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General Discussion / Re: How often do you watch your outdoor television??
« Last post by ChasA on January 23, 2021, 10:36:26 AM »
Twice in 9 years.
General Discussion / Re: Need a hobby
« Last post by Ex-Calif on January 23, 2021, 10:34:34 AM »
@BT - Yeah I've done a ton of hobbies, scuba, tennis, water, snow and jet ski, skydiving, flying power and glider, sailboats, power boats. I've been a wrench all my life and upon returning to Ohio restoring and maintaining MGs was my go to thing. Still have 2. Still have the bike but cross country riding is now out for me because people don't know how to drive and I had a close call last year and had to lay the bike down. Now I tow it and use it for local sightseeing.

The MGs were taken on when my kid was in last year of HS. I thought it would be cool to take on a project he and I could do together and pass on some mechanickin' skills.  He didn't take to it and aside from helping me bleed brakes and clutches pretty much stayed away.  He sure liked to drive it thought - LOL...

Project MGs are really cheap and a lot of fun. I did the car show circuits every summer but covid killed that hence all my new hobbies last year. The car club still does drives but by nature the car guys are all old farts and social distancing is pretty important so club meetings are virtual.

I hope you find something.  I only have a couple things left on the bucket list and that's liveaboard again in the Caribbean this time and hole up in Cartagena during hurricane season.  I also plan to get my SCCA sports car license so I can do track days in the MG and scare the pants off myself. We also plan to put a lot of miles on the RV as soon as lock down is over and see the rest of the USA that we wanna see.

Quilting is gonna be a one time deal for me to save the t-shirts but I will keep your wife's offer in mind.

General Discussion / Re: How often do you watch your outdoor television??
« Last post by Gary RV_Wizard on January 23, 2021, 10:32:45 AM »
Never, but I don't watch tv much at all anyway and my wife views it as evening entertainment.  We know a few folks who are avid tv watchers and they usually have a tv on wherever they are, whether they are watching closely or not.  Different strokes...
General Discussion / Re: How often do you watch your outdoor television??
« Last post by Dragginourbedaround on January 23, 2021, 10:24:36 AM »
Quite often when we owned an RV with an outdoor TV, and the weather was nice. When we upgraded to a newer RV it didn't come with an outdoor TV. Missed having one.
Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: What has changed over the last few decades?
« Last post by lynnmor on January 23, 2021, 10:09:43 AM »
What is the history of major changes in design and trends of trailers and fifth wheels across the last few decades since 1980?

Materials? Frame design? Electrical? Interior? Has it always been for the better?

Almost everything has gotten worse, as manufacturers look for the cheapest labor, materials and suppliers.  Yes, some will point to the bells and whistles now installed.
Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: What has changed over the last few decades?
« Last post by JackL on January 23, 2021, 10:05:40 AM »
LED lighting, motorized awnings, stabilizers and tongue jack, rear view television, cable TV connection are some.

 All good things, but all that can also screw up and are difficult to trouble shoot

Jack L
The Shade Tree / Re: Today is the day I have been waiting 6 years for
« Last post by Tom55555 on January 23, 2021, 10:04:52 AM »
Well I don't have any funds in the bank to free up. I live month to month. If I die with money in the bank I will be really mad at myself. I should have spent it while I was alive. When I was 21 my father died of a heart attack. Our family doctor told me that since heart disease was familial that I too would die of a heart attack when I was 50. I spent my life thinking it would be all over soon. There was no reason to put money in the bank for my future. There is no future for me. Well my Dr died of a heart attack a few years later and here I am at 72 still kicking and in great shape. Now I am totally amazed at how wonderful my life is. My car and my house are paid for. Only a few CC bills and I have a house that resembles a music store. I think I have died and gone to heaven. And I am parked forever at the most beautiful spot I can imagine.

Funny comments. Very beautiful, I love the Spanish Moss.

I had an uncle that drank and smoked his whole life and lived to be 85. My Mom never drank or smoked and she passed away at 85. Go figure, I think genes have a lot to do with it.

I don't smoke but my oldest brother which is 6 years older chain smokes. At every family event you can find him outside smoking. My Mom used to tell him that smoking will take ten years off your life; my brother would say "but it's the last 10 years." He's not a nursing home / diaper kind of guy.

My father wrecked on his bicycle and died at 50 exercising. My cousin died at 44 riding his bicycle in a triathlon by a drunk driver.

I guess the take away is, if you want to live a long happy life, don't exercise and drink and smoke as much as you want... Just kidding... LOL

The Shade Tree / Re: Robocalls
« Last post by scottydl on January 23, 2021, 10:04:18 AM »
We've only had cell phones since 2003 when we last moved, so spam calls (used to be called telemarketing) have been a very small part of our lives. I can hardly stand when I visit my parents or in-laws, and their landline is constantly ringing and almost never a legitimate call. I certainly wouldn't want to put up with that.

Cell phone scam calls are picking up in recent years (no, I don't need a car warranty ::)), and now they spoof numbers to make it look like a local call. Somewhat clever and probably fools some people, but everyone in my house is wise to that move. We generally know who might be calling us and already have them programmed in... and don't answer if we don't recognize the number. If it's important and legit (doctor's office, etc.), they'll leave a voicemail and I'll immediately call back. Most people in our lives (even older parents) use text instead of spontaneous voice calls anyway.

That is because the current system calling millions by the minute, only can connect to so many live operators in the terrorist countries.  I highly encourage anyone who answers to play jokes, stop.  You are only get logged as a live number to be sold to future callers. 

Yep. Everytime you pick up, you're telling the system calling you that it's a "good" number to continue using/selling to other call centers for fake solicitations.

I hate to say it, but these callers prey on the seniors, please be careful  :))

Also very true. In my corporate life I work anti-fraud situations, and we hear these tales often unfortunately. Seniors and college kids. Even if everyone here is savvy enough not to fall for the scams, please keep people that you know in mind and have these conversations, to prevent them from believing a ruse and being victimized.
Motorhomes / Re: V10 or 8.1 Workhorse?
« Last post by nfredrick on January 23, 2021, 09:43:57 AM »
The problem with the early V10 is that most people don't torque the plugs down enough and they eventually spit out a plug or 2 or more.  These guys fix a lot of stripped plugs on engines and they  recommend 28 ft lbs of torque (if the threads are good)  and claim they have  never seen a problem going to that spec.....http://www.blownoutsparkplug.com/    I think they have tested to 100 ft lbs on some old Ford v10 cylinder heads and the plugs  broke
The Shade Tree / Re: Robocalls
« Last post by Doc Roads on January 23, 2021, 09:38:11 AM »
My iPhone has a setting which only allows those in my contacts to ring and the rest go to voice mail.  Voice mail has a voice to text feature which lets me read the message rather than waste time listening.  This feature works well for me.  If itís a legit caller leaving a message, I can call them back.  I do my part by adding any new business or person to my contacts. Now if someone could just figure out how to cancel out all the Medicare advertisements on TV, that would be great!  :P
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