It’s Like Radar

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 192014

Do you know that radar that all mothers seem to have that alerts them when their kids are getting into mischief and need stopped? I’m pretty sure Greg White has it.

Our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage has one fuel tank that can be filled from either side of the motorhome. At some point before we bought it, somebody changed the lock on one of the fuel doors which resulted in them having two different keys. And it always seemed like every time I pulled up to a fuel island I grabbed the wrong key. It wasn’t a huge issue, just one of those minor little irritants that make life frustrating.

Most RV storage bay locks use one of maybe five or six different keys so it’s a pretty good bet that somebody parked near you at your favorite RV park can unlock your bays. While most RVers are nice folks who wouldn’t think of ripping you off, how well do you know the people in the RV site next to you? And what about those times when your RV is parked someplace other than a campground? Like a truck stop parking lot while you go inside to eat, or the parking lot at an attraction you are visiting, or in a storage lot. Who knows who might wander by with a pocketful of keys?

A while back my friend Butch Williams designed a set of locks for RV bay doors that used circular keys instead of the standard RV keys. Tuesday when we stopped to visit Butch and his wife Fonda down in Twelve Mile, he set me up with a pair of his locks and keys.

Yesterday morning I was sitting at our picnic table trying to figure out how to install the new locks when Greg’s radar went off about the time I picked up a pair of pliers, and even though he couldn’t see me, he knew I was up to something that could only turn out bad. He came over, took the tools away from me, and told me to put my hands in my pockets and keep them there until further notice. Well okay then, if you insist.

Greg fuel door 

It didn’t take Greg long to get the job done and now I can open either fuel door with the same key. And better yet, hopefully it will be a little bit harder for some jerk with a standard key and a siphon hose to steal my diesel. Thanks for the locks, Butch, and thanks for installing them Greg.

Fuel door lock

When I announced that this week’s Free Drawing prize was going to be a personally autographed copy of Miss Terry’s Kitchen by my beautiful and talented wife, I was pretty sure it would set a new record for entries. I think that was a pretty safe bet, because in less than 24 hours we already had over 200 entries. Anyone who has ever read the Gypsy Journal knows about Terry’s reputation as a fantastic cook, and if you have ever sampled any of her goodies, you know that reputation is well deserved. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


Three other lady authors I know also have books out that you might enjoy. Ella Medler’s Blood Is Heavier  is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.

Set in contemporary London, Jo Jacobs’ debut novel The Other No 10 is a raunchy romantic romp told through the eyes of four characters.

And my friend Meghan Ciana Doidge’s newest book, Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic, the third book in her Dowser series, is officially released today. Check it out!

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  5 Responses to “It’s Like Radar”

  1. Does Butch have a web site where we can order those locks?

  2. You can e-mail him at

  3. I’d enter for the recipe book, but we are vegetarians leading to plant based eating. Those locks on the fuel doors are a great idea.

  4. Nick
    Since you are in Elkhart do you know of a good rv dealer that does repair service or a mobile rv repair. I will be in South Bend tomorrow for about a month and have a leak in the street side slide of my HR Presidential 5th wheel. Verizon here in Woodstock, IL sucks.
    Jim Mossman

  5. Jim, I don’t know if MasterTech does mobile work, but they are good. If they don’t they may be able to recommend somebody. (574) 522-6224

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