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Old 03-15-2013, 10:06 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=Terry;122087]Ok --- I am not a dumpster diver by any means..

Terry you say that like it is a bad thing....LOL

I just "scored"2
automatic satellite internet dishes.. all I had to do for them was help the owners get them off the roof of their RV's. I am not sure if I will go back to Sat Internet but I am sure I can modify them to receive TV
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:35 AM   #12
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I'm a hardcore DD and proud of it! Got a Black & Decker workmate and an adjustable mobile base for a table saw along the road, a really nice pre-lit artificial Christmas tree that we use every year. While camping/hunting I found a stainless steel backpackers cook set and a folding pocket saw, heavy duty hot dog forks, a wasp trap and much, much more.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:17 AM   #13
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I guess I am a Dumpster Diver too.
Neighbor across the street moved and left a vacuum cleaner at the curb. He said it was broke.
My daughter needed one so I though I would take a look at it.
Cleaned up the roller, cleaned and oiled the brush bearings, new belt and she worked like new.
Eureka Upright with attachments = $1.50!

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:19 AM   #14
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I like to DD.

Not camping related.

A couple years back, I found a Double Jack Screw Clamp in a dumpster. It's an adjustable clamp used to hold pipe in the correct position during welding. They list new for $1200 to $1800.
It was in the original box; and looked as if it was only used a few times. I listed it on EBay with NO RESERVE; and a guy from Australia bought it for $450 + shipping.
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Last Sept., I pick up a Draw-Tite Class IV receiver hitch which was leaning next to a dumpster. Below is the actual hitch. I lightly sanded it and applied a couple coats of black paint. Problem is, I don't know what vehicle it fits on.
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In another DD, I found a Ranch Hand grill guard. This brand has a model number stamped on the bottom of the lower support.
A search revealed it fit a '99 - '05 GM truck. I gave it to a friend of mine, who happened to have a '03 Chevy 4X4.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:52 AM   #15
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Geez the best thing I ever found was a splitter someone left on the water connection at a campsite. Guess I better start paying more attention!
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:28 PM   #16
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Great find; I bet they left it out in the rain a few times and the dirt splashed up on to it.

I’m a proud DD. Over the years I have found lots of great stuff. While camping, I cannot think of anything special I have found. Sounds crazy but I usually just find firewood. In many parts of the state it is illegal to transport non heat treated wood. Last fall shortly after our CG neighbor left (MH) we found a portable power box, not sure what else to call it. It was a rechargeable battery in a plastic box, with a 12V outlet and a 120V inverter (no jumper cables). The DW wanted me to grab it, but I decided to leave it. My gut feeling was a tenter plugged it in right after the MH left, as I did not foresee any reason for MH to plug something like that into the electrical post to recharge.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:44 PM   #17
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We always walk around and pick up fire wood that has been left behind..
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About 15 years ago my wife and I were tent camping at a campground and notice the people next to use packed up their gear and left without taking their trailer. I hooked it up and pulled it on home. Later that evening after getting bailed out of jail we found out the people had a seasonal.
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:23 PM   #20
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3 DD stories from me.

#1 Memorial day weekend Friday night. I took the PU to the campground and camped Thursday night. Left in the morning to go to work. Picked up KFC and the boys after work and we went to the campground. The boys took the KFC scraps to the dumpster after dinner. They came back and told me there was a cassette for a cassette toilet in the dumpster. I thought right. Saturday night I took the trash to the dumpster and sure enough there was a cassette in the dumpster. All that was missing was the cap for the dump hole. I cleaned it up, replaced the seals and put a new cap on it. Worked great and gave me the option of changing the cassette and dumping when it was convenient.

2. Blackwoods campground in Acadia NP. There was a 3 foot threaded rod with the ends bent 90 degrees that had been used as a fire poker. It is the best fire poker I have ever used. If anyone has camped with me they know who "Mr. Poke" is. We camped 13 nights on the site. When leaving one of the boys became upset because I packed Mr. Poke to take it home. They told me I should leave it in case the owners came back for it. I told him that the owner did not come back in 14 days I didn't think they would. Then we stopped at the campground office to see if anyone was looking for it. After the ranger told us it was ok to take Mr. Poke home, I was allowed to do so in peace.

3 Labor day weekend I had to take the boys back to town on Saturday morning to register them for their bowling league. We had the breakfast trash in a bag for the dumpster and a bad of dirty clothes to drop off at our house. One of the boys threw the trash in the dumpster. We went to the bowling alley, stopped by the house to drop off the dirty clothes and guess what. We had a bag of trash with us. I had to go dumpster diving back at the campground to get our dirty clothes back. Not a fun time.
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