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Posted: 06/12/13 11:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Enjoyed the Photos & Captions. Nice Rig.


Best of Luck on your Next Chapter.

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I'm agreeing with Silver. When it's over, it's over.....maybe. I'm still hoping he has just hit the 16-weeks-in-a-truck-camper wall and will eventually bounce back. But, that' s up to him.
I wondered why anyone would want a camper that tall on a GM .75T until he squeezed out the back door. Doug is 6 foot 7 or 8". Which makes me think the ideal height for a TC-er in a normal or smaller camper would be 5 foot 6.
I spent a lifetime in great hotels in 40 foreign countries on business (the music business) and if i never see another packed flight and crowded terminal, I would be happy. Air travel ain't what it used to be.
I've been cogitating on our projected trip around the U.S. boundary states. Stringing it out at least 16 weeks, it may be our swan song too. In the meantime, there are a couple great trips yet to do.
regards, as always, jefe

* This post was edited 06/12/13 12:54pm by jefe 4x4 *

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Posted: 06/12/13 12:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wonderful trip report!

Richard & Marilyn
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Posted: 06/12/13 01:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow Doug, I didn't realise you were hanging up your camping hat. I'm so glad we got a chance to spend some time at Expo together.

I've just added your trip report to the Word document I am starting to maintain that will become the new trip report sticky - you have the honour of being the first one I will add.

All the best,


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Posted: 06/12/13 02:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

great photos reminds a guy why we love truck campers.. had the your rig 10 years looks brand new to me..then again never owned anything newer than 11 yrs old [emoticon] you should be able to get good money for them and make some new t/c'er happy.. keep traveling..

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Posted: 06/12/13 03:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing the photos of your adventure.

Re your travel future: it doesn't have to be all or nothing at all. Perhaps alternate hotel and TC trips? I've done some of that lately and am finding that each type of trip has its advantages. Either way you go, you have my best wishes.

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Great pics of some of my favorite areas. Did you drive the Monument Valley loop in your TC?

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The constant in life is change, and as time passes our wants/needs go through an evolution that reflects where we've been and where we're going.... Having said that, I do wonder if you really should give up on the TC lifestyle just yet. It's clear from your pictures and narrative that you enjoy the freedom you'll only find in an RV (TC primarily, but not exclusively) based mode of travel.

Everybody's different, and you know best what works for you. If it's time, then it's time. One thing for sure though - don't stop going places and don't forget to include us! Thanks for sharing your latest adventure, and for being part of the TC forum.

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Posted: 06/12/13 05:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, You guys are lucky to have went on such a trip..

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Thanks for all the kind comments and web friendships over the years.
We have traveled lots in life so far, yet we just can't seem to get enough.

This 4 month trip showed me several things:

My 3 year old grandson missed me and I missed him.
A max of one month should be about right. That would sure make the wife happy.
She would stay for the whole trip.

Several times I wished I was in a nearby hotel instead of my camper.
Probably should have checked in for a few days.

My truck is a parts user and as it ages it isn't getting better.
Besides I've never loved it's diesel motor.

Last but not least, We've been most places in the West so more travel means retracing other travels. Airplanes can do that quicker, besides I retired from Boeing and recommend their products.
Retired people can travel in the less busy shoulder seasons.

My Camera is a Canon SX110IS.
They have better and newer models now but I still like mine.

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