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Monday, March 17, 2014

Barely legal



It's turning out to be a rather expensive ride home. The back tires on my van were legal -barely. Now if winter had gone back to the North Pole where it belongs, that wouldn't have been a concern. The plan was drive the van home and get the tires replaced next month -when I would have a bit more money in the account.

Barely legal tire treads don't fare all that well in snow and slush. If we don't hit any of that on the way home, there's snow predicted soon after our planned arrival. Since it was a cool a rainy day here in South Carolina my lovely wife suggested we could be productive and get some tires. It was a nice to surprise to be able to find decent snow tires all the way down here.

We did kill some time time at a bookstore. One nice thing about bookstores near the coast, there's usually a good selection of sailing magazines. Armed with new reading material, we headed back to the campground.

At the moment I'm running a small electric heater on the 600 watt low setting. It's about 40 outside but the van is toasty warm. In fact it's almost too warm. I don't plan on running it all night, but it's great to drive the dampness out before going to bed. One thing about this former ambulance, it's a well insulated box.

My lovely wife and I will have to come back here again when the weather's better. Too many waterways have gone unsailed and unpaddled.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

  1. It is better to have good snow tires if you may be running into snow or ice or slush than not and slip around. I remember having to make three runs at the same icy hill to get up it when I used to live in PA.

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    1. Buy them now or buy them later, but by having them now I feel a lot safer.

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  2. "Better safe than sorry" may not be original thinking, but it's still good advice.

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  3. You really converted an ambulance? Cool! Do you have pictures?

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    1. I've blogged about it -with photos. Check the old posts.

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  4. I'm a big believer in comfort but I never used my RV's heater as the making coffee on the stove always warmed it up quite nicely in the AM. When I was in the Army I was a popular in the field as I carried a small propane stove along with a small percolater coffee pot. A small heater, hot water and good hot coffee can make even a dogface soldier nearly human in the AM.

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    1. Hot coffee makes everything look a bit better.

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  5. I'm thinking that the snow tires will likely come in handy, even if it's on a future trip!

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    1. Since it can snow well into May back home, it's a safe bet.

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