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Old 01-31-2016, 10:35 AM   #1
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My coming out of the shadows

Hello all, I have been viewing this fantastic forum for months now and figure it is way past time to introduce myself.
My name is George and I am an old (well let’s just say we are in our 30s for the second time) retired guy who lives in a RV with my bride, Mary. We travel the country with an itinerary of 70 degrees. We carry a RZR with us and spend a great deal of time in the back country of this big beautiful land of ours. We did a great deal of primitive camping out of a canoe when our hair was another color but we are now beyond the days of sleeping on the ground.
We purchased a 2012 E350 with a Quigley 4x4 from a railroad in PA and had a penthouse top installed in Indiana on the way back to the coach, which at the time was in Denver. We have been busy ever since converting the cargo van into our outbackmobile. This is where I need to say “THANK YOU” to all you guys. None of you know It, but you have Saved Me from entering a real self induced clusterf…. What I had originally intended to do and what I ended up doing, thanks to all the expertise on this forum, are 2 entirely different animals.
I would like to apologize for taking so long to make my presence known but my priority had been to convert the van. That is a challenge in its self, living on the road with no shop. We have been renting storage units with electric to use as a makeshift shop which works but not very efficient. So far we have had 4 such shops, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, Tucson and Indio, CA. The woodwork has been a real slow process. We are finished for now, just leaving the side doors original till we use it a bit to see what will work best for us. We had to leave it in St George because it was getting warm and time for us to move on to cooler weather. We spent the summer up in the U.P. of Michigan and loved it. We have been on a work stoppage because of some unforeseen medical stuff (maturity sucks) but now finally installed the air compressor our last detail before we get to reap the benefits of our labors.
We just returned from our shakedown cruise and have a couple of bugs to work out but ready to hit the dirt again. We want to tweak it for our summer run. We are planning on leaving our RV in the lower 48 this time and taking the SMB up to Alaska.
Here are some pictures of what we’ve done to date and Thanks again for all the advice.
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Old 01-31-2016, 10:51 AM   #2
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Looks great! And I'm jealous, you got a good thing going on!
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:11 AM   #3
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Wow, that looks great, give us a shout if you make it to Juneau this summer
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:19 AM   #4
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Very nice!
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:41 AM   #5
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Great job! Congrats and enjoy.


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Old 01-31-2016, 01:44 PM   #6
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Impressive cabinets for building them in a storage unit. Hope the trips are enjoyable.
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Old 01-31-2016, 04:56 PM   #7
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Thanks for the positive comments guys.
Arctictraveller, will do, we r planning on seeing Juneau this trip. We missed the entire Southeast part of AK last time. As close as we got was Skagway and Haines. Looking at the ferry for one direction with multiple stops. Not sure which way yet!
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Really nice work George! Thanks for chiming in. Look forward to seeing more and hearing about your trips.

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Too bad you didn't pop in sooner - I'll bet someone around here might have had some shop space for you to borrow. Of course with your work looking as great as it does, they may not have let you leave!

Good to have you around here.
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Thx again for the kind words and warm welcome. Will start with some posts as we roll.
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