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1 year ago

FYI If you want to drive the wiener mobile you will need a CDL and a few years experience driving it. Also they ask for people to apply to drive for them for one year and you have to reapply to drive every year. I am over qualified to drive one of these things but something I would love to do for one year. They also have an age requirement which to me is illegal. But I plan to drive one of those things. No matter my age. Experience is what I have.

< FISH <
1 year ago

I spent a lot of time on the road doing the commute in my 37 year career for Uncle Sam. I was assigned to a few ports of entry and border crossing assignments. The shortest commute was 45 minutes for my first year. Then the transfers and promotions came. My second assignment for a number of years had a commute of 2 hrs each way and at time more due to construction foul weather , accidents in front of me happening. Then my last assignment up to the end of my career was three hours each way…that was just crazy. So now I relax by having a shorter commute by Riving as if I get tired I just find a location to park the MH and relax. I’ll start up again when I feel it’s right. Now when we travel in the motor home we usually do 300 – 350 per day and then hold up for a day or more…retired …I’m in no hurry!

anthony novello
1 year ago
Reply to  < FISH <

chuck- you’re a stronger man than me. I top out at less than 300 miles. the more less the better.

Dan Peelman
1 year ago

Chuck, your description of traveling rural America is exactly why I became an young RV’r in the late 70’s . I have been to those little towns that don’t even have a stoplight, that only has one restaurant and the gas station is also the grocery store. People are friendly and represent true American values. We will completely retire soon and hopefully revisit those places when we are less hurried and rushing back to work.

1 year ago

We will be alone this Thanksgiving as we are park hosts at a day use park. I will roast a small turkey breast and cook all the trimmings just because we love traditional Thanksgiving dinner! As full timers we have so much to be thankful for. While Christmas will be spent with family I still decorate to a certain extent. I love the holidays and see no reason to not celebrate them as though we lived in a stick and brick house.

1 year ago

Chuck sure enjoyed your essay on congestion this morning. I agree with you completely – every word. BUT, it seem to me the way people generally (there are exceptions I know that) cram and jam themselves into campgrounds RV parks State and Provincial parks you have to think we’re in the deep minority.

The lady and I here have found the neatest little place exactly as you describe a long day away from our home in Lethbridge Alberta (in Idaho our fav state ) complete with the real “waitress” the chewing gum” the hardware store with creaky old hardwood floors, the smell to go with it, the cowboys, Street lined with ATV’s that aren’t obnoxiously loud, Ohhhh, I must not forget the small belly up pub, a fair body of water where the campsite is, and a lot of real people.

I’m not telling anyone where, It hasn’t been “discovered” yet because there is no water slides, pretentious millennials with their jacked up crew cabs and 40 foot 5th wheels, dogs, a box full of kids plastic etc etc, massive parking lots leading to strip malls, Starbucks, MacDonald’s and all that corporate crap polluting the region. It is remote, but all on perfect pavement.

These special places where you can really get away from it all, are becoming scarce, and when they’re gone so are we. We got caught up in massive freeway traffic this year west of Portland around Gresham,OR. Took us 1.5 hours to drive five miles. Boy do we ever try hard to avoid these things.

Thanks once more for an excellent piece, reminding us of a time that is getting extremely difficult to replicate in an increasingly over crowded & frantic world.

1 year ago

I recently got into a heated discussion on an RV forum and found myself in the vast minority. I believe generators should be turned off at night so people can sleep. Apparently today’s RV’er believes they are “entitled” to run their generator whenever they want. A person was asking what could be done because a camper who parked next to them put his generator under their window and ran it all night. I suggested knocking on the offender’s door and politely ask them to turn it off then take additional action as needed. The general, and one specific response was, I would find a fist in my nose. While that would be their mistake, it underscores the mentality of a significant amount of people buying campers these days. They play their music and party to the morning time. They buy cheap loud generators and run them constantly. They build a fire without care of smoke going into the their neighbor’s camper. They leave their bright lights on all night long. For this reason I only take my camper to federal parks where there are rules that can be enforced by law enforcement. I’m ready for the camping fad to be over with.

1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck

I’m with you Chuck. I have been a “full-timer” for decades and don’t like seeing the current “climate change” in the newer generation’s interpretation of being a considerate neighbor.

1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck

We run our generator at night because one of us has sleep apnea and need to run a dream machine! We DO NOT have bright lights or play loud music. People may need to run their generator due to medical reasons.

Mike Sokol (@mike)
1 year ago
Reply to  Evie

Even generators can fail, so battery power would be preferred if possible. I’ve only casually studied how to power CPAP machines from a 12 volt supply. At least one reader said they had an incident where the furnace blower killed the battery overnight, which caused their CPAP to fail with nearly disastrous results. So I believe a separate battery would be prudent. My educated (but not confirmed) guess is that a standard 100 amp/hour deep-cycle battery would be able to power a CPAP for 2 or 3 nights before recharging. But I have a lot more to study on this topic. I found some light reading here which is a good place to begin a study:

Gary wilson
1 year ago

Recently purchased an A class coach wondering what I should use to lubricate the exterior of the jacks I was told WD-40 ?

1 year ago
Reply to  Gary wilson

Read the manual. Some say WD40 and some say spray silicone.

anthony novello
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary

most say ATF

1 year ago

I hate having to drive 8 miles one way too work on old highway 29. On new highway 29 I see lots of traffic heading to Green Bay too work.