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Old 04-22-2007, 07:57 PM   #1373
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Bong: I don't need no stinking bong!

When I was 19 years old I had a lotta fun messing around with fully automatic weapons! and the smell of jet fuel in the early morning.
One rally one thread; that bong , it make you stupid in da head.
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:02 PM   #1374
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Wow

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Will that recipe work with polka-dotted duckling as a substitute? It is all I can find at Albertsons.

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Old 04-22-2007, 08:08 PM   #1375
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I just had this visual of Wally and a gem encrusted bong... I can't stop smiling.
Are we getting all dressed up for the potluck?
I actually saw Wally's bong. It was inside his gold trailer. It's aluminum and riveted. I believe thats the type Kevbo has only his is Walbernized.
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:32 PM   #1376
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Yikes! A moment of panic

Yesterday I was out getting the Airstream ready for the rally; cleaning, organizing, etc. All of a sudden there was a loud bang and a puff of smoke coming out of the power converter/charger. The lights dimmed and there was a big drop in power. I shut everything down and disconnected the power, thinking it wise to avoid any further damage, smoke, flames, etc. I had noticed that the Parallax 7300 hundred unit sometimes smelled hot and it seemed like the cooling fan was running a lot.

So last night I settled into a slightly depressed mood, fussing about why something major would break just before the rally, and about being forced to deal with something clearly out of my experience and knowledge. I couldn't even see how I could get the Airstream in someplace for service before my planned departure on Thursday to Casini.

Well, the blues dissipated a little with the dawn. I got out my trusty screwdriver, only to find that I needed to go to the hardware store to get a different screwdriver (something called torx). In no time I had removed the offending piece of the charger. It was the part with the smoke residue.

Then I had to track down a replacement part. It wasn't looking good. Either the parts departments were closed, or it was going to take two weeks to get the part. Finally, online I found a place with the best price, the part in stock, and next day shipping.

The new part comes on Tuesday.Barring any unforeseen difficulties, I should have it all put back together and powered up by Thursday. If I don't, I'm coming anyway. I'll just be the guy sitting around in the dark.
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Old 04-22-2007, 10:08 PM   #1377
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I feel the panic

All this rain is making things difficult for me. My Excella , at the vinyard. needs to have a few days of dry weather to solidify the dirt. Last month I tried to move her to get tires and as soom as I hooked up and touched the gas, the burb immediately sunk to the pumpkin. It sat that way for 4 days. So tomorrow I'm setting a few 2X12's for support, always something. once I get onto the service road to the vinyard I'll be fine, just wondering how much mud I'll be throwing at the AS. I need a few parts also I'm gonna have them sent to Casini so I will still be on the road wednesday am. after today I'm down a bottle! Keep on smilin. DG maybe I should just hook up to my small AS instead.
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Old 04-22-2007, 10:14 PM   #1378
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That had to give you quite a scare. Glad it wasn't more serious. Hope at the rally you will give us more detail abou how this happened.



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Yesterday I was out getting the Airstream ready for the rally; cleaning, organizing, etc. All of a sudden there was a loud bang and a puff of smoke coming out of the power converter/charger. The lights dimmed and there was a big drop in power. I shut everything down and disconnected the power, thinking it wise to avoid any further damage, smoke, flames, etc. I had noticed that the Parallax 7300 hundred unit sometimes smelled hot and it seemed like the cooling fan was running a lot.

So last night I settled into a slightly depressed mood, fussing about why something major would break just before the rally, and about being forced to deal with something clearly out of my experience and knowledge. I couldn't even see how I could get the Airstream in someplace for service before my planned departure on Thursday to Casini.

Well, the blues dissipated a little with the dawn. I got out my trusty screwdriver, only to find that I needed to go to the hardware store to get a different screwdriver (something called torx). In no time I had removed the offending piece of the charger. It was the part with the smoke residue.

Then I had to track down a replacement part. It wasn't looking good. Either the parts departments were closed, or it was going to take two weeks to get the part. Finally, online I found a place with the best price, the part in stock, and next day shipping.

The new part comes on Tuesday.Barring any unforeseen difficulties, I should have it all put back together and powered up by Thursday. If I don't, I'm coming anyway. I'll just be the guy sitting around in the dark.
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Old 04-22-2007, 10:16 PM   #1379
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I'm coming anyway. I'll just be the guy sitting around in the dark.
That's the spirit!!

I had a similar- situation- of panic... I nearly took my head off with the polisher... seems, my hair was a bit too free on this day.. and whamo- smacked in the head. T'was a close call, believe you me- Luckily I still have hair- albeit a tad shorter on the side with the lump.
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:01 PM   #1380
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Last minute jinxes

Well Sequoiacoast and Condoluminum and Doorgunner were being hampered by jinxes. Me too. Friday was the day I was going to check the car/tailer hookups, WDH, safety chains, lights. The night before I put several gallons of water in the tanks. I did not want to fill them because we will have full hook up at Casini so why haul all that water around. Anyway Friday morn was a sunny one but a pending storm convinced me that this was the perfect time to check the towing stuff. First I thought with water in the tanks I would run the water pump. Well I got that unmistakeable sound of a pump sucking air. So I went outside to check the water fill to see if I had put enough in. There was water running onto the ground on the curb front corner. I cranked the trailer up some to get a better view of the leaking water source. When I looked up under there was also water running from the rear of the trailer. A LOT! AW, JEEZ, now what. To shorten this story the supply hose from the curb tank to the copper pipe that runs along the wall/floor to the street side tank (did Airstream design this?) had slipped off the copper pipe and the water leaking out pooled under the tank until I raised the trailer front then it ran through the trailer and out the back. I was going to mop the floors anyway. The fix was more complicated than necessary and I did not do the car/trailer check-out. It has poured rain for 2 days so Monday is hopefully the next opportunity.

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Old 04-22-2007, 11:36 PM   #1381
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All this rain is making things difficult for me. My Excella , at the vinyard. needs to have a few days of dry weather to solidify the dirt. Last month I tried to move her to get tires and as soom as I hooked up and touched the gas, the burb immediately sunk to the pumpkin. It sat that way for 4 days. So tomorrow I'm setting a few 2X12's for support, always something. once I get onto the service road to the vinyard I'll be fine, just wondering how much mud I'll be throwing at the AS. .
DG,

If the 2X12s don't make the grade, not to worry, We will get you out, I will just throw the Mudders on the truck, slip it into low 4X4, and slam the pedal. And then after we get you out we will all play in the big mud mess we are gonna make trying to clean everything off.......then, assuming we gots some of the female types hanging around, you can be the judge of the muddy t-shirt contest.

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Old 04-22-2007, 11:39 PM   #1382
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How bout I just bring a bunch of mud with me to Cazini. Let the gals sort it out!! ( loosing points rapidly) DG On a side note the mare was out in the big arena showing off her 6 day old! what a sight to see the two of them trotting around in unison! Caused quite a stir among the other horses. It's all so good.
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:41 PM   #1383
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Bob, your French spell checker is not working. Your Safari should be "Le Petit Château d'Argent". And you must be Le Petit Prince!
Hi, Otters. You are right; Every time I tried to convert from English to French it came out different. And when I tried to reverse it from French back to English it was even more different. That is one reason that I haven't actually put this name on my trailer yet. Although that is what we want. And how do you accent the "a"?
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:43 PM   #1384
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the french been going in reverse for some time now.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:55 AM   #1385
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And speaking of the French, I think I'll bring some good ol' fashioned Boston Baked Beans to the potluck.
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:27 AM   #1386
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Jinx? What Jinx??

I hope your message wasn't a premonition... I have completed my pre-Rally checklist, and nothing broke, failed, leaked or exploded... We have power, water-tightness, hot water and the beloved Rasta-Flamingo ready to roll Friday morning... Hoping to rumble through SFO around 11 AM and arrive at Casini around 1:30 PM..

For sport, I removed the slideout pantry unit, found some unattractive things on the floor and behind it causing occasional blockages, and lubed the rails and rollers. Also added the insulated foil covers for Fantastic Fans, so we can sleep later in the morning... The electric blanket added after Joshua Tree has been tested and works fine...

We may be a liter or two short of Tequila, but I am hopeful someone else will bring supplies to keep the sacred Margy Balls flowing.. (We're good with salt, cups and ice...) And Cam, we'll bring an extra lantern and some flashlights if your power unit fails to come back to life...
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