Saturday, October 01, 2016

Tidy up


Tidy Up Day Is Here

September 22nd, 2016, was the date that The Tioga RV Team all met together with Miss Twayler for the very first time. And, a memorable date that was too! Because on that date, we all assumed our destiny as FullTiming RVers for the rest of our days.

"Miss Twayler and The Team, together forever!" Has a lovely ring to it, don't you agree? Hmmmm?

The Tioga Team at Bobby Combs place
September 22, 2016


7am - About Tidy Up Day
From September 22nd to today, The Team has been working sooooo hard to get Miss Twayler squared away. At the beginning, the inside of Miss Twayler was a horrid mess! [See pic below]

Our plan for tidying today is, to begin our tidying at a corner of the kitchen counter. Putting everything in its place while cleaning, sweeping too. To continue this Tidy project until tired.

Then, tomorrow, continue the Tidy thing again.

Pic of Miss Twayler's front room on moving day to Apple Valley


11am - 24 Hour Fitness
George's plan for exercise, is to do it every other day. That exercise routine is:
  • Do each machine exercise for 5-minutes at maximum weight
  • Around every 15-minutes, intersperse machine exercise with a 5-minute cardio
  • Go back to machine exercise
  • Another cardio for 5 or 10 minutes [Whichever comes first!]
This plan takes around 1-hour & 10-minutes. Seems to work very well.

Country Breakfast
This morning is George's 2nd session for 24 Hour Fitness. Before each 24 Hour sessions, George ate breakfast at the Country Breakfast next door to 24 Hour. 
Last time at Country Breakfast, a Belgian waffle was ordered.

This time, the pancakes are coming!

Tioga George review: Excellent breakfast!

4pm - We want to go camping!
This afternoon, a Tioga Team Meeting was held inside Miss Twayler.  The entire team attended:
  • Miss Twayler
  • Little iPhone
  • Mister Dometic
  • Mac Air
  • Baby Boid
  • Coleman Cot
  • Little Honda FIT [Outside, but near a window]
  • Tioga George
Note: If a Team Member was forgotten, we will fudge their name in later!


It was Little iPhone that called for this Team Meeting. And it was Baby Boid, who seconded. It seems that Little iPhone is very excited about going camping. She has been sooooo excited about it, that soon other Team Members caught the camping fever too.

However, although Tioga George was also very excited about the prospect of going camping, he was concerned too.

Tioga George stated, "I have a problem with Coleman Cot."  Tioga George, continued. "His cross members are too darned difficult to put in to place. I almost exhausted myself, that time when Coleman Cot was first setup!"

Coleman Cot offered a story about his difficult setup. He said, "There are rumors in the camping community, that an RVer from up near the Kaintuck, West Virginny border, has come up with a simple change to my frame. The story is, that this change makes my setup easy as Rhubarb!

Coleman Cot continued. "There is a pic in the August, 1999 issue of RVing Life Magazine that contains a close-up pic of that change!!"

Now, everybody got super high on the prospect of actually going camping for reals!

First view of The Tioga Team's Coleman Cot engineering change
[2-Hex bolts, 4-hex nuts, 2-flat washers, 2-lock washers] 

19 comments:

  1. Could be a problem towing Miss Twayler with Mr. Honda. "Oh but the salesman said the Honda was a perfect fit for Miss Twayler." Just kidding.

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    1. Hi Raymond,

      I understand that your comment is intended humorous. And it is.

      However, there is some truth in your comment. Let me explain:

      Honda FIT is a great "towed" vehicle. The FIT is light. And, nothing has to be done to protect the FIT transmission during towing. Just hook up behind the motorhome, and go!

      Tioga George


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    2. 4 wheels down and auto xmission, towable....nice to know.
      Dave

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    3. You are right as rain, David!

      Tioga George


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    1. Mister Ed,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Tioga George

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  3. Hi George!

    You have only just "unpacked" your trailer. Why are you wanting to leave it so soon? It seems like you are trying to re-live your whole rv camping life at once. Please stop and reflect on what's pushing you to move so fast. It also seems that you are really upset with other people...hmmmm Is there a connection?

    best wishes..barb

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    1. Hi Barb,

      I want to go camping so soon, because I have shpilkes [Yiddish for ants-in-my-pants] 😀

      I have not mentioned in my Blog what I am writing to you now in this reply:

      You may be reading into what I am doing now, things that I do not intend to do. Specifically: "...reliving my whole RV camping life at once..." I do not feel that I am doing that.

      I have always, from my beginning years, decades before I became an RVer, been a kind of free-wheeling spirit. I am guessing that you are wondering about why I am going camping [so soon]? The answer is, because I enjoy camping.

      You understand, that I am not willing to go camping with Miss Twayler. The reason: I do not want to assume the responsibility of driving a truck that is towing Miss Twayler.

      Sooooo, that is why I bought a camping tent and and a Coleman camping cot. That good time camping event for me will happen very soon. I have to do the Coleman Camping Cot engineering changes first. The Cot will likely be ready to go tomorrow! 😀

      BTW, I bought the camping tent and Coleman camping cot before I thought about buying Miss Twayler.

      About my being upset with people? Please comment and remind me about that. I don't recall that. When you remind me, prompt me to explain any connection questions that you have.

      Tioga George


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    1. Hi Mister Ed,

      I understand that you are intending some humor when you equate camping with staying in a hotel.

      You and your wife may be missing out on a neat camping-in-the-forest time. Maybe you and your wife would like to go camping with me?

      Say, yes. OK?

      Tioga George


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  5. Mister George, I was wondering how you plan to tow your new trailer to go camping? Is the Honda Fit powerful enough for the job?

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    1. Hi Miss D,

      Well.......I never intended to tow Miss Twayler myself! Whenever Miss Twayler needs moving, I'll give a phone call to Joshua, my towing driver.

      Joshua towed Miss Twayler himself when I moved to Apple Valley from La Mesa.

      When I go camping around here, which will likely happen in the next few days, it will be a tent camping expedition. I will sleep in the Coleman Camping Cot that I wrote about today in my 4pm Blog post [above].

      Tioga George

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  6. “Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world.” Archimedes

    From experience, this works. Do it once and it's easy.

    ' For the last two corners, you need a "cheater bar". If you are setting up several cots, a spare end bar will work. If not, find a piece of wood or pipe about 1" in diameter and about 2 feet long. Start with one of the corners that isn't stretched over the post yet. Pull the free end of the bar so the canvas is tight. Now take the cheater bar and position it vertically so it is inside the free end yet outside of the leg (down thru the cutout area of the canvas). You should have most of the cheater bar (lever) above the canvas with just an inch or two down against the leg. Now pull the top of the lever away from the center of the cot so it stretches the end bar far enough past the end of the side rail so you can get it over the post. At this point, you have 3 out of 4 corners done. The last corner is done just like the previous one, but it usually takes a lot more force to make it stretch the bar out enough to get it over the post. Use slow and steady pressure on the lever so you don't tear the canvas. It's definitely easier to do this with two people; if alone, use one foot at the base of the leg being pryed against so the cot doesn't move. Use the lever also to aid in taking the end pieces back off when breaking the cot back down.

    http://www.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_set_up_a_military_cot

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    1. Hi FCR,

      I watched some videos on YouTube that addressed how to do what you described in your comment. I followed those video instructions. Wow! Still way, way to hard for me!

      I am in the process, of altering the Coleman Camping Cot in question. When my changes are complete, I'll publish a video on YouTube that shows me setting up that Coleman Cot with not one single bit of trouble. Hardly any effort at all.

      In fact, I am sort of bewildered why the Coleman Company doesn't do what I will do to setup their cot!

      Tioga George

      PS: I'm getting really excited thinking about
      Tent Camping. 😀


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  7. George - What a treat to see the next generation of the Tioga Team. I figured the nomad/camping blood still flowed in your veins and am thrilled to see you on the road again. I'll be anxiously watching from the sidelines for each new adventure.

    Have a ball!

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    1. Hi Kevin,

      Wow! Your comment is such a great one for me to read!
      Thank you sooooo much! 😀

      Tioga George


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  8. I was surprised Teddy the Tent was Not included in your afternoon meeting. A list of IHOP locations and Teddy would be at the top of MY list. I guess I would have to put my Wife on MY
    list somewhere as well.

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