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Old 07-21-2017, 03:28 PM   #4439
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I had my propane filled this morning and asked the young man about the tank, tubing, etc., after reading some posts of InterBlogs referencing replacing these.

He said...these should be inspected at least every 10 years. IB was told they should be replaced every 5.

Mine is 11 years old, and as far as I know no inspection has ever occurred.

Ummm....going to look into that.

I have been gone from Canada now three days, which have been lovely, but it is time to set a spell, a week or more. Been moving often, if not daily, since I left Herbster two weeks ago.

Going to look into where to set tomorrow.

Doug and I loved to wander and roam all over the country, wanting to see it all...every small town, beautiful lake and river...all of it. And, we saw a lot...146,000 miles worth, together.

Wandering alone, after a day or two begins to feel....homeless.

I have my eye on a couple of places, but will likely need to wait to get in until Sunday...

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Old 07-22-2017, 02:10 PM   #4440
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We saw about a dozen more covered bridges today, were able to drive across a couple, and Lily got her feet in the water several times. Shallow, rocky rivers, just perfect for a pup to play around in.

Vermont is full of beautiful old homes and towns, lots of ponds, lakes and rivers, and a great many very, very serious bikers.

Talked with a couple from Key West this morning at the laundromat, who are doing a 10 day bike around Vermont including thru the Green Mountains. Yikes.

Crossed a number of "Poor Farm" roads, and the very impressive Quechee Gorge.

Slow going, but that keeps fuel economy high, so it has made for a long day...we are settled into a NF campsite in the Green Mountains til the am, then going to head for the only COE campground in Vermont, not far from here.

Checked my coolant again, and it remains good...

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Old 07-22-2017, 02:35 PM   #4441
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HI Maggie,
Enjoying riding along with you. That is a loop we hope to do soon, like maybe next year.

Regarding your propane stuff - whenever the tanks are filled, the person filling is supposed to check them for a certification date. If I remember correctly the original certification is stamped into the top ring, and is good for 10 or maybe 15 years at which time they are supposed to be inspected. Some large propane suppliers provide that service for a nominal fee, and will put a sticker on the ring indicating they have been inspected. Take them when they are empty, because they will empty them in the process. The certification fee usually includes a fill as well. Tanks so inspected are good, I think, for 5 more years before you have to do it again. As for your hoses, just flex them and look for cracks. Check joints with soapy water. If you see bubbles, the joint is leaking. At that point, you probably want to get professional help.

Enjoy your trip. I'm envious; the drywall guy was here yesterday and today and will need two or three more trips to finish. Then we have tile to get put in and then new bathroom vanities. We are probably stuck here for at least another month.

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Old 07-22-2017, 03:46 PM   #4442
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Hi Al, and thanks for all that information.

I asked the young man who filled my tank yesterday if everything looked okay, and he said he could see nothing as it was "all boxed in".

Probably needs to be accessed from underneath, and I just may try to have that done the next time I am needing a fill.

I see no sticker, it may also be underneath.

Sorry you are housebound, and hope you can get to traveling soon.

Doug and I spent just a day or two in Vermont a number of years ago, and I remember going to Cabot Cheese , but I have gotten a good look at a lot of backroads...some packed dirt...and many small towns.

All the towns were founded after 1770 or so. It's been fun, and the bridges are great...very well kept, and most still in use via weight limits.

We stopped at one today, near a house, and hanging flower baskets were on each side of both ends.

Lovely.

Hugs to you and your sweet wife.

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Old 07-22-2017, 04:12 PM   #4443
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Reading in bed, with a candle lit.

I do love my Interstate.
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Old 07-23-2017, 04:29 AM   #4445
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Maggie:

Al is correct, it's ten years and no up to date certification sticker and the facility is not supposed to fill any propane tank that does not have one.

The large propane companies are usually the ones authorized to do the inspection and issue the sticker.

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Old 07-23-2017, 04:42 AM   #4446
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Thanks, Bud...it's on my to-do list.

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Old 07-24-2017, 09:34 AM   #4447
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We were able yesterday to get an electric site for two nights at the Winhall Pond COE campground…your typical COE, lovely, well tended, showers, and paved inner roads which are great for bike riding.

Weak to no signal “down here" in the campground, tho, it laying along a shallow and rocky river bed that is not only delightful to look at but perfect for dogs and humans to play in.

Would have strived for no electric, but my 12volt adapter that allows me to charge plug-in items such as my hand-held vacuum isn't working for some reason. It hasn't been used since Doug died, so maybe the extremes in temps took it down at some point.

But for that, driving charges everything and by carefully conserving battery I can easily go a couple of nights before having to recharge in some manner.

My vacuum, however, was an excuse to ask for electricity…I could brush everything by hand, to remove much of the dog hair and other debris carried in, but the vacuum is so much more thorough, and it was completely dead.

I mixed my first loaf this trip of artisan bread yesterday, having done something differently for travel this time by mixing the dry ingredients for a half dozen loaves in quart ziplock bags…so much less mess than measuring it all out each time.

I've been afraid to make it, for fear I would forget about the new caps on my two front teeth and a bite into a crusty, chewy piece would pull one off….hundreds of miles from my dentist.

I have found, however, that I am very aware of their presence when biting into something, so decided to take the plunge, as I've missed my own bread. Yum…pan bread for breakfast this morning.

It has been cold and raining all morning, so we are pretty much staying in to read, cook, and crochet….Lily catching up on her beauty sleep, snoring on the couch as I type.

Little fake fire is humming merrily....

Some down time was needed, and good.

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Old 07-24-2017, 09:13 PM   #4448
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Did laundry, a little shopping, and gave the Interstate a good scrub this morning, then drove down Michigan's thumb to Port Huron Township park...which is absolutely lovely.



Neat as a pin, plenty of trees, with white fencing and beautiful hanging baskets of flowers on each of the campground buildings.



They have Bingo tonight, and a campground-wide garage sale tomorrow.



Going to be here two nights...roads are level and bladed, so bike riding will happen.



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I grew up in Michigan so I love all the fresh water. On my bucket list is to start in Port Huron and go along the coast staying at the city/county parks all the way to Mackinac. There have got to be at least 15 of them and all on Lake Huron.

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Old 07-25-2017, 12:58 PM   #4449
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Hi Dan, and good to hear from you! Tell your sweet wife hello.

THere are lots of lovely city parks around the Great Lakes, and this Interstate has been to a great many of them.

If you're one who needs 4 or 5 point hookups each night, however, that is not what most of these are.... but, we never did, electricity and a view of the lake being plenty for we landlocked midwesterners.

I highly recommend particularly the Lake Superior shore...spectacularly beautiful.

On another note...yesterday, it was chilly and raining, and late in the day I noticed water in my bathroom. A puddle of water.

Drying things out to locate the cause, rainwater was coming in thru a tiny hole in the caulk in a seam above the toilet. Not the plumbing, but the roof.

I was not pleased, my roof having just been "professionally" cleaned and re-caulked at significant expense to me, and had the hole in the caulk not allowed leaking into the bathroom from water running down the other side, I would have been unaware there was a leak at all.

Went into Vermont RV Sales near Brattleboro, and begged for a small bit of help for a temporary fix, and they gave it to me. Kudos to them.

I sent my IPad onto the roof with the service guy, to take pictures of the caulking I already knew was sloppily done, and whatever he found to be the cause of the leak. Sigh.

They were rather aghast at the job done on the caulking, found the problem, did some recaulking, and I sent the invoice along with photos of the roof to the service manager at Cummins Crosspoint who did the job in early June.

They are going to pay to have it completely redone, back at Vermont RV, and reimburse me the expense from this morning. Vermont RV can't get me in til next week, tho, so I will toodle around some more and come back.

You know, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect professional behavior from professionals....when a person is tasked with jobs requiring their particular professional and/or technical expertise, they ought to do their jobs and do them correctly. How hard is that.

I am going to have to go with a more anal approach to service repairs in the future, I've decided....

I don't want to, but I think I have to. Mimi has been telling me this.

All that aside, Vermont is a beautiful state, hilly and green and full of charming small towns with gorgeous old homes. I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

After the roof is redone, going to probably head back into NY and perhaps be there for darling daughters 41st birthday.

Settled into a nice PA campground in Brattleboro for the night, and getting my tires rotated in the am before moving on.

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Old 07-25-2017, 01:35 PM   #4450
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The Amazing Miss Emma turned 10 today, and texted me (they all have phones, of course, tho restricted to certain hours and functions) at 7:22am that as of 7:19 she was 10 years old...a double digit age, a big deal for kids these days.

Emma, 10 going on at least 15.

She's a dolly, tho, and loves her Grandma...we had a FaceTime chat in honor of her birthday. What a sweetie, and growing up so very fast.

One of the fun things about them all having phones is that I can send them pictures via text, directly to them.

They love that, and have Grandma on FindMyFrienda so they can see where I am any time they like.

Sigh. What an age we live in.


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Wow, that roof leak!!! You sure take it all in stride nicely... keep having fun!! Hugs and love and pats from here.. and it's still nice weather!!.. loving it !!!
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:13 AM   #4452
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Hi Gail....the fact is, stuff happens, at home or on the road, and getting too much in a twit about it helps nothing.

Just focus on the problem, and on getting it resolved.

I've been working on being more patient, and am greatly so, which helps. I look at things as a test, which I need to pass.

In my former high-pressure job, one was always working hard to complete whatever, knowing that at any moment the s--t could hit the fan and derail plans for many days.

I'm still working to leave behind what Doug referred to as "self-imposed pressure"...very functional in my former job, not so much in everyday life.

A process, and not an event.

The service manager at Cummins would have liked me to wait to have the roof re-done until I returned home in October, but I was not willing to do that...more leaks would have likely developed, creating more urgent patches and stop-gaps. Why put myself thru that.

He did share with me that there have been a couple of known issues recently with the longtime employee who did my roof...he doesn't seem to be a man asleep at the switch of management, and promises to find the reason and bring resolution, but I'm not going back there any time soon.

I need to find a way to look at my roof myself, for lots of reasons...but one being the obvious, that as owner and keeper the state of my Interstate is more dear to me than to anyone else who might look at it.

I have this very physical reaction to heights, tho....

Getting my tires rotated at 9 this morning, and going to learn how to check brake fluid.

Mimi will be glad.

This is a very, very nice PA campground, and I'm going to stay here until Friday...when the 50% discount ends.

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