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Old 08-13-2019, 06:30 AM   #15667
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Lloyd,
The tire did not come apart, just the sidewall let do about a foot long towards the outside tire. The damage was towards the front, so the only thing I can think of is that the sudden blast of 110 psi air concentrated in one area was too much for the plastic.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:38 AM   #15668
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Good Morning;
Sorry about the additional damage and cost Frank. Very disappointing but hope it does not overshadow the good parts of the trip. Will be able to help with some of the repairs when we get to Yuma.

Finally got some sidewalk blocks laid. Now there is something to look at to get an idea of what the finished project will look like. Satisfying to see but wish we were in Maine.

Supposed to be a golf day. Predictions are for showers so there is some hope. We are going to meet at the course and see what it is like before making a decision.

Although we are not having much for a warm summer we are getting much needed moisture. Although the lawn needs a lot of cutting it is nice to see it green. We live in a transition area between boreal forest and prairie. It has always been feast or famine for moisture it seems.

Great pictures of the HiLo Sam. Looks very comfortable. Happy to see you have been able to get out and use it. Perhaps you will be able to set it up with us at a M&G and we will get a first hand look at it.

Welcome msaffa33. It is indeed a wonderful group of people. Wish we had gone to Maine to see them but we will be there next year.

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Old 08-13-2019, 08:36 AM   #15669
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Home is Foley, Alabama. Just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Yep its hot and humid.
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Good morning from Maine!

A few sprinkles this morning. More expected.

Welcome Terri! Great group of here here! Do plan for the meet and greet. They are fun. Where is home?

Anne, wow High-Lo looks great. In very good shape. Hang on to that one.

Frank, sorry about the tires. That stinks. Hope you have no further problems. Curious,,, did the inside tire cause damage to the outside wheel molding? If so I guess it wrapped around or something? Safe travels buddy. Enjoy Glacier. It is a awesome place. We did the bus tour (antique bus on a modern chassis) it was very nice and showed us stuff we would have missed.

Gordon, I guess you are getting some benefit from the garden despite the weather. Sure not much of a summer up there.

Having a great time here. Very pretty area.

Have a great day all!
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'Morning gang,
Nice area you're in Terri, hot now but it's great in the winter months. I like the whole stretch between Pensacola FL and Christiana MS. It's very sad though, what Katrina destroyed forever in MS. I wish I could have seen it all beforehand, when it was known as the Riviera of the U.S.A.
Frank, you've had enough aggrevation for the moment haven't you? Goldie says, "I've worn out my shoes!" Very glad you both are safe, time to take it easy for a spell.
Ann, the Hi-Lo looks really nice! Very cozy and comfortable.
Lynne, my area is around Mason City, IA and surrounding towns. Within a mile of my proposed campground, there is a miles and miles long former railroad bed made into a nice biking/walking trail. I plan on promoting that as part of my campground attractions, prayerfully.
Have a great day everyone!
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Just lost a long post, the inventor of the touch screen should be hung by him/her thumbs. Half the time it doesn't recognize my fingers, then when I don't want it to it works without me even touching it.
Down day today, just relaxing, Rita is doing laundry, later we are going supply shopping and then to dinner. We did have to move 2 places down. Tomorrow is 270 miles, the 260 miles the next day. Under 100 miles left to St Mary's for our drive along the sun highway. I originally had planned to do it in 2 days, but didn't feel like driving that far each day.
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Thanks, going to Menards to look at materials for what was torn up underneath. It is amazing how much damage a quick blast of air can do. The wheel well molding is the most expensive thing, and it is under $300.
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Nice area you're in Terri, hot now but it's great in the winter months. I like the whole stretch between Pensacola FL and Christiana MS. It's very sad though, what Katrina destroyed forever in MS. I wish I could have seen it all beforehand, when it was known as the Riviera of the U.S.A.
Frank, you've had enough aggrevation for the moment haven't you? Goldie says, "I've worn out my shoes!" Very glad you both are safe, time to take it easy for a spell.
Ann, the Hi-Lo looks really nice! Very cozy and comfortable.
Lynne, my area is around Mason City, IA and surrounding towns. Within a mile of my proposed campground, there is a miles and miles long former railroad bed made into a nice biking/walking trail. I plan on promoting that as part of my campground attractions, prayerfully.
Have a great day everyone!
October is my favorite beach time. I traveled hwy 90 in Mississippi to almost Waveland where Katrina went in the Friday before. Went back a few weeks after. All those beautiful old homes were gone. It was so sad. Those giant casinos boats were miles away from their moorings. It was a crazy site.
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Old 08-13-2019, 03:13 PM   #15673
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Hello everyone. Chocolate factory tour this morning. Eating a sample now. MMMMMMM good. Light shower right now. Heavier in the area but I think we will miss it. Beautiful area we are in. And temperatures are wonderful. 106 at my place in Texas today. I think we made it up to mid 70's here today.



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Going to Meet and greet in 2020.

If the meet and greet is in Michigan I am hoping to get DH on board. I mentioned it to him. No answer yet!! Plenty of time to work on him.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:02 AM   #15675
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Good Morning,

Sam. When I first brought up M&G to my husband he was not excited. Once he met everyone it was a different outlook for him. We, (you & I ) get to know people on this thread. Our spouses do not. We plan on meeting up with friends, they are meeting strangers to them. Talk to him about every post, what people are doing, show him the pictures, and get him used to the names. This forum is kind of like "Pen Pals" used to be.

More work at the kids yesterday. Next 3 days spending at home to get some of my stuff done. Also work on the decals since the wind is supposed to be low for the next few days. Would forgo the work for some rain please. Haven't cut the lawn in over a month now.

Frank, sorry for the problems on the road but I bet when you look at the pictures you will forget it soon enough. You have had a wonderful trip with some amazing scenery. Get things fixed and look back on the beauty.

The look for a rig is kind of stalled. Same product out there but I look daily in case something new comes along. Found a floor plan I really like though so concentrating on that. Probably going to still have Miss May when we come out to Yuma but that is ok. She's good old rig.

Glad the CG in Maine turned out to be a good one. Chocolate Factory! Sorry I missed that for sure. There is a CG at Mackinaw City, MI that is pretty nice. Boats to get to Mackinaw Island are close by. Not to far from the Mackinaw Bridge to the Upper Peninsula. Just a thought. Sleeping Bear Dunes is another place to look at.

Got to go, things to do and night light is a wasting. Lynne
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Old 08-14-2019, 05:43 AM   #15676
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Good morning!

Scary deal last night!

Sitting at the campfire and friend John came fast pace walking toward us. He was in his coach and smelt something electrical burning, then lost power. Opened the basement to find it full of smoke. Further investigation revealed the transfer switch connection from shore power was the problem.

Could have easily lost the coach, maybe 2 as we are in pine trees and relatively close together.

Group effort, removed the shore power cord from the box, cut back probably 10" to find good wire and then cleaned up the ends. Removed the relay from one side of the transfer switch and used the terminals as a junction box to connect the shore power cord directly to the coach supply line. Until new transfer switch is installed he cannot use his genny. New unit on order.

Porbable cause,,, the switch was replaced at the Tiffin Plant during a visit about 2 years ago. Tech had the input wires twisted at the connection. In addition found terminals loose. Given its a coach and moving should have been locktited.

All is good now, I see a transfer switch install in our future!

Thanks to all for the help, Popeye, Terry, Ron, Rail, Butch etc... We even had a ladies cheerleading team! This is a special group of people!

PS Thinking it maybe a great idea to add a smoke detector to the basement. A stickon battery operated unit would get the job done. New units have 10 year batteries.

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Good Morning;
Scary stuff about the transfer switch. Wonder if a Progressive Surge Protector at the box would possibly reduce the risk of things like this? Seems to run in my memory that it may shut off when it finds issues on the down side of the wiring. Something to look at.

Managed to get out on the course yesterday. Was in really good shape. New greens are firming up and putting is getting faster. Either that or everything was downhill (both ways)!!

Back to the paving stones.

Glad everyone is having a great time at M&G. Sad we missed the chocolate factory and lobster lunch.

More sidewalk work today. Should mow the grass again but maybe tomorrow.

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Good Morning Gang,
We had a great time and met a group of new friends. Already talking of a reunion next year in September. Feeling more like myself today, after a down day yesterday. Yes, the trip was very rough on Goldie, but that is why we bought her, so I am not real upset. As someone said, the memory's and sights we saw are priceless, Goldie can be repaired or replaced, but the memories cannot.
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Scary stuff, that transfer switch. Glad there was no damage other than the switch itself and some wire. At a seminar at our Alfa Rally this spring, they mentioned that one should add a lug on the end of stranded wire so the connection is less likely to loosen..They also said that you should check the connections yearly on the transfer switch and the in line surge protector.
Well I have to get ready to travel, later gang,
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Surge unit was hooked up ,, loose connections get HOT.

Check yours every year people !
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Good morning!

Scary deal last night!

Sitting at the campfire and friend John came fast pace walking toward us. He was in his coach and smelt something electrical burning, then lost power. Opened the basement to find it full of smoke. Further investigation revealed the transfer switch connection from shore power was the problem.

Could have easily lost the coach, maybe 2 as we are in pine trees and relatively close together.

Group effort, removed the shore power cord from the box, cut back probably 10" to find good wire and then cleaned up the ends. Removed the relay from one side of the transfer switch and used the terminals as a junction box to connect the shore power cord directly to the coach supply line. Until new transfer switch is installed he cannot use his genny. New unit on order.

Porbable cause,,, the switch was replaced at the Tiffin Plant during a visit about 2 years ago. Tech had the input wires twisted at the connection. In addition found terminals loose. Given its a coach and moving should have been locktited.

All is good now, I see a transfer switch install in our future!

Thanks to all for the help, Popeye, Terry, Ron, Rail, Butch etc... We even had a ladies cheerleading team! This is a special group of people!

PS Thinking it maybe a great idea to add a smoke detector to the basement. A stickon battery operated unit would get the job done. New units have 10 year batteries.

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Since I'm a retired Power Company Electrician I should inform everyone that as connections get warm (HOT) under use, the wire expands, then when not under load, or unplugged, the wire size goes back to normal size. So the connections may have been torqued correctly by the Technician upon install. But, over time the connection probably got loose from use.

All those connections need to be retorqued from time to time, just to make sure they stay tight. A little oxidation inhibitor works wonders too. Seen this too many times in my career.
Same reason they say retorque automobile head bolts after so many heat cycles.
(Usually done at the factory in the engine build shop)
Heat expands / Cold retracts materials.

So your transfer switch may just need some checking of the connections.

I retorque my shore power cord plug in once a year too.
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