakaway collars, but they can separate when you are grabbing the dog to hold it back from whatever. Granted, Ben is only 20 lbs and ridiculously obedient (has a heel and recall the obedience folks would kill for...LOL!) - but there's always that ONE time you don't anticipate, and you need to be able to control your dog.... so I guess I'll stay with a conventional collar, and try to tone down the roughhousing (which actually isn't all that rough since both dogs are basically wimps)
Deb and Ed M 10/31/19 07:38am RV Pet Stop
RE: Martingale Collar Danger

Thanks for the warning very poignant right now with a 9 month and 3 month old Collies. They grap each others collars in their mouth and pull. I will pass this on to Collie rescue as well. Will go out tomorrow and purchase conventional collars. Would hate to think what would have happened if you weren't home when this occurred. It DOES reinforce that we put Augie in his crate if we aren't home - I don't want any unsupervised "play". I noticed this morning that Ben has blood in the whites of his eyeballs - although both dogs seem none the worse for the trauma.
Deb and Ed M 10/31/19 06:38am RV Pet Stop
Martingale Collar Danger

I've always liked martingale collars - they can snug up enough that a dog can't slip out; but when adjusted properly, they can't truly choke the dog. However - we just had a scary situation: Augie the Aussie puppy (a boisterous 12 week old) managed to get his lower jaw through the tightening loop on Ben's martingale collar as they wrestled, then panicked and flipped himself on his back, effectively putting a tourniquet on his jaw and making Ben's collar tighten to the point it couldn't be removed. BOTH dogs were shrieking, Ed grabbed Augie to stop his struggling; and once I saw that there was no resolution, I grabbed the kitchen shears and cut the collar off Ben. Once loose, we untangled it from Augie's jaw - it shattered a puppy tooth and was covered in blood.... Maybe this will stop the "I'm going to kill you" dog games (Augie, for the moment, is now convinced that Ben is "mean") - but until Augie settles down a bit, I'm going to put a regular collar on Ben. Just passing this along so it doesn't happen to another dog as they play with a buddy.
Deb and Ed M 10/30/19 08:30pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Last Post, DW has died

So sorry for your loss - wrap yourself in all the wonderful memories you clearly made :-) But you also have a wealth of knowledge that can be shared with new members, so I hope you'll wander back to visit from time to time?
Deb and Ed M 10/30/19 08:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Is it a fiver or class a or c?

Creative - but too many steps to climb. Like a treehouse-on-wheels.
Deb and Ed M 10/30/19 08:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Colorado by drone

That was truly amazing footage!!! I'd love to know what the building at the very top of a peak was, around 1:12??
Deb and Ed M 10/29/19 12:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mysteries of RV design

Here's one that was a total deal-breaker for us: as Michiganders, we are pros at winterizing - I mean, winter is the time to go south, right?? Our previous Class C was easy-peasy to winterize - took maybe 10 minutes tops using a 3-way valve at the pump front which was accessed from an outside bay. So as we started looking at small Class C or B+s, one of my first questions was "where is the pump - how does it winterize?" Aside from salespeople simply not knowing - many of the models we were considering required one to be a contortionist to even GET near the pump; or pieces of the interior paneling had to be removed. It was ridiculous. I'm assuming that 3/4ths of this country experiences sub-freezing temps at least once in a while - why on earth would they make a critical procedure so difficult??
Deb and Ed M 10/29/19 12:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Amazing

I've always said nothing improves your standing as a parent to a teenager, as the day they leave for college :-)
Deb and Ed M 10/28/19 07:07am Around the Campfire
RE: A tip for you

ROFL!!! How does one not notice something like that?? (My husband would be perfectly capable of that, too)
Deb and Ed M 10/28/19 07:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Question about winterizing

I agree that you should flush/dump/re-winterize. It's a good thing to learn to do; and between condensation and possibly rain entering via the vent stack, there *could* be water in the tanks that could freeze and do damage?
Deb and Ed M 10/28/19 07:01am Beginning RVing
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