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Re: Off Again
« Reply #120 on: October 31, 2011, 02:59:36 PM »
I did, it didn't start.  I just hooked up to electric and everything is charging now.  Will check when I get back.


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« Reply #121 on: October 31, 2011, 07:45:49 PM »
Everything cranked right up.  I will check the battery cables in the morning and see if we have any corrosion and if the batteries may need water.  We did have a very long hot summer.

I need to be sure and take my little battery powered jumper too, its a life saver.

It was the house batteries not the chassis.
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« Reply #122 on: November 02, 2011, 08:02:30 AM »
I just looked at temperatures in Nevada and am I seeing what?? is that right 10 degrees and 20?  I didn't know it got that cold there.  Hubby said maybe you should go in the other direction.  I need to see what their extended forecast is.

It looks like 60ish in the daytime and 40's at night, that's ok but I know its warmer in Florida.  Decisions decisions.

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« Reply #123 on: November 02, 2011, 08:59:41 AM »
If you turn west on I-10 and don't veer far from it until AZ 95, that's at Yuma, you'll be warm & dry all the way to Las Vegas.
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« Reply #124 on: November 02, 2011, 06:31:42 PM »
Can you believe this?  The folks that stopped and asked about our motorhome, the Winnebago and if its for sale came back today.  He wants to know which one we are keeping and I told him the diesel but I can't drive it till we get the roof work completed and Tom finishes going over it.  I said are you still interested in buying the Winnebago and he said yes we are.

I told him I'm taking a trip and wouldn't sell it till we get back, he said fine see him then.  So guys can you believe this, an unsolicited offer and knowing these folks most likely a cash offer for it. 

I have done some acts of kindness for people and when I do sometimes think I shouldn't have spent that money or whatever.  But any time I do it comes back 10 fold.  I think he would have been interested in either one of them.

He sees us working on things and probably decided that we take good care of our vehicles and we do.  He also does not care that the cruise isn't working, I told him that before. 

So I need to take very good care of my little motorhome. ;)

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Re: Off Again
« Reply #125 on: November 05, 2011, 12:15:05 PM »
I have our clothing mostly loaded, still need my jeans but want to press them first.

Also additional food, then unplug, turn around and hook up the toad, check the tires and the fluids, which I'm sure are ok.  Hubby changed oil on my toad before leaving and the motorhome only has 500 miles on the last oil change.

My biggest problem is darling Sue Anne, she thinks she needs to take her bedroom.  Last week I unloaded several backpacks, how she lifts them I don't know.  If she used the stuff it might be different but one was in a bay and hasn't been out of there in months.  I tried to explain we don't need the extra weight.  So I finally made her mad and she brought the big heavy one in, I sneaked all the others out weeks ago and she hasn't even noticed yet. Next is bring the stuffed animals in.  2 of them is ok, more is overkill.

And we need the one spot in the bedroom under the vanity for kitties litter box.

I laughed at the guy about the other motorhome, the guy said oh no pets, however, wonder how he explained the pet door in the bathroom. ;), I didn't ask. They have had a cat and no odor so no issue there.  It has enough room in the bathroom for a litter box or can put in the bathtub.  Sue Anne is excited, it has a tub big enough for her to take a bath and 10 gallon water heater.  Fresh water tank of 95 gallons, grey of 58, and seems like black of 45, huge compared to this one.  Propane seems like is 27, not sure on that one.

So we are getting ready to run errands and get the house in order and closed up.

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« Reply #126 on: November 06, 2011, 05:38:34 PM »
We are in Matagorda, I really like it here.  Temp is 74, sun isn't shining but still nice.  We are on the international waterway right where it goes in the ocean at Matagorda Bay.  The birds are feeding, there is a bird reserve on the island across the way.

We have been here before and I like it here.  I could stay the whole time here and be happy.

There is kind of a split section to this campground.  One side is pretty full and this side only had 2 or 3 so I opted for less crowded.  Perhaps, many left today.

Tomorrow, we are getting fishing license and going fishing for a bit.  I'm thinking the pier has been restored by now, it was damaged in the last hurricane.  I need to check, this is some kind of government RV park not a private one.  I also remember they had a very clean laundry room with good equipment and clean restrooms too.There is also private beach access further back.  Here its mainly fishing, there are also shrimp boats that go out here.  Someone told me in November they gather cattle from all around, swim them across, the river to the island on the other side and they winter there.  Been doing that for 100 years they tell me.

The wind was pretty brisk today so the motorhome liked its fuel :D

I panicked for a bit, went into the bedroom when I stopped for gas, it was smothering hot back there.  I thought, oh my gosh something must be burning up.  I felt the tires, nothing, looked under, nothing.  Checked the fluids, engine wasn't warm, fluids topped off.  I couldn't figure out what was wrong, told Sue Anne, I don't know, must be something.  Then I noticed, I had hit the switch on the dash between the radio and the safe t steer deal and had turned on the rear heater.  And man was it heating!  I didn't know it would get that hot. :-[  Just glad all is well.

I got the Verizon 4G hookup for internet.  Hubby was able to call on skype and good connectivity here too.  It didn't want to work in the house maybe something to do with our all metal roof.  yesterday I was thinking it was a mistake.  Of course Sue Anne had to have one too, so got hers going awhile ago.  Now we are connected.

It is very nice here, peaceful, clean, quiet, just a nice place.

Dinner for Miss Sue was a BLT and topped off with chocolate cookie dough ice cream.

For me 2 sausage and egg burritos, now going to have butter pecan ice cream with mine.

I thought I had everything but did forget my frozen meats from the freezer.  I tried to organize and go a section at a time to make sure I forgot nothing.  Thankfully I had included some thawed items as there is nothing out here for miles.  One little store in Matagorda, they have most everything but meat, but we are fine, plenty of food.

Oh wow, a guy just caught a big fish, they are taking pictures.  For me that would have been supper!  You can tell he is quite proud of it, I would be too.

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Re: Off Again
« Reply #127 on: November 07, 2011, 01:09:50 PM »
It's beautiful here today, sunny, windy but not bad. We went to the wildlife center, walked down to the beach its all been reconstructed.  The pier out into the ocean is now open.  We got shrimp to fish with but going to wait until later in the evening. 

we drove to another beach but the sand ruts looked pretty deep and I'm not sure what my little Saturn would do, might get hung up so we just stayed for awhile then left.

We drove around town and saw some of the biggest palms I've ever seen, not real tall but huge around and they are trimmed nicely those things have to be very very old.

There is one grocery here and it sells gas and tons of stuff, but not hardly any meat. They have just a bit of meat, couple of chickens and some strip steaks that were over $9 each, wow.  I got some cheese but we have plenty of stuff to cook.  Then like I said out for lunch.

We love it here, quiet and peaceful, but a long long way to anything.

DD says she would like to live here, yes until she needed a Walmart fix she would.  Supposed to rain and storm tomorrow and be in the 80's then Wed be 69 and 49 , we will leave on Wednesday.

There is a huge bridge where barges and some ships I suppose come up, I didn't realize until today that it has locks on it.  I can't tell how far inland it goes but I like its part of the intercoastal waterway.

There is another Sightseer beside us, its a 2003, they have a young man about Sue Anne's age.  I have noticed several other people about my age with kids like Sue Anne.  I worry what will happen to all these young adults when us boomers get beyond taking care of them.  Most are still being cared for in private homes and the system is not prepared for the deluge they are going to have coming.  I guess this country just does things on an emergency basis instead of having contingencies for such things.

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« Reply #128 on: November 07, 2011, 06:35:28 PM »
We are 70 miles from most anywhere.  The fellow with the other Sightseer is having problems. A person came out and looked at it and didn't know what was wrong.  Sounds like they have another coming tomorrow, $250 to come out.  They think its something to do with the electrical on the transmission.

Then today they managed to lock themselves out of their motorhome.  On the off chance it might work they asked if they could borrow our door key.  Would you believe it opened their door, I was sure glad.  They are very nice folks, brought us over some sausage they grilled, it was delicious. He said they are doing things wrong right now.

We went fishing and it started raining some so had to come back.  But its ok, things are good.

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Re: Off Again
« Reply #129 on: November 07, 2011, 08:00:17 PM »
My big problem so far was the Direct TV box wouldn't come on.  TV did but no box.  Tried remote, tried box nothing.  Hubby said hummm, it did that before but I couldn't remember what I did.  He said well unplug it and plug in under the cabinet that might fix it.

So I'm up in the cabinet trying to dislodge it to unplug it.  I feel across the back of the box finally and the thing is unplugged! I replug it and turn the satellite on and everything works well.  Not sure how or why it came loose but all is well.  I hope the whole trip is like that.

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« Reply #130 on: November 08, 2011, 11:43:06 AM »
It is just beautiful here, I hate to leave but we think we will tomorrow.

The wildlife program has a full time lady in the office for payments for the laundry, shower rooms, etc.  But there are also camp hosts here.  They are out today washing off all the concrete picnic tables.  the underlying area is fine gravel and they rake it to make it look pretty, the place is spotless, it was last year too.  I really hate to leave here, Sue Anne and I love it.  We are getting sporadic rain showers but not enough that they really bother you.  I'm still thinking of heading out on the long pier to fish some today.  Sue Anne has been playing on a game channel on tellie, she doesn't even want to get dressed today.

I am going to come down here more often, its about 3 hours from home, easy to get to and some place we enjoy.  The pelicans are out fishing today and other sea birds, a pleasure to watch.

The sites here are all 50 amp but have 30 also, these are $30 a night with full service.  The pull throughs are l o n g.  You could fit 2 30 ft plus cars on the one I'm on.  the laundry is $4 a load but that's for washing and drying, all the equipment is front loaders too.

Ok, time to fix lunch, think it will just be deviled eggs today, I brouhgt a bunch of mine and boiled them last night and will whip it up. I'm just happy to sit here and look at the water and listen to the ocean, it just mesmerizes me.

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« Reply #131 on: November 08, 2011, 11:46:11 AM »
I'm pretty sure the folks next door got their problem fixed.  the mechanic was under the motorhome some and was here an hour or so and I heard it running and the levelors going up so I think it must have been something minor, good for them. 


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« Reply #132 on: November 08, 2011, 07:15:23 PM »
We are leaving tomorrow, we had a good time here just like we did last year.  We went fishing again tonight, didn't catch anything in the Colorado River but fun anyway.

Tomorrow we are going to Bay City then over to highway 71 up to Alt 90 and driving it to Sequin at least then decide if we want to go on 10 or another route.  Think I may pick up 46 to go around San Antonio and again intersect with 10. We aren't in a hurry and I'm not wanting to drive like a maniac. 

Anyone comes down this way, there is a small grocery, they have a little of everything but meat not really and no store in town that has meat.  There are a few restaurants but they stagger days open.  We had lunch one day at the Lighthouse, they also have an RV park there.  The food was very good, real potatoes used for french fries, she said also their onion rings are real.  I had a very good chef salad.  There is a new bar and grill being built, they have the slab so likely to have a good place to eat shortly.  But we still enjoy it, I just forgot to load the stuff I had ready for my freezer.  But we had plenty of food.  When we get to a bigger city we will stop and get meats to grill and cook.

So off we go tomorrow.

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« Reply #133 on: November 08, 2011, 10:14:31 PM »
Carolyn,

If you take Hwy 46 around San Antonio when you cross Hwy 281 you will be 13 miles south of our lot.  We are east of 281 and on the north side of Hwy 306.  If you decide you would like to stop for a night or two we have a buddy pad with full h/u.  You can call us at 262-442-3885.  It would be great to meet both of you.
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« Reply #134 on: November 09, 2011, 11:01:05 AM »
Thanks for the invite, we shall see.

We ended up not leaving today, the wind is blowing 35mph and above, I'm not driving in that others can, but not me.  Not sure I would even drive the diesel pusher in it.

It's cooling off right now its 62, but supposed to blow in the cold.  I decided since I was here I would wash the bed linens, they don't need it yet, but this way won't have to do it at a perhaps crummy laundromat, this one is nice and clean with good machines. And also the towels and stuff, so one load only.  I'm sitting in the laundry room now.

I'm going to get everything stowed away, at 39 degrees in the morning I won't want to be out doing that, bad enough unhooking the water, and sewer, brrrrr.

I'm trying to think what I will cook for lunch and dinner.  DD has some spaghetti left from last night and jello.  I have some home canned bean soup I might fix, just no onions, but that's ok.  Need to check and see if I brought some pickled peppers, they are good in beans.

In this laundry room there are louvers at the top of the room with a screen, it sounds like banshees howling in here.  Would really really be spooky on a dark night.

I saw the shrimp boats come in early today, I guess they gave up on fishing.  They tell me the red tide is here and that the other day it was really bad.  A lady said they were coughing and choking we were too, she said that causes you to do that.  I never heard of that and it did stop, interesting, I thought we were coming down with something.

I was just reading on weather bug, where we are is 3 ft above sea level, wouldn't want to be here in a hurricane, wow.  I see the sea rds are all huddled together and sitting in the water.

Thankfully the wind is blowing from the opposite side and I don't have to pull the slides in, its not blowing the slide awnings. At least the sun is shining, so not dreary.  Not much of a trip to report yet! ::)  Sue Anne is back in the motorhome, on her computer or possibly playing games.  She found a game channel on the televsion and has been playing games on it. She is happy as can be and looking forward to taking off tomorrow.  She travels well.


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Re: Off Again
« Reply #135 on: November 09, 2011, 11:55:20 AM »
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I'm going to get everything stowed away, at 39 degrees in the morning I won't want to be out doing that, bad enough unhooking the water, and sewer, brrrrr.

When we're leaving in the morning and it's going to be cold, I put away everything but the electric the night before so I don't have to handle cold, wet, hoses.
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« Reply #136 on: November 09, 2011, 01:20:29 PM »
Carolyn,

I'm so glad to hear you're on the road again.  You've been working really hard recently and you deserve a bit of rest.  Travel safely!

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« Reply #137 on: November 10, 2011, 05:55:04 PM »
When hubby called this evening he was teasing me that I'm only about 3 hours from home.  I said well I sure drove a long way to get here!

We are in Comfort, Texas tonight, half way between Boerne and Kerrville.  I skirted San Antonio by going north around it, just didn't want to deal with it, probably could have driven through it faster but didn't.  We went through Shiner, Texas, what a pretty little town, it says its the cleanest little town in Texas and I believe it.  Also Boerne looks like it has lots of shops all over.  I have noticed where there is no Walmart most of the towns have a lively downtown and many shops, seems like they do bring in cheap stuff but it destroys all the small store owners, such a shame.

We saw at New Braunsfelds one of the places where you rent the tubes to go tubing on the Comal River, we intend todo that one day.

I have A Good Sams book that details all the exits on the interstates and what is there.  It said this one had an RV USA park and had LP.  My tank this morning said 3/4's full but after driving was 1/4.  I believe that as the furnace ran a lot last night and its a small tank.  I didn't want to run out as I stocked the freezer today.

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« Reply #138 on: November 10, 2011, 06:15:20 PM »
You should see the beauty parked next to us.  Apparently the guy leaves it here and comes and uses it.  It's a Volvo truck with a coach built on it, it is just awesome.  I would guess $300k to $400k, but something like that is meant to be driven not just parked.  If I were just going to park it, I would get a TT not that, you could save a lot of bucks. I believe the park host said it was made in Canada, don't recall the name of it.

I thought my Direct TV box wouldn't turn on again.  The TV did and the satellite was searching, I thought well just to many trees.  My computer started beeping and I plugged it in and it still did, I thought electric on?  Tried the microwave and nothing, so went out and found out I didn't have it on.  Sometimes I wonder about me, sigh, but so much runs off of batteries.  So tried the satellite again and it clicked right on, found the satellite.

Tomorrow will have to stay on I 10 as there are not a lot of direct roads further west I get so will move along a lot faster I'm sure.  I'm just not in that much of a hurry and dear hubby thinks you ought to be just getting there.  I like to look at the scenery along the way.  It was a beautiful day today for driving for sure.  Hope tomorrow is another nice day. 

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« Reply #139 on: November 10, 2011, 06:59:42 PM »
Oh it's fun to just putter along and enjoy the scenery.

It seems the more I travel, the slower I go, reveling in the magic of being a free spirit, wafting across the lands.

Somebody mentioned handling "cold wet hoses" for unplugging in cold weather. I've discovered leather work gloves and how WONDERFUL they are for handling all the umbilical cords and leveling boards when needed.

No more cold, dirty, mucky hands for me!  When I am finished, I wash them off, shake them dry, and store them in a handy spot.


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« Reply #140 on: November 10, 2011, 07:19:25 PM »
I have leather ones and rubber ones.  I use the rubber ones if I have any issues with the black and grey drain.

On Alt 90 it wasn't a problem not much traffic going our way so we could amble along at 55 and 60, a comfortable speed for me nor on 60, so a nice drive.

I got my oven lit.  I hadn't used it for a year so likely air or dust or something.  Finally I lit a top burner and it must have helped draw the gas in.  So now I'm baking brownies, not something we need of course, ::) but what the heck.

We finally got by HEB and I have meat in the freezer now and some other items I was out of.  For Sue Anne and I eating out all the time causes us digestive issues so I cook in more then we eat out.

I then had a hamburger and she had an individual pizza.  But we have to add more veggies, we need to really watch our diet when traveling like this.
I have all kinds of foods packed in here!  I've always have a full pantry.

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« Reply #141 on: November 11, 2011, 08:26:51 AM »
It ended up getting 25 here last night.  Sure glad I had the propane filled but we were toasty warm.  The blinds we put in the living room, make a huge difference.  I would like to put one over the bed but doubt we do now, no point.  Nothing froze as all the water is running.  There is a vent in the bathroom where the heat goes between the wall and under the floor.  I took it off one time to see what it was for.  I guess that keeps it warm under there to a pretty low temp.

Need to check everything and get going.  We are pokey, if hubby was with us he would be up at 5 and we would probably be in Vegas in 2 days knowing him. ;)  But off we ramble.  Sue Anne is happy as can be and singing this morning so that makes it all worth while.  I like to see her having a good time.

And kitty is tucked in under the couch on her fuzzy blanket for most of the day.  Don't know where she will hide and sleep in the other motorhome as she will have no access to get under the couch.

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« Reply #142 on: November 11, 2011, 09:05:02 PM »
We made it to Fort Stockton this afternoon, should have gotten to El Paso but we stopped for lunch, for rest stops, and for gas. 

I hit some 7% grades and we ended up driving up them about 60 with overdrive off. Hubby said don't run it over 4000 rpm's.  with overdrive off at 60 it flirted between 3500 and at 65 hit 4 so I backed off.  I hope I did that right.  There were a lot of hills and there were 2 places I got down to 55.  If I left overdrive on it ran about 2000 to 3000 but it shifted and I didn't want it to strain the transmission.  I'm not used to driving on hills like that with a motorhome.

I started out with no wind and that was great then of course we had a pretty stiff breeze for quite a few miles, but it laid some.  I got my air bags set at 58psi, my tru steer in a good place.  Had the front tires at about 75psi, I pulled the Michelin chart and used the pressure for the weight from that schedule some time ago. The back tires at about 80.  Everyplace I go tries to put 80 to 90 pounds in the front and the motorhome is undriveable like that, the front literally bounces down the road.  I had to air up my toad tires, they were 25 so put 30 in them.  I drove 65 a lot of the way got up to 70 several times but since the motorhome was already drinking gas and I mean drinking I slowed down, the wind was enough without adding a lot of speed.  The traffic was really light. Still with all my stopping we didn't get as far as i wanted to.  I was hoping to get to El paso, but I stopped after 4PM too.  I just don't want to be searching for a place after dark to stay, my eyes are not that good in strange places at night. 

I got a package from the RV park and there are all kinds of things to see around here.  I told Sue Anne we will come back this way sometime and make it our destination to roam around and see things.  I just don't have time to do that right now.
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This are sure some very desolate areas out there.  In the most desolate once in awhile I would see a house, I can't even imagine living some place like that.  And  you would see old stock tanks for livestock and wonder how in the world anything could live on that dessert.  In fact this drought appears to be so bad I saw cactus dying.  I would think that would be very strange.

I checked my oil,  clear and full, also checked tranny fluid, still pink and full so all appears to be well.
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Re: Off Again
« Reply #143 on: November 12, 2011, 07:47:38 PM »
 We had a great driving day today.  The wind wasn't bad at all, oh some gusts and stuff but I managed to purr along at about 60 to 65 all day and did great on gas usage, stopped once and only got half a tank.  We stopped a few times, I cooked BLT's for lunch.  We could have made Deming, New Mexico but stopped in Las Cruces about 3.  I needed to go to the grocer and pick up stuff and I wanted to do laundry and found a nice RV place, the Siesta RV Park just about 3/4's of a miles from everything.  We unhooked the toad, went shopping and went to Cracker Barrel for dinner.  I'm now doing laundry, my most detested chore when traveling.  I had to pry Sue Anne out of some socks and jams she was hanging on to and I did so I could wash them.

Also she is a good little traveler but she just HAD to got shopping at Walmart this afternoon so we killed several birds with one stone.

We ended up unhooking the toad and eating dinner at Cracker Barrel too.

Hubby was talking about a newer motorhome again tonight, I'm going we haven't sold this one yet, haven't used the other one yet, why?  He goes well you will probably end up dragging me along I imagine.  I suppose I can find some old guys in some of the parks to talk to.  (I wonder if he thinks we are young, old guys?? :o)  Sounds like the idea is growing on him.  I don't say anything about doing stuff, I just let him think its his idea, so we shall see.  What I can't see is getting a newer one, laying out more cash and me maybe driving it only 5 more years or so.  I don't know if i will be able to drive or should beyond that.  I suppose he could.  We will see how much longer he works, the reliability of the diesel we are getting and things will fall into place along the way. Now he says there are some really nice ones out there for $100k.  Oh my.

I could see getting one that has a slide that is a bunkhouse and then Sue Anne would have her own room so to speak and redoing the top bunk with drawers for her.  Now that would be nice then noone would be stuck sleeping on a couch. But I want to use the one we have first and sell this one.  I think we still have time and some good years to plan things yet.

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« Reply #144 on: November 13, 2011, 03:44:03 PM »
Carolyn,

I'm sure your hubby will be able to find people to talk with in campgrounds!  All he has to do is open something on the exterior and it's like bees finding honey!  ::)  If you ever attend one of our rallies, everyone works on everyone else's rig and the guys have great camaraderie.  He'd love it!

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« Reply #145 on: November 14, 2011, 09:11:30 AM »
Tom, is a very friendly outgoing person, he would be fine.  I'm not sure why he didn't want to do it before.  For a long time he planned on going back home or spending time with his friends near us.  Since they have all passed away and he is finally realizing that back home is never going to be the same, he is changing his mind i guess.  It's getting to the point about all we have left is each other, not good, but just part of life.

We had a good driving day yesterday but I was exhausted last night. And for the first time about noon I got sleepy.  I had to stop and take a nap and then we ate lunch and moved on.  Sue Anne and I went to bed early last night.  She about 9:30 and me 10.  I think we both just died.

We stopped at a place called Picacho Peak RV Resort, its more a community but they are renting spackes for TT's and motorhomes, but a lot of the park model houses in here.  Just a clean very nice little over 55 community.

We saw some beautiful scenery yesterday with the clouds and rain over the mountains, was just pretty to me.

There is an ostrich farm also a place for people to visit there.  We are close enough to Vegas that we will get there today or tomorrow so I'm taking her.  I'm sure she will enjoy it and will be a nice break from driving.

I plan to stay in Vegas through probably next Sunday.

I was going to take 10 west further then 95 up to Vegas.  The camp host here told me to go through Phoenix and take 93 up, he said it cuts off a lot of miles and now there is a bridge over the river that will accomodate TT's and motorhomes, thoughts on that??

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Re: Off Again
« Reply #146 on: November 14, 2011, 09:57:25 AM »
Shortest and the great southwest --you'll appreciate the desert. If you've the time when you leave Vegas take 95 to I-10 and stop at Quartzsite for a day an look around. Our annual rally is in January when the desert comes alive with RVers. Bring Tom  with you too, when he can come!
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Re: Off Again
« Reply #147 on: November 14, 2011, 10:00:57 AM »
I will take 93 then, I've got to get moving this morning, we are lingering way to long.


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« Reply #148 on: November 14, 2011, 10:02:54 AM »
lingering is one of the joys of owning a rolling home.  .  . ;D
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Re: Off Again
« Reply #149 on: November 14, 2011, 04:44:53 PM »
Traveling misadventures today but made good by nice folks.

I was on Loop 303 going around Phoenix on the north side.   I went across a railroad track that was really rough.  After that I started getting this sucking noise and a harmonic type of whistle.  I figured it knocked off a vaccum hose or something.  I stopped and looked all around could find nothing so went on.  The next town was Wickenburg and nothing after that till Kingman, I'm thinking this thing isn't going to go 150 miles like this.  It didn't have much pickup, we were up to 50 but it wasn't right.

So we get into Wickenburg and lo and behold on our right is an RV repair shop.  Talk about luck.  I told them what I thought it was they said give us a few minutes we have to finish this and unhook your toad, so I did.  The older man came out, I had opened the hood in front and another guy.  The other one said I see your problem right now, I says you are getting.  He said nope look at your muffler. Apparently the railroad track I went over broke the tailpipe bracket or maybe one of the rough roads did.  The tailpipe had bent down and was cutting the inside of the back left inside tire.  Holy moley.  It was almost crimped shut.  The guy took a sawsall and cut it off past the muffler.  We saved it so in Vegas I can get one made.  Ok, one problem solved.  They were nice as can be.  That shop was called Arizona Auto Tech on US Hwy 6089, Wickenburg, Az.  He told me where 2 tire shops were and let me leave the toad there. The first is big O's, they didn't have anything that size.  So I went to the second Wickenburg Tire, he didn't either but they ordered one and will be here tomorrow.  I asked if he minded if I camped in his parking lot tonight.  He said no problem, had me park next to his sign so I could plug into electric.  He even had one of his guys take me back to pick up my car so I didn't have to drive the motorhome.  So here we are, his name is Jessie.

And they say there aren't nice people in the world.

Come to think of it, I bet what broke that was a piece of tire I hit going through Phoenix, I bet that broke the bracket.  I asked bubby if it would hurt to drive it with the tailpipe like that he said no.  So while in Las Vegas we will have a tailpipe fabricated for it.

I said lucky it didn't hit the drive shaft or something he said you sure are.  So we are about $560 lighter, but none the worse for wear.  Only thing, I normally have my water tank full, I thought it was 3/4's this morning, when the motorhome was level that was what it said, but its only a 1/3.  So I told Sue Anne we will take light baths tonight and eat out.  I've been teasing her that we spent our Vegas money, she said do I have to pay for dinner. I said nope.

I am thankful it was nothing more then that.  That is something we can easily fix.  As hubby said it won't take you long to get there tomorrow, we would have likely made it today but oh well.  Alls well that ends well. And talk about good luck, we sure had it with having the shops we needed.

And we just happen to be across from a nice area and near a Dennys, though we may look around a bit.

 

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