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Randy and Nancy are veteran RV campers that travel with their little Dachshund, Oscar, to "where ever their hearts lead them." They have five grandchildren, at least one of them often accompany Randy & Nancy on their outings. Their camping rig is a 39' Cedar Creek Fifth Wheel pulled by a 2004 Volvo HDT retired from 18 wheeler service. Like the Volvo, Randy is a recently retired professor and Dean from a major technical college, has degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Education, is a Certified Electronic Technician, Master Electrician, Long time Ham Radio Operator (WB4BZX) and 30 year veteran of Virginia's Emergency Medical System as both an Advanced Life Support EMT and instructor.

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WE ARE CHEATERS!

WE ARE CHEATERS!

Yes, I admit it.  We are CHEATERS! No, we don’t cheat on our income taxes or in a card game.  Like thousands of other RV owners, we cheat on what is perceived as conventional camping. For the past week, we have been camping at Big Meadows off of the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.  We have a beautiful pull thru site about 100’ long – more than enough space to accommodate our... [Read more]

DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

Kevin and Debbie Clark own a 2011 Chevy 2500 pick-up with a full-length bed.  The truck is used to tow their 2009 Cardinal fifth wheel trailer. Kevin is extremely proud of his metallic silver truck and is meticulous about how he connects to his trailer.  The fifth wheel hitch is a Reese 22K set on bed rails bolted to the bed and frame of the truck.  The set-up is strong and easily handles the... [Read more]

DANCING WITH THE STARS

DANCING WITH THE STARS

Mary and Alan live just outside the city of Richmond, VA,  in a nicely manicured suburban neighborhood.  Alan works for the State Government and Mary works in Medical Records for a local hospital.  They have two children, a boy and a girl ages 9 and 11.  Both children, Bobby and Suzie, attend a local elementary school and stay at an after school daycare until their parents get home from their jobs. It... [Read more]

J2807 IS HERE

J2807 IS HERE

Twelve of us were sitting around a campfire.  All guys – the girls were at another camper doing whatever girls do when they get together. Now, guys on the other hand KNOW what they are going to talk about when they get together around a campfire – it is either football or trucks.  Yea, TRUCKS – the ones we use to pull our campers up and down the highways, especially the oil burners that often... [Read more]

WHY ARE GAS PRICES RISING? What is an RV’er to do?

WHY ARE GAS PRICES RISING?  What is an RV’er to do?

With fuel prices surpassing the $4.00 a gallon mark, to say that there is “pain at the pump” is an understatement. Dropping 200 gallons of Road Diesel into the tanks on the Volvo while in Florida required handing the girl at the fuel desk $831.00.  I couldn’t help but think of a time when diesel was considered “junk fuel” and was typically priced well below gasoline.  While I could... [Read more]

AN ELEPHANT ON ROLLER SKATES – Taking care of E-Z Lube Wheel Bearings on Your Towable.

AN ELEPHANT ON ROLLER SKATES – Taking care of E-Z Lube Wheel Bearings on Your Towable.

Can you imagine an Elephant on Roller Skates? Besides being able to actually stand-up and skate, the sheer weight of an elephant on the small axles, bearings, and wheels of roller skates brings images of frequently broken parts to my mind (Elephant on Roller Skates sketch by James Suhr) . Realistically, a large towable riding on a conventional spindle and bearing system isn’t much different than... [Read more]

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN – IT IS GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS AROUND

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN – IT IS GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS AROUND

Somewhere between Little Rock, AR and Carrabelle, FL two cross members that support the frame rails on our fifth wheel broke. Initially, I could not tell there was something wrong because the plastic belly panels covered the problem area making it impossible to notice the broken welds. Our first indication that there was a problem occurred when we attempted to open the curbside living room slide and... [Read more]

IS YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS?

IS YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS?

I slept in this morning. The past two days had been rough on my aging body while fixing a  problem with an ABS brake sensor on the Volvo HDT  and replacing the blown A/C compressor on the GMC pickup.  I was successful with both projects but they left me with sore muscles, painful hands and stiff joints that needed time to recover. Anyway, as I was sitting in the kitchen eating my Pop Tarts and drinking... [Read more]

DO I REALLY NEED TO TAKE THAT? Must have tools and parts for RV Camping

DO I REALLY NEED TO TAKE THAT?  Must have tools and parts for RV Camping

Packing or stocking your RV for an extended camping trip can sometimes be more like a game of chance than a science.  The problem is that when you are 90 miles from nowhere at 10 p.m. on a Sunday night and the need for a specific tool or part arises you are up that proverbial creek without a paddle – that is, unless you stock for every imaginable need. Well, let me share with you one of my most... [Read more]

IMAGINE YOURSELF HERE – Relaxing along Florida’s “Forgotten Coast.”

IMAGINE YOURSELF HERE – Relaxing along Florida’s “Forgotten Coast.”

My Mom always said I was part fish. You see, I love the water.  It can be a lake, pond, or ocean – it really doesn’t make any difference as long as I can get out on or in it. After aimlessly wandering around Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, we found ourselves skirting the Gulf Coast of Florida on Highway 98.  Our destination was a small “hole-in-the-wall” RV Park just outside of Carrabelle. ... [Read more]

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