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Old 03-28-2013, 11:58 AM   #155
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And don't forget that BECAUSE you are towing an Airstream, help is all around you from any one who owns or has EVER owned an Airstream.
....and batman!
Remember, it is always important to be yourself....unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:12 PM   #156
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Use caution when using a 'piece of hollow pipe' as a tire check tool. Any object with uniform density will transmit the shock load over the total length of the tool and result in damage to the wrist and hand. The uniform density makes it hard to transmit the force wanted/required to 'get a reading' on the tire.
A large hammer will take up less space and do the job better, allowing more force to be applied to the working end with the assistance of momentum, thus getting a much better sound bite of the tire condition.
The hammer will be a universal camping tool good for knocking wooden heads, driving ground stakes, to cracking rocks for mineral analysis.

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An old-fashioned crowbar works just fine as a tire thumper. Or as a head thumper cunningly disguised as a tire thumper. Also good is a four-cell Maglite flashlight, as either tire thumper or head thumper (use the butt end of the flashlight to thump things, not the lens). But for really checking tires, use a gauge. Even after you thump the same tires a bijillion times, you'll still be guessing, "Yeah. That feels about right."
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:30 PM   #157
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Also good is a four-cell Maglite flashlight, as either tire thumper or head thumper (use the butt end of the flashlight to thump things, not the lens)."
My daughter asked for a 4-cell Maglite for Christmas after her first summer as counselor at a Girl Scout camp.

Not for 2-legged predators, but the raccoons which came brazenly into their tents at night.

She has carried this flashlight with her to every apartment she ever lived in, including her move to NYC 7 years ago.

Never once has she had to use it on a human, although it was great for whacking those raccoons!


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And don't forget that BECAUSE you are towing an Airstream, help is all around you from any one who owns or has EVER owned an Airstream.....

.....and Batman.
Batman doesn't fly into Canada.

But we have Mr. Canoehead.

Mr. Canoehead - Episode 1 - YouTube
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:07 PM   #159
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Thank-you again all, for your advice and encouraging words. It was also very kind of our forum "batman" to offer his assistance, should I be in the area. I would love to visit a friend in San Diego. She runs a catering company/cooking school. That's something that sure interests me.

I have to work this weekend, and the weather is gorgeous. Have already seen a few rigs heading out.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend, especially those lucky bunnies who will be Airstreaming.


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Happy Easter, and, I'm sure this will make you feel better at work. Just remember, somebody has to work to support my pension.

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I have to work this weekend, and the weather is gorgeous. Have already seen a few rigs heading out.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend, especially those lucky bunnies who will be Airstreaming.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:16 PM   #161
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Happy Easter, and, I'm sure this will make you feel better at work. Just remember, somebody has to work to support my pension.

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Won't be me. Since I work for Uncle Sam, my taxes this year, and the taxes of three other people who make what I do, go to pay my salary for next year.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #162
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Won't be me. Since I work for Uncle Sam, my taxes this year, and the taxes of three other people who make what I do, go to pay my salary for next year.
No. Your taxes plus 300 others pays your salary plus the office redecorating budget for one congressman.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:24 PM   #163
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Batman doesn't fly into Canada.

But we have Mr. Canoehead.

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HAHA! That is great! Its an aluminum canoe too!
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:14 PM   #164
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There are several ways to ward off problems when traveling alone:
  1. wasp spray + backup and dash cameras + remote start on the truck. An ounce of prevention.
  2. shave your head, don't shave your armpits, wear sleeveless blouses & stretch your arms above your head frequently, eat garlic and slug sandwiches
  3. go to a thrift store and buy the biggest pair of broken down work boots you can find. Always set them outside the door of your Airstream when sleeping inside. If you leave the Airstream to empty garbage, walk dog, etc., stick your head back inside and yell "Cleatus you lazy bum, could you just once stop cleaning your gun collection long enough to take the dog out/empty the garbage/etc."
  4. Carry a few pet snakes. I once made a Harley rider do a drawer dampening "girl scream" - with a harmless garter snake about 15 inches long!
  5. be careful, but not paranoid. ask for help from forum members about campground selection, and meet up with a few correspondents along the way.
Most of all - IF A PREMONITION does hit you stongly that you're heading into danger... keep driving until you can no longer hear banjo music!

Enjoy safe travels, Paula
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Most of all - IF A PREMONITION does hit you stongly that you're heading into danger... keep driving until you can no longer hear banjo music!
Banjo music is very dangerous! Be careful
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On the......Eve of Destruction?

I am always intrigued by those contrails that slash across the sky.



Most of them are coming from the west (YVR or Vancouver International Airport) and are headed dead east or north-west. Right now I am parked directly under the old vector known as Green One. Sixty years ago I would have heard the propellers from a Trans-Canada Northstar airliner orchestrate the sky.

But for the past few days I have noticed a new contrail coming from the south-east, headed north-west. The contrail would appear with military precision. Always at the same time and at a very high altitude.

I was telling one of my pilot friends about this. He thought it could be an airliner headed to Japan or China. But when I mentioned "military precision," he believes it could be the USAF. They are deploying anti-missile batteries to Alaska and anywhere else they think North Korea could reach.

Scarey times.

And just when we thought we got rid of that other looney despot.....

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I am always intrigued by those contrails that slash across the sky.



Most of them are coming from the west (YVR or Vancouver International Airport) and are headed dead east or north-west. Right now I am parked directly under the old vector known as Green One. Sixty years ago I would have heard the propellers from a Trans-Canada Northstar airliner orchestrate the sky.

But for the past few days I have noticed a new contrail coming from the south-east, headed north-west. The contrail would appear with military precision. Always at the same time and at a very high altitude.

I was telling one of my pilot friends about this. He thought it could be an airliner headed to Japan or China. But when I mentioned "military precision," he believes it could be the USAF. They are deploying anti-missile batteries to Alaska and anywhere else they think North Korea could reach.

Scarey times.

And just when we thought we got rid of that other looney despot.....

Hi FaN,

I thought you were going "Caesar Chavez" on us for a second.

John S.
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JDS, I lump the majority of conspiracy theorists in the same pile of froot loops. This is one of the whackiest! 5% believe exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons.
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