How the PTV became the ITV

Sunday, November 30

The forest service ranger drives by our campsite at sun-up.  He slows his white pick-up in order to look for the red Tonto pass on the dash.

The ranger is the only person in over a week to come near our campsite at Roosevelt Lake, Arizona, and that includes Thanksgiving weekend.  It’s been wonderful here!  I appreciate you understanding my need to keep our location to ourselves.

Roadrunner visits every day in the late afternoon. 

I laugh to see him run under the bushes along the edge of the clearing, because I know he’s on his way to see Bridget and me.  Zoom-zoom and he’s at our camp, head cocked, one eye scanning the premises.  Satisfied, he waves his comb a few times and is off again, zipping soundlessly (nary a beep-beep) under the bushes and away.

Ravens are frequent fliers over our camp.

They own the skies around here.   I can hear the approach of a single raven before I see him, the pumping of his wings a sound like no other.  As he passes, he croaks loudly, following a straight flight path on a mission . . . to his mate maybe?  When in pairs the ravens float and dive in playful dips and swoops, never more than a few feet apart.

Two timid jackrabbits make an appearance on Thanksgiving Day.  Other creatures are cactus wrens and a tiny bird (vireo? kinglet?) which looks like a grey version of an Easter marshmallow chick,  also a hummingbird and a few bees, the latter two attracted to my red wash basin.

Okay, enough with “RVSue, Junior Ranger.”

In more practical matters — the dadburn damaged door!   I promised to tell you how the back door of the once-Perfect Tow Vehicle was crunched.

Take a look.  Pretty sorry-looking sight, eh?  I’ve been driving around  like this for a month.

1-P1010627Bungees — What would we do without them?

Maybe you recall our October camp along Ivey Creek near Salina, Utah.

That’s the area where I photographed maples and oaks in autumn color, and also in the previous spring the tom turkey shown in the previous post.  (Thanks, BTW, for the compliments on that pic!)  Anyway . . . . to tell the story . . .

After a clinger experience, I hitch up the Best Little Trailer in order to move us further downstream to a pretty camp that we enjoyed in the spring.  I find the large clearing has been eroded from the recent rains and from heavy use.  It wasn’t a level area to begin with — I had a devil of a time positioning the BLT previously– and it’s even more difficult this time.

I don’t take down the antenna pole for this short move.

By leaving it up I save myself some effort and also I can make sure it won’t be caught in tree branches.  (This doesn’t have anything to do with damaging the door.  I just thought I’d throw that in.)  I turn and back several times as I try to find a place where I won’t have to prop one side too high in order to become level.

There are tree branches and rocks and holes dug by previous campers to avoid. At one point I get out of the PTV and pull out the bright yellow chocks from the back.  These I set out as markers so I can see in my side mirrors where to back the wheels of the BLT.

Just then Del drives up in his pick-up!

It’s always a treat to chat with Del (the guy who built a cordwood cabin with his son).  We yak away from our respective drivers’ seats.  When he leaves, I pause for a moment.  Gee, this site isn’t going to work.  It would be easier to camp at that other site.

And that’s when the damage occurs.

I forgot all about placing the chocks on the ground.  I forgot that I got those chocks out of the back of the PTV.  The ground being unlevel, evidently the back door closed by itself . . . but it did not latch!

The PTV is sideways to the lane out.  I drive in a tight arc over ruts and holes in order to make it to the main road.  While I’m doing this, the back door swings open.  As the PTV turns, the front end of the BLT — the “belly band” actually — comes in contact with the inside edge of the door.


1-P1010638Thank heaven for the belly band!  The BLT received no damage.

Due to the bumpety nature of the drive out of there, I don’t feel the contact between the BLT and the PTV.  It isn’t until I stop at the campsite up the road that I realize what has happened.

And that, my dears, is the story, “How the PTV became the ITV.”

1-P1010640The damage is in the latch area, necessitating replacement of the door.

Tomorrow (Monday) I have an appointment with Cobre Valley Body Shop in Globe, Arizona, to have the door replaced with one from a salvage yard.  (The previous appointment for last Tuesday was cancelled due to rust on the replacement door.)

About the many comments under the Thanksgiving post  . . .

It was a pleasure to have many blogorinos around my “table” for Thanksgiving.  I am blessed with kind and thoughtful readers!

Thanks to those of you who took advantage of the sale on Paperwhites and Kindle Fires.  I see your orders which give me a big smile in addition to nice commissions.   I’ll try to make y’all aware of special sales, especially during the Christmas shopping season.

A reader informed me that not all of the home page is visible on her old phone, and, because of this, she doesn’t have easy access to Amazon from my blog.  She asked that I put an Amazon link at the end of each post.  I will do that from now on.  Thanks for the helpful  feedback and suggestion!

I need to sign-off now . . .

Today we move to a new camp!



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139 Responses to How the PTV became the ITV

  1. Janis Harrison says:


  2. JaninRedford says:

    Hi Sue, I have been a lurker in here for some time as we are getting ready to go full-time this coming year.
    I love your blog and have been following for over a year now and it has helped us get ready for the full time life.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to comments, JaninRedford! It’s always a delight for me to see another reader come out of lurkdom. You are now officially a blogorino!

      I’m happy you love my blog. 🙂

  3. Lee in Northern California says:

    Poor door! What a life lesson for us all. But perfectly understandable considering you were interrupted by a chat, I must remember to start from scratch in my leaving check list when I am interrupted! That belly band must be tough, good to know it can take that kind of crunch, I might need that feature sometime.

    I got one of the Kindle Fires, gift for my sister, and a step for my new truck! We finally decided to upgrade our tow vehicle, got a new Ford F 150 super cab. It is so neat, traded in our little car, so we are now a two truck family, guess which one is mine ? Ha!
    Too bad I couldn’t have purchased the truck on Amazon , now that would have been a good commission!

    It continues to rain here in California, it is so nice to see some green here, even if it does mean lots of weeds to eradicate later. How is the weather in your neck,of the woods?

    Hug the Princess B for me, That dog is just too precious..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee,

      At the risk of being really annoying to those in bad weather, the weather here is perfect! Brisk in the morning, sunny all day, cool at night, yet comfortable with the windows shut.

      Thanks for shopping from my blog. If you ever need parts of accessories for those two trucks, Amazon has them. (How crass of me) 🙂

      I hope sis likes the Kindle Fire.

  4. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Yikes! Glad the BLT wasn’t damaged!

    Just another task to add to the checklist of “things to do” prior to vacating a spot! We always had the yellow sign “the antenna is up” hanging on the rearview mirror!

    Soon the ITV will once again become the PTV!

    Have a marvelous day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Ever since the crunch incident, the rule is: “If interrupted while hitching, unhitching, backing up, or positioning the BLT, get out of the PTV, look everything over, and regain focus before proceeding.”

      I’ll be very glad to give up bungee-ing the doors together!

    • AlanOutandAbout says:

      Yep, Been there done that. 🙂

  5. leilani says:

    Whoops! That door crunch is exactly something that would happen to me. Took you a lot longer to break in the PTV than it would have taken me, I’d wager, but it’ll be as good as new in no time and look at it this way: you got a story to tell out of the deal.

    Speaking of stories, if you need something to read on your kindle paperwhite while all those ravens are swooping over your head, I can recommend Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds
    by Berndt Heinrich
    It’s part mystery/part naturalism and a surprisingly absorbing read.

    • leilani says:

      PS) Maybe you can switch the amazon link to your own commissioned one? I think many of your readers might enjoy this one also.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks for the book suggestion, Leilani. It looks interesting. I usually don’t spend more than five bucks for a kindle book. When I settle somewhere, I’ll try to remember to check it out of a library. I would like to learn more about ravens. They were fascinating to watch at this camp.

        I did change your link to one of my Amazon links.

  6. Mick'nTN says:

    Tough BLT, Beat up poor PTV. I’m a bit surprised!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mick,

      I was surprised — and relieved — that the BLT withstood the pressure of the door being jammed into the belly band. Nice to know it’s tough!

      Today we moved to a new camp and I used the new dummy antenna that you sent me. 🙂

      • Marsha / MI says:

        We had a mishap our second year of Casita ownership and did $10K damage to our truck and lightly dented the belly band on the Casita. Our truck may be Ford tough, but the Casita is even tougher.

  7. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Sounds like you had lovely company on Thanksgiving, especially the Ravens.

    Glad your getting door all fixed up. Once I was leaving in my little truck, when I noticed some of the stray cats we were trying to live trap. I was backing up & counting cats at the same time & backed right into the garbage shed. Only broke the tail lights though.

    Well, they drew the puppy name at the shelter this weekend…I didn’t win. pups name is “Ryder” He is a cutie though, I saw him this morning.
    Look forward to seeing the new camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val,

      Well, I bet you learned your lesson: “Never count cats while backing up.” 🙂

      Speaking of the “lovely company on Thanksgiving” . . . As we left camp this morning, the roadrunner ran across the road in front of us. Made me laugh to have one last look at him…

  8. AZ Jim says:

    I missed ya Missy…..Glad you are back. We had a stuffed Turkey now I am stuffed with Turkey. I hope you enjoyed the peace and quiet of the last few days. Thanks for “splaining” how the PTV lost it’s battle with the BLT. It will be well again soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      It’s nice to be missed. I don’t know why I didn’t post Saturday. I had absolutely no mind to write something.

      I drove up to the shower house at Cholla Campground, had a nice shower — although I discovered there was no shampoo in my bath bag, ended up washing my hair with Gain laundry detergent! Came out soft and fluffy… 🙂

  9. Timber n' me says:

    Well we’re getting closer to the # 1 mark, anyhow, that is some damage to the ITV. I bet you’ll check your doors from now on before moving, even a short distance. Well mishaps will happen, It’s not the end of the world yet. Have a safe and blest day, in finding a great, next, camp spot. Oh,, Give the HRH Bridget a BIG HUG from us, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,us

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      Isn’t this Arizona weather wonderful? Yes, I’m much more careful since the PTV got her boo-boo.

      We made it safely to our next camp. Hope you and Timber are happy and well…

      • Timber n' me says:

        I can’t believe it, it’s been so warm that I haven’t used the heater in almost 5 days. It’s been in the low 80s but the Weather Dude says rain starting Tuesday and sorry to say , cooler times are ahead, It’s not my fault, Winter’s a coming, so Spring can get here and we all can go a touring again. Hey, that sounds like a song ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,us

        • Timber n' me says:

          Oh, We’re doing great, in fact, all the dirt, dust making folks are gone and now we can go for a long walk …………see ya , wait fer me Timber!!!!

  10. weather says:

    Here’s something I didn’t expect to respond to one of your posts with-“I did not enjoy looking at those photos.” Hearing about critters that visit you-always a pleasure!They’ll notice your absence,I have for a while-so glad you posted again 🙂 The door looked better than I expected it to and knowing how it happened,your not feeling it,was a relief.I’d wondered if you’d backed into something large enough to have been a worse experience all around.Hope your new camp is easy to get set up in,and has wildlife,walks and views you both enjoy.

    You may want to put a link to your camera here————————————————-,It’s a terrific bargain at the moment on Amazon.I noticed as taking pics will be part of moving forward.Told my friend about the plans I’m considering during our dinner for nine last evening,the reaction that brought felt a bit like taking a child’s security blanket from them.Perhaps I should have anticipated that,I forget how people feel they need someone they can count on at times…To her credit,what a great friend, by this morning she was happy to hear I know of rigs suitable for this little troupes comfort,as she and I so closely share feelings about all that.

    Gee,you’re getting closer to having the PTV back by the minute-I’m happy for you,enjoy and hug beautiful Bridget for me!

    • weather says:

      BTW-Bottom of the page two posts ago(Cliffhangers) a new blogorino Rejean recently left a note-as it was an effort(she’s French and uses only that on her own blog) I thought it was charming to notice -your blog attracts quite a variety.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks for letting me know, weather. I meant to reply. I’ll do so here…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Welcome to my blog, Rejean! Glad you stopped by with a comment. Your English is very good!

          Don’t hesitate to write again. If you make a mistake, I’ll fix it for you. I do that often for readers for whom English is their first language. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      It’s interesting to see how friends and family react to news of purchasing an RV or going full-time on the road (don’t know which fits you). Usually people react with shock, some with safety concerns (Isn’t it dangerous?), some with negativity (What will you do all day?)…. In time the same people accept the idea, even become excited about the plan (I’m happy for you!), and some reveal a wistfulness, wishing they could so the same. They may not say so, but you see it in their eyes.

      I don’t know if this is the “terrific bargain” you saw on Amazon for my camera. Here’s a link which seems like a good deal:

      Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera Kit with 60x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Black) Includes 16GB Memory Card, USB Memory Card Reader, 2 Replacement DMW-BMB9 Batteries, Rapid Travel Charger, Mini HDMI Cable, Carrying Case and Cleaning Kit

      (Note to readers: If you are not reading this around 11/30/14, any special deal may not be available)

      • weather says:

        Wind’s turned most of the view here into a wide sea- tossing and rippling by,only this cove’s surface is placid.As so often happens I note the protection Providence has placed me within.That’s remarkable because I’ve not sought that while risk taking to reach for dreams all through life…

        Perhaps that’s why I haven’t had “people react with shock” as you mentioned here,Sue,Good morning,hope the PTV is “P” by now,and so is today for Bridget and you 🙂 Yesterday at lunch I disclosed plans for fulltiming to a longtime friend,her reaction was identical to my son’s and his family’s.All she said with a broad smile was “What can I do to help?” Wonderful people I’ve been given are such fun to tell you about!

        Part of preparing has my jeep in the shop again to replace old parts likely to need that ahead of time.It occurred to me last night that another advantage to the Class C this troupe will best travel and live in is that it can be used to tow the jeep for convenience and exploring,also should it be in need repair,bonus!

        • weather says:

          It would be nice to hear for sure that the bump didn’t compromise the BLT’s seal around the band,do you know?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, weather!

          You are wise to take care of “problems” before they occur and when you have a trusted mechanic to do the work. I’ll be frank here — A Class C, in my opinion, is a mistake without a toad (unless you want to hang around camp all the time). You will have a great set-up for travel and for exploring, also more flexibility when repairs/maintenance are required.

          How people react to “the announcement” tells a lot about them. The friends I told were teachers… a conservative group generally… for whom selling one’s home to live in a travel trailer, moving from place to place, is as foreign as becoming a goat herder in Uzbekistan. After a short while they saw the possibilities and shared my excitement and were happy for me, several saying “I wish I could do that.” 🙂

          I love the reaction “What can I do to help?” It’s fun for me to hear that!

          • weather says:

            Goat herder?!Hilarious-thanks for making me laugh!Good point about conservative folks reaction,you make me notice that my “people” have been demonstrating that they’ve been influenced by broader parameters,neat.Re my choice of set up having included the jeep as toad-I agree- not to do so would be a mistake-should our home need repair the jeep makes an alternate home quite well.I doubt hotels and such would welcome 2 dogs,a cat,2 birds and I !

  11. Applegirl NY says:

    Poor PTV. I have full confidence that it will be Perfect again. I also love the wildlife stories you tell. After all one of the wonders of travel are change of creatures along with the rest of the scenery.

    Can’t wait to see where you’ll end up next!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      I appreciate the feedback on my “wildlife stories.” I couldn’t write a post that was entirely about the mishap with the PTV. You’re right …. One of the things I truly enjoy, living the way I do, is camping near different birds and wildlife, depending upon where our travels take us.

  12. Calvin R says:

    I enjoyed all the wildlife information. You can play Junior Ranger whenever you like.

    I have an old e-ink Kindle with around 300 books on it. At least 280 I got for free.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin R.,

      Isn’t it great to be able to snag free books for your kindle? I love carrying my personal library with me wherever I go and it’s no bigger than one book. Amazing!

      Goody! I get to play Junior Ranger again! 🙂

      • Jan in Montana says:

        I am waiting for amazon to say my fire HD 7 has been shipped!! I splurged on the good deal because friday in the mail was a dividend check from the electric co-op from my late 1990’s SD sheep farm. Ha–one of the few times that I did not convince myself not to buy a nonessential. Must be the snow and cold giving me cabin fever.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Jan,

          I’ve been the same way all my life. “Do I really need this?” before every purchase. I finally learned it’s okay to treat myself. It’s nice to buy something simply because you want it. 🙂

  13. Casitagirl says:

    I always make my Amazon purchases through your web site –it’s the least I can do for all the pleasure and inspiration you give to me. Thanks Sue!

    Our plan is finally coming together. We have 3 children, all just post college, launching their careers. One is in Michigan, another is in S Carolina and a third just moved to LA. They are now spread all over the country, so we aren’t too tied to Michigan anymore. We wanted to have a home base, so bought a smaller house down in Fla near other family. We are selling our Michigan house and plan to move down to Fla. We will live there in the winter and visit our kids and explore our great country the rest of the year. With no house payment and my husband working part time remotely (he’s a computer programmer), we should do just fine. I’m looking forward to a simpler life. Right now I’m stuck in the grind, working 50 hours a week in cold, dark and cloudy Michigan. We are planning to put the house up for sale right after Christmas.

    We have learned a lot as we have watched you carefully put your plan together, then execute it. The lessons you teach have helped us do the same. Thanks again Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Casitagirl,

      Love your opening line! Thank you very much.

      Your plans sound wonderful… perfectly suited for your family. The triangle of offspring will have you crossing beautiful country as you make your annual visits. What fun! I’m glad that my blog has been a help for you to put together your own version of a vagabond life.

      Best of luck selling the house and putting in those 50-hour work weeks!

  14. Barb George says:

    OMGosh I just looked at the sales. I thought there were 6 stampers in the dinosaur package… LOL what the heck! What am I gonna do with 24 stampers… OH GOSH. Talking to self. Fun to see some of the stuff listed there!

    I am so glad you were NOT having to deal with a broken Perfect Little Trailer… Your van will be better than good tomorrow! YAY!

    Hugs from a REALLY COLD Hoquiam!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aw, shucks, Barb… The cold has come to Hoquiam…

      Did you buy the stampers? If so, thank you! I think they are packaged for teachers. They would make good gifts to young students or stocking stuffers. Kids love stampers. They stamp their bodies and pretend they have tattoos. 🙂

      • Barb George says:

        YEP. The stampers are for Keylee (age 4 and a huge dino fan). In fact she is having an all out Dino-Dandy Christmas. She will use them–it is fun! She is even getting a WAY cool game of Dino-dig-like an Operation game but in dino form.

        Hope you are warm! We are at 20 degrees this morning. Brrrr!!!
        Hugs from Hoquiam!

  15. Sondra-SC says:

    Hope you had a great day on Thanksgiving sounds like you enjoyed the nature that was around that would make me smile for sure!! Its easy to make a mistake, and soon it will all be fixed up good as new–One time I was hitching up a horse trailer…and my friend parked her Chevy Nova (remember those) in the way so I got in to move it I was going to back up left the door open, looked over my right shoulder to back up and whammmmm….door hit a tree!! Yanked it pretty much off the hinges…later we took it the rest of the way off ….after that I was so rattled I had to try 3 times to get the truck lined up to hitch the horse trailer… we drove back home after dropping the horses off with the drivers door in the back it was a windy and chilly ride home!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s quite a story, Sondra! Gave me a laugh, imagining you driving down the road with no door… It’s tough to look cool in a damaged vehicle. 🙂

  16. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue and fellow readers! I’m back from my maiden voyage.

    On Wed. I traveled to Port Richy to pay for and pick up my 2012 EZ Traveler by Sunset Park RV. To say I was apprehensive would be a understatement. I brought my two dear friends for this endeavor. After the man showed me pretty much everything and me writing it down and then paying him and getting the title turned over to me I drove it home. (40 min drive) It pulled very easily and I had no problem with it.

    I proceeded to pack up all my needed supplies and food etc. Thinking of everything I would possibly need and of course I still forgot some important things. Oh well. Everyone at the camp told me that everyone forgets things. (so I didn’t feel bad ) lol

    Lucky for me my very close friends helped me with EVERYTHING. Leveled in the midst of beautiful tree’s and forest. There were so many RV’s and I was part of a big group of RV friends who go there every Thanksgiving for years. The smells and sounds, the beautiful area and the roaring fire were awesome. I set one of my chairs at the fire and my new huge lounge chair on a rug in front of my little home on wheels.

    The dogs behaved and had a blast walking and smelling and loving all the friendly folks and there pups. I must say I am very proud of how the pups took to the tiny camper. Everything works and it is practically new.

    The first day and night I was nervous and not sure I could handle this small of a home but by the 3rd night I absolutely loved it!! I felt so good and it is perfect for little ole me. The Thanksgiving feast was outrageously yummy and there were so much for everyone. The Bluegrass music was really nice and we often had musicians playing right at our fire. Every night the one couple who pretty much runs the food set up two huge tables of either breakfast or dinner. We all chipped in and shared.

    I can not wait for my new lifestyle and I’m going back next weekend for another gathering and there is one in Jan and Feb. Loved the people too. The camper worked great and today I did the levelers and closed up everything did the dump thing (with my friend) and the only thing I do need to do is fill the propane takes next week. I had plenty so that was good.

    I can say I slept really good, too, and loved making my coffee and sitting, loving everything about this. Thanks to all the bloggers here and of course all the knowledge Sue shares really helps. Now to get rid of all of this stuff in my home.

    I hear that Willy song playing in my mind. “On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again”

    • Teresa from NC says:

      Congratulations Deb! Glad you had an awesome time.

      • DebsJourney says:

        Thank you 🙂 It was even nicer than I imagined and before I left I wanted to back out and run but boy I’m happy I didn’t. Nothing to fear but fear itself

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      It’s such fun to read your report of your first trip out with your new rig. Sounds like you had a marvelous Thanksgiving. What a wonderful maiden trip!

      I giggled to read you’re planning to go back… how you slept so well… that the dogs “had a blast” .. . . that you love “everything about this.” I am thrilled for you!

      Thanks for sharing the details. I bet you have inspired others by doing so. As I drove us to our new camp today I thought of you, hoping I’d find an update on these new experiences. A new world is opening for you, Deb! Good for you for reaching for it!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Deb… Here is a message left under a previous post by Geri, in case you missed it. She and her husband Chuck workkamp at campgrounds in Florida.

        Hi Deb, Chuck and I will be in Crystal River come January! If you are still in the area, we’d love to meet ya! Hope your Thanksgiving camp with friends was full of smiles!

      • DebsJourney says:

        I’m thrilled knowing you thought of me 🙂 I am sitting here in my living room looking at all this stuff that I need to get rid of is way more work than I want to think. But now I can’t wait to join you full timers. It felt so freeing knowing that I can do this and want to! This group has many camp outs and I’m actually invited to one next weekend at one of the lead musicians who has over 50 acres of private land. Called Hollow Point Farm says on the card Private house concerts. I’m up for it. Just need to get some solar or a small generator to make sure I have power. How long will it take me to be able to do everything by myself? lol I felt healthier and walked more and was actually outdoors more than ever. It’s a good change a coming. cyber hugs Sue

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          How long will it take you to do everything by yourself? That depends on how soon you insist on doing everything by yourself… and there’s no hurry. Go at the pace that’s right for you. Confidence grows as you go along. I’m driving over mountains that I would’ve avoided three years ago…..

          “I felt healthier and walked more and was actually outdoors more than ever.” After a while the outdoors becomes your home. Gosh, I am so happy for you, Deb.

          • DebsJourney says:

            Sue I know I will have to go pretty slow because it just takes a lot out of me with the bending and winding and moving. Just took the camper off the truck and backed it into it’s storage area and it was intense but I did it. A lady helped to make sure it was lining up. But this type of lifestyle makes a person so much more active and I need to get stronger! 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Going slow is good. There are times when I tell myself to slow down, be methodical, take care. Less chance of a pulled muscle or accident.

              You probably will become stronger, Deb. Like you said before, you’re outside more, you walk more…

              As for backing up… I found it became easier (talking about on my own) once I had memorized how the BLT looks in relation to the PTV as seen from the side mirror. While on the road, look in your side mirror often and memorize how it looks. Then try to duplicate that when backing up to hitch.

              Here’s to new strength!

    • Krystina at Wellton, AZ says:

      Happy, Happy, Happy for you Deb!!! Thank you so much for telling us all about it. It was a delight to read it all. I have been on the road for 6 months now and I am certainly still learning. I have found that RV folks will help you with anything and they are so happy to do it. Can’t wait to hear about next weekend.


      • DebsJourney says:

        Hi Krystina, thank you so much for being happy for me. I really enjoyed the 4 nights. My next plan to use it is for possibly 2 weeks New Years week at the same Sertoma ranch with the same group of people. Can’t wait.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Deb, So happy to hear how well it all went and what a nice group of folks you had to camp with…how fun!!! Takes me back to my childhood and our family going up with a bunch of other folks (usually 30-50) camping on some property one family owned the forest around Mt. Shasta in California!! Those huge bonefires, singing and visiting were so fun, even as a kid!! I hope all your travels will go very well!!

      • DebsJourney says:

        Thank you Elizabeth
        I am going to be camping near Mt Shasta next summer where my good friend lives. I’ll probably stay for a few weeks. I’m just realizing how much effort and strength it takes to wind the hitch and all the stooping etc. I’m beat today. Just backed it up to park it in the storage area all by myself but wow intense!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Deb… If the winding of the hitch becomes too much for you, an electric hitch can be installed.

          Husky HB4500 4500 lbs. Brute Power Jack

          This one receives a high rating on Amazon. Just want you to know there’s a solution to every problem! 🙂

          • DebsJourney says:

            Thanks for the information on a electric power jack. Only trouble is by the time I buy it and have to have someone install it the price gets so steep. too much to think of now…. like scarlet ohara.,,, I’ll think about that tomorrow…
            my brain is tired today

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              With all the RVing friends you have and new ones you’ll make (given your personality), someone will be around to install it. I don’t think it’s a major project. Of course you have to get the jack first. Something to save for…

              My hitch cranks easily. I wonder if yours could use some lubrication. ??

  17. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Deb, I am so totally happy to read about your first outing going so well. You have taken a firm hold on your path to happiness! Congratulations!

  18. Teresa from NC says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’m glad you had an enjoyable and quiet Thanksgiving. That campsite must’ve served you well, and hopefully your new one does, too. I would miss the roadrunner’s visits. I’m such a sap in that way. Hope you and Bridget are doing well…Safe travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teresa,

      The roadrunner said goodbye by running across the road in front of us as we left.

      Your comment makes me think about different camps and how every one of them has something to offer, something that makes it special.

      The best I can explain it — When you take the time to get to know a camp, to meet the “neighbors” (meaning birds and wildlife), to look closely at the plants, to experience the camp’s rhythms, the light and shadow of the sun throughout the day, the scene created by the rising and setting of the sun, the smells (creosote, pines, river, etc.), the sounds at night ( a distant train whistle, hooting owl, cackling coyotes, etc.) — It’s like getting to know a camp’s personality. I love that!

      • DebsJourney says:

        Wow Sue, nicely put and I am beginning to understand so much more. The stars in the sky and the tall tree’s that go on forever.

  19. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Ouch, poor tow vehicle. A good lesson for all of us. When we get interrupted, check the list again and start over if needed.

    I am glad you had a great Thanksgiving. We have had a very busy time with work and I had the family for Thanksgiving.

    Looking forward to seeing your next spot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      Take good care of yourself… eat well and get plenty of rest… to carry you through this busy time of year.

  20. AlanOutandAbout says:

    I bet that road runner knows your campsite well and has probably been fed by previous occupants. It’s part of its tour of its domain.
    As to ravens, I was spending a night next to the Paria river just after it narrows down to 10′ across and about 150′ up, about 5 miles from White House Ruins campground. I was sitting there at dusk and I heard a loud thump. After a few seconds it happened again, only closer. Another couple of seconds and it does it again, real close. Then around the bend comes a giant raven and when he flapped his wings the air displaced by his stroke hit the walls of the canyon and sounded like a thump. It was really a little frightning as I had no idea what was coming.
    Too bad about the PTV, but it’s just part of the experience, right? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can imagine how that flapping sound would be magnified in a canyon. Made you sit up and take notice, eh? 🙂

  21. Kay says:

    And, so, it is PROOF… CLINGERS do more than cause stress… they cause accidents to happen because the PTV would not have likely been damaged had you not had to move camp because of CLINGERS….

    You need a CLINGER SIGN!!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      Well, I had to have an accident at some point. I’m glad it happened in a campsite and nobody was hurt.

      I still have my “Allen Party” sign. 🙂

  22. Mert says:

    Hi sue and princess Bridget,
    Thank goodness the ptv looks much better than my mind had imagined ( probably because when I myself have a little mishap, I do it up right) my door would probably be hanging off a tree limb 😉
    The past pics ( all though all are wonderful) but the ones of little girl in the stroller are priceless. I love the look on her face. So dang cute!
    I too ordered a paper white, arrives tomorrow … I ordered several more items today, I am trying to do most of my Christmas shopping from the comforts of home this year ( I hate shopping , crowds and long lines make me irritable and nervous) so all I can get through amazon, I will do so through your blog.
    Am glad you all are having a peaceful, relaxing time.
    Peace, health and happiness to you and the sweet baby girl
    Mert and Asia Mae 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mert,

      There’s something about riding in the stroller that brings out Bridget’s softer side. She looks dreamy and lovey… Her scowls disappear.

      I hate store shopping, too. Online shopping is so much easier. I like how products are rated with stars by Amazon customers. I often read several reviews of the product before I put it in my cart. You don’t get that information when shopping in a store. And you don’t get the flu either!

      Thanks for your orders, Mert. I know you will love the Paperwhite (unless it’s a gift for someone else).

  23. Mert says:

    The paper white is a gift. But I may just buy myself one too 😉
    So next, I assume I will need a cover for this paper white as well?!?! Any suggestions? I was just now looking at them and most of them said 2012- 2013 models. Will that include the model I just purchased?
    And yes, I love the reviews as well and Ratings. I am one that has to research everything lol. Even simple things like cell phone chargers lol
    And Bridget’s face looks so loving , but I can read also.. ” put down the camera mom and let’s go…. Push push push” lol
    Thanks for all you do… You make my eve. Much brighter.
    I have resumed reverse reading on the blog. I am in middle of 2012. Such a great blog. I have fallen asleep the past 3 nights reading it. I wake up as I sling my phone across the room and it hits the floor lol thank goodness for otter boxes 😉

  24. Wayne Scott says:

    I hate it when my routine is interrupted. When it happens, I always start over from the top. Good to hear the BLT was not injured. Happy Holidays

  25. Ron Sears says:

    Boy that was dumb! There someone had to say it. LOL…..It could have been worst is what I always tell myself when I do little “mishaps” . They seem to come more often after I turned 60 and I am your age. Life is way to short to worry about the little things….be safe..

  26. kgdan says:

    Reality sets in . . . .
    Well, we have now been out & about living in our Casita for about 3 months now. Recently we’ve begun to recognize that we are getting on each others’ nerves; spending way too much time together. Almost simultaneously we suggested a visit home. I jumped at the chance & will fly home later this week. Just the speaking of this started turning our conversations in a positive direction. Before I have even left, Gil is asking what day next week I’ll be back (I was thinking more like a month!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s what happens when the days are short and the fish aren’t biting! 🙂

      I’m amazed that any couple can full-time it in a Casita. Of course, I’m amazed that any couple can full-time it in a four-bedroom home. Have a good mini-vacation from each other!

      Okay, I’ll say the obvious –“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

  27. Holly Fox says:

    Hi Sue,
    Trying this again….there may be a former post… It just disappeared .
    I have just started reading your blog, I love the way you are discribing the camp sights. Here in VA it’s hard to figure out where to go out there. We travel in a Tiger. It’s small and compact, and when you add our two dogs…you could definitely say cozy. We travel to the arctic circle last year on a 3 month adventure. Much wandering around on our way. It really makes you aware of how big this country really is!
    Looking forward to ideas of where to go for our next trip in the spring. We will be going to the Tiger Rally in CO. Before and after we hope to Travel along the coast of Oregon for a while. We are not that good at the reservation thing …how do you know where you want to stay till you get there?
    What are Clingers?
    Holly Fox. Chesapeake VA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi,, Holly,

      Welcome to my blog!

      To answer your question… “How do you know where you want to stay till you get there?” Since I never make reservations, I usually don’t know where I want to stay until a day or two before, sometimes not until the same day.

      I’ll try to be more helpful.

      First thing, you need a map that shows campgrounds (and RV parks if you like those) and public lands (if you like to boondock). I prefer Benchmark maps because they have it all.

      I look on the map of the area through which I’ll travel in the next few days, find the tent symbols on the map indicating campgrounds, do a search of the campground names online and read about themt/look at photos.

      Generally speaking, if you want to control your costs, look for National Forest campgrounds and BLM campgrounds. These often are quite nice and kept more natural (less pavement), although many do not have hook-ups.

      You didn’t mention the route you want to take from Virginia to Oregon so it’s hard for me to make suggestions of specific camps. If I had a general idea of your route, whether you require hookups, whether you prefer RV Parks or more rustic camps, whether you like to spend a lot of money or not, and so on, maybe I could be more help.

      Along the Oregon coast you will need reservations at State Parks, pricey but great locations and amentities. I don’t know what you mean by “We are not good at the reservation thing.”… whether you mean you don’t want reservations or you have trouble making reservations. If you intend to stay in state parks you need to make your reservations NOW (a few months ago would be better)… Of course, go to Oregon state parks website and you’ll see where to reserve.

      You can find less expensive National Forest campgrounds inland from the coast. Make day trips…

      As for camping on the beach along the Oregon coast, that disappeared along with bell-bottoms . . .

      What are Clingers? People who drive up to your camp in an isolated place and set up camp right next to you, rather than find their own camp, even when there are thousands of acres available.

  28. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Good morning Desert Women x 2!

    Today is the starting of a new week! Can you believe it’s already December? Where in the hell has this year gone? Never went this fast when we were youngens!

    AO is settling down a bit….trying to mind her P’s and Q’s!

    That’s a question for you older folks (heh heh)….without googling….we were ALL told as kids to “mind our P’s and Q’s…or else” .

    I know what the statement meant….(expressed and implied) but what does the acronyms stand for? Google is NOT your friend here!

    Mind your P’s and Q’s! Ready???? Go!

  29. Bob's Gotta Bus! says:

    OK, Blogorinoes, let the bent door be a lesson. (Sue, was a teacher, remember.) This is a classic example of ops interuptus. Normal operations interrupted by a friendly chat.

    In all our RV comings and goings we have settled into routines that include multiple tasks that, often, must be checked off in series. When interrupted we have difficulty remembering where we left off. That is because our brains have been trained to remember the whole series of tasks from beginning to end, as a complete unit. Our brains have difficulty remember a portion of the unit, say from the middle to the end.

    As others have mentioned above, the best thing to do after an interruption is to start the check list over again from the beginning. It’s the best way to minimize mistakes.

    Don’t let ops interuptus happen to you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It also didn’t help that the back door had swung closed by itself. If I went through my mental checklist from the beginning, I would’ve needed to check that the door was securely latched (rather than simply looking at it) in order to prevent this accident. Of course, if I noticed the chocks on the ground, then the back door would’ve been shut correctly after I put them back.

      Great reminder, Bob, for all of us!

  30. illinois jane says:

    Hi Sue,
    Hopefully, your door got replaced today. That will be a nice feeling. BTW, I’ve already found out why you prefer the hinged side doors. The slider on my van isn’t always cooperative. I’m still really happy with the van though. It’s a good one.

    You mentioned vacuuming a while back. What do you use? I like my canister and have been temped to take it along, but know it’s too big.

    One more week here and I should be on my way. Man, there is a lot to do! Most of my furniture is gone. Now it’s sorting and figuring out what to take where. I understand why most people let the next generation take care of their belongings! This is too dang hard!

    • Holly Fox says:

      Greetings IJane,
      I know what you mean. Getting rid of things you have acquired is hard. There are things you think others would want, but a lot of the time they don’t, or don’t have room for them. Sounds like you are getting ready to travel. Good luck.
      Holly Chesapeake VA

      • illinois jane says:

        Thanks Holly! You’re right about the stuff we value that others don’t. What’s the matter with those people? Have they no taste! 🙂

        • Holly Fox says:

          Funny how that works out. And at this time of year the media is doing its best to tell us all the other ” stuff” we need . I saw where someone wrote that if you bring something in….. Something has to go out! Not sure I could make that work but it’s a nice goal.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Illinois Jane,

      Good to hear you’re happy with your new van from Wade’s. Isn’t it wonderful to have all that space? If you want to take your canister vac, go ahead and put it in the van (That’s one reason you bought all that storage space.) You can always give it away later if it’s in the way. I use a Black and Decker, hand held vac, 12 volt. It’s small and doesn’t work as well as the bigger vac I left behind, which, I admit, I sometimes wish I’d kept!

      You will find backing up your trailer is easy with a van, something about the ratio of the length of the wheelbase at it relates to the overhang behind the wheels… whatever…

      I was lucky to find a van with barn doors. I would’ve bought the PTV if it had sliding doors. Maybe there’s a way to make your doors slide more easily?

      Only one more week… Oh my, I remember how my Things To Do list expanded those last few days. I had to fit in removal of a skin cancer,then I’m going around with a big bandaged snout… Didn’t slow me down! You’ll get it all done.

      As for the next generation… You’re doing them a big favor by taking care of your stuff now, rather than leaving it behind.

      Enjoyed the update… Keep in touch!

      • illinois jane says:

        That does it. I’ll keep my vacuum. Cool!

        Yah, I hope to find a dermatologist on the road somewhere–have some spots to attend to, but don’t like my Dr and couldn’t find a better one here.

        You’re right, can prolly (that’s how my mother would write it) lube the sliding door or something.

        Boondock Barbie. Rick, Cj, You all crack me up.

        Thanks for the tips…and the laughs!

        Back to work!

    • DebsJourney says:

      Jane I’m at the beginning of getting rid of all the material things one collects in 50 yrs or more. I got my parents stuff and it is overwhelming.
      Somehow I’ll get it done by spring. So hard to toss out memories.

  31. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Ok who ordered the “Mega Bloks Barbie Luxe Camper “?

    I am soooooo jealous. 🙂

  32. Crystal says:

    I don’t currently have time to read all the comments, but wanted to say I just read an article titled “10 Ways Introverts Interact Differently with the World” on the Huffington Post website. I think you’d find it interesting. Didn’t know if I should post the link. Here’s an excerpt:
    introverts and extraverts naturally differ when it comes to their alertness and responsiveness to a given environment. A substance or scene that overstimulates the central nervous system of an introvert (which doesn’t take much) might cause him or
    her to feel overwhelmed and exhausted, rather than excited and engaged.

    Sooo very glad the BLT wasn’t damaged in the mishap! We’ve all been there and done that with a auto mishap. Don’t ya just hate that “crunch”?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Crystal,

      Interesting excerpt, very true. It’s that over-stimulation of the central nervous system that makes us disagreeable and grumpy after too much socializing. I enjoy the people I meet very much, but I pay a price. It takes a week or so of hanging out with ravens, jackrabbits, and a friendly roadrunner to put me back on track again. I often hear people say things like, “I’m a loner. I like to party, but then I need to be by myself for several days.” Well, that’s not a loner. A loner would find a way to skip the party altogether! Ha!

      • DebsJourney says:

        Sue I’m not a loner and actually love to interact and have nice people to share time with. I also enjoy being on my own too. Some would say I am a people person and I don’t know really. Since my husband passed away I find myself alone a lot! When I do go out and have some social activities I can’t wait to get back home again. Hope when I live on the road so to speak that I do find people to chat with. But don’t worry I’m no clinger. lol Just sometimes I feel too alone in this big world. No children and family, kinda sucks. I do have wonderful friends spread around.

  33. Lacy says:

    WOW! I’d have lost money on this one – I would never have thought that belly band would take a hit like THAT and not have more damage. I’m really shocked how much damage was done to the soon-to-be-again PTV. Not that this makes it any easier to gulp down, but it’s probably better that you don’t have to give up time in the BLT to get it fixed – and I would imagine that would be MUCH more expensive. A lesson learned, not only for you but for so many that will be more diligent thanks to you!!!!!

    I’ve learned SO much from you and continue to be grateful for your sharing. Have a wonderful day!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re absolutely right, Lacy. I’d rather the PTV take the hit than my home.

      It’s funny how I’ll think of one of the blogorinos and then open up the laptop and there you are! 🙂

  34. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Nice of you to share your accident, Sue…I am sure it will be ever so nice to have it all fixed again!! When that mack truck hit me and smashed the left side of our beautiful Intrepid, I felt so totally sick. And I remember how happy I was when it was fixed and we were able to drive it again!! But one has to remember these are just annoying things…at least it was just metal that was hurt!!

    Had to go help daughter today…not only quite sick little ones, but their dog got attacked last night by 2 raccoons in his own back yard!! He is a little hairless rat terrier (cause our son-in-law can only have hairless dogs) and is so brave….he really thinks he is a St. Bernard. It cost $500 so far to fix him up. We hope he will heal well. Poor thing!! These raccoons are so awful. They hear people are feeding them!! Wild animals are supposed to be left wild!! I am worried what they might do to our little grandchildren!! Fortunately, it is way too cold right now for them to be outside. Life has lots of worrisome places for moms!! Our daughter is pretty wrung out now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Sorry to hear about the stresses occurring at your daughter’s house… sick kids, dog attacked, vet bill… Troubles do seem to come in bunches. She’s fortunate to have you to help her through this.

      Remember my dog Janie? She came in one day with puncture wounds all over. It might have been a dog (although I doubt that) or wild animal. I never did figure that out. She was a mess, but she healed quickly. I wish the same for the hairless rat terrier.

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      There are several interesting videos out about raccoons and how bold and accustomed to city life they are becoming in urban areas. Showed how people often aren’t intentionally feeding them and how they can defeat most ways people use to keep them out of trash cans and such. They are often bigger than we imagine and can be vicious. Pretty scary videos of how smart they are. So sorry the pup was injured. Hope it recovers well. Also hope it learned not to mess with raccoons.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Thanks for the info and well wishes for the dog and kids, etc. Both of you. The kids are better this morning and I have not heard about the dog, so assume he is doing ok. I seriously doubt this attack will deter him in the least. He was bred to rid the world of varmints and I really doubt that they can do anything to make him stop!! His teeth are so sharp…I imagine he hurt them too. But it is HIS yard. Their cats, who live in the garage and yard seem unbothered by them….they do not act afraid or try to leave when one comes in the yard.

  35. Mert says:

    Sue, I have been reading past blogs just about all day long today. I am almost to 2013. I can’t put it down lol. Such interest. Thank you!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Mert. It has been incredible… I never dreamed so much could be packed into 3+ years!

      • Mert says:

        If I ever get out in he road… I will need u to kill snakes for me 😉
        That is my biggest fear! I will be packing up and moving every time I seen one. Maybe I should camp at the North Pole lol

        • Mert says:

          On the *

        • Mert says:

          Or run them off. Maybe not kill. Just I need them out of my site lol

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I shouldn’t have mentioned snakes. I think people imagine them underfoot all over the West when my experience is quite the opposite. I haven’t seen a rattler in the 3+ years of traipsing around their territories, only a few harmless ones. At this time of year snakes are settling into a long winter’s sleep. I’m being cautious because we haven’t had several days of real cold yet.

  36. Good morning Sue & Bridget! Hope you’re enjoying your new camp. Your PTV accident was a good reminder to re-check things. We’ve developed a checklist for departures but God forbid we should get interrupted–we’d have to start all over again!

    For some reason, the song ‘A Wanderin’ Star’ was stuck in my head this morning. It’s on YouTube (of course) & was from Paint Your Wagon. Lee Marvin sang it & did a passable job. Feeling like a wanderin’ star–can’t wait to get on the road & wander with Jim & Ari (17 more work days left). I think you must be a wanderin’ star too, Sue. But maybe not–you settle in when you find a new home–I love your descriptions of the birds & other wildlife in your yard. You become part of the landscape & keep your eyes & ears open. Now that sounds like the teacher in you!!

    Have a wonderful day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Dawn!

      Gee, Lee Marvin… That’s a name one doesn’t hear often these days. Only 17 more work days left? You will have much to celebrate come New Year’s Eve!

      Oh, the wandering. That’s the difference between a vacation from work and being retired and on the road. You can set a pace that suits you, take as long as you want at a place that intrigues you, extend visits to family and friends… or not… 🙂 Change your mind, follow you whims, wander all you like. *sigh*

      You have a great day, too, Dawn.

  37. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Sue and friends, Many of you will remember my discussion of an earlier time when I talked about my new laptop with Windows 8.1 operating system and how much I hated it c0mpared to my Win 7 on the desktop. Well, I have been having a real problem with starting the laptop. I was getting the blue screen saying “we’re having a little problem logging on”..etc… It was no “little problem”. I have been on the phone with HP 7 times, Microsoft twice, and Best Buy and up until yesterday morning all results netted a “temporary” fix and then back to “we’re having a little problem, bla, bla… I finally convinced HP to help me run a extensive hardware check and found no problem with the hardware. I was then told to talk to the HP hardware manager about a set of discs to completely restore to factory initial settings. Now, they hoard these discs like they were platinum but I convinced them to send me the set. They did, and overnight delivery no less. I am currently running them. The reason for this post is to assure any of you that if you find yourself in the position I was in, PERSIST!! Get the discs and restore to original factory condition, they owe it to us….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s terrible, Jim! Kudos to you for having the persistence it takes to resolve these issues. I don’t know if I would stick with it as long.

      I appreciate you sharing this. I’m sorry your comment shows up just as I made a new post. You might refer people under the new post to this comment. I haven’t opened up my new laptop yet. God save me from having to go through what you went through!

  38. Your neighborhood sounds grand 🙂 I can imagine your reaction at discovering the crunched door – only funny now that time has passed – but Bridget may have learned a couple new words. Glad you shared the details because the lesson is an important one – that no matter how many times we do something, if we’re distracted in the process it is critical to start over again. And of course the other lesson is always have bungee cords (so much classier than the duct tape and baling wire option)!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      It has taken me several decades to learn, but one thing I know is fussing over “spilt milk” doesn’t help. If I have to experience an accident, I’ll take a crunched door!

      So true — Never be without bungees. Bungees save the day!

  39. Norm says:

    Hey Sue, If you end up traveling the road between Casa Grande and Maricopa, about 1/2 way is a small airport where I’m parked on a piece of property I own. You are welcome to park there as long as you would like. You would have access to water and dump also.
    Norm (Full timing in a 10′ Cube van)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Norm. I appreciate the kind invitation. I can’t do that. If I accept one offer, I’ll feel pressed to accept all and that’s tough on a loner.

      “Fulltime in a 10′ Cube van”… I’ll have to look that up to see…

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