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    Motorcycles fishing and BBQ

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  1. Short story.....yes, even though it was a full year out of warranty! Long story is it spent 3 months in my local rv repair shop while the factory gave the tech things to try that all failed to fix the problem including a new pump that cost big bucks and did nothing. I complained to DRV and they put me in contact with the Lippert repair and they agreed to replace the jacks, no charge!
  2. My jacks were failing as well. I ended up making an appt. at the lippert repair place. To insure that the legs did not fall during the drive i did the same as GeorgiaHybrid. I did not use the jacks or disconnect the truck till i got to the repair shop. The repair by the way involved stripping the front compartment to the frame and welding new mounts for the new cylinders to mount to. So far (2 years) the new jacks have worked well!
  3. Thanks Mr Cob, i really have to change my attitude that if i have an urge to go to the gym i just lay down till the urge passes!
  4. Woo Hoo! Today i got my official letter notifying me that i have been accepted to recieve a new knee and have been put on the waiting list. In 8 or 9 short months i will join this exclusive club!! Sometimes our Canadian "free" medical is nothing to be proud of. Its going to be a long wait!
  5. orca

    cold and diesel

    Last January i hooked up the truck to the trailer and pluged in the block heater in order to get an early start the next morning. The temp dropped to -35 overnight but i wasn't worried cause it was plugged in right? Well she started right up and we waited till she (both the truck and my wife) warmed up! Soon we were headed to the open road....woohoo! Once on the highway i found that i could not get more than 25-30 mph! What the?? I had a quart of 911 that is supposed to thaw frozen fuel in a few minutes but no joy! I had to limp 8 miles to my local truck shop. Had to drop the trailer in his yard and pull into his shop where it was at least warm. After changing the fuel filters i bobtailed to the nearest fuel station and topped up the half full tanks with winter fuel. No more problems. But i did buy a full gallon of 911 in case i ever freeze up again! And Hemsteadc just an FYI 20F is NOT brutally cold! When you are trying to talk to your buddy who is only 10 feet away and he dosn't hear you cause your words froze in mid air and fell to the ground....now that is brutally cold!
  6. My first "RV" was a pop-up slide-in camper that i built for my new 1980 Toyota 4/4. My wife sewed the canves for popup part. We took it to Alaska that year and to the East coast the following year...good times!
  7. I had CAA when i first bought my MH. They wanted nearly double the money to cover the RV but the kicker was that they would tow the MH but not the trailer with my motorcycles. They said i would have to leave that trailer on the side of the road or hire another tow truck! I went with Good Sam because they said that they would send and pay for as many tow trucks as needed! They are not without problems though as i once needed a tow for my Freightliner and the operator looked for my truck on line and found a picture of an M2 Freightliner dump truck. She refused the tow till i demanded a supervisor!
  8. Just curious....why the door on the drivers side?
  9. More accurately sous vide means under vacuum rather than pressure. If you have a vacuum bagger(dosn't everybody ?) you put your steak in the bag along with any spices and vacuum seal the bag and drop it in the water and wait! I have seen a propane torch used to brown and carmalize the outside of the steak and make it look more appetizing.
  10. I did not write my post to be called a liar nor to be told i should stay on my side of the border! The lawyer who relayed the story is a family member and the "guilty" party was a client of his. I made my post to hopefully help forum members have a smoother border crossing going either way but instead got flamed by the trolls! WOW
  11. Well it could have been made up but it was told to me by my liar...er..lawyer cause he knew i was going south for the winter! The guilty person was also one of his clients and contacted him for help.😥
  12. Last year i was told a story about crossing from Canada into the US. A couple was traveling to their winter home in AZ when they stopped at the border crossing. After the normal questions the agent asked one last question....."what do you think of our president"! When the man replied with some not so flattering comments the agent returned their passports stamped, "inadmissable for five years"!!! That ment they could not go their AZ home for 5 years with no appeal! The border agents have more power than people think so keep answers short and to the point and opinions (good or bad)to yourself and you will breese through borders going either way.
  13. I agree that frivolus or stupid (i spilled hot coffee) should be stopped BUT this was not a frivolus or stupid lawsuit. Finally somebody has stood up to the manufactures shoddy work practices and lack of quality control. I had the misfortune to speak with a representive of a major manufacture about an issue and he admitted to me that he brought that very issue to a quality control meeting and was rebuked because was too much "work" to rectify the issue! If there were more successful lawsuits we would no doubt have better and safer RVs because it would be cheaper to do it right the first time!
  14. Both RVs have both pros and cons. The MH and enclosed trailer i had were more manouverable than the MDT and 45' 5th i now own. Both are around 65' but the 25' enclosed trailer would stay within the turning radius of the mh due to the long overhang past the rear wheels would "steer" the trailer into staying in the mh track. The 5th's tires would force a larger turn radius by 4-5' in order to not mount the curb. The security of just jumping into the drivers seat and driving away from a sketchy parking situation is the one thing i miss about the MH. The other is that the toilet is a short walk from the drivers seat. In th MH our only other transportation was the motorcycles in the trailer. Guess whose job it was to go out on the mc on rainy days to get the cream for my better halfs coffee! With the MH and trailer i had more storage than "stuff" but with the 5er i have more "stuff" than storage. (i was able to bring a fullsize smoker BBQ in the cargo trailer) And i do think i am compairing apples to apples because the 5er i have now is used to haul the same motorcycles as were transported by the mh and cargo trailer.
  15. On the surface this sounds like a simple question but the custom services on both sides of the border will most likely have something to say about it. There might be questions when you re-enter the states without the trailer like, did you sell it without the proper export papers. And Canadian tax people might consider the trailer as being imported and want the taxes due. I do know that there is a time limit as to how long an American vehicle can be in Canada tax free. Your best bet is to contact border services on both sides and get their opinion.
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