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Old 08-20-2016, 09:32 PM   #5643
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:00 AM   #5644
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Good Morning Everyone! Coffee was very good today!
Lloyd, stop and see the car's at Russel's Truck Stop, just inside the NMx line at the first exit! The food is pretty good too! I-40, #369, Endee, N.Mx.!

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Old 08-21-2016, 07:24 AM   #5645
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Popeye I already have had too many adventures. ....lol.....but I love your way of thinking....

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Old 08-21-2016, 09:13 AM   #5646
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Good Morning Gang,
Coffee is good this morning, weather is a lot cooler, cold front just went through, higs in the mid 70's lows in the upper 50's, (I am going to freeze, lol)need to wrap up a couple more things this week, then back to heading south.
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Oh wow! love those cars. Is that a 56 or 57 vette? I have a feeling it is a 57 because of the dual headlights. Color too. The first couple of years they only did white with a red interior. then they expanded and added blue and red and black. That 57 chevy convertible is really nice. Lucky you rail, to have had the opportunity to see them. I love cars. Did I mention that I have a 79 vette that I ordered new? She runs like a top and is as pretty as can be. I special ordered her with a spoiler and an air dam. Not many came from the factory like that. Phew, I have to go have my coffee
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:29 AM   #5648
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Good morning everyone! Coffee was very good today!
Yeah, ro_sie, here is the other angle of the Vette and 57 BelAir! That is a very nice collection of cars, and free to check them out! They were closing when we got there, and the manager stayed open, and gave us a personal tour, Very nice guy! Told us the story on almost all of the cars, and how they came to be in the collection! He had a lot of convertibles!! The corvette is a 58 thru 60, those models had the dual headlight's, and the slash taillights! They went to two round taillights in 61 and 62!
Dang, Frank!! Better head back south, before your blood thickens back up!!
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:58 AM   #5649
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goodmorning everyone,,

been having a tough time with this site for some reason,,,,takes 3 to 5 minutes to load up and at least that to try and type each word,,,--duno whats going on here,,,,anyone else having this problem??,,,,----this is the only place I'm having this problem..

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Good morning all. Jeff, I am not having a problem with IRV2 this morning. ??

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Old 08-22-2016, 07:13 AM   #5651
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try a restart sometimes that will do the trick.
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Goooodmorning all yíall!!!

It's a beautiful cool partly sunny morning. My coffeeís excellent as usual. Iím drinking Peetís Coffee, Major Dickasonís Blend, a real treat! Back in 1975 it was Peetís Coffee in Menlo Park CA that introduced my late wife and me to what really good coffee tastes like (and spoiled us for life, LOL).

Rail, I love the car photos. When I was a senior in high school I almost bought a 56 Corvette. However, the jerk selling it assumed I was a no-money tire kicker and treated me like crap while he was showing me the car. When he was done he said ďWell! Are you gonna buy it or not?Ē I hauled out a big wad of cash, counted out his asking price and said ďIíd love to buy it, but not from you!Ē and I turned and walked away. Probably just as well I didnít buy it as I expect being 17 at the time insuring it wouldíve cost me more than the car.

Bap you mention having trouble with this site loading, Iím glad to know Iím not the only one. It appears that for me that itís a problem with all the advertising they burden the site with. It takes time to load Madison Avenue, especially with all the graphics they insist on adding. Itís frustrating because itís such a good site otherwise. I donít mind the advertising but all that movement they add to catch your eye takes a long time to load and if you have slow internet like I have it becomes a problem. Sometimes rebooting your computer will speed things up. I had one laptop that about every week or two I'd have to clean out all the cookies.

I havenít read too much about health issues here lately, I guess everyoneís getting fixed up. As for me, at 69 my blood sugar this morning was 80, my blood pressure was 125/70, Iíve been sleeping well averaging 7 hours sleep a night. I canít complain, life is good for now anyhow (while waiting for the other shoe to drop LOL).

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Old 08-22-2016, 08:28 AM   #5653
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Good morning, All!

It's still hot here. Highs have been in the mid-upper 90's with heat indices about 105. Well, it's August in FL. What do you expect?

I have not written about our RV search in a while, so, if you are interested, here is what we did this weekend. I have been doing research (reading LOTS of forum posts on iRV2, and a number of other websites) all along as well.

My wife helped me on a small client project Saturday AM. With her help it took about 10 minutes. (Without her help probably 3x the time.) Then, we stopped at an RV dealer she spotted on the way back. Remember it's HOT!. No salesman available (they were having some type of open house?), so we walked their lots. Started with small TT's, then to larger ones. Then, 5ers. And, finally some class A Holiday Ramblers.

Saw some low quality TT's. Bottoms of wood doors were simply cut off and not finished. Interior doors did not slide without hitting something. Tiny spaces where you would hit your head when trying to get in and out of the bed. Etc.

Saw some interesting 5'ers. Some were quite spacious inside. But, we do not want to make the investment into a 5'er AND a large truck.

Finally we got to the Class A's. They had one brand on display. The Holiday Ramblers looked nice. Then, when I got home, I did some research here on iRV2. Evidently the new HR's (the last few years) are no relation to the older HR's (pre-recession). Lots of quality issues with the new ones.

After braving the heat and sun, we spent some time with a sales guy. Evidently things were not going quickly enough toward a sale close? So, he invited the dealership owner in for a bit. We actually did learn a lot from him. A lot of it matched what I have learned here on the forum, but there was some new information as well. So, it was worth the trip. We left with the salesman still trying to get us out for a test ride next week. We will let him know. (Not going to happen. Not ready to pull the trigger right now and do not want a current HR.)


Then, we stopped at another RV dealer in town. I wanted to look at specific Newmar floorplans (King bed, 1.5 baths). They had some 2016 and 2017 Dutchstar, Ventana,and Ventana LE's in stock. We quickly walked through about 6-7 units. Units were hot from sitting in the sun, but I learned what I wanted. And, learned what I did not. Worth the trip just for that.

Then, the salesman had us back in his office to tell us how great he was. We politely listened, trying to learn about the dealership as well as the product. When I asked him about service for customers who bought at his dealership vs. buying somewhere else... Well, he told us that their customers always came first. And, other customers went to the back of the line. I did not pursue that further, but it sounds like if I buy a rig somewhere else, bring it in for service, it will sit on the lot until all current dealer customers are taking care of, including any rig from a current customer that was brought in AFTER we dropped ours off. In otherwords, it may never get done.

Then, he started touting some Priority program where members (?) could get priority, head of the line, service at certain locations throughout the country. Is the service so bad in so many dealerships that they had to invent a special program just for this? What happened to simply handling customers FIFO (First In First Out)? I understand that road emergencies can take preference. If someone's chassis water pump dies, that would be a higher priority than the microwave in the kitchen does not work. But, an entire program because service is so slow?

Anyway, they probably are not going to get our business. There are other Newmar dealers within 5-6 hours of us, if we decide to buy from a dealer. And, I keep reading that service can be performed by other shops, such as Freightliner for chassis, independent mobile RV techs for house items, etc.

Yes, I am leaning toward Newmar. But, not a new model. For price point, and floorplan, it may be something around the 2008 era or a bit newer. Newmar added their Comfort Drive in 2008, about which I keep reading many praises. Also, the King-1.5 bath was more available then.

All in all, we did learn a lot. We are still a ways away from pulling the trigger on a new (to us) rig. But, we are learning a lot so hopefully we can make a good decision when we do.


Quick building update: Work in progress. Building is functional. Still working on insulation, etc. as time permits between work. Also, since we down-sized from our last location(s), I am sorting and pitching lots of stuff that has not been used in years. Organization is also a high priority. There are a few items that I still have not found since the recent move.

And, it's HOT! But, we don't shovel snow here. August is almost over, so cooler weather (80's) is right around the corner. Actually, just staying out of the direct sun helps a lot.


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Good Morning from Kirtland, NM!

Rail, didn't see your post until this morning, I remember seeing billboards for that truck stop but did not stop. Looks like I very much should have.

No Arizona this trip, but I think we have decided to delay our Alaska trip a year (go in 2018) and do a winter in Arizona this year. Going to work on planning that soon.

Today we are going Jeep exploring. Going to drive through Valley of the gods, also maybe do the 4x4 drive through monument valley. Should be a nice day off of the motorhome driving.

Ms Prissy has done well. Only problem we had was yesterday I woke up to a loud beeping at 2am. I found the tpms alerting (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) and it was alerting because the inside rear tire was down to 85 psi. By morning when we were ready to go, it was at 60 psi. I re aired up using the coach air and we got back on I 40. It was Sunday, we were in the middle of nowhere and my plan was to keep stopping and airing up. Well, soon as we got on the interstate there was a billboard for Ray's truck repair, 3 miles later we were in Ray's shop!!! They pulled the rear tires and found a valve stem was loose, shoddy work when the tire was installed. They apologized for charging us $43 for the repair, we left very happy!

If your don't have a TPMS, they are great. This is the 3rd time in the 10 years I have had mine that it saved us. I may have caught this problem if I checked my tires every morning,,,, but on other ocaisions the problems have occurred while underway and there is no way without the TPMS I would have known.

Have a great day all. Will add some pics tonight of todays explorations!

Oh, it is 64* here.


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Old 08-22-2016, 08:36 AM   #5655
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Well Tim it's all that good hiking you do that's helps keep you healthy so keep up the great work.....

Coffee is good this morning a mocha Gevalia blend no too shabby....

Spent the rainy weekend finishing cleaning out the spare closet took a load to goodwill and sorted through the Christmas decorations I am giving to my daughter....now to start on the girls old bedroom...alot of crap in there...lol...well gotta get to work actually pretty slow here today since we start inventory on Wednesday ya'll have a good one.

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Beautiful morning at our campsite at Pilot Knoll Park and it is less than 3 miles from our house. We will take off to Winstar casino tomorrow afternoon for a couple of days of entertainment at their campground.
I love sitting outside with my Hari grinder to prep the morning coffee beans for brewing. This morning we are enjoying a fresh roast of Papau New Guinea beans.
Does anyone use a NuWave oven while camping? We are trying to find something to compliment our induction cooktop that we can use indoors or outdoors. Gave up on charcoal (except for my Big Green Egg) because of the mess and never did like propane.
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