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Old 07-27-2017, 05:52 AM   #4467
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The door handle might be just a simple lubrication problem. Try a squirt or two of WD-40 and see what happens. That's not the best spray lube on the market, but it's probably the most common. Also, it's clean and doesn't leave behind anything that comes off on your hand or your clothes.
Graphite is best for dry lube, but it does leave some stray dust. Gun oil is also a good choice for small moving parts, as in 3-in-1 oil or sewing machine oil.
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Old 07-27-2017, 05:58 AM   #4468
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Hmmm....I'll pick up some graphite, Protag.

Once there was gun oil, now there is not...

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Old 07-27-2017, 06:07 AM   #4469
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Hmmm....I'll pick up some graphite, Protag.
Graphite is what everyone used before there was teflon, and it's still my favorite. One squirt into a sticking lock lasts for years! But these days, teflon spray might be easier to find. But there are many variants of teflon spray. The original DuPont brand dry film lubricant or multi-use lubricant should do the trick. They also make a teflon/silicone lubricant, but I don't think that's what you want for your door handle.
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:45 AM   #4470
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I do know Interstates are metal, however, I have done several Van Conversions for Alice and I and some friends, total conversions and when one wanted a sun roof done away with I used aluminum as it's pliable and easy to work with, forms to the roof and easy to fasten down. The van I did this on is a 1977 Dodge and is still going, new everything, except the patch I did on the roof - so I am confident it works. Good luck.

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I do know Interstates are metal, however, I have done several Van Conversions for Alice and I and some friends, total conversions and when one wanted a sun roof done away with I used aluminum as it's pliable and easy to work with, forms to the roof and easy to fasten down. The van I did this on is a 1977 Dodge and is still going, new everything, except the patch I did on the roof - so I am confident it works. Good luck.
I would be hesitant to put an aluminum patch on a steel roof, due to the potential for galvanic corrosion in the aluminum where the dissimilar metals come together (aluminum is an anode for steel). If patching with sheet steel isn't an option, I'd be more comfortable with a fiberglass patch than an aluminum one.

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Old 07-27-2017, 12:06 PM   #4472
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Thanks for all the good advice....first, I will find a body shop.

We had a 5 1/2 hour trek to/from Worcester to get my (overdue) labs done...only about a 140 mile round trip, but not a straight shot and about 45 minutes spent driving in circles in Worcester trying to get to the ******* lab.

One of those places tucked almost under an overpass, and my gps didn't know how to get there without going thru private industry...gated, of course, and allowing no passage thru.

The girl at the lab finally talked me there...so frustrating.

The labs are only open M,T & Th in these parts, and this was the closest one.

Part of the privilege of travel.

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Old 07-28-2017, 03:38 AM   #4473
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Heading into the White Mountains of New Hampshire for the weekend, where there may be no signal...


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Old 07-28-2017, 09:31 AM   #4474
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I love that you're telling us (all) you might be incommunicado for a few days.

Like telling friends or neighbors you'll be out of town for a few days but all is good.

Enjoy the White Mountains.
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Yes, that's exactly what I'm doing, as some tend to worry.

We are in Loon, NH...where there is signal, good coffee, and fresh muffins.

Got up earlier than usual on Friday, did some laundry, emptied the tanks and headed for the White Mountains…also not a straight shot, taking 4 1/2 hours to go less than 150 miles, but we got one of the last two sites at Blackberry Crossing campground…the destination.

A beautiful, clean and well tended campground, across the road from the for-reservations Covered Bridge Campground….in between the two being the Swift River, and…a covered bridge.

This area was in the 1930's a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, made into a campground when they left. I was actually in an overflow site, by a mammoth old fireplace, one of two still here from the original buildings.

As we drove thru small towns all over the country, we often came upon CCC works, which Doug would always comment on….he once ran a CETA region, and was familiar with the background and history of these programs.

Lovely, tho I can't say “peaceful”….lots and lots of traffic and motorcycles on the nearby road, a very busy area…we walked, biked and played in the water, read, and I finished a blankie I've been working on.

All of the NF campgrounds in the “Whites”, as they are referred to, seem to have been privatized out…subcontracted to concessionaires.

They are not the same as those elsewhere, left strictly public…where you find a site, fill out your tag/envelope, pay up, and you're all set. Rates are significantly higher in the concessionaire campgrounds, they are less “free”, and I'm not sure what if anything is better.

A typical "self-service" campground, I hadn't been in my site 5 minutes when the camp host came by to collect and present this....these very same rules being on the "self-service" board, per usual, also in small version tacked to each individual site. I'll stop there....

It was an enjoyable stay, regardless, especially the shallow, rocky river, but lots of people and lots of vehicles, reminded me of Yellowstone, Glacier, etc.

I have really been knocking back the books this trip, and am loving the BookBub email I get every morning….free, $.99, $1.99…can't beat that, and they're right on my trusty IPad, ready to read and taking up no space.

Winding on east thru the White Mountains today, due back in Brattleboro on Monday for the roof re-caulk Tuesday morning.

Talking with darling daughter this morning, SIL's older dog has a bad case of kennel cough...apparently carried to him by the pup from the dog park or doggie day care he attends a couple of days a week, tho pup did not get sick.

Going to call my vet tomorrow to see what they recommend...whether Lily's vaccination should protect her, she should have a booster, or stay away completely.

All is well, enjoying seeing and exploring more of New Hampshire and Vermont...beautiful states, with particularly beautiful rivers....we do like our water.

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Old 07-30-2017, 08:18 AM   #4476
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We did have a lovely site, by this beautiful old fireplace...
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Good morning!! Welcome back.. missed my morning "Maggie" fix... when I traveled and expected to use rest stops, I'd get Gracie the shot...It's called bordatella.. that's phonetic.. I have no idea how to spell it... or many other things for that matter!! Hahaha...
The weather continues to be wonderful here... the eclipse center line is 50 miles south of me... it's in the news every day.. Oregon is expected to be a madhouse!!gridlocked traffic... people stopping on the roads... I've read it will be 99% at my location... differently staying home!!!
Keep having fun!! Hugs and love from the Oregon coast...
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Hi Miss Gail.

Enjoy the eclipse...I will watch it from wherever I am. One of the couples from the Wyoming trip invited us all to their country place in Oregon to watch it, but I'm a bit far away to attend.

It's bordetella, I think, and Lily had that shot in December with her rabies....but I'm going to call the vet tomorrow and be sure she is safe...or, we won't go til the dog is no longer contagious.

Apparently they are having a serious outbreak where D/SIL live.

Lily had kennel cough a number of years ago, got it from doggie day care where they were having an outbreak.

I think she was considered contagious for three weeks.

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Found a car wash with a truck bay this morning, which is scarcer than hens teeth in these here parts, and gave the Interstate a good scrub...it was looking rather grungy, covered with dirt from both Vermont and New Hampshire.

Then worked our way back to the very nice PA campground near Brattleboro, after a stop at a newly opened TJMaxx.

Salmon jerky dog treats for Lily, and a couple of small, nicely scented candles for moi. I do like a candle in the evenings.

Spoke with the vet, who assured me that Lily's bordetella vaccine was good for 12 months, so she was protected, tho I could get her another if it made me feel better ...he also suggested flu vaccines, as that is "going around".

I hopped on I91 for most of our trip here, as the back roads are lovely but a bit stressful to drive....very winding and curvy, lots of small towns so speed limit changes frequently and often with little to no notice...if one is not very careful, one can get a speeding ticket...as I did last week.

First one in maybe 15 years...speed limit was jumping back and forth between 35 and 50 and I slid into a 35 a bit too fast...a deputy sheriff was laying in wait to grab someone, and got me.

The winding and curving wears me out after 3-4 hours of manhandling the steering wheel...I get stopped for the night and just feel like taking a nap, and I am not a napper.

Getting the roof re-caulked in the am...next, repair of that rusted section, and am going to look into getting it coated with something to protect it.

I'm getting a bit paranoid about what's going on up there that I cannot see.

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Old 08-01-2017, 11:29 AM   #4480
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Roof has been redone, with ProFlex Instant Roof Repair, which Vermont RV says is the best product available....and will allow me to delay a bit having the area around the antennae cut out and replaced.

Took 2 men 3 1/2 hours..
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