Thread: My Journeys

  1. #1201
    "Chet.....maybe I should be towing a truck camper. Hey.....you had mentioned the turning radius on this rig early on. Well I made a U turn in Vegas and it was just shy of using 6 lanes so I’m estimating 65’ to 70’ turning radius....."

    That is not all that bad,isn't a large PU 35'?
    You have a lot of creature comforts in that rig,you would have been warm and dry on the OR coast.
    You mentioned having to deal with the dogs for the day to get the rig sorted out,a towed vehicle that you and the dogs could get away from the crowd for a day sounds like a way to get some of the back road camping you used to do.
    I suspect it will take several months to find your big rig legs.
    I wish I had it as a mobile home base.
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    Chet....I’m not sure about turning radius on pickups but certainly much less than this.....

    I’ve been trying to update this thread every 3 or 4 days.....beyond that it seems that I begin to forget where we were and what we did.....it all becomes a blur.....

    That being said I wondered how I would / could post for this year’s holiday season, as I’d decided to check out an RV park.....I wanted to watch some football and soak in a hot tub. And that’s what we did as we drove the few miles into Quartzsite, Arizona and booked a spot in one of the many (and I mean MANY) RV parks. For $29 per night we had everything that we wished for.....

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    I’ve pretty much made it a point not to do anything like this, but honestly, it’s been great. I booked 2 nights, but I’ll probably stay a third, it’s that good. Now I’d say my best decision was to go to the park’s Xmas dinner. What a blast ! Of course we didn’t know a soul but as soon as I walked in the door, this great grandma said “hey you sit with me. I love men”. Her and her husband were fantastic, as was everybody that we met.....

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    We got invitations to go desert golfing and also to go to the model airplane flying park to fly remote control planes (apparently these are huge past times in Quartzsite). Who knows.....maybe we will try it. Maybe this is our journey ? I’ve learned a lesson, well maybe it’s just a reminder.....but don’t judge, cause who knows really.....

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    And check out this 45’ Renegade I saw in town. Another real beast.....

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    By the way, we finally found those warm temperatures.....highs in the 70’s.....
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  3. #1203
    Glad you are enjoying yourself! I know many of us turn our nose up at fancy campgrounds and fancy rigs, but there is that spirit of adventure in many of the folks you meet. I have many fond memories of people I have met at campgrounds. I'm sort of an old grump, so I do avoid campgrounds during the summer months, and much prefer boondocking then.

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    shellbackcva59.....thanks and I agree completely. Some of these old folks have had amazing lives and theyíre great people to spend time with and I really do enjoy them. Iím definitely one of those people that said not interested but as I allow myself to open up, well.....like I said, theyíre great.....

    So not long after my last post my phone rang and it was Carol (the great grandma that loves men). She said Anchor (her husband) would swing by and take us out to the model airplane flying park. Why not.....and we were off to fly planes.....

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    This is Anchor.....I swear I donít think Iíve yet to see Anchor without a smile.....seriously.....

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    Well, flying model airplanes isnít really my thing.....just a bit too mellow for me.....maybe down the road.....who knows. And three nights in an RV Park turned out to be my limit, so we took our last soak in the hot tub and drove back into the wilder areas of the BLM desert.....

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    Letting the dogs run loose and spending the evening around a campfire are a nice substitute for television and a hot tub.....

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    We spent the next 4 nights hanging out in the desert again. Itís such a nice contrast from the small city of Quartzsite and the crowded RV Park. The largest RV show in the world will begin here on January 20th and many of the vendors are coming to town, therefore it seems as though the people are overflowing into the BLM land as well. Iíve read that between 750,000 to 1,000,000 people will come to town for the 8 day show (and they say that most come in RVís). Weíve spent our days walking in the desert, playing with the dogs, reading books, and enjoying the laid back lifestyle.....

    A great book if youíre looking.....

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    Rock art and a solid fire ring to past the time.....

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    And every night a roaring fire.....

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    I decided I was up for more football and more hot tub time (it was January 31st), so after 4 nights we drove back into town and hooked up again at the same RV Park.....

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    Lots of vendors in town so we spent time checking stuff out.....

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    The weather continues to be magnificent.....

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    And finally it was time to leave the great “dust bowl” (Quartzsite) and continue to push south. I don’t recall ever posting about dust, so I’m not sure if it’s the new rig, or if it’s aging me, but the dust was unreal. Everything was covered in it.....Tanner was a constant cloud of dust whenever he moved. It got old.....

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    Our next stop was Yuma, Arizona.....now we’re almost on the Mexican border. Having been here last year, I headed over to the canal for a long walk and a well needed swim for the dogs.....

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    We’ve spent 4 nights here so far staying in various lots around town. Yesterday we decided to take a drive to Los Algodones, Mexico (also known as Molar City). If you’ve never heard of the place, you should Google it. I’ve never seen a town like this one.....

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    We parked on the U.S. side of the border and walked across since (at this point in our travels) it would only be a day trip. As soon as you cross the border, along with hundreds of elderly people, you’re approached by people selling dental or optical services. There’s plenty of Mexican souvenirs to be had here, but Americans and Canadians come here for cheap medical care. I was quoted prices such as $50 for a filing and $150 for a porcelain crown.....incredibly cheap. I’d guess that 75% of the businesses located along the border are dentists.....truly hard to envision.....

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    It felt good to revisit Mexico and I felt an unusual excitement at the thought of visiting once again (I’m one of those people that just loves the place). Then there’s the reality of life as I was checking into auto insurance for my planned winter in Mexico. I was quoted just shy of $3,000 for 6 months (ouch that’s just too much dinero for me !). That being said, I’ve not been overly pleased with my new rig.....amazing on the one hand, yet on the other, just way too big for me. I’ve been talking to dealers quite a bit lately and am considering going back to a truck camper. I guess we shall see where that goes.....

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    I hope all is well with you and the pups Jerry. Ever think about splitting the difference on that huge coach and your truck camper? I wonder what an F550 based turtle would cost, or you could make something like this guy... https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/...an-camper-rig/

  8. #1208
    I think a 550 based vehicle would be a good sized do many things rig.
    I like the higher cab of the GM product for a vehicle in this size range.I saw a flatbed,front winch bumper rig with big tires in a logging yard as I drove by on the freeway.This platform has potential for a long term freeway,backroad,camping rig.

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    Jerry, Sucks you had such bad luck with the truck camper. The RV industry in the US needs a wake up call like our auto manufacturers experienced when the Japanese imports stated hitting our shores. They needed to compete with the Japanese cars, or get left behind. The construction and quality of the American RV industry leaves a lot to be desired. I had a 2013 Travel Lite truck camper, and it was a disaster! I made up my mind to more or less buy a complete basket case a rebuild it from the ground up. I started with a 1979 FWC Grandby and stripped it to the aluminum frame. All I kept of the original camper was the aluminum frame, roof and windows. It was quite a project for me, but when I was done, I knew it wouldn't leak and it was built to suit my needs. I wish I could recommend a quality RV for you, but from my experience a quality RV is an oxymoron. Airstream still makes a nice product, but I don't think you are looking for a trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shellbackcva59 View Post
    Jerry, Sucks you had such bad luck with the truck camper. The RV industry in the US needs a wake up call like our auto manufacturers experienced when the Japanese imports stated hitting our shores. They needed to compete with the Japanese cars, or get left behind. The construction and quality of the American RV industry leaves a lot to be desired. I had a 2013 Travel Lite truck camper, and it was a disaster! I made up my mind to more or less buy a complete basket case a rebuild it from the ground up. I started with a 1979 FWC Grandby and stripped it to the aluminum frame. All I kept of the original camper was the aluminum frame, roof and windows. It was quite a project for me, but when I was done, I knew it wouldn't leak and it was built to suit my needs. I wish I could recommend a quality RV for you, but from my experience a quality RV is an oxymoron. Airstream still makes a nice product, but I don't think you are looking for a trailer.
    Those Airstream vans are nice, but spendy for what you get

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