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Nov 28, 2012 -

I Love My Ford Ranger

I’ve had my Ford Ranger for almost six months now (already!) and, despite a few little speedbumps, Moya and I have been the proverbial match made in heaven. I love my Ford Ranger!

There is just so much to love in my little green truck. In fact, the only thing I really don’t like is the gas consumption, but that’s practically a non-issue here in the land of cheap gas. I also miss having power doors and windows, but that’s it. Both of those issues were carefully considered trade offs.

Now, what do I love about my truck? Sitting high up is a definite plus. I’ve noticed this at night especially. I’ve always avoided driving in the dark because I would get blinded. Not so with Moya! I’m above most headlights, so my night vision doesn’t get all of whack. I’ve been out a bunch of times at night with her and only realised after I got home that the drive wasn’t a big deal.

My Ford Ranger drives beautifully and shifts smoothly from gear to gear. I love that my truck is so comfortable to drive. I’m not sore when I get out of Moya after a long drive. Also, my truck is a little big in some parking lots, but not unmanoeuvrable, the perfect compromise between a car and big pick-up truck.

Being able to sleep in my truck is another plus. I wouldn’t want to do it in the current nightly temperatures or under a baking sun, but in average temps I have the option of sleeping in a parking lot instead of paying for a motel if a day trip runs a little long.

When I was shopping for a truck, I didn’t want a Super Cab because of the extra length, but I’m now glad that my truck has those two doors in the back that give me a place other than the truck bed to store cargo, especially shopping bags.

Finally, my truck is very easy to tow behind my motorhome. I was so concerned that I would have a huge unwieldy rig, but nope. I can still get into regular gas station and mall parking lots without any problems.

Because this is an older truck that I don’t know very well, I decided to pick up a repair manual for it:

I’m hoping that reading this manual will help me to know Moya a little better so that I can make informed decisions about maintenance and repair. She still has fewer than 200,000KM on her odo and I hope that a little knowledge and love will keep her rolling for a good long while.

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Nov 9, 2012 -

Winding Down

With just a few days left before my departure from Quebec, it seems like I’m busier than ever!

Yesterday, Thursday, I took most of the day off to spend time with my middle nephew, S, who turned five on Tuesday. Since his brother got a birthday outing, it made sense for S to get one, too. He likes going to the movies, so we went to see Wreck-It-Ralph (in French). It was the perfect choice for the two of us. S loves playing video games and the movie features a bunch of classic games, like Tapper, that I used to play as a child so I got hit with a bit of nostalgia. I splurged on both the 3D showing and the Wreck-It-Ralph snack kit, so S got a reusable cup and Ralph figurine as a souvenir. I was impressed that S knew that he needed to recycle his 3D glasses after!

After dropping him off, I decided to have dinner at Harvey’s one last time. Harvey’s is the best burger chain, featuring charbroiled patties and a counter where you can watch the servers add the toppings you want. I always get their veggie burger (mustard, relish, lots of tomato) with onion rings. The chain is starting pop up all over the country, but they are concentrated between Montreal and Ottawa. Since I won’t be back this way for a while, savouring one last Harvey’s burger was on my list!

Tonight, we went to my sister’s to celebrate S’s birthday as a family. My brother-in-law expressed disappointment that I’m leaving when the kids are getting so attached to me. Agreed, but even if I could return to a settled life, living in Quebec again is not an option. There’s no sense flogging that horse anymore or whatever the clich√© is.

The schedule for the next few days is a little tight. I’m going to my sister’s in Sherbrooke for dinner tomorrow evening. I have plans with cousins on my dad’s side of the family Sunday. Monday is supposed to be a real gift, sunny and plus 15, so I need to do all my exterior prep on the rig. I called the shop this afternoon to ask if I can drop my truck off on Monday rather than first thing Tuesday. Definitely. I’m also going to bring them the tow bar instructions because there are some implications for the electrical setup.

As it turns out, I won’t be able to pick up the truck on Tuesday evening as the estimate is that it will take all day to get the base plate on. So I am expected first thing on Wednesday with the RV so that we have plenty of time to make sure I’m hooked up properly. I therefore need to reassess when I’ll be going out for propane, gas, and dumping, but I will probably be leaving directly from the shop on Wednesday. I only have 300km or so to do to Saratoga, so even a noon start out time and a couple of hours at the border would allow me to arrive at a reasonable hour, albeit in the dark. But that’s fine since I’ll be heading somewhere I’ve been before. Looking at the forecast for the next week or so, it seems that I’ll be leaving in perfect weather, so I don’t want to miss that window. I’d really rather just have a crazy hectic day on Wednesday and wake up across the border on Thursday.

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Nov 7, 2012 -

My Tow Bar Is Here!!!

The Ready Brute Elite tow bar comes with an integrate surge brake, safety cables, a dashboard monitor, and clevis appropriate for the base plate to be used.

I am going to review all the installation information so that I can direct the shop and also check their work. It is really, really, really, really cold out these days, but I’m hoping to get a warm afternoon to run more cabling under the rig for the dashboard monitor. Every little thing I can do myself will save me big bucks at the shop.

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