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Old 08-06-2008, 11:09 AM   #589
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Terry and Marie, I just discovered your saga (I left out the middle though). You guys certainly get into it and quickly. I like the attitude of "I'll find a way to fix it no matter what it is" even though sometimes that leads us to strange places.

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Old 08-06-2008, 08:25 PM   #590
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I took a break this evening after installing a new door latch so Marie can get out of the B van, and took a phew fotos. Umm, make that a few potatoes. (^)**&&*%%#$@ speel chequer!) Sigh... Good thing it's got more lights than a Hollywood spaceship inside...
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Old 08-06-2008, 08:34 PM   #591
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......I won't dwell on it much more than how it fits into our fulltiming life, but it's still kind of cool to be a two rv family.
Terry, yeah its cool to be a two (or in our case three) RV family until you have to start replacing and/or repairing things! Don't ask how I know

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Old 08-06-2008, 08:51 PM   #592
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Terry, yeah its cool to be a two (or in our case three) RV family until you have to start replacing and/or repairing things! Don't ask how I know

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I don't have to. I spent Monday evening replacing the fuel pump in the truck, this evening replacing the door latch on the B van, and tomorrow evening I have to verify if the smog pump is about to shuffle off its mortal coil in the truck. Then I have to climb back on the roof of Bertha to patch another leak.
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Old 08-06-2008, 08:56 PM   #593
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nice guest house you've got there!
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:04 PM   #594
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nice guest house you've got there!
Maybe we should call it that. I can see it now...
"911, what is your emergency?"
"Somebody is stealing the guest house!"
"Someone is stealing your house?"
"No. Somebody is stealing the guest house! It's parked out front!"
"Your guest house is parked?"
"Not any more. Somebody just drove it away."
"Sir, someone is driving your guest house?"
"Yes! Send help before they get away!"
"CLICK!"
Then again, maybe we shouldn't...
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Old 08-06-2008, 09:10 PM   #595
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There are a number of Jeff Foxworthy one-liners that come to mind right now, but I don't want to get hurt the next time I see you, Terry.

"911, what is y'all's emergency?
"well, you won't believe this but....."
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:38 PM   #596
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battening down--again

Current computer models seem to indicate we have another hurricane coming toward us. This one is on an eerily similar track to Charlie in 2004. Soon-to-be hurricane Fay is expected to strike Florida somewhere between Fort Myers and just North of Tampa (were we are located). It is currently predicted to be a category 2 hurricane by the time it gets here. Even though we are many miles inland this time, and flooding is not a potential issue, I really don't want everything we have left crushed by a falling tree.
So, along those lines, we'll be packing everything away, and getting ready to leave town with a few hours' notice. This evening I rolled up the rear and left window awnings, and tomorrow I'll be rolling up the main awning, and putting everything that can be damaged or blown away in our plastic storage buildings, or the back of the truck or van.
The hurricane is supposed to make landfall between 8 am and 8 pm Tuesday, but I expect to either stay put, or be well out of harm's way by then. If nothing else, it's an excuse to clean everything up around the place, both inside and out.
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Old 08-16-2008, 08:23 PM   #597
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The good news Terry is you can take your house with you.

I remember in the mid '50's my family went to St. Pete for a vacation in August (my father made less money in August than any other month, so we went to Florida in the summer!) We planned to go up the Atlantic coast home to NY but at Charleston, SC, a hurricane was coming, so we went inland. For days, the hurricane passed us at night, we passed it in the daytime as it went up the coast eventually going inland in Pa. I never had seen so much rain. The lesson—watch which direction you escape to.

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Old 08-23-2008, 01:03 PM   #598
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Terry, did you go the right direction? This storm seems very attached to Florida and the predictions for where it will go have all been wrong. I can assure you it won't get to Colorado although some of the rain might (we love rain here until we get a flood). I hope your battened down and safe.

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Old 08-27-2008, 08:22 PM   #599
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I went in the right direction, even went a little overboard as far as distance.
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:31 PM   #600
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Now, for those of you that have been eagerly awaiting (and those who haven't) the documentation of the replacement of our 6 16 watt incandescent lights in the bathroom fixture with a pair of 15 watt Flourescents, I thought I'd let you know I finally got them, and I have one of them installed.
It is pretty much a replay of the install of the overbed lights, but in a single fixture. I found that two complete light assemblies won't quite fit in the fixture, so, I got creative. I removed the guts of one Thinlite, and riveted it in place. The other one will get installed tomorrow evening. I need my tin snips to trim the Thinlite, plus the battery in my cordless drill wednt dead, so it will have to recharge before I can drill mounting holes for the second one. I have the second one wired up, but not mounted. The two 15 watt lights are brighter than the 6 1141 bulbs, and each Thinlite uses a watt less energy than a single 1141 bulb. The two lights will provide the same illumination of the 6 incandescents, at an energy savings of over 66%. Plus, they are cooler. Incandescents are like little heating elements, and it gets warm enough back there in Summer without them.
Here are a couple of photos of the progress so far.
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:13 PM   #601
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The bathroom lights are in, and working. I'll have to post a couple of photos tomorrow while Marie is at work. I was late getting home from work because I had to replace the fuel pump in the B van. If I had to hazard a guess, I would guess the new Gasohol mixture we now have here is wreacking havoc on older fuel systems. I had to replace the fuel pump on the truck, now the B van.
I'll be battening down again tomorrow on the off chance the latest hurricane decides to take a swipe at us on its way to flattening the New Orleans area.
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Old 09-01-2008, 10:54 AM   #602
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Welcome to my world...

Since, among other things, we are going to be towing Bertha to Georgia in a couple of weeks, and the tires on the truck are 4 years old, and tread depth is very close to minimum (3/32"-4/32"), I headed over to Firestone to get a new set put on. There's nothing like the feeling of fresh new tires on your tow vehicle...
However, the tech assigned to put these tires on is almost as old as the truck, and had no idea how to drive a manual-transmission vehicle. Enter a substitute tech. He successfully got the first tire off the truck, but was having trouble getting the tire off the wheel. After a few minutes of struggling, he managed to whack himself in the face with the iron bar he was using to remove the tire, and knocked himself unconscious. He also got a smashed nose in the process. The score so far: Truck 2, Firestone 0. The tech got hauled off to the emergency room, but should be back to work in a couple of days. Maybe the truck was getting even for all those recalls a few years ago.
So, on to tech #3...He managed to get the tires off and on, but when he parked the truck, he couldn't get the key out of the ignition. I walked out, and hit the release lever, and removed the key. The score: Truck 3, Firestone 1.
After I paid my bill, I got in the truck, and headed home. I have to drive on the Interstate to get there, and, of course, the tires were not balanced properly. I now feel like a milkshake at speeds over 60 mph. I'll be heading back there in a while for a re-do of the balance. So, the final score: Truck 4, Firestone 1. They fought the truck, and the truck won.
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