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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
RE: Turbo car engine in mountains

We converted a Transit cargo van with an Ecoboost (turbo) motor - and proceeded to drive every road we could find that was length-limited, like the "Going-to-the-Sun" Rd in Glacier, plus the Beartooth and Chief Joseph Scenic byways. Basically pretended to be mountain goats. Our usual style is to climb some amazing peak, then stop and take photos. Never gave a second thought to the motor - it did just fine :-)
Deb and Ed M 05/09/22 08:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Question for Florida sticks and bricks owners

When we leave our Snowbird Condo in FL, I add about a 1/2c of bleach to each toilet; then cover with saran wrap. All drains are either closed, or covered (I found that my little rubber drink coasters, when covered with saran, fit the shower drains perfectly). I run the A/C at 78 - with our hurricane shutters rolled down, it uses very little electricity to cool. And we shut off the water at the street with a curb key; and inside the condo at the main valve. Fridge is empty/off/propped open. Maybe it's overkill, but I don't want to walk into a mess of mildew in the fall...
Deb and Ed M 05/09/22 08:09am Around the Campfire
RE: COVID PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

The vaccine does not inhibit you from contracting and testing positive, it's supposed to minimize symptoms and hospitalizations if you do. The fact that you tested negative just means you didn't contract it. I understand that, and that's all my expectations really were. But when Hubby and son shared the same vehicle as they ran errands and ate lunch together - I can't imagine what the exposure level would be.... certainly high.
Deb and Ed M 05/09/22 08:01am Around the Campfire
RE: COVID PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

I am SOOOO glad we got that second booster! Ed had spent the day a week ago with his youngest son - running errands, going to lunch, riding in the same car. No masks - no social distancing. Son called later that night to say he had tested positive :-( Long story short: Ed has tested negative twice; I tested negative also.
Deb and Ed M 05/05/22 07:49am Around the Campfire
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