Thank you for the positive response. I have to admit, i was a little embarrassed after I reread the post and realized what I did, but accidents happen and at least I identified it before I got the ax.
Maybe I'll copy it and repost it in another section of the forum for easy reference instead of letting it sit embedded in this one. It might be hard to find later for anyone who wants to keep that handy. What do you think?
I haven't heard anything from the admins about it, so I guess it's okay here too. All I know is that what should have taken me 10-12 hours to get back home on that Saturday, took me over 16 because I didn't know some of the things that I should have before I left and picked up this camper. It was a little frustrating and yet it was kind of a nice break from sitting in the truck for so long. Ok....truth or dare? I pick truth: (here's my story)
Saw the camper on craigslist early in the week. Emailed back and forth with the owners and made an offer. Offer accepted and wife and i packed up for a quick trip to Des Moines to go get it over the weekend. Left out Friday night after work (3pm) and drove all the way to Des Moines and hit the hotel bed with all 200 lbs of my willingness to sleep. Saturday morning, we headed to their house for the 9am meet, did a complete walk through, inspected every inch of the camper and finalized the transaction. Pulled out of their driveway around 11am, stopped for lunch and fuel and hit the road. 100 miles from their house...bamm...lost the first one. Changed it out on I-80 (
) and then, just as i was getting ready to pull back out into traffic, I was pulled over by the County mounty who just wanted to check on me and make sure everything was okay. He advised me to stop at the next exit to get another spare since Omaha/Council Bluffs was another 40 miles from there. Stopped at the truck stop, they had one 13" tire...90 minutes and $55 bucks later, I switch out the opposite side and i'm back out on the road. Made it to Council Bluffs camping world and pulled over to buy a raise hitch (i had the 6" drop on at the time). Went to change it out...forgot my key to the pin lock that holds it all together. Called for a locksmith over the CB and found one that was 3 hours out (busy) and would run $90 to pick it. Drove the works over to the Sapp Bros across the street and they cut it off for 10 bucks. Inserted the new hitch and pin and found myself level again and ready to go. By now, it's 5pm, so got some more grub and back on the road we went. We drove all the way to Julesburg (1:30am) before my body just said...to hell with this. Pulled over for the night at some gas station with a huge dirt lot and we called it a night. I told my wife, let's get about 4 hours of sleep and then we can make it home, it was only about another 3 hours to go. Well, we slept 8 full hours and never heard a single 18-wheeler take off from the parking area, nor did we even see the sun come up. This camper just earned it's first $1000 bucks in my eyes. I hadn't slept a full 8 hours in months! Left there around 9:30am and made to the driveway around 1pm. Now thats a freakin story on how to do things the hard way....
Happy Friday all...