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  1. i know of no "source" for or about warming up a motor. i just kniw things can snap much easer when there is a mix of hot and cold parts. and that tht tolarnces are set for a warm motor not a cold one. this dies not mean let it idle to warm more than five min. just to get warm oil through the whole motor. sure it is not up to full opperting temps. the rigs at work would take 30 min to get "hot" at idle. and that is on a 65-75F degree day. as to shutdown nothing wrong with letting the motor run a min or two before turning it off. as the turbo is the big deal. only realy to let it get to lowest rpm before shutdown. again just a couple min. not 20-30 min. just a lube thing here. and yes i am guilty of start up cold and jump into gear and go. like start up start motor. get ready to drive. belt, radio, plug in phone to charger, that sort if thing. shut down ( for me) log book ( computer), paperwork in hand. when it is over 90F i add the ac into this. heater warms up better on the go.
  2. on start up ( any motor) a good 4-5 min is best to "warm-up" the parts to a working temp, and get good warm /hot oil throughout the motor. ( motors are not built to run "cold"). turning a motor off and on short dur can hurt it if done repeatley or a lot. ( back to oil) but long "cool down" idle times not required. when one parks. just one or two mins is more than enougth time to spool down the turbo. and "relax" a motor. anything longer is just burning up fuel moneys. now if one is having to restart. a couple times to park "right". there are other issues there. you house battries should already be full charged. if pluged in then not a issue. only reason older trucks kept the motors running was for the health of the driver ( cold/heat). or if in that cold of a place to help keep the fuel and oil from jellying. if one must run a motor after parking. there is a problem someplace.
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    CA restricted routes maps

    ebbits pass onlys says " not recemended" not prohibited.. tight curves, steap grades, and one lane. sonora pass. is the same but keeps two lanes. ( sorry tried to insert a photo of a fliped/jacknifed rv on sonora pass. his brakes heated up and lost it on of all places the last tight curve .
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    CA restricted routes maps

    not only that but there are some roads NOT listed that should be avoided, and some you must stay off of. and yes state hwys. sonora pass- hwy 108, eberts pass - hwy 4 hwy 49 between maraposa and hwy 132. ?something ferry rd? off I5 between redding and red bluff. hills, grades, turns, limited room. sure there are others but these i know.
  5. true the steering wheel is not very stroung. but so many locks are just junk, easly oppenend with a couple very cheep prces of wire. or sheet of thin alu. ( beer can thin).
  6. using hardend chain and lock ( sized too big for bolt cutters) hooking the steering wheel and brake pedal works better.
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    I-5 Closed from Yreka, CA to Ashland, OR

    hwy 97 through Klamath falls must be a nightmare. and the town of dorris might be cut in half due to non stop traffic.
  8. maybe time to vote with your wallet. move to a better more rv frendly state, and send a letter ( not email) to the gov telling why the state is loosing some much needed tax moneys.
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    inside trim/molding.

    YES. YES. YES. 😊😀😃 thats the stuff.
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    inside trim/molding.

    help the plastic trim has failed and i can not find any place that sells any. forget specific style just nobody even lists such. factory would be great but will settle for another "style". 1-1/16 in wide (od). fits over a wall 1inch thick center locking "flange" 4 -1/16 tall. sides drop down about 1/8 inch just simple flat with sides to for outter edges of a small wall. center flange fits into a grove to hold it there. must be able to bend as there are two curves to fit. both differnt raides and one inside curve, the other is a outside curve this as it goes from floor to ceiling. stock stuff just fell apart if you looked hard on it.
  11. that would be a sweet truck for my new montana. but! after plunking a down, and payments for the rv. i do not even have a plug nickle to offer. good luck with the sale.
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    backing a fifth wheel vs motorhome

    i might be s bit biased. as i back up for a living. yard hostler. but it is easy. take your time and get out and look if not 100% positive. as you back up follow the trailers lead it will come to you. the shorter a trailer the faster it turns. get lined up (stright, or 45degree.). keep your eye on the drivers side. passanger side just for reference. (and proof you are in the clear) when you see the trailer start to turn out. turn the top of your steering wheel that way and it will go where you want it to. it is a learned skill, but should not be hard to learn. but then i have been pulling trailers for 30 years. so no problem for me.
  13. yes cost is a unknown right now. but that is why i said "gross" not "net" i do understand there will be a loss involved. i will go the cheapest way i can, if i get sick i will just walk into a er room, if bad sick, party time. fi d a nice place to watch all the remaining sunsets i have left. NO not a death wish. just do not fear death. many times in my life i have been trying to kick in deaths door. so on with life till the end.
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    Walmart vs. Amazon

    my spelling was not a typo for fed-up. over all they have been the carrier with the worst service to me. ( some shippers do the choosing on shipping services). amazon and ups will deliver to my po box. (pending what is shipped). ups can also be held at there depot for me to pick up. fed-up only to my front porch my pills from my medical provider go through the usps. ( to my po box). my cpap supply by a "in house" service. (to my front porch). i have no say in these two shippers. i do not like street deliverys. where i live crime is low. but i do not want to that person. so why temp a crook. as to when i do get on the rd, how i will work it? ups will hold for X number of days at there delivery hubs. pills? not sure how for them. the cpap will be scraped by then. i am only using it to keep my job. ( medical required by a company bandaid quack). gen mail. should mostly be junk, will move my bills to paperless. checks to me on auto deposit.
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    Free eBooks

    well seeing as i am trying to convert all my music and movies to storage on a chip. i am working that way. just old and being dragged kicking and screaming by my heels into the new age. just woke up ( work hrs) and trying to look at this phone screen hurts my eyes. even at 2:am it hurts my eyes. plus hard to read. yes a kendel is larger. does the kendal also serf the web? make/ recive phone calls? send texts?
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    Free eBooks

    just sad many used book stores are now closed. high tech has destroyed enjoying a good BOOK. something about reading words printed on paper has permintance, and stability. like this phone must always be pluged in to keep on working.
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    Free eBooks

    maybe as money allows might look into such. just nothing like a good solid book in your hands. no battriers required. but i do agree on space and weight. i have a libary to sell off. must have at least a couple thousand titles ( in hard back) . another couple hundred in paper back. and yes i have read these and many more. even the tech manuals. i am a book worm.
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    More than 2 dogs

    some peps love dogs. some peps hate dogs. ( cats, other). some peps have allegeys to such. i love the rotts. but some are "scared" of them. little dogs love to bark a lot, and can be a problem that way. best to get you four footed famly well trained. and used to being around others ( peps, dogs, cats, other). this includeds two footed little peps. proper behaver can make or break a life..
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    Free eBooks

    i guess i am strange. i like my books made of paper. a bunch of electrons is bla. having a real book in my hands is good. i have made great use of used book stores. amazing finds in them. and these little screens all lit up hurt my eyes. my eyes do not like bright light. or small type. i kinda live in a cave. windows are most always covered to block light. but then i sleep days. work the night shift.
  20. in one word. money. cash in and cash out. at 58 things keep happing that put my back into debt. just this month a $4000.usd repair bill for my truck. got some bills to pay off. and then income. pension comes online at 65 for me. ( age + years, it's a union thing). and ss payout 100% at 67%. i should get somewhere between $3000. and $4000. usd a month (gross). net ???. i have worked hard all my life ( started at age 10) but had three years total off due to a crushed leg, neck surgery, cancer. when i retire i do not want to work again. would like to enjoy life at my pace. no worrys, about bills, or where i park my home. so money drives it all. if i could be set up today for no money worrys. i would not go in work on thursday ( my monday).
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    Walmart vs. Amazon

    yes very true about amazon costing more. there prices have gone up to pre pay costs for there "free" shipping. can not say about wally wourld. never used them. i am not living on the rd yet. and the closest ww is a good hr away from me. so amazon is still a better deal. as the usps is only a block away. ups / fed-up is my front porch. so to each there own, and what works best for them.
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    Extra Propane Tank Transport Safely

    if possable store a spare tank rightside up. but use a "hard" strap mount. should be able to get such st a better propaine supply house. or make it. just a base to set the tank on. with a hard clamp strap mid way up the tank. and maybe even a vertical hold down?. but out in the weather is no problem. at camp just place something heavy/thick like a cheap wicker or plastic door mat over it for a little bit of shade. i have never needed to use my third tank. for up to a two week camp. except in the snow. but then the rv i have now is not all season.
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    Looking for the weight police...interpreting my weights

    could be. i had to show nothing. they got plate info on video cams. only stated "for personal use". but i would not put it past ca do this for more tax moneys. as brown has to build his toy train.
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    Looking for the weight police...interpreting my weights

    i have been told other wise. i only know as i know, if i have been lied to. then i would not know different.
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    Looking for the weight police...interpreting my weights

    i did not read every posting. but get to a "cat" scale. stop where each axle is on a differnt platform. ( two axle rv?). in some states ( like here in ca) you MUST talk to the weigh master (clerk) first. and state for personl use ONLY or said info is automatically sent to your states dmv for upping your taxes.
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