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Old 12-21-2015, 03:32 PM   #15
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Dean,
I too am a retired higher ed type person who is buying a 17 FD and returning to camping after a 15 yr. hiatus. However, we were "pop uppers" before that but many years ago. We decided to explore our camping roots and take our border collie who could not put in a kennel so we could enjoy ourselves. Fortunately I had bought a 2005 Toyota Tundra when I retired so I have plenty of "tugging" power. Oh, I grew up on a farm in Minnesota.

Best of luck to you and may be see you in the campground! ;]
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:10 AM   #16
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Hi Tom,

Thanks! When are you getting your Casita '17 FD? I hope our camping trails and travels will cross!!!

Take care,

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Old 12-22-2015, 03:25 AM   #17
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Dean the only thing I know what the black and grey tanks are for

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Hi All,

I noticed today that my status changed from junior member to senior member. Hmmm, I would like to make the following disclaimer:

Despite making over 100 posts on FGRV, I have yet to spend one night in an FG rig!!! I would highly recommend and caution anyone reading my posts to keep in mind that I am still a newbie, not a senior member!

Actually, I am teasing a bit. I wanted to make this post to thank everyone for your support the last few months. I joined FGRV.com on 8/1/15. I made my first post in early September, 2015. I caught the RV Bug in mid-September of 2014 by accident. My brother-in-law texted a few of us a picture of a custom RV. It was a cool rig, but I did not recognize who made it, so I researched it. It was made by Host (truck campers). In the process of researching the picture, I discovered the whole world of RVs, the lifestyle, the culture, camping, traveling, etc.

I grew up in a rural environment with blue collar parents on a small farm. My dad logged, so I spent lots of time in the woods around heavy equipment and machinery. As I grew up, went to college, graduate school, etc., got married, had two daughters, and worked very hard as a college professor, my outdoor roots became memories.

We will be empty nesters by the Fall, 2016. So the RV Bug and research became a retirement plan in 10 years as well as a short-term diversion from the stress from work. Nice! As I researched RVs and the lifestyle, I decided that 10 years to get an RV was too long. I shortened it to 5 years when my youngest would graduate from college, but then decided that was too long. This summer, I shifted from motor homes to small travel trailers in an attempt to break into RVing in a couple of years, maybe. By the end of July, I discovered FG rigs!

When I joined FGRV.com in August, I had no idea I would be typing this in December. Through the support, passion, expertise, and cajoling from many members on these FGRV forums, we said forget two years, we want a used rig now! In fact, there were a few of you that pushed me to "stop overthinking it" (in other words, Just Do It!!!). We did.

We bought our '05 Casita 17' FD in early November. This necessitated a new tug. We bought an '09 Kia Borrego Limited V8 2WD about 8 days ago.

The Casita and the Borrego are the result of my DW and I wanting to begin to travel, explore, decompress together, etc. after 30 years of work and 20 plus years of raising two beautiful daughters. All of this energy and my research led us to FGRV.com.

In the last 15 months, I have watched thousands of RV related videos, listened to 100s of RV related podcasts, and generated an Excel spreadsheet with over 350 RV related websites. We have attended part of one Egg Rally (LBL Fall Rally) and attended one RV Show. Whenever traveling, I would track down dealerships and check out rigs.

One of my first threads I pondered the $25,000 Question. I wondered if one could buy a used rig and tug for less than $25,000 given our parameters. To be honest, it was more of a rhetorical question than a real one when I posted it. I had no idea at the time that I would actually answer my own question. My answer was guided by great folks here on FGRV.com. The answer is YES, you can by a really cool FGRV and TV for $25,000 or less. I don't mind sharing that it was about $23,000.

I am well aware that there are Casita forums. I have surfed them a bit. I think I have even joined one. I am sure I will get more involved and post on those forums as well. But, in my 15 months of research, FGRV.com has become my community over the last few months. I like it here. Great folks. Great expertise. Great passion. The occasional feud. Kinda like family.

In any case, I wanted to give my disclaimer regarding my "senior member" status. We have not even driveway camped yet!!! But, we will. We will also have our first "shakedown weekends" as we move into Spring, 2016

From this Newbie with "Senior Member" status, I wanted to say THANK YOU!

I am currently studying the physics of weight distribution hitches.

WARNING - Just don't ask this senior member advice on your black tank!

THANK YOU!

Dean
is soapy wash water in the grey and crap in the black. My wife does the dumping when we need to do it and I assist. That is about it. I fill the water tank and she tells me when to stop. I used to do all the driving until she caught me taking a nap on hwy 24 in Utah after I had just woken up 25min. earlier. If I'm driving she has installed a dog color set up that if I nod off it buzzes me awake so quickly that u would never know I slept. I now only drive when she needs a break. Somedays I'm okay but the other days the dog collar does it's work. Man I can see why dogs don't like that thing. They should use these things on unruly and mean kids it's smarten them up real quick.
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Old 12-22-2015, 03:41 AM   #18
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is soapy wash water in the grey and crap in the black. My wife does the dumping when we need to do it and I assist. That is about it. I fill the water tank and she tells me when to stop. I used to do all the driving until she caught me taking a nap on hwy 24 in Utah after I had just woken up 25min. earlier. If I'm driving she has installed a dog color set up that if I nod off it buzzes me awake so quickly that u would never know I slept. I now only drive when she needs a break. Somedays I'm okay but the other days the dog collar does it's work. Man I can see why dogs don't like that thing. They should use these things on unruly and mean kids it's smarten them up real quick.
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Hi: stude... Reminds me of a song from my youth.
Black is black,
I want my baby back.
Its grey its grey,
Since she went away.
The only thing I know for sure is not to pull the black tank lever full on...dumping into a pail. You can't jump backwards from a crouched down position!!!
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Old 12-22-2015, 04:06 AM   #19
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Hi: stude... Reminds me of a song from my youth.
Black is black,
I want my baby back.
Its grey its grey,
Since she went away.
The only thing I know for sure is not to pull the black tank lever full on...dumping into a pail. You can't jump backwards from a crouched down position!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
something to keep you awake to. Got snow yet and if not it is coming soon as the lakes all cool down then the ice forms and the snow comes ay! are u anywhere near Dunnville, ON? I know a Studebaker guy who lives out there.
I was watching the news tonight where a Photographer made Lake Erie come alive in the winter months, would like to buy some of his pictures but have no idea who he is. They were just beautiful pictures. I take some good ones now and again but not like those as he puts a wet suit on and walks out into the lake waiting, waiting for the right waves or wave.
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:16 AM   #20
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Hi All,

I noticed today that my status changed from junior member to senior member.
I am SO bummed... here I thought I was going to get to hear what it is like to be a "senior citizen!"... *sigh*

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I am currently studying the physics of weight distribution hitches.

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Dean, you're not "over-thinking" this too, are you? <grin>

I'll give you a couple of words of advice that you've already apparently had about the whole trailering thing... just do it. Think about the weather conditions you'll be going to and take ten minutes to plan for that. Think about the provisions you'll need and take another ten minutes to figure that out... do a walk-around inspection to make sure your trailer and tug are safe, and then load up and go. Go for a weekend. Go for a month... go on short notice... plan if you must... but GO.

There's an old saying that "life is what happens while you're busy making other plans." You don't get to meet anyone new, see anything new, or experience anything new if you're sitting in your living room making plans.

Things are going to go wrong. Things are going to fail and break. Some of my most memorable trips over the years are the ones where things didn't even go close to how I expected... like the Thanksgiving trip to Yosemite that got us thrown out of the park... or when the faucet hose under the sink blew off in my first Scamp in a campground in Lake Havasu City spewing cold water all over the trailer (and my wife) like a runaway fire hose... or when I had to change a water pump on the Ford 400 in the middle of nowhere Montana with just a 3/8" socket set... and after nearly thirty years of camping, I'm no worse for the wear, but much richer for the experiences. Despite that they were a nuisance at the time, they're all really fun tales in the re-telling.

So... you get the gist here... go make new memories... just do it.

Roger

p.s. I have been retired for five years... and we've been empty-nesters for over 10 years. I can tell you from first-hand experience that life after children is AWESOME!!! Ha ha ha!!!
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:07 AM   #21
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Dean, " seniority" here comes in a variety of ways. I joined when I had a dilapidated "sticky" and knew I was going to have to give it up and buy a real camper soon. I found my Burro and bought it (all the way up near Chicago, and of course I had to go from Virginia to do so) to start my own FGRV experiences. In the intervening 4 years I've owned it (if math and memory serve) I have only camped in it at North-South Skirmish events at Fort Shenandoah in Winchester and at our shooting club near Gretna, VA. I still haven't made curtains for the windows and the "new" floor put in by the PO still is showing with the "bed liner" spray he put down... it cleans up easily from muddy boots tracking in. Did I mention I'm single, so nobody really has to be pleased with it but me?

Yes, seniority here comes in all shapes and sizes and I like to think we all participate our share. Just remember, "When you are over the hill, it's easier to pick up speed!" Oh yeah, I guess I should mention to you that I taught High School for 30 years and will begin my 12th year as an adjunct (post retirement) at the local Community College in January.

Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:14 PM   #22
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Hi All,

Love the wisdom and humor.

Stude, LOL! You have me cracking up regarding the dog collar! If it works, Cujo. . .whoops, I mean kudos to you.

Alf, got it! When emptying black tank in a bucket, pull handle slowly!!!

Roger, touché. . .easy on the WDH research. Actually, since I already have one, I will only worry about how to attach it and adjust it properly. Most importantly, I agree, it is important just to get out there and start creating memories. Actually, we have already registered for two rallies and are looking forward to several trips to nearby state parks.

Charlie the Frog, wow, 30 years of teaching highschool. VERY impressive. I bet this really informs your community college teaching. Looks like you are having fun with your Burro.

I spent some time today figuring out how old my trailer tires are, examining the WDH, and looking at the house battery. It was in the mid 60s here (unseasonably warm). We are supposed to see mid 70s in the next day or two. Great for playing with the Casita in the driveway. According to my DW, Santa knows that I need a brake controller.

Thanks to all for your sage advice!

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Old 12-22-2015, 10:21 PM   #23
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My 91 y/o mother who was a years camper/Rver would say all memories are built when things go wrong (and no one is hurt or dies) far more when everything works perfectly.


I've found that to be the case YMMV
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:55 PM   #25
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I wanna know what comes after Senior. Maybe Moldy?
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Hi: stude... We,re about 1& 1/4 hr. west of Dunnville. Looking at a Christmas day high of 50*F...10*C. Might as well be Florida!!!
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lucky u we got snow flurries today

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Hi: stude... We,re about 1& 1/4 hr. west of Dunnville. Looking at a Christmas day high of 50*F...10*C. Might as well be Florida!!!
: but not to worry supposed to green Christmas day and I hope that white stuff stays up there.
RIght now it is about 800' above our house then turns to rain.
Heck if your only 1&1/4 hours away then u must know BOB.
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Dean, all Senior members who have not camped are required to hook up, go around the block, and camp at home three nights!
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