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Old 06-05-2016, 01:07 AM   #29
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It was a nice day for going to the beach here. A strong breeze kept it cool. The sailboats were out in force, there were quite a few wind surfers taking advantage of the small wave the wind was kicking up. Fortunately for me there is a small sandy public beach with a lovely view of the Olympic mountains just beyond the water. It only 30 steps across the parking lot from where I am working on renovating the Campster. Just 10 seconds away from a mini vacation tomorrow whenever I get fed up with trying to remove rusted bolts and chipping out the rotted section of the old plywood flooring.

I don't need to do a lot of traveling in the summer time although it is fun to visit some of the local areas nearby.
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Old 06-05-2016, 07:23 AM   #30
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Thanks, Steve. Did you use different tires on the trailer for snow conditions? I have a 4WD SUV that performs admirably in the snow but not sure how a trailer would. I guess I'll just take the plunge and buy one! Each of my favorites takes about 5-6 months to build so I'll pick up in dead of winter. OR---camp out at one of the factory parking lots for the winter!!!
NO just standard ST trailer tires. LIving in the Northern Midwest many of my neighbors go South in the Winter and tow a trailer , none that I know of use snow tires . I went elk hunting this January in New Mexico and ran into snow on the way home . If you know how to drive in snow , then you can do it . If you never driven in snow or there is freezing rain or high winds then that's a different story. ( THINK ATLANTA)
Coming back from Florida one winter my truck overheated because the whole front grill was coated in ice and blocked off the air getting to the radiator . We pulled into a State Park in Illinois and the Park Ranger had to plow us out a campsite , same story when we got to Wisconsin. We made it home safely , it just took a little longer.
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NO just standard ST trailer tires. LIving in the Northern Midwest many of my neighbors go South in the Winter and tow a trailer , none that I know of use snow tires . I went elk hunting this January in New Mexico and ran into snow on the way home . If you know how to drive in snow , then you can do it . If you never driven in snow or there is freezing rain or high winds then that's a different story. ( THINK ATLANTA)
Coming back from Florida one winter my truck overheated because the whole front grill was coated in ice and blocked off the air getting to the radiator . We pulled into a State Park in Illinois and the Park Ranger had to plow us out a campsite , same story when we got to Wisconsin. We made it home safely , it just took a little longer.
Thanks, Steve. That helps me. Without weather drama, what fun would camping be???? I've seen many storms and suffered through the big one (Sandy) in NJ. Without power for almost 3 weeks. Would have been nice to have a trailer at that time to cook a hot meal. We had 2 wood-burning fireplaces so grilled a lot and kept warm. Also had hot water so I entertained all my friends with showers and hot meals. Very cozy! Looking forward to the same cozy feeling in a camper.
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Old 06-05-2016, 11:01 AM   #32
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Weather and BUGS: This is regarding BUGS:

Long-term treatment for BUGS in the camper and on the pets:

Diatomaceous earth.

NOT the kind for swimming pools.

It will kill all fleas and ticks and chiggers and other creatures with hard shells but it's not instant. Still, it WILL work.

Prevents infestations that go on and on.

You can dust in on the dogs, you can eat it if you want (it's the tiny skeletons of ancient diatoms, sea creatures that leave behind all their calcium in the form of chalk).

Just don't breathe in the dust or let your dogs do it, and don't get it in your eyes, although it won't blind you unless you go wild. Use it the same way you'd use flea powder or talcum powder. Sprinkle and brush it into any carpeting. You can vacuum over it and only reapply once every few vacuumings.

Two years ago, after a decade without fleas, we got an infestation, and tried EVERYTHING. The vet was helpless against it. It had gotten into our carpeting, furniture, house...everywhere. We used bombs, sprays, flea dips...nothing worked. Finally we tried diatomaceous earth--the web site (information only, didn't sell it) said, "You can RELAX. They won't be gone today, they won't be gone tomorrow, but they WILL be gone, you can count on it."

I think we'll dust some under the mattresses before we take our first trip with the amerigo...brush it carefully into the crevices in the floor...a simple, non-toxic precaution.

You can get it at nearly any hardware store. Just be sure to get either the "food-safe" or non-swimming pool kind, as the pool kind has some other chemicals in it.
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Thanks...will use this. I remember someone else telling me about it. Dogs are getting shaved this week so it will be easier to spot "critters" and allow spot on treatments to spread. Ticks are very bad this year as temps are cooler and lots of rain fall.
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The Caravan members here in Newfoundland are generally bundled up yet we're often surrounded by locals often with a t-shirt and sometimes even shorts on.
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Well, I don't know if Temperature is relative but I know that humidity is

...and that both are relevant.

And knowing that I would be using the A/C on my Scamp very soon, I tested it this week. The compressor came on but no fan and no air blowing. Here is why:
(By the way, this obstruction was constructed in under a week).
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Well, I don't know if Temperature is relative but I know that humidity is

...and that both are relevant.

And knowing that I would be using the A/C on my Scamp very soon, I tested it this week. The compressor came on but no fan and no air blowing. Here is why:
(By the way, this obstruction was constructed in under a week).
Aw. Did they hatch?
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Long-term treatment for BUGS in the camper and on the pets:

Diatomaceous earth.

My daughter had a mysterious infestation of fleas in her house that was uncontrollable (she has two cats, but they are indoor cats), and no one could determine the source.


She tried everything, bombs and sprays and various organic solutions. She put her living room furniture on the curb and gave it away.


What actually solved her problem was BORAX. She was told to sweep it under her baseboards, and she observed fleas flipping out and rolling around in reaction. It took several weeks, but they were eradicated and have not come back.


She swears by Borax!


As to where the fleas came from, we did read from one source that the eggs can lie dormant for long periods of time, and then "awaken" with temperature or movement disturbance. It's possible they were in the house sometime in the past, and "woke up" when she appeared with her cats. I haven't looked this up and won't confirm it, just passing it along as possibly helpful info.
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Borax is effective, but can be toxic

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My daughter had a mysterious infestation of fleas in her house that was uncontrollable (she has two cats, but they are indoor cats), and no one could determine the source.


She tried everything, bombs and sprays and various organic solutions. She put her living room furniture on the curb and gave it away.


What actually solved her problem was BORAX. She was told to sweep it under her baseboards, and she observed fleas flipping out and rolling around in reaction. It took several weeks, but they were eradicated and have not come back.


She swears by Borax!


As to where the fleas came from, we did read from one source that the eggs can lie dormant for long periods of time, and then "awaken" with temperature or movement disturbance. It's possible they were in the house sometime in the past, and "woke up" when she appeared with her cats. I haven't looked this up and won't confirm it, just passing it along as possibly helpful info.



That sounds just like the infestation we had fall/winter of 2014.
Maddening. Diatomaceous earth would have killed those fleas as they hatched--borax will, too, you're right.

And, yes, flea eggs can lay dormant for a surprisingly long time.

Many years ago we discovered Borax.

YES, it will kill the fleas and prevent further infestations. HOWEVER, it can cause long-term damage to eyes. Keratoconjunctivitis sicca with melanin deposits. That is chronic dry eye with dark spots that obscure vision permanently. Our male pug developed that when we put Fleabusters powder (basically borax) on our carpet years ago. The vet explained it to us. It is also toxic if licked or eaten.

Borax will kill sweet ants very effectively, too, and is the basic ingredient in professional exterminators' gel, a combo of Karo syrup and not too much borax. The ants will take it back to the nest where they all eat it and die.

You can use a dilute form of liquid borax (boracic acid, I think it's called) in eyes to cleanse them from some infections, but in some pets, pugs in particular, it will cause permanent damage including ulceration. We learned to just give it a miss.

Therefore, we prefer diatomaceous earth. It is as effective, but isn't toxic. It will cause temporary problems if you get it in your eyes (or your pet's eyes) but will rinse out. You can't breathe it in any more than you can talcum powder OR borax. Talcum powder is not calcium, isn't edible, and now has been found to be a factor in ovarian cancer.

I guess the best choice would be a quick kill with borax, followed by careful, thorough removal of the borax and a dusting and brushing in of diatomaceous earth to leave down long-term.

BTW: it is well-known that once diatomaceous earth gets wet, it loses its effectiveness against fleas. HOWEVER, as soon as it dries out again, it is effective again. It is microscopically sharp, and scratches their exoskeletons as they move across it, and they seep liquids and dehydrate--that's how it works. (Horrible to think about, so I try not to.)

YMMV
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Well, I don't know if Temperature is relative but I know that humidity is

...and that both are relevant.

And knowing that I would be using the A/C on my Scamp very soon, I tested it this week. The compressor came on but no fan and no air blowing. Here is why:
(By the way, this obstruction was constructed in under a week).



Ohhhh! Look at that! Don't want to know what you did with it unless you set it free...darn little pests. But cute.
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