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  • Birthday 01/02/1950

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    History, Traveling, Hiking, Computers... and lots of Faith!

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  1. One of my most favorite authors, Derek. it's been years... but I think I read everything he ever wrote... and my kids grew up on "Have Spacesuit, will Travel". "Starship Troopers" led me into the Marines. I think the country could use some clear thinkers like Mr. Heinlein again.
  2. Thanks, Derek. Giving it a try.... Requires a reboot. Hope all is well back in Haughton! Jim
  3. I am with you, Chief. I love the California I used to know... 45 years ago... but they have gone wacky and I do not wish to get caught in some kind of 'strange laws' circumstance. We winter in Yuma, and last year skipped our usual California excursion from there. Looks like we will do so again this coming Winter. Not to mention, my wife is from Texas... and the ban on travel there is just silly.
  4. My wife and I joined Escapees about a year before retiring and going Full Time. We had never RV'd and had not even tent camped in 30 years. The very first thing we did in Fulltiming was to attend an Escapees Boot Camp, driving from Michigan to Congress, AZ, to do so (Jan, 2013). We followed that up by attending an Escapees Escapade in Gillette, WY that Summer. We have been full timing since Jan, 2013, and have enjoyed the lifestyle immensely. And the Days End Option in Escapees is priceless. Good Luck! Jim & Alice LaPeer
  5. For whatever it is worth, I do the same. I also back up locally.
  6. That is what I would have thought. But in my short chat with the only local service center, didn't sound like it. Evidently, the generator has to be removed from the motorhome, disassembled, sparkplug wire replaced (~24" long), then reassembled and remounted. The genny runs with the electrical tape bound around the boot, so I can do the monthly runs. That gives me a few months to pursue a "sparkplug wire replacement - only" option. I am going to try to talk to the Cummins/Onan support center for another opinion, and keep Mntom's supply web site for replacement in mind. Thanks for the comments. Appreciate it!
  7. That (1,000 hr) maintenance is not a bad thought... Think I'll check that out. Yes, I mean't 799.2 hour, not miles :-). Pulled that out of my maintenance log wrong. May I ask... approx. what did you pay for the 1,000 hr Maintenance? I am still stunned at the verbal chat $1,000 cost for just replacing a spark plug wire, and the opportunities for comparison 'shopping' are limited.
  8. Thanks for the comment, Mntom. Had a brief discussion with the local (30 miles away) Onan service center, and they basically said, "to replace the spark plug wire requires removing the Generator from the Motorhome, and attaching to coil (?) about 24 inches from sparkplug. Cost, about $1,000... mostly labor." The service center is generally well respected. The sparkplug wire and boot is one piece about 24 inches long. I wonder about the possibility of splicing a new boot on to the existing wire?
  9. Recently completed a lengthy trip where my Generator Spark Plug wire split (cap). During the trip, I was able to use electrical tape to close the split in the cap... but obviously, this is not a permanent solution. On a close look... this spark plug wire looks to be quite long. Before we travel again in the Fall, I would like to replace this wire. The generator currently will run, so I can perform monthly runs. The generator has 799.2 miles hours on it, and is evidently a 2007 model Anyone encounter this before? Any advice is greatly appreciated. .
  10. Thanks, Derek. Can only hope Google is 'taking the necessary actions'.
  11. Yup. Lived in the Shreveport-Bossier area for 5 years... did four years in the State's National Guard... graduated from LSU in Shreveport. This does not surprise me in the least. Wonderful people, but there are some weird things that go on down there. And you can put a saddle on the bugs. Before you boil them and eat them.
  12. Here's closure on this question. We traveled I-84 from US-89 (Ogden) to I-80. We found less truck traffic congestion, a more steady gentle grade (avoided parley's Summit), and a more scenic drive to boot. We're changing our route to I-84 when traveling E-W thru Salt Lake City from here on.
  13. Good points, Al. I am aware that Guy is making a lot of changes to Days End, but my own use the last 8 months has been pretty much a downloaded PDF. I did not even know a change log existed. Guy does good work, and I have his Days End Directory / Escapees featured on my web site's home page. When we get 'stopped' again, I may have to do some catching up on improvements.
  14. bobsallyh, it was only at Home Depot in Yuma that I ran into occasional problems. And reflecting back, probably only at the patio checkout where we were buying yard stuff. They were polite, always called a supervisor, and explained it was against their policy except on days like Memorial Day and Veterans Day - and more often than not, they would make a 'one-time exception'. And this old Marine loves the Marine Corp Air Station...
  15. Here's an Update to this question. Drove by the corner lot this afternoon, and it is about 75% complete in becoming a Love's Truck stop. Buildings are up, and pavement is being worked on. Should be open within a couple months. This location might still again become a viable O/N spot, but only as a Love's parking lot site. There does appears to be plenty of parking space available yet. Deserves a checkback.