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RE: Rental Car heart attack

Several of our visiting kids, who needed rental cars while in Florida, rented from "Turo". It's sort of the "AirBNB" of rental cars - you are actually renting someone's personally-owned car to use. One son rented a Tesla; another with 4 kids rented a Jeep Wagoneer (that one cost him $100/day, but it was a gorgeous, HUGE SUV with every luxury you could think of). It seems there was an option of an airport pickup/dropoff; or the Jeep got dropped at the owner's home about 2 miles from our place! Another family rented a Mustang Convertible for $60/day
Deb and Ed M 08/06/22 07:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Do you think this can be repaired?

I have seen folks who carefully take a whole camper apart; rebuild the wood sides and bed floor, redo the cabinets; then put the thing back together. It's a HUGE project, figuratively and literally - and when you are done, you have the sentimental value, but no financial value because it's still an "old" camper.
Deb and Ed M 07/13/22 06:54am Truck Campers
RE: Noisy dogs

Something like what the OP described is what I call "stupid owner tricks". Think of it from the dog's standpoint - they are in a strange place, their owner has probably "left them behind" and they need to get help fast. So they bark. My dogs are not barkers - but I can guarantee if we dumped them in a hotel room and then left - they would definitely bark. It's why Ed and I "tag team" the breakfast buffet: one stays with the dogs while the other eats; and vice-versa. Sorry the OP had a nitwit for a neighbor.
Deb and Ed M 07/11/22 11:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Wheel Well External Access Doors

I usually store my bag chairs in the wheel well "gap" - I have a length of rope attached to the truck tiedown that I tie them in with, just in case....
Deb and Ed M 07/06/22 07:29am Truck Campers
RE: Dog biscuits and bugs

Along this same idea - when I get dog food shipped to our house - I ALWAYS open the box outside. Twice I've had cockroaches pop out of a box (not the actual bag of dog food) and it certainly makes sense that any place that warehouses a bunch of pet food will have "critters". I just don't want those critters inside my house.
Deb and Ed M 06/29/22 08:20am RV Pet Stop
RE: Pop-up Truck Camper Peeps - question for you...

I've had mixed reactions - I always call and ask. As a generalization, tenters expect "quiet" - you aren't allowed to run a generator at all. So then the question remains: can you drive your camper into the site, or do you have to walk in. More often than not - we have been allowed in "tent areas" with both our pop-up TC and our former van conversion.
Deb and Ed M 06/29/22 08:14am Truck Campers
RE: Camping Safety

I feel like "opportunistic thievery" is on the increase - even in "nice" neighborhoods, bikes get swiped or cars get broken into, for example. In the past, we have overnighted in RVs at Flying J's or Walmarts, and been treated to hearing drunken brawls, squealing tires, loud music. Now, when we camp, we tend to stay in campgrounds, where like-minded people tend to look out for one another and I don't feel like I have to sleep with one ear open to problems outside the camper
Deb and Ed M 06/28/22 07:23am RV Lifestyle
RE: Health rant

As a fellow Michigander, I understand your dread at the thought of spending a winter here. Make the best of each day; and get a "sunlight" lamp to brighten moods. Bundle up and find the beauty in each day
Deb and Ed M 06/26/22 07:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Fireworks

I live on a large lake, so idiots begin shooting fireworks the moment the tent vendors show up; and continue for weeks after the 4th. I heard a couple of bangs around suppertime, so gave Ben* a 1/2-tablet dose of "NaturVet" melatonin and calming herbs. He was happily snoozing by the time it got dark and the true fireworks began. Fortunately, Augie seems fairly resilient when it comes to fireworks, although I'll give him a tablet the night of our huge professional display. *Ben was 3 months old, when some jack*** shot off a "mortar" about 100 yds from our house just as I had set him on the ground to go potty before bedtime. It scared him so badly that he screamed.... This occurred 3 weeks AFTER the 4th - and imprinted a forever-fear of loud noises in him. Lake life is nice, but there ARE drawbacks - somehow, water draws out the "stupid people factor"
Deb and Ed M 06/26/22 07:41am RV Pet Stop
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

We always add some water to the fresh tank. Might want to wash some dishes or might boon dock somewhere and don't want to be without. We don't usually fill it full unless we know we will be boondocking for most of our evenings. I don't have a black tank in the TC (cassette toilet) but in my old RV we always put a few inches of water in the tank. You want to make sure #2 stays wet for later draining. Makes it much easier to dump. All of this, plus I heard/read that it's good to keep the seals wet for the drains. But I usually only carry a couple of gallons, to save on weight.
Deb and Ed M 06/20/22 08:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

Ed and I just had this discussion - our problem is that the "clock is ticking" (how long will we be healthy enough to want to do our epic sightseeing trips?) so we're going, no matter what the price. Adventure before Dementia !;) ROFL!!! Yes, thank goodness for GPS systems, "just in case" :-)
Deb and Ed M 06/15/22 08:20am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/report/prices.php#:~:text=Diesel%20wholesale%20margins%20in%20the,averages%20%244.78%2Fgal%20in%203Q22. Looks like the prediction for 2023 fuel price is not much better. So putting our trip off until next may not make much of a difference on fuel costs. Ed and I just had this discussion - our problem is that the "clock is ticking" (how long will we be healthy enough to want to do our epic sightseeing trips?) so we're going, no matter what the price.
Deb and Ed M 06/13/22 03:00pm Truck Campers
RE: TC and MPG

My Cummins ram got about the same towing a 33ft trailer or hauling a 8ft camper. Pretty much the same for us - I get a little better MPGs (about 14) because I have a popup TC that weighs about 1300#. It's all about the size of the hole you have to punch through the air....
Deb and Ed M 06/13/22 02:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper (and Ham Radio) helped with a rescue....

How exciting and gratifying!!! Guess I never thought of our TCs as rescue vehicles? Good job!
Deb and Ed M 06/11/22 06:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

No cancellation. Heading to the Yukon for 3 weeks. 4000+ miles round trip. 2011 F350 6.7L diesel. Not happy about the diesel fuel costs (~$8.25/US gal) in BC/YN, but would be even less happy if we didn't go. Will be fuel and food smart, and will remind ourselves at the pumps that there aren't many truck camping summers left for these 65+ year old bones. A Fortunate Canadian This is pretty much our attitude towards our 6,000+ trip to the Pacific Northwest/USA. We JUST bought a diesel truck and are cringing at the fuel prices; but our "Bucket List Clock" is ticking down....
Deb and Ed M 06/02/22 08:09am Truck Campers
RE: General newb questions - Advice?

This will depend on your abilities with electrical/plumbing, etc - but there ARE "mobile RV repair companies" and hiring one of them to come test the components and show you how they work, could be a peace-of-mind bonus? There are fussy little things like winterizing, that you will need to know. Also - have a Sharpie pen along to mark things helps (like which way a valve needs to be turned) But a truck camper lets you go places where other RVs dare not tread - have a great time with the kids!! On edit: once you are familiar with the camper, you'll find that you can utilize rustic campgrounds that offer no hookups; or often, you can camp in "tent sites" as long as you don't run a generator (ask each place) or sometimes there are "electric only" sites which tend to be near water (bonus!). All of these sites are cheaper, and very often, much more interesting!
Deb and Ed M 05/29/22 07:49am Truck Campers
RE: It's been fun and informative but....

Best wishes!!
Deb and Ed M 05/23/22 12:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Solo fire pit

My son-in-law bought the big Solo for his patio - it really puts out the heat and flames and no smoke. The only fault I can find is that staring into a fire is mesmerizing/relaxing; and the tall sides of the big solo means you don't see much fire once it burns down a bit. I just bought a couple of "campfire in a cans" - basically more of a candle for staring and infinitely more portable than a stove. Probably still would be banned in areas where forest fires are a threat.
Deb and Ed M 05/20/22 03:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need some good vibes-Updated

Encourage fist-bumps, not hugs (I know, hard to avoid at a wedding). Our son went to a wedding and got covid; came home and spent the day with Ed, riding in the same car together/eating lunch together, etc - THEN found out he was positive. Ed never got it, so neither did I. I figure son was shedding lower amounts of virus due to being vaccinated; and Ed and I had just received our second Moderna booster a few weeks before. But I have no idea how one would separate those who are vaccinated, from those who aren't; and probably expect some last minute no-shows? Sending you best wishes for a wonderful (and healthy!) wedding :-)
Deb and Ed M 05/19/22 02:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Good News

Great news all around!! Happy travels :-)
Deb and Ed M 05/10/22 08:27pm RV Pet Stop
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