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  1. Has anyone experienced any trouble while driving across State borders ? The television says that the Texas folks are stopping vehicles with out of state tags (especially Louisiana), I guess to test for the virus. Being from Texas, and semi-planning a trip back to God's country with North Carolina tags, are we gonna have any problems? I don't mind the testing as right now we be Ok, no outward signs of infections. Catfish
  2. Once you get to the finishing stage, I would recommend a "browning" metal finish rather than bluing. It will not rust (almost). Looks good with any wood finish you might like. If you use any brass hardware it will not take long for it to get the tarnished look if you don't mess with polishing it. Deer will spot the bright work from a lot farther off than you might imagine. (Don't ask how I know). I think a .50 caliber is a fair selection for most tasks although some really like the .54 caliber. Good luck with your project. Catfish
  3. X2: The combination above is without a doubt the best medical coverage for old military folk over 65. Really, only cost 20 years (or more) in service to our country. Thanks to the actions of a retired Col from the U S Air Force (Bud Day - MOA) who pushed Congress to enact the TFL program after the recruiters made promises that were not authorized that said we would get medical care for life if we stayed for 20 years. All retired military owe Col Day a big thank you. Semper Fi, Catfish
  4. I am considering adding dental coverage (probably Delta Dental) to my standard Medicare with Tricare for life as second payer. Would it be better to go with a Medicare Advantage plan that now covers dental along with TFL? I can find no info that provides that choice for retired service folks. Any advice/or info is appreciated. Catfish
  5. My 8800l works good most of the time but does drop out and causes some serious problems. Where can the firmware update be found? Do have to take it in to Verizon? Thanks Catfish
  6. RV roof.com has worked for me; damage from Hurricane Harvey. Pretty expensive but so is a replacement for the Teton. I checked about 250 internet ads for a replacement ( mostly with RVtrader.com) and really nothing comes close to the quality and features of my "old" 2007 Teton. Going to Texas Custom Coach for repairs to the BR side wall cause by the 2nd hurricane in two years. No roof leak, probably slide seals again. Catfish
  7. I have found when connecting stranded to solid wire with wire nuts, it is best to strip slightly more insulation from the stranded wire. Allow the end of the stranded wire to be some longer than the bare solid . To me, that ensures that the stranded wire properly contacts the solid wire. Seems to me that taping the connection used to be Code but somewhere along the way that requirement was deleted. Catfish (young retired electrician)
  8. Do not go I10 west bound about sun down. The sun really sets in the west and when I last went through there, it semi-blinded me. I am fearless but that trip scared me. Go later, or earlier, or as has been suggested go around or even over the mountain. Good luck which ever way you go! Catfish
  9. My experience is that some RV parks (even RV Resorts) have rules about not putting your jacks down without padding of some sort; even on concrete. Large MHs and some 5ers concentrate lots of their weight on the jack pads and they have sufficient weight to bust the concrete. Braircliffe RV Resort in Myrtle beach comes to mind. I'm not a big fan of the plastic blocks so mostly use 2"X8" wooden blocks. Asphalt in the south in the summer can be a problem. Catfish
  10. Flag Day is always a good time to check the condition of your every day flag. I usually replace mine if it shows wear (which is often) due to our brisk winds. A yearly replacement is not that expensive. The local boy scouts or the VFW will usually take your old, damaged flag and retire it with appropriate honors. Catfish
  11. What would be the correct tip for a drive through window? I have noticed several signs on the pick up window that says "Tips are appreciated". Have not tipped there yet, don't know if I will ever do so. Catfish
  12. Good article that makes a lot of sense to me. I know of a Marine back in 1958 in 29 Palms, California that had a coyote/dog mix. I don't know where the animal came from but thought it was a local. He had a pack made up for the animal and they hiked/walked from the stumps to Palm Springs for some charity. The animal carried mucho water for the trip. Was a small hero for a while. Catfish
  13. I recommend having the roof repaired using the flex armor stuff. I have had the flex armor applied to my Teton due to leaks discovered during Hurricane Harvey. So far it is great! It is flexible and sprayed on, not the painted on stuff. They removed all the A/Cs, vent caps, etc and applied the flex so that there is no seams left to leak. They have several shops that do the work, mine was done in Texas. It was covered by insurance, except for the $250.00 deductible. JM2CW. Catfish
  14. Has anyone replaced the flex plastic water drain on the back, outside, of their refrigerator? Mine has broken off near the top and no way I have arms long enough nor skinny enough to reach in there to replace it . Bought the replacement hose from one of the RV salvage shops in Elkhart. Right now I have rigged up a funnel and drain hose but water sometimes gets by my rig. Any help greatly appreciated! (two door side by side refer with top and bottom vents outside) Regards, Catfish
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    A duplicate/replacement DD214 (DD217?) is available from his branch of service. Any VA rep can provide the correct address. The VA ID card is the best and easiest to carry rather than the DD214/DD217. Hope that helps. Catfish
  16. Brand new in sealed package. Excess to my requirements. Only $13.00 plus postage. Email J2 catfish@juno.com. Will be mailed same day as payment rec,d.
  17. It appears that the RVs involved are park models and not what I would call typical RVs. That does not reduce the tragedy. I have noticed that some RV resorts in Myrtle Beach and else where seem to violate any set back/spacing requirement. Makes it had for the fire folk to get to the site and do their most thankful work. Be careful out there. Catfish
  18. Currently PPL in Houston has a 15000 BTU (also heat pump) on their website for $850.08 . Shipping to NC is about $130.00, just in case your really need to replace the entire unit. Don't ask how I know. Regards, Catfish
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    Elio Motors

    Anyone want to buy a nice long T shirt ? Never been worn. Oh well! Catfish
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    Glenn: I have had two Tetons, first, 1997 had electric brakes. They simply sucked. My present unit, 2007, has disks. No way would I go back to 'lectric. just my 2 cents worth. Good luck. "Catfish"
  21. Glenn: You will have to wire in a split system any way so why not wire it for 220 volts, if the 110vac systems are not available. The wiring is already installed at your main panel. All that is needed is a "handle tied" circuit breaker sized for the wire /load you will install. Seems simple to me. Lots of newer RVs are going to 220v for dryers, etc. Just my thoughts Good luck with your project. Let us know how it works out. Catfish
  22. It should be a national holiday as it is also our 59th wedding anniversary. Hope the DW sees her shadow! Catfish (&Doady)
  23. Should you decide to take I10 through El Paso, I recommend that you not do it at about sundown. There are places, right in the middle of much traffic, where the sun is low enough to shine directly in your eyes. Not a good experience in my opinion. Catfish
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    Vegas Vacation

    For qualified military folk the Desert Eagle RV park aboard Nellis Air Force Base is a great stop. It has bus transportation down to the strip since it isn't that close. That is its only drawback as far as I am concerned. Them Air Force folks do know how to live. Catfish
  25. My Teton Homes has both. They were originally designed for oil field workers up nawth . Just sayin'
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