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Old 07-18-2017, 05:58 PM
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So the thought occurred to me that some may wonder how someone with mobility problems can go on any kind of vacation with a camper. In short, here's how it's done.

First, I can't walk far. It depends on the day, the weather, and many other factors on how far I can walk or drive. So it helps to have a troop full of kids to do the heavy lifting such as carrying levelling blocks etc. My camper has a power tongue lift. So if you're strong enough to push a button you can hook up and unhook. My camper has manual levelling jacks. So, to solve that I put on a matching drill bit onto my cordless dewalt impact drill. Voila! Power jacks.

Now, as I said I struggle to walk more than 100ft most days. So rather than restricting myself I have a Bruno chariot scooter lift to go on the back of the vehicle or trailer. I now have the ability to bring my mobility scooter along on rv trips.
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:31 PM
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So part of the joys of camping is having a proper hitch setup for towing. Last summer when we did our trip out to Manitoba then down into the states, I had a 750lb tongue capacity hitch and bars. It did alright but was maxed out as the camper tongue weight is somewhere over 700lbs.

This spring, I decided to upgrade to a 1000lb hitch and bars. The hitch was more than adequate last weekend hauling in the hills going to geraldton. However, some adjustments were necessary. First, even at its lowest hole on the shank, the hitch was still a bit too high when hooked up. This made it a$$ heavy on the trailer which reduced tongue weight on the yukon making it unstable at anything over 100km with no wind or 85km with a side wind.

I had ordered a friction sway control this spring but didn't have time to install it. As well, the shank on the hitch had 6 holes. I was already on the bottom. So I picked up a new shank with 8 holes. Now the hitch sits about 2" lower. This should increase tongue weight and improve stability. I also installed the friction sway control bar. How it works is a small secondary ball is mounted to both the trailer frame and hitch head. The friction sway control bar mounts to both balls and is held on by two lock clips. I don't have the bars installed in the picture but you get the idea.
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Old 07-21-2017, 05:01 PM
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I can fully understand how robin Williams felt in the movie RV. I brought the camper out to camp today. More on that later.

So I hooked the water up and went about my business. About 10 minutes later sewage started pouring out of the ceiling vent cap outside. Apparently I hooked up the water to the sewage tank cleaning system. Well, it started coming out the sewage vent pipe on the roof. I quickly went inside the bathroom to find sewage about to over flow the toilet. Instinctively I tried flushing the toilet. The whole bathroom was now covered in raw sewage.

I cleaned up the mess. Emptied the sewage tank. Hooked up the water to the right valve. And stood outside in the rain for a bit to shower off. Yes. Today was a shitty day.
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Oh that stinks..........
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You got that right. I just washed the camper yesterday. Now there's shit on the roof and running down the outside wall.
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:21 PM
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Nice quiet weekend at camp. Went to the beach this afternoon with friends. Tried out the new kayak. It goes well in the water.

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Went out hunting this morning with 2 of the kids and my lovely wife. First time she held/fired a gun. Started her off with the .22. Then a shot with the 12 gauge for comparison. We only got one bird but it's more about the adventure. We can go right from camp with the atvs.

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How quickly time flies and things change. We were wearing shorts last weekend at camp. Now, it's long pants and sweaters as temps are only a couple degrees above freezing. We are nearing the end of the season here. Next weekend is our thanksgiving. We'll be celebrating with friends out here with a huge potluck turkey dinner. The following day we close up camp for the year. I still plan on a few adventures though with the side by side until snow flies. Today is my wife's birthday. We are celebrating it at camp and will be taking the side by side and atv out in the bush to chase down some birds.
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Today has been an up and down day at camp. First I was up at 4am in pain. After Pampering my lovely wife for her birthday with breakfast in bed, we had plans to go hunting with both the moto and the Polaris. Went to move the Polaris and one wheel wasn't spinning. Broken axle. Lovely. So I took our oldest son out hunting alone instead. Get back from hunting and found out a buddy of mine was on his Harley and tboned a car. He's in intensive care. Just happened. No idea on his condition.



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It's been a great weekend at camp so far. I went out hunting for birds twice yesterday. Capped it off with a few drinks around the fire. This is thanksgiving weekend so we are out one extra night tonight. This evening we are having a HUGE potluck thanksgiving dinner with our camp family. Estimates are around 40 adults and kids.

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Thanksgiving dinner at camp was a huge success. One of the turkeys was even cooked in an antique wood fired oven.

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And......that brings us to the end of another camp season. We've been working our butts off packing groceries stripping beds etc all morning and loading up both vehicles to come home. I will still have to go out next week sometime to change a back axle on the Polaris sportsman 700 and cover the boat, remove batteries etc. Hot water and water system is drained and winterized with rv antifreeze. We are aiming for mid April depending on the weather before getting back out there.

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One final picture of camp from this year. All closed up for the next 6 months. I headed out this morning after the kids were gone. It took me two hours to change the axle on the atv. Then built a ridgepole for the boat and tarped it. Next was the "honey do" list that my lovely wife provided. All batteries removed and brought home to live in the heated garage. I'm beat.

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Ok. So one more picture of camp this year. Only 3 weeks ago I was out there closing up for the winter. Now in spots there's a foot of snow. I brought the side by side out to store for the winter. No need to have it taking up room in the driveway. Same with the flatdeck trailer. Funny how camp is only an hour away and has that much snow. In the city I can still rake the lawn if I wanted.
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