Tony and Joy Durfey's Blog (23)

New engine blog

It has been a while since we were here.  Thought we had better share the latest.  After 17,000 miles...slow miles.  The 318 gas engine is out and a new to us 6BT cummins (1st gen 12 valve)  with a 4 speed allison trans is mostly in.  A bit more work on the new front cross member/ front engine mount and plumbing, wiring, drive line and exhaust.

Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on May 6, 2017 at 9:33pm — 3 Comments

Boondocking Upgrade

So we made our annual trip to the Homestead in Nevada and decided we needed more battery power.  The only place we had to add batteries was where the Gen set lives.  So out comes the old Onan and after some box repair, it needed it anyways.   Two 8D batteries and a Honda 2000 suitcase to run the AC if we need it.  And a 130 watt solar panel to charge batteries. 

    The box repair.…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on July 13, 2013 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Our New Tent Box

Well we have been busy with building a way to carry and erect our vending tent.  See our blog post How to hide a Cabana.  Getting the ridge pole up was a major snag for the two of us and as much as Luke would like to help,  his lack of opposable thumbs lets him only bark encouragement. Also carrying the tent itself is difficult.  The top/roof is 30 feet by 40 feet BIG! and Heavy!  So we designed this…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on June 1, 2013 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Shakedown Cruise 2013

We did our shakedown cruise this weekend.  First time out this year and checking out brake, exhaust and carb work.  First time towing the bullfrog our samari.  We took off Thursday after work  and headed to Diamond lake.  Got there a bit after dark but just a stop over for the night. 


We woke up to…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on May 28, 2013 at 10:07am — 1 Comment


Hi all,

  Pat had asked about our toad.  Our little "Yeller Toad".  A while back we found a hill in the mountains of Nevada that our little samari could not make it up.  We decided to upgrade to a larger motor with fuel injection so altitude would not hurt performance so much.  Well the outfit we had doing it lost their lease and we got a call from the landlord saying get your rig outa here or lose it.  When we picked it up their were lots of parts missing as well as the new motor we…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on February 16, 2013 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Ultra Cool Rig

Just looking at Barret-Jackson and saw this 1919 house car.  The link if anyone wants to look,

Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on January 5, 2013 at 9:37pm — 1 Comment

Virgin Valley Mike's Wilderness

During our travels this summer we stopped at Virgin Valley for the night.  One of our favorite camp grounds, where we met Mike.  He was living in the back of his truck, enjoying life and the people he met.  As with most folks we meet and like, we said stop by if you get out to the Oregon coast.  Well a couple weeks after we got home Mike showed up and stayed in his truck at our shop for a couple of weeks waiting for a appointment at the VA hospital.  Joy and I being GORV folks thought Mike…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on December 11, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

Boat People Land Tour 2012

Well the last trip for us this year is over and we are back after 2747 miles and 309 gallons of gas.  Our old Cabana got almost 10 miles per gal.  We have a long list of fix's and improvements for the winter.  We did finally figure out a strange intermittent problem with our fuel system..YAA!  It seems that at some point in life a heat shield was removed and the fuel line from the tank to the pump was getting hot and vapor locking us. Fix #1  We also lost a exhaust gasket, Fix #2 And the…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on October 3, 2012 at 12:10am — 2 Comments

Urban RV Leveling

We had to go to Springfield OR. this weekend to do some work on our house there.  We would prefer to not have a house but with today's market we will keep it rented for a few more years.  We took the Cabana but parking was interesting.  Skinny streets and lots of crown in the road, might as well use it.  Below is our solution.

We have never used jacks…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on August 20, 2012 at 12:03am — 1 Comment

Our annual July trip.

Every July, Joy and I spend a weekend at the Oregon Country Fair and a week at a Pirate event called "Seadog Nights".  This year they were back to back.  This is our time to make people smile and then play pirate for a week.  We hope you enjoy sharing a tiny bit of our alter ego's.


The Oregon Country Fair is in it's 43 year.  It is held on 450 acres and about 90 thousand people attend over a 4 day run.  Joy and I do two days.  It is a spectacle, you can watch it or be part of…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on August 2, 2012 at 3:22am — 1 Comment

2012 upgrades

Well we have been working on the Cabana once again.  This year we are putting in all new vents.  Adding a roof rack and a ridge pole for our Cabana tent.  To see the tent click here   And to top it off our old girl gets new paint this year.


So here are some pics of our progress so far.


The roof rack is made from some stuff I found at a scrap yard. …


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on July 1, 2012 at 8:59pm — 10 Comments

Indian Mary Campground trip.

    Our last trip of the summer was to take our new to us, toad, to get some work done.  She is a 1986 Suzuki Samurai and when we got her her motor was running but tired.  So after much research and checking around we decided to repower with a 1999 sidekick motor.  The 1.3 as was put out about 50HP, and when we got to the homestead we had no power with a carburated motor.  We came to a hill around 10,000 feet up Mt. Lewis, we had lots of traction but no poop.  The sidekick motor at 1.6 and…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on October 10, 2011 at 9:49pm — 2 Comments

How to hide a Cabana.

   Joy, Luke and I attend an event called Sea Dog Nights  We have been a part of a ship and wanted to become venders and have our GORV on site to stay in.  To have our GORV there we had to hide it.  And we thought if this worked out, we could maybe vend to pay to travel.  Most of the stuff we sold we picked up at yard/tag sales, second hand stores ect.  So this is one way to hide a GORV.


First thing make…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on October 10, 2011 at 3:19pm — 6 Comments

Homestead Trip 2011

We have a piece of ground in the Shoshone Mtns. in north central Nevada.  In June we went for a week of absolute peace and quiet.  And some exploring/rock hounding. 



   Here is camp #1 set up with Tom and Jenny who met us at the Homestead.

Looking South…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on October 9, 2011 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

New Stove

We got a new stove for our boat but it is a RV stove.  Boats and RVs are so much alike.  So the new one is a SMEV from Italy.  Joy and I are quite impressed with this stove.  And it has a separate broiler.   We didn't plan on getting a new stove but this was a steal of a deal so we did.  We did think enough of it to put up this post.  So if anyone is looking at a new stove, you might want to take a look at a SMEV. 


    The broiler and oven are different then any propane stove…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on March 10, 2011 at 9:27pm — 2 Comments

Weekend in the redwoods....priceless

Hello from Tony and Joy

The drive down along the coast looks a lot like this. If you stop at all the lookouts and parks it could take days two cover what we covered in two and half hours going down and all day coming home.…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on September 27, 2010 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Head remodel and rot repair

Well, July was the play month. Played most of the month. August is time to work again. Or as Pat say's "Save some more freedom tickets". When we got our Cabana about a year ago we knew nothing about RVs. We had always tent camped. We focused on mechanical and using our Cabana. never mind you could not sit on the toilet and close the door. Or the paneling around the rear side window was falling apart with rot. Well now is the time to fix this!…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on August 8, 2010 at 10:20am — No Comments

Cool Paw Luke

Just wanted to introduce our newest Boat/RV dog. I got lost trying to find an obscure wrecking yard and ended up at the animal shelter. Dog energy was low aboard the boat and in the Cabana. Our little Lew Bear lost her buddie to cancer and old age about 6 months ago. So Luke came home with us. He's just a gook old mutt. Still trying to figure out what kind of mutt. But he's a good one!…


Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on June 3, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Ol' Stonehead Homestead 2010

This is for all the folks who can't travel right now. I'll try to take you along on our trip to the Ol' Stonehead Homestead. We live on the Oregon coast so our trip starts out in some really pretty country. Hwy 42 south to Roseberg OR. then get on I-5 south to 140 east around Medford OR.

Our old 1969 Cabana with her 318 dodge gas burner did ok. Yes at times we were down to 30 mph but when you have a cliff right next to you it's fine to go…

Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on May 20, 2010 at 2:12am — 3 Comments

Update to: Tankless water heater and new curtains.

Well, Joy finished the curtains and I tested out the new hot water heater. NO! hot water, unit will NOT light. On the phone to tech support. Then the boss. Much to my surprise and pleasure. With no hesitation, the boss says: A new one will be sent out today and I got a tracking # from UPS in the e-mail same day. It will not be here in time for our Nevada trip this week but at least they did have great customer service. Another surprise, they don't want the bad one back. They said keep it, so I… Continue

Added by Tony and Joy Durfey on May 11, 2010 at 7:39pm — 1 Comment



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