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RE: $600K Of Marijuana Seized in MH Near Joliet, IL

Repeat after me, I do not consent to a search of my person or belongings You clearly don't watch "Live PD". The police have the right to walk a drug-sniffing dog around your vehicle. I don't do drugs/haul drugs; and appreciate that our RVs CAN be used for illicit purposes a la "Breaking Bad". If a policeman wants to look inside my RV, I'll invite them in and offer a beverage and a sandwich.
Deb and Ed M 11/20/19 07:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

Watch the uTube video Seattle is Dying for a larger perspective of the problem which includes RVs. Thanks for posting this. I just watched it and now think we should try the Rhode Island approach, enforcement and intervention, in some of the larger cities. good documentary I finally had the free time to watch this eye-opening documentary - and yes, it DOES show a viable solution to homelessness when it involves drugs or criminal activity. Also makes me cross Seattle off my "places to visit" list until they get their act together....
Deb and Ed M 11/20/19 07:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Large dog

Most of our RVing was done with a large Australian Shepherd and a Cattle Dog - both are high-energy dogs. If we were going to do something that they had to remain behind, a brisk walk was sufficient to have them snoozing while we were gone. The biggest advantage? Protection. We had a sticker on the door of the RV that said "dogs on board". I figured when we were parked for dinner at a restaurant or whatever, any thieves who might be eyeing our RV would go elsewhere if they knew dogs were inside. And if they were bold enough to try the door handle, they would be met with some serious growls. Granted, a teacup poodle is also protection - but a GSD growl is probably more convincing :-) The disadvantages? At National Parks, you are limited to the paved areas of the park. Hubby and I aren't hikers, so this is no problem for us. A large dog sprawled in a small RV makes moving around difficult. When you arrive at your site, instead of sitting back and sipping a beverage, you will be walking a dog. And ANY dog rapidly learns to LOVE camping - as you start to pack for a trip, you will be listening to excited whining until you actually allow them entrance into the RV......LOL! On the other hand, a dog encourages you to be more active, and you generally meet more people. I think my life is richer and healthier, thanks to my dogs
Deb and Ed M 11/19/19 06:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

I have no solutions for the homeless problem. I think there's a three subsets under the name of "homeless": There's the people who simply can't afford housing, or are down on their luck, but are willing to work and be a benefit to their community. IMO, they are able to connect with the organizations that are set up to help folks in their situation; and with time and guidance, can overcome their difficulties. There are those who have mental/emotional/substance problems who resist any help that would be available because it requires them to deal with their problems And there's a group that simply doesn't want to conform. I have a brother-in-law among them - he's perfectly happy being homeless. Doesn't drink or do drugs. Has a couple of college degrees; and works as a bus boy. Family members have tried to help him, but he eventually reverts back to living out of his car....
Deb and Ed M 11/18/19 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: A Question Are you limited to life on pavement

Sometimes, an RV is the smart compromise between a couple, one of whom is an avid outdoorsperson, and the other who prefers the great indoors :-)
Deb and Ed M 11/16/19 02:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electrical system kit for a home built trailer

There is a website called - the couple built an off-road, off-grid converted Transit Van. They are both engineers, so their build journal is very detailed, and I know they included a LOT of solar/electrical information. I'm sure you could transfer that info to your trailer build.
Deb and Ed M 11/16/19 12:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Evolving Canines, de-evoloving people?

I'm kind of a "water-quality wonk" and in FL they are really pounding it into people's heads to pick up after their dogs because the waste washes into the local waterways and ultimately, either the big rivers or the ocean/gulf. I wouldn't even want to think of what the e-coli levels are at any west-coast beaches....
Deb and Ed M 11/15/19 04:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: A Question Are you limited to life on pavement

Some people are limited to concrete for mobility's sake - and I'll admit that the arthritis in my feet limits my hiking to a large extent. But I've kayaked many thousands of miles, so I suppose that could count as "getting off the beaten path" ;-)
Deb and Ed M 11/15/19 04:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: No one is heading south?

We saw plenty of northern license plates as we drove south on I-95 - LOTS from Canada!
Deb and Ed M 11/09/19 03:41pm Snowbirds
RE: Bizarre text this morning at 1:48

This story may explain the delayed texts A ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day It’s happening to people across all major US carriers. Very interesting, and thanks! To Colliehauler - even though there's a techie explanation, I still prefer to think that your dogs are enjoying the company of your friend and this was a "sign" :-)
Deb and Ed M 11/08/19 08:00pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Fresh water tank under camper-Camping in colder weather.

Our previous Class C had exposed black/gray tanks and low-point drain valves and the freshwater compartment wasn't heated, so when it was sub-freezing, we simply used a jug of water for teeth-brushing and coffee-making; and flushed the toilet using antifreeze. (Showers were taken using the campground's facilities) Anything that went down the kitchen drain got followed by a splash of antifreeze. Works sufficiently well until you get to warmer temps and better than worrying about cracked pipes/fittings.
Deb and Ed M 11/06/19 06:03am Beginning RVing
RE: Storage in Barn for winter.

With fresh concrete, *I* would put down some wood. You will be amazed at how nice your RV remains when parked indoors! When we sold our 10-yr-old Class C - it looked like new :-)
Deb and Ed M 11/05/19 06:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Missing couple camping on Padre Island confirmed dead

Some will take this as being insensitive, but all that has been reported about border violence, you just can't be naive and think you will be immune. I lived in Laredo and worked within 10 miles of the river on a very isolated 105,000 acre ranch. You had better have your head on a swivel, avoid being alone, and get back to home before dark. Many bad things happen there. Ed has a friend whose ranch property abuts the border in AZ. He said the same things. I understand that there's lots of people who love boondocking, and I'll admit I've been jealous to see photos of their beautiful/remote camping spots. But there are questionable people *everywhere* who also like remoteness and might not hesitate to ruin your day (thinking of hikers shot because they stumbled onto "grow lots" in the wilderness, for example) Camping along a Trade Route is probably not a good idea, period. This story was on national news last night - they have pretty good photos of the man and woman driving the truck/RV across the border
Deb and Ed M 11/05/19 06:40am RV Lifestyle
RE: Local news story made me chuckle (stolen? dog)

If it was stolen to train fighting dogs then it will have a very short life of pain and misery. Not everybody has good intentions. I'm going to think happy thoughts and pray the guy will sell the dog to someone because he needs drug money.... I just can't wrap my head around using an ordinary dog to train fighters.... :-(
Deb and Ed M 11/04/19 11:51am RV Pet Stop
RE: What happened to

And I don't believe that I've ever made a purchasing decision, yea or nay, based on a company's logo. Oh, I certainly do. If it's got a "swoosh" or a polo player or a backward C/forward C or a hood ornament - it's going to be crazy-expensive. I tend to avoid those... LOL!
Deb and Ed M 11/02/19 07:14am General RVing Issues
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I converted a 2015 Transit T-250 cargo van to a bare-bones camper (think "tent on wheels"). Mine is the 148" wheelbase, with the mid-roof height (interior is 6' - I can stand upright, Hubby needs to duck a bit). It has the Ecoboost motor - it's FAST/strong when you ask it to be; but still gets 18 mpg at 70+ mph or in the mountains. If we tow a car from FL to Michigan, the mpg drops to 14-ish. If you are looking at used - make sure it has cruise control - an amazing amount of them don't. There has been a recall on the rubber disc that connects the driveshaft to the transmission - was easy to get repaired. If you want inspiration - go to the under camper conversions - there are some truly amazing vans out there. My favorite website for technical info was Antoine and Isabelle are Canadian engineers who converted a high-top, extra-long T-350 into their fulltime home for the last 2 years as they chased snow for skiing and mountains for biking in Canada and the USA. A good source for floorplan ideas is the Sportsmobile website. My "dinette" converts into an almost king-sized bed, and I still have plenty of room for a kitchen cabinet, separate sink, portapotty - and I'm still a hair under 20' in length. Easy to find parking spaces. I LOVE driving the Transit - it's very car-like in handling. We regularly drive 500-700-miles per day, and feel rested at the end of the trip :-) And you are going to LOVE how the factory tow package works using engine braking when you're towing on a steep downhill!
Deb and Ed M 11/01/19 01:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: A Very Quiet Halloween

We turned out the lights - our neighborhood doesn't have any kids, is comprised of many (empty) cottages; and my worst fear, given that we were experiencing almost-blizzard conditions was that I would be stuck with a big bag of candy :-( I think a lot more families are opting for the fun of community events (my son's Fire Department hosted a "Truck or Treat" on Saturday at the firehouse)
Deb and Ed M 11/01/19 07:11am Around the Campfire
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Gizmo has a nice ring to it! My white van is "Gracie Unicorn" - the unicorn part came from trying for MONTHS to find a loaded (XLT) Transit cargo van; Gracie is from "by the Grace of God, we will live long enough to go to all the places this van can take us"....LOL! And yes, we have a little Beanie Baby unicorn who rides along ;-)
Deb and Ed M 11/01/19 07:03am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Martingale Collar Danger

Collars - yeeesh. I've seen dogs killed by collars that fit too well (hunting dog who was hung to death on a picket gate) or too loose (sheltie who was hit and killed after slipping out of its collar being dragged to the groomer) - and I've known the terror of a loose/scared/running dog with NO collar.... I looked into breakaway collars, but they can separate when you are grabbing the dog to hold it back from whatever. Granted, Ben is only 20 lbs and ridiculously obedient (has a heel and recall the obedience folks would kill for...LOL!) - but there's always that ONE time you don't anticipate, and you need to be able to control your dog.... so I guess I'll stay with a conventional collar, and try to tone down the roughhousing (which actually isn't all that rough since both dogs are basically wimps)
Deb and Ed M 10/31/19 07:38am RV Pet Stop
RE: Martingale Collar Danger

Thanks for the warning very poignant right now with a 9 month and 3 month old Collies. They grap each others collars in their mouth and pull. I will pass this on to Collie rescue as well. Will go out tomorrow and purchase conventional collars. Would hate to think what would have happened if you weren't home when this occurred. It DOES reinforce that we put Augie in his crate if we aren't home - I don't want any unsupervised "play". I noticed this morning that Ben has blood in the whites of his eyeballs - although both dogs seem none the worse for the trauma.
Deb and Ed M 10/31/19 06:38am RV Pet Stop
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