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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 / Re: New Brakes and Rotors on TV
« on: April 13, 2017, 03:50:25 PM »
You buy the brakes and rotors and I'll let you use my tools and I'll tell you what to do.

Everyone else,
$5 gets you a lawn chair and 2 beers to watch from my TBD  :cheers:

Towing / Re: New Brakes and Rotors on TV
« on: April 13, 2017, 02:27:23 PM »
I finally got around to looking at my brakes.  It went much smoother this time.  I think doing it on a Saturday afternoon -vs- a cold evening made it go a lot easier  :)  I went to the store looking for a 17mm socket to use with my breaking bar and I found this awesome set of Bolt extractor sockets for $25.  It grabs the bolt in the center of the flat part instead of the edges that would be rounded off.  All of the caliper bolts came right off with no problem.  Even the other wheel that I had not taken off the last time came right off  :jig:

So far my truck stops so I am happy with the new pads and rotors. 

Promised Land SP / Re: Promised Land State Park - Summer 2017
« on: March 31, 2017, 08:46:26 AM »
Have fun rafting

Canvas Classified / Re: @ Wal-Mart: Big Buddy Heaters on sale $60.00
« on: March 30, 2017, 08:37:49 AM »
Spring time is the time to get these.....I remember getting my little buddy for a real good price many years ago in spring.

New and Pre-Purchase / Re: What to do with the PopUp when not in use?
« on: March 28, 2017, 09:08:09 AM »
When I had a popup....Once I got into the camping season I had it out every month.  In the off season I tried to open it every month to check on it.  I have had it open for weeks at a time when I was working on it or someone suggested to me that if it was wet when I left camp just set it up when I get home.  eventually the rain will stop and it will dry out and then I would close it after work. 

It was great seeing everyone again.  I needed that camping fix.  The weather was beautiful and I always like spring gulch.  I don't think I have ever had a bad site or experience there. 

I will bring Pasta with Clam sauce.  I don't like linguini so I usually use a different noodle.

I would put much more wood in the Toyota if I wasn't towing a 5,000# trailer to camp....I need to be mindful of that.

I have an EZ up and 2 tables as well.  Nathan won't be with me on Friday.  I need to run home Saturday morning to do some errands and pick him up.  I hope to be back at camp by lunch. 

Towing / Re: New Brakes and Rotors on TV
« on: March 23, 2017, 09:39:28 AM »
I finally had a chance to work on the brakes last night.  The lugnuts were on so tight that I bent my 4way.  I broke them with the regular tire iron.  Then the wheel was frozen to the hub and had to whack it quite a few times to free it.  I look over the springs that hold the pads to the caliper and it doesn't look right.  One of them is broken and I'm studying it and scratching my head until I realize that the previous brake job put an extra spring in there and that spring broke and that is what looks odd.  OK, I go to take the caliper off and I don't have a 17mm socket, (16 and then 18 in my set wtf?) so I use a 17mm wrench because I know I don't want to round the bolt.  The wrench bent open  :tickedoff:

it was 8pm and I haven't even taken the other tire off.  Sooooo I throw in the towel and put the tire back on.  I need to decide my next a 17mm socket and do it on a Saturday when I have more time or just ask my mechanic to install my parts. 

1/3 of a cord of wood is what fits in my truck.  5.5 deep by 4 wide by 2 high.  I have more wood at my house that someone can stop by and pick up if they want.  I live about 30 minutes from the campground.

No box fans were burned during the firenado!!

The floor and rear bed are all back together.  I have my water system working good and sanitized.  I have 1/2 of my peel and stick floor done.  I'm just about ready to go camping  :)

I am going to try and make pizza muffins in a cardboard box for lunch on Saturday.  I have done them with the boy scouts when I was a kid but not in about 20 years.  Nathan and I are doing a cub scout camping trip the first weekend in May and I will be making them with the kids.  I need to work out some of the details so I don't set a box on fire  :chef:

Vik king....please let us know the status of the plowed sites.  I kind of hope that they are not plowed right now and they allow everything to melt naturally.  Maybe plow on Thursday if needed.  Otherwise there will be huge mounds of snow at the back of the sites. 

I still plan on going.  I just spend most of the weekend finishing up replacing my camper floor, reinstalling my water tank, HWH, and water pump.  I also dewinterized to get that funky smell out of the water lines. 

Kids, Pets & Relatives / Re: Camping with kids
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:07:35 AM »
I have a 7yo son who has been camping with this group since he was 9 months old.  When he was really young my wife would go to bed early with him. 

Around 5yo I would put him in the camper with a movie around 9 or earlier to start calming him down and get ready to sleep.  Plus the topic of conversation starts to change the later it gets.  Often he would fall asleep with the movie.  I won't say there were not times I'd look at the clock and see it is 10 and my son was still up. 

Now I decide depending on if my son is cranky, he is running around like a mad man and might get hurt, or if my wife is with us and she wants him in bed by she likes to go to bed early.

My nephew, who is now 12, loves sitting quietly by the campfire until real late.  He would be up at midnight with us.  He has been doing that since he was 9.     

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