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Days 1 & 2 – Beauty and the Behemoths

July 26, 2011

On day 1, we set off down a favorite Maine road of ours, RouteĀ  9. K stopped for a photo at one of his favorite overlooks – the whalesback, an esker. Great glacial feature of Maine!

Scotty on the esker

Scotty on the esker

A mere 90 miles from home, we were in Canada! At one point as we sat on the bridge crossing the border, the truck was in Canada and the Scotty was in the US. Scotty’s safely in Canada now.

Days 2 and beyond, we’re at Shubie Park, a nice campground within the Halifax Metro area, making it very convenient to the work meeting I’m attending all week. The campground is a bit more family oriented/typical than we usually like, but we’re here for the location and it’s really quite nice. It’s a bit more like tailgating than boondocking all around us! All the other trailers are giant buses – except a couple small vans/VWs and a few tenters. The Scotty barely takes up an eighth of the site! It’s doing great, though – even in its first real rainstorm (fingers are crossed as I type that it stays dry all night).

Our tiny Scotty

Our tiny Scotty

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2 people, 15 days, 60 square feet

July 22, 2011

Get ready – it’s time for our long-awaited road trip with the Scotty.

We’re heading north – which sounds just perfect with the heat wave we’ve been having. If and when we have Wifi, we’ll be blogging about our trip here.

Road Trip

Road Trip

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Stove – trimmed up

June 5, 2011

When we replaced the original stove, the new one didn’t quite cover the missing section of countertop. We left this job for this summer – and the trip to Lamoine reminded us of all these final punch list jobs we still needed to do. So, we worked on this one during this week.

Before - a round stove in a square hole. Unsightly corners with countertop missing.

Before - a round stove in a square hole. Unsightly corners with countertop missing.

We used a piece of 1″ door threshold moulding (aluminum) from the hardware store – about $10 for 6′. Mitered the corners, made a couple of cutouts for the stove attachment, and spent quite a while getting it to fit perfectly.

Trim in progress - fitted and just needing fastening

Trim in progress - fitted and just needing fastening

And here’s the final product – just needing to re-polish the countertop where we dirtied it up during installation. Much nicer!

Stove all trimmed out

Stove all trimmed out

Corner - covered

Corner - covered

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First trip out – 2011

May 29, 2011

We took our first trip out just before Memorial Day weekend at Lamoine State Park in Maine, about 30 miles from home. We hadn’t been there in years, and it was a great, nearby spot to try everything back out. The campground is fantastic – all boondocking, but there’s drinking water and really nice bathroom & shower facilities. Here was our spot:

Great wooded site!

Great wooded site!

It was a bit of a working vacation; we wanted to test out an idea for an awning using a shade sail thing (triangle shaped). We need to modify it and put real attachments, but the idea still seems good.

Trying out an awning idea

Trying out an awning idea

There are short trails and a lovely beach – that was the vacation part.

Steps from the campsite - ocean beach

Steps from the campsite - ocean beach

Back to work: after a run to the local hardware store for a few last minute parts, we plumbed the sink for both city water and the hand pump, plus the drain. We didn’t try it though – there wasn’t city water and we were waiting for some silicone to try. But theoretically, we have indoor plumbing!

Bucket o' tools - for plumbing the sink

Bucket o' tools - for plumbing the sink

And a classic camping dinner one night (the other night was more gourmet, but you just have to have something campy on the first trip!)

Classic camping dinner

Classic camping dinner

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Finally – finished hubcaps

May 17, 2011

The re-chroming of the hubcaps was enough to make us swoon, but I finally got up the nerve to paint in the Serro Scotty lettering this past weekend in preparation for camping season. Actually, I come from a family of model-builders and detailed craftsmen, plus I’ve had some art training, so it wasn’t that big of a worrisome task – though I was prepared with plenty of clean rags in case I clumsily smeared enamel paint all over. There are now decals for the letters, but I’m actually so much worse with stickers than paint that this was a safer option.

The inset letters really made painting pretty simple, and the hubcaps are now, officially, done!

Avert your eyes! These are so blindingly shiny they are hard to photograph!

Avert your eyes! These are so blindingly shiny they are hard to photograph!

They look so smooth and shiny with some adjustments to the flash.

They look so smooth and shiny with some adjustments to the flash.

Though we are really nervous about putting them on – if we lose one on the road, I think we’d cry. We’ve talked about leaving them off for travel – but since our philosophy is to use and enjoy the trailer, we may risk leaving them on. Who could resist showing off that chrome, anyways?

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Winter camp-in 2011

February 13, 2011

Saturday was the annual winter camp-in for the NSSO. Last year at this time, our trailer was in pieces in the garage. So, it was our first winter camp-in.

The weather was decent – 20 degrees – and we found this awesome chili mix also called “Six Gun” – so we decided to participate in the camp-in by having dinner and a movie out there.

A perfect winter meal.

A perfect winter meal.

We zipped open the side of the trailer cover and fired up our new little heater, which got the temperature up to 50 degrees in under an hour.

The little heater worked well.

The little heater worked well.

Then, dinner!

Dinner is served - Six Gun chili in the Six-Gun Scotty.

Dinner is served - Six Gun chili in the Six-Gun Scotty.

The trailer stayed nice and cozy the whole time, and it was great to spend time out there in the middle of winter.

Looking forward to camping season…

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Gleaming hubcaps

February 8, 2011

We saved our pennies and sent out two (of the three) hubcaps to be repaired and re-chromed. We sent them to Courtesy Metal Polishing, on recommendation of other Scotty folks and after finding good reviews online.

Today I got home from a meeting to find a delivery notice taped to our door – so we scrambled around and got the package held at the carrier’s warehouse, then just braved a windy storm to go pick them up.

And wow – was it all worth it! They look like the messed up, old, dinged, painted things we sent in were secretly replaced with perfect brand new hubcaps. Seriously – an amazing transformation. The third one (on the right, in case it’s not obvious!) is too far gone for chroming this time around – and we’re out of cash – but perhaps someday we’ll get sophisticated enough to figure out what to do with it. I mean, does a spare tire really need a fabulous hubcap?

One of these things is not like the other...

One of these things is not like the other...

Two shiny hubcaps. Hard to get a photo that does them justice.

Two shiny hubcaps. Hard to get a photo that does them justice.

Next up: we need to paint the Scotty lettering – time for more research.

Just so happened, we were packing up the hubcaps to send them in right after I had spent a serious amount of time trying to scrub the bejeesus out of the original sink strainer basket – we actually gave up on it, but after seeing how chintzy new replacements were, I just tossed it in with the hubcaps with a note. Could it be chromed too? And it came back all shiny and clean enough for the kitchen.

Sink strainer - also sparkly!

Sink strainer - also sparkly!

Which reminds me – we still have to hook up the sink. Once the snow melts…

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