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skruske

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My wife & I are in Wyoming visiting our kids. We picked up our '05 Bigfoot a week ago in Colorado Springs on the way out here. We decided it was time to find a place to camp over night and get to know our 'new' camper.

The area south of Rock Springs has a lot of BLM land so we picked a rare level spot off county road 48. All we need is gravity anyway.

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We were looking things over, checking awnings, trying out the generator & looking for valves ect. I cleared away a cobweb, as I was looking over an exposed 30amp breaker in the generator compartment, and a Black Widow spider came out of the plastic wire loom. I jerked my hand out of the compartment and my wife though I'd shocked myself. I mashed the offensive arachnid with a fork and then went to find my leather gloves just incase there were others.

We don't have them in Michigan & I sure don't want to haul any home.

While checking over the breaker, I managed to interupt DC power to the inside of the camper when the breaker broke open in my hand. I had to do some cobbling & head scratching but did figure out away to keep the contacts in the breaker together with some electric tape.

Thats when I discovered a 14 gauge crimp on wire connector wasn't making contact with the 10 gauge wire.[emoticon] I jammed that back in place as best I could & taped it up too. Clearly a mfg defect that would have been tough to locate due to it's intermitted nature.
With power restored, I restarted the 'fridge & furnace for the night.

We hadn't had a chance to sanitize & flush the old water out of the tank since picking up the camper in Colorado Springs last week, so I made a phone call to my son back in Rock Springs to bring out a gallon of drinking water. How 'bout that, 1 bar.

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Hiking around the desert & rimrock can be tiring to us low landers.

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In the morning while eating breakfast & having coffee, a pair of Antelope paid us a visit, just 20yds behind the camper.

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We took a walk at mid morning looking for arrow heads & I came across a board with nails sticking up. As I turned it over a lizard scurried away. It's partner just sat still. It barely flinched when I picked it up.

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After our hike we wandered back up Hwy 430 into town to locate a new breaker & proper size connector. I had those items repaired in short order & all is up & running fine.

We've made a list of things to do to the camper when we return home. It's pretty much all good, there a just a couple things I'm going to modify.

* This post was edited 05/27/10 03:07pm by skruske *


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The area from Colorado Springs to Walsenburg is known for being the most populated area for black widow spiders in the US. Be careful until you have cleaned the TC out completely. They lurk everywhere. The best way to find them is at night about 10:30 to 11:00 PM. Take a flashlight and go around the TC looking at every nook and cranny for them. They will be there and you can spray them with a spider killer. It gets them pretty quick. Good luck. Watch for the Brown Recluse ( fiddler spider ) as well.
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Posted: 05/27/10 03:19pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yep, at night with a flashlight. At our park model in AZ I once found 19 black widows in one evening around the outside of our buildings, the car and the golf cart. You'll see the webs during the day but not the spiders. I knocked them down with a fly swatter and squashed them with my shoes. Do NOT wear sandals. We never, ever had one inside, though.


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Posted: 05/27/10 03:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Put a bug bomb in the camper when you get home, that should do the trick

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Watch them bug bombs, I saw a trailer one time that the windows and doors were blown off because they figured more was better.Tj

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We will be looking for more trip reports now that you are ready to get TCing!

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Posted: 05/27/10 07:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You TC guys are the greatest for posting pictures. Keep it up. That is a nice looking Big Foot.


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If it all went off without a glitch...you would be wondering when is it comming...no trip is without one of some kind especially with a new to you rig..nice! At least you new what to do and what to look for..good job! Literally you'll work out the bugs and such....Happy Trails!

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Skrukes so what are you packin'?


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What a beautiful landscape and a very nice TC! Congratulations on your purchase and happy camping!
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