Monday, June 30, 2008

Beaverkill Campground

This past weekend I went to Beaverkill Campground in the Catskills. Too bad my camera batteries died. I had a great spot right on the river. The Beaverkill is a great trout stream. We went tubing down the river...and could see a deep pool full of HUGE trout. While tubing a bald eagle flew about 25 feet over our heads and landed on the bank of the river. He was then chased away by 2 crows. Later that day, I caught a 17 inch trout.

I ordered my supplies for the awning from Sailrite. They have some good videos about their products. I think I am going to make a 9 foot canopy. I don't want it to look too huge in comparison to the camper.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The awning continued

I think I found the rest of the supplies I needed for the awning at They have the rope feed that I need for the channel. I think I might make some detachable rain wings for the awning.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Random thoughts

Well the 63 sold for $3,050. I was glad it sold for more then I have put into mine.
This past weekend I went to Margaret Lewis Norrie Campground on the Hudson River. It definately is not great for tents...very rocky and few flat spots. The campground is on the Hudson River just north of the FDR and Vanderbilt estates. I canoed out on the Hudson and fished a little. These huge fish were jumping... like evening. The campground isn't the best maintained, but the Hudson River is just spectacular. Hyde Park is a nice little town too. Being only 40 miles from home was definatley a plus.
I spent my first nasty thunderstorms in the camper. The awning windows are great in the rain. I hope I am still loving them in August heat!
The beach that I landed on was full of very smooth stones. I forgot to charge my camera before I these are some shots with my cell phone.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Get your own Metzendorf Vintage Trailer!

An auction of a Metzendorf for sale in Connecticut ends today. This one has the panelling interior. Looks in nice shape! The layout is a little different than mine.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

radio antenna

I got an antenna from Vintage Trailer Supply. I have to decide whether to put in on the side or front. I think I am leaning to the I can install in the portapotti if I screw it up it wont matter as much.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

new toy

I got the light-weight canoe. It is really pretty stable. Plenty of space. Here I am paddling it with all the gear of my friends who where kayaking.

This is the Basher Kill wetlands in Sullivan County, New York. We saw frogs, all sorts of fish, blue herons, osprey, bald eagles (and babies in nest), red-winged black birds, water snakes and lots of flowers.

Window gasket

I installed the new gasket on four windows...I think I am short about a foot of the grey gasket. Was so easy to install. I would have liked to polished the windows before doing this, but it really needed to be done. One window the gasket would sometimes come out when I towed the camper.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Window Gasket

I have to replace the window gasket as they are a bit dried out. I ordered new in the same grey color from Vintage Trailer Supply. Looks easy enough to replace.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Cost of Gas

Well I get 16 mpg towing the camper, which really isn't that bad. But, I have decided to not venture not so far this weekend. I changed my reservations to be 100 miles closer to home,,, saving me about $60 in gas. I am staying at a campground right on the Hudson River. It doesn't seem as crowded (booked) so I think it should be a good weekend. I can canoe from the park...if the River isn't too rough.

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Awning

Today I purchased Sunbrella fabric for the awning. I got it on Ebay for $10/yard. Not bad. I have a lot of poles so I hope to just use them.

Friday, June 6, 2008

New toy

Tomorrow I am going to look at a new toy for my vacation rig. The mice ate my Avon (inflatable boat). I need a boat that the mutt can go in. I think I am going to get a Nova Craft Bob Special 15 foot canoe. Light enough to put on the Subaru. I need to get out on the water where ever I go.... with the mutt. He isn't good enough for a tandem kayak. I have a HUGE canoe that I can't lift by myself. I hope the 50 lb canoe will be OK.

This weekend I need to reset the camper for another excursion...maybe work on the flooring.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The day job

ok... by day I am a planner... a civil servant. I work in environmental planning division for a county in ny. I enjoy it...and work with a great staff. Planners are great folk... spend some time at great site...!