My Journey

Crowfly

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@YukonMontanaTannerTrapper Hmmm.... Started looking at the F-550, then I called the insurance company (actual lizards don't deserve to be associated with those lizard-people, but, I've heard, life isn't fair or easy if you are green). No go on the ********** 55Oh my! But they were happy to add the F-450 to my policy (for a mere $100/year more than a similar new F-350). Why? Who can say for sure? In any event, I'd have to go sit down with a local (AZ) "insurance broker" and see what they could come up with for the F-550 and my personal RV (an assemblage of my own creation) use case. Hitting brick walls erected by some of the deepest pockets in the history of human economic civilization right out of the gate give me pause for thought in most endeavors. The first thing that comes to mind is, if a major insurance company can not issue me a policy for the F-5## under any RV use case circumstances, then what other small-print traps are laying in wait for the personal use F-550 owners? Now I don't know much about CDL license laws across the 50 states or international borders, but, as we live in the most litigious society probably since the Roman Empire I'd also be extra careful who I let work on a personal use F-5++ with my name on the title. Meaning, when the high school kid comes out of the shop bay dragging a floor jack leaving a dripping trail of hydraulic fluid that looks like it was maintained by Mad Max at Thunderdome Motorsports and Repair shop you might want to send him back in for the assistant manager to have a small print tete-a-tete. Why? Just because the police chief couldn't find a technical/criminal violation when your F-5++ turned his nephew's legs into parking-lot pizza it doesn't mean the local prosecutor and hospital administrator stuck covering the uncovered portions of the medical bills (big enough bill and the County Commissioners will probably join in ...) won't try and seek civil redress if they think they can. We enter into signed and unsigned implied contracts constantly going about our routine daily movements blithely ignorant of the obligations we may risking until Murphy's Law comes crashing down upon our heads (never mind what may happen over the border). In fine, being of the singular persuasion, I'm starting to wonder if I really need more than the approximate 9000 pound payload the F-450 configuration of choice promises on paper.

@Riversdad's praise for the newish Ford 7.3L gasser definitely got my payload craving desires juiced. Noticed a Whipple supercharger for the 7.3L will be available soon. It will probably cost the same as the diesel option on a new truck but it will weigh a small fraction of the diesel. I completely overbuilt/loaded a previous 4x4 camper once. I was getting discouraged until I added the TRD supercharger and then my frown turned upside down! It's nice to know that 725 or so of torque will be available aftermarket with a 'simple' bolt-on for a genuine truck gas motor which gives every indication of being more than capable of handling it in the stock configuration without further add-on ado. For the feather-footed at least. As I recall the TRD was a screw type with about a 100k service life before recommended rebuild. Gas-wise I didn't notice it really if I used lite-pedal technique, but, it was hard to resist punching it sometimes at green lights cuz nobody expected to see a hardside camper peel away up a steep on-ramp and then have to hit the brakes in order to merge with the freeway traffic. The screw type makes a slight high pitched whine at low speeds during acceleration which you learn to drive by ear and thus quickly stop needing to monitor gauges. Once the wind noise on the highway got loud though, fine tuning my foot with the gauges got the fuel consumption pretty equivalent to the pre-install. With a crate motor cost of under $7k the 7.3L may well cost less to completely replace than the ever higher compression diesel's post 100k mile exhaust/fuel system maintenance/repairs as anti-pollution standard's become ever more onerous. But that is just uniformed speculation on my part, albeit, I am parroting my favorite mechanic's musings along similar lines :unsure:...
 
ITTOG..... (y) (y) (y) .....

tgil.....I used (as few as possible) bronze colored 2" long fine / tiny head screws. I thought the color might be an issue but every screw is countersunk into the old wood and pretty much disappeared. Regarding "slats", I'm not sure what you're referring to but I'm guessing it's the cedar siding ? The cedar siding comes from the mill that way.....

JD.....sounds like an excellent trip so far.....I'm envious (not jealous) of the travelers.....stay safe.....

crowfly.....I'm happy with my decision to keep the F350.....it sure was close.....



August 29, 2021.....With temperatures dropping slightly and a slight lull in the "must do list", I headed over to the neighbors place to wander around his little forest and transplant some of his trees to my place.....

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It's kind of like a small retreat back there.....a little world of It's own. This is about as close to nature as I get these days.....but as I've mentioned several times recently there's light at the end of the tunnel.....

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This time I decided to go for big trees.....some reaching as much as twenty feet in height.....which of course meant that I had to dig big holes.....

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Big holes attract big puppies it seems.....

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.....and there's just something irresistible about that cool refreshing dirt.....

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......and before you know it.....well.....you've found yourself laying down in / on it.....and literally falling asleep.....

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These are reminders to slow down.....to take a few minutes to appreciate life.....it was just yesterday that I visted my favorite Lowes store to find out that one of the guys that I've worked with there over the summer passed away on Friday from Covid-19.....so yea.....

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There will be a forest here one day.....

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We've just begun.....

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Arjan

Paperwork Specialist
Love that last picture !!
You've been busy - missed this place for a few weeks.
That wall is inspiring... May use that idea for the new office I'll be building.
Many thanks !
 
tgil.....of course I agree.....and those steps that they're laying on.....another days work.....

Arjan.....I throughly enjoyed building that reclaimed lumber wall so I'd say go for it.....& thanks.....

Riversdad.....but she still acts like a puppy.....she'll be one on September 22nd.....on the 29th she gets sedated & x-rayed to check for Hip Displasia.....she's not the athlete that Tanner is (actually like all my Retrievers were).....but she is still a troublemaker.....



August 30, 2021.....Next up.....finally.....was to build the steps.....another task that I had no idea how to do. When I brought the stair risers home from Lowes the first time, I actually attempted to install them upside down. That didn't go so well so I returned them and bought them from elsewhere. The results were the same and finally it hit me that they were upside down (not the brighest bulb in the pack).....

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Once I overcame the simple challenge that faced me, the task moved along quite well. I ordered more Trex for the treads and once it began to come together.....I changed plans midstream. The original plan was to wrap the deck with the metal from the barn door and paint the metal black but I still had leftover cedar siding so I tried a new idea.....

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I cut a bunch of 2 1/4" slats which I screwed in using the same stainless steel screws as I had used for the cedar siding installation.....

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Then I painted the risers black to match the siding and added four shrubs (more to come of course).....

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I sure was pleased to finally discard my paint bucket step.....if dogs could talk I'd guess they'd say ****** happened here.....

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The long summer days of Montana are slowly leaving us and those hot afternoons spent under the tiny deck will soon be a thing of the past.....

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.....our project is nearly complete.....and we will soon leave the neighborhood behind and once again become the Wild Dogs of the Night.....

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ITTOG

Well-known member
I love that you painted the stair risers black. I was thinking doing something in black would make it tie into both colors of the house. Great job.

Looks like Trapper is going to miss that space under the deck.

Thanks for letting us watch your adventure.
 
ITTOG.....yep, the black is a much better look. The original color of the risers (burnt orange ?) had to go. Regarding that recently lost hiding spot.....they've got plenty of others. My favorite one is in the barn where they somehow found my reclining chairs which were under a tarp. They moved the tarp and enjoy laying in the chairs with the cooler barn temperatures. Thanks.....


September 2, 2021.....this was probably the worst day yet. I had hired a guy to install the tile and the floor in the bathroom shower and when he came for the estimate he noticed that the cement board ceiling was sagging and he said that I'd needed to add support to the ceiling before he could tile it. Now this was due to using 1/4" cement board as opposed to 1/2" cement board (I got some bad advice).....

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I attempted to access through the attic but with the pitch of the roof being so flat that access was impossible. Therefore I had to remove most of the shower ceiling which was covered in blown in insulation.....it was a nightmare.....

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It took me ten hours to remedy that mistake but the following day we were back on track. The tile guy returned and started the first phase of the sub floor installation.....that night Trapper made a visit and destroyed his fine work.....

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The tile guy took it all in stride and came back the following day to make the repairs.....

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There was a two week delay in getting the tile.....the long story much too long to tell here.....building during a pandemic has been quite the challenge.....heck, just building is quite the challenge.....

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The tile guy has turned out to be my savior.....he can do most any aspect of construction and as I near the end of this project, I've decided to spend the money and turn over more of the ending tasks to him.....

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The tile is going up and we anticipate finishing this by tomorrow afternoon.....then he'll begin the next task this weekend (I think).....

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Arjan

Paperwork Specialist
You'll need to make that veranda a bit more open for a grown Trapper to go there.
Actually, I really like that and may borrow it for the final office build.

And yes, we have dog & cat print in concrete around the place...

You're almost there !
 
Arjan.....yep, we are really getting close. The refrigerator will be delivered on October 16th and I'm thinking that will be the last day of this build. I've got decisions to make soon.....do I live here for a bit maybe or is it better not to move in (if I turn the water on I'll need to heat the place for the winter.....not sure that's an acceptable decision).....or maybe I find renters and make some extra cash ? One thing is for sure.....the garden hose showers in the evening are becoming quite the challenge for me.....they're really getting COLD.....

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September 7, 2021.....the shower turned out exceptional (in my opinion) and I'm really, really pleased with my choices.....the red ? You'll see more of this color to come.....the black & greys are nice.....but the cabin needed more color I thought.....like a flower garden.....

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Today the grout goes in and another task goes off the to do list.....

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Now that I've got someone here taking on a few of the larger tasks, I can focus on some of the things that have been overlooked.....one of these things was to finally get back into the crawl space and lay down the black plastic over the dirt floor.....

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I raked the entire area and hauled out buckets full of construction debris, rocks & whatever else happened to come in contact with my rake.....

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I was happy that it wasn't more than a half day spent down there.....

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.....as the weather in southwest Montana continues to improve so I prefer to be outdoors.....lots of perennials are going into the ground.....as well as plenty more Quaking Aspen trees.....

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While I was at the hoarders house digging up trees I found this old bicycle built for two laying in the tall grasses.....I brought it home.....paid a mere $50 for it.....

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Another $11 for the hanging hardware and I had me a piece of art (that's what I call it anyhow).....

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Life is pretty good right now.....

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ITTOG

Well-known member
Jerry the interior decorator. I am impressed. Was the red just something you wanted to do or was there some inspiration for it? At first, I was like what is he doing? But after a bit I began to like it. A lot.

That garden hose water made my mouth water. Such a great memory from childhood. So much so I still do it today when outside and thirsty. Anyone not do this as a kid?
 
Arjan.....yea the tandem is perfect ! I've got my eye on another antique bicycle but he refuses to sell. He told me that he rode the not for sale one to work back in the 60's so apparently it has sentimental value. There are several hundred to choose from.....heck I don't even know where the next one will go.....assuming that there is a next one.....

ITTOG.....the answer to the question is both yes & no.....I'll share the no answer with you.....the yes answer would be more of a personal nature.....

The no answer.....I was scanning Google a month ago looking for exterior lighting and I seemed to be attracted to red. The cabin.....black & grey.....is beautiful yet it's dark & somewhat gloomy I thought. So I finally pulled the trigger.....went out on a limb.....& I ordered red exterior lighting. I then met a designer and I sent her pictures of the lighting that I had purchased.....her response was "I love, love, love the lighting. It's perfect !". Then she came for a visit. Since then she's really been into working with me and I bounce ideas off her well trained brain. I go forward now only with her blessings. So she was a fan of the red stripe idea.....it brings color into the cabin.....and I believe that's a good thing.....



September 12, 2021.....GOOD MORNING MONTANA.....

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BigDawwg

-[Gettin-it Done]-
Arjan.....yea the tandem is perfect ! I've got my eye on another antique bicycle but he refuses to sell. He told me that he rode the not for sale one to work back in the 60's so apparently it has sentimental value. There are several hundred to choose from.....heck I don't even know where the next one will go.....assuming that there is a next one.....

ITTOG.....the answer to the question is both yes & no.....I'll share the no answer with you.....the yes answer would be more of a personal nature.....

The no answer.....I was scanning Google a month ago looking for exterior lighting and I seemed to be attracted to red. The cabin.....black & grey.....is beautiful yet it's dark & somewhat gloomy I thought. So I finally pulled the trigger.....went out on a limb.....& I ordered red exterior lighting. I then met a designer and I sent her pictures of the lighting that I had purchased.....her response was "I love, love, love the lighting. It's perfect !". Then she came for a visit. Since then she's really been into working with me and I bounce ideas off her well trained brain. I go forward now only with her blessings. So she was a fan of the red stripe idea.....it brings color into the cabin.....and I believe that's a good thing.....



September 12, 2021.....GOOD MORNING MONTANA.....

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Jerry,,,,,, well, all is looking pretty Good, you did a Dam nice job, and all those "Subtle-Touches" well done,,,,,, you shouldn't have much difficulty renting that place, but the other side to that coin is,,,,,, finding "GOOD" renters, and do you have someone local that can watch-out for your interests accordingly,,,,, those are some of the reasons I sold my Tri-Plex a few yr's back, had one renter that was 9-months be-hind,,,, and he wouldn't leave, had to get an Attorney, go to Court twice,,,,,, 14-months later, he was gone and left me with a mess, 7-months later and $8-9,000.00 in repairs,,,,, that was it it foe me, anyway, best of luck going forward, which ever path you choose, and by the way, that's the 1st shower with a "Racing-Stripe" I've ever seen...... :)
BD in Alaska
 
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