Monday, October 24, 2016

Same as 2003




Challenge In 2016 Same As 2003

1am - The title of this Blog post tells it all. The challenge of RVing in 2016 is the same as it was in 2003! [2003 was the year I began RVing with MsTioga]

What this means is, if an RVer is staying only in RV parks, they will be essentially going where they do not want to go and seeing what they really don't care to see.

So, where does an RVer really want to go? The answer: "Anywhere and Everywhere." There is a difference between an RVer who stays in RV Parks and an RVer who Boondocks/Dry Camps.   An RV Park type of RVer has their destination chosen for them. NOT by them, as it should be.

A Boondocking/Dry Camp RVer is able to set out in any direction, unconcerned where their Nite Camp will be. Because, this type of RVer always finds their Nite Camp.

Note: It is now 5am.  I woke up and thought about what I had written above. And realized that this concept of RVing is NOT held by hardly any RVers. Most RVers are very comfortable living in RV campgrounds where there is electric power, water and sewer. And especially, companionship and safety.

In fact, this concept of RVing is the one that I myself held in 2003 to justify my living the lifestyle described because of lack of income. It is MUCH easier for an RVer to live in RV Campgrounds. As I am doing now.

6am - Picking up Scampy
Today is the day that Little Honda and George travel to the City of Pomona, California to pick up Little Scampy!

We have had a trailer hitch installed on Little Honda in order to tow Scampy. However, we admit to you that towing Little Scampy with a Honda FIT will very likely prove NOT ideal.

The ideal tow vehicle for camping with Scampy in the wilds will have 4-wheel drive and a lot more power.


5pm - Scampy is here!
Little Honda towed Little Scampy like a champ! The trip back from the City of Pomona was a great trip. About 61 miles in 80 minutes.

Little Honda had plenty of power. Braked fine. Wow!

Scampy camped in Lone Wolf RV Park


6pm - A Scampy Blog Post!
This is Scamp's very first Blog Post. We have lights. We have a little heater to warm us up [donated by Jeanny Roy, Scampy's former owner].

We are going to watch a Scamp Manual video, to learn everything 😎.

9:15pm - Sleeping in Scampy
Tonite the plan is for George to sleep across the road in Scampy. This is part of Scampy's shake-down. To find out how things work.

The best way, is to use Scampy, and find out how things go. We'll let you know tomorrow, how sleeping in Scampy went!

First a table!


Now a bed!


10pm - In PJs with Scampy
Well, here I am over with Scampy. In my pajamas! Forgot to bring my blanket and pillows. Went back to Twayler and brought them over.

I have to admit to you, that this a kick-ass good time for me! This concept of living in Twayler, and going camping with Scampy is for me, no less than fantastic!!

MsTioga
I lived in MsTioga from 2003 to the day she ran off the road near Bakersfield, California and got destroyed. Of course during those years, I considered MsTioga to be my home.

But what I have now, is far different that those MsTioga times. I have a Home Base now [Miss Twayler] that will always be pretty close to my camps with Scampy. I will not be traveling forever, turtle-ing down the road with no Home Base to return to.

Honestly, I've not yet spent enough time with this Twayler/Scampy thing to have the meaning of it understood by my brain. It seems really deep!



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22 comments:

  1. That is so true, we do a bit of both and enjoy every minute of it.

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    1. Hi OAT,

      Thank you for your comment.

      When I go camping with Scampy, it will be done in a specific environment. Only very short camping trips. Likely of 2-day duration.

      Then, return to my home in an RV Campground. Right now, "Lone Wolf RV Resort".

      I am going to edit my 1am post, in order to add a foot note.

      This note will change my 1am Blog post it into what I believe is my actual opinion when I am NOT over tired! 😀

      Tioga George

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  2. I think you're over simplifying. I know plenty of full-timers that stay in parks and enjoy lots of great adventures. They just prefer the amenities. Nothing wrong with that.

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    1. Hi Cyndi,

      Yes! And I agree with you.

      When I woke up this morning, I realized that my concept of RVing is not shared by hardly any RVers. I knew that before I published my 1am Blog post.

      That is the reason that I added the 5am Note. Which acts as a disclaimer for the 1am Blog post.

      George

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  3. We enjoy RVing because it allows us to spend extended periods in places and cities we would never otherwise have the opportunity to spend more that a few days in. Last winter we spent five months in Mesa, Arizona but we did not stay there the whole time. We did many day trips around the area and took a three week trip to Mexico to visit our friends Chris and Juan and drove with them to a one week rental in San Miguel de Allende! We have done this all over the southern USA and all of Mexico, staying in one place until we tire of it and moving on. It is the ideal life, you do not have to choose between boondocking around and staying in one place. There are endless combinations of this.

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    1. Hi Croft,

      Your comment/description of your RVing life sounds wonderful to me!

      You are very fortunate to be living it 😀.

      Tioga George


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  4. Should the Fit not be a good fit, I might suggest you look for a Subaru Forester that a dealer would trade you even.
    They have AWD and a pretty good ground clearance and a towing capacity in line with the weight you will be towing.
    Enjoy
    Ed
    Also dedicated disbursed campers.

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    1. Hi Ed, Carol and Gopher,

      The Subaru has a good reputation. Thank you for that comment/suggestion!

      All wheel drive may of very important use in the forest. It is sooooo easy to get stuck in almost no sand at all. Or mud!

      Even though Little Honda performed excellently on our trip home this afternoon, when camping in the wilds, we will often not be on paved roads. An AWD Suburu might be quite an asset out there!

      Tioga George

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  5. When you stand in the middle of A four-way intersection
    It's The destination that attracts you to take that particular Direction in the road
    At the particular time one may not have the financial resources to afford an RV park overnight so one boondocks
    If one has the financial resources to afford and RV park but chooses to Boondock
    Does it not boil down to one's choice
    When you first started out in 2003 did you have the financial resources but choose to Boondock or did you Boondock because of financial resources
    Some people go to an RV park and don't socialize ?
    some people go Boondocking and do a lot of socializing ?
    Four-wheel-drive is not necessary unless you're going to do some serious off-road 4x4 four-wheel
    there's a dozen campers that Boondock year round in the backwoods that don't have four-wheel-drive
    And I Kinda seriously doubt you're going to go to that far in extreme
    If you decide to change vehicles take the specification of a normal vehicle that you're looking at in to a dealer
    ask them what they would change to accommodate a small RV
    It would give you a better idea on how to plan To tow

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    1. Hi Mister Ed,

      I'd like to share a non-4WD experience with you.

      Once, I got stuck in a meadow in Northern California. I was way out, away from the highway. Even with AWD, I likely could not get out of this meadow!

      Click [here] to read that Blog post.

      Tioga George


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  6. there's a dozen campers that Boondock year round in the backwoods that don't have four-wheel-drive
    I also should've added,,, that they do have a vehicle with more than sufficient clearance,,, that's also something you can't overlook on a mini marshmallow Is your ground clearance

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    1. Mister Ed!

      Ooooh! Little Honda felt very hurt when he read your "mini marshmallow" description!

      I quickly reassured Little Honda that Mister Ed was certainly NOT referring to him.

      Tioga George



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    2. Parkliner. /. Casita / camp
      Are considered marshmellow trailers Because they resemble a marshmallow going down the road on wheels

      They have large marshmallows in reference to a large scampi they have medium marshmallows that's also in reference to the medium size scampi
      and they have mini marshmallows that is in reference to the smallest scampi which you have the smallest one so therefore it's a mini mellow
      They actually have clubs did do a lot of traveling you might want to look into that if you're into it they have a lot of fun apparently

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  7. I can hardly wait to see SCAMPY. A Perfect trailer for finding those off grid places. You may find yourself spending a lot of time with Scampy -- small trailers are the best!

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      I just posted Scampy's pic. Only thing, I was standing in front of Scampy hogging the pic!

      Tioga George

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  8. I have a feeling Fit will do the job and beyond. As for rv parks, boondocking rocks. Nothing like being in an out of the way place with the solar doing its job at night while you watch a movie, have the lights on, the electric blanket when it's cold and the radiant heater is going. Completely self-sufficient.

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    1. Hey LBM,

      You are the man! Loved your comment! You rock!!

      Tioga George


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  9. I thought the fit would pull just fine! Time for another adventure! Enjoy!

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    1. Hi Janet,

      Guess what? I'm on an adventure already, and have not even left Lone Wolf RV Park!

      I'm sleeping overnite in Little Scampy. I am sooooo excited by this event! I feel like a child would feel with a new toy 😀. Very exciting!

      Tioga George

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  10. A high percentage of RVers stay in RV Parks but there are many thousands people boondocking just like us. I started reading your blog many years ago before I retired. You showed us all how to do it. My wife and I boondock at least 90% of the time. We enjoy the freedom of being totally flexible, never having to be any place at a certain time. We hate making reservations, occasionally stay in a government park, and avoid private RV parks like the plague. We just recently did a trip through southern Utah. When we got to HWY 12 I told my wife “If we can’t find anything, we’ll go a few miles west of the Kiva Koffee House where Tioga George boondocked years ago”. And that’s what we did. We stayed in this great little spot for several days (Thank you George). We wanted to stay in Monticello for several days but couldn’t find what we considered a good boondock. I said “all right, we’ll do this Tioga George style”. We stayed in their city park at night and moved the motorhome to somewhere else during the day (Thank you George). We have learned a lot from you. Thanks for blazing the trail for the rest of us.
    Christopher

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    1. Hi Christopher,

      Your comment is just plain wonderful for me to read!

      In June, 2003, when I first began what would become an eleven year adventure for me, I made it my primary goal to be of service to my fellow RVers.

      Your descriptions of how you made camps using info that I provided thru my Blog and published stories have been sooooo heart warming for me to read.

      Thank you sooooo much 😎!

      Tioga George


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    2. Over the years we have talked to hundreds of RV'ers and your name comes up in conversations more often than you could imagine. 99% of the comments are positive and everyone has benefited at one time or another from your experiences and advice. Thousands of RV'ers are in your debt.

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