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.
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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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Just looking at Barret-Jackson and saw this 1919 house car. The link if anyone wants to look, http://www.barrett-jackson.com/application/onlinesubmission/lotdetails.aspx?ln=659&aid=466
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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 or…Continue
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…Continue
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. …Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.Continue
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…Continue
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.…
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