Friday, June 02, 2017

Direction

Day 23


Double Minded

7:45am - Stuff has happened lately that may have tended to place a bit of darkness over the Scampy RV Team. When doubts creep in to our mind about the direction we have chosen, that is a very unhappy thing!

It is very easy then, to become Double Minded. And then begin to doubt all decisions!

However, we of the Scampy RV Team are made from sterner stuff. Little Honda, Little Scampy, George and the rest will tough it thru this hitch crisis. 

Yes! We will!


Scampy and Honda at their first Nite Camp


11am - Battery Point Lighthouse
We have setup our Day Camp with a view of the Battery Point Lighthouse. We made a Camp here yesterday and have returned for another look at the beauty to be found here.

We have some "this-and-that" chores to do! Gotta love it.

Scampy Team at Crescent Harbor

2pm - Two Guys Welding
Our time for repairing Little Honda's hitch is a 3pm appointment. We feel that early is a good thing! So, we headed over there an hour before.

After looking closely at the challenge here [how the trunk well was cracked, etc.] I figured that welding up the cracked trunk well was NOT the way to go.

Instead, the hitch would be remounted so that new and longer connecting bolts would extend up passed the damaged trunk well. There is an undamaged section that is right above.

Two new longer bolts are now coming down thru this undamaged section and supported by two 1/4" thick washers. These new bolts extend thru the hitch's mount and are secured with two lock nuts torqued to 150 lbs.

One other thing. The front of the cracked well was bent 90 degrees toward the rear of the well. Now, the front and rear of the damaged well form a solid base for the hitch to be mounted.

Showing crack in tire well


Hitch before securing with lock nuts
[The crack visible in the upper left was welded closed]



Hitch remounted. All cracks welded closed


4pm - Heading out to Brookings
I have not let you know before right now, what we are going to do in Oregon!

Do you remember my friend Weng? I first met her when I began camping in Aticama, Mexico in 2009. Weng is having a birthday in a couple of days. And I've invited her out for supper to celebrate! The main dish of this birthday supper, is lumpia. Click [Here] to read about lumpia.

By the way. Weng is a nickname. Not her real name. Her real name is "Rowena." So, from now on in our Blog, it is Rowena.

Rowena has asked me to check out the Town of Brookings in Oregon. She has read that Brookings is known for having mild and consistent weather. In comparison to the rest of Oregon where the weather may change in an instant from a gorgeous day to a storm!



Right after passing the California/Oregon border, we passed an interesting store. About a 1/4 mile after this store, we turned back so that Little iPhone would capture a pic!

Look at that!




Hey Rowena! This is the beach at Brookings! You like?


8:30pm - Hills
Here's a pic for you Rowena. The pic shows the hills to the north of Brookings. Little iPhone captured this pic less than 20 minutes before Sunset.

The hills of Brookings







Nite Camp Location Map

Elevation: 114 feet











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21 comments:

  1. I think if you have doubts about Fit you could easily trade it evenly for a small pickup truck or even an SUV that is about the same size as Fit but suited more for what you want to do.

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    1. Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Isn't my Blog post about NOT having doubt? And staying away from being Double Minded?

      George

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    2. Yes. My thoughts were that if you had a more robust setup there would be no doubts :-)

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    3. Hi again, Andrew!

      You are absolutely correct.
      My setup should be more robust.

      Of course there would be NO Honda. No Scampy either.

      I would have sold the Honda. Replaced the Honda with a truck. And put [This] on the truck!

      Luxury! Robust too! I likely could NOT afford the
      truck/Escape Camper combo. But, there it is.

      George


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  2. George, some would say that is not "doubt" but, instead, we would say that you are making a judgement call based on your analysis of a situation and acting according to your years of RVing experience. If we RVers have learned anything from you, it is that we must be flexible and sometimes think outside the box and that repair of our rolling home is relentless and, at times, can be expensive.

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    1. Hi Dee,

      I believe that a whole bunch of my Readers would agree with your comment.

      However, if I allowed myself to be influenced by doubt [which is a bedfellow of fear], I would never have made it thru July, 2003 and my first year of RVing.

      George


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  3. Hi George - remember that "it will all work out." So just keep on keepin' on.

    I am reading your blog from the beginning and am only up to 2007 so I have a long way to go. I LOVE reading about your adventures, both good and bad.

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    1. Hey Jules!

      Your comment is a fantastic compliment to me. Thank you sooooo much. 😎

      George

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  4. Think only positive thoughts and things will keep moving forward. If you want it to work it will.

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    1. Hi OAT,

      I really love your comment! 😍

      George


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    1. Hi Dave,

      They certainly do!!

      George

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  6. George, I'm sure everything will be ok. If the undercarriage of your unibody car can be reinforced, you'll be good as new! It's nice to be able to have a small car and use it when you're in a campsite. Hang-in there! Sending you positive thoughts along the way! :)
    -Tom L.

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    1. Hi Tom!!

      Thank you sooooo very much for your wonderful

      POSITIVE THOUGHTS comment. 😎

      George


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  7. Just remember all the really major problems with had with Miss Tioga when you first bought her--transmission and what else?

    This is minor, although it would not hurt to have someone crawl underneath and check things out once in a while.

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    1. Hi Grandma,

      You remember about MsTioga's transmission? Here is the rest of that story:

      Several weeks after our transmission was rebuilt, it failed. And, Reliable Transmission would refuse to give us any info about how to exercise their warranty. Later we learned that there was actually nothing wrong with our transmission in the first place. Reliable Transmission had duped us into believing that the normal sludge found in a tranny showed that MsTioga's tranny was about to fail.

      Pretty mean, huh?

      So, I paid $3,500 to Reliable Transmission when there was NOTHING wrong with it. Then $2,700 to Harper Ford in Eureka for a Ford guaranteed remanufactured transmission.

      That's $6,200 not including towing. When I could least afford it too!

      All of my life I've trusted people when I should have NOT trusted them. I'm just a believing guy. A sucker!

      George


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    2. I hear ya, George, I hear ya. I remember that posting.

      I have a shifting issue in my '94 Thor and the trans shop tells me $3K for a rebuild when they can't even pinpoint the problem. I smelled a rat and moved on, declining the offer.

      I was complaining about that to the guys at O'Reilly Auto Parts and they tell me they'll sell me a rebuilt for $1700. And the guy working there said he'd put it in for $200. I didn't do it because the Trans works but sometimes it goes into second gear and won't shift up or down. All I have to do is pull over, shut it down and count to ten. Restart the motor and that usually causes whatever to reset and the Trans works as it should.
      It's been almost three years now and the trans still works but sure is getting under my skin with it's little quirk.

      You can't even trust the dealer sometimes either. The Chevy dealer in Tacoma tried to screw me with a way overpriced quote( I think it was because they didn't want to mess with it).

      Honest mechanics are about a fifty-fifty crap shoot anymore. It's like going to the doctor, get a second or third opinion. It might cost you a hundred dollars but it'll be worth it. And become a member of a Forum. Lots of people there that are willing to help out.

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  8. Oregon is much more RV friendly than Ca...I'm sure you will have a bigger smile on your faces..."Boid"
    Unfortunately Wa. state is going the way of Ca. with stupid prices for state parks..Soon only the 1% ers will be able to afford the campground prices..As if they had rigs like yours and mine...Don't think so...
    Upriverdavid

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    1. Hi David,

      You sound pretty knowledgeable about what you write in your comment.

      George

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  9. Except you can legally overnight at Washington roadside rests stops - we have done so many times and really loved having that option...

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  10. Salamat, Thank you in translation! It is nice to see the beauty along the way and the ugly too, in your journey. But who's counting? Ain't! I enjoy every color of your post story, friend George! :-)

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