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Old 08-16-2010, 04:44 PM   #29
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VietVet, Now thats handy. Does your wife let you wander through the plants ?
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:48 PM   #30
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VietVet, Now thats handy. Does your wife let you wander through the plants ?
Yes very carefully. The plantings are her handy work, the stone was my first ever veneering, hired the concret work out.
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Nice Nice job !!
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:40 PM   #32
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As someone else said, concrete blocks are not a good idea.They can crack without notice and are not made to carry concentrated weight.Wood blocks are much safer and will not crumble.
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At the risk of beating a dead horse, it sure looks like a popular concensus is to drive the wheels up on some sort of ramp/block arangement. So my question now to those folks is "do you air down after you do that or is that getting a bit too conservative?"

I also really like the idea of dragging a jack stand with me wherever I go under the coach too.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:53 PM   #34
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Cement blocks are pretty dangerous. Over the years there have been a lot of people that made the news by getting crushed under their vehicle due to a cement block suddenly cracking/splitting.

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After I get up on the wooden blocks, I do let the air out ---- I don't want to accidently hit a dump valve and have the MH lower while I might be sitting up under it --- that could hurt a LOT !!!
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Lots of good information here... add to it this reminder that even though the wheels are driven up on very stable WOODEN blocks, they need to STAY there for you to be safe under that coach.

Obviously, the wheels need to be CHOCKED securely so they won't roll off the blocks.
The coach needs to be made securely stationary, independently of relying upon parking brakes or any other mechanical "hold" within that coach. And the chocks need to be very substantial... not some plastic or lightweight chock designed for a light vehicle.

As to jackstands, I use a pair of garage sale 50-ton "House Jacks" as jack stands. They are operated mechanically by screwing them up or down. I do not use them to raise or lower the coach, merely to hold the coach to the height where my 6-ton bottle jack raises it.

I also carry a "dead man" with me under the coach. It is a rail-road cross-tie cut to a length of 18 inches, placed on its end right beside me and lined up with a substantial frame member. It will catch the coach well before it can crush me, as long as I stay below the 18 inches.

This is overkill for sure in the minds of some. But not for me as a former county coroner who has had the unfortunate duty to pronounce several guys "DRT" (Dead Right There) ...guys who thought that a bumper jack, or concrete blocks (never, never NEVER.), or in one case a chain-fall (chain hoist) hung over a tree limb lifting the car by the bumper ...guys who acted very foolishly and died a painful death. (Your motor home will probably kill you instantly, given the weight, unlike a passenger car.)
Be safe. It doesn't cost much more to do it SAFELY.
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Good man, sounds like you were in cracker country.
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Actually, Chuck... a good ways south of "Craker Country" and well into serious "Red-Neck Kountry" for sure! And I can say that with impugnity because I was raised south and east of the Okeefenokee Swamp.

If it contributes to raising awareness for the good of the order, I am more than happy to take all the good-natured ribbing about the junk cars in the front yard, dogs on the porch (if there is any room for them, what with the washing machine, old sofa and all)... and any number of the other stereotypical red-neck attributes which may well apply.

The fact is, we are somewhat the experts in how to get oneself killed by a falling vehicle... or a cervical fracture involving a shallow creek, a rope swing and a half-consumed case of them "Patsy Blue" beers. O-K, granted, that one frequently happens with less beer ...or even no beer at all. It just happens.

Line #24 of the standard Georgia Unattended-Death Investigation Form: "Last spoken words of the decedent" can often indicate a definitive cause of death. In that part of the country, the most often-quoted phrase is, "Hey Y'all... Waaaaatch THIS!!!

Y'all just be careful under that motorcoach, ya hear?
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I knew I was somewhat close. We have family in Mississippi and when things are going wrong they are not the normal going wrong, ie: the wheel fell of my sister-in- laws tracter as she was mowing her front field and she couldn't get up until someone came along to tip her back up on her feet, no joke.
Also, maybe you could give me some advice, We are going to be near the Okeefenoke in October and I would love to know, where is the best place or places to see the swamp. I have never had the time before but are wanting to see it this time. After that we will be in Panacea, Fl, to eat some of those great clams at Posey's Steam Room. Nothing like the forgotten coast for sea food. Then it's on to Miss and and see if we can avoid major mishaps and disasters until we get back to California( they still keep most of their household goods and clothes inside the house ) .
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Chuck...
Regarding your Mississippi kinfolk, you said, "...the wheel fell of my sister-in- laws tracter as she was mowing her front field and she couldn't get up until someone came along to tip her back up on her feet, no joke." ...

I couldn't determine whether it was the tractor or your SIL that required help getting tipped back up on her feet...
Alas, I am left to conjecture that since she'd done busted the wheel off a pretty good-sized farm tractor... Annnnywaaaay, o be sure, there are some beautiful ladies AND beautiful tractors in Mississippi... 'just hard to distinguish between them somtimes.
And also to be sure, Mississippi folks ARE very quick to assist one another and they sure as heck did not buy into "victimization" following Katrina. I was there with a response group from Florida and all that the wonderful people of Mississippi wanted was the tools and a little help to get themselves back on their feet. Not making a political statement here... just the facts.

Yes, by all means, take the opportunity to visit the Okeefenokee Swamp. I have provided a link below to the Stephen C. Foster Memorial State Park, a part of the Georgia state park system. I noted they have RV sites.
The site also has links to the 5 other main access points to this huge National Wildlife Refuge located at various points on the perimeter of the swamp. There are interpretive centers and specialized programs for every interest and level of encounter... including multi-day canoe treks and camping on platforms deep in the swamp for the truly adventurous. October will be a great time to be there.

Steamed clams are wonderful... but try some deep fried gator tail at some of the seafood restaurants in South Georgia/North Florida. Some say it tastes like chicken... I say it tastes like, well... gator tail... and it is pretty danged good.
All the best to you,
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JimBoBillyBob, just keepen it formal.
My wifes nephew worked at the big Casino in Biloxi that was blown across the road. We were there before and after Katrina and your right about Mississippi rebuilding while the outskirts of New Orleans were a wreck.
It was my SIL that needed tipping back on her feet. Shes a BIG woman, but just as fine alookin as her tractor. Makes a stunning pair !! A true vision of loveliness, especially with the scent of new mown hay in the air.
Thanks for the info on the swamp, it looks good.. After all of trips near there I'm looking forward to finally seeing it.
Thanks again.
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