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gramps posted a blog entry in My Random ViewsFor anyone here who has suffered the loss of a furry friend. I know how you feel, all too well. The Loss
Traveling with CatsHi All! New RVer and will be making first (and hopefully many more) trip in near future. My wife refuses to leave the cat at home and have someone feed and look in on. Cat has not ridden in car in many years and NEVER in RV...any suggestions to make trip best for all concerned? What do you do with Litter Box?
Monitor RV Temperature For Pets In Hot Weather?We have two dogs that are left in our MH in hot weather, but as we’re on the road about half the year, mainly during the summer, we worry about the park electric going off. (Our AC units manage to throw breakers from time to time.) The heat in some areas could become deadly, so how do some of you handle it? Our rig is a 2003 40’ Damon Escaper MH with a Onan 7500 genset.
RV camping in New York City
dld0209 posted a topic in CampgroundsWe want to visit NYC and since we have pets, we need a closer place to stay in our rig. Really prefer FHU. Would appreciate any advice! Thx!
Mobile security system
Punxsyjumper posted a topic in Photo ContestsHere is Sweetie Pie with her mobile security system. Just thought I'd share. If you see us walking around, feel free to say hello (from a distance at first).
Saying good bye is never easy
Punxsyjumper posted a blog entry in Eternal HoneymoonIt's been awhile since our last post, a lot has happened. We left PA on 13SEP17, as planned. Our first stop was Twin Lakes RV center in Lagrange IN. Had a few minor things checked out and serviced. Then it was a short hop down the road to Dan's Hitch in Elkhart to have our Roadmaster Brakemaster installed on our 2016 Nissan Frontier. I bought it in Chandler at the convention and then learned about the M&G system. I would much rather have had it installed but Roadmaster was going to charge me $200 to ship and restock the Brakemaster so I figured since I had it, I would keep it. Had no idea it would take them 6 hours to put the thing on. They did a good job but the guy at the desk, Ryan, should not be dealing with the customers at all. SOB is rude and obnoxious. Would I use them again? Heck no. Then we did a night at Walmart in Gary IN and on to Des Moines, IA. I wanted to stop there because I am still being jerked around by Remco on the disconnect I bought for the truck. Went to a real good shop called Westside Mechanics owned by Bill Bryant. Great guy and a great tech. Really knows his stuff. Took a look at the disconnect and said the remedy is for them to build me a new drive shaft. Remco didn't want to hear that. The issue is still not fixed and I will elaborate on a future post. We then stopped at the Amana Colonies and met up with a fellow youtuber. After a few days it was on to Sioux Falls, SD for our residency. For those of you wondering about the title of this post, here is the reason for it. We go into Sioux Falls on Friday the 22nd and checked in to Yogi Bear's Jellystone campground. This place is like the Chuckie Cheese of campgrounds and just as expensive. We hooked up and settled in for the night. Got up Sat morning and did our usual morning ritual and took the dogs for their walk. On our way back to the coach Penny (the white one) lost control of her back legs and laid down. I was able to get her up on over to the grass while Sweetie Pie went and got the truck. We made a few calls and after describing her symptoms, was told the animal ER was the place to go. So we took her down to the ER and got her checked in. Long story short, she had a tumor on her heart that ruptured, filling her heart with blood. Doc could have drained it but it would have just filled up again. I could see she wasn't getting any better and was actually getting worse. The options were few and none really any good. Then reality set in and I realized I was about to have to say good bye to an old friend. We get very attached to our dogs and she was only 10. This came as a total shock. I could see she was laboring just to breath so I set down on the floor with her while the Doc did her thing. I've had to do this 3 times now and it never gets any easier. I always stay with them till the end because I don't want them with strangers at the end. I want to be the last person they see before they go. So, I said my goodbyes, told her what a good dog she was and told her I would see her again at the bridge. Did I cry? You bet I did, like a freakin' baby. My eyes are misty as I write this. So, now we still have Jack and he is just now settling in to being the only dog. Penny was 10 and Jack is 8. She was always there and now she's not. For a few days he would look for her. He'd go to the back of the truck expecting her to jump out. When I would walk him, he'd stop at the corn field and watch for her. We've always had 2 dogs and now it is like we are out of balance. We will get another dog but not sure when. When the time is right, the good Lord will show us which one he wants us to have. It's always been that way. Saying good bye is never easy. For those of you coming to SD for your residency, there are a few things Dakota Post neglected to tell us. We were told once we get there to make an apt with a certain employee and she would help us with what we needed. To be honest, she wasn't much help at all. When I went for my driver's license, I was asked if I wanted the word "Veteran" put on my license. What I wasn't told was that you need to have something that says you were Honorably discharged. Even though I was, even though I had my DD214 and even though I was 100% disabled (which I'm pretty sure you have to be Honorably discharged to get), I couldn't get it. I told the dude, no big deal. I don't really care if it says it or not. So, if you want "Veteran" on your license, you will have to prove you Have an Honorable discharge. Then it was on to DMV to get our tags. No problem on the truck but to get tags for the coach, we had to show the UVW (unladen vehicle weight). Nobody told us about that but since it was listed on our PA title (which we had because the coach was paid for in full), we thought we were good. Nope, they wouldn't accept it. When I asked why, I was told that "anybody could have put that on there". Not sure about SD but back in PA, we don't write up our own titles. That comes from an office know as the "DMV". I thought that was where I was, same office, different state. I have a real hard time trying to deal with that level of stupidity so I just quoted Arnold and said, "I'll be back". I called Thor to try and get something with the listed UVW on it. The first lady I talked to found it and was going to email it to me. Great. Never got the email. So I had to call in again and the next guy I talked to said he couldn't find anything on it. Pretty much just too lazy to dig very far. I called a third time and talked with a guy who not only found it but emailed me a screenshot of it. I went back to the DMV and showed them the screenshot and was surprised when they said, "Yeh, we can accept that". They wouldn't take it off of an official PA DMV title but they would take it off of an email somebody sent me. So, lesson #2, you will need something showing the UVW if you want to get tags for your coach. Now, for lesson #3. We could have rolled out of here then but since we want to get our gun permits, we have to be residents of the same county for 30 days. What DP neglected to tell us is that you can't apply until after the 30 days and it can take up to a week before you get it. Not sure why that is but after 30 days we wanted to roll south but now we have to wait another week. Being in South Dakota around Nov 1st is pushing it a little too close for us but we have no choice. This was a long one so for those of you that hung in here for it, I do apologize. I'll try to keep them shorter from now on. Stay tuned and stay sharp.
Litter Box Idea For Our CatsFor our 2 cats, we were trying to find the "right" spot for the litter box. Pam & I did some looking and measuring. Here is what I built. It will fit in a corner by the dining table or it can be placed next to the recliner and the height works in either location. The litter box goes in the bottom and Pam is making a curtain that will cover the opening. It's currently in the living room so that both of them can get used to it. As you can see in the one photo, Louie is inspecting it. So far it has their approval. We hope put it in the coach this weekend (if they allow us to!). I'll post some photos with it in place later.
Brand New Retired RV'er and Forum'er -
GeorgiaSong posted a topic in All About YouHello All, Glad to know you're here and you all were recommended by one of my neighbors. For the very first time, in April/May this year, I bought a motorhome, A 1996 Manor, 30 ft, by Thor Industries West, One of the conditions of the 'sale' was that the salesman had to teach me to drive one of this giant rolling hotel rooms! I live in Georgia north of Atlanta and will be a pet (dogs mostly, sometimes a cat) traveler. A friend joined me on the very first trip to Doll Mountain at Carter's Lake around Ellijay, Georgia, which is only about 45 miles north of where I live. It was a little scary yet it was such a nice weekend and the RV neighbors were so helpful in helping us find how to use the hot water heater and furnace, and a few other things I had forgotten in the training sessions. I do have a couple technical questions and need to know where to post them. One has to do with white stuff coming from the roof and streaking the windows. It washes off. The next will have to do with winterizing and when best to do it in Georgia north of Atlanta. I will not use it after November or early December, or first forecasted freeze. I'll have it winterized by the dealer until I learn how to do it myself. It's stored just eight miles north in a covered storage. It's been highly recommended that it be kept under a covered storage which is 2-3 times more expensive than uncovered. I do want to do what keeps this old unit in good stead. As you can see, I'm a bit of a rambler. Denna