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Friday, June 4, 2010

Answers to some questions in previous posts comments sections:?

I figured I would post some replies and answers for some of the comments from the last few days....

Merikay  said:
I've looked at a couple of Safari's that I really liked in terms of layout etc, but since we are not buying yet, the fact that hey might be harder to find service for may be a thing to keep in mind. My husband is not mechanical!

Merikay, Only the chassis is custom, (the frame, axles, suspension)  the rest of the Safari motorhome is all common items, like Cat engine, Allison transmission and all the inside appliances are normal RV items like in any Rv.  So don't let that hinder your choice.  ~Karen


Mike and Heidi   said:
(snip) I am definitely going to enjoy following your blog :)
-Mike & Heidi
97 Roadtrek 170P "Taj Ma Trek"
Our blog: HTTP://WWW.VanTramps.Com

Heidi and Mike.. checked our your blog and read it from the beginning.  So cool to go fulltime in the van and sure enjoyed your modifications and ways to make everything work and fit in a small space.   You might like some of the mods we did to our RV, there is a link on the right hand column of my blog page.  Glad to have you aboard!    ~Karen


A Whirleygig on your vent pipe makes a big difference, too, it keeps the tanks aired out.

Hey Penny, yup we put two of those on our vents on the roof, one for the grey and one for the black.  WE notice the best benefit is when we are driving and want the windows open up in the front area.  That normally causes a vacuum from the back area and pulls the tank vapors inside.  Once we put on the whirlygigs, that stopped that.  


 The socks look great! Can you link to your Etsy store again?

Hey Cowgirl! Thanks for the compliment. Besides what is listed in my store inventory, I can do custom socks in most any color if I have it on hand, and make the sock to fit the size of your foot.  

Here is the link:  (HANDWOVEN E-STORE)  
~ Karen

Do you ever relax? Making socks while camping? I thought camping was time to kick back and chill. :c) 
Love the Grandma Magnet bib! Too funny. Your GK's are adorable. If you had to do it all over again, would you purchase the same TP monitor system or would you go to another brand?

heh heh heh ~ My making socks IS relaxing .. to me!  I am one who has to keep the hands busy all the time.  Even when watching tv, or at a sports game or a long meeting, out comes the knitting!   

As for the tire pressure monitors, we bought this Hopkins set on Camping World with a whole bunch of discounts and coupons and paid less than half of what Pressure Pro costs.  So as long as this company honors the replacement of the 2 bad sensors, I think it is good to have any system on board, no matter what.   

We had two horrible blowouts on our last gasser rig on a major interstate, about 60 miles apart.  If we had a tire pressure monitor system back then, we might have been able to slow down and get to the side of the road before causing damage to our air bag and fender wall.  Or we would have known about the second tire being ready to blow while we were changing the first one and buying a replacement in Sheboygan.  Instead we drove on to Milwaukee and had another blowout there.  That necessitated sleeping over in a very rough part of South Milwaukee on the street in front of a tire repair place (it was chainlink fenced in and locked so we couldnt even stay in their parking lot).  The next morning we bought five more new tires to continue on our trip.

We won't ever travel without a tire pressure monitor again, that is for sure.   Steve also visually inspects the tires at each stop, and he also has a handheld thermometer unit he uses too at time to check the hubs and brakes etc.   ~Karen


Merikay  said:
Is Allegra's hair a bit on the reddish side? With her rosy cheeks she reminds me of my own daughter at that age! (Daughter is now 43, mother of two, PHD ...
I have just cleared out about $1000 worth of yarns and roving that I had in closets from before I transitioned to using fake fur for my animals. Boxes and boxes. When I found a good fiber I bought out the store. Now it's at Goodwill, I don't have the patients to put it on Ebay.
It was painful to say the least, especially some of the beautiful alpacas.

Merikay,  yes, little Allegra has reddish hair from her daddy, and has the rosy cheeks like a little imp! 

Wish I had known you were depleting your stash, I know a whole network of folks who might have snapped it up a reasonable price.  We all know how those stashes work!   I also keep a lot of yarn and roving on board, some squished down in Space Bags.  They work GREAT! ~ Karen


(snip) What size of gernerator do you have?

Hey Cindy... we have an Onan 6.3KW propane generator built into the motorhome compartment (original equipment) It is able to run both of our roof air conditioners, I think they are 13,000 and 11,500 BTU. But when I want to run the microwave at the same time, I shut down the back air conditioner just to be sure and not over-strain it. And flick it back on when done cooking. While on the generator, we leave the fridge on propane so it's not drawing either.  ~Karen


Karen and Al  said:
(snip) I never thought of freezing noodles. It sure made for an easy dinner for you. Any particular way you freeze them? In a vacuum bag, plastic container, plastic bag?? I'll try that for a future camping trip.

Ohhh I cheated... I bought the little Smart Ones alfredo noodles already in a box from the freezer section at the store.  I start them in the microwave and halfway cook them.  Then into a bowl I put frozen jumb shrimp after taking off their tails.  and dump the box of alfredo noodles and sauce over them and add some parmesan, parsley and shredded mozzarella cheese and pop them back in the microwave again till done.   Easy Peasy!    But I am sure you could freeze noodles in bags, probably half cooked and then they won't be too mushy once you thaw and finish cooking them?    ~Karen


I want to go fishing with Yooper!!!! in the shack!!!

Well Charlie, you just come right on up here next winter, he will be happy to have ya!  Gotta bring your own beer, though.  Then you two can be like Grumpy Old Men!   LOL   ~Kare 


Cyndi   said:
You reminded me of an email joke I got the other day:

"We are about to enter the BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity .

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:

(1) The woman buys the food. 
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert. 
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand. 
(4) The woman remains outside the compulsory three meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman.

Here comes the important part: 

More routine.... 
(6) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery. 
(7) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he flips the meat. 

Important again: 

More routine... 
(9) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table. 

(10) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all: 
(11) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

(12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ' her night off ' and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women!"

Cyndi,  EXACTLY!!!!!!    ~Karen



It's raining all day here on Friday, but we don't care, we are going camping anyhow.  The motorhome is almost loaded and Steveio will be home about 3:30.   We are going to head north along the bay waters of Green Bay towards Lake Michigan.  There are about 7 or 8 campgrounds up thataway we can get into.  I am sure with the rainy weather, we will have the pick of our favorite sites at any of them! 

Might not have an aircard signal that far north, so if not, will post again on Sunday night or Monday! 

Have a great weekend folks! 


  1. Just found your blog. Love the socks! Have you thought about offering them mismatched? Gotten to be quite popular - check out www.socklady.com

  2. I used to be much like you and had to have a project in hand at all times! Maybe it is a "fibers" thing. I am less driven these days, but I still hope to be able to take my work along in some form or other.

    It was the bags of beautiful angora and alpaca that broke my heart! But you know how it is with special fibers. You may never see them again, so you buy.

    I do know that I always made back whatever I spent and enough to cover the hoard as well. I have always been happy that I could buy whatever supplies I wanted. Hours of labor, were more enjoyment than work.

    (this is getting too long!) But one last thought. I started my fascination with fiber because I couldn't just sit and watch my children play at the park. I NEEDED something in my hands.


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