Thursday, August 27, 2015

Our More Efficient Camping Buddy

Gary took some pictures of Dodge's interior renovation this morning, so now I can show you what he looks like with all the added storage. For the past few weeks, Gary has been modifying Dodge to make him a more efficient hauler for our camping gear, antiques, and all the other things we carry or pick up on our trips. Dodge's floor was double decked with 1x12 planks, shelves were added, storage bins were added, and now it looks like there will be places for anything and everything. All of the new wood will remain unpainted until we have some down time during the cooler weather. Gary wants to see if anything needs additional modifying before painting, and also, we are getting close to the beginning of our camping season to start, and he has a million things to get done that are more important. I think the work on Dodge looks pretty darn good, but I will let the pictures speak for themselves. The only thing I see that scares me is that Gary made a platform for a bed in Dodge. I hope that doesn't mean that he plans to go camping in Dodge instead instead of me. I need some serious cleaning and polishing before we go away, and I was going to start whining about it. But after seeing that bed, I think I'd better keep my mouth shut. I surely don't want to spend the camping season at home in the garage while Gary and Dodge are out having fun without me. Bye for now.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Big Step, Little Step

The ridiculously hot summer is still going full steam (literally), and I am counting the days until we hit the highway for our latest camping season. If I've counted correctly, there are 29 days to go. Gary is working hard and sweating off the pounds on a lot of both new and ongoing projects. None of them have had anything to do with me directly, other than re-working my entry step from it's original large size, down to a more manageable compact size. When he started, it measured 36 inches wide, and 21 inches deep. Now it's a mere 19 inches wide, and 13 inches deep. There was no point in it being as big as it was. After all, it's just a step to make it a little easier for Gary and our occasional guests to get in and out of me. The smaller size will be better in a number of ways. From the pictures I've posted, you can see what the step looked like originally, then a size comparison between the original (shown in blue tape) and the smaller step, and then a pic of the smaller step with it's astroturf mat cut to fit in front of my door. I think it looks pretty cool, Gary is happy with it, and Dodge will be happier carrying a step that weighs a whole lot less. It's a winner! Speaking of Dodge, there's been some interesting things going on with him lately. As soon as I get some pictures, I will post them so everyone can see. That's about it for now. I'll talk to you soon.