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Black95

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It is time for another update, although this is not a modification to our van camper. Recently we purchased an electric scooter. It has proven to be very handy around the campground. We can zip to the comfort station quickly with it. We are looking forward to finding other uses for it.

For a couple in our 70's we balance quite well on it and it appears these old dogs can learn new tricks. We do keep it in its ECO mode which keeps us down to 10 mph or slower which is fast enough for us. Last fall I tried my grand daughters' hoverboards and did not do well on them but the scooter has a handle and is so much easier to balance on.
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The handle folds down easily so we carry it strapped to our rear mounted ladder. I forgot to get pictures of it in transport mode this last trip, so will post a picture of it the next time we go camping.
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HI Mike,
It's great that you can stay up on the scooter! I have never tried one.

We are going camping this Tuesday up near Crater Lake NP. the van is almost packed and ready to go. We sold our trailer last week, so the van is our home on wheels now. Jay


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[quote=Black95]Recently we purchased an electric scooter. It has proven to be very handy around the campground. We can zip to the comfort station quickly with it. We are looking forward to finding other uses for it.
The handle folds down easily so we carry it strapped to our rear mounted ladder. /quote]

I never had a bicycle when young and I fall off em. So I got a folding 3 wheeled electric mobility scooter 2 years ago so I could hit the bike trails with my husband who has an electric assist bicycle. At 75 I worry about thinning bones and concussions so I wear a helmet altho I am close to the ground on my scooter. The scooter is too slow and limited range so I just got a folding electric assist recumbent trike. The scooter needs to stay on paved surfaces but the recumbent does OK on dry grass and packed dirt. We carry them inside the RVan because of the electrics. I also use my scooter for shopping both at home and at our campground.
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We are always looking for games to play while camping. I have admired all of the different cornhole game boards that I have seen while camping but knew that I could not carry something that big around in my van camper. My wife came across this one from GoSports that is a collapsible version. It disassembles into the space of the small carrying bag that I can find room for in my van's back storage area.
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We tried it out in our yard when my youngest son and his family from KY visited us in June. My grand daughters loved it and even got my youngest 4 year old grand daughter to play when they moved the "boards" closer together. I will be carrying this in my van on all future trips because my wife likes to play too.
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HI Mike,
nice to see you posting, and that cornhole game looks like the way to go when you need to keep it small. My wife has been wanting one so we will take a look at it.

I added a cargo carrier, and I made a swing out bracket so I can get into the back doors without unloading it, will post pictures soon.

Do you have any camping plans for the summer? we won't go camping until
mid Sept. and then we can go anytime in the Fall into late Spring.

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J herb wrote:

……….Do you have any camping plans for the summer? we won't go camping until mid Sept. and then we can go anytime in the Fall into late Spring.

I keep my camper van in a heated storage shed so I can keep it packed and ready to go camping at a moments notice any time of year. It gets down to -10 or -20 sometimes in winter, hence the heated storage shed. It occasionally get up to 60 degrees F in the Black Hills Custer State Park, so we can run out to the Hills for a couple of days during the winter. During the summer I carry my window air conditioner so we can camp during the hot days too. We are planning on a quick day trip to one of our state parks as a come down day after hosting my youngest son’s family for a week. Old Grand Dad has to keep two teenage grand daughters busy with Story Book Land, the water park, go carts, disc golf, mini-golf and, new this year, my collapsible corn hole game. Next week I have to clean and wax my C6 Corvette for our trip to Spearfish, SD for the Black Hills Corvette Classic Rally. We join the caravan of about 400 Corvettes on I-90 at Plankinton, SD for the rest of the run to Spearfish. With a speed limit of 80 mph it is fun to open it up. After we get back from that we will get back to short camping trips around the state. Busy summer and it seems to go by so fast.

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Posted: 07/09/22 09:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike,
don't have to keep my van heated as it normally gets down to the 30s
or one time in 1990 it got down to -6, in a normal year we run in the 30s and 40s. Like you we get in the 50 and 60s and then we go camping
if we can.
The summers here in western Oregon gets to many people camping (lots
of tourist) and you need reservations to get in most campgrounds, unless you boondock on USFS and BLM land. In southwest Oregon the summer temperatures are too hot July and Aug. 90 + even at 6,000 ft,
(last year we got to 115) plus the mosquitos are bad until mid Sept.

The Corvette Rally sounds like a lot of fun and a nice trip too, you
will have such a fun summer that you won't know where it went.

Iam already setting up trips for fall season in to the hi country of the Cascades.

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I noticed the other day that Walmart has a collapsible version of corn hole similar to the one I purchased on Amazon. They also have one with LED lights so you can play it in the dark.

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Black95 wrote:

I noticed the other day that Walmart has a collapsible version of corn hole similar to the one I purchased on Amazon. They also have one with LED lights so you can play it in the dark.


Thanks, I will check Walmart when I go next time or check online.
When is you Corvett rally? sounds like fun.

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The Black Hills Corvette Classic rally actually started today in Beresford, SD at Jerry’s Chevrolet dealership with registration and a noon lunch. Then everyone meets at the fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, SD for a car show and other activities like the Quick 60. Thursday morning they all meet (about 200-300 Corvettes) to leave as a caravan on I-90 (with 80 mph speed limits) to head for the main part of the rally in Spearfish, SD. I will join them along I-90 at the Plankinton, SD exit. It goes on for the next couple of days with touring of the Black Hills, autocross and drag strip activities, a poker run, seminars, and another big car show on Spearfish Main St on Friday night. Some go on tours to Mt. Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park and Wildlife Loop, the Needles Hiway, and Iron Mountain Road with its three one lane tunnels that you can see Mt. Rushmore through them and its wooden pigtail bridges and lots of curves which Corvette drivers like. Some even spend time in Deadwood, SD, our big gambling town. A big catered supper and entertainment show with several diamond drawings end it on Saturday night. This is the longest running Corvette event in the nation, going on 51 years, even longer than the well known Corvettes at Carlisle, PA. When I get back Sunday it will be time to get the camper van ready to go again.

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