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  • JEBar
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    before leaving South Dakota this morning we put 1,253.7 miles on our truck since arriving there on June 13th .... today's drive took us 8 hrs 8 min which we covered 492.8 miles .... for us, that's a very long day .... right now we are setup at the KC East / Oak Grove KOA .... pictures and comments will be posted in another thread .... as anticipated, the heat and humidity here is sure is different than that in Estelline ....

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  • Bkins
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    They certainly do have some changingling weather. Safe trip home.

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  • texaspsdx
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    Safe trip!

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  • JEBar
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    breakfast over, town fire alarm wailing, foggy, 63 degrees .... about 15 minutes from going out to unhooking utilities and hooking up the truck
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  • avvidclif
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    "On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again" Sorry Willie can't sing.....

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  • JEBar
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    the rain moved out around 2PM and has been replaced by a largely blue sky .... the fellow who works on our computers came by and all's well with both of ours ... they are both getting some age on them so sooner or later the time will come when they have to be replaced ..... an aluminum weld on our Port-A-Steps broke, they have been repaired and will be available for our use on the way home .... fresh water has been pumped into our fresh tank .... the black tank is on tap to be drained / cleaned before dark .... taking down our VuQube satellite antenna and unhooking/storing our regular utility connections along with hooking up to the truck are about all that remains to taken care of in the morning ....

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  • JEBar
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    Originally posted by avvidclif View Post
    For a few days anyway...

    thoroughly understood ..

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  • avvidclif
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    I enjoy a good trip but am always ready to head home. For a few days anyway...

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  • JEBar
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    its hard to believe that today is slated to be our last in South Dakota for this year .... after a string of beautiful weather, rain has been falling since before daylight .... as noted in earlier post, this has been anticipated so we have very little outside that needs to be taken care of .... as most folks who travel will understand, we hate to see this trip come to an end, while at the same time, we are looking forward to the next leg of our trip

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  • JEBar
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    her strawberry pie is outstanding .... thankfully Maureen knows how to make it as well ....

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  • Bkins
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    First time I’ve ever heard such a reason to give/get a strawberry pie. Poor you.

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  • JEBar
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    packing up continues .... after taking our deck down I found a crack in an aluminum weld ... one of Maureen's relatives came by and will take it to be repaired in the morning .... another came by with a go'n home strawberry pie .... others have brought fresh veggies from their gardens .... gotta love this area .... a couple of days ago something went wrong in my computer .... open it up, turn it on, the opening screen would come up with a box to type my security pin number .... has worked flawlessly for years but suddenly a warning popped up saying it was no longer valid .... gave instructions on how to reset it but the trouble was, without that pin number it wouldn't go to the next page .... called a fellow out here who runs his own IT business, he picked it up yesterday and brought it back today .... works fine again .... he's coming back tomorrow with a USB drive and instructions on how I can fix it if it ever does it again .... before noon tomorrow we hope to have everything to where on Tuesday morning we unhook the utilities and hit the road
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  • JEBar
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    well, another morning, another issue .... when Maureen came down to the living area and turned on the switch (picture 1 top row center switch) that controls the living area ceiling florescent light fixtures (picture 2) .... the problem turned out to be with the Female Spade Wire Terminals that plugged into the switch .... other than being connected to a switch installed back in Oct of '05 that has been turned on most all of the time that we have been inside the camper, I don't know why they went bad .... one showed definite signs of heating while both of the male blades on he back of the switch looked line new .... bottom line, the lights work .... have to admit to being relieved, I didn't hold much hope of finding a replacement switch before we head for home on Tuesday

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  • JEBar
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    a good but really busy day .... first thing after breakfast we switched water softeners .... we then back flushed the one we have been using for the last week and recharged it with salt ... after wiping down the exterior it was placed in the basement were it will most likely remain until we get back to Texas in January .... next won tap was dumping/cleaning the black tank ..... following a short drive up town to the Post Office and local grocery .... as mentioned above, I then began trying to find the electrical problem with the wiring for the control unit of our Pressure Pro tire monitoring system .... as can be seen in the first picture, it is mounted on the bottom, front of a small compartment directly above the steering wheel .... after removing the compartment it looked to me like the hot wire (red) runs from somewhere under the dash (absolutely no cue where) and into that compartment were it is spliced into cigarette lighter outlet .... the negative wire (black) spliced into that outlet runs off to the right to the larger compartment that can be seen in picture two .... removing that compartment involved taking out seven screws and working the tightly fitted face loose .... finding and following the ground wire was no problem .... the good news is, it was loose .... tightened it up and everything is working .... with the exception of dropping several screws, reinstalling the large compartment face proved to be easier than removing it .... next came reinstalling the camper tire mentioned above .... doing so went smoothly, happy to report that the Pressure Pro monitor shows the replaced valve solved the leak .... next, we began chopping various items needed to fix Beach Burgers....for 20 members of Maureen's family in what is scheduled to be our last family gathering of this trip ....
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  • JEBar
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    no rain but hotter and more humid than its been lately .... during a morning visit to the doctor in Brookings who has been treating her, Maureen was cleared for travel .... she will now call and try to schedule an appointment for after we get back home .... also, the leaking valve stem has been replaced in a camper tire .... plan to remount it tomorrow .... more electrical bugs in the wiring for our Tire Pressure monitoring system .... plan to check it one more time tomorrow .... big family cookout on tap for tomorrow. the last for this trip .... smaller one on tap for Saturday

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