The Great Winter Boondocking Vacation, 2012-2013

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ClydesdaleKevin

LOL Dave...I love my old RV...she's a champ!  Having served on submarines, I find I have more than enough room, even without slides...and its paid for!   :D

Got everything done today...and that was with having to move my tent over a couple of feet to give more room to the guy on the end of our row.  Took less than an hour to shuffle it over though, so its all good. 

After moving the tent, I took the rear carpets out of the Jeep and shook them out, then used the dog hair brush on them, then vacuumed them and the front carpets, and then reinstalled the back carpets.  Some upholstery cleaner on the seats, and Scrub Free on the dirty spots on the dash, console, and interior of the hard top.  And then some Armor All on every bit of vinyl and rubber and plastic, and the interior is looking new again...SWEET!  Smells good too!

Then we dug out all our costumes from the under compartments so they are staged for the morning, and then I trimmed the beard, shaved and showered, and called it a day.

After walking around the faire, I have determined that our new spot is way better than our old spot, so we should have a very prosperous faire!

And thus endeth this chapter!  Look for the new chapter tomorrow morning, titled Arizona, 2013!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

DaveVA78Chieftain

You could all ways move up to a 42ft diesel pusher.  Vroooom.........  with towing power to spare.  Of course the train (RV, trailer, toad) might be interesting!   :laugh:

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ClydesdaleKevin

LOL Frank!  Most states frown on towing in tandem...The RV towing the trailer towing the Jeep.  Unless I got a trailer big enough to drive the Jeep up into as well...and then I'd have to heavily reenforce the rear frame of the RV, and probably have to get one of the those Toad things that take the weight off the back when towing a large trailer...and THEN my gas mileage would really sucketh with all that weight!  And more wear and tear on the engine and drive train, etc.

Believe me, we thought about it!  And weighed all our options:  Cost and weight and drivetrain wear, etc.  It ended up being cheaper for us to retool at every show...I'm pretty savy when it comes to pawn shops and Craigslist...And then just leave a complete set of tools and tentage at each show we do.  That way we don't have to carry heavy tools all over the country, already built stock and our pavilion tent go into the RV compartments when we travel without weighing all that much, and the Jeep Wrangler is light as a tow vehicle 4 wheels down, and is big enough to hold all our porch furniture.

We already have a complete set of tools in New York and North Carolina, and almost a complete set of tools here in Arizona.  Just one more place to retool...and that's Oklahoma...and we are all set on tools no matter where we go, without lugging them all over the place!  That's woodworking tools that is...we still carry all of our automotive tools with us...just in case!

So today I've got to pull our costumes out of storage...they are in bins in the under compartments, and then trim my beard and shower, then bring the marshmallows down to our booth, and that's pretty much all that is on the agenda today.  And I'll try to get to cleaning the interior of the Jeep today...didn't get to it yesterday.

Last day of vacation!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

Froggy1936

Hey Kev you need one of those full size trailers with all the shop equipment built in  (like the race cars have) Just plug in and open the doors and your set up anywhere !!  ;)  Frank
"The Journey is the REWARD !"
Member of 15 years. We will always remember you, Frank.

ClydesdaleKevin

LOL Dave!  Don't worry...I'll be PLENTY busy after the weekend!

We had a very pleasant surprise when they got here and opened their booth...I left WAY more tools here than I thought I did, so I won't have to replace as many!  All I remembered leaving here last year was a band saw, a benchtop sander, 2 saw horses, and a staining rack.  Turns out I also left a table saw, a drill press, 2 work tables, and several shelf units...SWEET!  All I absolutely have to buy on Monday is an 8" Ryobi miter saw, a good 8" blade for it, and lots of pine to build small catapults for student days.  I LOVE it when a plan comes together, especially by accident!  Other tools I'll need are a thickness planer, a compressor and hose, a shop vac and hose, a router table with router, and a tent to set it all up in...and some tarps to lay down, and put over the tent as an awning of sorts for the stain table.  Those tools can wait, but the miter saw and blade are all I need right away to make kids day stock (10 dollar catapults).

Gonna be busy on Monday, but it'll get done even if the weather sucks this weekend, which it looks like its going to.

Kev


Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

DaveVA78Chieftain

If'n you need something to do, you can come back out east ans wash all the salt and uck off vehicles here!   :laugh:   
Of course Mark might want some help with his gritty beach snow!   :laugh:   Dang stuff gets in all your bathing suit pockets.

Dave
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ClydesdaleKevin

About the only thing to do today is help our friends Eric and Joan set up their booth when they arrive...they had car trouble on the way here and are running very late.

Also want to clean out the Jeep and vacuum it...maybe Armor All it while I'm at it.  Might play with the touch up paint a bit as well.  We'll see how much time we have!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

ClydesdaleKevin

Yep!  Just go to our website, LJ-TJ!  wwwDOTstdcatapultsDOTcom.  Lots of pictures of our setup!  Unless you mean our campsite, and the answer is no, no pictures yet, but we set up pretty similarly every time and there is a picture or two of the website, and many more on our Photobucket, screen name Clydesdalekevin.

Waited around most of the day for the honey wagon to come pump out our grey water tanks...we can go ALMOST 2 weeks with normal unrestrained water use, but not quite!  Water was backing up into the shower tub the last couple of days...and not a pleasant smell I might add!  Kept the roof vent and fan on for the last couple of days to vent out the stinky sulfur smell.

He FINALLY arrived around 3pm, so after he got here I did some grocery shopping and whatnot, and that pretty much ate up the day. 

Tomorrow we'll take the pups on their walk and I'll fit in a bike ride...vacation is almost over! 

Friday will be my last post on this thread, except to answer questions or comments.  Saturday begins the next chapter of our adventures, which will be titled Arizona, 2013!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

LJ-TJ


ClydesdaleKevin

The tent is all set up and the display tables are packed full of catapults...we are ready to open!

It actually went pretty quick with Patti helping! 

So today we get to relax, take the pups on their walk, go on a bike ride...heck, anything we want!  Its great being all set up early!

Might go into town and recon the pawn shops...gotta retool after the weekend so I'm curious to see what kind of deals I can get on tools around here.

Now we get to sit back and watch the fun as all the late comers arrive over the next few days, frantic to set up in time for the weekend.  Its always fun to chuckle at the procrastinators that took so long to get here... :)rotflmao

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

ClydesdaleKevin

Yep...vacation will be over before we know it, and then its time to get crazy busy again!

We have opening weekend coming right up, then student days on Tuesday and Thursday, and then a 3 day weekend (We are open on President's day)!  Geesh!  Talk about breaking up the production week!  Its going to be some insane hours building catapults!

Good thing we are all rested up...lol!

I didn't get around to setting up the tent yesterday, but I'll do it this morning.  I did manage to get the tent location all marked out, but got to talking with a friend of mine and got distracted.   W%

So today we'll get all set up.

Also gotta take the pups on their long walk, and hopefully squeeze in a bike ride.

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

HandyDan

Only 5 days left?!  How quick the time flies. 
1984 Holiday Rambler
1997 Newmar Kountry Star

ClydesdaleKevin

Fixed the rear shock mount on the Jeep yesterday...bolted all together with grade 8 hardware left over from my RV shock project.  The joust troop had some scrap metal laying around, and I scored a pre drilled piece of 1/2 steel bar stock already drilled with 1/2 inch holes on both sides, the perfect length.  I ground off the jagged edge of the mount where the thin metal had broken and drilled a half inch hole through the thick part (nearly 3/8 thick).  Then I bolted it all back together, torqued the heck out of it, and used red Locktite on the threads.  After that it was just a matter of bolting the shock back on to the axle, and done!  It might pivot from use, so if it does I'll just have a welding shop tack weld it at the top to keep it from pivoting...but it sure isn't going to break now!  Total cost:  Free!

Other than that, it was just a long walk with the pups.

Today its another pup walk, a bike ride, and maybe set up our display tent on site before it gets too crazy busy here this week with everyone else setting up.

Aside from setting up our booth, its going to be a relaxing last 5 days of vacation! 

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

ClydesdaleKevin

Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

LJ-TJ

Sweet now who's going to scan it so we can add it to our library i??

cosmic

I bought that book for .99cents last week on ebay and 4 dollars shipping to my P.O. box in Niagara fall NY.  probably wont pick it up for a month or two but that for that price i couldn't let it pass. :)clap glad to here its a good book.

HandyDan

Quote from: DaveVA78Chieftain on February 02, 2013, 11:49 AM
HandyDan

You mean this book in our CW store?   D:oH!

http://www.classicwinnebagos.com/forum/index.php?action=store;sa=view;id=184

Dave

Yep, that's the one, except I wanted a hardcopy instead of a computer file.  After reading through it, I think it should be a standard item in every motorhome.   However, if you only drive a P-32 based chassis, then quite a bit of the book doesn't pertain.  Same goes if you only drive a Ford or a Dodge chassis.  I don't think I would spend $102 for a hardback edition at Barnes and Nobel, but it is well worth the forum cost for it. 
1984 Holiday Rambler
1997 Newmar Kountry Star

ClydesdaleKevin

Nice score on the lenses and book!  My lenses are also wedge shaped.  Thankfully they weren't too damaged and the epoxy I used should keep them nice for years.  And yep, that book is awesome!  A wealth of information, some of which I tested on our trip out here.  For instance, ideal speed for MPG in a gas motorhome is NOT 55mph.  Its closer to 38mph, taking into account wind drag and gearing.  My fuel economy went from 7mpg to 10mpg by just sticking to back roads (long Arizona back roads with very few towns and stop lights) and staying at right around 40mph.  I have yet to read the rest of the book, which I have on the computer.

Yesterday was a pretty lazy day.  We went grocery shopping, stopped by the gun shop (where I traded in my Bersa .380 on another stainless Ruger Security Six...lol...LOVE those things!...still on layaway for 30 days...I owe another 150), and then came back home and took the pups for their mile walk.  Didn't have time to squeeze in the bike ride before dark.

Today will be a nice long walk with the pups again, and then another bike ride...and I might set up the awning.  Other than that, nothing planned at all.

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

DaveVA78Chieftain

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HandyDan

Hey Kevin,
Look what I scored on eBay!  Anybody with a Holiday Rambler knows how rare these are.  There is a "however", though.  The ones on my motorhome are wedge shaped where these are flat.  They still fit and are like new.   Colaws RV salvage charges $35 a lens, when they have them (very seldom).  I got the whole set with shipping for $20. 







And the postlady brought my $.75 book.  This is a cool book.  Well worth the $3.00 shipping costs.  I know what I'll be doing tonight,  When I ordered it, the website said it was hardback, but it isn't.  It's still in excellent shape, though.

1984 Holiday Rambler
1997 Newmar Kountry Star

ClydesdaleKevin

Another nice walk yesterday and another fast paced solo mountain bike ride...and then Patti was delighted to have all day to do her hair and makeup and whatnot.

Almost scored a free old Banner motorhome yesterday to use as a workshop, but the Faire had first dibs, and they took it...dangit...lol!  Would have been a perfect mobile workshop to use at the faire, and then store here the rest of the year.  The owner said I could have the genny for free, an old Onan CCK series, 4.0 KW, and I thought about it, but when I got back to our rig, our genny turned over no problems...it didn't start, but it turned over vigorously.  I'm thinking my battery bank must have been too low when I tried it last, which made me think the starter was bad.  I'll check it sometime in the next few weeks with a gas can and fuel line to eliminate fuel deliver problems from the equation.

About to go down to the pharmacy and pick up Patti's medicine, then when we get back it'll be another nice walk and a bike ride!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

ClydesdaleKevin

LOL!  Could be!

As the doctor ordered, Patti and I and the pups went for a mile walk yesterday...and then I hopped on my mountain bike and went for a hard 1 hour ride.  MAN that Fat Chance Wicked rides nice!

You have to watch out for the troilla balls though...they sit in the trails like landmines, just waiting to impale your tires or get kicked up by the back wheel and nail you in the back...I skillfully avoided them of course  ;) .

Gonna do it again today...just another day in perfect weather...its still vacation after all!

Kev

Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

LJ-TJ

Gezzzzz Couldn't have anything to do with being married to you could it?  :)rotflmao $@!#@!

ClydesdaleKevin

We got camp all set up yesterday (except the awning...gonna leave that up for a while since its not supposed to rain for some time now).

The Faire built a stage in our old spot...so we got moved to another spot, with a new campsite as well.  Hopefully the traffic will be just as good in the new spot!  The campsite is nicer though...we actually have neighbors and its closer to a place to walk the pups.

Patti has her doctor's appointment this morning at 8:45am, so we have to leave soon.  Maybe this doctor can figure exactly WHY she has high blood pressure, since none of the others we've seen could.

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.

ClydesdaleKevin

Made it safe and sound to Apache Junction, but didn't make it in time to check in at the office.  So we're out in the parking lot.  Might be here for a couple of days if the site is too wet to drive the RV to the campsite and park it.  No biggie though!

A very strong headwind the whole way, and the total trip was more like 165 miles than 118...forgot to add the distance from Hot Wells Dunes to Safford into my calculations.  And I forgot about the HUGE climb in elevation from Safford to Globe...and then up up up to the aptly named town of Top Of The World, and nearly 5000 feet!  Then more climbing and coasting until finally hitting the town of Superior...and then it was mostly downhill from there.  Still got about 7mpg even with all the climbing and headwinds...driving an average speed of 45mph.  I was expecting better...like the 10 we got from Tombstone to Safford...but I really can't complain about 7 in the conditions we just drove in!  And when I say high headwinds, I mean rocking the rig all over the road, not being able to coast to pick up speed in the winding mountains since the wind made it unsafe, and so strong that if it wasn't a steep decline, coasting downhill the wind still slowed us down.  That strong...lol!  Not bad mileage for all that!

So we didn't get to boondock as things turned out very much this winter, but we had a great shakedown cruise!

Kev
Kev and Patti, the furry kids, our 1981 Ford F-100 Custom tow vehicle, and our 1995 Itasca Suncruiser Diesel Pusher.