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  1. We have four bars right now (Las Cruces, NM). It's been as low as two out in the boonies and as high as five when there was a good tower nearby. Rob
  2. Second Chance

    The Ranch

    We had large, wet slowflakes falling pretty heavily this morning in Las Cruces, too - though none of it stuck in town (3,900 - 4,000 ft. depending on where you are in town). The Organ Mountains are white... when the clouds lift enough for the mountains to be seen. Rob
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    The Ranch

    As Linda said, it would be nice to hear from someone at The Ranch, but The Ranch is 41 miles SSW of Hagerman as the crow flies, so a tornado in Hagerman would not have affected The Ranch. There were, however, winds exceeding 50 MPH which can do lots of damage, too. (We're currently in Las Cruces and enjoyed those winds for two days...) Rob
  4. No. It is what it is - and we are living well below our income so I have no need to spend the time on that. Rob
  5. The charts for the 2012 PowerStroke stock show peak torque (666.29 ft. lbs.) at 2,000 RPM. At 1,750, the torque is down to about 630 - 640 ft. lbs. In 2013 - and almost every year after - Ford changed the tuning and the torque ratings increased significantly. Rob
  6. At 65 MPH pulling 14,000 lbs., our DRW F350 PowerStroke with a six-speed tranny and 3.73 rear end turns about 1,750 RPM. Coast-to-coast and gulf-to-northern border fuel economy averages 10.5 MPG. Rob
  7. Friz, What make and year is your truck? Both my 2012 Ford and previous 2013 GMC can/could handle the larger truck nozzles without a problem. Rob
  8. I drive no more than 65 MPH or observe the speed limits if they are less than that (such as the state-wide 55 MPH in California while towing). On the interstate highways, if I drive less than 65 MPH it can cause traffic problems with other drivers doing dangerous things to get around us - especially in the east. We just finished pulling from Georgia to New Mexico via I-20/I-10. In most of west Texas the speed limit is 75 (80 on some stretches). I still stick to 65 for economy and safety reasons. Being retired with no deadlines, what's the hurry? Rob
  9. X2 ^^ for about 4.5 years, now. Has worked very well for us. I particularly like the voice activation and "Along Route" search functions. Prior to getting the new Verizon unlimited prepaid plan on the hotspot, I just waited until we were somewhere with free wi-fi to update the maps. I update the 760 for the truck and the Garmin for the car at the same time. (On a side note, I HATE the built-in nav in the truck!) Rob
  10. Sorry - just now seeing this... In addition to being retired military and a full-timer, I'm also retired from the health care field. So, here's my take: The biggest difference between Tricare Prime (requires paying premiums) and Tricare Select (no premiums) is that with Prime, you must select your PCP from a list (ours were not on the list for our area - we would have been assigned a PCP at the local VA) and your PCP acts as a gate-keeper. Pre-approval of referrals to specialists and ancillary providers is required with Prime. Because of the PCP/gatekeeper situation, it is more difficult to get non-emergent/routine care while on the road and not in your home-base area. With Tricare Select (formerly Tricare Standard), you can choose your PCP and pre-approval of referrals is not required. (My wife just saw a vein specialist in Baltimore - we are "based" in Augusta, GA - in December. She "referred" herself and everything was covered.) When you turn 65 and go on Medicare, Tricare requires that you opt into Part B (and pay the monthly premiums for that) and you are enrolled in Tricare For Life. Medicare is the primary payer and TFL becomes the secondary, picking up anything Medicare doesn't pay. I went on Medicare/TFL early last year (my colonoscopy didn't cost me anything out of pocket two weeks ago); my wife is still "young" and on Tricare Select. We were both very ill last spring out in New Mexico (she was hospitalized for five days) and there were no issues whatsoever with Tricare Select. Rob
  11. I changed the password in ours and haven't noticed any issues. Hmmm... walked into a Verizon store week before last and bought one off the shelf. The salesperson replaced our old JetPack (which was having power issues) with the 8800 on our prepaid plan in about three minutes - same $50/month with discounts. Rob
  12. My wife likes "her" OEM theater seats, so we left them in the rig. I hated the sofa-bed, so it's in storage and my Ekornes Stressless recliner is in that space. The mattress was replaced with a good "residential" foam mattress early on. Rob
  13. I read a news story before Christmas where some nut married a hologram. Maybe they counted him but not the hologram... Rob
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