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  1. dennisvr

    full timing expense for 2018

    I'm at Lone Tree now. I've been coming here for the last 6 yrs. Never thought about the car and the phone...…..Hmmmmmmm
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    full timing expense for 2018

    So there are other people out there with the same thinking as mine. I do the same as you, leaving things out in the open like your rear view camera so I don't forget to install it some day. I have left things out like that and moved them several times and saying one of these days when I have time I will install it. Then I tell myself what about today, its not like I have a lot of things to do and I go ahead and install it and say Damn I wish I did that sooner...……. I don't use budgets or keep track of expenses. The reason is I don't do good at keeping receipts and without accurate record keeping its like the old saying "garbage in garbage out". I've got a comfortable nest egg set back I think should last me and live month to month on my income. Pretty much a wash out at the end of the year. I hope you are having better luck with the winter weather. I've been in Lake Havasu Az since after Christmas and looks like starting today will be the best weather I've had. I've looked at your blog and enjoy the pictures. It just may inspire me to get the camera out and take a few myself.
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    I think you are flogging a dead horse if you think you will be able to change everyone to call them tractors instead of Semi's. I to have been in the trucking industry for over 40 yrs and have heard them called Semi's many, many times. I googled up Semi Truck and a lot that came up was from truck dealers like KW, Penske used trucks and Arrow to mention a few. So I think with most in the industry calling them Semi's you should be able to understand why people that's not in the industry to call them Semi's also. But to each there own, if you think its up to you to change it, go for it. I would bet against you. Just this morning while walking around my boondocking site someone asked if that was my Semi and I just answered, why yes, yes it is.
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    Lake Havasu, off road riding

    Hopefully someday we can meet up and do some riding. Yea, I remember that work thing and have to say that retirement "IS" all that its cracked up to be. I've been building a house for the last 6 months and figured that I need a break and seeing how I'm the foreman on this job I choose to take a month off and go down south. Don't work to hard and be safe out there.
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    Lake Havasu, off road riding

    If anyone will be in the Lake Havasu AZ area in the month of January and would like to meet up and do some off road riding let me know. I will be heading that way on Friday 12/28 and be down there for the month of January. Except for volunteering at the Balloon festival (of course at the beer booth) for a couple of days I will be doing some riding. I will be boondocking as much as I can at Lone Tree BLM north of town until they kick me out and then head south of town. Then at the end of January will be down in Parker for a week and the Parker 425 off road race.
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    Cleaning Windshield Safely

    Remove anything from the sleeper. I remember taking out at least one windshield when I didn't check the sleeper and the driver left a coke bottle on the bed "remember the glass ones". The boss wasn't very happy. Then there was the time when a driver came in the shop with a problem. He told me of the problem and then went into the bathroom. He forgot to tell me his codriver was sleeping in the sleeper. Lets just say he came out of the sleeper not quit the normal way. He wasn't very happy ether.
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    Over the Hump to Tecopa Part 2

    Dolly, that brings back memories of when I took my driving test at the DMV back in the early 70s. I thought I wanted to be a truck driver. I would do some work on my neighbors truck and he would let me practice driving. He was working on getting a load to take to Alaska and he said it was time to take the test and wanted me to go. The instructor said before we started that he wouldn't take anything off for my shifting because he know I was still learning. I said great because I wasn't all that good with shifting I believe it was a 4speed main and a 4 speed brownie. Well off we went, I was doing fine until he said ok lets take a right at the next block. Well I was told that I was supposed to be in the gear I wanted before I made the turn. Well that didn't happen and I couldn't get it into gear a coasted around the corner and then there was a rail road track. So before getting stuck on the track I stopped at the line and got it into gear and went on. When we got back he said I know I said I wouldn't mark you down on your shifting, but since I couldn't get it in gear he docked me some points. I said did I pass and he said yes. I said that's all I need and have had my CDL ever since, but never did become a truck driver. Spent the last 40 yrs working on them.
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    Alternator charge gauge/amp meter

    I lost an idler pulley bearing and burnt the belt off so lost the alternator. I believe I got a message on the display saying something like check engine at next stop or something like that. I also had a portable generator and a battery charger with me and was able to make the last 200 miles to home.
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    Cleaning Windshield Safely

    A brush with long handle, a bucket of soapy water and a water hose.
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    Transfer switch?

    If you are able, take off the cover of the transfer switch and check for burnt wires.
  11. dennisvr

    Siphoning a toy hauler gas tank

    Bring back memories of when I did mine. I think I reached in with an open end wrench and loosened them. I loosened them so loose that I thought the gasket would leak, but never has.
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    Siphoning a toy hauler gas tank

    Its been a long time since I did mine. I think mine has a plate that has 3 bolts, but I may be mistaken. If I think about it tomorrow I will check mine and get back to you.
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    Siphoning a toy hauler gas tank

    In your OP you say your pump died. When I bought my TH the pump would not work and would throw the breaker. I found out that the impeller swells and locks up the pump. I loosened up the bolts on the plate of the pump and it works. I had to loosen the bolts loose enough to turn by hand and it didn't leak and it has been working for a couple yrs.
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    Wire type

    Success on pulling the wires yesterday. I built a tripod arraignment with a pulley and bolted a 2500lb winch to the bottom. I dumped a quart of lube down the conduit and had a guy lubing and feeding the line as I worked the winch. I used a flat tape like pull cord rated at 2500lb and spooled it onto the winch. It was a really good feeling when the wire came out of the other end of the conduit. So now I need to install all the breakers, plugs and switches and I'll be set.
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    I do believe that Michelin has softer side walls to give a softer ride, but I don't like them because of the side wall cracking. I talked to a Michelin Rep and he called it Ozone cracking and I asked him if that was the case then why didn't the other manufactures crack like theirs.