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  • JEBar
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    a busy couple of days ....fished Friday in the boat mentioned above .... he just got it out of the shop and now its running on 3 of its 6 cylinders .... Saturday I fished with Maureen's brother in his boat, thankfully it ran well .... also on Friday, I adjusted our Pressure Pro to include monitoring pressures in our camper's tires .... off door side front tire was very low .... my brother-in-law came over this morning, we pulled the big slide in and removed the tire ... couldn't find any signs of a puncture so we soaped the valve stem .... bubbles seeping from the edged of the stem indicate it needs to be replaced .... hope to take care of that in the morning .... we also repaired the small rear storage compartment located on the passenger's side of our truck (first picture) .... it is the compartment where we store and transport or Bigfoot Landing Gear Pads which weigh a bit over 12 lbs each .... with 160,000+ miles on our truck, their weight bouncing down the road had split the aluminum tack welds on three sides of the compartment .... after figuring out how I wanted to do so and purchasing aluminum angle iron from Lowe's, we made the repairs .... what can't be seen are the angle iron braces under the floor and along the sides of the box .... the crack across the door side can be seen in picture 3 .... the storage area is every bit as solid as when it was new and has been reinforced to where it should remain that way

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  • JEBar
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    150 hp Evinrude on the rear and a big, high tech electric trolling motor on the front .... very impressive electronics, the likes of which I've not seen before .... headed out to another lake in an little while with Maureen's brother-in-law to fish a different lake
    Last edited by JEBar; 08-04-2019, 10:53 PM.

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  • Bkins
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    That looks like a very big as+&d trolling motor. Glad you had a good time even with the cold and rain. Most would of called the excursion off.

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  • JEBar
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    we awoke this morning to a 30% chance of PM Showers .... well, its pretty much rained all day .... Maureen's nephew-in-law arrived with his boat in tow at 8AM and we headed west to Lake Albert .... it was sprinkling when we left but it turned into rain as we were launching the boat .... with the temp in the upper 60's, the rain felt pretty dang chili .... guess we didn't get the memo because ours was the only boat on the lake .... we trolled for a couple of hours, during which we fed a bunch of night crawlers to the fish .... when the thunder rumbled in the distance, we headed home .... had a great time ..

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  • JEBar
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    another beautiful day, happily, another productive day .... finished installing replacement LED bulbs in the camper's scare lights .... recaulked front end cap ... tire pressure monitor working fine .... activated it and found that the off door side front camper tire is low .... will have to pull it tomorrow and see if I can figure out what's wrong with it ....

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  • JEBar
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    productive day .... first mentioned in post 102, project was to find and fix an electrical issue with our tire pressure monitor .... I thought I had it fixed earlier but yesterday power to the unit was cut off again .... I have want I've been told is a very good volt meter and I can only say I have no reason to believe that isn't true .... that said, I know very little about how to read it so, for me, its basically a paper weight .... I didn't try to use it to find a short/bad connection but that proved to be a waste of time .... eventually I came to believe that the problem had to be with one of two butt connectors .... naturally their location made it impossible to get the tool into position to properly crimp the connectors .... lets just say our folks who get excited about "proper" electrical connections wouldn't approve but after I got through the Pressure PRO Monitor works as it should .... as is normal, the fix involved more tools and time than anticipated .... next project was to install 2 replacement LED scare light bulbs (just updated another thread about doing so) ... tomorrow more work on the truck to reinforce the floor of a storage compartment and to install the other scare light LED's

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  • avvidclif
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    Southern Comfort RV Park. An OLD park. Our 39'er got in and out but it was being very careful. The road construction in front of it is a disaster. Nice park otherwise.

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  • Bkins
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    Avvidclif, where in Florida City are you staying? We spend the winter there. Wouldn’t really want to be there at this time of the year for the reason you’ve mentioned and

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  • JEBar
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    as previously noted, our absolute and final plans have a way of changing at any moment .... heavy rain moved the family reunion mentioned above had to be moved from the park to a room in the local convenience store .... different setting but it went well .... if we are on schedule two weeks from right now we should be about half way from where we are camped in Estelline to our next campground located just east of Kansas City ... taking care of some minor pre-trip details has begun .... this morning I removed our Pressure Pro monitor, took care of a minor wiring problem, and reinstalled it in our truck .... seems to be good to go .... replacement scare light LED bulbs and rubber grommets to replace the badly worn ones on the cooking grate of our Atwood stove should arrive today .... hope to immediately install the grommets and start working on installing the bulbs tomorrow

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  • JEBar
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    even though the town still has an aggressive spraying program, skeeters are a problem up here as well .... its no wonder with so much rain since April leaving so much standing water

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  • avvidclif
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    Currently sitting in Florida City, Fl on a steamy mosquito infested afternoon. Visited Key West yesterday and headed back home tomorrow morning. So far we've covered 2428.7 mi and averaged 11.5 mpg since leaving the house July 3rd. About 1300mi left to get back home. Plan is the be there on Thursday. Best mileage towing was 10.5 and solo 20.4. it's been fun but we're ready to get home and relax. HAH! Daughter is getting married on the 10th so it's going to be hectic. Then maybe things can slow down a bit.

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  • JEBar
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    time is passing way tooooo quickly .... only 18 days from today we are scheduled to head home .... much of tomorrow will be spent sprucing up the camper in preparation for the only family event left on our schedule is the reunion for Maureen's mother's side of the family that was mentioned above .... it will take place on Sunday in the town park, literally a few yards behind our camper ....

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  • JEBar
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    this morning, following our 4th medically related 40+ mile round trip to Brookings in the last 5 days .... after getting back in the early afternoon, we settled in to spend a beautiful day taking care of a few minor housekeeping items .... once again Maureen's nieces and nephews came to the park for swimming lessons .... happy to report they are all doing well .... best news of the day is we may well not need to crank the truck tomorrow ....

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  • JEBar
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    on Monday Maureen had surgery on her foot .... today was spent at the camper allowing her rest as much as she is willing and begin her recovery .... we've changed her bandages twice and so far things have gone as we were told to expect by the Podiatrist who did her surgery .... with us camped by the city park and its swimming pool, our camper has become the central location for Maureen's nieces and nephews .... a place to change clothing and to eat homemade cookies after their lessons .... the kids are all doing well and Maureen enjoys watching their lessons ... a prescription run to Brookings in the morning is our only planned outing for the rest of this week .... that said, something else is bound to come up

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  • JEBar
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    for the last week since I added to this thread, our time in Estelline had pretty much settled into a routine .... almost daily storms with heavy rain and strong wind come and go .... various family members stop of a visit and "coffee" at mid morning and mid afternoon .... campers come and go .... that all changed shortly before midnight last night .... Maureen began having intense pain from an ingrown toenail .... I took a look at it and yes I could have cut out the part causing the problem .... that said, there is no way to do so without causing her even more pain .... so, off we go to the Emergency Room at the hospital 20 some miles south in Brookings .... road construction down there requires driving a poorly marked path through residential / business areas so as to be able to come into the hospital from the rear ... we did make it .... the Emergency Room staff was exceptionally nice and we were impressed with both them and their facility .... back to the camper and finally settled in for the nigh just before 3AM .... back to Brookings early this morning to pick up antibiotics, pain pills and bandage items .... on the way took on good solid fuel for the first time since the day after we got here .... during those 5 weeks we put 899.7 miles on our truck, over that distance she averaged 12.1 mpg .... that's about as good as she gets .... tomorrow we have to schedule an appointment with a Podiatrist for Maureen so we will most likely go back to Brookings again .... she's doing fine but the Emergency Room doctor said more work needs to be done to help insure the problem doesn't come back

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