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RE: Daylight savings time !

The Daylight savings time nearly cost my daughter her life, last year. Working at Target she was required to close up and it was after one when she started the hour trip home. She had to be at work next m when time changed at 7:00 or 6:00 am the day before. The continuing stress caught up with her and she went to sleep at the wheel. That one hour of lost sleep very likely caused her to go to sleep. She no longer works there and has a huge medical bill to pay plus the difference in value of the car new and when she wrecked. It was 6 months old. Not very consequential to you perhaps. But when I manged retail going to work before dawn and going home after dark every day caused some problems. My Customers it affected them too. In 70+ years I have seen what it does. I am an observer and nothing escapes me much. At banks it affected the Tellers and the dispositions of people in every walk of life...that have to live by the clock. The idea that it generates more sales more revenue is specious.... but that is what is was always about.
down home 10/28/20 10:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: RVers and Pheasant hunting

I'm not up to trying to put something like this together and might nto be able to make it but.. RV Rallies are held everywhere but the theme if there is one, meet and eat and sometimes some great entertainment. Stll could be that but there is a possibility that something akin to this idea would work provided enough people showed interest and committed to it both to organize it and find location and so forth.
down home 10/28/20 04:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: question about freezing temps

We have used the drop light before. I don't know what happened to the ones we had. The newer plastic ones do melt and the 130 watt break resistant bulbs, last ones I bought were coated with plastic of some sort, that could kill you in your sleep as they out gassed a poison. That's been a while. I would like to look at someone's bay that has the heater installed from the factory and duplicate it. Driving down the road in sub freezing weather with it on as well as the furnaces shouldn't have or might not any worries about freezing plumbing. One year coming back from Disney World it was dry but 20 degrees. When we got to where we stored it, we plugged it in of course. It was not until the enxt day they emptied the tanks and took it inside. I wondered if they had any ice problems. At night it was around zero or lower.
down home 10/28/20 03:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: question about freezing temps

Can someone get the link in my post to the wet bay heater to work, I don't seem to be able to.
down home 10/27/20 11:19am General RVing Issues
RE: question about freezing temps

We had a few nights of freezing temps in Az and ice in the fresh water supply hose. Flushed out after a minute or two but... one of the heated hoses with 110 plug is in order. Price of over a hundred to over 200 according to length galls me though. I know I can use from the tank and refill during thee day but that's another chore...when it is cold outside! We had installed a 50 amp box at wife's Sisters for our stay but not a 110...so I'm thinking of getting a tech to run a 120ac plug from the other side of the coach that has two or three in the bays. May need a separate wire an breaker though as intend some sort of small forced air heater with weather tight or resistant housing and thermostat to make sure the tangs are warm and the wet bay. Just need the layout and drawing it up before any cutting etc. Would also come in handy going down the road. The furnaces heat the bays some but... ***came cross this MH Service Bay Heater: 12volt apparently with plug List several MFGs that use it or that it will fit. https://shop.findmyrvparts.com/wet-bay-heater-service-bay-3000rv-monaco-rv-parts-p/3000rv.htm don't fully understand your post, but if you have a 50 amp hookup, you have 120 available bumpy We stayed in Az for awhile, parked on Relative's lot that had sewer connection but not fifty amp connection. We installed that but did not think to have a 120pug installed too. We do not have 120 plug in the wetbay but have three on the other side of coach in the bays. Getting a 120plug installed in wet bay, we would not be dependent on a 120 plug on a tower or not. Afterwards I tumbled across the link to 12 volt wet bay heater that some coaches have and could be installed in ours or yours.
down home 10/27/20 11:16am General RVing Issues
RE: question about freezing temps

We had a few nights of freezing temps in Az and ice in the fresh water supply hose. Flushed out after a minute or two but... one of the heated hoses with 110 plug is in order. Price of over a hundred to over 200 according to length galls me though. I know I can use from the tank and refill during thee day but that's another chore...when it is cold outside! We had installed a 50 amp box at wife's Sisters for our stay but not a 110...so I'm thinking of getting a tech to run a 120ac plug from the other side of the coach that has two or three in the bays. May need a separate wire an breaker though as intend some sort of small forced air heater with weather tight or resistant housing and thermostat to make sure the tangs are warm and the wet bay. Just need the layout and drawing it up before any cutting etc. Would also come in handy going down the road. The furnaces heat the bays some but... ***came cross this MH Service Bay Heater: 12volt apparently with plug List several MFGs that use it or that it will fit. https://shop.findmyrvparts.com/wet-bay-heater-service-bay-3000rv-monaco-rv-parts-p/3000rv.htm
down home 10/26/20 08:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVers and Pheasant hunting

I think it would be a great idea for a Rally, if some RV group there or somewhere else would put together a Rally or just a gathering. A rally? In 2020? Really? *2021!
down home 10/26/20 08:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fresh Water Pump

The pump that came on our Mh an Aquajet, with switch on, would kick in if the city water pressure was below the 55psi5gph, stayed off if 55 psi or above, of the pump. We had to replace it with same pump supposedly, while in Fla in 14,doesn't seem to do that. Low water pressure we usually, anyway, fill the tank in the evening and then use from it. Too bad there aren't valve controls inside.
down home 10/17/20 09:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

Peak Times in Atlanta, Nashville, Oklahoma City and many others ,we need a Valium prescription from the Dr, sometimes I think. If we kept logs, over the years, it would make a great horror movie. This last trip home was one of the worse. Nearly killed, in one instance, as would have been a lot of Motorists too. Even in a car, after driving through the nightmares, we will stop and have a bite to eat and drain the nerves. Don't mind the traffic much in the little black car as I can, when I drive stay away from the idiots. We seriously thought about selling the RV after getting home. Not going back otu there for a while.
down home 10/17/20 09:04am General RVing Issues
RE: I've Rediscovered Butter

My wife from Southern Michigan,farm country, her Grandmother fed her butter whenever she came over. She was a small thin girl always on the go. She thought, apparently fresh country butter would put some meat on her bones and make here healthy? Wife wasn't crazy about the idea though. Grand Ma would sometimes buy "scalded butter"from her cousin. Maybe the idea was to pasturize it? It was white and it didn't help the flavor any.
down home 10/16/20 02:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Junk Food Breakfast Cereals

I remember the old corn flakes withotu the non nutrative coating. Ate quick so they wouldn't turn to mush. Great with real strawberries from just outside the kitchen window. I had a taste fro grape nuts and Raisin bran and others. Didn't care for oatmeal with sugar or not. Ate a bowl of Cheerios today. Thought might help lose weight and be good for glucose no sugar and been fighting to bring down my glucose level all day. Shredded wheat had it's own charms with a lot of sugar. Rice Crispies, great but eatthem fast, don't let them get soggy. Always a chqllenge to get all of thm out of the milk. Wondered why they didn't invent the seive spoon. Eat your Wheaties, what did they do to the corn flakes tor that little flavor difference? Corn Flakes were probably my favorite because we ate so many growing up.
down home 10/16/20 02:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Batteries

Trojan T105s in lead acid. Second set in 15 years. Wouldn't have to replace them except where we stored it they forgot to check the batteries before they closed up apparently for a few months. They were bone dry. They came back up but damage done. We are having Deca maintenance free batteries installed in a few days and hopefully we won't be dealing with checking the batteries again. 13.5 is a good reading if setting stored an not connected. We always stored ours connected to 50 amp but now we don't have enough voltage where we store, for now. The transformer won't work on 115. The batteries are turned off. We never did discharge our batteries much if at all. and should have deep discharged them a few times.
down home 10/16/20 01:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire Inflation - What RU Using

We ran across the same problem, with oru compressor factory set at 125 psi, it jsut wouldn't do it. Newmar has a pressure doubler or did from the factory near the compressor. Others are available, but hard to find. I've been meaning to install a Newmar doubler for years and have yet t do it. A couple or three hundred dollars and a few minutes it seems is about all that is required.
down home 10/16/20 12:49pm Tech Issues
RE: On the road breakdown stories..

Two in 12 years towing our 5er. 1. Cam sensor on my truck towing my 5er failed just east of OKC. Coachnet sent out a roll back tow truck for my truck and a pickup with 5th wheel hitch for the 5er. Tow truck took my wife and two granddaughters to local Ford dealer. Pickup took me and 5er to KOA east of OKC, parked it in my assigned site, waited while I hooked up and started A/C, and took me to Ford dealer. Friday mid afternoon now and daughters needed to be back home by Tuesday for school. Dealer got me a rent car, sent the truck to the shop, started work early Saturday morning, and ready to go by noon. Great service by dealer and tow company. 2. After towing all day across Texas in temps up to 108 and stopped for an hour on I-40 just before NM due to an accident, pulled into a rest area west of Santa Rosa, NM to walk the dog. After 15-20 minutes go in truck, put in drive, and started to pull out. But it would not move. Tried reverse and no move. After several tries I noticed the truck was trying, but the 5er would not move. Hmmm? Brakes locked? Checked emergency breakaway and it was plugged in. Threw battery disconnect switch and disconnected cord to truck. Still would not move. Getting late and not long to dark, and nothing close. Called local sheriff department. No answer. Called Santa Rosa police department and spoke to someone there and asked about any RV repair facility close. Said yes but nothing would be open this late on a Friday evening. Beginning to think we would spend the night in the rest area in 100 degrees. Noticed an older latino worker cleaning the grounds and ask him if he knew of any mobile repair person. He said wait a minute, pulled out his phone, and began to speak in spanish. Hmmmm? Don't like the fact I can't understand what he is saying. But he handed me his phone and I spoke to another person with a spanish accent and explained the problem. Breakaway cable he said. Already checked it I said as well as mentioning throwing the disconnect switch and pulling the cord. By any chance are you parked along the side where the big rigs park?, he asked. Yes, I said. Your tires are stuck to the hot soft pavement, he said. What??? Yes, put the truck in gear and give it a lot of throttle, he said. I said I tried that until I was afraid something might break. OK, trust me as I have made several $100 trips out there for the same thing. It is slightly downhill going backward so put it in reverse and give it good throttle, he said. So I put it in reverse, hit the throttle, and after a little hesitation it started to roll. Relief!! I got out and looked and could see depressions in the asphalt where the tires were. I ask what I owed him and he said just give my friend a tip. I gave him a generous trip and we were on our way. Maybe spray some pam on the tires before you stop there again. :)
down home 10/16/20 11:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Jump starters

We used ours the other day. It's lithium ion. Last time it was used was over a year ago. It was down two bars out of five on charge. I don't remember, if after using it back then we recharged it or not. Wife says we did.
down home 10/13/20 04:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery questions

I don't have AGMs but the lead acid Trojans on board when first installed required the generator running several hours on the road to get to just float charging. Just plugged in wouldn't do it. Our coach is a 2005 though.
down home 10/13/20 04:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wood question

Black Locust lumber can be ordered online from a few places in the US. It is extremely hard and rot resistant. You may be near one. If not you have to pay freight or go pick it up or course. That may be too much money for this project. In middle east Tn there were a few mills custom cutting locust and walnut and other hardwoods.This was a few years ago. They did not advertise and word of mouth is how they gt business. Local lumber yards may be able to help.
down home 10/11/20 10:49am Around the Campfire
RE: FORD 460 Overheating Mystery

They make coolant filters and adapters for all sorts of engines, especially the diesels. i have intended to have one added to our motor home. You know how that goes. Just two months ago had Freightlinenr change the coolant and should have done it then. Doesn't matter if it is a gas engine or diesel on a motorhome or any other vehicle it is a great idea. One time I looked up the cost, when Cat was still servicing their over the road engines in motor homes. Seems like it was around 300.00. Biggest decision is where to mount the base or adapter and substituting hoses to reach it....and of course add in the cost of another coolant change.
down home 10/11/20 10:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Food!

On one trip after parking the RV, we searched out every Restaurant on the GPS the Garmin, I think. Not one was still in operation, not one, in the reasonably sized "small town." The Amish places, are now in name only, with the trappings suggesting they were or are including waitresses' dresses and caps. No Amish would put up with the food at home. I may have posted it here before but near Jaemsport, Missouri to the west I think, we ate at a small Mennonite run restaurant .Food was astoundingly good and hot and service was fast. Cousin made booms and such ans sold them on the Internet in Jamesport. In a couple of small towns in southern Michigan, I posted ages ago about the good food. I can't find the log we kept. One was a bar and restaurant together. You ordered what was on the stove that day. Near the Su, we went to a family run restaurant. Food on hot platters and so much I couldn't finish it. I had roast beef whipped creamed potatoes, very hot, and green beans, that were properly ripe when harvested and home made bread. We ate slowly to enjoy the simply gret but simple food.e North of Salt Lake City, we stopped to eat. Ordered scrambled eggs, ham, potatoes and biscuits. They did no know what "Country ham" was. The ham was great and so big it covered the platter and was not thin. Half a dozen eggs I think. The home fries were done just right with peppers and such. We could not eat it all. We vowed next time to order just one plate/platter and split it. haven't been back, and don't know if we ccoudl find it, and probably out of business. I keep intending to keep the journal again. But so far of late nothing great in restaurants to report.
down home 10/10/20 03:17pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Root Beer

One mug is never enough. One mug to start a great burger and another and... A great root beer without enough carbonation and cold can be syrupy. The new not Coca Cola Corporation can't abide, now lots of of water and little to no carbonization.
down home 10/10/20 02:55pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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