Bug-Out 80 Thornburg, VA Sept 2017

I cannot believe seven years have passed me by since the last Bug-Out VW show I managed to attend.  Held every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend (on Sunday), the show was a staple for me early in this hobby.  With such an absence, and the show’s move to a new location, I made sure the schedule was clear this year.

The show moved from its original location at the Old Dominion Speedway back in 2011, when the speedway sold its land and relocated.  Over the past seven years, Bug-Outs continued to draw VWs from around the region to Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, VA.  Last year, the former owners of Old Dominion opened their new track, Dominion Raceway, in Thornburg, VA with the Bug-Out making its grand debut last Continue reading

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Wicomico River, Maryland

Our third and final camping trip in June took us to a friend’s family farm along the Wicomico River, not far from the town of Newburg in eastern Maryland.  The setting was absolutely perfect for camping as the farm stands about 30 feet above the shores of the Wicomico, maybe 10 miles west of where it empties into the more famous Potomac River.  Our friend’s family constructed a cabin not far from the riverside cliffs and we parked Moby nearby.  With great views overlooking the river, we settled in for what seemed like a great night under the stars.  Unfortunately, the trip was marred by a couple of camping-related accidents that cut our stay to only one night.  The first occurred late Continue reading

Gambrill State Park, Maryland

Where did the summer go?  The last few months just seemed to zip by, but, happily, we managed to pack in a of fun activities that left me with some good blogging material I hope to cover over the next few weeks.

June turned out to be a great month for camping.  The free time, weather, and friend’s schedules finally synced and provided us with three camping weekends in a row.  On the first weekend, just my son and I got away for an overnighter – mostly as an escape from my 12-year old daughter’s sleepover party, but also to spend a little time one-on-one.  We had a great time building fires, playing games like lawn darts, cooking over the fire, and hanging out in the bus.  It was great father and son bonding time.

The second trip took place the following weekend of June 16-18 up in Maryland.  Years Continue reading

Loose turn signal switch housing – A quick fix

Every time our bus goes in for her annual safety inspection, I wonder what quirk of this 40+ year-old vehicle might trigger the dreaded pink sticker of failure.  Let’s face it, after so many years parts and pieces do not always work as they should and while we owners often find ways to live with these imperfections, safety code says the part or piece must work as intended.  So far, knock on wood, Moby passes her inspection each year, but I give some credit to the inspectors at our garage and their acknowledgment of Moby’s age.

As a prime example, the turn signal switch is a bit finicky and has been that way since we got the bus.  Now when I say finicky, I do not mean the signals sometimes work and sometimes not.  The switch is very reliable in working the lights which is what probably saved us each inspection to date.  The problem is the switch housing and the fact it no longer mounts to the steering column properly.  Because of this, the housing Continue reading