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RE: Been a busy year

Livin the dream, beats workin!
Downunda 10/18/21 05:09am Truck Campers
RE: RV Life unexpectedly comes to a sudden end!

I should add that we weren't full-timers but did travel around for five months each year. I knew we'd have to slow up or quit one day but I'd naively assumed that the "when" would be more planned. Full-timers can learn from us and ensure that you have Plan B ready to go just in case. Had we not had a home to go to immediately after my wife took ill we would have been in a real pickle. We follow a lot of RVers on youtube and that gives us a lot of continuing enjoyment... we're out there with you in spirit.
Downunda 10/16/21 01:02pm General RVing Issues
RV Life unexpectedly comes to a sudden end!

Here's our story of what happened to us three months back... being in Australia we travel north for our winter months, we had left Melbourne some six weeks previously and were in the outback boondocking near the town of Longreach Queensland when our motorhome started displaying transmission and other erroneous errors, then a few days later we lost reverse gear so now we knew that things were serious. While we were trying to deal with motorhome transmission problems my wife became quite ill, I thought it was stress related but it later proved to be a previously undiagnosed serious condition. Anyhow, the nearest service workshop for our motorhome was some 600 miles east at Bundaberg, a city on the Queensland coast, so we headed off hoping we could get there without needing reverse gear or worse yet have a complete breakdown. On the way to the service centre we had a blowout while going through the mountains and were stranded on a dangerous curve for a few hours until roadside assist could get to us. Continuing on and during an overnight stop we had a heavy rainstorm where we discovered a serious roof leak that flooded the interior. We reached Bundaberg the next day and spent two weeks in an apartment during which time we had the RV fixed and my wife got medical treatment. What an adventure this turned out to be, for we had been RVing for 17 years and up until now never had really any serious problems then they all came at once. After getting things sorted out in Bundaberg we drove 1,700 miles home where we realised that after 17 great years, this was the end of RV life for us and with sadness we sold our Class C motorhome. No regrets however as we met so many great people and experienced so much during our retirement years (we are aged 76 and 75). So there's a lesson here for all in the RV community, and you don't need me to spell it out.
Downunda 10/16/21 05:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Odd Smell/Odor

We had a foul but not strong smell coming from the mattress in our Jayco (Australian Jayco) that was there from new and we put it down to formaldehide that was somehow used in the construction of the mattress. Once we replaced it the problem was solved, no more smell. BTW... The matress was made in China would you believe. Jayco wouldn't budge and replace it so we had to pay but it was worth it!
Downunda 04/10/21 05:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Shark Bite on older pex

If replacing the fittings good practice would be to trim the end of the Pex to create an unblemished end for the new connection.
Downunda 04/10/21 05:52am Tech Issues
RE: 14 Reasons You Will Regret an RV in Retirement

I didn't see anything wrong with the article... RVing is one of those things you either take to or don't. Prospective RVers need to go in with open eyes and as many suggest rent first or buy an entry level rig to start with that way the risk is less. Also being a very handy person can save you a lot of time, money and frustration... as most of you know.
Downunda 04/01/21 08:53pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Pushing a TT into position from the rear bumper...?

A friend lf mine had to pull his TT up an incline to store it (no access to get the tow vehicle back out) so he used a manual block and tackle anchored to a wall to haul it into position, perhaps you could do something similar?
Downunda 03/29/21 09:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fry's Electronics shutting down 30 stores in 9 states

I visited Fry's LA store when I was in the USA in 2002... it was kinda like the holy grail. Same thing in this country for computer swap meets where all of us enthusiasts used to regularly jostle around buying parts and software. The swap meets are pretty much done these days. In a way its a sad sign of the times. Downunda - Melbourne Australia
Downunda 02/24/21 03:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Genset carb upkeep:  drain it and/or exercise it? Both?

You can buy a kit from Hutch Mountain that allows your Honda to use all of the fuel in the carby before shutting down. Using this option after a trip when you don't plan to use the genny for a while saves you draining the carburetta manually. I fitted one as I didn't want fuel residues gumming the carby up.
Downunda 02/18/21 04:33am Tech Issues
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