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Another successful getaway

Posted 09-08-2015 at 08:01 AM by John USA

Spent the Labor Day weekend at a quiet little RV park in Artic, WA. Nice owners, clean park.

Hiked a couple trails, picked blackberries, just relaxed.

Wife dominated at Yahtzee.

I sought my revenge via a game of Scrabble, but did not find it...she was victorious in all the games.
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Cracked tibia

Posted 08-30-2015 at 01:00 AM by John USA

Turns out that when the tv fell on my wife's leg, it cracked her tibia...If you read this, and have an old style tv up above the dashboard, please make sure it cannot fall out.
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Success (mostly) after our first getaway to the coast

Posted 08-27-2015 at 04:11 PM by John USA

We went to a little town called Tokeland (no laughing from the hippie crowd)...

Got settled in nicely, met the neighbors, going to be a nice weekend.

My wife starts setting up the grill and asks me to get a bottle of propane.

Oops...

At least there are no repairs after this trip...whew!
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Ready for next trip!

Posted 08-08-2015 at 08:49 AM by John USA

Getting away to the coast for a few days, working through "the list", making sure all is good to go.

Repair generator...check.
Repair table...check.
Replace simulator lost on Disney trip...check.
Replace missing transmission pan bolt...check.
Replace sway bar bushings...check.

Hoping for an empty list after the next trip...
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Ceiling stains be gone!

Posted 08-03-2015 at 04:05 PM by John USA

I read many different threads, and decided to give Instagone Pro Stain Remover a try.

It is essentially a bleaching agent, so I used it sparingly, blotting shortly after with a clean, damp cloth.

It worked very well in removing some ceiling stains. Didn't have many, it was annoying to see them when I laid on the couch...

Mark me "Impressed!"
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Hot showers for everyone

Posted 07-22-2015 at 11:16 AM by John USA

Our trip was a first for many things...first time three generations had hit the road in an RV, first time for Disneyland, first time KOA.

The KOA showers were in high demand, so my daughter tried our shower...the first shower. She ended up taking a cold shower, as the hot water would barely dribble out, even though there was plenty of cold water pressure.

If we had some hot water dribbling out, I figured that water was getting into the hot water tank, just not getting...
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Time for a beer

Posted 07-16-2015 at 10:39 PM by John USA

Spent a couple hours troubleshooting the generator. Feeling fairly confident that I found the solution.

Fixed the table, got it reinstalled.

Oh boy, this whole RV thing is relaxing.
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Post trip upgrades and repairs...

Posted 07-13-2015 at 06:54 PM by John USA

The front tv fell out of it's hole, and smashed my wife's ankle, and the leg on the front table.

Rear tv popped out of it's hole.

Genny quit.

Guess it's time to upgrade to some lightweight flatscreens, and figure out what's wrong with the generator.
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First Trip

Posted 07-12-2015 at 07:49 PM by John USA

Made an inaugural trip from Seattle, WA to Los Angeles, CA, taking grandkids to Disneyland this past week.

To call the freeways of southern California "washboard" would be a compliment...absolutely the worst condition freeways I've ever driven on. I lived there back in the '70's and 80's, and don't recall the freeways being so bad. Of course, I wasn't driving an RV, either....

On the return trip, took a detour across the Bay Area, and over to Petaluma. ...
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Dodged a bullet...

Posted 07-02-2015 at 01:13 PM by John USA

I didn't know that you could get an independent RV inspector to check out the RV for a fee.

So, the inspection was all on me, and I missed a critical element...age of tires.

The salesman said they were new, even put it in writing...so I took his word.

As it turns out, they were new in 2006.

Dealership is installing tires today.
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Time to brag on my wife

Posted 07-01-2015 at 08:45 PM by John USA
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Our dealership had been promising a repair for several weeks. When we followed up, sales would point the finger at service, or service would point the finger at sales...

Today she had reached her limit. She went to the dealership and read them the riot act, right in the show room.

Before she left, service had our rig in the service bay, with three techs assigned.

Tonight, she received follow up call from the service manager, and I received a call from...
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Just like a duck...

Posted 06-29-2015 at 12:26 PM by John USA

My wife has been bragging about me to family and friends, saying what a good job I'm doing driving the motorhome, and that I look so experienced.

Reminded me of the duck analogy...

Ducks look so calm and smooth gliding across the water, they make it appear effortless.. but under the water's surface their little feet are paddling like crazy...

I just need to keep her gaze above my waterline.
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The Great Awning Escapade

Posted 06-27-2015 at 08:32 AM by John USA

Yesterday was nice and sunny, so I thought it would be a good time to clean the awnings.

First, though, how do you get the darn things open? Back to the small library of owners manuals that came with the motorhome.

Window awnings were a breeze...slip the pull down hook into the pull down strap and, well, pull.

The main awning, not so much. After consulting with my favorite repository of training videos, otherwise known as YouTube, I learned how to open...
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Flashback

Posted 06-26-2015 at 08:24 AM by John USA

When I graduated high school, I joined the Navy and served aboard a diesel submarine.

Everybody was given a year to learn the basics of all the systems, after which there was an oral exam given by the officers and chiefs.

Often, learning a system meant following a pipe from one end of the submarine to the other, up in the overhead, down into the bilges...

As I'm going through the systems on our new RV, I was flashing back to those early days on the submarine...I'm...
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Off to the transmission shop...

Posted 06-25-2015 at 08:33 AM by John USA

I've hit the wall on this one...the tranny takes nearly five gallons of fluid.

Without an efficient way to manage or dispose of it, I'm turning this job over to a pro.
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