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Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Years
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My timing seems to be off these days  - haven't caught anyone in chat in ages - so wanted to just wave, say hi, and send everyone best wishes for the holiday season!!Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dawn Michelle Jan 1.

Which way south in Arizona?
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Hey guys, little west of Albuquerque and was trying to decide the best (read easiest route) for me to get down to Quartzsite.  I'm a little nervous about the climb up to Flagstaff on 40 and then back…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dawn Michelle Nov 20, 2017.

Slightly overweight on the steer axle?
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Okay, other than the jokes I'm going to get to lose 80 pounds and always park a passenger in the rear dinette seat, I'm not sure how I can lose weight up front.  Pat me on the back - I got the nerve…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lakota Wolf Oct 20, 2017.

Shakedown Shook Out More Than Bargained For...
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...Well, I have to say I'm feeling a little discouraged.  Our shakedown trip went wonderfully, and I really couldn't believe that after all my plumbing work there were no leaks.  Everything worked,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert beesley Nov 12, 2017.

 

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Dawn Michelle commented on Lakota Wolf's status
"That's good to know - mine is ... steel I guess.  Made things better in the 80s!"
Aug 3
Dawn Michelle commented on Dawn Michelle's blog post A "Gem" of a Campground Find near Salisbury, NC
"Do that!  Let me know what you think - "
Aug 3
richard nance commented on Dawn Michelle's blog post A "Gem" of a Campground Find near Salisbury, NC
"thats an hour for me so i might check it out."
Aug 3
Dawn Michelle commented on Lakota Wolf's status
"Hmmm.  Juno has a pickup truck side toolbox bolted and spot welded to hers.  I've had it looked at (err, maybe not by a professional...but a professional father) and all seems good, but that makes me think I better take another…"
Aug 3
Dawn Michelle replied to Russ Johnson's discussion I did it
"Woohooo!!!!!  That's such awesome news!!!  I am so happy for you!!"
Aug 3
Dawn Michelle and dennis diehl are now friends
Aug 3
Dawn Michelle commented on Jimco_W001's album
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GOOD OLD RV's Annual Rustic Retreat 2018

"That all just looks like too much fun!!!!"
Aug 3
Dawn Michelle commented on dennis diehl's blog post My 1992 Toyota Warrior towing our 1994 Mercury Capri
"That's fabulous!! Maybe I should consider seeing if I could tow with my 8 cyl Juno...my Prius needs a dolly though so that's 500lbs and the car is 3000.  With my heat sink/vapor lock issue I have to watch out for though might be too…"
Aug 3
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A "Gem" of a Campground Find near Salisbury, NC

After my 'full-timing' adventure of last year, poor Juno found herself neglected in the yard most of the summer. I think I suffered from a little RV PTSD.  As the temperatures grew and the humidity descended on our little piece of mountain paradise here in Asheville, NC I was content to enjoy not worrying about my electric consumption, not having to pack up my home every time I needed to go to the grocery store, and poo that just goes away forever when you flush! Finally, however, I roused…See More
Aug 3
Profile Icondennis diehl, Juju's Mom and susan edlund joined Dawn Michelle's group
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Toyota Motorhomes

These wee motorhomes were made from the mid-70s through the early 90s.  Constructed on Toyota truck frames, the shells were made by a variety of manufacturers and common ones include Winnebago, Dolphin, Itasca, Odyssey, Sunrader and Chinooks.  Although overweight and underpowered, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and their tough little engines, small footprint and good gas mileage have revived interest in these little gems.  This group is for owners (and wanna be owners) who wish to…See More
Jul 24
Richard Stratton commented on Dawn Michelle's group Toyota Motorhomes
"Just got Chesters message about looking for toy home. I have become a deserter after flipping 18 units I sold the last one last fall. I bought larger unit. We moved from washington state to mississippi  almost 2 years ago. It has been hard to…"
May 23
Dawn Michelle replied to Russ Johnson's discussion Juno Wandering blog
"Haha.  Well, okay, sounds like you've suffered enough ;-P"
May 1
Dawn Michelle replied to Russ Johnson's discussion Juno Wandering blog
"You are making me feel so guilty, Russ!!!  I feel terrible I fell off the radar - but if you see my second to last post you'll see that once I made it to Texas, a sad family situation put an end to my "wanderings". I was glad to…"
Apr 30
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Toyota Motorhomes

These wee motorhomes were made from the mid-70s through the early 90s.  Constructed on Toyota truck frames, the shells were made by a variety of manufacturers and common ones include Winnebago, Dolphin, Itasca, Odyssey, Sunrader and Chinooks.  Although overweight and underpowered, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and their tough little engines, small footprint and good gas mileage have revived interest in these little gems.  This group is for owners (and wanna be owners) who wish to…See More
Apr 11
Dawn Michelle commented on Lakota Wolf's status
"It does make it so much nicer!  Although, I'm finding once on the road my standards have, um, relaxed?  I do need to make my solar install post though, some folks would be interested in that. Terrible internet here in QZ during the…"
Jan 22
Lakota Wolf commented on Dawn Michelle's blog post Fortuna Pond and Pilot Knob: Boondocking in Anticipation of Crossing the Border
"Sounds like an adventure Dawn Be safe and happy travels,"
Jan 12

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Western North Carolina
Tell us a little About Yourself
Full-timed a few years ago, and although we made every mistake in the book, I didn't get it out of my blood. Or maybe I always had it, and the experience didn't deter me.

This time we are doing a few things differently. Purchased a cheaper (older) and smaller (key is MUCH smaller) RV to fix up This time we will have a "home base" we can always retreat to.

In realtime I am a going-on-gray web designer, am back in school studying anthropology and taking art and writing classes. I live with three rescues - a cat, a border collie mix and eccentric, but much adored, boyfriend.
What Interests you about the world of Good Old RVs?
Excited about this forum as everyone seems very enthusiastic and supportive about these "labors of love".
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A "Gem" of a Campground Find near Salisbury, NC

After my 'full-timing' adventure of last year, poor Juno found herself neglected in the yard most of the summer. I think I suffered from a little RV PTSD.  As the temperatures grew and the humidity descended on our little piece of mountain paradise here in Asheville, NC I was content to enjoy not worrying about my electric consumption, not having to pack up my home every time I needed to go to the grocery store, and poo that just goes away forever when you flush! 

Finally,…

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Posted on August 3, 2018 at 5:22am — 2 Comments

Fortuna Pond and Pilot Knob: Boondocking in Anticipation of Crossing the Border

We traveled down to Yuma, Arizona last week, and I wanted to share a couple of places for free camping.  I am traveling with two other RVers that are planning on taking advantage of 'medical tourism'.  Between us we are getting dental work, eyeglasses and medications filled. Los Algodones is very popular for those things with snowbirds.  Many stay near the border crossing at the Que Casino which offers free boondocking, but is crowded and noisy.  We opted to stay further out and try out some…

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Posted on January 1, 2018 at 4:14pm — 3 Comments

The Desert & the Nomads

Incredible week (and a half) out here so far.  I wasn't sure what to expect but despite the isolation, I have to say everything is much more intense than I anticipated.  I don't think I've managed to capture it in photos yet, but the desert is beautiful.  Yes, it's very dry, very rocky, but the play of colors and textures has caught me in awe more than once.…

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Posted on December 1, 2017 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Made it...

I'm a little slow with my report, but I made my final destination on Thanksgiving, and found "the tribe".  For those of you that don't know, I'm doing my thesis research on solo female RVers and vandwellers.  So while my ultimate destination is the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) in Quartzsite, my final physical destination was Ehrenberg, AZ, 17 miles west of Quartzsite.  There, on BLM land the 14 day rule is in effect, but not enforced.

So, many RVers that are going to the two…

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Posted on November 25, 2017 at 4:34pm — 6 Comments

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At 1:27pm on June 15, 2017, Ken and Cindy Haney said…
Congrats Dawn.
At 11:05pm on June 14, 2017, Tina said…

I'm here to congratulate on you being "featured".  Can someone tell me what "featured" means?  Is there a page for featured RV'ers or something that I can read?

Congrats!  :)

At 3:31pm on January 11, 2017, Lakota Wolf said…

Dawn ,its best to tarp cover during cold rainy ugly nasty weather,,, roof sealers and such dont bond very well in wet conditions. Thats a project for better weather days.. The plus side,, it gives you the excuse to tinker on the inside,,, you know,, those little things that you want to do, but usually fall on a nice sunshiney day when you don't really want to be inside. This is the time to do those little projects. You sound as if its Christmas morning with a new toy and just cant wait to play,, I admire your enthusiasm.. Have fun and enjoy.. and dont forget, take pictures.

At 8:27pm on October 2, 2016, Robert Daggett said…

thanks for the comment back  i do love my old winnie  almost as much as i do Mount n Dew that's why its called the Mount n do me winnie i will let you decipher what it means my daughter named it that but its her first RV experiences and she is the same age now that i was when my great uncle introduced me to the RV world and been loveing it ever since

At 5:20pm on October 2, 2016, Robert Daggett said…

Dawn my advice don't delay every minuet you delay is 10 minuets of fun and enjoyment you are missing i have a 1976 Winnie and i wanted to buy one in 1976 when this thing was new instead i waited till 2015 to get mine so that is 39 yrs of fun and enjoyment i have missed out on all because i delayed for one thing or another. when you do jump make sure you will get one you can be not only happy in but also proud to own and as for repairs look at it this way your brick and morter home has to have repairs on all the time too so this way your investing in your enjoyment good luck and happy camping

 
 
 

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