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12/4/93 Saturday - Day 6

Monday, November 14, 2011

12/4/93 Saturday – Day 6 – I started the day by catching a “to-your-door” RV repairman at 6:50 AM – he came to the trailer and determined that the piezoelectric spark was too weak to light the furnace. Since I started using a match it lights in 30 seconds instead of 7 (or infinite) minutes. He also found a thermocouple bent out of place in the oven, bent it back, and got that working. He charged us $40 for 20 minutes of his time. He was probably laughing all the way to the bank, but we were happy (new stove about $350; new furnace about $500 to $600).

We made it to Benson Saturday, but the CCC resort in St. David was full for at least two days. Then you showed up at 6:30 AM to get in a line that went out to the road and up the hill.

We went back to the SKP Co-Op in Benson (Saguaro) and stayed four nights for $30.10 plus $5.60 for electricity. The Saguaro Co-Op was so neat we almost got on their “hot” list – there was Alpine glow on the eastern mountains (the Franklins?) a couple of nights. It was dry, in the 70’s in the daytime with lots of sun – 3800 feet altitude.

I got burned by accident – it was cool at night and balmy in the late morning and afternoon – a lot like Heaven, I suppose. During Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we did laundry and I bussed with the CB – installed the new one, still had 2/1 VSWR, cut the right cable again – Still had bad VSWR – then watched it change from time to time. So I went to radio Shack and got a $110 antenna on sale for $47 – very fancy dual intended for the big trucks. I mounted it (still 2/1 VSWR) and tuned it so I got about 1.5/1 on channel 1, 1.o05/1 on channel 20, and 1.1/1 on channel 40 when the truck sits still. At 50 mph it reads 1.2/1 on channel 1, 1.05/1 on channel 20, and about 1.5/1 on channel 40. As good as could be expected.

Then the spring in the base of the right antenna was loose. I knew the Radio Shack people had only one of these antennas, so I epoxied the base back together – and it worked.

  
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Lost Sunday

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This was a lost Sunday. The BW has decided that the house needs to be painted, both inside and outside. It looks fine to me, but I know that it is going to be painted. Other than that, we did a dry run to the place where she will get a blood pressure monitor to wear for a day domorrow, so she can find it and be there on time. Then we stopped at Home Depot where she got new plants and three paint chip folders. Etc. It was a perfect day if you only look at the weather.

  
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BREWMASTERBILL 11/14/2011 7:14AM

    haha ... I'm familiar with those "lost" days.

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MS.ELENI 11/13/2011 9:03PM

    The weather was beautiful today. emoticon

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12/10/93 Reprise

Saturday, November 12, 2011

12/10/93 – Reprise – We got to Van Horn, TX, but there were no 7.00-15LT’s to be had. The fourth place (semi-truck service) I tried mounted my spare new Goodyear tire. We went on to El Paso and stopped at a tire store (“40,000 Tires In Stock”) which had 5 new 7l0-15 LT 8 ply tires in stock – only because they had special ordered them for a customer who hadn’t picked them up for a week. The Firestone from Abilene was 62.99 and these were 63.44 each. Those prices made $81.70 for the Goodyear in Indianapolis look bad.

Anyhow – I bought three and had two mounted. That left we with four 8 ply rated tires on the ground – the original spare and three new tires, and 8 ply on a wheel on the back of the trailer (new), and an 8 ply under the back seat of the van (new) and a six ply on the roof, along with two unmounted spares for the van.

  
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MS.ELENI 11/13/2011 6:04PM

    you seem to have had to do a lot of repairs on your trips

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12/3/93 - Friday

Friday, November 11, 2011

Note: I edited yesterday's entry a little based on recollection. Then I read today's, and realized that my memory of something that happened nearly 18 years ago wasn't quite correct, so I have put back the exact words I wrote back then. Sorry. Today and from now on, it's verbatim.

12/3/93 – Friday – The second tire on the left side went with a bang. I never heard or felt anything with the first one – just some trucker on the CB saying "That little camper has a flat". Then, “That little camper pulled by a van” – as it started to dawn on me, it was – “Indiana plates.” There was nothing left but the bead and a little bit of sidewall rubber when I stopped with the first flat. The second one was intact up to the tread that touched the road. The center of the tire was gone, and there was a big hole in the carcass. The trouble with this flat was that I could not get the lug bolts loose. That particular wheel had left hand threads, and the Mark’s guy (Wayne) had put the wheels back on with an impact wrench. If they have any torque limits for right hand rotation the certainly don’t for left hand. It was totally impossible for me to break them loose with a lug wrench, so I got out a socket, extension, and torque wrench. The handle of the torque wrench broke, and cut my palm deeply in two places. The wounds are gaping open now (12/7) so I suppose I should have had stitches. Meanwhile, the lug bolt specified torque of 85 to 85 foot-pounds was obviously grossly exceeded since the torque wrench is calibrated to 200 foot-pounds.

  
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12/2/93 Thursday – Day 4

Thursday, November 10, 2011

12/2/93 Thursday – Day 4 – We were at Sears by 8 AM. After a lot of bull from Vincent, they agreed to sell me four new tires around 10 AM. At 11:15 they decided that they could not get the new tires on (too wide). I got the trailer back at 12:00 – but they had insisted that only they could tow the trailer into the workplace. The driver tore a bunch of holes in the awning because it rubbed against their door.

By 12:30 I was at the Firestone store, and I got the only 7.00-15LT 8 ply rating in Abilene. Western Auto had 9 tires the right size, but they were al six ply rated tires. Firestone had only one, and Goodyear was totally out of business.
Meanwhile, the CB developed a high VSWR and the oven quit working. We left Abilene at 2 PM and got as far as Monahans on Thursday.

  
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