Friday, January 08, 2010

Below 0 temps: Some RVers cope better than others

Gillette WY - At 3 a.m., scores of residents at High Plains Campground head outside to warm up their vehicles as they prepare to go to work.

Some of them may complain about the cold, but others will throw on some overalls and go to work, said Larry Simmons, a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver.

“That’s what we do,” he said.

Coping isn’t so easy for others.

Simmons’ neighbor John Benedict has had to contend with a flurry of problems caused by the cold.

Benedict, who works as a Coach America driver, has dealt with a furnace replacement, frozen water and sewer lines and even diesel pumps gelling at work because of the cold.

“It stinks,” said Benedict, who moved to Gillette from Florida about four years ago.

Inside his trailer, Benedict keeps his new furnace and two electric heaters going non-stop in order to keep it comfortable.

Outside, the water hookup is lined with insulation and two sets of heat tape in order to keep the water running into the camper.

“Al Gore has his head in a dark place,” he said about the global warming debate.
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