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Old 10-10-2015, 03:54 PM   #45543
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*** Please note I haven't figured out how to post a new post, therefore I am replying to Steve's until I figure it out! I have been hesitant to post so far, being the new kid on the block, and you all knowing each other so well, but Iíve never been very good at keeping quiet, so here goes!



Our introduction (having passed the strenuous tests and now officially being #126) is simple. We are long time Alaskans (42 years) and have lived in North East Washington State the last 19 years or so. We were both the children of homesteaders, so that sums up our basic personalities.


Rick can repair about anything and is a jack of most trades, from mechanics to moving houses to truck driving. The surgeon finally told him, after repairing the second rotator cuff and bicep repairs, that she couldnít keep fixing him. So, with his masculine heart slightly offended, he retired this year.


I maintain my CNA license, but work with animals now instead of the elderly and disabled. I am not an Obama fan and snickered at the term Ďcommunity organizerí but thatís really what I do anymore. I coordinate a mobile spay/neuter clinic for cats of low income residents in our county. This consists of everything from inventory, inventing/designing our brochures and paperwork, to setting up for surgery in Legion halls and community centers and then shaving and scrubbing bellies and testicles all day before spending 2 hours cleaning up and stuffing everything back in the trailer and starting all over again. We have fixed over 11,000 cats in the last ten years by doing this one just Sunday a month. So yes, they are large clinics, with between 100 and 200 cats being fixed by 5 vets and approximately 35 volunteers in one loooong day each time. I live for this. It has become my life.


So this puts a damper on our RVíing! The fact we have 3 dogs and a cat along merely adds interest to our trips. Our Dane is deaf (genetics, not age) and his medical issues are worsening. He will get stronger pain meds at next weekís vet appointment, so I am aware we are living on borrowed time now. But for now, we are one big happy family.


The RV is an HMC (Hawkins Motor Coach) so obviously itís older, but when things are paid for, they seem so much nicer! Rick loves that itís a diesel pusher. I love that it has lots of inside storage spaceÖand that itís paid for.


We came down from Alaska in a different RV and then got a nice trailer, which wasnít great with pets, so traded it for the HMC 2 years ago. Now that Rick retired and is about healed from the last shoulder surgery, we are getting out more for short adventures. Because our cat group takes Decembers off, we will have from mid-November till early January to travel and intend to be gone the whole stretch, our longest so far! We want to check out the snowbird situation in Arizona just because it sounds like fun, but also need to spend time in Oklahoma and Colorado with friends and relatives.


Because Rick drove truck in Alaska (including the Haul Road), he isnít worried about winter driving. I am. I got spoiled by nice weather down here in the lower 48 real quick. I am also concerned with important stuff freezing up, like the sewer and water. Just because I lived several years without indoor plumbing in the past doesnít mean I want to do it again. So any advice for winter RVíing would be welcome.


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Hey Linda.....
Keep on talkin and you will know us soon..... A year and a half ago, only a very few had met. I went to the first GC not knowing any one either... But i am not shy.... Some talk more than others.. Some just read along.... Smile... Great to know you...
I am a retired teacher, hubby is retired military... We met online afte previous disastrous marriages and are now enjoying life...





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Old 10-10-2015, 04:35 PM   #45544
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Linda,
The only cold weather preparations anyone should have to January. One of these days I will have to take my own advice.

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Wayne, we really don't need to know where your padding is.
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Time to do the laundry. The dirty clothes basket is full. Oh the humanity.
Really, Steve? Well, if you can get here before breakfast tomorrow, you can use our washer & dryer ... But will you bring that Wright brand bacon? It's my favorite.
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RVM#123 has new steer tires. Hope to spend a few days in Death Valley this winter.

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Old 10-10-2015, 05:25 PM   #45548
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Linda, welcome (again)! I felt just like you at first. But the more you jump in, the more you'll start to feel a part of this family. Next time Kate and I attend a GC, we'll no doubt feel more relaxed with everyone. And we'll attend the entire event rather than just 3 days, like the first time.

You'll find that this is a great group where everyone is welcomed warmly. It really is like a family. We might not all agree on everything, but we sure as heck all care about each other!

So, welcome to the family!

Btw, I have always wanted to see Alaska. (Bucket list thing!)

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Hey Linda!

Good to hear from you. We always enjoy learning more about our fellow RVMs. Your post was made correctly and the way we all do -- as a reply to Steve's message almost 2.5 years ago. The fact that this is post 45,549 is a testament to what we are -- a whacky group of mouthy misfits who come here to play and frequently meet in person for fantastic adventures.
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Today is starting out with Pecan Smoked bacon. Great start don't ya think... scrambled eggs and taters too...
Made us pick up 4# of the stuff while shopping and stocking for our winter trek. Good stuff! Freezers are marvelous things!
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We need to get our fifth wheel or trailer Soon!!
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I'm feeling empty!!
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Weird question for y'all.

I need a baseplate for my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

I have a 1410-1 and need 1411-2 from towmaster but I don't want to pay $400.00 for something 20 years old. Like Wayne, I tend to throw nickles around like they be manhole covers.

Anyone know of a unit that's dirt cheap.

this is what I am looking for at present.

Dwayne, before you suggest the DIY mode remember my welding is not know to last until the power is turned off.
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Evenin Muteys!
74 posts and finally caught up!Geesh.... Sue you aren't the only one that stays behind. To all you newbys I missed... at least #126 and #127 welcome to our side of the rainbow. I'm am the silent one the lurks in the shadows most of the time. I don't often speak...but when I do it's almost always insightful and with great wisdom( Shut up Wayne) LOL. Hope all is well on the rainbow with all.

Today has been a work on "Jenny" day. She is a dirty girl so tomorrow she gets a bath, her compartments get emptied and re- organized, and scrubbed. And if Barb gets all that done before dinner time I will take her out instead of asking her to cook. Hey I ran the sweeper today and I'm tired!

Anyway I will go back to my corner now cause my bride just glanced over my shoulder and told me to ....... ... .... ..!!!!!

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I'm feeling empty!!
And a wee bit overdressed, Gary. How do you manage to keep that shirt white while camping? Oh, NOW I see the problem. I hope that new RV finds you soon.
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