Campskunk

"Campskunk" is a blissfully retired former public servant who has left the challenges of how to run the government to younger and less cynical hands, and wanders the continent in his Roadtrek Class B RV with his wife and cat. In addition to his work in the public sector, he has also at various times been a mechanic and delivery driver, skills which come in handy in his new role. Because his former job involved the forensic evaluation and sometimes the subsequent detention of some not-so-nice people, he uses the name Campskunk instead of his legal name on the Internet. His was not the type of job where customer service feedback would be welcome.

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A Roadtreker I Never Met – Bob Graham

A Roadtreker I Never Met – Bob Graham

Written by on April 13, 2014 in Campskunk, People & Places with 8 Comments

Back ten years ago when I first got the Roadtrek bug, I still had years of work ahead of me before retirement and knew nothing about RVs, but I was formulating a plan to escape the weary life I led and hit the road. One of the websites I found Googling around for information belonged […]

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How to Get Debris Out of your Chevy RV Ventilation System

How to Get Debris Out of your Chevy RV Ventilation System

Written by on April 10, 2014 in Campskunk, How Tos with 1 Comment

Here’s a quick tip for those of you with recent Chevrolet models. If you park anywhere near trees sooner or later you’ll hear strange noises when you turn on your heater or air conditioning – leaves have made their way into your ventilation system and are stuck in the fan. This makes various noises, none […]

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How I Get Spots at High-Demand Campgrounds

How I Get Spots at High-Demand Campgrounds

Written by on April 2, 2014 in Campskunk, People & Places with 2 Comments

If I actually live anywhere, I live in Florida, along with 20 million other people. I also am in residence over the holidays and into spring, which is peak snowbird season here, so to say it’s hard to get a decent campsite down here on short notice is an understatement. However, I’m finishing up my […]

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Tent Canopies for your RV?

Tent Canopies for your RV?

Written by on March 20, 2014 in Campskunk with 10 Comments

I grabbed a couple of days at Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area that came open thanks to an unrelenting 36 hour rain, and was pleasantly surprised to see three other Roadtreks already here when I arrived yesterday. By coincidence, all were late 1990s 190 Dodge Versatiles, far from their frozen homes (Ontario, Ontario, and Ohio, […]

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Little Talbot Island State Park

Little Talbot Island State Park

Written by on March 11, 2014 in Campskunk with 4 Comments

A half-hour trip from the million or so people in the northeast Jacksonville, FL area there’s an isolated barrier island where you can get away from it all – Little Talbot Island State Park. We headed up there last week for a few days, and enjoyed the break from city life. Fortunately, not enough people […]

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Early Spring on Florida’s NE Coast

Early Spring on Florida’s NE Coast

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Campskunk, Trips with 4 Comments

I have been doing too much driveway camping lately – it’s nice to see my family and all, and to take care of doctor’s visits, maintenance, and pitching in on home improvement projects with various relatives, but we’re not civilized people at heart. We belong out in the open spaces, not clustered in an urban […]

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Power Steering Pumps and Serpentine Belts on Chevy Roadtreks

Power Steering Pumps and Serpentine Belts on Chevy Roadtreks

Written by on February 12, 2014 in Campskunk, How Tos with 1 Comment

I’m replacing the power steering pump – again – on my 2003 Chevy 190 Popular, and took a few photos to show y’all a bit about the process. I’m getting good at this – it’s the fourth pump that’s been on there. This isn’t really a reliability problem – none of the pumps have ever […]

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Spring is Coming in North Florida

Spring is Coming in North Florida

Written by on February 3, 2014 in Campskunk with 3 Comments

So winter will still have its hold on us for the next six weeks or so, according to our on-the-groundhog reporter, Mike Wendland, who covered Punxsutawney Phil’s seeing his shadow yesterday. But down here in North Florida…. ah…. that’s another, much more encouraging story. Personally, I didn’t even know what a groundhog was until I […]

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Using A House’s Sewer Clean-Out for RV Dumping

Using A House’s Sewer Clean-Out for RV Dumping

Written by on January 22, 2014 in Campskunk, How Tos with 7 Comments

First off, I don’t even HAVE a house, so this is for those of you who still have sticks and brick attachments, or are visiting folks who do. Houses have connections that come in handy for us RVers staying at a residence, and I’m not talking about the electricity and water. I’m talking about sewer […]

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Florida’s First Coast – History Lessons Among the Dunes

Florida’s First Coast – History Lessons Among the Dunes

Written by on January 11, 2014 in Campskunk with 4 Comments

I am camping at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, a treasured reservation for snowbirds fleeing the brutal winter weather up North. I’m surrounded by Yankees walking around with blissful smiles on their faces in the 60 degree temperatures and sunshine here on Florida’s first coast. Because I have lived near here for decades, I’ve […]

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