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RE: High mile gas engine trucks

Most gas engines nowadays do not wear out. The rest of the vehicle has issues related to old age. If the vehicle dies because of engine problems likely it drivers fault. Back in the day, Dad bought a new car, knew that every time you put gas in it, you check all the fluid levels. Now, most hoods don't get lifted between oil changes, and everybody wants to go as long as they can between changes. A small leak, and the engine can bleed to death between oil changes. IMHO, the best thing you can do to extend the life of engine is put a locking gas cap on and solder the key to the dipstick.
JRscooby 07/20/19 07:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck with 5ver towing a boat

Ha asked if I knew why he flagged me over. I said no. But in reality I did know. I told him I was not speeding and told him to contact DOT and verify no signs were up yet and the DOT guy flew past me a few miles back. He was quite irritated by this! Of course he had to get the last word in. “Make sure to stick to 55 thru the construction zone” he said. He was an overly aggressive jerk. Not sure, he might of been a jerk, but from what I read here you where the one acting like a donkey. IMHO, nobody should get a ticket for speeding thru a construction zone. Stop them, drag him to the start of zone, blindfold, and stand him in a barrel and put him on the line to protect the workers for a few hours! So I am a "donkey" because I could put parts of the puzzle together??? I call that being observant of my surroundings. To be clear there was ZERO signs on the road referring to speed change or construction. They were the ones NOT having their CHIT together. But hey if it makes you FEEL better call me a few more names. In your post YOU stated you knew you should of slowed down, people on the road is sign enough. But you also said because there was no other sign you are going to exercise your dog given right to put workers lives at risk. What would you think if it was somebody driving thru your kids playground. Me Me ME Its All About Me. Get Out Of My Way!
JRscooby 07/19/19 08:34am Towing
RE: outside cook center

Shoot we celebrated when we no longer had to cook outside. LOL! I remember Grandfather telling people how strange people in California where. "We cook inside, go outside to , they cook outside, go inside to " But mid June every year Grandma would have us drag the old wood burning cook stove out of shed, set it under the old elm tree next to the well pump. Every morning, make sure enough wood for her to do the day's canning. "Why put all that heat in the house?" I took the stove out of my camper, because I do all the cooking outside when camping, and if baking at home in summer I'm likely to use DO.
JRscooby 07/19/19 07:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Gravel rv pad?

Listen to Rob. Gravel is not the way to go. Maybe everyone just calls any kind of crushed rock "gravel" i don't know. Hauling it for decades, it's all "gravel". Most make the mistake of using gravel that has the fines screened out. Clean rock, without the dust and other fines will constantly shift, never compact. It will also let water drain thru, soaking the sub-grade, and shade it so it is slow to dry.
JRscooby 07/19/19 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Stoped routine

I am not sure I have seen anybody mention "kick the tires" yet. Its like a tuning fork for trucks and trailers. You'll know if somethings wrong Maybe because the only thing kicking will tell you is the tire is there. I touch mine with back of hand. Can tell if hot, but not burn fingers. Plus, any dirt transferred from tire does not get on steering wheel when moving to/from pump. We stop before we get to pump, I touch all tires&hubs while DW puts leash on the kid. She heads inside while I take dog to do the same thing. When dog is ready, we pull to pump. Most times spouse will come out take over gassing while I head inside. She will pull off to side, and all 3 of use will stand outside, enjoy a snack and drink.
JRscooby 07/19/19 07:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck with 5ver towing a boat

Ha asked if I knew why he flagged me over. I said no. But in reality I did know. I told him I was not speeding and told him to contact DOT and verify no signs were up yet and the DOT guy flew past me a few miles back. He was quite irritated by this! Of course he had to get the last word in. “Make sure to stick to 55 thru the construction zone” he said. He was an overly aggressive jerk. Not sure, he might of been a jerk, but from what I read here you where the one acting like a donkey. IMHO, nobody should get a ticket for speeding thru a construction zone. Stop them, drag him to the start of zone, blindfold, and stand him in a barrel and put him on the line to protect the workers for a few hours!
JRscooby 07/19/19 04:51am Towing
RE: Wheel bearings

When you get the numbers, buy a extra set to carry. And I keep extra seals on hand. When decide to pack my bearings, I know I can put one wheel back on. If the bearings on the first wheel, I still have parts to do the next. When I am packing bearings for myself, I pack a extra set, and store them in the grease tup in the storage area with tools. If I ever need to change in emergency that time consuming part is done. BTW, for the cost of a seal, why take a chance the reused one will fail?
JRscooby 07/19/19 04:39am Tech Issues
RE: Gravel rv pad?

RV parking pad? Shoot grade,scrape sod off. Stack timbers on 3 sides to keep rock in place. Put 6-8 inches of 2 inch clean down. (Left over from another job). Then fill to level with at least 4 inches of used shoulder rock (Was paid to haul away from a widening job) Made sure I was level side to side, but front/back slopes enough to drain. Scattered enough half inch clean over so the dust does not track in, but not enough to roll under tires. Then I bolted a 4X4 and a 2X4 to a pair of mud flaps, and laid then where I want the tires. The boards are spaced so I back over the 2X, and against the 4X, she's chocked. Built the pad in mid '90s, and the only thing I have done is add to the thin spread of gravel between the pad and pad I park the TV on. Gravel drive is not legal, so I just use enough to not spin on wet grass. Just mow it short a few days before leave.
JRscooby 07/18/19 07:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: I was flat out wrong about drones.

You know that drones could by as good and as bad things, depends on who uses it. In some cases, it could be used as a spy device in the battlefield, or drug delivery machine in jails - you may think it's a joke, but in poor countries it becomes reality. Or it could be used to spy anywhere, if fact, they are used to spy in lots of the world.
JRscooby 07/18/19 04:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Not looking for sympathy... just venting...

Fact of life. If you live long you lose friends. And as years pass, friends pass faster.
JRscooby 07/17/19 10:22am Around the Campfire
RE: 4WD or 2WD

Owning a 4x4 probably gets us into areas where we wouldn't go without it, even if 2WD gets us there - and it's a lot more fun and scenic. BUT, if you only need it once and don't have it, you'll wish you did. If you never go anywhere but paved roads, you may never need it. Never drive in mud, never drive on grass, never leave a maintained road, two-wheel drive will do it - probably. It's the 'probably' that might get you though. This Monkey bought a two-wheel drive PU in 1976 - got stuck once. Sold it, bought a 4x4 and never owned a 2x4 since, never got stuck again either. Just sayin' ... Then there are people like my brother. Had not been stuck in at least 25 years. Bought a 4X4 Suburban, then a few months later, a Jeep for his DW. With the Chevy, he backed a trailer load of brush near the ditch to unload. Called his wife, got the Jeep stuck too. Called me, my wife had the pickup, so I got his old 4X2 Suburban, and pulled them both out (One at a time). 2nd load of brush, we used the '48, no trouble.
JRscooby 07/16/19 11:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Campspreading

Bad behavior by one doesn't justify bad behavior by another. While I do find some of the responses amusing and most likely harmless minding one's OWN manners should be paramount. Thank you. I have never seen a CG where the "property lines" where well enough defined to fight over it.
JRscooby 07/15/19 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

What do most do when the car in front of you puts on a right turn signal? I think most everybody looks at the left lane, prepares to pass. Mostly I drive about 60. Most cars can gain speed from 60 so I take no action, other than crowd the right when no yellow line. A truck, OTOH, when I can see far enough, I will right signal, tap brake. When the truck steps to left I will brake, then flash headlight to signal back in.
JRscooby 07/15/19 04:39am General RVing Issues
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

Guess you don't live in Washington State, "Delay of 5 motor vehicles is prohibited". On some two lane state highways, they post signs as a reminder. RCW 46.61.427 Slow-moving vehicle to pull off roadway. On a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe because of traffic in the opposite direction or other conditions, a slow moving vehicle, behind which five or more vehicles are formed in a line, shall turn off the roadway wherever sufficient area for a safe turn-out exists, in order to permit the vehicles following to proceed. As used in this section a slow moving vehicle is one which is proceeding at a rate of speed less than the normal flow of traffic at the particular time and place. No, I live in Mo. Most of our hiways are open enough to allow passing without forcing anybody to stop. And most places to pull off are private property. The only issue we have is so many drivers never understand the concept. If you want to drive 5 MPH faster than another, left signal, tap the horn, step left and drop the hammer. (If I see a left turn signal, I'm expecting you to make the step. If you don't then I assume you are close to your turn, and back off and hope you will get out of my way.) The rolling roadblock happens when somebody will not pass, or leave room for the one behind to pass you, and drop back in.
JRscooby 07/14/19 06:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Go 5 miles over in Indiana and foreit your vehicle

I'll start to be concerned about it when I hear of someone getting stopped for 5.1 MPH over the limit and getting their vehicle seized with no criminal action/allegation involved. Why would it take that for you to be concerned about police stealing peoples property? I'll start being concerned when I see real world examples of this taking place, as opposed to internet or forum bullsheet. I suggest you find a trusted source, and look up the federal law, and the law in your state. IMHO, the time to worry is when the man that made the argument gets home, and does not see torches and pitchforks. At the very least his face should be posted all over town on "UNWANTED" posters, no business should be required to serve him Can you say "BS"? Define BS. You think it does not happen? That it should happen? We should not discuss it? Or not discuss it on a forum of travelers? The OP has some kind of "agenda". Timbs' was involved in a drug deal - his vehicle was seized. Need more info: Google is your friend. Yes, use Google. Learn that it was argued that the car could be seized for any infraction CA has a vehicle seizure law for *spectating* at an illegal drag race (on the street). So you see people acting stupid, stop to be sure you don't get involved, loose your car? What if the state decides the need more cars? Now we can't watch dancers? Don't do drugs. Don't street race. End of story (Somehow the Mods/Admins "don't get it" and allow this drivel to continue)..:S . One of the founding principles of United States is "innocent until proven guilty". Until he is tried and convicted, he is not a drug dealer. In way to many instances, cash or goods are seized, and because not enough evidence for conviction, no charges are filed. Years back the head of Kansas HP was asked how the budget cuts would affect the department's operation. "With the changes in Co. laws we will be watching all out of state east bound traffic" To me he had the expectation of adding to the budget. The head of DEA told the National Press Club the nation wide system of plate readers would likely not slow the movement of drugs, but would lead to more CAF. The newest Mo state park is on property that the DEA decided the owner was not doing enough to curb drug use by people attending concerts on the grounds. A band was touring the country collecting money for a charity. Law enforcement in OK seized the money. The band was able to attract press attention, the story was picked up nationally, and instead of having the press investigate, they gave the money back. Like I have said before, when I swore to protect the constitution it had so many amendments I couldn't keep track. Now it's just got one.
JRscooby 07/13/19 05:17am General RVing Issues
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

So you're comparing a 30 wheel, 120,000 lbs, wide loaded truck to an RV and you think standing before the judge is going to work out the same way for an RV. smh. (You do remember this forum is about RV's don't you?) What I am stating is it is the driver that must judge for himself how fast to drive. Now the judge will be more likely to decide a RV or driver is unsafe to be on the road, or trust officer's knowledge. What really happened? I told the judge that I was driving slow, between 15 and 40, so I could, in communication with my escort, keep all 30 of my wheels away from the edges of pavement, on curves. At over 100 ft long, I often needed the oncoming lane on the curves. 3 bridges in the section of road where posted 30 ton 15MPH. The high temps had the pavement soft, lower speeds make less side pressure, road damage. When Barney put on the beacon, I made sure he could see past my 12 ft wide, moved to the right so a couple of feet of load over the side of road, and stopped. Yes your honor, I refused to pull off the pavement. I was not sure that my 120,000 lbs would not cause damage, and suspect that the dirt shoulder, that was only a few feet wide, would hold to where I could drive off. I had all the permits to show the judge, but the LEO was not smart enough to ask for them. Like I say, it is up to the driver to determine how fast to drive, up to the max legal speed. If we get to wildly change the scenario, you were driving an oversize load without a permit...that would have required a police escort, so now it's a 5 figure ticket. When I first started hauling for hire, and paid by pound, a old man told me "Put on what you want to haul, but if you want to go fat don't ever put on more than you can step with." Hard to hide a load over dimension, always get the permit. For weight, if had not been legal, I would of not worried as much about pavement damage, likely any load I would gamble with I would go fast enough not to attract attention Over a lifetime I would bet 80% of loads I hauled where over legal gross. And I got way with it at least 99% of the time. The biggest overload that I had to pay fine on was 29,000 lbs.
JRscooby 07/12/19 05:58am General RVing Issues
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

This LEO can pull me over, or stop me. But if I feel that I'm going the max safe speed for vehicle, road, and road conditions, I am willing to stand in front of the judge and let that county mounty explain why I should be going faster. And then the judge will nod and smile...and tell you to pay on the way out. What really happened? I told the judge that I was driving slow, between 15 and 40, so I could, in communication with my escort, keep all 30 of my wheels away from the edges of pavement, on curves. At over 100 ft long, I often needed the oncoming lane on the curves. 3 bridges in the section of road where posted 30 ton 15MPH. The high temps had the pavement soft, lower speeds make less side pressure, road damage. When Barney put on the beacon, I made sure he could see past my 12 ft wide, moved to the right so a couple of feet of load over the side of road, and stopped. Yes your honor, I refused to pull off the pavement. I was not sure that my 120,000 lbs would not cause damage, and suspect that the dirt shoulder, that was only a few feet wide, would hold to where I could drive off. I had all the permits to show the judge, but the LEO was not smart enough to ask for them. Like I say, it is up to the driver to determine how fast to drive, up to the max legal speed.
JRscooby 07/11/19 05:14am General RVing Issues
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

Missouri 304.011.1 - No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. Peace officers may enforce the provisions of this section by directions to drivers, and in the event of apparent willful disobedience to this provision and refusal to comply with direction of an officer in accordance herewith, the continued slow operation by a driver is a misdemeanor. This LEO can pull me over, or stop me. But if I feel that I'm going the max safe speed for vehicle, road, and road conditions, I am willing to stand in front of the judge and let that county mounty explain why I should be going faster. BTDT, case dismissed.
JRscooby 07/10/19 11:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Go 5 miles over in Indiana and foreit your vehicle

I hope that soon civil asset forfeiture will join communism on the dung heap of history. Its not constitutional in the slightest. Will not happen as long as it is only applied to people that are powerless. If we would use it for trickle down law enforcement I think it could be quite effective. For example, you want to stop illegal immigration? On Wed. go thru a plant, hotel, construction site, and check everybody's papers. Spend Thursday and Friday learning who owns the business, and what else they own. Friday night, a SWAT team comes in the house setting off flash bangs, and waving automatic weapons around the family. Wife and kids, dressed in cheap jumpsuits, out on the street, owner dressed in chains, go to cage. All accounts and other assets now belong to state, unless you can prove that no part of them was paid for by the profits of illegal workers. This happen once, and reported in WSJ, where other business owners can read, by the next Wednesday no undocumented would be working anywhere in the country.
JRscooby 07/10/19 08:46am General RVing Issues
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

In my state there is no law posted that the people behind me have a right to drive faster than I am. There's also no law that you can impede traffic... wait a sec...actually there are laws about impeding traffic...which are there to allow people the right to drive faster than you would like to. On a 4 lane road, the law says I must stay in the right lane unless I'm passing somebody. 2 lanes? You can pass if you can do it safely. And because I prefer traffic moves in a safe manner, I watch what is behind me, hug the right so you can see, and slow when you step out. But I have a right to drive at what I judge a safe speed.
JRscooby 07/10/19 08:13am General RVing Issues
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