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Old 03-30-2016, 07:14 AM   #4201
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Good Morning All,

Sitting here finishing off my coffee and watching the Cardinals tap on the window. Silly birds.

Charles and Beverly, I am glad to see the two of you taking your time looking for your rig. This is a big important purchase and seeing all the pretty whistles makes it easy to make mistakes. We had put money down on a rig that was pretty and I realized quickly it was not what we really wanted. Lost the deposit on that one. Found our rig a few months later. It was an expensive lesson, but we have the right rig now.

Keep taking your time and the right one will come along. As someone else said, you have learned a lot already and continue to learn more with each rig you look at. When the right was comes along you will know as soon as you see it.

Working with the Mobile RV guy to get the things fixed we want done so the rig will be ready when it gets warm enough to use it. Will be nice to have it done so we can just enjoy her.

Hope you all have a great day and every day is another off Rail's countdown. Soon Rail, soon.


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Old 03-30-2016, 09:14 AM   #4202
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Goooodmorning all y’all!!!

I awoke at 6:30 this morning to bright sunshine. That’s something new since I normally don’t sleep past 5am. I must’ve really needed the sleep. After two cups of coffee I’m now wide awake and rarin’ to go! I’ve been enjoying reading Craig Johnson’s Longmire story’s, so far I’ve consumed eight of his books so I’ll have to find a new author soon. After reading that author Jim Harrison died recently I checked out one of his books a few days ago The English Major. I’ve read a few chapters but don’t know yet whether or not I want to pursue his writings.

I’m getting excited about taking an Alaska road trip. This morning I’m going to write my kids with the details. They know their old man’s wanderlust and strong survival instinct pretty well so I doubt that they’ll be anything but supportive.

Tim, a bigger RV? It sounds like you’re really getting hooked on the mobile lifestyle. Watch out, it’s slippery slope! You seem like the sort of guy that could work wonders with an old Wanderlodge or a bus conversion (one that’s already been professionally done but is in need of facelift). Something like that would be worth sacrificing your Caddy for. Besides who needs a Caddy when you could have a smart car as a toad (just joking!)

Rail, I’m towing a 2005 Dodge Caravan on a tow dolly and tend to keep my speed between 70-75mph. I’m thinking that on my next relocation I’ll pretend I’m in California and set my speed control at 60mph and see how she does. Maybe in the flatlands I can get’er up to 8mpg with the toad.

It’s amazing how many folks bought into the VW back in the day. The fact is they were fun to drive, generally reliable, and in their day got good gas mileage. That’s what angers me the most about the number 3 cylinder problem. Why VW would sully such an otherwise good design with a known problem that had a simple cure is something I just don’t understand.


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Old 03-30-2016, 07:20 PM   #4203
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Hi All!

Sounds like everyone is doing well. Great to see.

Not sure who is more excited about Mona, Frank or Rail? Going to be like Christmas in April!

Debbie had her knee replacement surgery yesterday, she is doing well. Very painful, but she is up and walking in the hospital this morning. I hope each day from here it gets a little better.

Steve, it is also my dream to make the trip to Alaska. We are targeting next year. 2 weeks ago while we were in Perry for the rally we went to a seminar on RV'ing to Alaska. It wasn't about the scenery or the wild life, it was all about the do's and don't do's of Alaska travel. It was very interesting we enjoyed every moment.

One of the things recommended by the presenter was to make full use of the boon docking sites in Alaska. They are everywhere. There were pictures of some with awesome scenery. Anyway, the presenter highly recommended an RV that was as capable as possible at boon docking. Both to keep cost down and to make the most of it.

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Old 03-30-2016, 10:54 PM   #4204
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Good Morning Everyone! Just getting to the second cup, Mmmmmmmm!!!
I woke this morning to a drip, drip, drip, at the water filter in our back kitchen!. I had just installed a new secondary filter, as the old one was pretty old! This drip was at the primary filter, at a faucet to get water out of, (that we never used), as we let it go thru the secondary filter first! So I grabbed the thing to make sure it was tight, and tapped it with a screw driver, as I opened it up thinking that something might have got lodged in it? Third tap and it broke off in my hand! Good thing the shut off was right there!! Well, then, I got to looking at it, and it had been "Jury Rigged" before with plenty of plumbers putty and who knows what else! So I decided that since we did not use this feature anyway, I will just plug it off, and keep using it the way we were! Well the old faucet was broke off in it clean, so I had to cut it, and break the old piece out, clean the threads up, and put in a pipe plug! Got it finished up, and works good as new! It is a older Stainless Steel filter system that is fully serviceable and we just had a guy come by and put new charcoal and ( the sand stuff) in it, too bad he did not check this feature, as it would have broken off in his hand, not mine!! Oh well??!!
Lloyd, I think Frank and I both are very excited, and I will see if Rita or Jira will video us as we look at everything! Should be worth a laugh or too!!
Give Debbie our best, and hope she heals up fast!
Steve, I'm certain your mileage will get better at 60 than 70/75! Mine was about 2 MPG difference!
Tim, you will get the one of your dreams, just don't be in a hurry, and look at a bunch!
Well, time to go pick up Jira and her Mom for lunch!
Everyone have a great day! 16 Days! Rail!
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:58 AM   #4205
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Good Morning All, Lloyd, tell Debbie we're pulling for her, the toughest is the physical therapy, work hard and you'll get the best results . Rail, I've always really never cared for plumbing good luck with that. Have a Great Day All. ps, today the TH comes out of storage
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:16 AM   #4206
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It is going to be a great day!! First a cup of coffee and maybe a breakfast.
THEN, after all the morning rituals I will get into our beloved 2004 Pace Arrow, our first RV, an RV that has taken us to great places all over our beautiful country, and drive it about 40 miles to the Newmar dealer.
There, at 10 am start the PDI of our Brand NEW 2015 DS 4369. I feel like a kid in a candy store!!!
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:47 AM   #4207
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gooodmorning all my roady friends....lol,,i know i know,,,,

Lloyd,, tell DEBBIE,,she is in our prayers for a speedy recovery !!!

RAIL,, im excited to see you meet mona as well !!!

STEPHAN,,, congrats on your new rig,,,but it will take alooong time to be vintage..lol

i gotta run for now,,,---i pray everyone has a blessed day this day !!!!!

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Old 03-31-2016, 07:12 AM   #4208
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Coffee is good this morning. ...

Lloyd hope debbie recovers quickly

Stephen hope the PDI goes well and you get to enjoy the new coach...

Kinda sticky here this morning hope all have a great day..

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Old 03-31-2016, 07:25 AM   #4209
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Good morning, all!

It's been real busy with work here (for both of us), so I think I missed a day or so...

Lloyd, Give Debbie our best. Bev has been through two knee replacements. Well worth the short-term inconvenience. OK, it hurt at first, but the pain meds handled most of that. Now, a number of years later, it's still great! The pain that was there before the replacements is completely gone.

Stephan, Congrats on the new rig! Enjoy!!!

Rail, I'm not a fan of plumbing either. But you gotta do what you gotta do and make it work.

Terry, Looking forward to photos of your TH in tow.

Lynne, Yup. We are taking our time. In reality, what we have learned so far has been extremely helpful thanks to many of you here. We are putting everything into perspective, including the idea of full-timing. We have some more years of work to go first, so f/t is not a current option. But part-timing might be sooner? We still have a lot to learn, and we are enjoying the process together.

Steve, Thanks for the update on the Alaskan Highway. Still not sure if I want to take an RV up that way (again). But, that is way off in the future. There is a lot to see in the lower 48 as well.

Everyone, Have a Great Day!
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:07 AM   #4210
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Goooodmorning all yíall!!!

Itís another beautiful Arizona morning. There are some clouds today, but itís a nice break from the typical Arizona blue skies.

I emailed my kids discussing my May/June Alaska trip and theyíre both excited for me. My kids both like to travel, my daughters been all over Europe and she and a friend spent 10 day roaming around Japan and my son spent a summer with a friend backpacking around Europe and a week traveling around the British Isles with me. I guess we all have the DRD4-7r wanderlust gene, who wouldaí thunk it!

Todayís the farmers market. Itís about a block away and makes for a nice mornings stroll. I buy local honey there to help keep my pollen allergy at bay. Thereís a guy there who sells unfiltered raw honey at excellent prices. Iím going to drop off some of his Ball jars he packs his honey in. I donít have to but heís a nice guy and he can use the jars more than I can.

Since itís cool out itís really time for me to do some exterior work on my RV. I keep procrastinating but itís getting towards crunch time, time to get it done!

Itís good to hear that winters finally drawing to a close. I remember when I lived in northeastern Illinois, spring was always such a delightful time. Beautiful spring flowers, new grass, fresh tree leaves, the squirrels busily copulating in the treetopsÖ a time of rebirth and renewal. I loved the northern springtime!

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Old 03-31-2016, 09:08 AM   #4211
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Lloyd - best to Debbie for a quick and mostly painless recovery. Second on the advice from Terry about working hard at the physical therapy.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:14 PM   #4212
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Good Evening Gang,
Beautiful day today, golf was ok.
As I said in the Total Rebuild thread, tell Debbie that Rita and I give her our best wishes for a speedy and relatively painless recovery.
Lloyd is right about hard to say which one of us is more excited about Mona.
Well, E/H brake actuator is installed and working other than haveing to bleed the brakes on the trailer. I have been driving for 2 years without fully functioning trailer brakes, they were partially working so I did have some, but not a lot. Totally rewired the truck plug and traced all the wires back to the actuator, finally found that the actuator quit qrking all together, new one works just fine.
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:36 AM   #4213
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Good morning, all!

LLoyd, Bev said that the physical therapy is very important. It is very well worth all of the effort.

Terry, Again, that is a great accomplishment. Thanks for the photos.

Rail, It's getting closer to arrival time. You aren't a bit anxious, are you?

Steve, It looks like Alaska is on the agenda.

Tim, Be safe as you get ready to travel.

OK. Here is a question/issue that I have. I have been working on this for a while and thought that some of the folks here, with all of their experiences, might have some ideas. So, here goes.

As I have mentioned before, I have a business that builds Murphy Beds. I also build the cabinets that go (optionally) along side the bed cabinet. We are relocating the shop to a new location in the next two months. The new building has not been built. Actually, the plans for the new building are only some sketches and some ideas in my head. No building exists. What I do have is a 5 year lease on a house with an acre in a rural area. I have permission from the owner (aka landlord) to erect a building. At the end of the 5 years, and we leave, he gets the building.

From a financial standpoint this is a win-win situation. We will be living in the house (we are shedding our own S&B ) and the costs of erecting and maintaining the shop building, amortized over 5 years, is waaaay less expensive than finding commercial space to rent.

My question is what type of construction to use? I am estimating the size of the building to be about 1300 sf. Maybe a 28x48 foot print? I need relatively high ceilings (11'-12' at the walls would be nice). A smooth concrete floor (easy to sweep and easy to roll equipment around) is a requirement. An overhead door (12x12) will allow me to back up my tall cargo trailer for loading/unloading. The trailer requires about 10' clearance. The 12' width means it will be easy to back the trailer inside if I ever need to do so.

There are no plans to park a Class A inside this building. Just thought I would mention that because of the door height. The building is for income generation.

I have already talked with a local construction company that builds metal buildings. He estimated something roughly in the mid-teens (15-16K?) for the concrete floor, metal structure, one overhead door, a walk door, etc. Well, that was for a 24x36. I laid out a sample floor plan and want to increase that a bit.

I would have to add electric, climate-control, and insulation. An electrician can add the main panel, power hookup to the utility company (instead of trying to overload the house panel), and some basic outlets/lights. I can add insulation myself as time goes on.

So, this is a metal building. I have also heard about "pole barns" but, even after googling and reading, I am not quite sure if that would be appropriate. I need it to be weather-proof so I can protect the equipment and the wood products.

There are other "storage buildings" in the neighborhood. These are predominantly metal buildings. The next door neighbor has a metal building with a garage door at the front, and an electrical meter at the front corner with overhead power lines. So, a similar looking building might be best? This will be in the backyard, behind and to the left of the house on the acre.

Are there any other ideas? Am I going in the right direction? My thoughts are that if I spend a max of 20K (don't want to spend that really), a 5 year amortization means $333.33 per month. Even with a 5-yr financing option, the cost is still less than $400/month. There is no way that I can get a commercial space for that low.

We "took possession" of the property yesterday. I have use of my existing shop until the end of May. The metal building contractor estimated 4-8 weeks depending on weather, his workload, etc. So, time is of the essence. I have plenty of work to complete and deliver before "the move" and more prospective work coming in. (So much for getting away on any trips this year!)

There are a lot more details, but I will stop here. A lot of the details I can/will work out along the way. I just want to be sure that i am going in the right direction on the major decision of the building construction.

Thanks guys!

Everyone, have a great day!
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:50 AM   #4214
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Goooodmorning all yíall!!!

Itís a beautiful sunny morning and my coffeeís great! Life is good. Yesterday I had a Houston moment. I decided to fire up my new hibachi and grill a pork steak. Halfway through the grilling it began raining. Rain! Whatthehell is this wet stuff falling from the sky? This is Arizona! Anyhow it wasnít too bad and I put a fry pan upside down over the steak and went right on grilling.

I finally made a ramrod for my muzzle loader. The gun had a ramrod someone had carved from a piece of pine. It was mainly for looks as a wall hanger and not very durable. My new ramrod looks really good and nicely tucks away under the barrels for use in the field.

I have a fellow visiting tomorrow who I only know from the internet. Mikeís a black powder enthusiast, but only experienced with flintlock rifles and wants some help with a muzzle loading percussion double barrel shotgun he picked up recently. I saw photos of it and itís a beauty! If the barrels look sound and I can get the old damaged percussion nipples swapped out weíll be shooting it tomorrow. Gotta let the ghosts of the guns previous owners know that itís getting put back to work. Today I have to clean up this rolling disaster I live in. Iím afraid since Gail died Iíve reverted back to many of my bachelor ways. However, I do keep a clean kitchen area, living in the cockroach capital of Texas taught me that!

Later this morning I need to order a copy of the Milepost to have for my coming Alaska adventure. Anyone here old enough to remember this song from the Mickey Mouse Club? ďAdventure is everywhere, on the land, on the sea, and in the air. Look around whatíave you found? Adventure! Adventure everywhere!Ē As corny as that little ditty was it pays to heed its words. If you do itíll keep your life from becoming boring.

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