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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Brent’s Travels - 2018 Travel Ends

Monday, April 30 th was my last day on my 2018 Travels.  I woke at 5:00 and I had decided I would head home as soon as I could.  I said goodbye to my son and family the night before.

I was on the road by 5:40 am heading north to Home in Massachusetts.  It was a cold Day with lots of clouds and drizzle in New Jersey and rain as I entered Connecticut.  The above photo was taken coming into Danbury, CT on I84.

Although I ran into some traffic on the Garden State Parkway, the ride was good.  I planned to stop at McDonalds in Danbury but when I arrive there were long lines as a bus of seniors had pulled in before me.  I chose to continue on.  

I then thought I would stop at McDonalds in Spencer, MA.  When I arrived it was under construction, so I kept moving on.  7.5 hours after leaving MD I was home.

I didn’t mess with taking the camper off the truck until Tuesday.  I’m going to park the camper in my garage to work on it.

There’s my camper on the wooden stand I got with the camper.  It wasn’t too bad getting it off by myself.  I had put it on by myself when I left too.

I decided to fix my temporary hold down I put in when I was in Utah after the original bolt broke.  Note in the picture above that this eyebolt was not a closed, welded or cast, sobthe stress of the turnbuckle opened the eye a bit sine I made the repair.

I had bought bolts to replace the eyebolt but hadn’t done it as the temporary solution was still workingZ

Come to find out, when I bought bolts in the Ace Hardware Store in Blanding, UT, I bought the sizes they had. 1-1/2” long and 2” long.  The reality is that the bolt needed to be 1-3/4” long.  To solve this I shortened the bolt by cutting a 2” with a hack saw and then tapering the tough threads with a file.  Above is the finished solution.  2” would have worked but it would make gettingvthe turnbuckle hook into the hole.

I have a few things I need to do with the truck and camper now that I am home.  I have some brake noises in the front end and a vibration somewhere.  The camper doesn’t need much but I will be taking out my clothing and food, of course, but there are things I brought that I didn’t use and I will be removing items to get down to basics.

I haven forgotten about those of you looking for my honest comparison between the Class B I used on my first year and my Prius I used years 2,3,&4, and the Tacoma/FWC camper.  This will take a bit of time to finalize by thoughts as I’m trying to be as objective as possible.

I will share my Milage and costs for this year too.

Lastly, I will post things I didn’t get to and changes and fixes I make.

Thanks for following.



  1. I look forward to reading your honest comparison between the Class B, the Prius, and the Tacoma/FWC camper.

    I'd also be interested in learning whether, regardless of the mode of transportation, the "fun" factor of your travels is as high as it was at the beginning or whether the fun has waned now that you've been doing it for four years.

    1. Hi and your question about “fun” Factor is an excellent one. I will answer it for everyone in its own post.


  2. Did you bring more tools with you in the camper given "move moving parts?" and space to store them? What did you bring?