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Remodeling your RV / Re: removing sleeper couch
« Last post by DearMissMermaid on Today at 04:04:07 PM »
I am looking at a used rig that comes with a dreadful couch that is about as comfy as a bed full of rocks.

I was thinking of removing the offending couch and replacing with a day bed and a plethora of assorted comfy pillows. That way I can have a cuddle couch or a bed. I see some day beds come with an optional trundle bed that can actually be premade with sheets and stashed under the daybed between uses.

Another contender is the futon couch, some of those are super comfy.

I wish these designers would think outside the box. While it's nice to have some rigs that sleep 8, I wish they would build more that sleep less. It would be nice to have more choices.
Tech Talk / Re: Power converter & furnace/AC issue
« Last post by ChasA on Today at 03:54:46 PM »
My owner's manual says to use only Dexron 3or Mercon. It says Do Not Use hydraulic jack oil.
Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: Marathon FL
« Last post by DearMissMermaid on Today at 03:50:27 PM »
I am curious what you end up doing. I think you will have to stay somewhere outside the Keys and if you are lucky, just make a day trip to Marathon.

Even without the hurricane damages, reservations typically take a year to get.

I have prepaid 14 night reservation for next May that I made last May. They haven't refunded anything yet, but they don't have my spot ready either.

Just hoping by May they do have a spot for me.  ;D
Tech Talk / Re: Power Gear leveler fluid recommendations
« Last post by ChasA on Today at 03:50:22 PM »
My owner's manual sayx do not use hydraulic jack fluid.  Use only Dexron 3 or Mercon.. I have Power Gear jacks.
Newcomers' Corner / Re: Been looking at joining Good Sam.
« Last post by John Stephens on Today at 03:46:23 PM »
If you're thinking about getting a membership, it will come in handy for discounts for select campgrounds and Camping World stores, and as Gary said previously, you have to use it enough to make it worth your while. I have been a member for two years and have gotten my money's worth, both from the stores and the campgrounds. Last week, I had a new OTA antenna installed on the coach and CW beat every other mechanic I spoke with by at least $150. That purchase, by itself, saved more than the two years worth of membership fees.

When dealing with their Roadside Assistance plan, I have had mixed results. Once when I got the coach stuck in my own front yard and was blocking traffic, it took only an hour for a wrecker to come out after calling RA. However, my last experience with them wasn't nearly as good. While traveling from home in Florida to Asheville, NC this past summer, I had warning lights on the dashboard come on after crossing the South Carolina line. I called RA and was told they couldn't get anyone to come to me until the next day. I called my mechanic back home and he told me what the lights meant and what to do to about them. I fixed the problem myself and hit the road, but if I had waited for Good Sam RA, I would have stayed grounded for the next 24 hours. Unfortunately, the RA program can only be as good as the contracted workers they hire, and obviously in some areas, that isn't good enough.
The Shade Tree / Re: Marijuana side topic
« Last post by TonyDtorch on Today at 03:45:58 PM »
I remember back in 1969 me and some friends were pulled over for 'Driving with Long Hair' right near El Toro Marine base.. this cop just knew we must have some weed on us  (we didn't)... so after we emptied our pockets he removed the rear seat,  spare tire and anything else we had in the car,  stacked (or dropped) it all on the shoulder of the road.

 I was handed a ticket for illegal exhaust ... he said 'have a good evening' and left. 

Thank you for making the world a safer place Officer Dick... ;D
The Shade Tree / Bitten In My Own Bed by a Monster
« Last post by DearMissMermaid on Today at 03:44:18 PM »
Harley dog (all six pounds of him) was sound asleep in his little corner of our bed. The only safe place where he won't get accidentally kicked by my thrashing about. I was laying down watching the idiot box which was set to turn itself off soon. Just a quiet night in my tiny wheel estate.

I wiggled around to get more comfy. That's when SOMETHING with big sharp teeth bit me under the covers.

I screamed and flew out of the bed. I was wide awake now!

Harley woke up and he too ran out of the bed like he was terrified.

We stood in the hallway staring back at the bed. WHAT was in our bed?

When my heart slowed down and I regained normal breathing, I decided the best course of action was to snatch the comforter off the bed and see WHAT was in it.

I figured worse case scenario I could call the fire department to dispatch some of those burly guys to deal with the monster.

So I timidly stepped forward grabbing the comforter with two hands, then I yanked it off the bed.

That's when I found the offending creature.

The one that snapped open it's jaws and bit me!


Yepper. Hiding under the covers for some strange reason was my hair grabber.  When I rolled over and wiggled around I must have unintentionally squeezed open the jaws, which then clamped down on my backside giving me a mighty bite!

I am just so glad it wasn't a monster.

Can you imagine if I had called the fire department to come remove my monster? I would forever be known as that crazy lady who was bitten by her hair grabber.  ::)

Another disaster averted!  8)

Life is goof.  :o
The Shade Tree / Re: Marijuana side topic
« Last post by SargeW on Today at 03:40:53 PM »
And if itís legalized the police will need to find need another reason for the detention and search of a suspicious looking person that may or may not have insurance.

Your understanding of police procedure and laws are flawed Tony. Even if MJ is legal to use, it is still not, and never will be legal to use in a moving motor vehicle.  The same with any kind of alcohol.  And since it is still possible to be exposed to MJ smoke and be under the influence of it's effects without actually smoking it, any LEO conducting a traffic stop and smelling MJ smoke is still grounds to extend the search, and pull the driver out of the vehicle for a Field Sobriety Test. All because it's "Reasonable" under the law. 

I hope that wasn't while you were driving.

Yes, I have seen numerous times a driver or passenger smoking or rolling a MJ cigarette within a moving car.

And as for concealing, that comment was meant strictly for MJ use and concealment in a motor vehicle. Often very young kids.  I am not going to change anything, or the way society is leaning on the drug issue. All of the opinions stated are the result of years of first hand experience.  As well as Keven Means and Rancher Will.  Most LEO's would probably concur. 

Weather anyone else does, really doesn't matter. We are all free to have our own opinions, and some will never be agreed upon.  That's just one of the reasons why I love this country!
General Discussion / Re: Propane tank filling problem
« Last post by newfurrows on Today at 03:39:31 PM »
This is why I always ask (politely) if they mind if I make the connection myself.  This is "auto propane".  The connection is to an external acme thread on your attached tank.  It is extremely important that the nozzle be lined up atraight with your tank's connection.  Hold the nozzle upto the tank connection and initialy turn the barrel of the nozzle backwars (ccw) feeling for the start of both threads to slip over each other.  There is a bit of feel involved here.  Once the threads slip over each other, turn the barrel cw to engage the threads then hand tighten.  Also important is the gasket in your tank"s connection.  It must be soft enough to seal against the metal tip of the nozzle.  These gaskets are a rubber washer available at the propane station or at a propane parts supply.  To change; fish it out with an "o" ring hook taking care not to scratch the brass surface of your tank connection. 
General Discussion / Re: Oxygen Concentrator Use On The Road
« Last post by SuzanneH on Today at 03:27:16 PM »
From my background as a hospital RN, I can say that I would be more concerned about oxygen cylinders falling over from sudden movement or instability.  It would be VERY important to make sure they are secured COMPLETELY, especially when underway, because the pressurized cylinders can become basically a torpedo-like projectile if they fall over and the regulator breaks off.  This is a real hazard that has been known to injure and kill.

If you can use a concentrator reliably, that would be my first choice.  And that also gives you some reassurance about your oxygen supply as you travel.  (A reliable generator would be an important thing to have as a backup energy source of course.)
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