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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 ....
    Jim
    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
    '17 Elio reserved

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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 ..
      Jim
      '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
      '04 Sea Pro 180DC
      '17 Elio reserved

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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.
        David & Bonnie (2 new kitties, one male, one female)
        2004 Sunnybrook Titan 31 BWKS w/bed slide
        Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch 16K with 21K bars
        5th AIRBORNE Pinbox Roto Choks
        Custom 2" pinbox receiver Bike Rack
        Externabond Roof Seams
        Wet Bolt Kit
        7K Nev-R-Adjust Brakes

        2004 Sliverado Dually D/A
        GM Racor primary filter, 98 Gal. Transfer tank
        Thanks to BC Jim for all his help

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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.
          Jim
          '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
          '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
          '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
          '04 Sea Pro 180DC
          '17 Elio reserved

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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
            Jim
            '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
            '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
            '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
            '04 Sea Pro 180DC
            '17 Elio reserved

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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
              Jim
              '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
              '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
              '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
              '04 Sea Pro 180DC
              '17 Elio reserved

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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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                Jim
                '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                '17 Elio reserved

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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
                  Jim
                  '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                  '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                  '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                  '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                  '17 Elio reserved

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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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                    Jim
                    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                    '17 Elio reserved

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                    • First time I’ve ever heard such a reason to give/get a strawberry pie. Poor you.
                      David & Bonnie (2 new kitties, one male, one female)
                      2004 Sunnybrook Titan 31 BWKS w/bed slide
                      Hijacker 5th Wheel Hitch 16K with 21K bars
                      5th AIRBORNE Pinbox Roto Choks
                      Custom 2" pinbox receiver Bike Rack
                      Externabond Roof Seams
                      Wet Bolt Kit
                      7K Nev-R-Adjust Brakes

                      2004 Sliverado Dually D/A
                      GM Racor primary filter, 98 Gal. Transfer tank
                      Thanks to BC Jim for all his help

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                      • her strawberry pie is outstanding .... thankfully Maureen knows how to make it as well ....
                        Jim
                        '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                        '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                        '17 Elio reserved

                        Comment


                        • 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
                          Jim
                          '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                          '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                          '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                          '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                          '17 Elio reserved

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                          • I enjoy a good trip but am always ready to head home. For a few days anyway...
                            Clif and Millie
                            Mabank, TX (sorta)
                            2015 Chevrolet 3500 LTZ Allison/Duramax Dually
                            2015 Heartland Cyclone CY3418 Toy Hauler
                            2005 HD Dyna Super Glide

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

                              thoroughly understood ..
                              Jim
                              '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                              '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                              '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                              '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                              '17 Elio reserved

                              Comment



                              • 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 ....
                                Jim
                                '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                                '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                                '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                                '17 Elio reserved

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