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Glad to hear AlanaSue and Bob made it to JW's facility and the re-do is progressing rapidly! Good luck. Rick and Alana left Hutch just before we did today, but noticed they were missing (I believe) brake lights. We suggested they visit Louis HDT repair in Inman where we took our truck and they did. Louie took them right in, did some rewiring and off they went safe and sound. We checked on Dale and Marks lonely rig and all appeared just fine. The winds today were incredible up to 44 mph gusts and pretty constant. There was a huge dust storm on I-35 S causing zero visibilty for 2 miles. It resulted in a 35 vehicle pile up and closed the road. They said the police had trouble finding the accidents it was so blinding. We had to take a detour that altered our route considerably. So we are down for the night on I-40 E and will head south on I-71 to pick up 82 E tomorrow morning. Chris and Vern are almost to the panhandle. Good timing! Look forward to seeing you all next year, hopefully on time, and be safe. Keep on posting! Hugs ddshjs

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J & V, As soon as you have a chance let us know that you arrived safely back in WA and how your son is doing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs, ddshjs

 

 

 

Ditto. Have been wondering how he is doing.

 

 

Oh dear Jack, a mini uproar has been created! We know LOTS of "the testosterone bunch" curiously peak and lurk on the RDBE thread, however there is an expectation that contributors possesses as certain level of ESTROGEN to actually post on the thread. All lurkers are cordially invited to post their E-levels on the thread to earn posting privileges. Please understand, NO offense to any guys, but the gals vociforously and in large numbers reminded me it is their RDBE thread and we only have one. Good night from WINDY SW Oklahoma -_-

 

 

 

Davena, let's allow him this one post in the estrogen zone, since he was kind enough to do a seminar for us. rolleyes.gif

 

Heidi

 

 

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Heide, oh you are the peacemaker. I ditto.

 

Jack speaks the estrogen language. RDBE gals have the questions, sometimes we don't know the technical terms but Jack always picks up on our terminology and gives us an answer we gals can comprehend. Like that do-dad that switches this to that, now how does that work?

 

We sure don't want Jack to get rusty on the estrogen language, as he and Danielle gave an outstanding round table discussion and look forward to them hosting another at the 2013 rally in Hutch.

 

Oh Jack, wanted to ask you............that "what you call it", should I put it on with glue or duck tape? :D:) :) :) :) :) :) :)

 

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Oh Jack, wanted to ask you............that "what you call it", should I put it on with glue or duck tape? :D:) :) :) :) :) :) :)

 

No, use 3M 5200 "fast cure" marine adhesive. It will hold it far better and you will not have to penetrate your roof with a screw. Had you attended the RV Electrical seminar you would know that..... ;)

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We are settled back in our little cabin in Mazama now. Kurt is doing well and is now using a cane to walk. Walking or lying is it..just can't sit much yet...big oww :( Helping get ready for winter and such.Post op appt. on the 29th in Wenatchee..115 miles each way. All in all long term looks quite good. Helps to be in excellent health when something like this happens. Thanks to all for your thoughts and comments. :)

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Jack, no offense, but I agree with Davena. If we let you post, then other guys will want to post, and there goes the "gals only" area. The guys have all the forum to play in, let us gals have our area. If you want to chime in - just have Danielle do it... It's not about "speaking the language" - it's about BEING a gal!

 

Vickie - so glad that Kurt is doing so well so soon... Hope his recovery is complete and swift, and he's back to doing all the things he loves to do - and you guys can once again hit the road and be where you won't have snow...

 

Sue - how are the "modifications" coming along? I'm SO relieved that the "lockers" are gone - the disaster could have been catastrophic for you and those behind/beside you at the time!

 

Davena - hope you guys are safely back en route to home base again.

 

Drive safe everyone!

Sharon

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Good Morning, Ladies.

 

Raymond and I are safely back at 'Homebase' in FL. We left Hutch at 1030am Sunday and stopped at Sherman, TX (376 miles) at Sunset. 2nd Day we drove 678 miles to Point Clear, AL - what AWFUL roads we encountered when we got on I-10 at Lafayette, LA all the way to the MS State Line. 3rd Day we arrived at homebase near Titusville, FL about 6pm after 528 miles. Lots of mileage - but what a way to travel !!!!! We love it. And, this being our third trip to the HDT Rally in Hutch, it was a great experience to not go back to the hotel each night. LOL

 

I had a wonderful time catching up a little with old friends, meeting new ones and can't wait til we see you all again. IF any of you get near our "Homebase" in FL, let us know. You are welcome to pull in here.

 

RECIPES: share any that you want to me at: jags1fan@gmail.com

Since most of you would like recipes on DVD instead of a print version, I'm thinking that maybe "Recipes via computer" might be even easier for everyone to access. So,I'm working on that idea and will let you know. Currently I have about 25 recipes so keep them coming!

 

Safe Travels, Everyone.

Janet

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Sharon: Modifications are coming along nicely.....

 

First order of business, dismantle the stack of drom boxes. Thanks to those who told us the drom boxes were rocking back and forth when we went over to take pictures of the trucks for the photo op. Upon dismantling we found they were all stacked one on top of the other and all were fastened to the bottom box with bolts. When we took off the top one, noticed the bolts were loose, as we took off the next layer had the same problem with loose bolts. Got down to the bottom box and there was water inbetween the boxes and rust around the bolts which again were loose. The bolts were the only thing holding that mass of boxes together. Asked for bracing but was told we didn't need to brace them. Really, obviously we did.

 

Took the loader off the truck yesterday. The beams that were added to lengthen the bed are all rusted. This is a 2008 truck and the framing on the truck is not rusted like these beams.

 

Already pulled the Trailer Saver hitch off. Have to do more modifications before the ET hitch is installed. We have received the ET hitch from Henry but need a few more conections. At least when we are at that point, it should be ready to install. We are a long way from that point as the first order of business will be to put bracing under the bed loader and bracing where the drom boxes sat leaving ample room for filling of the diesel tanks. The drom boxes, working on their replacement, you can bet using bolts will be at a minimum.

 

We are taking pictures and documenting this re-do. Bob is in the process of putting on the form what is for sale, already had the delivery guy asking questions.

 

Received the new smart car ramps, lifting them should be much easier than lifting 75.5# which is what each of the old ramps weighed.

 

See Sharon, we are progressing nicely.

 

Sue

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Sue - Not only are you progressing nicely on the mods for the truck - but you have NINE posts at this time of this message!! SEE, it's not hard, and SO much fun! I'm proud of you for finally jumping in the water on posting, and though I'm sorry you guys had to redo the truck, happy that it's coming along nicely. You'll be more comfortable with it when it's exactly as YOU want it - we all know "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy"! :rolleyes:

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okay Sharon, here is post #10. ha ha

 

You are right, "if mama is not happy, no one is happy"...or something like that...but you are right.

 

Since we have the smart car bed loader OFF and the drom boxes OFF, we can see what we need. The mud flaps were mounted to the back storage boxes, not sealed so we had water inside the storage box. These are also OFF.

 

Today spent the a.m. going to the truck lighthouse here in Nashville. They have lights and more lights, flashing lights, you name it, they have it. They service police cars and fire trucks with lights, and now we are telling them about our project, the smart car loader and Volvo truck.

 

Here we pulled up in the smart car and we found out they were commenting if elfs were going to get out....no just us normal size people. Told them we were looking for lights and they just looked at each other and looked at the smart car...........you could read their minds. Pulled out one of our business card and they finally got what we were after. Heck they immediately offered us one of their catalogs. They realized we are not trying to put lights on the smart car but on our other ride, the Volvo. Now we have their attention!

 

Bob replaced a lot of the lights in our RV with LED lights so this is nothing new for him. He researches and researches everything. It is like, measure twice and cut once. That way you should only have to do it once! Right?

 

Sue

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Janet, Thanks for organizing the recipes! They will be great, I'm sure. Two questions: Is there a deadline for submission? Do you want them in any particular format?

 

Sue, it is exciting to listen to the progress on your truck. I went into a truck lighting store once and it was too much stimulation for my little brain. Pretty to look at, but how do you decide what you want/need?

 

Sounds like everyone made it safely from the rally to their next destination. I look forward to reading more about everyone's adventures here.

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Susan, thanks for reminding me - I've been meaning to ask Janet if we're only supposed to send in the recipe that we used for the pot luck, or just any recipes that we like...

 

Sue, I'm anxious to see the new thread about the before, during, and after progress (with pictures of course) on the truck (be sure to use Bob's user name for that thread!). I'm happy you're getting things done. Never been to a truck lighting store - I'm with Susan - might be mental overload for me!

 

OK ALL LADIES - I would like to know how we had SO many in the room and everyone had plenty to say - then we leave the rally, and no one is yacking it up like in the meeting! Is it the lack of the tongue loosening drink - whatever that stuff was (personally, I had lemonade, so I don't know...)?? Let's do the thing that us gals are best known for (other than shopping) - talking! C'mon gals :P

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The truck lighting store was over-whelming. They had lights that would flash, small round ones, larger round ones, some that blinked, it just went on and on. It was brain over-load. But you know what, I didn't think about the smart car loader and the drom boxes. Sometimes over-whelming is good. :) :) :)

 

You are right Sharon about all the chatter at the rally. Let's see now, some of the topics were????

Guess Sharon you have to get the topic started.

 

 

You mentioned posting pictures to keep everyone updated on the progress of the new re-do. Never posted pictures on this forum, heck up to last week, never posted on this forum. ;) And what is this, post #10?

 

Sue

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RECIPES: ALL recipes are accepted, not just ones from the great Pot Luck Dinners we've had. You can email them to me (jags1fan@gmail.com). No particular format since I have so many handwritten ones already from RBDE gals, but I intend to follow close to the usual format of "Recipe Name", # of servings it makes-if known, Ingredients, Preparation, Nutrition Values if known, Submitter Name/ and possibly the information of the RIG they currently have.

 

No deadline, however, when I get to around 100 recipes - we'll publish then. I have around 25-30 right now. Also, plan to let ya'll know when we reach 75 submittals - I'll try to advise what sections of the Cookbook need more entries so we can equal out the sections somewhat.

 

Since so many would like the 'cookbook' on DVD, we'll be printing only the ones needed in that format. All other will be on a DVD or another format for accessing the cookbook online. Accessing online seems to be getting popular - so I'm checking that out to see if that would work for us.

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Hi ladies.

Sharon you are right. I haven't been chatting like I can.

 

We are sitting in Hauchuca City, AZ. Weather here is great. 75 to 85 in the day time 50 - 64 at night. Have just been taking some down time and getting some things organized in the camper. Haven't been following the post until today.

 

Thanks for the info on the recipes. I have several I want to send to you. Have to put that on my to do list.

 

So glad to here Kurt is doing so well. It could have been so much worse. Just goes to show the power of prayer. Praise God!

 

Sue, I am so glad to hear your refit is going so well. It is just such a shame to spend all that time and money and get such sloppy workmanship.

Keep us posted on how things are going.

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Davena - where are you - our fearless leader...? Can you "rally the troops" and get this thread rolling?

 

Janet, I'll look into finding more of the recipes that I like - do you already have the info you need on the ones you took at the rally? If not, I'll email you with anything that's missing (that I know anyway).

 

Aggie, nice to take a break every couple hundred miles or so :P I second what you said about Sue's truck and Kurt with the prayers.

 

Have a great day ladies - hubby comes back home today from his FL visit with his brother. It will be great to have him home again. We "chip" the cats tomorrow, and leave on Thursday for our DRV appointment. Then we'll start heading towards TX for the winter...

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Aggie, you are right about the time and the cost of the first build. Never in our wildest did we think it would take so long and the cost is still unbelievable....and for what?

 

We had rallies planned and had to cancel due to the length of time they were taking to do???? The Good Sam's Rally was scheduled and the SubVets rally and the one that really hurt to cancel was the East Coast Rally in CrossvilleTennesseeee.

 

But we made the Hutch rally and boy did we have a good time. Gail and Steve were excellent "hosts" and made the week flow nicely and smoothly. Believe this rally was the largest group. Everyone sure gave us a lot of feed back from "nice paint job" to "why in the world did they do it that way".

 

Never been to Hauchuca City, Arizona, say it is nice. Sounds like the weather is Perfect.

 

Sharon is teasing me about the number of posts, believe it is like

#11. Since Sharon is traveling, guess we could always put "where is Sharon"?

 

Wondering how Kurt is doing? Sure hope Vickie keeps us updated on his continued progress.

 

Sue

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Davena - where are you - our fearless leader...? Can you "rally the troops" and get this thread rolling?

 

Janet, I'll look into finding more of the recipes that I like - do you already have the info you need on the ones you took at the rally? If not, I'll email you with anything that's missing (that I know anyway).

 

Aggie, nice to take a break every couple hundred miles or so :P I second what you said about Sue's truck and Kurt with the prayers.

 

Have a great day ladies - hubby comes back home today from his FL visit with his brother. It will be great to have him home again. We "chip" the cats tomorrow, and leave on Thursday for our DRV appointment. Then we'll start heading towards TX for the winter...

 

 

We finally made it to the Escapees Park in Bushnell, FL Will head back to NH late tomorow or Thursday. Will update details later!!!!!

Thank heavens for Vern and Chris! SKP Hugs. Davena

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Well if everything worked right, I should start posting as furball express2. Found out I could have an e-mail notification every time someone post on the forum and since my smart phone is synced with my e-mail, I will get e-mail notification on my phone. So I don't need my computer to keep up with the forum. We shall see :-)

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Yeah! Davena is still alive and with us! I know you're looking forward to getting back home again... Drive safe and update us when you can.

 

Sue - if you'll look to the left of everyone's post you'll see how many posts they've made - (as of this writing, yours said 12 posts - I tried copying the image, but it won't post the message with it!). So you'll never have to wonder again how many you've done Sue. Be sure to post the link for the "show and tell" thread when you guys get it up and running...

Aggie - why not "Mrs Furball"?!?! :rolleyes:

 

Vickie... calling Vickie... How's Kurt doing? Updates on him and what you guys are up to...?

 

Haven't heard from Suzan lately - has "Boomer's Mom" had any good news on her house? I sure haven't had any on mine yet...

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Sharon, found the number of posts and they were right where you said they would be. You are SO smart.

 

Bob is trying to find a folder in which he can put the pictures of the truck in real time. This prep time is what takes so long, but once the steel arrives, I'm sure big things will be happening. We are using the catalog that Truckers Lighthouse gave us to cut and paste. Have to plan these things, right?

Think we should go with the flashing lights? Red or amber?

 

We are still horse sitting as the owners will be back tomorrow. Bob is really getting to be a pro at pitching the hay in the stall, and Betsy (that is the horse's name) is loving the one who feeds her.......that be Bob. Okay, okay, I sneaked a handful of hay to Betsy just to win her affection, guess it will take more handfuls of hay. She is loving Bob the best....not fair.

 

But I believe I won the heart of their dog, Lizzy....yep, dog treats, yep she loves me the best!

 

Glad to hear from Davena and that they arrived safe and sound. Glad to hear they are heading to NH as they still have to finish our order...never a dull moment in the life of #1. Believe Ketchup will like Florida's weather this winter much better than NH's weather, you agree?

 

Haven't heard from Heide either, might have to put out a shout to her.....Where is Heide?

 

Glad to hear Fur ball express is joining the group, Yeah!

 

Sue

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Ladies, I have a question for you. I was talking to one of the gals and we were talking about set up/tear down time for the interior of the camper.

 

How long does it take you, on average, to get ready to roll?

 

Sue, I've been chasing babies. Turned my back for too long and this is what happened....

 

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Ladies, I have a question for you. I was talking to one of the gals and we were talking about set up/tear down time for the interior of the camper.

 

How long does it take you, on average, to get ready to roll?

 

Sue, I've been chasing babies. Turned my back for too long and this is what happened....

 

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My estimate would be 45-60 minutes on both sides of that process (just for me inside the RV). We are still so new to the process of open up/or close, I start at one end of the RV and try to methodically go to the other end. I'm not using the 'museum tape' stuff, so I put away all glass, etc, that I might have put out. And, I pay very close attention to what's in the way of the slide edges before I open or close...amazing the stories you hear about things that have shifted their location when you arrive where you want to be. That paid off for us this time coming home from Hutch....very rough roads on I-10 LA Eastbound shifted even small end tables forward and would have definitely been in the way of both LR slides when I opened them. Never seen those tables move, in fact they seemed to be wedged in place, until now! What an adorable picture....kids are fast aren't they? Glad you shared the picture!

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Heidi, That is such a cute picture. It's one of those pictures you keep and put away until he has kids of his own and his kid does the same thing and Dad is so upset, so then you pull out the picture and use it to put some prespective (emotional blackmail) into the situation :lol: :lol: :lol:

 

As to how long it takes me to set up/break down... Well, if we have been set up for a while (months), it is one day for "pre-packing" all the things I have left setting out for every day use. :)

 

Then the morning of the move, about an hour inside and outside. I have never actually timed it so I could be off 15 to 30 minutes either way. What takes to long for me is moving the cats from the RV to the Truck. :(

 

I put together a check list for inside and outside and had them laminated. Bought a couple china markers and we just check off things as we do it. Saves time and piece of mind second guessing our selves and worrying if we forgot something.B) This is especially true when you have been setting for a month or so.

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