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Monthly archives: January, 2016

Acclimation Day

June 19, 2015 – Today will be a day of research and discovery, acclimation to the equipment, and to Canada.  This is one of those days that is chock full of little stories.  The take-away?  I stayed in Chilliwack the whole day doing stuff, and went back to Wal*mart for another night of free lodging.

On……


Cranky Solution

Hand cranking the stabilizer jacks under each corner of the trailer is unpleasant at best.  But a crank/wrench isn’t very expensive and is easily cut with a grinding wheel.  So I sliced off the handle and made a straight extended wrench out of one.  Now, chucking this up in a cordless drill/driver I can raise……


One Man Show

The simple solutions to leveling your trailer side to side, and backing into just the right spot really depend on having a spotter outside the car.   Not having that separate set of eyes on my solo trip I chose some solutions that are a little more complex.


Every Journey Begins With A First Step

June 18, 2015 – I stopped 30 feet down the driveway.  The rear view mirror is obstructed by the trailer, but I can see the house framed in the rear view camera.  I snap a …


Shakedown Cruise

June 11th, 2015 – For the past several weeks I’ve been making lists and reviewing my gear.  I want to be moving, and I am too anxious sit in the driveway while I figure out how to load the gear into the trailer.  I bought several blue plastic totes to collect things while I prepared. ……


The Adventure Begins

Early June 2015, I feel like the calendar is on fire.  Burning a low flame, but inexorable.  How has it consumed more than two months?  So long ago I chose adventure, why haven’t I headed north yet?

I watched as the flames ate April.  The severance package came with a general overview of what to expect,……


The Hitch in an Otherwise Quiet Ride

Trailer hitches are designed to do work, not be quiet.  On a truck you probably won’t notice, but in an SUV it is loud and distracting.  This post is about how I kept this beast under a pillow, mostly.


Something You Aren’t Doing…

One day I was driving with a good friend along a two lane highway in Eastern Washington.  The road was a little up and a little down, some left and some right.  Even so it was an easy road to drive and keep the speed constant.  I was driving at the speed limit, but approaching……


Sleeping Arrangement

Being just one person and short enough to fit sideways, I found that I could just lay down the back of the rear couch to sleep.  Wall to wall is about 72″ and I am about 67″, this leaves a little room above my head and below my feet.  I further found that if I laid……


CPAP – Off Grid

This post is about my portable CPAP kit and is in response to some of the conversations I’ve had about taking my CPAP beyond the trailer.  I have used a CPAP machine to keep my breathing normal at night for over 15 years.  During that time I’ve also enjoyed plenty of backwoods adventures beyond……


Tongue Box

June 2015 – Pre-Trip – I wanted a little extra storage of the “rugged” type, so I replaced the red shroud that covered the propane tank and battery with a diamond plate truck box. ……


Under Trailer Modifications

I plan to take the trailer on some gravel roads so I had the axle remounted to put the frame higher off the ground, and we added tough skid plates to protect the underside.  When I was choosing my T@B the optional Outb@ck package wasn’t available locally when I needed it, so I decided……