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A day off

Postby cubbyboy57 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:42 am

Spent a day in the Davy Crocket National Forest (Alabama Creek Wildlife Management Area).
Beautiful weather and great break from the big city.
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Crystal Clear Pond
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A pipeline runs through the forest (I have to bring my bike next time!)
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Home for a day!
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Re: A day off

Postby working on it » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:59 pm

Looks like fun; I'm gonna have to get back into it, too. Coincidentally, I'm in DFW also, was a warehouse manager before retirement, and also have a white HHR Panel. I never saw any of your posts, thus I missed your build log. I started out building my trailer in Oct '11, after long-time lurking on Exploration Portal (from which I was directed to TnTTT). I lurked here a long time also. My intention was to build a lightweight, yet, durable trailer for my wife to camp with (on Crypto-Zoological expeditions-her hobby-, and for me to use after I retired, for some softroad overlanding, first to be towed with her Cobalt and my HHR, and later with a 4wd. Things got out-of-control, and the trailer grew to about 1700lbs (loaded), much too heavy for the little cars to tow, so the Chevy 2500HD became my tow vehicle. My wife never used it, either, as she hasn't camped since it was built. I've only used it 7-8 times, myself. There's an informal grouping of campers in the South Central area that I've camped with. Nice people, no dues, no fees, no camper restrictions. I'm trying to get back to limited camping again, at Beaver's Bend again, and probably Fairfield in May. Come join us (or them) if you can!
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Re: A day off

Postby cubbyboy57 » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:57 am

Thanks for introducing yourself. I tried to keep my trailer lightweight, but it ended up about 300lbs heavier than planned (it weighs 1050 loaded), so I know what you mean. The HHR pulls it fine, but mpg suffers a bit. I really like your style of trailer - now that I have got out a couple of times, I am thinking of getting a small pickup so I can go further down the gravel roads. I was using the trailer build to help distract myself as my wife fought her losing battle last year. It was way to stay around the house so she wasn't alone, but still give me a break from the blues of the situation.
I will seriously consider a trip to Fairfield in May (a niece is getting married in May, but not sure of the date), I have been wanting to get to a gathering.
I am going to try to get to cooler weather this summer (Wyoming/Montana) and get my first break from the Texas summer in 30 years. I love to camp with just the cooler, stove, and a battery, but can't sleep well when it is 80 at night!
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