June 2017 Blog Posts (31)

Talked to the Original Owner of my '84 Today

Or more accurately the son of the original owner.

A week or so ago I was bored and decided to call a phone number on a Midas receipt I found in my '84 Allegro. It was the number of the owner at the time, but since it had sat so long I was pretty sure the number wasn't good anymore. But an answering machine picked up, with no custom message - just a robot voice saying to leave a message. I did. I didn't hear back from anyone until today when the son of the original owner…


Added by Jim Stoltz on June 30, 2017 at 9:04pm — 10 Comments

Perfect advertising photo.

This would be a good picture ad.  The Dealership would advertise, *MINOR water damage, Easy Fix. Reduced price. Regular price of $14,999.99,, clearance @ $10,995.99.. Get thee deals while the deals are hot. 1st come,1st served. Several models to choose from.

f.y.i.    This is only for humor purposes…


Added by Lakota Wolf on June 30, 2017 at 5:26pm — 2 Comments

Reality in camping as a part timer to a full timer

So ,,,you want to Full Time? Or Maybe Part time,(seasonal).

There are a bazzillion trillion tips online of what to expect. Ive read a lot of  *TIPS,, and most of these are from Dealers and sales people. And with basic statistics, 97.5 of these Experts have never roughed it in anything older then a year old rig. They show on their video's parking in a fairy tale clover field with birds singing and fish splashing in a quiet pond, with no one else around for 300 miles. The night sky is…


Added by Lakota Wolf on June 27, 2017 at 5:59pm — 4 Comments

A weekend break......

For the first time since I got the Diggity Dodge here I have done zero work inside of it. Reason?.....well..."reasons"  actually.   

This is the first weekend we have had no rain and the lawns were in seriously sorry shape.  They absolutely had to get mowed or I would be calling them the fields and neighbor would be thinking I moved out.  

Of course, just when I really really need it...the riding lawn mower goes on the fritz again. It's old....like me.  LOL  After hours…


Added by Tina on June 25, 2017 at 8:01pm — 5 Comments

Miss Liberty is for sale $7500

Beth and I are selling Our Miss Liberty we have purchased a newer RV we will definitely miss miss Liberty for she has brought us a lot of great times and travels. We will definitely fall in love with our 1989 Winnebago Elandan!


Added by Kelly Powell on June 23, 2017 at 9:24am — 2 Comments

Pardon me while I vent.......

.......a good venting session.

Today I did both vent jobs, the heat duct vent box and the outside vent for the stove hood.

I tried to recondition the old stove vent out of the warped state using steaming water and putting weights on the vents in a large pan overnight.  It worked somewhat, but not enough for me to be happy with it, it was still stained dirty, and I worried it would just go back to the warped state with time anyway.

So, I ordered two vents…


Added by Tina on June 21, 2017 at 6:23pm — 3 Comments

The one area I was avoiding like the plague..........

....turns out to be the least damaged area of all.

I finally decided to tackle the main cab over window by removing the leftover paneling wood, having avoided it all this time because I just knew I was going to find major damage to the frame.  Well.....it looks just fine!  There is no damage around that window except for one little area in the lower right corner that falls into place with the right corner of the cab over that suffered water damage..  I can clean that up with…


Added by Tina on June 19, 2017 at 11:26am — 6 Comments

Well, started the backsplash. Started is the key word there. Ran out of tile. I'm s dummy. Can't even figure that right. Had to order more. Not on sale anymore of course now that I bought the first b…

Well, started the backsplash. Started is the key word there. Ran out of tile. I'm s dummy. Can't even figure that right. Had to order more. Not on sale anymore of course now that I bought the first batch. Now it's "popular". Then I did something good. I used butcher paper for s template to cut carpet for the stairs. I did it perfect! What the heck. Something didn't screw up. I'm grateful. Meanwhile Paul changed out all of those fixtures on the outside of the trailer with shiny new white ones… Continue

Added by M K Wilkie on June 18, 2017 at 11:06pm — 5 Comments

Not Dead in a Ditch - Take Two - Part II - Curtains, Upholstery and Plumbing

While Juno is at the mechanics, mom and I are tackling the curtains and upholstery.  She'd finished one side of the dinette prior:

She used the old cushions as a template, and we salvaged the vinyl backings and the zippers.  That's five inches of high density foam.  Not cheap, but they cut, wrapped and glued the batting on for us.  It sits well…


Added by Dawn Michelle on June 18, 2017 at 12:46pm — 4 Comments

Shoddy Construction and a little play on find Waldo....

Well, I can't blame the previous owners of Diggity Dodge for this one.  It was clearly constructed this way.

The corner with the gaping hole of light in the cab over behind the passenger door was a bit more involved than I had thought.  Originally I thought there was just a rust hole started there.  Nah....that would be much too simple.

Here's the outside of that hole, and the reason for it.  Notice the joining of the corner...the metal track wasn't a flush match over…


Added by Tina on June 18, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Not Dead in a Ditch - Take Two - Part I - Mechanical Update

Apparently my previous post was lost when I did a couple of edits, so going to try again and split it into two parts.  If you think you've read it before, then you probably did! LOL!

Just wanted to give an update as it's been a little while and while progress is slow, it has been happening.

Most importantly Juno finally went to the mechanics!!  WOOT WOOT.  

My guy is awesome - he even came and got it for me since I was nervous about taking it on…


Added by Dawn Michelle on June 18, 2017 at 11:05am — No Comments

Upgrading with old. Slight humor

Ahhhhhh,,,, how times have changed.. Im refering to how each generation has adapted to change.Looking back,,, the 1st RV trailers had candles for lighting,, then got fancy and started using fuel oil,, and then really fancy and went with propane lighting. Nothing saws roughing it with basic FIRE mounted to a WOOD wall. Then they decided, that might be a tad dangerous and incorporated electric lighting,, 1st with 12 Volt,, then 110/120 Volt,, and both .At the beginning, they mounted a propane…


Added by Lakota Wolf on June 17, 2017 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Okay... all of you suspects of causing damages....line up for a witness I.D. and mugshot.........

Sooo....I was told during a conversation yesterday with someone offline that a simple haphazardly installed bracket for a CB antenna could not possibly have caused so much devastation and damage to the cab over.  I giggled....really....I did.  

Of course, this prompted an official investigation for proof of the matter, including eye witnesses and photographs of the scene.

Can I get a witness??

The investigation provided enough evidence that the accused (the bracket) was…


Added by Tina on June 16, 2017 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Life got in the way

I was chatting briefly with Tina last night and was asked about pictures of the Travelcraft I call the Palace and I was reminded that I had none posted. A good while back I had the idea of revamping my picture file. It seamed like every one was updating their profiles and I jumped on the band wagon and got as far as deleting old pictures and changing my profile picture . Well as life often does, I was thrown a few curve balls from poor health to the loss of my very best friend of ten years…


Added by Rich Thomas on June 15, 2017 at 9:25am — 5 Comments

Never never land...Never EVER count on a job being fairly easy in these things.......

I THOUGHT....yeah..this is what I get for thinking...

that this was going to be a fairly easy job to do on this heater duct that is crushed by the frame of the couch/bed. Now, looking over this couch and how it is bolted together with no working room anywhere to dismantle it and then get it back together, I decided that was not happening. (I am reminded of Lakota's comment on ablog about an RV being built around a cabinet. I think this RV was built around this couch. LOL)…


Added by Tina on June 13, 2017 at 1:30pm — 28 Comments

Shopping around on upholstery colors and a little work here and there

I'm going to be heading out to work on the cabover this morning for a bit.  Thunder in the distance, but  it looks like it's going to roll north of me.  Darn...need the rain here.

While I was having my cuppa's this morning I was looking around at upholstery fabrics.  I thought I might stick with color schemes that go with the striping on the RV, blues and teals.

Here's a color combo choice I am mulling over, the dark plain color would be for the main seat…


Added by Tina on June 13, 2017 at 9:52am — 39 Comments

Is it Logical Spock? Twisted humor

It was an exciting month for GORV's May. that is,, and into June to be fair,

What I have lernt,(non politically correct spelling mind you) is You can secure a wobbly antennea on a class C by finding a spare lag screw in the ole tool box and driving it into the front corner and then affixing a zip tie to hold it. That in itself is a feat of engineering. Can you imagine the time it must have taken them to sit down and using their algebra and trig education along with a 1st year college…


Added by Lakota Wolf on June 13, 2017 at 12:47am — 4 Comments

Pocono 400 Trip Report

Today's Pocono 400 race was the first trip out this season with the old Allegro. I am the world's worst procrastinator. I didn't get to half of the work that I wanted to do on the rig before I left. And I had to leave the race early because I have school work due at midnight (that I am not doing right now - I'm typing up this post instead :) )



Added by Jim Stoltz on June 11, 2017 at 7:16pm — 21 Comments

Ceiling issue solved...no money spent. This is working out great!

In my basement...which suffered major water damage when a sump pump gave out during a heavy rainstorm (water seeped in through a crack in a block. The ground could not keep up with the water)

...is a drop ceiling.  The tiles suffered damage with warping from the humidity, so they all had to come down.  I have loads of channeling in the crawl space, and I looked at that and wondered.

It worked!  I screwed this channeling onto both sides of the 2x4 where the ceiling was dropping…


Added by Tina on June 11, 2017 at 10:40am — 6 Comments

"I swear, Warden....I was Framed!!"..............

Okay, the hard part of the framing inside is done. Those 2x4's were purely exasperating trying to get them up without a helper. My arms were screaming murderly.

I am going to hafta to do the 2x2's between the 2x4's because of the length of the 2x4 run. As soon as I took down the support lifts the ceiling sank in the middle a bit. So, hopefully the 2x2's will stop that from happening.

I did some toe nailing and did angle brackets on one. And this wood splits easily. I like the…


Added by Tina on June 10, 2017 at 7:59pm — 6 Comments

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