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  1. We have a pair of bikes with electric motor kits and carry them on a Swagman ladder bike rack. We keep them covered and lashed tight to the ladder. No problems other than the bike cover wearing at rub spots after several ALCAN trips. Later, J
  2. An alternative to buying an electric bike is buy the bike you want and put a kit in it. Very easy to do. You can get them with or without the wheel. I purchased without and simply took the tire off the original and installed it on the kit wheel. Our kits were from Leeds (https://www.e-bikerig.com). We ride at least twice as much as we did before installing them. Later, J
  3. Long before ADA our search and rescue dogs were called service dogs, as were police K9s and guide dogs. Times change. Now pets are called service dogs. Eligibility for the aforementioned dogs to fly in-cabin came only after extensive training (often years) and certification testing. I believe all support dogs/animals traveling in-cabin should require testing and certification or be confined. Later, J
  4. Only had our Pathway X2 under a year but it has worked without fault AFTER changing to a better quality coax than our rig was wired with. Before switching coax it was hit or miss. Love it. Later, J
  5. I used the silicon rescue tape to fix a cracked APS pipe fitting. It was way easier to fix that way than cutting out and replacing the fitting due to it's location under the underbelly. That was 6 year ago. Great stuff. Later, J
  6. As the USCG C-130 deploying us circled Kotlik's runway I couldn't help but wonder if the pilot was thinking; I'm supposed to land on that? Just a thought because the landing went smooth so Sam and his dog Bart, and Axel and I jumped out. A couple four wheelers met us for transport to their village at the mouth of the Yukon River. Search base was a 20' cargo van where we were quickly briefed on the 2 missing children. The primary search area was the river and the shore line was where we started. The problem was that this time of the year the locals chained their sled dogs along the river. There were lots and lots and lots of dogs chained out to reach the water but not each other. The reason for this became crystal clear when every dog we encountered was super dog-aggressive. We quickly developed a long line search technique to stay clear of these barking, growling, lunging, chain rattling crazies in order to clear areas. Axel was focused on his work and I was focused on the sled dogs when sure enough one broke loose and charged. They tangled right at the water’s edge but Axel being the larger dog soon had the Husky down while they were both getting twisted up in my 40-foot lead. Oh NO!! Another dog got loose and the current tussle invaded yet another dogs space. They were all going for Ax as I was trying to get his lead off. In desperation and now up to my waist in water and I gave him his Go Out (Schuhund) command and he went for it, straight into the water where the current caught him. I took off running along the river with the 2 loose dogs closer to Ax than me. He was used to me running along a river bank trying to intercept him as he was swept along because this was the routine when we crossed a river on horseback. Soon the Village Public Safety Officer with shotgun in hand got the dogs owners to get control of their dogs or he would end them. I thought there way too much activity to cut loose with a shotgun. Anyway I fished Ax out of the Yukon about a 1/4-mile down river from where he jumped in. We were later able to clear this dog-stakeout area by boat. We searched 5-days and found one of the kids packs submerged. Bart hit on it from the shore and Ax from a boat. The locals used make shift dredges to sweep the bottom where the dogs alerted. Sorry for the ramble…..way more to this story than here….but the topic was too much for me to pass on. Watch out for dog attacks everywhere. Later, J
  7. I installed our filter/strainer on the suction side to protect the pump. The pump is connected to the system piping with short sections of hose for isolation. I crimp the suction side hose with a small clamp (used to use vice grips). Later, J
  8. Like many I too have had several "well trained" dogs (god bless them all) and agree that dogs (and people) can depart from their normal or trained behavior due to circumstances. Though we continually train to incorporate the unusual into our sessions shit can happen. Our German Shepherd dogs have been circled by barking, growling, aggressive dogs yet maintained heel position by our sides in more than one RV park where dogs were supposed to be on lead. On one particular occasion in a rural area of Texas (not in a park) my wife and I were walking our dogs along a dirt road. Our dogs were on the extendable (Flexi) leads we often used to train with when a large pit bull aggressively charged. The pit was after my dog Axel who wanted to meet him head on. I was doing my best to keep them apart because the pit was an obvious fighter with both old and fresh scars all over his head and neck. I started spinning the Flexi as fast as I could. In effect it became a propeller I was able to keep in front of the pit to keep him at bay. My arms were tuckering from spinning and holding Axel back when the pits owner was finally able to call him off. If a fight breaks the best method I have found to separate dogs, and keep them that way, is get them to a door (or gate) and then slam it on the area of the dogs head until you have one on each side. Pick one and quickly drag them by their rear feet. I have seen dogs in a fight repeatedly zapped with a 18" cattle prod or had a 1-1/5" APS pipe broken over their back with NO effect. Having owned a boarding and training kennel for many years I can assure you dog fights are always bad no matter who wins. Not to mention you can get hurt trying to break up a dog fight. Later, J
  9. whj461's suggestion worked for that issue with our rig. I'd try it first. Later, J
  10. The only high temp alarm our Tireminder system has delivered was on the ALCAN after a long down hill run. We pulled off to regain our composure because the rig was not breaking well. After sitting a few minutes the high temp alarm sounded. Turned out that we lost a axle seal and grease got on the brake drum and pads. The drum was very hot and the sensor picked it up but only after stopping. Later, J
  11. You might want to consider renting a lot. There are many in the Yuma area. Most include sewer, water, garbage and some electric. Look for one with washer and dryer you can use. Craigslist.com is your friend. Later, J
  12. Installed the below valve actuators a while back after a series of problems related to overly long actuating cables and love them. Later, J https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VAYMB4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  13. At 65' overall we fit fine at Main Street. Later, J
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