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Forum: Vintage RV's 12-01-2017, 09:08 AM
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Posted By mrblanche
Just in passing, WD40 is not a lubricant, at...

Just in passing, WD40 is not a lubricant, at least not for more than just a few minutes.
Forum: Vintage RV's 10-09-2017, 07:04 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
It's important to keep in mind that in 1992, the...

It's important to keep in mind that in 1992, the national speed limit was 55 mph, and coaches were being built to maximize effeciency. The law was repealed in 1995.
Forum: Vintage RV's 09-30-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
The build date is the last of a string of numbers...

The build date is the last of a string of numbers that starts with "DOT." (Without the quotes. There will be a couple of sets of digits which may be numbers, letters, or a combination. The third...
Forum: Vintage RV's 09-29-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
Did you check the build date on the tires before...

Did you check the build date on the tires before you bought it? Not that that would have turned you away, but you would have been expecting the expense.
Forum: New Rig Show-Off! 08-07-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,430
Posted By mrblanche
3. Do you want to come work on my hot rod?

3. Do you want to come work on my hot rod?
Forum: Vintage RV's 11-24-2016, 07:32 AM
Replies: 3,421
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Posted By mrblanche
I could see that on the Hot Rod Power Tour! ...

I could see that on the Hot Rod Power Tour! (Look it up, if you don't know about it.)
Forum: Vintage RV's 06-05-2016, 04:23 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
Well, you can see my previous towed car in my...

Well, you can see my previous towed car in my photos here. It's been replaced with a 1927 Model T Tudor Sedan. We haven't been using the Trek much, though.

(Just in passing, have you seen the...
Forum: Vintage RV's 05-28-2016, 06:31 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
I take it (from the wheels, etc.), that your a...

I take it (from the wheels, etc.), that your a car enthusiast. Looks like the photo was taken at a race track?
Forum: Vintage RV's 05-02-2016, 07:44 PM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
I'll bet the inexpensive-to-replace flat...

I'll bet the inexpensive-to-replace flat windshield glass was a plus, too.
Forum: Vintage RV's 11-03-2015, 03:58 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
The motorhome is a Safari Trek, probably one of...

The motorhome is a Safari Trek, probably one of the early Isuzu-based models, and the car is a Model A.
Forum: Vintage RV's 11-16-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
Di you see my '23 Touring? Have no fear...no...

Di you see my '23 Touring? Have no fear...no real Model T's were harmed in its building. And, if worse came to worst, it had enough power to tow the Trek.

Now I have a 1926 Model T Tudor Sedan. ...
Forum: Vintage RV's 10-02-2014, 03:46 AM
Replies: 3,421
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Posted By mrblanche
It should be remembered that most gasoline...

It should be remembered that most gasoline motorhomes have engines that only produced 12-14 mpg in the pickups and vans. To get 8 mpg (as we do on our Safari Trek) with a vehicle that weighs 4 times...
Forum: Vintage RV's 09-07-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
You will like the inexpensive flat glass...

You will like the inexpensive flat glass windshields. (Price out a windshield for anything with a curve; it will floor you.) It looks like that coach has been stored indoors, which really helps...
Forum: Vintage RV's 07-13-2014, 05:47 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
That set up (which is pretty complicated) is not...

That set up (which is pretty complicated) is not uncommon on heavy construction vehicles, such as concrete pumpers.
...
Forum: Vintage RV's 05-14-2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
The main problem to the stainless covers is that...

The main problem to the stainless covers is that they cover the wheel. On a newer RV, that's not usually a problem, but on an older one, I think I'd like to be able to see any cracking on the wheel,...
Forum: Vintage RV's 04-04-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
One thing you will like about it is the flat...

One thing you will like about it is the flat windshield glass. Much less expensive!
Forum: Just Conversation 12-22-2013, 04:48 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 93,469
Posted By mrblanche
OK, say you're the manager of the Flying J. You...

OK, say you're the manager of the Flying J. You have an RV owner come in who is complaining about something other than an RV parking in the RV spot. What do you do? (And if you've been in a Flying...
Forum: Vintage RV's 12-14-2013, 04:55 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
It works just fine. Don't depend on the the...

It works just fine. Don't depend on the the steering lock to hold it straight; you need to secure the steering with the seat belt, just as the tow truck drivers do. But, since it's rear-wheel...
Forum: Vintage RV's 12-12-2013, 05:13 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
My old toad can beat your old toad! ...

My old toad can beat your old toad!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4034/4321156670_e08598ebb7_z.jpg?zz=1
Forum: Vintage RV's 06-14-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
Remember, Suburu spelled backward is "U R A...

Remember, Suburu spelled backward is "U R A Bus!"
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-10-2013, 04:03 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 10,188
Posted By mrblanche
How about issuing everyone a paintball gun with 5...

How about issuing everyone a paintball gun with 5 balls of non-removable paint in it, sealed, each time you renew your registration. If the inspector finds more than 4 paint ball hits on your car at...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-10-2013, 03:59 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 10,188
Posted By mrblanche
Not so. Police DO investigate accidents, and if...

Not so. Police DO investigate accidents, and if they find that this wasn't a routine rear-end accident, they may very well cite the rear vehicle, such as when a car stops nowhere near a turn...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-10-2013, 03:44 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 10,188
Posted By mrblanche
This situation is the most common reason for...

This situation is the most common reason for calls to the safety departments of trucking companies on those 800 numbers on the back of trucks. They're so common, they have a script that goes...
Forum: Just Conversation 06-10-2013, 03:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,229
Posted By mrblanche
E85 has about 72% of the energy of straight...

E85 has about 72% of the energy of straight gasoline. So, if it costs more than about 70% of the price of gasoline, it's no bargain.

On the other hand, E85 has an octane rating of about 110,...
Forum: Just Conversation 06-01-2013, 07:46 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 93,469
Posted By mrblanche
Maybe they re-instated it. The sign definitely...

Maybe they re-instated it. The sign definitely said the program was discontinued, and I even asked the cashier about it, to be sure I understood the situation. This was at the Flying J in Peculiar,...
Forum: Just Conversation 05-31-2013, 04:14 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 93,469
Posted By mrblanche
Have you checked lately? I think that discount...

Have you checked lately? I think that discount was discontinued a while back. At least, I think that was what the sign at the checkout desk was saying.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 04-26-2013, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 826
Posted By mrblanche
So you think Flying J's discounts are hard to figure out?

You're not alone. And, apparently, it isn't accidental. Here's an article on why Pilot/Flying J's corporate offices were raided by the FBI and IRS last week.

“F— ‘Em Early and F— ‘Em...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-18-2013, 06:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,399
Posted By mrblanche
As a trucker, I like having one. However, I went...

As a trucker, I like having one. However, I went cross country many times with a 350 hp engine and 80,000 gross without an exhaust brake, and I never had any major problems. As others have said,...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-18-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,208
Posted By mrblanche
Are they both new? If so, I assume both have the...

Are they both new? If so, I assume both have the Cummins with the diesel particulate filter and DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) injection. Be sure you fully understand the requirements of that system.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 03-18-2013, 06:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,351
Posted By mrblanche
Blind invoicing like that is an old scam. ...

Blind invoicing like that is an old scam. Scammers use it all the time on large companies, sending out thousands of vague invoices for less than $100 each, knowing that most companies won't audit...
Forum: Just Conversation 03-14-2013, 04:48 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 93,469
Posted By mrblanche
I know of exactly one CNG station. It's near...

I know of exactly one CNG station. It's near Stonewall, LA, at the Stage Stop truck stop (I-49, exit 186, Louisiana, just south of Shreveport). It's heavily used by the gas drilling and service...
Forum: Just Conversation 02-25-2013, 09:10 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 93,469
Posted By mrblanche
Because all Flying J's now have Denny's as their...

Because all Flying J's now have Denny's as their restaurant, and there is no longer a buffet.
Forum: Just Conversation 02-24-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 943
Views: 93,469
Posted By mrblanche
Have you been to a Flying J in the last 2-3 years?

Have you been to a Flying J in the last 2-3 years?
Forum: Vintage RV's 02-03-2013, 05:30 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
It's actually posted much earlier in this thread,...

It's actually posted much earlier in this thread, I think. But here it is again.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4034/4321156670_e08598ebb7_z.jpg?zz=1
Forum: Vintage RV's 02-01-2013, 05:25 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
You sound like a man who needs a T bucket. ...

You sound like a man who needs a T bucket.

Which is what I pull behind my old motorhome.
Forum: Just Conversation 01-20-2013, 07:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,067
Posted By mrblanche
They have been seen on my property in Arkansas,...

They have been seen on my property in Arkansas, south of Waldron (about an hour south of Fort Smith). Scott County is 75% National Forest, and the wildlife abounds.
Forum: Just Conversation 01-20-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 8,946
Posted By mrblanche
A policeman sitting by the side of the road,...

A policeman sitting by the side of the road, watching a radar readout, is not involved in law enforcement or safety. He is involved in revenue enhancement.

This has become a ridiculous dance...
Forum: Vintage RV's 01-20-2013, 04:15 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
Rfort, nice RV there. Could you post a link to...

Rfort, nice RV there. Could you post a link to the actual article? I've looked around on the web site, but I didn't succeed in finding it.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 01-12-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 23,781
Posted By mrblanche
When my wife worked in the Safety Department of a...

When my wife worked in the Safety Department of a large trucking company, this was the most common subject about which people called the 800 number on the back of the trailer. They had a script for...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-23-2012, 11:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,245
Posted By mrblanche
It is a pretty good rule of thumb that these...

It is a pretty good rule of thumb that these agreements are, essentially, intimidation, or an attempt at it, to keep anyone harmed from suing. Guess what. They don't work and have little force in...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-04-2012, 05:07 AM
Replies: 5,870
Views: 558,163
Posted By mrblanche
Williston isn't just a random Walmart that...

Williston isn't just a random Walmart that attracted a crowd. There is a very real and acknowledged problem there, and it has to do with the immense influx of labor in the area due to the oil boom...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-29-2012, 04:46 AM
Replies: 5,870
Views: 558,163
Posted By mrblanche
Have you looked at the page count and post count...

Have you looked at the page count and post count on this thread?

Keep in mind someone owns this web site. They make money by showing those counts to advertisers. Close it? More like shill post...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-28-2012, 07:43 AM
Replies: 5,870
Views: 558,163
Posted By mrblanche
I did a quick search and didn't find this...

I did a quick search and didn't find this previous posted. If it was, feel free to delete it!

Living At Walmart by Pat Pepin - YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orn7xAEKov4)
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-27-2012, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5,870
Views: 558,163
Posted By mrblanche
Had you walked over to the Walmart truck you see...

Had you walked over to the Walmart truck you see at 00:27 in that video, you would have found his generator running, too. Was he "camping," or parking?
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 10-08-2012, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5,870
Views: 558,163
Posted By mrblanche
Troopers do it all the time. There are,...

Troopers do it all the time. There are, according to most estimates, something like 30,000 too few safe parking places for trucks in the eastern portion of the U.S. on any given night. California...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-25-2012, 06:30 AM
Replies: 5,870
Views: 558,163
Posted By mrblanche
Let me suggest Dysart's Truck Stop in Bangor....

Let me suggest Dysart's Truck Stop in Bangor. It's not what it once was, but at one time they had some of the best truck stop food in the country.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-22-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5,870
Views: 558,163
Posted By mrblanche
I don't know of any Wal-Marts in our area that...

I don't know of any Wal-Marts in our area that have a Murphy gas station and don't have diesel. AND it's about 10 cents less than the truck stops, with an additional 10 cents off right now if you...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-10-2012, 05:11 AM
Replies: 5,870
Views: 558,163
Posted By mrblanche
I've never heard of that happening, in 35 years...

I've never heard of that happening, in 35 years of trucking. Not saying it couldn't...

I have, personally, asked a motorhome owner to move to the front lot in a truck stop in Montana that had...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-02-2012, 12:28 AM
Replies: 5,870
Views: 558,163
Posted By mrblanche
There are some areas that might have a problem...

There are some areas that might have a problem with that, probably in California.

More and more trucks have an APU to run a heater, air conditioner, and generator. My truck has a battery-powered...
Forum: Vintage RV's 08-12-2012, 07:43 AM
Replies: 3,421
Views: 1,780,201
Posted By mrblanche
If it's fabric or plastic, you can use one of the...

If it's fabric or plastic, you can use one of the Duplicolor's interior paints, designed to paint interior parts and fabrics in cars. Check their web site; if it's plastic, it may need a pre-spray...
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