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Old 07-20-2015, 05:51 AM   #2801
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Good Morning, Lloyd, sounds like you had a safe trip to NY and back that's great. When I was working for the school Dist. my run went from Albany to Oneonta twice a day on I88, I always saw lots of Rv's on the road, it's always interesting to see all shapes and sizes. Frank, Right now it seems (to us) that we work all day and look around and say what did we do? The little things take so much time to do. Took the TV to the tire shop last night, ran thru a severe rain storm with lots of wind, always fun bobtailing in the rain . Well gotta go to the tire shop and deliver the tires.
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Hey Terry! Yes safe trip, uneventfull. By my count, I rode from S.C. to N.Y. and back and hit only about 523 rain drops! Amazing for this time of year. Yesterday was very warm coming down I 81 thru Virginia.

I am familiar with I 88, my wifes parents lived in Gallupville for many years. They moved south last year,,, the flood nearly wiped them out. Drove I 81 to I 88 to visit numerous times.

Cool that the TH is almost ready.

Might be too far for your first trip, ever been to Brennan's Beach CG in Pulaski? Nice place.

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Terry,
Yeah, the detail work usually does take a lot of time, but that is what gives the project the finished look. Bobtailing is always a lot of fun, especially in the inclement weather. Another check mark done.
Lloyd in SC,
Glad that you had a good ride, and that you had a safe trip.
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Good Afternoon, Lloyd, That's a great trip with no rain . Wow, this is a small world, My last auto repair shop was on the end of 443 just a couple of miles from Gallupville, maybe I serviced their cars. Been to Pulaski a few times on the bikes but never camped there, will have to try it sometime. Frank, I like these check marks they are getting fewer. Just back from McCarthy Tire in Cobleskill, NY good folks, tire guy was great. Best part with new 14 ply steer tires I don't have to worry about that for awhile, now check it over for this years safety inspection and the TV will be "legal"
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No doubt you know someone that will do a successful inspection after you tell him it will pass !
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Gosh Terry, that is a small world. I will ask them, going to see them Thursday in Gettysburg for the family reunion. Sister-in-law and husband still live right in town, downtown Gallupville. They are city folks!

If you were that close by, you know my in-laws former place, but won't describe it here. They were there 35 or more years till the flood convinced them to move away from there.

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Good evening, Popeye, After being in the auto repair biz we knew alot of others in biz too, and we were always trying to have good relations with the other shops in the area, so I go to the shop now that used to be the tow service for us, at least for the stuff that I can't do anymore, (like NY State inspections) Lloyd, My shop survived the flood while alot of other shops didn't so we took over alot of servicing until those other shops got back up and running, plus we were just close to Gallupville.
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Terry,
Knowing how you do things, I am sure that the TV will fly trough inspection. Only a few more check marks and you are off and running.
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Terry, I have had some really fun times bobtailing. I did some trailer delivery, in "state of emergency" time's like when Katrina hit the gulf coast! I bobtailed from Phoenix, to S. Cal. to pickup a mobile sleeping quarters trailer and take it to Eglin AFB, Pensacola Fl. for the FEMA personal to have a place to sleep. I was one of 17 trailers sent there! They were 53' semi trailers converted to sleeping quarters, had their own generators, fuel supply, and HAVC units, fully self contained! Pretty cool the way they were made, each bunk had its own A/C, heat, and were sound insulated! They were heavy! But, we were exempt from going into the scales, and the hours of service, and were told to get them there as quickly as possible! I made it in a little less than 2 days, and stopped to sleep twice! Paid really well! I left my trailer in Chandler, Az. So had to find a Co. trailer and load back to Az. to get my trailer. It all worked out, and in a week, I was back, picking my trailer back up!
So I have bobtailed all over the country, it is never fun, but you get great fuel mi.!! It is scary in the rain for sure, and need your brakes adj. just right! Which I did, every time I bobtailed, make sure the steer brakes were adj. right, and the drive brakes adj. evenly! Semi's are a whole different animal when bobtailing!
Terry, the TH is almost done, and now time to start on the CC(cornfield caddy) Hehehehe! Rail!
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Good Morning, Frank, after the TV is inspected we could hook up the 5th wheel and go weigh it, it is close to being done to the point of weighing, I think around the end of the month for its first trip to the scales. Rail, this truck wasn't bad in the rain, I drove a cabover International w/400 Cummins that would swap ends any time you thought about the brakes. The Caddy is going to be a work in progress as I find parts, (and money!) to do what I want to it.
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Good morning Terry and Rail,
Bobtailing is never fun in the rain. My 10 wheelers were straight trucks, the aluminum tanks only weighed about 1500# so it was almost as bad as bobtailing when empty.
Terry, I'm curious as to what your TH is going to weigh, I would be surprised if it was much over 8000# dry. Did you get the propane and batteries area built yet?
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Hi Frank, I drove a fuel tanker for TA truckstops when they needed fuel, (I was a mechanic for them) and the regular driver wasn't in. that aluminum tanker didn't weigh much that's for sure. Me too for the weight we will find out . I haven't started on the propane and battery area yet have to soon .
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Good Afternoon, The Cornfield Caddy passed its yearly Heavy Truck Inspection , now its legal for another year. Built this refrigerator lock for the new reefer. Junk drawer parts . lined it with a felt pad so it wouldn't scratch.
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