I'm glad the holidays over and things are back to normal. I think it's a sign you're getting old when holidays become more trouble than they're worth. When I was a kid, holidays were fun and looked forward to with great anticipation. When I reached working age, holidays mostly meant a paid day off from work. Middle-aged, holidays meant I was going to overeat and put on weight that I didn't need. Around the retirement years, holidays didn't have much impact on my life either way so I could take um or leave um. Now that I'm old, or exceptionally mature as I like to call it, holidays are mostly annoying. Too many people on the roads, too many people camping, too many people making too much noise.... Bah humbug.
I'm getting to the point where I'm starting to trust my truck a little more. Wow! That wasn't a very smooth transition from one topic to another, I've cranked it up and driven around enough that I'm beginning to believe that it's actually fixed this time. I didn't realize it before because it was happening so slowly, but the truck had been getting a little hard to start due to the increasing vacuum leak where the fuel filter attaches. instead of taking a second or two to start like it used to, now it starts instantly.
This not only makes me happy but anxious to get the little Bronco pop-up camper loaded up on the back of the truck where it belongs. so instead of driving around here looking like a homeless bum, I will look like a bum that lives in a truck camper.
A picture of my daughter's neighborhood. I would call it an upper-middle-class neighborhood. Lots of new pickup trucks, boats and RVs parked in the driveways. It's an older neighborhood and a lot of folks are retired which is probably why there's so many boats and RVs in the driveways.
I went to Home Depot and bought a sheet of Styrofoam to put in the bed of the truck for the little Bronco pop-up camper to sit on. It can't sit on the floor of the bed because the rails are there that hold the hitch for the fifth wheel and they stick up about an inch and 1/2 and the little Bronco needs a flat surface to sit on. The insulation has the added benefit of keeping the floor of the little Bronco warm and a bit quieter.
In the front of the bed is my lovely homemade fuel tank. I believe this is the third diesel truck that I've put this fuel tank in. Normally it's hidden from sight in my storage box. GMC short bed pickup trucks come with a 25 gallon tank which doesn't get you very far when you're towing and getting 10 or 12 miles a gallon. So this 20 gallon spare tank as saved my bacon on more than one occasion.