Art Imitates Life

Remember January 9th, 2015?  Sure you do, that was Day 520, when we were camped out with our RV and PPG at the fabulous Trona Pinnacles:

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I didn’t get to fly that weekend because of rain, but thankfully Dodge has put together a dramatization of what it would have been like:

An old friend recently e-mailed “the way you’ve turned your lives into art — in the best sense– is truly remarkable.”  I’m not sure that this is what he had in mind.

Flying Long Island

I drove out to Long Island to go flying with some local plots:

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Flight #116:

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Flying from Jones Beach Island to Fire Island:

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Flying back across:

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Coming in for a landing:

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Touchdown:

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I would have flown for much longer but there was a good bit of turbulence, probably due to wind shear.  Local pilots tell me it dies down towards sunset.  If I ever decide to drive all the way out there again, I’ll come later in the day.

The New (for us) Truck Camper

There may be some trips for which a massive 5th wheel like our 2014 Avalanche 360RB is too large.  I found a truck camper on Craigslist and bought it for $500.  It’s a 1990 Sunline C951.  The floorplan can be found on page 11 of the manual:

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The truck camper needs a good bit of work, hopefully I can get everything working.

In order to bring the truck camper home, the truck needed tie-downs to attach the truck camper to the truck.  I could have purchased a set for $450, but it rankled to pay almost as much for the tie-downs as the truck camper, so I decided to build tie-downs instead.  I welded up a pair of rear tie-downs using a bar attached to the tow receiver:

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For the front tie-downs, I based my design on commercially available tie-downs:

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During construction, I installed the tie-downs to make sure the fit was correct.  To tie-down the truck camper, extension bars are installed to bring a mount point out beyond the undercarriage of the truck:

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Stay tuned for the rebuild of the truck camper!