Our Chalet Truck Camper

Our Chalet Truck Camper

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Spring Truck Camping Jamboree Info.

North-East Truck Camping Spring Jamboree
May 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2008

Horseshoe Acres Campground
1978 Weston-Andover Rd.
Andover, VT 05143
Tel: 802-875-2960

$25.00 a night, water, electric, dump station, cable available
No cell phone or wireless service available

N43° 17.02 W72° 42.52

Andover Wagon Masters:
Anne and Joe

Events Schedule
Register at the big white tent and sign up for events. Seminars will all start at the tent. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available at the tent each morning.

Thursday, May 15th
Arrive, set up your rig and enjoy an evening by the fire, meeting new friends and seeing what old friends have been up to. Gather by the campfire late afternoon with each person bringing their own drinks and an appetizer to share.

Friday, May 16th
During the day, Cathie will be taking photos of you and your TC. She will print a copy for you and keep one copy (with your permission) for a group photo album.

9:30 -10:30AM Mike will perform a gas leak check in your TC propane compartment and provide a new 9V battery for your TC Smoke Alarm.

11:00AM Joe and Anne will show Delorme GPS mapping for road trips

1PM Dave will demonstrate fly fishing. Farctic Ox will show how to carry and use bear spray.

6PMish Our traditional hot dog roast! Those good old red snapper hot dogs will be provided along with regular hot dogs, all the condiments, cole slaw, potato salad and baked beans.
Gather by the campfire afterwards. Farctic Ox, Mike and Larry will talk about setting up solar power for TCs and what kind of system and battery bank works best.

Saturday, May 17th
Sign up to show off your TC if you wish. Prizes will be given for the most customized, the oldest and the one from farthest away.

Fartic Ox will hand out a scavenger hunt list in the morning. Turn it in by 2PM. The winner will be announced at pot luck.

10-11AM Mike will show hands on the best way to keep your refrigerator equipment clean and running well.

1:30PM Rob will install TorkLift Stable Load spring pads on a truck

3-4PM Cathie will lead us in games with prizes in the recreation hall.

6PMish Potluck dinner in the rec hall. After dinner we’ll draw the 50/50 and raffle a great group of door prizes. The fall Jamboree Wagon Masters will talk about the next two events and we will sketch in plans for 2009.

Sunday, May 18th

8AM – Community breakfast in the rec hall. It’s traditional for the men to cook and clean up!

9:30AM Farctic Ox will demonstrate his DUH system for easy loading and unloading his TC.

Upcoming Jamborees
In 2008
September 18,19,20 & 21
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
Paradise Pines Resort
North Hudson, NY

Dick and Elizabeth
October 16, 17, 18 & 19
Winter Island
Salem, MA

Mike Tassinari

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tall Pines and Assateague

We are home after a great truck camper RV rally at Tall Pines Harbor Campground in Sanford, VA. We ended up with ten rigs from New England attending. We all sure did enjoy not having any snow for a change. What a joy not to be buried in parkas, mittens, hats with ear flaps, and heavy boots. There was enough yellow pine pollen to look like snow but it didn’t need plowing and wasn't freezing. There were over 130truck campers attending plus the rigs the dealers brought to show. It was truly an amazing sight.

Here's Joe just after setting up our rig on arrival. We were between two other New Englanders with friends from Nova Scotia to Florida all around us.

Our group started off Thursday night with a feast of prime rib and fresh haddock cooked by Mike T under a 10x20’ open sided tent he’d brought in his front basket carrier. Fun to catch up with friends and hearing about JerBear and Paula’s winter TCing in Mexico.

It was fun going through all the new TCs the vendors brought and seeing what new products were available. We picked up a set of Torklift bump stops from East End Campers.

At the end of the rally, six of us convoyed over to Assateague Island National Seashore Park and camped by the dunes. Ponies and tiny Sitka elk were all around the TCs. The photo looks like the ponies are fenced in but they are wild and free.

Mike set up a wind shelter off his awning as the wind was howling. Long walks on the beach watching for the wild ponies and tiny Sitka elk, followed by a huge night time thunderstorm were the perfect end to a great trip. It was worth every hour of driving and each gallon of diesel. We’ll be going back to Tall Pines next year.

This fellow watched us drive off.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Loaded up!

Host Truck Camper is loaded up and ready for whatever adventures come in 2008. We're finding lots more places for storage than we knew of last fall. Since we traded so late in the year, we didn't have a lot of time to discover the best way to pack it up.

Over on RV.NET, Pete asked everyone to post their Bucket List of places to go before you cannot go anymore. Ours was pretty long - Oregon/Washington coastline, Glacier National Park, Alaska, British Columbia, Natchez Trace, the road through Colorado National Monument near Fruita, CO, Beartooth Highway, 296 from Cody to Yellowstone, all of Yellowstone, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, Omaha Zoo, Devil's Tower, Cody, Wyoming. And then there is all of Nova Scotia and most of New Brunswick!