the Jeep won't start.
I can't find a block heater on it. But then, it was a California car.
the battery charger has been on it for an hour, I'll try it again.
After all, it has warmed up; it is now "only" 9 below!
19 below zero F.
In case you have ever wondered, that is COLD!!!!
At least there is little or no wind, so at the moment wind chill is not a problem, other than that which a person makes by his own movement.
I gotta go let the dog back in. I bet here tootsies are very chilly!
OK, dog is in, and I went to get the newspaper and yesterday's mail.
The Jeep was NOT happy about being asked to wake up!
But it did. Then it didn't want to move.
But it did.
IT IS COLD OUT THERE!!!!
I bought my first truck camper sometime around 1975. Since then, I have owned a camp trailer, a travel trailer, I lived in a fifth wheel for three years, I have owned 4 different Class A motorhomes, one Class C motorhome, and a couple of other truck campers.
I have never met anybody who lost a trailer of any kind while moving. I have never met anybody who lost a towed vehicle. I have never met anybody who dropped a fifth wheel on their truck box. I have read about one instance where a trailer on the freeway got away from the towing vehicle (it was on the wrong size ball, no safety chains were in use, and there was no breakaway brakes in use).
Having said all that, I use safety chains on all towed rigs. They are attached to the receiver safety chain loops. I have never needed them, but they are there, and hooked up!
Safety chains or cables should always be connected in front of the most likely failure point on the towing vehicle, and behind the most likely failure point on the towed unit. ANY damage to the chain or cable is cause for replacement! Remember, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link!" A damaged link is a weak point. the same applies to cables, even though a cable has no links; any damage weakens the cable!
If you choose to stay there, I recommend that you take the tests and become an Amateur Radio Operator. Then, VERY carefully read the FCC rules regarding installing antennas, and put up a couple of nice big antennas on your property that are in complete compliance with ALL FCC rules
Oh, and make sure your station RF output is in complete compliance with said rules, as well.
Then let the busybodies complain!
I got "Happy Birthday" wishes from my step daughter yesterday.
My cell phone is not set for texting, so she sent a text to my wife "Tell Dad happy birthday!"
I guess it is easier to send a text than to dial the phone and actually TALK to me.
Of course, she could have sent the good wishes on facebook, like her brother and sister did...
But, HEY, she remembered my birthday, that's SOMETHING!!
My cell is in my pocket all the time, every day. I got ONE phone call yesterday. 7 kids, and ONE call, a couple of texts to my wife's phone, and 2 happys on facebook.
Y'know, the "new communications" is no better than the OLD communications! It is PEOPLE who communicate (or not), not devices!
We had a fiver with generator installed.
Before you decide to do ANYTHING, I recommend that you go to the Onan website and get the generator installation instructions. there is much more to it than stuffing the genset in a compartment and bolting it down. The enclosure that is required for a proper and safe installation is just a little difficult to build. It requires a certain amount of sheet metal expertise to fabricate an enclosure that is fire and fume tight.
Our fiver had a propane powered generator. I strongly recommend such a unit for any built in installation in a trailer. A stinky gasoline or diesel tank is not something I want in, on, or under a trailer. However, keep in mind that an Onan powered by propane is derated 10%. A 4KW unit powered by propane is only capable of 3.6KW.
I do believe it varies by state. You will have to research the chain requirements in the state in which you will be driving to be sure.
Generally, though, the chains will go on both sides of one axle. That axle must be one on which brakes are installed and operational.
But, check the regulations in YOUR state to be sure!
There is a snow drift about 2 feet deep right outside my back door!
It is 14 degrees and windy, with blowing snow!
There are also some nice drifts by the front door.
However, my neighbor just got a Deere skid steer loader, and he has been out playing with it, so my driveway is pretty well plowed!
I wonder if I can get my old Ariens snow blower running? I may have to try, this is more than I want to shovel!
26 degrees. wind. Snow. 91% relative humidity.
BUT, the barometer is rising, the forecast is for sunny.
That's bad! Clearing skies means VERY cold!
I got the carb cleaned on the little tractor this afternoon, and it ran pretty good. I think I need to remove the crankcase vent from the carb intake. It seems to have a lot of blowby, and the oil droplets are making it run poorly. Putting a "road draft tube" on it will be somewhat messy, but it will help it run for a while. I'll have to find a plug or cap to block off the carb inlet where the crankcase vent should be!
I also found out why the engine is worn; the gasket between the air filter adapter and the carb was missing! Who knows how long it has been sucking dirt!
Somebody also messed up the screwdriver slot in the main jet in the carb. I almost didn't get it out! The carb rebuild kit came with a new one, thankfully!
I use Shepard hook available at home improvement stores
Yep, I picked one up at a rummage sale. IIRC, it cost $1.
Now, to get a new sign made. The one I have is in bad shape!
When you decide on an additive to use, google the MSDS for it. Read the list of ingredients, then decide if you REALLY want that stuff going into your engine!
That is, if the MSDS doesn't tell you that the ingredients are "proprietary information, and will ONLY be disclosed to medical professionals"!
It is likely you will find that the additive is 95+% acetone, with a little light machine oil.
When I had an old Dodge CTD, I never used any additives, except once when cold weather caught me with summer fuel in it, and I had to add anti-gel. My son now has the truck, and it is approaching 280,000 miles on the odometer.
Use what you want, they are really pretty much the same stuff when you read the MSDS. I don't believe any additive is necessary.
The bottom hasn't dropped out yet.
38 degrees and light rain. Apparently, the cold hits about noon today, and the temp will start dropping.
We had our turkey dinner yesterday with the kids at their house, then came back to our house for snacks, dessert, and some slow games of Rummi-cube. NONE of us could get the numbers we needed!
But I managed to win one game. That had to have been an accident!
EDIT: Oh, man, how embarrassing! I failed in my proofreading before hitting "Post". Oh, well, the misteaks are fixed now. (I did that deliberately)
IMO, all businesses should remodel their buildings to install a grounded Faraday cage in the walls, floor, and ceiling to prevent the entry of radio waves, thus shutting off all cell phones that are inside the building.
It would be a great "Public Service"!
Wait a minnit, let me get this straight;
You are complaining that a 3/4 ton (1500 lbs.) truck only has a payload capacity of 1 1/4 TONS?
So, go get a 1 ton dually that has a payload capacity of 2 tons. YES, you CAN use a dually for a daily driver! I been there, did that.
Based on personal experience with that old truck ('94 dodge 3500 CTD dually), I agree with Marty; PAYLOAD is the ONLY important number. GCWR is basically a "happy with performance" number. I discovered that my rig was 3,180 lbs OVER the GCWR, but UNDER all other ratings. It did just fine going over the Rockies, the Sierras, and the Cascades.
Go trade for a one ton truck. SRW if you must, but I liked my dually!
Note: My old truck was registered for a GVW of 14,000 lbs (that is, VEHICLE weight, not COMBINED weight). I picked that number because I knew I would never exceed it. I was right!
I have never locked my tow bar to the coach or to the Jeep, and I never will.
If the unthinkable should ever happen, and I need to separate the two in a hurry due to fire or accident, I don't want ANYTHING slowing the separation down, not even for 5 seconds!
However, since my towbar has a ball hitch, I have considered replacing the pin in the receiver with a 5/8 inch Grade 5 or 6 bolt, with an all-metal self locking nut on it. However, I have never had a ball mount stolen, nor have I ever met anybody who had such an event happen. Yes, I am sure it HAS happened, but I think it is very rare.