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Old 02-28-2019, 08:01 AM   #337
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Chris did a MN one to cover a dent left from a door knob (of all things) that had been installed on the trailer by a p.o. He said it wasn't difficult. What I wish I could get my hands on is the lettering that people had on their trailer trim down the sides of the trailer in the '80's that spelled out their state. My parents had that on theirs. Of course, theirs was "Michigan", and they sold that trailer long before we bought ours anyway.

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Old 03-05-2019, 06:52 PM   #338
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Hurt at Work

Most injuries at work are avoidable. This one was too.

I was working on my gaucho project. It was time to place the battery in its new home under the gaucho cushions. Need I go further?

I did an improper lift. Strained my back big time. It is going to take some good time for it to heal, and then for me to trust it again.

So I'm missing work, and I will be on light duty when I get back at it. I won't be installing the new axles anytime soon.

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Old 03-05-2019, 08:13 PM   #339
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Ouch. I can relate to that one. Two new GC-2 batteries and even with a proper lift strap, and a careful lift, my already screwed-up lower back was reminding me how dumb that move was for about two weeks. Fortunately a few doses of ibuprofen and hot showers helped.
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Iím always straining my lower back but fortunate to have a relative in the back & spine brace business. if you want to try one send me a PM, I think I have an extra one. They offer a lot of support while you let it rest & recover.
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So far, rest and OTC pain meds solve the rare episodes. I just have to remember Iím not a young, crazy teenager any more. Iím just no longer young.

Appreciate the offer, however!
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David , get well soon . It will wait on you . A little drawing time . Blue
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Old 03-06-2019, 07:37 AM   #343
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Did that several times to myself when I was younger. Never did it at work (lifting patients), always at home because I'd forget to lift properly when I wasn't at work. NOW, I'm more careful. Rest, ice, Ibuprofen.
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:25 AM   #344
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Sorry, David


ďHere's another fine mess you've gotten us intoĒ .


Rest up, Go easy, Get well.
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Thanks for the get well wishes everyone. I strained my back with the battery over a week ago. I was taking it easy, but still at it. Sunday, out of the blue, a "massive back spasm" as I call it dropped me to my knees with excruciating pain. I literally could not move. A injury without cause in my view.

Two nights in the hospital and several tests later, they discharged me like so much effluent. All the test were negative, which means positive in medical lingo.

I'm home now and feeling much better. I will start physical therapy soon. I have no idea how long it takes a lower back injury to heal. I don't want an encore.

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David. When I'm not fumbling through piecing together an Airstream, I dabble in practicing medicine. I hope for a speedy recovery for you. After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in most joints, then you are probably dead.
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Back injury recovery requires as much patience & perseverance as restoring an AS. Take it slow & all will be well.
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Thank you for your words of encouragement on my recovery from this back injury. I had three more spasms this weekend. I guess I'm starting over on the recovery. The pain is very high. I decided our lower backs are like the transmissions in our tow vehicles. It it breaks, you don't move.

I did take delivery of the cooktop for the galley. It is a simple two burner job with a glass cover. One burner for the pasta, and one burner for the sauce. It will mount pretty flush with the countertop. It is a Dometic unit. I could not order this model online anywhere. My local Camping World is a Dometic dealer and they ordered it for me. Then Dometic couldn't tell us when it would be shipped. I found Dometic hard to do business with, but my Camping World did a great job sorting it all out.

I won't be making a new countertop anytime soon. Maybe on to some light duty jobs next week. We will see how I feel.

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David. I had similar experiences with Dometic. Seems they leave all the foot work to the distributor.
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Yup,


It slows you down when you're running like an old 426 hemi and the transmission goes into “limp mode”. When it happens to me, during the day when on my feet, I wrap up in a spined back brace to limit my range of motion, and don't use pain killers so I remain very aware of not overextending my movements into the pain zone. I dope up at night to sleep. It's usually about a month of recovery.


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That's a good lookin' cook-top.
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