News from the factory actually remains pretty much the same as it has been in the past several months; materials remain difficult or totally impossible to obtain which slows production. News reports show cargo ships out on the ocean waiting their turn to port and unload. We wonder which of those may be holding materials for which we are waiting.

Here at the colony, the fields have been harvested; vegetables and fruits are preserved. Everyone is ready for the winter months ahead

We were pleased to hear that the TrailBlazer’s Jubilee in Branson was a great success. If you aren’t a member of that organization you can learn about them here: TrailBlazer Club.

It is perfect weather for roasting hot dogs, marshmallows and s’mores over an open fire. Sometimes getting a fire started is a bit of a challenge so we are sharing some tips for some campfire quick starts (copied from one of the RV online magazines).

  • Use recycled items to make this easy starter. Collect dryer lint and save toilet paper cardboard. Spray the dryer lint with inexpensive hair spray and tuck it into the cardboard tube. Store in plastic zip-type bags.
  • Soak wine corks in isopropyl alcohol until saturated. Store in an air-tight container, like a Mason jar, to keep the corks moist.
  • Save the paper towels you use to clean the bacon grease out of your cast iron pan. Fold the paper towels into small squares and store in a zip-type plastic bag.
  • Using old newspaper, thoroughly wet and roll the paper tightly into rolls and dry. (When dry, it will act like a paper log and light/burn easily.
  • Flamin’ Hot Doritos (or any other oily snack) can really burn. In the firepit, that is. Just put a snack-size bag of the chips under some kindling and ignite!
  • Of course, the above are the ‘starters’… use these under a small pile of kindling (small sticks less than an inch in diameter 5-6 inches long.  –  Place pieces of dry wood over the starter/kindling in tee-pee shape then light the ‘starter’. Your fire should be ready to enjoy.

RV news sources continue to report the massive growth of the RV industry since the pandemic. That growth has affected campgrounds, RV service/parts and storage – evidently it has been a real test for these businesses to keep up with the demand. One of the many perks of owning a TrailManor is that it can be stored in a normal sized garage (which saves a great deal in storage fees); plus, the fact that a TrailManor can be towed 100 miles using just one extra gallon of gas is another big savings – especially with the price of gas going up again. If you own a TrailManor travel trailer you have also experienced the easy towing because of its low profile that offers no wind resistance.

Before our next newsletter Daylight Savings will have begun; Thanksgiving will have been here and gone so until then, Happy Thanksgiving and do your best to enjoy each day!

Paul Wipf