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Title: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on February 28, 2016, 07:36:56 PM
The Hospital in Kingstree, South Carolina was destroyed, first by a flood and then by the discovery of asbestos and lead resulting in needing a total new hosptal.

My company is providing a temporary hospital during the rebuilding for about the next two years.

During the setup of the temporary mobile and modular hospital, I will be here onsite for regulatory and other assistance.

It took me over a week to drive here from Quartzsite, including dodgeing a few tornados in Louisiana.

I thought you might like to see what it is like to have an entire hospital as your RV Park

I have electric, water, and sewer by using an outside electrical outlet, a long water hose, and my macerator pump hooked up to clean out.

Here are some pictures. 

The first is the area that I choose on the back side of the hospital before I parked.

I put the coach in five parking spaces and put the stacker at a 90 degree angle by using some hovering skills I was taught as a helicopter pilot, (actually I used the Jeep to spot it)

Nice weather here for now, hope it continues.

Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: JoeandJane on February 28, 2016, 08:32:44 PM
Does this mean you are not coming to Minnesota?
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on February 28, 2016, 08:36:08 PM
I am only going to be here for less that 2 months while the temporary hospital is set up and functional

I will be coming up to Minnesota, probably late April of early May.

Unless you guys can get it to warm up in Minnesota sooner.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: JoeandJane on February 28, 2016, 08:56:20 PM
It was 64 yesterday but back into the 30's today.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: MN Blue Skies on February 28, 2016, 10:39:46 PM
I didn't see the Mustang in any of the pics.  Do you still have it?
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on February 28, 2016, 10:43:53 PM
Yes,  and I let it run around the pasture every once in awhile.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: MN Blue Skies on February 28, 2016, 11:06:02 PM
Speaking of pastures ... did you have a chance to check on that pasture and field in Dayton?
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: ironbutt on February 29, 2016, 07:59:46 AM
Nice set up you got there, that trailer would be about big enough for my toys. I'd just need something bigger than what I have to drag it around.
By the way, my mothers maiden name is Waugh.
Gary
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on February 29, 2016, 04:31:27 PM
One of the maintenance guys here at the hospital drilled a hole thru the brick wall into a utility room to connect the 125 foot long 6/3 wire that I carry in my stacker to a main electrical panel.

I now have a full hookup with 50 amp service. water, and sewer connection.

We did the same procedure as when I connected to 50 amp service at my Mom's place a few years ago.

I am posting a link to that write up in case anyone needs to do this anytime.

http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php/topic,66762.msg611714.html#msg611714
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Lou Schneider on February 29, 2016, 06:03:29 PM
How high did the water get?  That main building looks like it's on top of a pretty good sized hill.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on February 29, 2016, 06:05:11 PM
Actually it was severe rain damage that ruined the roofs and then they discovered Asbestos and Lead.

I just found that out today.

It is high ground at the hospital, but many homes were under water.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Arch Hoagland on February 29, 2016, 10:10:00 PM
How long is your rig with the trailer attached? 

Have you ever been stopped for being over length?

Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 01, 2016, 09:01:46 AM
It really is not that long.  It just kind of adds up when you put it together.  The DP is 40 feet, the Stacker it 34 feet and the Trailer toad axle is 3 feet.  The total is 77 feet long.

I have never been stopped for any reason.  I do not speed or do anything to draw attention to myself.  I also never pull into weigh stations, but most of us do not either.

There were three of us with stackers of about the same length parked at Q.  The consensus was that we do not get hassled as long as we do not do anything to warrant it.

Most likely if we do ever get stopped it will be by DOT instead of regular law enforcement and even then it would probably be at a weigh station or checkpoint.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: ArdraF on March 01, 2016, 05:14:26 PM
Glad to see you finally made it, Bill.  Actually, it looks like a nice area with the trees and your concrete pad looks big enough for your needs.  ;)  I'm curious.  Is the small building next to your motorhome the hospital or is it the taller and larger building in the background?  I hope you'll post some photos when the temporary hospital is set up so we can see what one looks like in actuality.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 01, 2016, 05:54:37 PM
Hey Ardra,

The smaller building is being operated as a 24 hour clinic for the hospital.  The larger building in the background is the main hospital building.

This is a beautiful part of South Carolina, mostly rural with lots of cotton fields.

The parking lot that we are on has plenty of room.  The staff are very friendly and stop by.

The entire community is anxious to get the hospital back in operation.

Step one is setting up an emergency department using two of our large mobile units with supporting modular facilities.

The next step will be a large fully functional modular hospital on the other side of the hospital in a large parking lot to be used for the next two years as they build a new hospital.

I will take some pictures as it goes together and post them.

I only plan on being here until the setup is fully operational and then going up to Minnesota and rejoining the ranks of the retired.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: DearMissMermaid on March 01, 2016, 07:58:26 PM
Love the pics, very fascinating.

I've careened around South Carolina a good bit the last few years because I am very fond of their state parks.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: jyro on March 01, 2016, 08:25:36 PM
all that asphalt needs is 2 black marks.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 02, 2016, 09:17:42 AM
I thought it might be interesting to post some pictures of the current state of the hospital before all the emergency hospital units arrive

I will later post pictures as the full temporary hospital takes shape.

The first picture is in front of the hospital where the Emergency Department will be the first to be put in service.

The third picture is of the large empty parking lot at the rear of the hospital where the main emergency hospital will be located.

 
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on March 02, 2016, 09:41:57 AM
It looks like a beautiful hospital and it doesn't look that old. It must be though if it's loaded with asbestos and  they're going to tear it down????
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Arch Hoagland on March 02, 2016, 11:01:14 AM
So if they tear it down will you get us some pictures of it being torn down? 

Kind of interesting to see how they do all this stuff.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 02, 2016, 02:26:00 PM
Arch,

I suspect that I will be long gone before they take down the buildings.  With asbestos and lead they will most likely take quite a while to remove it all while taking precautions for the workers.

I plan on being here until all the temporary units are functional and operating.

I will however post pictures of the temporary setup as it occurs.

Edit:

Actually here is the first delivery of the admin building that arrived about 1:OO pm.  It will be joined by a third section tomorrow and the setup crew will have it functional by the end of the weekend.

This building is not really a part of the medical buildings but it is for office functions.

Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: ArdraF on March 02, 2016, 05:42:03 PM
Bill, where are the temporary structures built before being moved to the needed location?  Being the driver of the trailer could get real exciting because they look like they're really large.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 02, 2016, 05:51:59 PM
Ardra,

They are build or supplied from several different locations.  They transport them with escort vehicles on designated routes with special permits that have conditions of travel.

Just like how I will need an escort vehicle if I grow any longer...LOL

Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on March 02, 2016, 05:54:32 PM
Just like how I will need an escort vehicle if I grow any longer...LOL

Can I be your escort?   ;D
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 02, 2016, 06:02:05 PM
Rene,

Now that is just wrong...LOL

And I already have a Renae
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on March 02, 2016, 06:09:55 PM
[quote  :author=HueyPilotVN link=topic=92156.msg832738#msg832738 date=1456963325]
Rene,

Now that is just wrong...LOL

And I already have a Renae
[/quote]

What's a couple of letters!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 05, 2016, 04:13:28 PM
Update:

The first modular building arrived and has been assembled in about three days.  This building has nothing to do with healthcare but rather is for office staff.

Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 30, 2016, 06:40:55 PM
Update:

I have been here about a month.  My first goal here was to reopen the Emergency Department.  This is a poor county in South Carolina and the Hospital is the largest employer in the county.

This is also the only hospital for miles around.

After looking at several option to set up a way to get patients into our Mobile Emergency Units I have assembled a Waiting / Intake area and a connecting corridor using modular buildings to support and create an all weather system for both patients who walk into the ER and for an ambulance entrance.

Rather than have patients enter a tent and ramp system in the front parking lot, we did what is shown in the following pictures.

Ten days ago this was an empty parking lot.  See the pictures to show it now nearing completion.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 30, 2016, 06:42:54 PM
View of the waiting /Intake area
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 30, 2016, 06:43:40 PM
First Unit arrives
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 30, 2016, 06:44:20 PM
Second unit arrives
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 30, 2016, 06:45:06 PM
Second UNit
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 30, 2016, 06:45:59 PM
Inside view
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on March 30, 2016, 06:50:30 PM
The  two ER Units have 37 by 7 foot slideouts
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Bob Maxwell on March 30, 2016, 07:08:33 PM
Great pictures Bill. It's fun to be able to do work that's needed in the lives of others.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on March 30, 2016, 08:53:20 PM
And I'm going to be fortunate enough to get to see them first hand next week. Can't wait.  Nice pictures Bill.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Arch Hoagland on March 31, 2016, 12:19:52 AM
Thanks for the update, looks like things are moving right along.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: ArdraF on March 31, 2016, 10:46:21 PM
Oh wow!  When do you estimate it will be usable?  Such a neat project.

ArdraF
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 01, 2016, 08:49:19 AM
It will be ready as soon as I can make it happen.  Raining dogs and cats today.  I would like to say next week, but still have some balls in the air including the final inspection by the State.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 15, 2016, 12:53:54 PM
Update:

Closing in on completion.

A lot has happened in the last week. 

All utilities connected, both decks and ramps finished, supporting modular waiting room and corridor basically done, fire sprinklers installed in modular, one of the last big items is new floors in the ER Units.

I wish I could have given this jop to Ernie.  The floors for both units cost about $33,000


Pictures

 
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on April 15, 2016, 01:03:54 PM
You've come a long way Bill just since I was there last week. Keep up the good work. Looks like you'll be ready within the next week. 
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: ArdraF on April 15, 2016, 08:29:10 PM
Fantastic!  So glad you're taking pictures for us!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on April 15, 2016, 09:39:46 PM
Fantastic!  So glad you're taking pictures for us!

ArdraF

Sometimes he takes TOO many pictures if you know what I mean.   :o ::)
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: ArdraF on April 15, 2016, 09:46:37 PM
I noticed but my  :-X

ArdraF
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: MN Blue Skies on April 15, 2016, 09:53:10 PM
Bill, absolutely amazing work!  Sorry I missed the infamous pics of Rene and don't know where to find them!
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 15, 2016, 10:35:00 PM
I posted the infamous picture of Rene's "Good Side" in two posts already.
If I post it again I am not sure that
I could handle the payback.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on April 16, 2016, 07:46:36 AM
I posted the infamous picture of Rene's "Good Side" in two posts already.
If I post it again I am not sure that
I could handle the payback.

Max, I'm game. 
It can be seen here but make sure you don't share it with anyone else on the forum:
http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php/topic,93178.msg842376.html#msg842376

Bill, the only reason I'm sharing this is I'm sure you would have caved eventually, like probably in a few minutes.   :o ::) :'(
 
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: MN Blue Skies on April 16, 2016, 08:58:13 AM
Rene, thanks for sharing.  There sure was a lot of hoopla about that picture.  The first thing I noticed was tan legs.  We won't see tan legs in Minnesota for another few months. 
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on April 16, 2016, 10:07:56 AM
Rene, thanks for sharing.  There sure was a lot of hoopla about that picture.  The first thing I noticed was tan legs.  We won't see tan legs in Minnesota for another few months.

Ya I know. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it.  ;D :D ;) ???
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 16, 2016, 07:32:42 PM
Today's Update:

The floors in the 1st Unit are mostly finished.

The floors in the 2nd Unit will be done tomorrow.

The waiting room is mostly finished.

Still to be completed are all the stainless covers for the wiring and medical gas lines, the finish work, the patient curtains, and all the equipment.

Here are some pictures from today.

Sorry, no pictures of Rene.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: azwinne on April 16, 2016, 09:18:20 PM
It really is not that long.  It just kind of adds up when you put it together.  The DP is 40 feet, the Stacker it 34 feet and the Trailer toad axle is 3 feet.  The total is 77 feet long.

I have never been stopped for any reason.  I do not speed or do anything to draw attention to myself.  I also never pull into weigh stations, but most of us do not either.

There were three of us with stackers of about the same length parked at Q.  The consensus was that we do not get hassled as long as we do not do anything to warrant it.

Most likely if we do ever get stopped it will be by DOT instead of regular law enforcement and even then it would probably be at a weigh station or checkpoint.

So does what you call trailer toad axle, basically act as a dolly to support the front weight of the trailer to take it off the DP?
Many years ago, back in the early 1950s we had an old 1940s travel trailer which had Masonite walls and was quite heavy. I don't remember the brand anymore, but it was about 20 + feet in length and had a door on the right side about 1/3 the way back and another door on the left side in the back bedroom area.
Well my dad had rented it out to someone for the summer and we had to haul it from Corning, CA to the North Shore area of Lake Tahoe. Probably around 200 to 250 miles and we towed it with a 1949 GMC 1/2 ton pickup. From Corning to Sacramento on highway 99W and then up old Highway 40 ( Before Interstate 80 was built).
Well we had a dolly to do the same job, to remove weight from that 1/2 ton pickup, that dolly had about 8" wheels. All I can remember besides going very slow up hill, it took a long time to get to the destination, good thing that old pickup had a four speed tranny and a granny low gear.
I would sure hate to do that again.

Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 17, 2016, 07:38:12 PM
Yes the trailer toad basically turns a regular trailer into a farm wagon type trailer and takes the weight of the tongue off the tow vehicle.

Here is a thread that discusses it in detail.

http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php/topic,88123.msg796110.html#msg796110

I don't sell them I just use one.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: ArdraF on April 17, 2016, 08:46:55 PM
Okay, Bill.  I am suitably impressed.  What a neat thing to do to solve a serious problem!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 17, 2016, 09:40:19 PM
Hey Ardra,  I am a gadget guy, and a project guy, and a tinkerer, with sometimes too much time on my hands.

By the way, Just before Rene came by last week I went to Walmart.  I saw the hair cutting shop and thought I might get a trim.  I know first mistake.  The young lady cutting my hair asked me if they used a #2 or a #3 attachment to cut my hair.  I thought she meant for the sides.  I said a #2 and leaned back and relaxed.  I knew that when I felt the clippers make a pass all the way across my scalp  that I was in trouble.  Did not even open my eyes till she was done.

Rene's hair in his picture makes him look like one of the Beatles from the 60s compared to mine.

No pictures exist.

It will grow out....eventually...I hope.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: ArdraF on April 17, 2016, 10:50:51 PM
Quote
It will grow out....eventually...I hope.

LOL.  At least you have hair to grow out.  Be thankful!  :D ;D :)

ArdraF
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: hanerykroze on April 18, 2016, 03:48:20 AM
Simply the best work................ Love the pictures...
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: kdbgoat on April 18, 2016, 06:03:33 AM
LOL.  At least you have hair to grow out.  Be thankful!  :D ;D :)

ArdraF

X2! ;)
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 22, 2016, 06:44:54 PM
Update:

Williamsburg County, South Carolina again has a open Emergency Department......

We passed the License and Certification inspection this afternoon and were immeadiately cleared to see patients.

I have lots of pictures and will probably take a few posts to show them all.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on April 22, 2016, 06:52:11 PM
Good job Bill.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 22, 2016, 06:56:42 PM
Here is a link to some Drone views and video.

If this link violates any Forum rules feel free to delete it.

My motorhome and stacker are in the upper left corner of the second video.  You can see my RV site at the hospital


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5wh5sbxk4cphh5m/AAD02BNA726UFBakHj_VbSria?dl=0
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 24, 2016, 03:24:10 PM
These are pictures of the ER Department now that they have had two days to get organized.

In order to better understand the pictures I am first posting a top view of the layout of the two ER Units.

Unit 1556 is on the left and 1555 is on the right.

The Corridor and Waiting room are pretty much self explanatory.

I also renamed the pictures to better label them.

It will take two post to show them so I will include the layout in the second set as well.

Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 24, 2016, 03:24:33 PM
The rest of the pictures.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 24, 2016, 03:37:51 PM
Now I go back to being a Retired Bum.

The day after tomorrow we are going to an RV resort at Myrtle Beach called Pirates something or other to lay on the beach and not be camping in the parking lot of a Hospital.

That assumes that I can hover this rig back out of the parking lot.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: ArdraF on April 24, 2016, 09:24:41 PM
Congratulations, Bill.  We are both suitably impressed and I'm sure the medical staff are in awe of the speed with which you got it up and ready to use.  They're probably thrilled to be back in business.  Have fun at the beach!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Tom and Margi on April 24, 2016, 09:37:25 PM
Amazing!  You deserve some R&R.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on April 24, 2016, 09:44:09 PM
Now I go back to being a Retired Bum.

The day after tomorrow we are going to an RV resort at Myrtle Beach called Pirates something or other to lay on the beach and not be camping in the parking lot of a Hospital.

That assumes that I can hover this rig back out of the parking lot.

Enjoy Bill. We love MB. We always stayed at Myrtle Beach RV Travel Park. It's in North Myrtle Beach. We use to stay on a site that was just about on the beach. We could hear the waves crashing at night. At a extra high tide, the water would come up  to the back of the rig. I know you and Ranea will enjoy it.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on April 24, 2016, 09:50:19 PM

Thanks for the comments.  I am glad that it is done and open seeing patients.  It involved lots of details and consumed most of the days to manage getting it approved.

I think I called MB Travel Park but thier sites were not big enough for the Stacker.  The Pirate one is wide enough to park side by side
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: HueyPilotVN on August 13, 2017, 04:16:26 AM
Every once in a while I go back and revisit some old threads.  I especially enjoyed this project and got lots of satisfaction from the results.

It has been almost a year and a half and lots of things have happened to us since then.

There were over 7300 views of this thread.

I especially like this picture from a drone.
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Rene T on August 13, 2017, 06:40:49 AM
Bill, are they still using them? Where do they stand as far as the old hospital?
Title: Re: Camping at The Hospital
Post by: Oldgator73 on August 13, 2017, 08:09:55 AM
It was 64 yesterday but back into the 30's today.

We love Minnesota. The only downside to be cancer free is not going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester once a year. We treated it as a vacation.