My take on it is that it's the porous nature of the weave of the dryer sheets that makes them so good at removing bugs. I use used dryer sheets, not new ones. They work just fine, and leave much less 'goop' behind. After using them on paint, I usually wipe a quick coat of wax on afterwards. On glass, I follow up with a glass cleaner and paper towels.
Jim, "Why did the chicken cross the road? To show the squirrel and possum that it could be done."
At the smaller end of the scale, when I bought my Tiger CX in '06, they advertised towing up to 8,000 lbs. (I think current models are now called the Bengal CX & TX). As pickup chassis' capacity have increased over the years in between, I'm sure the towing capacity has risen, too. Go to www.tigervehicles.com and do some reading. Just be sure you're sitting down when you look at current pricing... ;). Since they're mostly built-to-order, they're scarce on the used market.
Jim, "I drink coffee for _your_ protection."
Sticking to 'reasonable' rather than 'infinite' money, I'd buy another Tiger. But I'd probably get the Bengal TX, with its greater headroom and thermopane awning windows. Still on a standard cab Chevy, but to continue with the Allison transmission, I guess I'd have to go Duramax now, since the 8.1 is no longer offered.
Jim, "My train of thought has now left the station."
I'm a mostly-solo traveler, rarely a camper. I started out with a 19' class B Roadtrek, moved to another 19' Roadtrek, then to the 19' Tiger CX. I've been totally happy with that for almost 8 years now. Absolutely no urge for bigger.
Jim, "Either you like bacon, or you're wrong."
(I never know whether to put Parkway posts here or in Roads & Routes, since it's both a national park and a road.)
If you want to know if any section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed, here is a web map that's updated daily: http://maps.nps.gov/blri/road-closures/. It replaced the old phone tape closure message a few months ago.
A new source for detailed BRP weather by sections is online at www.brpweather.com. As folks who frequent the P'way know, the weather is often very different from one area to the next.
Jim, "Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are sneaky and you sleep with your mouth open."
I'm pretty sure you will not find this kind of catalog at a Camping World RV dealer. But I've gotten several similar ones of at least two different types in years past at non-CW dealers. I think I paid $5 for one, got another free with an over-$20 purchase, and got a few free. Come to think of it, it's about time to make a run down the mountain and pick up a new one from Tom Johnson's in Marion.
Jim, "Roses are red, so is bacon.
Poetry is hard, mmmm, bacon!"
I read once that you should use a silicone grease, but as I haven't found silicone grease ....
NAPA used to carry it, 3M brand. I'm still on my 1st can, so don't know if they still do.
Jim, "With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine."
I got about 1/2 of my fallen leaves up yesterday, still waiting on the other 1/2 to fall, so about 1/4 done with that chore. But I love my oak trees. Yesterday & today, I finally finished all the primer on the end wall... up on a 24' extension ladder, with both levelers fully extended (extra 1'), finished the last bit with a 4" brush taped to a 5' pole... a jury-rig if there ever was one. I'll start putting the color coat on tomorrow.
Mild afternoon, high around 60, so a good day for outside work. _Beautiful_ sunset tonight... bright pink & gold clouds in the west, now a fingernail trimming of a moon. Tomorrow looks to be more of the same. My favorite time of year, even if I am spending this one working.
But my old chief in the Navy swore that a coffee pot should _never_ be cleaned... ;)
Jim, "A tardy cannibal gets the cold shoulder."
You didn't cut both wires to the fan at the same time did you? that shorts wires and blows a fuse. ...........
Dad used to tell a story on Mom. They worked at the Navy Yard in Norfolk during WW II in the Radio Lab. She cut both conductors on a live circuit once. But it was 120V.... gave her a shock, blew the fuse, and flat-out ruined a set of side-cutters....
Jim, "Resistance is not futile. It's voltage divided by current."
I'd suggest _not_ using Mountain View Tire Store, any location. They were already involved in a lawsuit over selling un-needed repairs when I went into the Tunnel Rd. location for a free rotation and re-balance on the Tiger's tires, bought there.
Guy came out with a list of 'needed' front-end repairs totaling $750. He was unaware that I'd just had it aligned at another shop 2 weeks before by a trusted truck mechanic. Stay away from Mtn View!
In a pinch, he could try Piedmont Tire on Sweeten Creek Rd near I-40. They do mostly big rigs, but I've taken the Tiger there, and I see class A's and schoolies in there frequently.
Jim, "I drink coffee for _your_ protection!"
Do you have the skills, tools, time, a place to work, and the budget to rebuild the cabover if it turns out that you've been fed a line about how well the leak and damage were fixed? The list in the cabover says to me that there may be unrepaired damage.
Jim, "The dog ate my lesson plan."
It's been 3-4 years ago, but I've stayed overnight at SC rest areas on I-26 several times. But I know the SC welcome center on I-26 at the NC/SC border is signed for no overnight parking.
Some of VA's rest areas on I-81 are 'way too small, which may explain some of the 'no overnighting' signs. But I've come thru the one a bit south of Roanoke in the wee small hours (3-5 AM), and it was very obvious from the dew on the cars that they'd been there all night.
Jim, "If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping."
Heck, I use my Class C-Minus year 'round. It's mostly used as a 'support vehicle' for astronomy stuff in the winter (warming room & bathroom), but I'll try to sneak in a few night or two trips before spring. I guess maybe some folks can't be happy if they're not complaining or finding fault.
Jim, "I'd explain it to you, but I'm all out of crayons and puppets."
...Where have I seen this before??
(Found elsewhere on the 'net.)
Jim, "Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for you are crunchy and sleep with your mouth open."
This past week saw me in a mild panic. My almost eight year old Tiger had developed a _strong_ smell of mold in the interior! I checked everywhere, and couldn't find any damp spots. I'd had a leak long ago from one of the sliding windows in the cabover, but that wasn't it this time. With visions of dire rot damage dancing in my head, I searched high and low.
I finally tracked it to the 2-gallon bucket that's tied down on the floor of the wet bath, mostly used for away-from-home dumps, mainly to carry 'black tank starter water' in to put thru the toilet. I store a gallon jug of water and a mopping-up sponge in the bucket. It had taken on an inch or so of water last time I showered, and the wet sponge had been sitting partly in that for about 2 weeks with predictable and smelly results. Yes! An easy fix!
Jim, "I'd explain it to you, but I'm all out of puppets and crayons."
Did you check the circuit breaker on the generator? It's to the right of the start/stop switch and toward the back. Did you check for voltage at the AC outlet for the generator (where you plug in the shore line to get power from the gen)?
This is the primary culprit in this circumstance.
+2. If a Micro-series generator (assumption, that) actually isn't generating voltage, it loses spark when the start switch is released. The engine stops.
Jim, "My mind works like lightning. One flash, and it's gone."