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Adding our personal touch to The Black Buffalo

We wanted to add some stickers for our business, but we were told that DOT might hassle us for it even though this truck is registered as a motor home. So we decided to add some flare to the Black Buffalo that wouldn't look too much like a business truck. This is what we came up with. (and yes we also make stickers, banners, and t-shirts if you need something custom done up).
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Anticipation is building for new camper

We finally got the title for the Black Buffalo and with that it will get state inspection tomorrow and today it got new tires.

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I did some work while they installed the tires. Found out the steering wheel makes a great desk for my laptop. LOL!!
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We are scheduled to pick up the new 5th wheel on Monday, and we leave for Conneticut on Tuesday. ACK!! Not a lot of time to unload old trail and load up new one. I did manage to sell the motorcycle to pay for the down payment on the new Toy Hauler which was good. My ankle is still broken so I am not much help with the move which is highly annoying to me and Shelli.

Maiden run of the Black Buffalo

We had a job to do in Jackson, TN and this was the maiden run of the Black Buffalo. Getting our old trailer hitched up the first time took a little thinking and couple of extra parts. But it towed great. The brake controller doesn't work the way I want but they are cheap enough to replace.

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We had a brake seize up on the way there and had to the truck to the service center. They had it for nearly a week while we did the job,but did get it fixed $925 later. Ugh. Joys of buying a used truck.

The camper had a flat after sitting a week but the truck was previously owned by a race team and it has on board air so we were able to fill it up and hit the road.

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The kids really like the extra room and the comfy seats. It's noisier going down the road then the Black Sheep was but it's easy to drive and more comfortable for everyone.  So far we are liking it.

Our new toter!

We've been full time on the road off and on now for nearly 8 years. 6 year ago we bought a brand new camper and towed it with our Chevy van. The van was comfy, but under powered and did not tow well at all. We ended up ruining it trying to climb mountains and we traded it in on a diesel truck. It was tough to find a crew cab that would seat six, and hold all our stuff. We ended up buying a brand new 2012 Dodge Ram 2500. It was a great truck. But after 4 years and 124,000 miles we were outgrowing it and the kids have gotten so big that they were uncomfortable in their seats. We had named the Dodge the Black Sheep, and now it's time to trade it in on something bigger. We searched for nearly a year, and prayed and searched some more and found a 1997 Freightliner FL60 Cabriolet custom that we liked and could afford. The kids have named it The Black Buffalo since it's so big. LOL.

This thing has a huge couch in the back that turns into a bed. This gives the kids a lot more room and much more comfortable seating. It can recline in the event they need to rest and we are still driving. It drives good and has a lot of cool little features. Its noisier then the Dodge was, but we like it.12422416_10207542355910905_1717361249_o

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We needed to upgrade to make the kids more comfortable and because we also our upgrading our camper. We needed to be able to haul our scissor lift to jobs so we order a new toy hauler with the weight capabilities for hauling the lift.

Now we just need to add our logos to it. Woohoo!

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Long lost family in Georgia

This last week found us working in Georgia. I knew about my cousin Vinny (like the movie? ) who lived in Georgia and ran a diesel truck shop. So I looked him up and he wasn't fat from us. I wanted some work done on my truck anyhow and he invited us to park at his house.

You ever meet someone and is like you've know them your whole life? All your stories line up, you're into the same stuff, you have the same faith and beliefs, and you just plain fit right in? Yep, this was one of those.

We had a great time there. I love there little cottage in the woods. It's perfect! We just had a great time swapping stories and hanging out.

We will get to come back in September and I'm really looking forward to it.

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Columbus again!

This weekend after a bunch of really long drives between jobs site, we back tracked a little bit to Columbus to see my adopted family.  Well, I'm not really adopted, but in college I really hit it off instantly with their son Cliff and we became best friends in weeks.  We were roomates for a few short months before he died in a car accident.  I always felt a big attachment to his family and took to calling them mom and dad and I happily adopted his little sister Gina after his passing.  So whenever I can, I go to Columbus and see them.  So this time around we decided to surprise them.  What fun!  Although Patti is psychic and pretty much guessed the whole surprise.

We stayed at Cross Creek RV Resort which is a really nice campground, but the price just keep going up.  It cost us $100 for two nights because they charge for each child.  The whole park was crammed full with no empty spaces, so it must work for them.

My "sheltered" home schooled kids immediately found kids to play with and organized a game of Isrealli dodge ball (GaGa).  I love that my kids don't care about race, creed, or any of that nonsense.  People are people and they are nice to them all.

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Travel troubles

Our trailer is 4 years old and has well over a hundred thousand miles on it now. We are on our second set of tires and have had a few things that got beat up and replaced along the way. This trip across Ohio put more strain on it. If you haven't driven in Ohio lately, a lot of their roads are being repaired or need repaired, so it abuses cars and trailers.

We shredded two tires and I found a crack in the rear bedroom.

We are really praying about trading it in on a toy hauler. Something a bit bigger.

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So we found a tire ship with tires on stock and time to get us in before the job and ran over and got them installed. Looks much better and rides better.

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Weekend camping

Enjoyed a couple days off from working at Running Cedar RV Resort in VA.  It's sort of hidden back in near a really nice lake.  I'd recommend it if your in the area.

We have had a good time hiking and swimming and they had a graduation party here Friday and let us crash the party.  It was a lot of fun.

Sadly, we must pack up and head on to the next job site.

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Parked for the weekend at Cedar Run RV Resort

When we started out this year, we took a family vote.  We told the kids we'd be staying mostly in parking lots as we did the job and it would probably be pretty boring.  We also said, that when we weren't working we would find fun stuff to do.  Last weekend was Steve and Loretta's and this weekend we found a campground pretty much in the middle of nowhere with a pool and good wifi.  So we rolled in a setup home like we owned the place!

All the lights out, the carpet out and even our sign!

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We always like an ice pool.  This one is small but served it's purpose well!

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Hey! Don't splash me!  I'm relaxin!

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Awesome weekend in the Outer Banks!

After a long week of work, we pulled into our friend Steve and Loretta's driveway in Moynock, NC.  They are awesome to hang out with.  Their 3 boys are pretty great and Shelli and Loretta have been friends almost forever.  Steve is in the Navy and he's an awesome tour guide.  We took their boat out in the sound and went across to the beach and did some swimming and saw the wild horses at Carova.  That was pretty awesome and you can drive on the beach if you have a worth 4x4 and we saw some awesome ones there.

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After swimming in the ocean a bit, we jumped back in the boat and headed to Corolla island and saw the Whaleshead mansion and took a tour. History is cool! Afterwards we dropped a ton of cash on an awesome meal out and then boated back across the sound to home.

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When we were almost back to shore, we got out the raft and did some tubing behind the boat!

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After all the fun, we left the kids with Ashlynne to babysit and the grownups when to a pig picking across the street.  Adult beverages and BBQ pig and fun.  What a great weekend!!  It was superb!  Thank you so much Steve and Loretta!!