Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hanging Around Ponderay

11:38 am:
We will be hanging around Ponderay Idaho for a while. We were looking at a Google Map using satellite imagery. There are some interesting waterways here. The Pend Oreille River, Crocollala Lake, Lake Pend Oreille. We want to spend some time perhaps camping at these places.

Also, a lot of stuff that we bought over the past month is being shipped to a local mailbox store. We want to pick that stuff up.

Natural Fitness, the nice workout place is here. And Natural Fitness has a fast WiFi! And, I am able to Nite Camp at Natural Fitness! ­čśÄ



12:02pm:
Ideal RV
My mind keeps going over what the ideal RV would be for me. Not that I am going to rush out and buy it. I just enjoy thinking about that subject.

An ideal RV Rig would be a Lance 650 camper with a 1/2 ton pickup truck.

Yesterday when I visited Steve and Elizabeth Willey, Señor Tránsito towing Scampy was unable to go up even 20 feet on the dirt road to their home because Tránsito's front wheel drive slipped.

So, I unhitched Scampy and dropped her in a pull-out on the main road. It would have been neat to camp overnite at the Willey home. That's what I did when MsTioga visited them in 2004.


2:47 pm:
Finished Workout
I've just returned from my workout session at Natural Fitness. This was a very good workout for me.

I'm now using the machines with weight plates. With these machines, I believe that get a more complete workout. There are far more weight plate machines than the adjustable weight machines.

Weight plate machine




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13 comments:

  1. Regarding looking at a Ford Ranchero, a more striped down model with the eco boost engine will tow just as good without paying for all the bells and whistles that come with the Ranchero.
    The eco boost is one powerful engine. I had the 5 liter, 8 cylinder engine before and the eco boost has more power.

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    1. Meeka, I've been singing the praises of the Ford EcoBoost engine, too. What kind of gas mileage are you getting city, open road, and towing? What year do you have? By the way, can you tell that I want one?

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  2. George, I had Lance camper on a Chevy Cheyenne pickup. Very nice camper for weekend use and short trips to Baja but I didn't like the lack of access to the cab from the camper. It made stealth camping difficult since I had to get out of the truck and walk back to the rear camper door to enter. When I had a class B or C the areas were connected so I could park and never need to of outside.

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    1. Hi Rick,

      Thank you for your input.

      George

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  3. Weight lifting has many advantages; apart from looking good physically, it supports your skeletal structure, and provided balance stability. I hope I never stop.

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    1. Hi LBM,

      Do you use fitness clubs in your travels thru Mexico? If yes, what does it cost you?

      George

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  4. Meeka
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I don't think they make the Ford Ranchero anymore that was in the 50s that is unless you know something I don't?
    Mr. G as you say no rush ,,
    Why not keep the trailer that you have less expense you've got it set up the way you want it .
    The only problem Is if you want to do any back road country your original trailer is a little bit low to the ground but I believe they make a kit to raise it up about 4 ins.
    Unless you're not happy with the trailer that you have.
    Sometime down the line When you're riding around.


    Stopped in at Toyota dealership and look at the Toyota Tacoma and the pre-runner just do an exploratory and take each one for a ride see what you think and they're not expensive considering
    PreRunners are technically lifted 2WD Tacomas. “The word “prerunner” refers to a vehicle that pre-runs an off-road race course.” To understand the differences, this list says it all:

    Mechanical Differences Between PreRunner and Regular Tacoma

    For 2005-2010 models, the key differences between a regular Tacoma and a PreRunner are:

    Width: The PreRunner is about 2″ wider than a regular 2wd
    Height: The PreRunner is about 2″ taller than a regular 2wd (give or take)
    More ground clearance: PreRunners have extra 1.5″ (or so) of ground clearance
    Payload rating: A PreRunner can haul about 200 lbs more than a regular 2wd
    Better standard tires and wheels: PreRunners come with a more aggressive tire and 16″ wheels instead of 15″ wheels
    Skid plates: PreRunners have them, regular 2wd’s don’t
    Taller rear axle: PreRunners come with a 4.10 or 3.73 rear end (V6 has 3.73), whereas regular 2wd’s come with a 3.31 or 3.58 (manual vs. auto)
    Larger front brakes: PreRunners have 12.56″ diameter front rotors, just about 2″ larger than regular 2wd’s
    Slightly tighter steering: PreRunners turn just a hair better than regular 2wd’s
    Same wheels as 4×4 Tacoma: PreRunners have 6 lug wheels, just like the 4×4 Tacoma. Regular 2wds have 5 lug wheels.
    Both vehicles are fairly popular with people hauling trailers under 18 ft feet
    It just depends on whether you want a 2 Wheel Dr. or a four-wheel-drive
    With your existing trailer truck set up front wheel drive it's putting all the trailer weight on the back and pushing it down raising the front end
    Think weight distribution and how it works

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    1. Hi Ed,

      I am very impressed with your recollection of all the Mechanical Differences Between PreRunner and Regular Tacoma!

      George

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  5. You sure look good,,, at that weight plate machine
    Looks like it took 50 years if you
    You think if I did that I be looking young and handsome like that

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    1. Hi Ed,

      As you may have guessed, I posted that pic from one that I found on the web.

      I wanted to show what a weight plate machine looked like. Some readers may not know.

      George

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  6. George, having had two truck campers in the past few years, I'd recommend being very careful about putting a hard side truck camper on any half-ton truck. The 650 has an empty weight of 1700 pounds, and by the time you add all your stuff, and water, and propane, and you, it'd be easy to be well over a ton. Despite what they claim, half-ton trucks do not deal with one ton loads very well.

    Consider this: keep the Scamp and get a different tow vehicle... one with 4wd or at least rear wheel drive. Go slow on this George.

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    1. Hi Thom,

      Thank you so very much for you input about the negatives of a 1/2-ton truck!

      I am going slow on this change.

      George

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  7. Not to mention he put on some weight and also shrunk!

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