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Apr 26, 2016 - New Toad Braking System

We've been towing a car behind our motorhome for several years, and we can't travel without one. Once we're at our location, sometimes for days or weeks at a time, having to disconnect our class A motorhome, put everything away and drive to the store for groceries, see the sights, or go out to eat isn't very convenient or practical. When we had our smaller class C camper, a Fleetwood Tioga 24 footer, it was easy to do, it drove like a big van, we'd just park in the middle of four spaces in a parking lot. But taking a trip in a class A...

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Oct 27, 2015 - The dreaded black water valve

From the "Wheeling it" website, an interesting article about the wife changing out the black and grey water valves on their motorhome. It reminded me of my own experience doing this, and I submitted this reader comment: "I recently found your great website, and have spent hours reading the articles and getting good ideas about a trip to the Western USA. If you look at the map on our travel blog, all of our travel has been East of the Mississippi. My wife is a Newfoundland native, we have grown children in New Hampshire, Washington, DC, and...

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May 10, 2015 - Running a roadside stand

Hazel and I are hitting the road full-time this year, and plan to be out of our house in August. That means giving, selling, throwing, or storing 49 years of accumulation, not an easy task. I've hired a local fellow to help me with the barn sale, with some items to be put on Craig's List, and I'm really depending on our many children to help out by coming up to Princeton, and if nothing else, taking their own stuff home with them. And, taking anything else they want. Believe me, making any money on this project is secondary to just getting...

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Apr 27, 2015 - RV propane tank misunderstandings

Finding a gas station that refills the built-in LP tank in a motorhome can be a challenge. There are websites directing you to dump stations for your holding tanks, for example, and many of the RV park listing services will show which RV parks sell propane, but a website showing other places to buy liquid propane hasn't been invented, or I just haven't found it. On our recent trip to Washington, D.C. the weather was awful, and our furnace ran on a daily basis. So, after a week at the Fredericksburg, Virginia KOA I had to fill our LP tank,...

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Mar 14, 2015 - Back home in Minnesota

The trip home from Florida was pretty-much a direct route, heading up through Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The next time we do this, and I don't care how many miles it adds to the trip, we are going way around Atlanta and Indianapolis. The traffic in both cities was awful, imagine driving a 30 foot motorhome, towing a car, and getting caught in rush hour traffic. We stayed in a couple of Walmart parking lots on the way home, but I've spent the night in so many, they sort of blur together in my memory. Checking the...

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Jan 26, 2015 - The Secret Life of Ronald Mitty

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a short story by James Thurber. The most famous of Thurber's stories, it first appeared in “The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and was first collected in his book “My World and Welcome to It” in 1942 and is one of the most frequently anthologized short stories in American literature. The story is considered one of Thurber's "acknowledged masterpieces". It was made into a 1947 movie of the same name, with Danny Kaye in the title role, and again in 2013 starring Ben Stiller. The popularity of the story...

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Nov 5, 2014 - Redundancy

re•dun•dan•cy rəˈdəndənsē/ noun - The inclusion of extra components that are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components. I remember my son Andy showing me the internet for the first time, he’d subscribed to AOL back in the mid-1990’s, and at a whopping 2400 baud we could read the news, get stock prices, go to those new and interesting websites, and I remember saying to him, “I’ll bet I could sell airplanes on this thing”. My background was banking, with experience financing the airborne contraptions, I’d...

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Oct 29, 2014 - Heating up for winter

Winter is approaching, and our prospects of heading South are looking dim again this year. We need to get our house rented, if possible, with a reliable party who would just pay the heat and power. What a deal, but I haven't run any ads, knowing what the response might be. So, it has been 'word of mouth' to friends around town. The first person I mentioned it to called me a couple of days later and said "I've got a friend who would really like to rent your house". "Great", I responded, "Can you tell me about him?" "Well," she said, "He's 40...

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Oct 7, 2014 - A Close Call For Nuggie

It's why they call it an accident. I asked a friend of mine if he could come over and help me move some things that needed his dolly. So, yesterday afternoon my friend drove his pickup truck into our driveway, and promptly ran over our dog Nuggie. It could have been worse, but Nuggie's back left leg was broken. Fortunately, the local veterinarian was still open. Poor Nuggie, we have pain pills and some antibiotics to take a couple of times a day, and today she is learning to walk like Gunsmoke's Chester. Nuggie is 13, in good health other...

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Aug 22, 2014 - Installing a Surge Guard

A month or two ago, my portable surge protector died. Anyone with an RV knows this device is absolutely necessary to prevent possible damage to all the electronics, and in an RV almost everything has a delicate printed circuit board. A sudden surge of voltage could cause thousands of dollars in damage. Just looking around my motorhome, I have two flat screen televisions, two DVD players, a refrigerator with freezer, a second freezer, microwave, notebook computer, Wi-Fi router, all have electronic circuitry that could be destroyed in a...

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Jul 1, 2014 - Curing RV WiFi Problems

For Fathers Day, my son Joe gave me a Roku wireless device that plugs in the back of my 32" flat screen television up-front in the motorhome to pickup and display movies and television shows from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and a bunch of other sources. I have a Sprint wireless modem, a $59 a month service I signed up for years ago when they really did offer true "unlimited" including roaming, and I'm grandfathered into the program, something I've verified with Sprint. My monthly usage is outrageous, many times what newer users are allowed, and...

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Jun 1, 2014 - Hello Storm, Goodbye Awning

This weekend it rained in Minnesota, not just rain, it poured, rained "cats and dogs". Thunder and lightning was on the horizon on Saturday night, but the air was still. I'd had the awning out for several days, protecting us from the sun, which at time was on full-blast, with temperatures approaching 90°F, and to keep the rain away from our motorhome door,outdoor mat and folding chairs. Had the wind started to pickup, I would have gone out and rolled up the awning, but everything happened so fast, all within a minute. Hazel and I were...

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