Sunday, October 16, 2016

Our New Plan



Life With Twayler & Scampy

6am - Do you remember our October 3rd tent camping disaster? That was when we camped near Wrightwood, California in the Angeles National Forest. We wanted to have a nice camping trip sooooo bad! But that event went wrong. What was missing?

Right after that horrible tent camp, was when it was decided to buy Scampy. Because in order for us to camp, we must have creature comforts! Right then was when it dawned on us, that we might be about to embark on what could possibly become for us:
"The perfect RV life!"

As our plan began to evolve and take shape, the opportunities of having a Home Base in Miss Twayler and a Camping Base in Scampy overwhelmed us!! We still have not worked out everything. But we have a tiny glimmer of what could be!

The concept
Please understand that at this point in time, that our plan for The Perfect RV Life is in the conceptual stage. Whether this concept shall evolve into our destiny, is still up in the air.

How will it work?
We will research a location for our Home Base. And then, when that Home Base location is determined, The Team will move there for an undetermined length of time. 

Miss Twayler will be towed by a moving service [Example: Our move from La Mesa to Apple Valley]. Scampy will be towed by Little Honda. Miss Twayler will remain at the Home Base location for as long as we wish. 

Little Honda and Scampy will go out on exploring excursions of the area around that Home Base [ie; boondocking, street camping, RV park camping]. These excursions likely shall be 2-days long. Then return to Miss Twayler at our current Home Base. Scampy might remain at Home Base for several days, and then, go out on another excursion,

When the time is right, we shall find a new home base location. Ad Infinitum!

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43 comments:

  1. It's called illusions of grandeur

    And by the way thank you for your philosophy especially the part about not making a promise which allows me to break mine thank you

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    1. Hi Mister Ed,

      Your "Illusions of Grandeur" comment appears to be so illusory. What you are trying to imply?

      You are most welcome about the "break promise" idea.

      Tioga George


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    2. illusion
      is a false belief about the nature of something.
      Just because other people have been capable of doing something As in towing your (mini mellow ) trailer with the vehicle clearly not rated in the U S for the task
      (with an average gross dry weight of 1200 plus + pounds An a tongue weight of 160 pounds

      Grandeur
      [mass noun] Splendour and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style.
      I don't believe anyone is telling you that you're making a mistake in your new journey
      On the contrary
      It all falls on your illusion of mod-of transportation if you honestly think that your Honda fit is Best suited for what you plan to do and YOUR research contradicts all your bloggers go for it

      Positive note
      I will say you did make a very smart positive comment to the fact one may not be able to pull said trailer with a Honda fit and possibly would up grade
      Also my comment to you on a teardrop camper was based on a Honda Fit mini Cooper and or a smart car

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    3. Mister Ed,

      I cannot state that the Honda FIT is a perfect tow vehicle for Scampy. It isn't.

      If I don't like the way Honda handles while towing Scampy, I definitely will change the Honda.

      Tioga George


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  2. I think all plans are written in jello, variable as conditions can change at any given moment.
    At least you have a base plan.

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    1. Hi OAT,

      The question is: "Do you initially like this plan? Do you feel that it might work out well?"

      Tioga George


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    2. Yes George I love the plan, you will have the best of both worlds.

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  3. Sounds like a good plan. As long are you are able to execute the plan, why not do it and enjoy each day as it unfolds.

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    1. Thank you sooooo much, Contessa!

      Tioga George

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  4. George,
    You and I are entering the years where every day we wake up and can "tool around" comfortably is a good day.
    You have a GREAT plan. Take it and run with it and keep your attitude up. I am a firm believer that it is attitude and looking forward to tomorrow that keeps us young for our ages.
    Enjoy, Larry

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    1. Hi Igrif,

      I love your comment! 😍

      Thank you sooooo much!

      Tioga George


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  5. I think it is a perfect plan! The best of both worlds!

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    1. Hi Croft,

      I just love you positive comment! 😍

      Tioga George


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    2. If I were in your circumstances George that is exactly what I would be doing.

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  6. George, we had a friend that did that exact thing. He had a pull behind bumper hitch trailer similar to Miss Trayler, and a smaller trailer with his telescope and piano in it. He took small excursions out into the desert to star gaze for a few days and play his piano where he wouldn't bother anyone. Worked great for him. Sounds like a fine plan. Have a blast! Steve

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    1. Hi Stephen,

      Did your friend Blog? I'd love to read that Blog!

      Tioga George

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    2. Sorry no blog but he did it for a couple of years. It was getting too hard for him to operate his bigger trailer (86 years old), but he still used that as a base and took his smaller one out for the fun stuff.

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  7. Why not rent a scrampy and experiment with camping before executing plan? Might not like it like tent camping. Could have rented equipment from REI and gone camping before executing buying tent, heater and other equipment :-) Make a test run first.

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    1. PS Hitching up or backing up might be more complicated than you think...so try it out first. Others have advised hitching is no picnic...have to lift scrampy and drop on hitch ball, level, and lift scrampy off hitch, etc. Might not be physically capable of doing these tasks.

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    2. Hi Rita,

      Did you follow:
      "The Adventures of Tioga and George"? From 2003 to 2014.

      Here is a [Link] to my first Blog post.



      Respectfully,
      Tioga George



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    3. yes I did and I loved your blog then and now but as you said you are not as physically able to do things now i.e strength, vertigo, falling at unexpected times. Be safe George.

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  8. All this will be done between now and when you become a Jojobian, or are you reconsidering doing Jojoba on a permanent basis?

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    1. Bill.....Wow!

      You are one intuitive and insightful guy!

      As I was Blogging to you this morning, I was not only typing. I was also thinking this idea. Often times, I do my best thinking while Blogging.

      My mind was going back and forth:
      * Twayler and Scampy fixed near Jojoba?
      * Twayler and Scampy, free as birds?

      Sometimes, Bill, a guy has to go with the flow!

      George

      PS: You've been with me a long time, Bill. I am so very happy that you were there!

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  9. That is a wonderful idea. I know you can make it work. If you do some research on rv park reviews you can find good rates. My brother stays in a park for $165plus electricity a month in Deming New Mexico and that is full hookups.

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    1. Hi Barb,

      Sooooo, you recommend that I go for it? 😀

      Tioga George


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  10. I called it "Cloverleaf Camping" when I did it in my past. It was a great way of living and enjoying life.

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    1. Hi Barney,

      Thank you sooooo much for sharing your experience with me!

      Tioga George


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    2. Since I wrote the comment above I have been on my computer trying to decide IF I want to downsize and go back to cloverleaf camping again. The hitch itch is really strong again.

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  11. What a beautiful plan. For the sake of your safety, however, I would consider trading the little honda for a 1/2 ton truck or at the least a larger vehicle to tow Scampy. Always good to have more towing capacity than needed. Just a thought.

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      You have a very good point there. And, I am very seriously considering that!

      Tioga George


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    1. Hi Ed, Carol and Gopher,

      Thank you sooooo much!

      Tioga George


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  13. You have a plan......others just have a "comment". Way to go George!

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    1. Hi Freebird,

      Yes, what you comment is true. [But, maybe a bit critical?]

      So, let's keep that thought to ourselves, and not share it with others? Just you and I will know about it! 😀

      Tioga George


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  14. George,
    We think you have a great plan. The BEST of both lifestyles can be met with your plan. As long as you have funding to do it, why not! We're pretty sure you check towing/weight max's and talk to experts about stuff along the way, simply not sharing those conversations on your blog which is cool to do. A reader or two, appear to believe you're not paying attention. Truth be told... You've likely been camping longer than they have been living. Keep the sharpness, we get a good laugh from your posts. We think the only thing you may be missing with your plan might be a furry companion. They too, require care and attention...not sure you would have the time as you really have kicked up your activity levels a few notches in the last couple of months... Good Luck, Enjoy life, and live it anyway you want!!!

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    1. Hi Middle,

      Thank you for your comment!

      A point that has not been brought up by myself, or any commenter:

      Adventuring with MsTioga is very much like adventuring with Twayler and Scampy. BUT, there is a huge difference.

      That difference is, that RVing with MsTioga was very physically challenging for me as I got older. Beginning in 2012, I began to read the handwriting on the wall. My RVing days were too demanding.

      For example:
      Once as I was going south along the California coast, I noticed one of my leveling jacks had come loose. Just dangling. I went underneath Tioga to fix that. I then had a huge episode of vertigo. Just lay there on my back for about 1/2 hour.

      Stuff like that vertigo attack and other physical challenges, were becoming more frequent.


      When I had my heart surgery in 2014, I began to feel a great deal better. I do not, however, have a lot of stamina. I am able to do things, but not able to continue, for hardly any time at all!

      That's where the RVing scheme with Twayler and Scampy comes in. I believe that I will be able to handle short duration trips. I bought Twayler with the idea of becoming a Jojoba member and living there.

      Now, I view other opportunities. Twayler was purchased in order to fit into the Jojoba plan. Now with the proposed Twayler and Scampy combination, I may adopt the full time RVing adventure that I had before. But scaled down to fit my older body and its limitations.

      Tioga George


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  15. You are the man George. If you enjoy it, do it.
    My Mom lived life to the fullest. I remember her saying " short time living, long time dead." She was still a world traveler well in to her 90's. She had never heard the term hitch itch, but she said she had itchy feet. Keep on movin on George. We love you !

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    1. Hi ACG,

      Not very many get to truly live the life they dream of for themselves.

      I, on the other hand, not only got to live that life, but now after thinking that all of that was over for me forever, am getting a second chance to do it all over again.

      My guardian angel, sure is one hell of a great miracle
      maker! 😇

      Tioga George



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  16. Sell Scamp & FIT and buy a small Class B :-)

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    1. Hi Andrew,

      Of course, what you are commenting would work.

      But then, that is NOT what I want for myself.

      Scampy is a true RV. With headroom to stand straight up tall. A shower. A real toilet. Plenty of space for me to have comfort, while camping out in the forest.

      Your comment is extremely practical though. I guess in the final analysis, I may not be a practical guy. 😎

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  17. A good potion of the fun, in the mobile life, is planning. making a plan and being flexibleenough to change that plan.

    Your plan is a good one. Enjoy!

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    1. Hi Cyndi,

      Thank you sooooo much for your take and insight about the Twayler/Scampy plan.

      Tioga George


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  18. This sounds like a very good plan George. I had thought of the class B idea also. There are high top vans available but I think a little hard to find. As long as the Honda works, go for it. Just remember when it comes to going into the mountains the Honda may come up short.

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