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  1. Teach, I have been a bit busy dealing with getting a couple of Lawyers Defrocked and some orange-undies so............I have been giving you some time off from me bully-ing and karping at you........... Thankfully Phil has taken up some geezer-advice chores to keep you bruzzzed-and-abuzzed so here is a bit of advice from the Gumps-Grave...................Grumps had a old high-lead-spar rig that was 80 feet long and it had a hitch on the end with a 1939 Wilson-Wasp V-4 Wisconsin powered 400 AMP DC welder sitting in the bed of a Ford model A pick-up bed with the rear diff torque-tube being the hitch of the welder trailer and most of the time it was towed with a Oshkosh 6 X 6 service monster cobbled from a Vee-nose-snow-plow-rig older than your grand-dad.............so..........on some of the worst days of my life as a high-school-punk-know-it-all I wold have to herd this monster down some hilly-narrow-rough-as-hell-logging-road (I not allowed on paved roads) and this monster was HEAVY and UNDERPOWERED (220 Cuminz) but it had FORTY GEARS FORWARD and TOO MANY GEARS IN REVERSE to count AND 4 inch round rear view mirrors that wobbled so bad you could see NOTHING to the rear of the monster...........so how could you make the worst-day-of-your-high-school-age-life worse than having to have to drive the monster rig .......FORWARD............well Teach here is how I made my day even worse.............At the end of the Pig-Trail-Logging-Spur I had to..........I had to.........I had tooooo ...........BACK UP ..........BACK UP......the 80ft Trailer with the 10 ft short tongue trailer hitched to the end of the EIGHTY FOOT trailer...............BAD JUJU........... So............Grumps having well earned ..........Dis-Trust in my driving skills would leave me about ONE HOUR to make 123,000 wiggly tire tracks all around the end of the logging spur and scrape most of the bark and limbs off most of the trees within 100 feet of the road and then........and then.............Grumps would drive up and get out of the K W and shake his head and kick a few pine cones out of the road and then............and then he would pick up one of the broken limbs that I had scraped off one of the trees and then ............he would ..........he would.......scribe a nice flowing ark in the dirt and roll a smoke and light it up and then motion me over into the co-pilot seat and then sloooowly mumble ...........N O W........E i n s t i n eee.....j u s t w a t c h ...... t h i s....i t i s s o o.... s i m p l e .........just put the darn truck in reverse.....and......and wiggle the wheel around some.........A N D ...........just pit the trailer wheel on the stick mark in the DIRT...................S O O O ...........simple ...........sooooo S I M P L E ............. And you know Teach when Grumps backed up that mess right on top of the stick mark in the dirt with a cig hanging out of his mug and not too much steering it sure looked.............S I M P L E............... Teach don't sweat backing Up..........just get out and scratch a ark in the dirt and ......just make sure the trailer tracks stay in the scratch mark............S I M P L E........ Drive on..............(Backing up is just........forward.......the other way) P S Phil.............it's your turn with Teach.......again
  2. Afterglow of Dr. Pepper it's then .......Nap-Time In the stone age a sketchy fly-by-seat-of-the-pants South American outfit had some OLD round engine airliners that hauled pigs, goats, preachers, bandits and lots of beer..........the local water was so dangerous it was standard for the pilots to "Hydrate" with just enough beer to not pass out from lack of hydration or to not get toooooo hydrated that they would not keep the old birds from killing them........ keeping just enough beer ..........but ........not too much beer in the pilot was another factor in keeping the correct..........balance. Drive on...............(where did the captain leave the ...........Breathalyzer?)
  3. In the distant past I have cobbled up a few Weight & Balance calculations here on the forum and even while horse camping at Lake Mead a HDT camper commented that I was the Weight & Balance geek of the forum.........(I've been called worse)........so........news drifts in this morning that Weight & Balance seems to have lost ......It's ....Balance...... A third-party Aerospace Data Service called Aero Data that provides live Weight & Balance services to several large airlines had it's services compromised by tech-issues so a very large group of airline flights were unable to depart as previously scheduled........ouch.... Many folks assume that large aircraft are able to just fly off with fuel tanks full and seats full and a train full of luggage crammed in the belly and....... most days this seems the norm HOWEVER Capt. Willy and First Officer Nilly first have to cobble a best guess of the takeoff, enroute, and landing Weight & Balance.........BEFORE Taxi to takeoff............so.....NO Weight & Balance Calcs = NO Takeoff......grim... So fellow RV'ers ............this is all the better reason to wonder down the road in a RV and stay away from the airport..........RV's don't need Weight or Balance to .......takeoff.......... Drive on.............(Stay out from under........Airliners)
  4. Dollytrolley

    Wheel torque

    S S, Right on.......all I know........they sure have BIG NUTS ........but your only allowed to TORQUE them ONE time. Drive on........( Never much cared for Pink-0........but have been told that I might have a yellow streak at times)
  5. Dollytrolley

    Wheel torque

    As a few folks might expect.........sooner or later when a few of the..........Bad-Boyz.........here start getting .......bad.......regarding what kinda chemical compounds that they ............marinate........nuts in just to somehow arrive at torque value.........I had to put my onehundreddollarbill into the mix here so......... Back in my save-the-world-dayz.............i was killing time in a semi-commie-enemy-of-tha-state-country and they had a engine rebuilding shop that rebuilt BIG-A$$ Russian (Whoops back in those days .......Soviet) Radial engines that had a GAINT one throw crankshaft with a HUGE ROLLER BEARING that was inserted in the master-and-articulating-rod assembly. One piston, the uppermost one in the animation, has a master rod with a direct attachment to the crankshaft. The remaining pistons pin their connecting-rods' attachments to rings around the edge of the master rod...........whew..... Anyhow this Soviet / Russkie engine with the HUGE ROLLER BEARING was riding on a........BIG-REMOVABLE-CRANK-PIN that was held into a taper-bore in the inner-crank-counterweight-cheek with a BIG-A$$ NUT that had a torque-value that was so HUGE that it was deemed to impractical to measure using direct-reading-torque-wrenches so..............what did the Commie-Pinko-Engine-Engineer'z do??? Heck the Commie-Pinko-Engine-Engineer'z had the taper-ground-crank-pin machined to a EXACT end to end length at 59f temp by Commie-Pinko-Machinist'z and then.............ALL the Commie-Pinko-Mechanic'z (and me) would grab onto a HUGE-LONG Cheeter-Bar and TIGHTEN the BIG-A$$ NUT...........UNTIL..........Igor, the BIG-A$$-Chief-Mechanic-Comrade would SHOUT out some HUGE-COMMIE-PINKO-CUSS-WORD and everyone would let go of the cheeter-bar (except-me.....because I did not know the Commie-cuss-word)..........AND......then Igor would take a BIG-A$$-TWO-FOOT-MICROMETER and measure the length of the now stretched crank-pin length.............AND..........IF........we-Comrades stretched the pin too long it had the be removed and THROWN AWAY...........if we-comrades under-torqued the nut and did NOT stretch the crank-pin enough........the crank-pin had the be removed and THROWN AWAY......... Sooooo.........you see folks it was NOT the fall of the Berlin wall that caused the Soviet-state to fail.........NO.......it was ME twisting the Commie-Pinko-Nuts that caused the Soviet state to fail.......... Like I have said many times........few folks know failure like I do.........(heck I "culluded" with Ruskies before anyone knew what "culluded" was in style) Drive on...........(Twist those Commie-Pinko-Nuts to.......Failure)
  6. Hi Bubble, This is a bit out of the box but it works very well in a couple of our properties with bad approaches to trailer parking.... Dollymama has a F350 Dually with a front mounted trailer hitch receiver....I have a fifth to ball hitch adapter that I hitch to the front hitch and then the F350 is converted to a poor man's forklift sorta ......some folks will faint at the load but it's just the way wussies are they carp a lot...... You would be amazed how much you can wiggle a trailer with a front hitch..... Old school.....but it works.. Drive on..... (Two hitches.......just right)
  7. Dave .......Funny you mentioned ........"your-favorite-gate".........the gravel tractor was a Pete tugging a 70 foot end dump and he "muttered" a few choice words as he ........."angled" .......thru-tha-gate...........Must be a Pete thing........the Freightshaker and OLD DP know better than to get too close to the gate..... Stopped raining nine minutes ago.........lake is half size.........by lunch time it will be no lake but a mud-hole with mud that is more sticky than honey............in two days it will be dust-bowl........ Update .....16:15 swamp is gone so Newt will just have a small muddle-puddle to roll in.........Desert is amazing...... Drive on..........(Don't like the weather??.........just wait two hours.......complete nuther-season.....)
  8. Dave and Crew, As you can see in the image below.........invites to Last Chance Peak Dolly Camp can be........fleeting -events....... Now of course perhaps we could cobble a snorkel on the old Pete and you could power through your most favorite 11'-3" wide gate and gurgle through Lake-Dolly and then land on my Brand New Gravel RV pad.........maybe best to have Newt dog paddle across the lake so he would not be trapped in the Pete IF it does not make it across the lake........ Back in the stone age as a Slave-boy-pilot (copilot) I was in charge of EVERYTHING that could go WRONG on EVERY flight........we were in the middle of the largest ocean there is and the weather was NOT nice as forcast..........the grumpy-geezer-captain .......glared over at me and said........."IF we ever get out of this mess alive..........you need to go see the Weather-Witchdoctor.........and......make sure you pick up better weather forecasts in the future".........gulp So you see Dave EVERYTIME I contact you..........It RAINS cats and Newts here on the edge of Death Valley.............maybe we BOTH need to go see the ...........Weather-Witchdoctor....... Get Newts water-wings ready......... Drive on................(Dial.........ONE-EIGHT-HUNDRED-Weather-Witchdoctor.......)
  9. We have too many chunks of real estate remaining and a few have bad paths to the parking spots so......we have too many types of ...."TUGS"....to wiggle trailers into spots that LESS than ideal. Perhaps my ....LEAST-Favorate-Tug is the CAT 980 loader with Log Forks this "TUG" can whip ANY RV around like a RAG doll......or the Hysterical 12k fork lift works ok ......but the Bobcat Skidsteer is ok but the trailer blocks your view.....not a problem with the CAT 980 , shucks just pick up the RV pick it up 10 Feet and look under it while in transit...... Oh did I mention......with ANY of these .... "TUGS" you can REALLY cause some damage to your RV for two major reasons...... "TUGS" tend to be "overpowering" ......and.....often the parking spot is WAY, WAY too unsuitable for reasonable parking in the first place. At the end of the day......if you ...."Need"....a tight to park, you might be at the wrong parking spot.... One final comment regarding.... Pros parking......after too many decades piloting too many kinds of aircraft I was fortunate to never have dinged a airplane ...... However...... several were removed from service when pro-tug crews incurred "hanger-rash" when moving aircraft in close quarters..... really when one aircraft is towed into TWO (or more) during the same tow.....ouch.....$$$$$ Drive on.....(tug....... Uhggggg)
  10. So in my misspent youth......I paid WAY too much ($1200) for a slightly used 1962 Fuel Injected Corvette...... Grumps jerred me and said....."well Einstein, you paid way too much for that stud-wagon and in a few years it will be worthless".....so......FIFTY years later it is only worth +$80,000 /$90,000....... Maybe folks need to buy used RV'$ and hang on to them..... FIFTY YEARS....... Just go out and find a FIFTY year old Barth motorhome........ Buying a RV is a consumable item purchase ...... somewhat like tires and oil.......you use the item for it's useful life to you and you then know the actual COST to play the RV-life-$tyle-game.... Drive on.........(what are you willing to pay to.......PLAY???)
  11. Dave & Crew, Just placed 46,000 lbs of gravel on your parking spot here at Dolly-Camp so you could stop by for a few days (or weeks) on your way North..........perhaps I could cast a evil-eye on the rig and get Big5er to send one of those big RED Out-Of-Service-Stickers on the Pete and then you could be stuck here for the super-bloom of Death Valley wild flowers......... Just to give you a preview of your trip to the Nor-Cold-SNOOO-WET.........we could take the Rock-Rocket UP......UP.....UP Wheeler Pass (20 miles East) until the SNOOO is about THREE feet deep..........bet Newt really hates THREE feet of SNOOO .......I sure do.......(our slum in Bend had almost FOUR FEET of SNOO in Feb)!! Anyhow your parking space is improved a lot and better get here before the Rattlers and Scorps start swarming......in the WARM SUN....... We will leave the light on for you........you know the trail to......Last Chance Peak..... Drive on...........(Don't pet the camp...........Rattler)
  12. Shucks.........highway safety is a piece of cake.........rig gets a bit tippy.......don't worry .......ALL modern rigs have plenty of safety features..... Example..........in this 1953/54 Kenworth in the photo...... imagine no one was injured........shuck I was in the copilots seat and as we rolled 98 degrees RIGHT and the FRONT 1/3 of the rig DIVED into the ground .........the 500 pounds of tools under the copilots seat FLIPPED the bottom seat cushion UP and EJECTED me THROUGH the passengers WINDSHIELD and I SCOOTED down the HOOD until my CHIN hooked the RADIATOR cap and STOPPED me.............JUST AFTER THE LOGS CAME THROUGH THE BACK OF THE CAB WHERE I HAD BEEN SITTING.........just PRIOR to me being EJECTED out of the WINDSHIELD....... Drive on..............(For best highway safety.........make sure your .........Ejection seat is properly armed)
  13. Come-on folks...........the guy was just stoping by the mall to pick up a few cases of beer so that he could spend the evening down at Buba's Muffler Shop cobbling some sq. tubing in the back of the 5er so that when he loaded the Yugo on the back that his "rig" would just balance just peachy.......... Just to fine tune the balance.........just load 25 case of beer in the........"sweet-spot" Drive on............(Aint it a wonder what a guy can do with five pounds of E6011 rod and Forney-Buzz-Box and......3 cases of Bud)
  14. Well of course Newt hates the rain........fortunately my memory is a bit foggy but I once attended a birthday party in Paraguay and I was a very poor substitute for a real alcoholic-pilot so.........when I woke up in the rain under the sidewalk table in the rain ......I was about the same "altitude" as Newt is in a normal walk.........when your eyes are only 5 inches off the ground....... rain is a major pain...... On my best day I was a marginal pilot however I have never been able to get past the hangovers well enough to become even a poor drunk and of course after waking up at Newt-level in the rain I also like Newt hate the rain..... Some of of us are failures at trying to be........failures.... Drive on..........(Newts a smart puppy.......at 5 inches "altitude".......rain is a real......pain)
  15. Back before I "re-tired" often I would fly up North (sometimes Yukon-North) and Dollymama would NOT even consider leaving our Tucson winter horse quarter'$........some friday's seemed stacked against me ever getting to Tucson.......often I would have to pick up in Moose Butt, MT , secret-box with a silver plated paperclip that was vital for whatever in Friday Harbor , WA and the Weather was so bad that the paperclip truck was late at both ends of the flight........then at 7:45 PM .....all ....I had to "do"........was get a tanker load of fuel and kick the tires and light the fires and Fly a few Hours of MORE BAD WEATHER to finally break out of clouds 3 miles of Quartzite and then wiggle around the Barry Goldwater bombing range and bounce to a stop at Ryan Field West of the Dolly-winter-camp.....I would kick the door open and fall down the steps and out on the ramp would be a couple in shorts waxing their puddle-jumper and they would have open mouth at me in knee-high-muckalucks and wolverine fur lined long-johns with a dazed look on my frost-bit-mug...... I would smile....... untill.......I remembered........I was due to land back in Moose Butt Monday morning at.....6:45 AM..... Here is the deal........you Ain't even close to being Re-tired...... untill.......you are in great weather 99.98765 percent of the entire fall, winter, spring......period..... Drive on......(if you don't slide into the ditch.......some geek will slide into you.... bad weather sucks)
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