Dollytrolley

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  1. Henry, Don't sweat the $$$ ......it looks like at least two of the three rocker box gaskets can be saved and with a tube of Goop Shoe Sole Glue you can reuse the gaskets ...........then use the rest of the Goop to patch the soles of your shoes ....cause it aint lookin good for new shoes after ya get ole red patched together again........ Drive on...........(ya gotta love.......truckin)
  2. Central Oregon Severe Watches & WarningsNOAA Weather Radio Watches & Warnings Fire Weather Watch Issued: 9:58 PM PDT Aug. 9, 2017 – National Weather Service ... Fire Weather Watch remains in effect from Thursday afternoon through Friday evening for abundant lightning and gusty outflow winds for fire weather zones 610 and 640... * affected area... in orz610... fire weather zone 610. In orz640... fire weather zone 640. * Timing... scattered thunderstorms will develop during the afternoons and continue into the evenings each day. Also isolated thunderstorms may persist into the early morning hours before sunrise. * Lightning activity... 3... possibly up to 4. * Precipitation... a tenth to two tenths of an inch under storm cores. * Impacts... any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings.
  3. Jt, Not stupid really...... more like complex....... Jack often says that RV's are a bucket full of trade-offs and most RV suspensions are loaded or overloaded in actual use and for the most part are not well dampened and tend to be somewhat soft and tend to over-travel during excitation..... Sometimes forum members will comment that they left a full wine glass of yellow-tail on the counter and never spilled a drop during a 388 mile run down Hwy 99 in central Cal...........Very soft suspension but tends to roll during lateral movements...... Vertical Center of Gravity is a large factor in roll as well...... Drive on..........(dynamics can be ......complex)
  4. IA F, You know you bring a lot of valid point to the table......... What I bring to the table is considerable ......."Local Experience".......... Our family moved to Central around the time of the "War"........Civil War....... I was born in Prineville ........Just West of John Day where you intend to boondock (a lot of twisty narrow two lane road). It very likely that your camp site might be within view of land that my family has owned in the +150 years in Central Oregon... I have "operated" in many locations in my life time however I have always owned at least one home in Central Oregon during my adult life..... I have walked, ridden horses, operated dozers, dirt bikes, aircraft, and snow shoes over much of Central Oregon for near 7 decades........ So........does this make me some kind of expert...........well likely not.... but ....I just likely might claim "considerable-experience" with Central Oregon........ I don't wish to throw the "Doom & Gloom-Blanket" on anyone and their eclipse camping ......... but here is what concerns many of us "Local-hillbillies"....... The John Day country is very nice country with many pretty places to boondock.......the roads are twisty often steep and narrow, most have to follow drainage's and often zig-zag from one creek to the next creek and it can take considerable time to travel this back country........much of the county has fairly dense forest...... The smoke that we have here in Central Oregon here now comes from forest fires.......many are local Oregon small to moderate sized fires presently......... I have over the course of my adult life have flown for many different "concerns" including the U S Forest service as well as the DNR (Dept of Nat Resources) and "others"........ Forest fires happen in Oregon........every year it is a battle and some years mother nature kicks A$$ and NO AMOUNT of manpower, MONEY, and blood-sweat-and-tears can put these fires out...........some years the winter snows put out the fires..... As a young pilot I rubbed elbows with larger-than-life old aerial-tanker pilots that often took HUGE risks to save folks lives trapped on the ground during some forest fires........those days are gone.....no hero flights are tolerated these days..... Aerial fire fighting is insanely dangerous and the loss of life is common........ I as a younger "Save-the-world-pilot" thought it was a hell-of-job and some moments it was........HELL...... more than a few times I thought I might soil my undies but........I was way way too busy.......... Before we would become involved in ......"adverse-operations" we would try to consider the various methods to obtain alternate exits from known "entrapment points"......... IF only HALF of the eclipse campers arrive in the John Day, campers will find it will be very slow driving on the roads and IF local forest fires flare the crowds will likely be trapped.......... Forest fires come in all shapes, sizes, and speeds..........EVERY forest fire is DEADLY......... At +200 mph in a aircraft I have been amazed at the view of a fire-storm explode a ridge 3 miles across a canyon......how do you out run a fire like that........ you don't......... Now there are experts in the forest fire fighting game they are called "Hotshots" and just to drive home how serious the "game" is to play, just stop for a few minutes in my home town and take a stroll through the park in Prineville.......it is a sober walk...... http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2014/05/prineville_wildland_firefighte.html I do not wish Doom & Gloom on anyone.......what I do wish is that everyone plan ahead of time about a escape plan if fires start.......even the Hotshots don't always win........ Drive on..........(escape plan is........vital)
  5. JT, Unfortunately like many computer simulations this is a example of "junk-in results in Junk-out" when many "oversimplification" is made with computers....... IF you go to utube and look at ACTUAL dash cam footage of UNSTABLE RV trailer incidents you should pay attention to the ROLL-AXIS coupling that is a HUGE factor in triggering the divergent / unstable trailer excitation......... Mother nature makes a lot of moves in many directions when she decides to make things........exciting....... Drive on...........(Don't ignore mother natures.........moves)
  6. Shucks.......seems that WXunderXX forgot to include the Forest Fire Smoke visibility........ Local logging company in Prineville (West of John Day)has a big chunk of land rented out to 30,000 campers for the eclipse ........Forest Service is mortified that that many pot-lovers are toking-up in the high of the forest fire season...... I have seen less than ONE mile visibility in heavy smoke in aircraft operations in and out of John Day and Prairie City during July, August, and Sept....... Drive on........(Might not need googles .......except to keep the smoke out of your eyes.......)
  7. Charlie, Wow.....went to the Trippleee website and that place looks like a real party hearty spot...... You know many pilots just get to be better airplane jocky'$ as they get older but a few like me need 7'000 foot WIDE runways to operate from as we "mature"...... Maybe better to herd the old floatplane in and just do a waterloop ...... Our place on the beach at Waldport has 1,900 x 60 turf with trees all around so you have to limit your nose picking time during takeoffs and landings......now our herd of 14 elk do help to mow the strip so it's best not bump into them...... Seems like your 7,000 foot strip might need about 50 elk to keep it mowed....... As far as the Eclipse is concerned our dog-patch place in bend is just on the edge of the eclipse so I suppose that will be close enough for us geezers in Central Oregon...... I did practice my eclipse viewing the other day by goobering a few welds under the buddies old Mack hay truck.....most of my welds seem to involve some eclipse-like-views....... Maybe later I might relate the adventures of "operating" the old c-206 float plane out of a treed-over-river in South America......almost funny unless you were in the plane....... Enjoy the party and try to not run too far off that short strip..... Drive on......( Don't bump into the elk on the runway....)
  8. FLASH: 100% overcast at: 14:47 Local Drive on........(no sun....so far.....)
  9. FLASH!!!!! REDMOND, OREGON------- 09:48 Local 100% overcast........... Put away your eclipse-googles........ Yes folks the legend that Eastern Oregon has Clear Skies all summer is............BS ............(Black Skies....) Clouds happen here even in paradise........... Over +40 years of piloting and over 10,000 landings in central Oregon I will confirm that I have had to descend through plenty of clouds in August in Central Oregon......... Now Disclaimer: Overcast like we have right now often burns off later in the day ........However the real cloud cover often in August in Central Oregon centers around Thunderstorms and I have often seen +90% sky coverage in huge storm cells...... Welcome to paradise with a view...........or maybe not a view........or heavy hail.......or.......... Drive on............(bring your eclipse googles........and a hard-hat.......)
  10. So...........Now that we have beat the welding-horse subject to death maybe we should have a....... vote on the Potential-Hitch-Pin-Weight (PHPW) that the DRV units might be allowed......... before the bedroom falls off or whatever happens when all these welds fail...... When I look down from 30,000 ft it seems that the complaints center on two basic areas..... 1. The sub-3,000 pound pin weights tend to "excite" the moderate capacity air suspended hitches .......(Henry has toiled to make some of hitches less-excited) 2. ORCA has commented that even his MDT becomes "excited-in-tow" when he has a couple of Hogs in the back of his DRV toyhauler........(however ORCA says that the tow improves when he adds more fresh water in his DRV fresh water tank) So........get your flame throwers gassed up......... So..........just how many of these DRV (and "floaters") have turned upside down in the ditch? ? ? What do DRV dealers say or do when folks show up with soiled drivers seats....... Has anyone had a discussion with DRV regarding the suggested loading of their units for "un-excited-towing????? PIN WEIGHT is but ONE factors in trailer towing dynamics ...........many factors conspire to compose a stable or unstable tow Pin Weight is just ONE!!! I have offered many times to calculate various load distributions for various DRV units but when I ask for basic details about the units NO ONE seems to know ANY details..........NO one seems to have a clue where their fresh water tank is located but some folks seem to think the tow improves ......some.......after they pour 800 POUNDS of water in the tank..........Shuck maybe we should fill the black and grey tanks as well....... Maybe the lawyers can get involved...........they seem to have most of the answers..... Maybe 15% pin weight is the NEW-NORMAL...........yes........just change the specs.........why did it take so long to fix this??? Drive on..........(don't run over a lawyer with your ......."Floater")
  11. Back to the view from 30,000 feet.....seems a bit ironic that RVIA guidelines seem to indicate that members should seek to design units with 20% to 25% pin weights......so if members seem inclined to design in the 13 to 15% range perhaps the RVIA might need to issue more "guidelines" regarding "design factors" AND "operating limitations" needed to obtain acceptable tow operations at the lower pin weights......MANY factors conspire to attain acceptable OR unacceptable tow stability.......heavy pin weights are utilized to dampen many underlaying adverse stability issues that IF mitigated could allow stable tows at reduced pin weights..... Drive on........($eems odd to design unstable)
  12. Once upon a time I "inherited" a French built helicopter and it was soooo ugly, had soooo much power and.........was "cobbled" together from miles of small chrome molly tubing with welds that were more than perfect.........so.......try this for quality control.......at EVERY tube joint a small hole was drilled...........when the last weld was complete a valve was opened and 100 psi of nitrogen was injected and a gauge was inspected EVERY time the pilot did a walk-by.......... In the few years I was around "Old-Ugly" the gauge was always in the green and this rig did not get easy duty.........frame NOT cobbled together by RV welders....... Maybe we just need to "inflate" the trailer frames and not worry about cracks or poor welds....... Drive on........(dont operate at low pressure)
  13. Before clutch fans heavy trucks often had "shutter-stats" that were louvered shutters in front of the radiator core and the shutters opened and closed as needed to keep the engine in the normal coolant operating temp range. Grumps had a manual over ride valve that allowed him to fully open the shutters BEFORE he started to climb a grade on a hot day and it made a substantial difference in lowering temps since the coolant did not have the initial substantial heat load needed to trigger the auto shutter operations. I tend to use the Grumps method with the manual fan clutch switch and it works well in that I never see more than 190 f on a long grade IF I engage the fan clutch manually before the climb....... Perhaps I have too many decades of aircraft engine operations where the pilot IS totally in charge of engine cooling or engine melting or ........fires....... Aircooled aircraft often have Cowl Flaps and the pilot is charged with adjusting the cowl flaps as needed and not paying attention IS very very very bad juju......... Drive on..........(Keep your......cool)
  14. Maybe........IF you just gotta increase that DRV pin weight revert back to our younger days......KING size water bed up front ......oh sure the water might taste a little funny and the cornering might be a little ....."sloppy".......and you might have to find some bell bottom pants and get a copy of Easy Rider Beta Max but a few hundred gallons will get that pin weight up...... So how much does Dr Pepper weigh per gallon? Who cares how much Crown weighs.......after a gallon?? Maybe time to put a water bed in the ole Weight & Balance spreadsheet........ Drive on.........(how much water in the bed today?)
  15. Henry......admit defeat on this one......you are one screwed old goat on this one..... So as long as OVERBUILDINg is the rule of engagement on this project consider that in order to obtain my highly desired "provisional-approval" you will need to purchase a pickup load of one inch plywood and form up a box-form and then pour high strength grout around the entire mounting system as sketched .....now Henry don't cut your usual corners here on the "pour" $pend some of your excess profits and buy a torpedo vibrator so that you obtain a best practices void-free pour of your grout. ......now since you obviously need "guidance" here perhaps all of us comrades her could vote on the specs of the grout to be utilized....... Now of course now that we have come to grips with your "needs-4-Engeernearing-Guide-ence.....we will next flogg the concepts of addressing the dreaded span-stressing of the Volvo frame the Scrap called out recently...... Perhaps we could cobble up a test fixture and a few hundred BIG hyd-cylinder$ and Wiffleetreez and test a few "Cupionz" to failure...... Gee Henry .....how many test Volvo's do you think 13 $peed should purchase for the next phase of this project... Who would ever thought that this EnGiNeeeRiNg thingy wood bee so darn much funnn?? Drive on .......(forget the bolts.....I vote stainless 321 upset rivets hole-filling in six-d-spacing-five-rows...... drawings to be issued shortly.....standby....)