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Old 07-18-2012, 10:11 PM   #61
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Hi...Am beginning to read your posts to Greg at dinner and/or bedtime. Best stories ever. Thanks for sharing!
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Hi Cheryl! I should tell you that all spelling, grammar and syntax errors are mine. I've resisted Court's efforts to proof things.
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I would hope you aren't subject to editing. You're on vacation for heaven's sakes! Sounds like you're having lots of fun and this is really the trip of a lifetime. Stay safe and continue to have LOTS of fun.
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Day 25 - July 22. It's been longer than I thought since I've updated--5 days. Five very busy and, as you'll soon see, stressful days.
First, Dawson City. It's a nice place to stop for a few days, and so we camped at the government-operated campground across the river, riding the ferry back and forth to town. We took a guided walking tour with a woman dressed in period clothing and learned about the rockin' days in the early 1900s when Dawson briefly swelled to some 30,000 and then began to decline. We learned about Robert Service's life and times from a historical interpreter who was about Service's age when he began his life of travel and--as Service himself would admit--avoidance of work. We of course found the coffee sources and the bakery.
One thing you must do when in Dawson is drive up the Dome Road to the turnaround at the top. The Dome is a baby mountain that backs the town. The view from the top is spectacular (a word that's going to get a workout here). Not only can you see the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, you can see up small side valleys and spot the scars of mining claims. You can see next week's weather approaching, you imagine while standing on the observation deck.
After two days and nights there, it was time to move on. I had already determined that we would pull the trailer up the Dempster so there was no trepidation as we headed back the 25 miles to the Dempster Turnoff. We'd been told that the best place to get gas in Dawson was actually about 5 to 8 miles outside of town on the way to the turnoff, at a place that doesn't look like a gas station except for the two pumps in front of what could otherwise be a construction shack. The owner was quite chatty and when he learned we were headed north to Inuvik he told us the best places to get gas long the way (Eagle Plain and Ft. McPherson). He advised that we not try to fill at Klondike River Lodge at the beginning of the Dempster, nor in Inuvik itself, unless we liked spending the children's' inheritance on gasoline. We found his advice to be solid, so if you're taking notes this'll be on the test.
We did stop at the Klondike River Lodge, but only to get our Dempster Highway Passports stamped (another fill-the-book, get entered in a drawing thing). A few feet past the Lodge was the signboard for the Dempster, so a mandatory photo stop followed. Then we were off.
My dilemma now is how to characterize the Dempster so you get the flavor of the thing from the start. I need to be clear: I hate gravel but I loathe and despise the Dempster and the sadistic fiends who designed it. Picture a rutted, one-lane mud road 500 miles long, add steep ups and downs, subtract guardrails and add squadrons of mosquitos. Imagine Seven Mile Hill, a toilsome place to climb in good weather, then insert vicious potholes, cold rain and the resultant gooey mud.
When you hear that the Dempster is just shy of 500 miles long, you'd normally think that would be one longish day's drive. And you'd be right if it were really a road. 500 miles at an average speed of around 30 mph means two days each way. And there were times when 30 was 'way too fast. The last stretch of the first day's drive was taken at between 20 and 25 mph. If you take this road some day, plan to stop and tighten all your bolts and screws every 25 miles or so. Luckily I had checked the wheel bolts before we left Dawson (I carry a torgue wrench for that purpose) so the wheels stayed on.
Seven or eight hours of travel brought us to the halfway point, Eagle Plains. This is a gas station, motel, restaurant and campground at a wide spot in the desolation, population about 8. We grabbed a spot for the night for $21 and were only the second people to set up there. By morning the place was nearly full. There was wifi there but I was too tired to make a log entry so we just had our dinners--tasty and reasonably priced--and went to bed.
A note about our vehicles: after a long slog through the wilderness both were heavily covered in clinging mud. I'm sure there were at least 100 pounds of mud on the trailer's underside and in the truck's wheel wells. Look for a photo of a misshapen lump of mud that is in actuality one of our stabilizing jacks. I have a putty knife in the tool kit, so tried to lighten the load a bit but found the stuff was very hard to scrape off. At least we now have a TV and camper that are fashionably matching--both brown and lumpy.
Now I have to be honest (or Courtenay will slug me) and say that the scenery along the way--for those who don't have to watch the road every second--is spectacular. The valleys are lush at this time of year and the vistas from mountain pullouts are nothing short of majestic. I expected Julie Andrews to dance by singing the opening from Sound of Music at any second. We took so many pictures along the way that our 32 gig camera card is starting to bulge a bit at the seams.
Our second day on the Dempster was dry and after the first 30 miles or so we went from mud to dust. I may actually prefer mud, now that I've seen dust. The road surface wasn't any smoother. Axle-bending potholes are strategically placed so that you can't straddle all of them, so an audio tape of our cab conversations would be just a string of mild to severe obscenities punctuated with cries of pain. The pounding and occasional harmonic vibration loosened several screws inside the camper, broke part of the microwave's mounting frame, and even vibrated a couple of pins out of their hinges on cabinet doors. Luckily we had removed the pan supports on the stove burners, or they would have caromed around inside the unit for hours.
About 30 miles after we left Eagle Plains we crossed the Arctic Circle. We were in the land of the midnight sun now; 56 days from late June to early August with 24 hour daylight. Mandatory photo op!
Back to the road. The dust was fine and plentiful. It had no trouble permeating all areas of the truck bed and even seeped in around the camper door--something we'd never had happen before. As we drove this part of the road we were spared the scary views of unavoidable potholes because the dust kicked up by the two vehicles ahead kindly obscured them.
Once we crossed into Northwest Territory the road immediately improved and for the first time in the trip we exceeded 40 mph. There were still occasional terror-inducing sections of fist-size rocks which were relieved by the occasional stretch of sharp gravel. A fair amount of the caked-on mud we had accumulated the day before was knocked off by the flying gravel hitting the underside. The road got better and better as the day went on.
There are two ferries on this stretch and we hit both at the end of lines of trucks, so we had time to contemplate our fates and to commiserate with other travellers, whom we'd come to know from meeting them at other stops.
After a gas stop at Ft. McPherson the road was good enough that we made the last 80 miles into Inuvik at around 55 mph. When we hit the 8 miles of paved road from the Inuvik airport into town we felt we had crossed a marathon finish line. Of course, it was really only a half-marathon since we still have to drive back. The first place we stopped after the visitors center was the local car wash, where $7 of spraying got the camper clean enough that we could open it without getting dirty ourselves.
Inuvik is a place worthy of a visit, so long as you don't have to drive there. It's a town of 3,500 friendly people, containing the northernmost mosque in this hemisphere, and an igloo-shaped Catholic church. This is about as far north as the treeline goes in this part of the world. We're 68 degrees north latitude and 133 degrees west longitude, 10 degrees further west than Vancouver, BC. As we arrived Friday afternoon the 10-day Great Northern Arts Festival was just about to wind up. The Festival is a place were local and regional artisans, many representing aboriginal groups, display their work, share techniques via workshops, and generally enjoy life.
There's a friendly spirit to the community and a tremendous amount of civic engagement. The population is made up of Inuit, who've been in the area about 800 years; Gwitch'in, a First Nations group who've been here for thousands of years; and Westerners like us.
Courty went to a community Jigging contest Friday night. Jigging is a form of dance much like Scottish dancing, and is like the form of traditional dance one might see carried on in Appalachia, as well. Yesterday we went to the art exhibit and attended a northern fashion show, showcasing both traditional clothing of area peoples and new fashions made from natural leathers and firs.
Courty got chance to visit the community greenhouse--the northernmost in the world I think--and interview the director and a number of people there. She collected enough information to start writing an article about local foods at the top of the world.
It rained all night and is still cold and grey today, so I finally found the time to update this log. We're camped at Happy Valley campground, right in town, which has showers, electric sites, wi-fi and 24-hour security, all for $28 per day. Both Happy Valley and Jak Park, 3 miles outside of town, are government-run. Jak is on a hilltop, so the view from the tower there is magnificent, but Happy Valley has fewer grizzlies and more mosquitos, so I'm personally not sure which is the better place to stay.
Weather has made us cancel our plans to stay through Monday in order to take a combination boat/plane trip to Tuktoyaktuk (when you can say that without slowing down you're an Inuvik native; otherwise you just say Tuk) to see the town of 1800, a whaling camp, and the largest pingo (ice hill) in North America. Tomorrow we'll pack up and start our trip back. So far we've had neither a flat nor a broken windshield. Let's hope that much of our luck holds!
Court asked me to add that normally the road is in better shape but that there has been an abnormal amount of rain this year and the locals say the road is worse than it's been for years. And that she--crazy person that she admits to being--actually enjoyed the trip. I maintain my characteristic sour grumpiness as a matter of pride, no matter how inappropriate it may be in this advendure.
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Court's addendum: Inuvik is a fascinating place. The community seems to be full of spirit. The arts festival has been going for more than 20 years and the caliber of the artists was museum quality. It was a treat to walk around and talk to the artists as they worked. From there I headed to the community greenhouse. I'm interested in local food and this reclaimed hockey rink turned greenhouse fascinated me from the first time I saw it in info on Inuvik. It's ten years old and the rink was slated for demo when the mayor, a passionate gardener, got a crazy idea and the rest is history. It's an organic operation using raised bed methods since they sit on permafrost. With little arable soil they have literally created their own, using composting and what little base they can find. The 24-hour days make up for the short season and tomatoes grow next to peas, lettuce and kale. There's even sweet corn and sunflowers, a real accomplishment in this arctic climate. Gardeners range from young first-timers to old hands. It's started a gardening movement in town and private greenhouses and container gardens have sprung up. Last night's fashion show was a treat. The high point was the traditional drumming and throat singing. It was unlike anything we'd ever seen or heard. Don't let the Dempster stop you from coming (you can fly here). The scenery is nothing short of spectacular and the people are great!
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Its an adventure I want to do someday also. But for now I will just follow yours
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Update, Sunday July 22nd. Hidden brake damage fixed.
On the last leg of our trip here, just after we left the second ferry, the people traveling behind us said that we had some wires hanging down almost to the ground under the trailer's axle. We stopped at a pullout and I crawled under to find that the wires connecting the two sets of brakes together were indeed hanging so low that any good-sized rock or road object could catch them. I had left home with all wires dressed up tight around the axle, but at this time I noticed that one set of wire ties I'd put there to hold the wires in place was missing. I carry a big bunch of wire ties, so it was only a matter of a few moments' work to replace the missing set. I thought that would do it.
Today I decided to get under the trailer and adjust the brakes. It had been several thousand miles since I'd last adjusted them and it seemed to me that there wasn't as much brake effect as I recalled having earlier in the trip. Not a big job to do, so I shoved a flattened cardboard box under the trailer and slid in on it. The first wheel adjustment took maybe a minute and a half and I was repositioning to work on the other one when I saw that the wire ties that had held the brake wires to the axle were ALL missing. Not only that, but one of the wires running from wheel to wheel was severed and tangled around the other. We had had brakes only in the wheel on the driver's side, the one directly connected to the main wiring harness.
I theorize that gravel flung up from the road over the miles eventually punched through all four sets of wire ties, allowing the wires to hang down and catch on something. The underbody propane line was dented in several places from the gravel too, so blaming gravel for cutting the wire ties isn't a stretch of possibilities. We had met a man from Nova Scotia whose refrigerator propane line had been completely flattened by gravel action on the Dempster, so I expected to have to check that once in a while. The surprise to me was that all the ties were lost in one 80 mile stretch of the road.
The repair was multipart. I carry a splice kit so splicing the broken wire wasn't a problem. Then I cut a piece of old garden hose to the length needed to span the axle, slit it lengthwise, and slipped it over the wires. The last step was to tape the hose shut and then tape and wire tie it on top of the axle. I used duct tape to hold the hose to the axle, too, so that if this set of wire ties also gets cut there'll be a backup method of holding the wires out of harm's way.
My recommendation is to somehow shield your brake wires from damage, either by running them through an old hose or a piece of conduit. For now, let's hope this repair lasts.
Additional photos: 2 of the fix; houses in Inuvik built on stilts so air can move under them and permafrost doesn't melt; utilidores that carry gas, sewer, electric and water lines; artist Greg Taylor and Inuvialuit carver from Tuktoyaktuk who carved a little bear we couldn't resist.
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Not much of an update at this time, just realised it had been 3 days since the last post and didn't want rumours of our demise to begin circulating. We're alive and back in Dawson City after a harrowing all-day trip down the Dumpster, er--the Dempster. 13 hours of struggle, and at the end of the day what you do not want to hear from your co-driver as she opens the camper is "Oh my God!" More on that later, when I've had sufficient therapy...
The campground we spent Monday and Tuesday night at was among the nicest we've visited on this trip: Tombstone Territorial Park. Plan to stay there if you come this way. Beautiful mountain vistas and hiking. We didn't see any bears but were told they're in the area so bring bear spray. If we're ever in that vicinity again we'll surely camp there again. If we're ever staying in Dawson again, Courty and I won't stay another time at this refugee camp posing as an RV park. Don't want to be sued, so I'll just say its one of the ones just outside of town.
We're debating whether to go over the Top of the World highway from Dawson City to Chicken (!) Alaska and thence to Fairbanks, or to take the much longer route back through Whitehorse and up the Alaska Hwy. it's some 170 miles by the first route and around 700 via the Whitehorse retracing, but after the beating the camper took this last week, I don't want to beat it up more on the Top of the World highway, described as "formerly paved."
I'll stop for now and take out the microwave to see if I can find the source of a disturbing new squeak in that general area.
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Yikes. I'm glad you've made it out of the Dempster/Dumpster area, even if a bit battered and bruised. This is a real adventure trip that's for sure. Can't wait to see what's next--but hope it's not another set of potholes posing as a road.
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Hmmm. That "disturbing new creak" was the microwave cabinet starting to separate from the sidewall. After nearly 1,000 miles of being shaken like dice in a cup, it's amazing that only one interior furnishing is complaining. I don't have the tools with me that I'd need to do a really good repair so my short solution was to take out the microwave and put it in the back seat of the truck. Now we find we like the extra storage space, so I guess my solution when we get home will include either drawers for that cabinet or a pair of doors to close it off. I'm happy to report that the cabinetry I built in has (ahem) survived without a single problem.
The dismay I reported earlier when Courtenay opened the camper for the first time after a 417-mile careen down the Dempster was caused by the discovery that the refrigerator door had popped open somewhere along the way and dumped its contents on the floor. When you mix a quart of milk with half a can of refried beans, smoosh it all over the floor (paying special attention to getting the gooey stuff under all cabinets and built-ins), then discover this has happened after a gruelling day when all you want to do is go to bed, well, that makes for Post Dempster Stress Disorder. Two hours of mopping up plus discarding most of our refrigerated goods got it looking good again and we slept 11 hours.
The next day was very nice so we went for a little hike, singing loudly off key and hoping that any bears in the vicinity were not music critics. Courty walked ahead and improvised verses like "Eat the guy, he can't run as fast as I!" I retaliated similarly, something about "She's young and sweet; I'm just old meat." No tourist ingestion took place that day, and we passed it pleasantly in one of the most beautiful settings I've seen.
Wednesday we went on to Dawson City again, where we stayed in that campground/refugee camp I mentioned. That afternoon I stopped at the local hardware store and got some better quality hinges to replace the ones on the door under the sink, one of which had broken on the "D" road. That door really needs three hinges because of its weight, so I got some beefier cabinet hinges that happened to be an exact screw hole match for the stamped tin (or whatever) that came with the trailer. These Amerock hinges are tough AND they have a slight spring action to them that helps hold the door shut. I replaced the two original hinges and then added a third. Door fixed!
Thursday we started off for Whitehorse, having decided against the Top of the World highway on the grounds that the Dempster had done enough damage already, we didn't need another 170 miles of potholes. We got about 65 miles down the road when we stopped at a rest area and encountered a motorcyclist who had just come off the Top of the World and was enthusiastic about it. That did it. We turned around and drove back to Dawson, stopped for a fill up and some lunch, and headed across the river on the ferry to take the TOTW Highway. It was worth the trip. The road wasn't perfect but after the "D" road (I can't bring myself to say that word any more) it was a POC (Piece O Cake). And you do feel like you're on the top of the world. You can see a little bit beyond forever up there. You want to stop and take pictures everywhere.
The road deteriorated after crossing into Alaska. The 20 miles or so of the "Border Spur Road" from the border to Alaska highway 5 and then 20 more miles or so to Chicken were the "D" road all over again. We gritted our teeth and just did it.
Chicken is a town of 35 or so people, all of whom base their businesses on various chicken jokes. "I got laid in Chicken, Alaska" being the one that apparently causes near-fatal humor around there. We of course had to stop and spread some cash around. My son the former firefighter will probably appreciate the iron-on patch for the Chicken, Alaska, Fire Department. I can hope, anyway; that's his Christmas present (just kidding, AJ).
A few miles outside Chicken we hit an actual, real road! It went on being a road for most of its length, too! It connected to the Alaska Highway about 20 miles east of Tok. Once we turned onto the Alaska Highway we thought we were in highway heaven. We exceeded 50 MPH for the first time in nearly 3 weeks. Frankly we found it a little scary to go that fast.
If you take that route, plan to stay overnight or longer at Tok River State Recreation Site, about 9 miles east of Tok. It's really nice and filled with experienced travellers whose brains we picked for ideas. Another great place to get ideas and information is in Tok at the Public Lands Information Office, next door to the Tok Visitors Center.
This morning, Friday, July 27, Day 30 of our trip, we hitched up and drove to Fairbanks. We're putting up here for the weekend at the Tanana Valley Campground and RV Park, which is right in the city. It's not the best in the area but it's quiet and the wi-fi is good. Tomorrow I need to call around and see if any RV repair places will look at my brakes. Adjusting them didn't help, there's still almost no detectable braking action, even with the brake controller turned all the way up. I think its another victim of the "D" road, unless the brakes are worn out after a year and a half and 13,000 miles. I may not be able to get in at a repair place 'til Monday, so Denali--our next destination and only 121 miles away--will have to wait. Even though the truck's brakes are adequate to stop us I won't go farther with no trailer brakes.
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some pics: 3 sites along the Dempster up in the clouds; view from Tombstone Territorial Park overlook; our campsite at Tombstone, note the dirty trailer and the beautiful backdrop
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Fairbanks weather for today: 77 and sunny. People are sweltering here! Hope the heat wave back home is slacking; a message from the dog sitter said it was 107 in the Des Moines area that day.
I have an appointment on Monday to get the trailer brakes checked and repaired if necessary so we're sticking around a couple more days. I plan to post a summary before long of what's failed and not failed (so far) on the A128, it might be useful to folks wanting to "harden up" their units for trips like this.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:54 PM   #79
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Things that worked, things that didn't

A month on the road, especially roads like those we've been on, can give your camper a thorough shakedown in all the meanings of the word. Here's a list of what has survived or been useful so far and things that haven't. Some may be specific to the A-frame series.
The tires were a source of concern before we left but they've done quite well. They have about 13,000 miles on them as of the moment and they don't show much wear yet. I've kept them at 65#, the recommended pressure for their load range, and they handled the "D" road--so famous for generating flat tires that all the literature on driving that road tells you to EXPECT flats--without complaint. And that's 1000 miles of gravel, round trip.
I installed a set of headlight protectors before we left home. These are tough vinyl--or whatever--membranes from Xpel.com that glue onto the headlights and parking lamp lenses to guard against rock damage. I've had no rock damage to them, although other parts of the truck's front end have taken hits and been dinged.
Most of the trailer's systems have taken the beating well and still work as when new. The basic trailer box, for example, is still tight and waterproof--though not 100% dustproof. The furnace, water pump, stove and microwave all still work fine (havent used the A/C lately but it was fine last I knew). Gas and water piping are still intact. The frame is solid and I don't see any deformation. The roof and folding wall system have stayed in alignment. In fact, I think the way the trailer folds down and locks shut has contributed to the survival of the basic trailer box. We've had no leaks during rainstorms. We've pressure-washed it twice and no water has come inside that way either.
The spare tire mount is back there where road bumps are amplified greatly, so I've been checking it whenever we've stopped, and it's as solid as the proverbial igneous. The dual battery system on my homemade mount is fine, though rock chips have taken some of the paint off. The propane cylinders are still tight but I did have to really screw down the big wing nut on the clamp early in the trip. The diamond plate on the front may have some dents but is intact. All the lights inside and out are fine, including the ones I installed from IKEA. Windows are all fine and have not deformed any more than people have noted elsewhere in other threads--it's only a deformation of the gasket system anyway.
The things on the trailer that have failed or appear to have failed include the hinges on the door under the sink, which loosened time and time again, then bent, then broke. That door's too heavy for just 2 hinges. The microwave cabinet has started to pull away from the wall but will be fixable when we get home. It should be removed and reattached with some sort of screw anchors or maybe Gorilla Glue. The black metal frame that holds the microwave in the cabinet has bent in two places and broken in two other places--clearly not a sturdy enough design. One of the chromed wheel lug nuts has cracked.
I have an appointment to have the brakes inspected on Monday, so will be able to say more about how they've weathered the trip after I pay the bill. It may simply be that 1,200 miles of dust and mud--added to the 12,000 other miles on the system--have compromised the brake magnets or shoes or both. How long should the electric brakes last on these units? I may be the first to find out. Or it may turn out that my brake controller (Pilot brand) has gone haywire from the vibration and isn't doing its job right.
There are a few things that haven't failed but have developed pesky habits. Our setup drill now includes screwing the stove mounting screws back in each time. They manage to vibrate loose even on relatively smooth roads. We have to take the burner rings out when we pack for travel or they'll come out on their own accord and skate around inside the closed stove lid. The result isn't pretty. We have to jam one of the seat cushions in the entryway to hold the two doors there closed. I've had to rig a big bungee cord (a 3-footer) across the front of the sink/stove cabinet to keep the cabinet and fridge doors closed during travel.
Useless or nearly useless things we brought along include the solar panels. Most places we've camped have been heavily shaded up here in forest country so the panels are just dead weight. The big inverter I carry in the truck might as well have stayed home--we haven't needed high-wattage 110V that much. We also carry a small 100 watt inverter that works fine for charging the toys while we drive. The porta-pottie will stay home next time too--too much trouble to mess with when the campground biffy is just steps away. Your mileage may vary on that issue. The CB radio is a form of insurance, I suppose, but I haven't needed it yet. We brought a toaster oven along but haven't stayed in one place long enough to justify digging it out of the storage bin. On the other hand, the pressure cooker has made cooking dried beans and grains easier and has cut down a bit on meal expenses.
Things I'm glad I have with us include our AAA Plus RV coverage. Haven't needed it but you never know. A second mounted spare for the trailer--good idea. Likewise haven't needed it yet, who knows if I will but Ive got it (Be sure it's load range D). A full tool kit including a drill, torque wrench, and hydraulic bottle jack is good to have. Brake adjusting tool. Lots of flashlights--one always works even if the others have died. Weather radio! Duct tape and wire ties. Big piece of cardboard to lay on when you have to get under the trailer. iPad.
We should have brought lots of rags. Eventually, everything you touch is dirtier than you've ever seen it, and using washcloths and dishtowels to help clean up will not earn you the Spouse of the Year Award. Likewise pack a pair of cheap cotton gloves for everybody. They get dirty fast but they go in the wash just fine.
That's what I can think of at the moment. This would be a good time for others to chime in with their tips for essentials and forgettables!
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2011 Rockwood A128
2000 Silverado 1500 pickup
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:18 PM   #80
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It sounds like your trailer has really been put through the ringer but overall has weathered the storm just fine. That gives me some degree of comfort as I get ready to purchase my A124 hardside pop up. Currently I am getting my tow vehicle ready and setup to go pickup my new trailer.

I am also enjoying reading your posts/log and sure that everyone else is too. Please keep us posted. Your pictures are also really enjoyable. Thanks.
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