Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Hobby

" The Ridge " Durham Ontario

Again it's been awhile since my last post, so will play a little catch up in this one. We have been enjoying our time here at " The Ridge " since we got here on June 25th. We have some projects on the go, one is the converting one of the sheds into a " bunkie " or little cabin for guests to use, but more on that in another post and will provide pictures. We keep the grass cut, Pat has her garden, ( not vegetable ) and I have my hobby. That's what this post is really about.

Last Friday, we hitched  up the 5th wheel hooked the cargo trailer to the back of the 5th wheel and off to the Chatham Airport we went. This is an annual event put on by the Chatham Aeronauts R/C Club called " Warbirds and Classics ". It is well attend by flyers from Ontario, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin. They have the use of the 5000 ft. runway or the grass on either side of it. We do have to give way to full size aircraft when they need to use it but that isn't that often. RVs and cargo trailers, get set up and fly. Most of the flyers here and their aircraft are way out of my league but I do enjoy coming here even if it's to meet up with these guys that I have known for a number of years, see what they are flying and basically have a great time. I also enjoy looking at their cargo trailers to see what they have and how they have set them up to carry their planes and equipment.

Our Rig

Welcome sign at Chatham Airport


B-17, one of my favorite aircraft

Ag Wagon

Just landed

Don, Chatham club member doing the announcing

All the way from Wisconsin

Jet, flys over 200 kmh

Motor home toy hauler

This one is mine

Under belly shot

Just landed

Sunday afternoon we packed up, said our goodbyes and headed to CanAm RV in London to have some service done on our 5th wheel. This was a scheduled stop as we knew we would be coming this way. We arrived around 1:30 pm and found a spot to set up until Monday morning when our 5th wheel would be taken care of. 

Parking lot getting crowded

Pat climbed the ladder to take this shot

Us set up

Tractor drivers getting trailers put away or in the shop for service

New friends from Florida and Ohio

There was a couple here from North Carolina picking up their new 30 ft. Airstream and shortly after two more Airstreams pulled in, one from Florida for service and one who was travelling along with him from Ohio. Before long there were half a dozen more being dropped off for storage as these owners do not have the space or city bylaws prevent them from keeping their rigs in their driveways. One couple were from Toronto and this was their first time out with their new 30 ft. Airstream.  Needless to say the lot was fairly full by Sunday night. However it didn't take long Monday morning to get all in order.
As I mentioned, we were there for service. We were having more batteries  and rear view camera installed and a couple of shelves reinforced.
For those who have followed along before, you may remember that I worked part time here showing people thru their trailer when they came to pick up. June 25th when we left the area, I left that job to. Low and behold, they had four trailers to deliver that day and asked me if I would do one for them. As it would be later in the afternoon, and we had some running around to do, I said yes. By the end of the day our trailer was done, it was 6 pm when I finished the walk thru so we decided to stay put for the night and head back to " The Ridge " in the morning, besides we had a couple of more things we wanted in London that we couldn't get to on Monday.
Tuesday we were up and off to do the last couple of errands, back and hooked up and ready to go by 11 am. Went in to say our goodbyes and was told if we wanted to hang around that I would be put to work, we quickly thanks but no thanks and got on our way.  We were home and set up by 3 pm.
I always like to rave about CanAm RV, not only because of the great service and the friends we have there, but also from the comments of the customers that we meet there. When I see that they come from all over Canada and the U.S. for trailers, hitch work and service, to me says a lot about the dealership. There are many great dealerships out there, I'm just biased to this one.
Well this has certainly turned into being long winded, as Pat would say, " you talk a lot ", so I will stop for now. Thanks for following along my ramblings, and  until the next time, take care.


  1. You don't talk a lot but you do have a lot to say. 😆

  2. Was nice that you got out flying and got service on your trailer, settle back in and enjoy more summer.

    1. Yes a great few days George. Enjoying the summer is the plan.

  3. We have to E-mail more often. We were in London Monday and Tuesday and would have made a point of getting together. Next time we'll have to find a way.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. Yes, I agree. I thought the same thing after reading your post.

  5. This is the life. I agree whole heartedly.