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Old 01-18-2016, 05:35 AM   #3585
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Morning all!

30 here this morning! Supposed to get even colder tomorrow, teens in the morning.

Holiday today, no w--k. Heading to take the altenator in to the rebuild shop this morning. Having breakfast with one of my buddies and doing some shopping at the local Northern Tool.

Have great day all!

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Old 01-18-2016, 06:41 AM   #3586
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Good morning, fellow RV threaders! Plus three degrees here this morning, with hot coffee from the pot. Frozen stuff in the forecast for later in the week. Geocritter, you are heroic for your approach to exploring the southwest while camping in your Carravan. RV show in St. Louis was ok, but not overly impressive. Fewer dealers there, and a smaller area, not as many factory reps. This makes me wonder how far one needs to go in order to see a better representation of the units, floor plans that are offered. We have often told new people to this hobby they need to attend this show, but now I am doubting my own advice. Hope everyone is ok out there and staying warm.
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:06 AM   #3587
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morning,
Currently 45...
Back home -12
Coffee is good.
Well thanks to all the sweets over my life time I ended up with diabetes,
got up at 2:30 and the sugars were @ 560 I did a shot and the next test came back reading HI: confused: Took a bigger shot and it came down too 268.
going to wait another hour and see what happens. Dang nab it.

Got some great news and that is there are some boat races coming to our area. We watch them back home religiously when there on the tube. They will be racing the end of March near Phoenix and again in Parker the middle of April or the other way around, either way I want to go.

Went to Blyth yesterday too the only Grocery store we have found.

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Listening to my radio show back home as I am typing and the commercial is on for Tip-up Ice fishing poles. Won't need any of those this year...

Back to my report. It was a nice drive and the ability to go 75 and legal is a plus. Boy its a lot cheaper back home. $4-$5 bucks for a pound of butter is just hard to pay, so I didn't.
I think I might take the day off from waxing and go too the tents now that all the weekend warriors have gone home it won't be a zoo,(I hope).
I need another cupper,
Have a Great Day and those on the road be safe,
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Old 01-18-2016, 07:59 AM   #3588
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Goooodmorning all y’all!!!

I love my morning coffee! First thing I do when I get up is grind a batch of beans and start my coffee. A problem here in Sierra Vista is that at 4,700’ water’s boiling point is lower. I compensate for it by first running a single cup into the stopped-off filter assembly. The way the coffee maker’s designed you can hold about a cup of hot water in the filter with the coffee grounds without passing it through to the pot. I then let it steep for 5 minutes before I add more water to the boiler and run the coffee into the pot. It’s a nuisance but I end up with good strong coffee.

Yesterday’s road trip to the Chiricahua National Monument was interesting. The trip there from Sierra Vista is literally 90 miles of nothing but open grasslands with a few cattle scattered about. The Chiricahua National Monument was visually stunning with huge granite columns, often with large stone topknots balanced on top. Absolutely incredible geology! While I was there, I wandered off the national monument and took a gravel/dirt road back into an adjacent canyon area. I was soon surrounded by a forest of pine, juniper, and oak with thick tall grass growing underneath. Perfect quail habitat! I have a friend who hunted quail in the Chiricahua’s in 2014 and I need to ask him how it went. This has been a good year for quail which brings out lots of quail hunters. The Chiricahua Mountains are literally in the middle of nowhere. With such a long drive to get there from populated areas makes it a good place to go during a busy hunting year like this one’s been.

Today I need to resume house cleaning. My home-on-wheels has sunk to the point where even I can’t stand it, and that’s pretty bad. I do keep the dishes and food prep area clean but I have a tendency to not discard things and we all know that doesn’t work in an RV. Not looking forwards to this job at all. One thing I’ve noticed since Gail passed away was the civilizing influence she had on me.

Tim, I hear you regarding small town prices! I spent a month in Chiloquin OR (by Crater Lake) in 2014. If I wanted a can of Hormel Chili it cost $2.50 in Chiloquin (welcome to my convenience store where everything costs about a dollar more…). Ever since then whenever I plan to relocate I check out the area infrastructure. For instance, Sierra Vista has three grocery stores, a Target, a Wal-Mart and Kmart, a Lowes and Home Depot, an Ace Hardware, an excellent public library, and two movie theaters. Nearly everything I might want is close by, if not I can find it in Tucson 70 miles away.

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Old 01-19-2016, 03:08 AM   #3589
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Good Morning Everyone! Coffee is very good today!
Steve, SV also has some really good second hand stores, with some great prices!
Tim, I used to go to the K-mart in Blyth, and found some nice Big and Tall sizes for me! I also used to shop at Sam's Club in Yuma, and they also have cheap gas there! You will have to venture on down to Los Algodones, Mx. for a day trip! Just make sure you take your passport with you when you go, they will want to see it when you cross back into the U.S.! You can PM me for any info you might need on the town? They have a town party for all the snow birds every spring and every fall, with free food and drink, and entertainment!
MikeB, 3*? Wow! I don't know if I can take that kind of cold anymore!!
Lloyd, did you call around to the truck dealers, and part's dept's, and price a rebuilt Alt.? Sometimes they run specials, and you can get them at a very good price!
Everyone have a great day! Rail!
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Old 01-19-2016, 07:13 AM   #3590
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goodmorning folks,,,
its 6 deg outside making my coffee tast very good as i type this..lol
i am part of the ice cream club..lol,,,never was a drinker of alcohol..but a little shine is great for a cold or flu..
everyone stay safe and warm..
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:40 AM   #3591
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Morning All! Finally got the pickup polished last night, guy finally came after I took it back to the bodyshop to do it myself, and he came with a helper and they did a nice job in like 2 hours! Would have taken me much longer! Here a few pics... 20 degrees here , now to get to putting it all back together!
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:47 AM   #3592
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Goooodmorning all y’all!!!

Hot coffee’s so good this pleasantly cool morning.

I tried something new last night. I’m normally an upbeat guy but lately I’ve been having trouble with the “black dog” visiting me after my daily 3am nature call. When he visits I toss and turn for the next two hours, typically upset over things I have no control over, such as unhappy memories from my recent past. Last night I decided I’d stay up an hour later in the hopes of having a later morning nature call, closer to 5am when I normally get up. It worked! This morning I awoke for my daily nature call at 4:30am and after lying about for 20 minutes thinking about my coming day I got up. No black dog visit, YEEEHAAA!

Yesterday I made a Tucson run to pick up a few repair items that I haven’t been able to find in Sierra Vista. ADOT appears determined to make the trip to Tucson and back more difficult, with repairs and single lanes on I-10 in both directions! The good news is I was able to get what I needed and I can get on with some repair projects.

Rail, I’ve visited most of the second hand stores around Sierra Vista and Huachuca City and you’re right, there’s an interesting array of stuff out there. It’s fun to look, though with my space issues I seldom buy anything.
I’m having trouble deciding where to spend the summer. I’d originally hoped to get a seasonal job as geological interpreter in one of our national parks. However, it appears that they’re 40 hour a week only jobs and you have to go through the US jobs website. One of the things in my recent past that made me extremely unhappy was the dehumanizing aspect of todays job search. When you apply for a job and are treated as if you never applied and don’t exist, that’s totally dehumanizing not to mention unprofessional! I’ve been thinking of resuming my last year’s plan of spending the summer up by Lake Superior in northern MI, WI and MN. Last year I even purchased a small outboard and folding boat to use for fishing, however my plans were derailed by a failing RV engine which I’ve since replaced. The only thing that’s making me hesitant is all the extra mileage to get there from AZ. However, it’s pretty much flatland driving and I’ll be able to visit friends along the way so maybe it’s still a good plan after all. Or, I may just relocate to Flagstaff and spend the summer in Arizona… Ahhh, what to do, what to do? Not really a bad problem to have.

Tim, with some of the issues you’ve had in Quartzsite I suggest that you just turn the key and haul butt over to Sierra Vista. The beginning of February Sierra Vista’s hosting its 28th annual Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering. Fun times and the natives are friendly!

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morning,
Currently 56 (above)
Going up too 70dies today and looks like it all week. (whimper)
I miss the cold. Nope.
I had one hell of a time getting on irv2 this am about 45 minutes
My brother sent me a text yesterday and it was 5 below.
Coffee is good, I might have to make my favorite, Dunkin Donuts brand just dang good.
Glad to hear from you Rail I was starting to worry.
Went to the tents again yesterday and then the big tent. I thought that the big tent was for the new MH's and it wasn't its all booths selling there wares. We looked at a few used MH's and was quite disappointed. One had mold growing in the fridge. YUCK. Joe insists on looking at the 40-45 footers and more money than the S&B's
I found my dream 5th wheeler, Its the one that has the living area upstairs and has a 50 inch TV and a electric fireplace under the tv on the rear wall. It was just dreamy (sorry couldn't resist) Hold on $136,000,Ive already priced the truck at $61-70 thousand depending if I want the King Ranch which I do, sooo that puts us at around $200.000.00 Back to the used ones LOL. and I have never seen so many MH in one place/area before, a must see. Every thing flowed gracefully.

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come up to Minn this summer. There is a Rv park at the casino,
20-23 bucks a night S-T and $27.00 on F-S Not sure what the monthly rate is but can find out.
that includes Water, Sewer, cable TV, WiFi, Electric, Pool, asphalt Drive/Parking/Picnic table with a grass yard and a tree. OBOY Security and a shuttle that picks u up at your site and runs every 20 minutes. They have a great buffet too. Nice CG.
O-O just saw a Plummer heading down the street,. I heard they had a pipe freeze last week. Fix must not of held.
Going back to the big tent found some LED Rope Lights, 39 foot rope for 30 bucks. I'm going for the red, white, blue Motif... got the Blue and white already, Should look nice.
Got to BS with the guy on the other side of the fence.
Well that's about it from my part of the world......
Have a great day and those on the road be safe,
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Oh Well, just got home, everything is painted! Had Sally come over with the van to tow it back home as it isn't registered or insured, Moron in the shop put the Emergecy Brake on and broke the tow strap, so I drove it the 4 blocks home, put it in the garage and then realized how many tickets I could have got!!!!!!!!!! Won't do that again, probably would have made me some kind of felon, lol!
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:39 AM   #3595
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Morning!

28* here, really pretty sunrise this morning! Always get that saying mixed up, what is supposed to happen when there is red sky in the morning?

My new belt for the coach came, picked it up yesterday. Now need to find time to install. Unfortunatly have to take the bedroom apart to get to the top as there is a bracket that must be removed before it can be installed.

Altenator is on and ready to go.

Bobby, you are right. No forgiveness in N.Y. for doing that. Here in S.C you can drive around for weeks without a license plate and not get stopped. Very different.

Have a great day all!

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Old 01-20-2016, 06:42 AM   #3596
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morning,
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Haven't even had a sip of coffee, Hang on, yep tastie.
Took a trip to Yuma yesterday in the toad had a nice drive. I was telling joe while we were in a traffic jam about another forum about CB's and cell phones, neither of us can figure out how you hear on a cell phone about traffic up ahead,whereas on a CB you can just listen, just don't get it.
Anyhow we stopped at a veggie/fruit stand man what deals. I have been to Yuma 20-25 years ago too pick up a load in the semi driving days. looking at the fields just amazes us how good everything looks compared to our garden back home.
Saw a crop duster and man that plane was huge and he/she was flipping that plane every which way. It wasn't a little Cesena either, amazing.
We made it to Sam's , Joe went in and I stayed in the car with the girls. We then found the Target Super Store and I went in and found our Soda Stream mixes, one of the items we have been looking for while here.
We were hoping to meet up with a fellow irv2 member but it didn't happen, it was a last minute decision to head down there so they must of been busy.
On the way back to Quartzsite we got too go thru a Home Land security check point with a dog sniffer and we made it thru.
That was our day.
What did u do?
Have a Great day and those on the road be safe.
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Tim - sorry we were not able to get together. Janet is off on a bus tour to Laughlin and I golf on Tuesdays. Got your message when I got back from golfing. Perhaps next time you are in the area. I will send you a PM with our phone number so you can phone us when any last minute trips come up. We have "imported" coffee so it will be worth the stop!! LOL
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:31 AM   #3598
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Goooodmorning all y’all!!!

Love my morning coffee!!!

Yesterday was a lazy day. I spent the morning doing the SV Hiking Clubs 4-mile ‘conditioning hike’ followed by afternoon grocery shopping and general putzing around my home-on-wheels. Lately, I’ve been having trouble settling down to actually accomplish anything productive. However, since my ‘retirement’ I tend to be productive in fits and starts, with periodic bursts of productivity. My plan to avoid the dreaded early morning ‘black dog’ continues to be working. I stayed up last night until 10:30 watching the 2003 Russel Crowe naval movie ‘Master and Commander’ and slept through the night until 5:15am, at which point I started my day.

Tim, during my research for last summers aborted Lake Superior stay, I was dismayed to learn that the area RV parks were quite spendy, even monthly rentals were very high. In the past, at other areas, I found affordable monthly rentals on Craigslist. If a CL search didn't work out I’d planned to advertise on an upland (grouse) hunting website about the possibility of parking on a members property (many members live on larger country properties) in exchange for a reasonable monthly rent, or boondock. After all, even without solar, my RV is well outfitted for boondocking.

It's good to have options, in fact life is good!

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