good ‘ol Majestic RV

by admin on March 1, 2010

Isn’t it funny how you can develop a close bond with an old car?

Of course in my case, it’s not a car – it’s a Recreational Vehicle (an “RV” we call it in the biz). I bought two used RVs last summer in preparation for the barefoot run across the country. One would house me and my family and the other would (try to) contain the crew.

I couldn’t afford brand new, so I bought two well-loved Majestic RVs from a Cruise America dealership outside Washington D.C. Ben and Luke flew down and picked the beasts up, driving them about 12 hours back to Vermont. They made it one piece without breaking down. “We’re off to a good start,” I thought.

A few weeks later, the crew and I went on a week-long test run through New Hampshire. We made it to Keene, NH the first day and parked the twins in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The thermometer topped out at 90 degrees that day. At about 3 p.m. the generator on the crew RV went pffftt putttput brrrbbll pfttttttt, and died. No air conditioning and no power.

That was Day 1.

Over the course of the next 4 months, “Crew” and “Family” — those were our nicknames for the Majestic RVs — would give us all manner of pain and pleasure. There were the good times: playing cards all night in Crew, or enjoying a pleasant night’s sleep on the double bed in the rear of family. There were the bad times: driving Family to the closest RV repair shop about 2 hours away from our location in rural West Virginia to get a new starter for the generator.

But the ups and downs are what solidifies a bond between man and machine. That ‘ol Majestic RV parked on my front lawn is part of the family now.



P.S. All the repairs to the RVs come out of my pocket. That new starter for the generator? Well, it wasn’t cheap. But for just $5, you can feed a kid at Covenant House in New York City a warm meal. Can you help? Please head to right now.

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1 Alphonso March 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Greetings Tellman;

It is a priviledge to follow your blog , during “Run Tellman Run” a great humanitarian quest to benefit our countries most priceless commodity our youth . Our upcoming leaders, movers and shakers, doctors, political constituents, representatives and future lawmakers.
who seem to have gotten lost in the the judicial system literally becoming homeless , jobless, educationless prey to our morally diviant, drugpushing, child porn and prositution plagued social
status quo.Having to form gang ties in place of family ties , for survival and security.
Due to the diligence of our Commander ‘N’ Chief and the original meaning of “The Constitution Of The United States”.

“One Nation Under God, Indivisable With Liberty And Justice For All”, meaning all the youth in America should be afforded the opportunity of an education, Senators and Governors of every state in America should ponder this and support Tellman Knudsons’ plight to bring attention to the desperate needs of America’s Homeless Youths. What is it going to cost you if you do not recognize, support, and educate America’s Homeless Youth, Your Future Political Constituents !?

=> Crime?
=>Gang Violence?
=>Drug Pushers?
=>Police and Fire Dept. Overtime?
=>Not To Mention A Longer Economic And Ecological Recovery.

Just to name a few lack of direction and purpose ventures
of what can be an abundant resource of America’s potential scientific, ecological, engineering, business, thinkers, leaders, diplomats, inventive and creative minds.

Recognize! America,s greatess resorce is our youths, our planets rehabilitation literally depends on how well they are educated and prepared to handle the tasks at hand and the crisis yet to come…amen!?

In closing I want to take just a moment to comment on the supreme court justice’s now historic infamous decisson to omitt from our school system and constitution the pledge to the flag and it’s failed attempt to revamp the sanctity of hundreds of years of marriage. Iam whole heartedly for Unity ‘N’ Diversity. Yet when forced litegitly down the throat of a nation seriously fighting terrorism externally and internally within our own boarders, it was very poor timing and a very suspicious judgement call from such educated and experienced justices.

First I’m happy to say that there has been no farm animals intergrated into the marriage stipulation and our American Eagle has not been retired and replaced by a blind flamboyant peacock
wearing a banner that reads “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell !?”

To our now generation , Senators and Governers, please support Tellman Knudsons’ “RunTellman Run Crusade” to benefit “The Homeless Youth Of America”, your future constituents, our nations hope for a speedier scientific, ecological and economic recovery.

“One Nation Under God, Indivisable With Liberty And Justice For All”, God Bless The Red, White And Blue, That Still Waves
Representing The USA !! Stay Frosty!

2 Z Zazhinne March 2, 2010 at 1:07 am

see zartofwellness for TED video today. Does Tellman TED? “Ideas worth sharing!” Richard Branson TEDs so does Bill Gates. ZwhocanSee just approved for TEDx event host/organizer. TED Conferences bring together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts.
Want Tellman to speak–late June, CA?

3 DJ March 2, 2010 at 12:10 am

When each one is done,
at the end of his run,
he hopes they’ll each bring a twenty.
To date though you see,
to change how you perceive,
he’s given five dimes
(numerous times)
for each single fall of his feet.
(and my recent excursions into expressions done in 140 or fewer characters deserve some eyes, too!)
What ya hearing from Horace, guys? I would love to have that item ready for the re-commencement if at all possible.
And as long as I’m here, what about that WM/tracfone collaboration called StraightTalk? Top of the line computer/camera/phone fer a hundred bux and 30 days of unlimited everyting for only $45.oo (PLUS, possibly, TAXES!)??? With Tellman Training and that tool in hand then some ANY one ought to be able to get out of even a gutter. Don’t that sound like just about the best of plans? You’re not paying to be out there beating yourself up and the folks you train are virally spreading it to a minimum number of folks each in recognition/appreciation/thanks of your assistance. I know I would a whole lot rather see any $150 bux I manage to get your way in this endeavor train someone who can, and probably willingly would, help you rescue more. After all, 100M among 2M is only 50 each anyhow, 3 days of just getting by some more. Been there. Done that. Threw the Tshirt away.
Help People.

4 Dana March 1, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I think that’s really cool!

5 Jose Damaso Ramon March 1, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Running barefoot is a great Odyssey.
Using used cars is like sharing a little bit of somebody else´s life. And more so when we talk about a Recreational Vehicle.
Thanks a lot for all those kids that are receiving your help.

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