Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mid-September Update

Hello, everyone. I know I haven't posted much lately, but all of that will be changing soon as our camping season gets underway. You know how much I like to talk, and I have SO much bottled up inside of me, I feel like I'm going to EXPLODE!!! That being said, I'm going to relieve a little of the pressure, and tell you all about the latest happenings here in the Green Acres Garage. As I reported last time, my buddy Dodge got a lot of work done on his interior. That should help us be more organized during our travels. Gary has been loading Dodge up for our first trip. He's written everything down so he has a good inventory of the dozens of odds and ends that we carry, and he's even assigned locations for each item so he knows EXACTLY where they are. As far as other happenings with Dodge, Gary spent a solid week doing mechanical work to him. He replaced the leaky power steering pump, installed new power steering hoses, installed new transmission cooler hoses, and did a complete rear brake job. All of Dodge's vital fluids were checked, and everything was greased and lubricated. He even removed the interior door panels, and lubricated all of the moving door lock parts. Even though Dodge has 242,000 miles on him, we feel perfectly safe taking him (or him taking us I should say) absolutely anywhere. He's beyond awesome. I have been a VERY patient boy this summer. Gary has been EXTREMELY busy with many projects, and I have sat quietly waiting my turn to get some of his attention. As the time gets closer and closer for us to hit the road, the chances have gotten better for me to be worked on, and that finally happened yesterday. For the first time in months, I got to see sunshine. I've had bird poop on my roof and my rear bumper since our last trip in the spring, and the dirt was so thick on me that you could write on me with your fingers if you wanted to. I'm not sure if you can see it in the picture, but there were cobwebs between the marker lights on my roof. I was SUPER nasty to say the least. Gary scrubbed me top to bottom, and I swear I lost a few pounds of dirt (and other unpleasant things) before returning to the garage. I'm supposed to get polished next, and I'm looking forward to getting several years of oxidation off of me. I certainly do feel better the way I am right now, and I'll settle for the nice bath if nothing else. As I mentioned back on New Year's Day when it happened, my cool little clock quit working, and it hasn't been fixed until now. Gary bought a replacement motor for it for $4.97, but the little white stem that the hands attach to was too long. Looking online for a replacement for the replacement, Gary couldn't find one that was right. So, he went to Wal-Mart and found an entire clock for a measly $3.88 that had the correct motor in it. He removed it from the new clock, installed it in my old one, and remounted my clock in it's place over my front bed. It's GREAT to have it working again. I haven't known what time it is for MONTHS!!! As for our first camping trip of the season, our plans changed considerably. We're not going quite as far north as we originally were, but we're still going to places we've never been to before in Georgia and Tennessee. Our starting date has been pushed back a couple of weeks, so Gary feels less stressed about getting everything done that he needs to do before we go. I am SO excited about getting started. October just can't get here soon enough. That's the latest news from here. I hope to be posting some pictures of my shiny self very soon, but if not, I'll definitely write from the road as we go from place to place. Have a GREAT day!


  1. Good morning Toaster...and Gary! Yes, camping season is definitely in the air and we have several upcoming trips planned as well. We just recently tried out Rodman Reservoir in Palatka. It's a nice quiet little campground. There is little to no cell service there, but if you drive just 3 miles up the road to the dam there is. It's a good area to fish from the banks....but I wouldn't suggest kayaking...to many big alligators. Lol. We also plan to visit St. George in the panhandle in November and Devils Fork in South Carolina in December. Ahhhh, fall is in the air. Happy camping friends!

  2. Hi Mary. We've never been to Rodman Reservoir, but some of our friends have camped there and have recommended it. It's on our list of places to go to (so is St. George), but we've only got one place in Florida that we will camp at this year, and that is Gamble Rogers during Thanksgiving. We will spend our time primarily in Georgia this year. We like it up there. Be careful of the roads, especially I-95, through South Carolina. They will beat your trailer to death. I think we're all looking forward to cooler weather and lots of camping. Let's GO!!! Happy camping to you as well, and thank you for your post.

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