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Off Topic / Dented tailgate
« on: April 17, 2017, 02:02:12 PM »
I was getting a load of firewood the other day and I wound up denting the inside of my tailgate on my Toyota Tundra Pickup.  This dent pinched the levers that latched the tailgate closed.  It wouldn't close  :banghead:

Luckily it happened when I was offloading it so I didn't have to bungee it closed and drive.  I didn't know I had dented the tailgate at this time so I was just very puzzled about why it wouldn't latch.  I parked the truck and the next day I finally took a look at it.  As soon as I took the access panel off the tailgate I saw the issue.  A piece of wood dropped and dented the tailgate on the access hatch pinching the bars that work the latches.  I banged it out with a hammer but 2 things jumped in my head.

1- Will this happen again?  I use my truck like a truck.  I haul firewood, camping gear, gravel and other material, bricks, etc.  I don't baby it.  Should I put something on the tailgate?  Suggestions?

2- I bent steel and caused a problem.  What if I had one of those aluminum bed F150's?  I used to think a residential pickup driver could be fine with the aluminum bed and that it was the contractors that would flatten the aluminum bed like a beer can but apparently a homeowner can do some serious damage to the interior of a pickup bed.  Knowing I did this to steel, I personally would avoid an aluminum bed. 

Towing / New Brakes and Rotors on TV
« on: March 01, 2017, 08:23:48 AM »
It is about time to replace my front brakes on my 2007 Toyota Tundra Crew Max Pickup.  I tow a TT that is 5,000#'s.  I want to make sure I get good brakes and have been reading a little bit about them but there is a lot of information and opinions out there. 

1) what type of brake pad do I want?  I read that high friction pads stop well but are noisy.  What is a high friction pad?  I usually hear of Organic, Metallic, or Semi-Metallic brake pads.

2) What type of Rotor do I want.  Slotted, OEM, drilled holes?  I understand that rotors with slots or holes dissipate the heat better and the pads grab on the multiple edges for increased stopping power when you initially apply the brakes.

3)  If I change the rotors and pads to aggressively stop up front, must I change the back to a similar setup at the same time or can I do those in a few months? 

What's Cookin / Uncle Joe's Smoked Whole Turkey
« on: November 21, 2016, 10:50:05 AM »
How are you cooking your Turkey on Thursday?  I am cooking 2 Turkey's for 16 people.  One 19 pounder will be deep fried and the other 12 pounder I will be smoking  :chef:  I asked my Uncle Joe for advice.  He is from Tennessee and he has one of those crazy smokers and is constantly cooking.  I expected cook the bird upside down, put some bacon over the top to self baste, or something like that.  No, he has his own full recipe that he sent me within minutes of me asking him. 

I am looking forward to it :dance: 


1 12 - 14 pound Turkey
1 2.5 gallon Zip-Lok Bag

1-1/2 cups Apple Juice
3/4 cup Water, (Purified)
3 Tablespoons Firmly Packed Light Brown sugar
1-1/2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1-1/2 teaspoons Japanese Soy Sauce

3 Tablespoons Garlic Salt
1-1/2 Tablespoons Chili Powder (McCormicks)
1-1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Coarsely Ground
1 teaspoon Ancho Chile Powder

Canola oil for when the turkey is removed from the refrigerator.

8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (1 stick), Melted
2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Fresh Sage, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Fresh Chives, finely chopped


Combine the injection ingredients, using a whisk to dissolve the sugar and salt.
Place the turkey in a double disposable aluminum Hotel pan.
Working in a grid pattern, inject the turkey with an injection needle.
Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat the smoker, set up for indirect, at 275 degrees F. and set aside smoking wood, preferably pecan or hickory or a combination.

Remove the turkey from the refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels
Using your hands or a silicone brush, coat the turkey evenly but lightly with canola oil.

Place a remote thermometer (Chef Alarm or ET-732) in the thickest part of the breast.
Cook until the internal temperature of the breast registers 155 and the thigh registers 165 degrees F. about 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours depending on the size of the turkey, (About 2 hours and 45 minutes for an 11 pounds turkey).

Meanwhile, combine the seasoning blend.

Remove the turkey from the cooker, melt the butter and mix with 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme, 2 teaspoons of fresh sage and 2 teaspoons of chives finely chopped. Brush the skin with the melted butter mixture and then season all of the skin with the Seasoning Blend.

Return the turkey to the cooker and cook until the internal temperature of the breast registers 165 and the thigh registers 175 degrees F. about 1 hour more, depending on the size of the turkey.

Remove the turkey from the cooker, place on a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes.

Cut the Turkey, separating the legs, wings, thighs and breasts.

Arrange on a serving platter and serve.

Towing / Sport Shift Transmission
« on: November 10, 2016, 12:05:19 PM »
Does anyone actually use it on their car if equipped? 

My Tundra has a sport shift transmission.  It is a 6 speed automatic but I can slide the shifter to the side and just bump it up or down to shift through the gears manually like a stick shift.  I shifted through the gears once when I first bought the truck and while stuck in traffic yesterday I played with it and came to the conclusion "this is dumb".  Obviously if I want to downshift going downhill while towing I'll use it to use the transmission to slow me down....Like the PRNDL321.  But does anyone think they can shift better then the computerized automatic transmission?  What is the benefit to this?   

What's Cookin / BBQ Cook Off
« on: October 07, 2016, 08:53:31 AM »
How can we organize one for a Rally?

I was getting some BBQ at a restaurant yesterday and they had a TV on with a BBQ cook off.  Each contestant was given a piece of meat and people grilled it, smoked it, spiced it, Sauced it, etc. 

Can we do this at one of the Rallies?  Would anyone be interested in doing this?  Maybe everyone bring and cook their own racks of ribs for the Pot Luck.  Then each person who eats can vote on which ribs are the best. 

Pre & Post Trip Ideas & Report / Uprise Festival 9/16-18/16
« on: September 06, 2016, 10:58:30 AM » is a Christian Music festival held at Shippensburg Fairgrounds in PA.  I am going with my is a great time!! 

My Church purchased 2 campsites in anticipation of having a group go.  We are only using 1 campsite.  Is anyone interested in purchasing the 2nd campsite from us?  It is $65 for 2 days.  The site is 20 x 40.  No hookups.  Generators are allowed.  Music tickets are $50 each for the 2 days of music.  There are many big popular groups playing here. 

General Campfire Discussion / Soap Box Derby...Canvas Camper Style
« on: August 30, 2016, 02:54:13 PM »

Someone posted one of these video's on Face Book and the comments started......let's make this a reality  :)  For the kids and the adults.  Any campgrounds we are going to have good hills?

Old Power Wheels can be found on the curb on garbage night or you can build a traditional soap box car.  We're going to need some rules:

1- Kids need helmets
2- Adults need head gear approved by your spouse or mother.  (if Peggy approves, you can wear the strainer again Joe)
3- Kids need brakes
4- Brakes....adults don't need no stinkin' brakes
5- Beer holders must be firmly attached so as to not spill any beer. 

Gifford Pinchot SP / Gifford Pinchot SP - July 28-30 2017
« on: August 09, 2016, 01:01:13 PM »
When: July 28-30, 2017
Where:Gifford Pinchot State Park
Location: Pet Loop 227-247
Rally Coordinators: thingette1 & -
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Mariska Hargitay , Cindy's BF and my family were just at Gifford Pinchot this past weekend.  It is an awesome campground.  I see we have an opening for a rally in July 2017.  How about Gifford Pinchot?

HERE is a link to the State Park.

Since the last time I was there they have expanded the pet section.  They have added Full Hook Ups to some sites as well.  I will say the bath houses are still vintage 1982 and could use a remodel but they were clean.  There was plenty of foliage between the campsite and it seemed that the campsites were well maintained with a dedicated gravel tent pad at each site and newer picnic tables. 

There are 2 areas to swim in the lake.  The day use area and the camping area....although the swimming area is a healthy walk or drive from where the pet loop is.  The beach was nice and large with sand and a playground.  Into the water was sand as well and not slimy or seaweedy.  The lake is nice and large and the boat launch is semi near the pet loop.  They have campground mooring slips so we could leave kayaks there locked up. 

There is a pretty cool nature pavilion there and they do educational events on Saturday.  We saw some snakes and we missed the bug event.  It is a 3 mile crushed gravel trail between the campground and the day use area that bikes can go on. 

There is cell service there with good Data reception. 

So.....Want to go to Gifford Pinchot next July 2017?

Towing / Diesel better at towing....Myth?
« on: July 18, 2016, 10:31:26 AM »
So I was visiting the in-laws this weekend and my BIL has a big bad 2000 7.3 Diesel quad cab F350 single wheel in the back.  In talking....and his bragging... about how much better his F350 was at everything than my 2007 Crew Max Toyota Tundra 5.7 gas I can actually out tow him. He is rated to tow only 10,000 and I can tow 10,100.  That extra 100#'s also means I have a class IV hitch, not a class III being rated for over 10k. 

I was shocked  :o .  I usually expect ribbing from my in-laws about driving a Toyota but when it came down to the numbers......I outperform :rock:  Suck it in-laws!!!!! 

I know we aren't totally comparing apples to apples because there is 7 years difference in the vehicles and technological advances have been made but....Suck it in-laws!!!  Did I say that already? 

My other BIL has some old 77 Ford with a 460 motor in it that I knew I would out tow due to my Transmission.  My FIL has a 98 Dodge 1500 that he always brags nobody else can handle towing his 16 foot landscaping trailer (Pssst my 27 foot TT weighs 6k.  I think I can handle your wussy landscaping trailer).  The only one that I felt fairly certain could outperform me was my BIL with the Diesel F350.  We got to talking and he has towed "...about 2ton.  I can handle Dad's trailer."  Did I mention it is a wussy 16 foot landscaping trailer?  Then we looked at door jambs between the F350 and Tundra and.......Suck it in-laws!!!! I am king of towing!!!!" 

I know diesels can go for many more miles than a gas motor but....This F350 has 350k miles and is rusted to the point the bed is almost falling off.  The motor isn't running right either so my BIL had to buy a jeep to be his daily driver. 

Why is Diesel better ??

Anyone interested in Joining me?  DS has no summer camp that week so I'm heading there for a long weekend.  There is lake swimming, a nature pavilion that I was at about 8 years was really cool.  I may ask a friend to borrow a kayak hint hint, expect a call  ;)  And of course bike riding.  It looks like there is a good loop where I am at, site 112 for Nathan to ride around. 

Kayaking / Inflatable Kayak
« on: June 16, 2016, 09:13:28 AM »
I would like to buy a kayak for my son and I to use on our next camping trip.  DW has declined the purchase of a 2 person kayak....they are too expensive and she doesn't think I will use it enough to warrant the purchase  :-[  She did say if it was $150 or less then OK but I haven't found anything, even used, for less than $500. 

I see inflatable kayaks in my price range that I could get DW to approve.  However, I have this fear in my mind that inflatable kayaks are toys and a PIA.  What are your thoughts?  I can rent a kayak for $50 for the day but 3 rentals would equal the purchase of this and I would have something I could have fun with my son a few more times in the future. 

I found THIS on Amazon.  What are your thoughts on it?  Is it a toy?  Will it be a PIA to paddle?

BTW, my son is 6 and probably would not contribute much to paddling if at all.  Combined we would be about 325 pounds. 

Mods / Why have a bathroom sink so close to the kitchen sink.
« on: June 12, 2016, 08:50:18 PM »
I always questioned why campers have a bathroom sink 4 feet away from the kitchen sink.  Just brush your teeth in the kitchen sink!!!  I moved my medicine cabinet into the bathroom.  I have been thinking about what to do with the sink.  Remove it, cap the water lines, then I have to deal with the sewer line.  I finally decided it was more trouble than it was worth.  I had some pergo flooring so I cut it out and put it over the sink so I can put keys , stuff, whatever on the new counter.  I have to think a little more about what else to do.  I'm thinking of putting a shelf the same size only over the outlet and faucet.

Mods / More Shelves!!
« on: June 12, 2016, 08:26:32 PM »
My TT has very few shelves or storage.  I have been staring at the back of my dinette seat thinking I have 5 inches of room to the edge of the door that I could do something with.  Well, I finally did something with it.

Three metal shelves that are exactly 5 inches wide.  They were $4 each.  I staggered the shelves to make room for the fire extinguisher. 

This is the inside of the back of my seat.  There is a hollow section in the back of the seat.  There was a wood frame on the edge but I needed to fish a piece of wood for support in the middle. 

Mods / More Counter Space
« on: June 10, 2016, 08:52:03 AM »
My TT had NO counter space.  There were inches around the sink and stove and a board that could go over one of the double sinks.  I needed to do something about it.....Here is my solution!!!!

The original counter space

I'm guessing I just increased my counter space by 80%

I hinged it so I can fold it when we open the couch for sleeping

I used folding leg supports to support the table when open.  I used 4 typical hinges where it connects to the existing counter.

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