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Old 07-05-2011, 01:32 PM   #71
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In our continuing upgrading of electrical things, I just ordered a Surge Guard to be hard wired into the system. The ones that plug into the campground box can be stolen (although there's a lock that can be bought), cost more and are just another thing to do when we arrive and leave. Hard wiring will require some extra wire and a junction box I think, but we'll see when it arrives.

I think it has lights on it to tell me things, so I'd like to mount it next to the converter panel on the side of the bed if I can avoid exposed 120 v. wires (they would wake me up fast when I put my leg down on the floor). Even if the lights don't tell me anything, I like red and green lights that go on and off because they look cool.

The good part is I managed to piggy back 3 discounts from Camping World—one for renewing the card, 10% for president's club, 20% for this item. Best price I could find on the internet by a few bucks. If you are thinking of getting a Surge Guard, the coupon # is 1043 and is good until July 11. You'd need the coupon if you go to a store, but not on the phone or internet.

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Old 07-06-2011, 06:58 PM   #72
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I promised photos of Rico, an old mining town between Cortez and Telluride.

I chose the places to take the 2 photos of "downtown" because I could easily park there. The 3rd is behind downtown. The 4th photo is a view from Lizard Head Pass. I don't remember the name of the mountain, but you can't see Lizard Head Mtn. from the Pass.

Next week we go to Pueblo to see Barb's parents and then to Denver for a wedding. This is not very exciting. Towards the end of the month, we go to Alb. for a funeral and Barb's grandmother's 102nd birthday; we will stay in Santa Fe. These are not what I call road trips, but we will have the trailer. August is open so far. We may escape to higher country.
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Hey Gene: Where's the blonde model? In a broccoli field?
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:06 PM   #74
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It's Marilyn Monroe dressed in a potato sack standing in an Idaho potato field. You can buy the poster at the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot.

I never bothered before to put the little picture in there. Who knows what's next?

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The problem with my new MacBook is sometimes I am writing a post and it disappears. Not being a great typist—fast, but inaccurate—I hit a key that does that, but don't know what key that is. So, I begin again.

This is not really a road trip—it is a trip, and we have used roads, but not really going somewhere new or somewhere old we have explored before. This is visiting Barb's parents and then going to Denver to attend a wedding and see some friends and do some shopping. I think if we didn't take the trailer, it might have cost less since we'd use less gas and Barb's parents have not charged us to stay at their house. But we like our trailer bed and having a kitchen even though we have been eating out a lot. The restaurants have been disappointing. Denver's Imperial Palace (Chinese) used to be quite good, but yesterday food and service was mediocre. This restaurant has been around for decades and is something of an institution.

We stayed at the Pueblo KOA for 2 nights. It is located 6 miles north of the northern I-25/US 50 interchange in the desert. It is a well kept park with desert trees for a little shade. Fortunately it was not a 100+ degrees, a temp all too common in Pueblo in the summer. Wifi works pretty well. The owners have an Avion. Propane was reasonable for an RV park. Pueblo does not have much in RV campgrounds and this KOA os the closest place to the city that is decent.

Here, actually in Golden, we are at Dakota Ridge RV Park. This is the first place we ever camped at in 2007 since it is fairly near the dealer where we bought the Safari. When you walk in the office, the first thing you see are numerous signs telling you what you can't do. Guys on golf carts are constantly patrolling the grounds. When I said "there are a lot of rules", I was told they were "policies" as if that meant something. Since we are mostly out doing things the atmosphere doesn't matter much. I think this park was built when RVs weren't so big, so with a large population of motorhomes, a lot of toads are crammed in, sometimes partly on the access roads making maneuvering a challenge in some places. We are where the plains and the mountains meet. This is an ancient ocean bed. The park is built on a slope and soils here are unconsolidated and when they get wet, have a tendency to move downward slightly. Over time, it matters. Back in the '90's many houses in a subdivision not far from here were sliding down the slopes and had to be stabilized at great expense. Many lawsuits resulted. Our concrete pad was probably level when it was poured, but not now. We got the trailer level, but the slope on the pad was more than I've seen on a concrete pad. Our steps are so high off the ground, the gold cart guy has a wooden step available so we don't have to jump down. The park is well landscaped and kept clean. Wifi is ok except during the evening and morning just before people leave; bandwidth is insufficient. This is the usual case with wifi in the past year at most parks and a lot better than many in Cal. last fall. This is the almost the only place we've ever stayed in Denver and I'm not sure there is anything better. We did stay at another place here on West Colfax several years ago, Golden Terrace, and it was a long term park with very narrow sites and we've never gone back. Dakota Ridge is not a pleasing place located in an industrial/commercial area and if you like to sit outside a lot, it it probably noisy. It serves our purposes, but would not make everyone happy.

For the past week the Front Range has had daily severe thunderstorms, flash flood watches and warnings and some hail. We fear hail as large hail can mean a totaled Airstream. Denver has had some legendary hailstorms resulting in many millions, sometimes billions of dollars, of damage. We don't usually come to Denver in midsummer, but here we are. The monsoon season usually doesn't start until August, but not this year. We've had some heavy rain and thunder and lightning, but no floods and no hail. It's been in the low to mid 90's. Much has been written on the Forum about A/C when the temp is over 90˚, but we've been keeping it cool. A tip by Bob Cross seems to work—turn on the A/C to 60˚ when you arrive and the A/C compressor runs more and cools off the trailer faster than setting it in the 70's. But when I turn off the A/C to run the microwave, within a minute I can feel the heat coming through the minimal insulation. Makes me wonder what an RV park pays for electricity in the summer.

Weddings are not something I get excited about, unless it is my own. The wedding was held at place in the foothills near Lyons, an hour plus north of Golden. A very nice location. This place seems to have weddings all the time and the staff was very organized most of the time. The ceremony was supposed to be outside and started, but just before the bride showed, it started raining, the wind got intense and we all went inside the milled around for a while. The rain stopped in about 10 minutes, the chairs were dried off and the wedding started again. Lightning to the south threatened, but no more rain, the bride was beautiful, both were very nervous even though they have been together for at least 6 years since they were 16, and all was well. We got back to the Safari at 10:30 exhausted after a long day. Today Barb is at Summerfest in Evergreen seeing a friend and I am wasting time, reading and relaxing, much better than being at home and changing oil, wondering whether to mow more grass (weeds more likely) and fixing something.

Tomorrow we go home and have 4 days to fix things, change oil and filter, grease the truck, install an inline surge protector in the trailer, go to the doctor and get ready to go to Santa Fe and a funeral service and birthday celebration in Albuquerque—not exactly a road trip either.

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Gene,

I came back from the worm hole in a mac, have you tried composing in text/edit and pasting.

Sometimes my head won't keep up with my hands and it works better if I sit on my fingers and wait for things to straighten out.

Glad you had FUN at the wedding. I've found from experience that if DW has fun so do I.
I just don't realize it right away.

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It may not be a trip, per se, but any time on the road in our Interstate is more fun than being at home.

We, too, like sleeping in our own bed and having the little kitchen to make our coffee, etc.

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Re: Marilyn

Gene:
Here's a little more triva regarding Marilyn. She was the queen of the Artichoke festival in Castroville, CA (The Artichoke Capital of the World). Her likeness is still on Main Street there. If you can't guess, it was before she struck it big in Hollywood. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of it.

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Old 07-17-2011, 08:34 PM   #79
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We are home and I need to get something fixed on the Tundra. I think one brake rotor is slightly warped. When I cam going downhill, especially long grades with the trailer, I get brake chatter. I think it is coming from the left front wheel. Coming down McClure Pass, even though I was geared down, it got worse than it has before and I stopped. The front rotors were around 230˚. I think the heat under this type of situation is causing just enough expansion for warped rotor to act that way. I hardly used the brakes the next 50 miles, gearing down a lot, and when we got home the rotors were 100˚cooler and no chatter the rest of the way.

This is not a particularly hard thing to check and fix, but I have little time for the next 4 days and have to be on the road with the truck early Friday. I also need to do an oil change. I don't know whether the Toyota dealer will do this fast and will find out soon enough. I haven't got time to blunder through this.

And, Randy, I would like to see Marilyn dressed as an artichoke. I couldn't find a photo, but here's a story:
Monterey Peninsula Factoids: Marilyn Monroe, Artichoke Queen

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Your road trips have been interesting to follow and the photos enjoyable to view. Hopefully we will get to see some photos from your upcoming trip to NM.

We are so anxious to get out on the road ... but unfortunately I travel every week with work so our trips this summer and have been few and far between. So following your trips allows us the opportunity to enjoy some sites and travels through your eyes.
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... Coming down McClure Pass, even though I was geared down, it got worse than it has before and I stopped. The front rotors were around 230˚ ... Gene
McClure, eh? As I recall, the steeper part of that one is on the north side coming down toward Glenwood, but it's been years since we were last up there. (We used to make runs over from Paonia to Glenwood for a day at the pool.)


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Lynn, you are right and the Pass. The brakes were fine coming down the 3 passes from Denver, but from Glenwood Canyon and through Glenwood Springs and then the winding road to McClure, the brakes got used a lot, letting them heat. Barb drove that part from Edwards to Redstone, so I can blame her. I didn't gear down quite as much coming down the south side as I had on the other passes, and that's when they got hot enough to be a problem. It has happened a few others times under similar circumstances in recent weeks, but this was the worst.

Because our Toyotas have given us so few problems, I hardly have had to get anything fixed in the 11 years we've been here. It was easy to go to the dealer and the last time they, in my opinion, overcharged us to hook up the computer and tell us they didn't know why something happened (it hasn't happened again). So I asked a friend to recommend a mechanic, I called him, he agreed with me it sounds like a rotor, said he could fix it before we have to leave on Friday. Lesson for dealer—don't make more money that a service is worth because you can lose a bigger job. I just checked the internet and it appears warped rotors are not uncommon on Tundras.

We have bought many Toyotas, but the drop in quality is disturbing and we will be looking at other brands next time. I priced rotors and they cost less than they used to, so that is comforting (in a way).

Frank&Mike, thanks for the compliments. Maybe we'll take photos next week, but we've been to Santa Fe so many times, we never think about it.

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.......It was easy to go to the dealer and the last time they, in my opinion, overcharged us to hook up the computer and tell us they didn't know why something happened (it hasn't happened again).

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Gene,

What was the something that happened?

That was one of the biggest sources of customer complaints at the Chevy Store.
But Pep-boyze duz it for free!!

Normal charge was one hr labor,(pro rate $60) only applied if the customer declined repair.

Computer diagnostics can be a great help, but in a lot of cases are not the best option. Unless the system is wired to the ECU no computer is going to help.

Sorry to admit this.....but a lot of tech's these daze are all to quick hook up the TechII and get paid the 1hr flat rate, regardless of the chances that a fault code will be stored.

My first rule was.... ALWAYS confirm customer complaint, if not possible explain the possible charges for an intermittent concern that may involve extended diagnostics.

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Another day of buying, hauling and spreading mulch. Each bit shovelled three times. 94F with 74% humidity. Nice to break for the 1300-1900 siesta and read of cool Colorado mining towns. Had a grandmother born in one now long disappeared (outside Walsenburg).

As to vehicles: Quality by brand is unreliable. Quality by model is a closer bet. But one still have to "like" the vehicle to surmount difficulties. IMO, brake rotors don't count as a difficulty. To flip this to another side my opinion is also that the vehicle used the most tends to be the most reliable (not counting 5-mile trips). Rotor or bushing or ?? is par for the course.

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