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Old 08-04-2019, 01:56 PM   #5941
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Very exciting news and a new adventure awaits.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:07 PM   #5942
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Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that make amends in the universe....we are making them, or we are receiving them.

Doesn’t have to be our or their ill to amend for, but a wrong that was righted by someone being in the right place, at the right time, and doing the right thing.

Late this morning, after a Dr. appt, a couple of small errands, and setting the little house to rights for an extended absence, I filled up with diesel fuel and stopped at Cummins for propane.

I drove around front, left the engine running for the AC for Miss Lily and was inside settling up when a young mechanic came in with my keys in his hand, telling me I had a propane leak and he had turned off my engine...reaching in carefully from the drivers side and managing to turn it off and get the keys out while Lily growled.

My propane hose had split, propane was spewing out and there could have been an explosion. Where the leak was, propane was dripping directly onto the exhaust pipe.

He smelled the propane from the bay he was working in, acted quickly, and may have saved all of us.

7 hours later , they had drained the just-filled tank, removed the offending part, got a new one made at a local shop, did the repair, refilled the tank, checked that everything was working properly and had us on our way.

Cummins being the place that gave me the great brake check a couple years back...not...and then did the abysmally bad job recaulking my roof.

I haven’t been back for service since.

They didn’t have to, but worked on my issue in between customers already in for work today, and even moved my rig to where they could plug it in to electricity to keep the fully stocked frig running.

They had the opportunity to make amends, and did so.

Our plans for today were a wash, but we drove a bit to a campground and we’ll be on our way again in the morning.

We are safe, it is fixed, and I am grateful.

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Old 08-05-2019, 08:17 PM   #5943
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Gadzooks!!!

Thank that guy profusely. Don’t need Lily and the interstate in the center of a rapidly expanding fireball. Good thing he acted fast!

Note that ALL propane flexible hoses should be replaced every 5-8 years. You have others under there that may also need attention. Better to spend on new hoses than the alternative.

As we speak I’m already replacing all of mine, as they were over 12 years old, stiff, and already cracked on the surface a bit. I only have one 3 foot low pressure hose and two high pressure tank connectors. All new before I turn the gas on again...

Put it on your maintenance lists and in your logs for future replacement.

You dodged a bullet** with this one.

** bullets with your name on them are not the big worry. The ones marked “to whom it may concern” are really the big issue.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:36 PM   #5944
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Phew . . . close call . . . glad everything is OK!

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Old 08-05-2019, 09:34 PM   #5945
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Wow, stars align, Budda smiles (as you said Doug used to say), God has a plan and people are still good and do the right thing. Even Lily did good to let him turn the vehicle off.

So glad all of you are okay!!

You just keep experiencing and sharing to the benefit of us all.

Safe travels.
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Old 08-06-2019, 02:51 AM   #5946
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:08 AM   #5947
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Paris!! Do it. One of my favorite songs is another chance. One does not want to die asking for another chance, so do it now! Song is by blackberry smoke, not everyones cup of tea, but great lyrics. Go go go.
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Old 08-06-2019, 06:29 AM   #5948
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Thanks, everyone.

I did thank him profusely, also his supervisor.

This was original hose, and you’re right, everything needs looked at.

I will deal with that.

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Old 08-06-2019, 06:42 AM   #5949
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So glad you and Lilly are ok. That is very scary. Will definitely check mine. Safe travels!
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Old 08-06-2019, 09:12 AM   #5950
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Tho yours is new enough hoses should be fine, Debbie, it won’t hurt to have them specifically looked at. I’m going to have the rest of mine replaced once I am back home, just preemptively.

I went into Yelp this morning and did a good review...I try to never sign in to google ...and spoke with the service manager to be sure he knew his guys had gone above and beyond yesterday.

I am really loathe to do negative reviews, as it is too easy to devolve into nitpicking, IMO, but I will if sufficiently provoked.

Better to just reinforce the positive most of the time, I feel.

Anyway, this is a new service manager since I was last there, and maybe that will bode well for improved service.

I will leave other than RV specific work to the guy I have found at a private place here, but maybe Cummins can deal with RV issues.

They are so close to me, it would be very handy...

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Old 08-07-2019, 01:29 PM   #5951
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We have made it across Indiana (yesterday) and Ohio (today), finding this immaculate little state forest campground (free) for the night.

There is nothing here but 7 paved sites and pit toilets, but also no one else so Miss Lily has the run of the place after 6 hours on the road.

Recently mowed, and I suspect heavily used on the weekends.

And, 2 bars of Verizon LTE.
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Old 08-11-2019, 05:45 AM   #5952
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We met up in Pennsylvania on Thursday with Cheryl, the sweet camp host we met and got to know last winter, spent a night together in a WalMart and then moved to an older COE for the weekend.

She had another friend also coming in, so we have been three women on the road, now off for a bit, who have spent some time visiting and cooking and sharing stories.

Been nice, and we have had beautiful, mild weather.

Lily is always happy not to be driving.

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Old 08-11-2019, 06:01 AM   #5953
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We left Laramie at 7am this morning, first stop the Blue Beacon in Cheyenne, which has an undercarriage wash.

Filthy dirty and bug encrusted rig scrubbed clean and RainX’d, back on 80 for a long day and we have just settled into a campground in Lincoln, NB, for the night.

We are back to the prairie flatlands, and heat with humidity...92 degrees when we pulled in here.

We drove the Snowy Range Scenic Byway to Laramie yesterday, which was incredibly beautiful and dotted with NF campgrounds I hope to visit another time.

It’s been a great trip, but I am looking forward to some time at the little house and seeing my grands...

Monday, if all goes well.

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Have you ever taken hwy 70 from Baggs Wy to Riverside? It goes through Medicine Bow NF. It is an incredible drive and there are some nice campgrounds in there as well. At one point, there is a pullout area that is a viewpoint to an airliner crash area from back in the 50s. Lots of little lakes, streams and lots of wildlife.

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Old 08-11-2019, 06:36 AM   #5954
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Not that particular stretch, I don’t believe, but thanks for the tip and I’ll keep it in mind for next time I am out there.

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Old 08-11-2019, 12:46 PM   #5955
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Have you ever taken hwy 70 from Baggs Wy to Riverside? It goes through Medicine Bow NF. It is an incredible drive and there are some nice campgrounds in there as well. At one point, there is a pullout area that is a viewpoint to an airliner crash area from back in the 50s. Lots of little lakes, streams and lots of wildlife.



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Thanks for the recommendation. It sounds like a great stretch of road to drive.

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Old 08-12-2019, 09:23 AM   #5956
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I’ve had this nasty, vibration kind of rattle underneath the Interstate, and after doing labs this morning I pulled into a private tire and service place across the road.

Prepared to beg, they promptly sent a man out to slide underneath and see what was what...he determined it was the heat shield for the exhaust, no loose bolts nor anything appearing ready to fall, just noise, he pronounced.

I shook his hand, and noted his name written on his shirt...”Doug”, it said.

“No charge, we didn’t do anything but look”, said the young man behind the counter.

I gave Doug a $10 bill, as it was the right thing to do, and what my Doug would have done, and thanked them.


The other day, I passed an old, 60 something, Camaro in a yard, just like sweet hubby had when we first met in 1986.

I smiled and said look honey, just like yours!

Does he still hang about on occasion, watching over me and occasionally letting me know he is still there?

Yes, I believe he does.

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Old 08-12-2019, 04:35 PM   #5957
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Thanks, everyone.



I did thank him profusely, also his supervisor.



This was original hose, and you’re right, everything needs looked at.



I will deal with that.



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Hi Maggie

Mechanic was on top and made the move, took thinking and courage. Thank goodness it happened there and not while in traffic. Somethings just work out.

Enjoy, starting our slow and careful quest for a used AS. We had no idea we thought we’d miss traveling as much as we do.

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Old 08-12-2019, 04:42 PM   #5958
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Hi Bud, and thanks for dropping in!

Lily is great, pit mix at darling daughters is still there.

We’re headed for a visit, going to keep a gate between her and Lily, so we can stay in the driveway.

If that doesn’t seem like it will work, we will go to plan B.

Take care, and good luck in your search.

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I’ve had this nasty, vibration kind of rattle underneath the Interstate, and after doing labs this morning I pulled into a private tire and service place across the road.

Prepared to beg, they promptly sent a man out to slide underneath and see what was what...he determined it was the heat shield for the exhaust, no loose bolts nor anything appearing ready to fall, just noise, he pronounced.


Maggie

As I recall you have a great mechanic looking after your Interstate. I would have him take a look at the loose heat shield. The engineers put it there for a reason. Glad it wasn’t something major making the noise.

Nice that Doug is still around watching over you.

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Old 08-13-2019, 05:53 AM   #5960
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Hi, Dan.

I will have the mechanic look at everything next time I am in.

The guy yesterday said there were no broken brackets nor other issue, it was just vibrating.

It is rather loud, sounding a bit like it is getting ready to take off vertically.

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