Tow Dolly Tie Down Straps and Mellow Mushroom

I forgot to take pictures of our new surrounding yesterday. I was focused on getting some laundry done.  So, here is our motorhome Sao in our campsite at Tana-See RV park in Newport, Tennessee. We are very close to Interstate 40 but, already, I don’t notice the sound of traffic any longer.

b Sao in Newport TN
Sao in Newport, Tennessee

This is our view forward.

b View Forward

Our view starboard.

b View Starboard

And this is our view to port.

b View to Port

Our neighbor, Lee, in that bus to port told Andy we should take the tie-down straps off the dolly because they might get stolen.  Then Andy decided to go to the RV store to get a spare set. We needed to leave as soon as possible.  I should have known that he also had other plans.

We drove west on the interstate about 30 miles to Tennessee RV. While there, we also picked up a new water filter and a thing to hold the cell phone while we are on the road. It always gets lost. As soon as we got out of the car, Andy asked, “What are we going to do about lunch?”  I assumed he had spotted the Outback restaurant across the way and wanted to go there. Oh no, he meant he wanted to go to the Mellow Mushroom in Pigeon Forge. How could I have not picked up on that?

We ate our yummy pizza and then bought two Mellow Mushroom drink cups.  With them, we will get 99-cent refills until the end of the year. We’ll make out on that deal, for sure.

b Mellow Mushroom Mugs
Mellow Mushroom Drink Cups – Hippy Dippy

When we got back home, Lee suggested that the pin holding the dolly down flat, i.e., the ramps up off the ground, is another item likely to be stolen.  So Andy sat on the dolly and pulled the pin out for safe storage. The tow dolly is sitting behind the motorhome.

b Andy Sitting on his Dolly
Andy Sitting on his Dolly

10 thoughts on “Tow Dolly Tie Down Straps and Mellow Mushroom

  1. Jim September 1, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    those dollies look like they would get stolen too. does it get locked up?


    • Dinata Misovec September 2, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      I have been wondering about that too. It is not locked right now. It is pretty heavy though so no one is going to pick it up and walk off with it. It is tucked behind the motorhome and against a fence, so no one can hook it up to another vehicle at present. We’ll have to think about this a bit more.


  2. relationspdbeverly September 2, 2016 / 5:43 am

    You can never get away from criminals, can you? Well, I’m glad that you’re doing better and enjoying yourself now.


    • Dinata Misovec September 2, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      I suppose they are everywhere and always have been. Andy, who grew up in New York City, is always more conscious of thieves and bad guys and always locks doors (and has put me in the habit). Yes, I am doing much better this week! thank you.


  3. Neil Jordan September 3, 2016 / 9:51 am

    I have seen hitch locks on trailers, which can prevent the hitch from being attached to the ball of the thieving vehicle.. The ultimate would be like what you see at construction sites, with warning sign trailers with one or both wheels removed. There are lots of trailer security items here, for example:


    • Dinata Misovec September 5, 2016 / 12:16 am

      We have those hitch locks. Andy put one on the dolly in place of the pin that came with it.


  4. Andy Smart September 4, 2016 / 5:39 am

    Your RV looks amazing. Is it dangerous being on the road? How often do things get stolen? One of my paranoia’s of being on the road


    • Dinata Misovec September 5, 2016 / 12:04 am

      I don’t think they are particularly dangerous on the road. I drive in the right lane at (or very slightly above) the speed limit. I very seldom pass other cars. Everyone else on the road just goes around us. It can be a little tricky in small spaces like parking lots and gas stations. It is 37 feet long and pulling a car adds another 15 or so feet. So you have to be careful where you go so you don’t get in a jam. We traveled all over western Europe for nine months in 2005 and 2006. We bought a small motorhome in 2007 and have traveled all over the US and Canada for six months every year. We have never had anything stolen. We do lock it every time we leave it. The only scary thing I have noticed is that people in other vehicles tend to pull out in front of the RV from side streets or highway entrance ramps. They don’t want to get behind a motorhome, but dont’ think about how hard it is for us to slow down when someone pulls in front of us going slowly. I have laid on the horn on a number of occasions trying to scare them out of the way.

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      • Andy Smart September 5, 2016 / 12:09 am

        Funny how people’s behaviour changes behind the wheel. In China people’s inability to queue is magnified 10 fold grrrrrrrrrrr people push in all the time. I’ve made up my own on board camera so will film it and add it to my YouTube when I’m on the road:)


      • Dinata Misovec September 5, 2016 / 12:22 am

        I’ll have to see one of those videos.


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