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About mptjelgin

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  • Birthday 05/18/1960

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    Medina, Texas and on the road.
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    Birding, Photography, Hiking, Disc Golf

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  1. It looks like her son has posted on her blog. Travels with Emma - RIP Judy
  2. I like the voice command on ours as well, except for the occasional times that something on the radio or in our conversation randomly triggers the "Say A Command" prompt. It always catches us off guard! One more vote for Garmin. We've had our 760RV for five years now and it has been a solid unit.
  3. Absolutely. Like all human interactions you run the risk of someone being completely unreasonable or aggressive. But I've found that most people, when their disruptive behavior is brought to their attention, will make an effort to be a bit more courteous.
  4. I think that "How noisy?" is a fair question. Even though quiet hours are stated, there is a reasonable expectation that folks try to keep noise to a decent level. I've been places where open-framed contractor generators were so loud that being even 100' away was painful. We were camped in a relatively unregulated park where a young man decided to roll all of his car windows down and play his stereo at full volume. I was camped next to him and didn't hesitate to walk over and ask him (firmly) to turn it off. Common sense matters...
  5. You need to look up the "Pure 3" system that they mentioned with regard to the Winnebago. It has a huge 48 volt lithium battery pack and is specifically designed to be able to run the A/C off of the batteries. It also features a 6 kW alternator and an auto-start feature on the engine to recharge that battery when needed. Things change...
  6. We just returned from a one-week trip to the Maritime Provinces and used our credit cards every time to pump gas. No issues at all.
  7. I towed large fifth wheels with two different Ford V-10 superduty trucks over 20 years. Last year I made the jump to a 6.7L diesel Superduty and will say that they drive totally differently. The V-10 needs rpm to make its power, so a lot of shifting in hilly terrain is par for the course. It will definitely get the job done, but in a completely different manner than a diesel engine. My advice is to not be afraid to let it shift and rev in order to maintain speed on grades. Trying to re-program shift points in order to minimize shifting isn't really what that motor is about.
  8. I volunteered at a fish hatchery where they had a few barrels of highly concentrated H2O2 for disinfecting purposes. It had to be kept in a separate secured building with some sort of Department of Homeland Security paperwork involved (according to the hatchery manager). Found this: Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide in concentrations of 35% or greater is listed as a chemical of interest under Appendix A of CFATS. DHS listed hydrogen peroxide (35% or greater) not because the agency believes it poses an inherent risk to human health and safety by itself, but due to its potential for theft by someone who wishes to use it in preparation of an “improvised explosive device precursor” (IEDP).
  9. IH-70 west out of Denver to SH 91 south into Leadville is the most direct route and the roads are very good. As you can imagine there will be a lot of climbing as you are going to gain about 5000 feet of elevation. We spent a summer in Leadville and took that drive several times. The 285/24 route suggested above will get you there but is longer, and in my opinion the roads aren't as good. The National Fish Hatchery in Leadville is a wonderful place with many miles of trails. Completely dog friendly. Can't help you on campground advice as we were volunteering at the Hatchery and had a site there. There are a lot of USFS campgrounds in the area, but relatively few commercial campgrounds with hook-ups if that is what you are looking for.
  10. That is an outstanding outcome to a "sticky: situation. Glad it worked out.
  11. I think that this is key. If you see someone that you think needs help, offer it. If they accept then you are in business. Martin gives a great example of such an interaction a couple of posts up. But if they choose to wave you off, accept it and move on. For whatever reason they don't want your help, and that should be the end of that interaction. If you decide to take it personally or decide to never speak to that person again, that's on you.
  12. I really don't understand why Ford sells both the F-250 and F-350 SRW trucks. They are close to identical, with the main exception of a heavier spring set/rear axle in the 350 which significantly raises the RAWR, which is where most folks get bit with the F-250's. The difference in cost between the two trucks is very slight and there is no advantage that I can see to getting the F-250 if you are buying a truck for towing. So the 2018 F-250 diesel that you bought has the same engine and transmission as the equivalent F-350. What is different is the spring pack on the rear axle and the rear axle itself. Depending on the options the rear tires may be different as well. Only you can decide how to proceed. I'm sorry that you didn't get the information clearly beforehand.
  13. We have volunteered at Goose Island State Park as well as Laguna Atascosa NWR. In both cases our sites were not immediately adjacent to water, but were within a half-mile of the sea. With the winter winds in those areas the salt spray carries a surprising distance, and our bikes really took a hit regarding rust. The hosts that we worked with who actually hosted on the bayside area of Goose Island has salt spray driven directly onto their rigs and suffered some significant rust damage. Salt spray is no joke when it comes to corrosion of vehicles. The car washes along the coast do a very good business for that reason!
  14. By all means take it to the dealer. It's what they do, and with the increasingly complex vehicles we have today they are most likely to be able to diagnose the issue.
  15. https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/96816?hl=en
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