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RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

YAY!!! Got a call this morning, my car should be done tomorrow. That means I can take this rental Toyota back. I just don't like that Corolla!
mowermech 12/17/14 12:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: How Do You fill LP Tanks?

Secondly I have never seen a LP service center that did not have to remove the cylinders and place them on a scale to properly fill them. There may be a system somewhere but I have never seen it. Every time I've filled my propane, whether it's the tank on my motorhome or the bottles from my trailers or BBQ, the filling station has always had a gauge on the pump that measures gallons pumped - I've never seen them use a scale... Me, too. I haven't seen a "fill by weight" propane dispenser in over 20 years. I have, however, just recently encountered a "our meter is broken, so we fill by what your cylinder should hold!" In other words, a "flat rate" dispenser. I won't go back there.
mowermech 12/17/14 07:24am Beginning RVing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Now that we have achieved 1000 pages, I went back and read the first four. What a wild bunch we had back then! I noticed that I said we couldn't get RVs into my pasture without running over the drain field. That is no longer true. Since then, I have installed gates at the side of the house, so I can go through the dog yard into the pasture. I took the old 32 foot fifth wheel in there, and back out, and I have had the motorhomes in there. It requires a sharp turn before the ditch bank, that takes some caution (don't ask), but it is doable. Actually, the trees in the front yard have grown to the point where it can be interesting getting the lawn mower or the ATV through there! It isn't REAL tight yet, but it is getting there. Definitely not enough room for an RV! Speaking of the ATV, it seems to me they (WARN) built the winch switch backwards. I push on the front of the switch for IN, and the back of the switch for OUT. So, to drop the blade, I push the back of the switch, and to raise the blade I push on the front. I could turn the switch over, I suppose, but then the lettering would be upside down. I'm getting used to it, I'll just leave it alone. I bought a pair of 20X50 binoculars from the Goodwill auction site, and they got here yesterday. they are broken. Sure glad I didn't pay much for them. Goodwill will not reimburse the shipping and handling, so it would not be cost effective to return them to San Diego. I may be able to fix them, if I can get them apart without breaking them worse!
mowermech 12/16/14 07:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

We wound up with nearly three inches of wet snow. It didn't get above 30 degrees today, so I went out and plowed until my feet got cold. Yeah, I know, put the insulated boots on, dummy, and you won't have that problem!
mowermech 12/15/14 10:18pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

The snow is building up. Almost an inch out there; wet, sticky stuff! It will probably self-plow, and be melted by tomorrow evening.
mowermech 12/14/14 06:17pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I may get more opportunity to play with the plow. It rained last night (not enough to trigger the new rain gauge), and it has been dropping mixed rain and snow all day, .01 on the new rain gauge. Temp right now 33 degrees, so it could turn to snow and start building up any time. I did buy some Turtle Wax, and waxed the surface of the plow blade. It will be interesting to see if that helps the snow roll off. If it seems to help, I might go ahead and do the snow shovel, too. Tomorrow the truck goes to the shop, to find out what the noise is in the rear axle, and get a brake job done on the rear. Maybe they can convince the ABS light to stay out, too. I think the noise is the right axle bearing. If so, they can replace the bearings and seals on both sides while they have it apart, and closely inspect the differential, too.
mowermech 12/14/14 03:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

When I plowed snow a while back, I apparently did it wrong, and wound up with piles of gravel on the lawn. So, yesterday I went out with a square point shovel to remove the gravel. I forgot, it is VERY difficult to get the shovel under the gravel on grass! Then I remembered; I have kind of a mini-bulldozer in the garage! So, I fired up the ATV, positioned it next to the gravel, set the blade carefully, and shoved the gravel back into the driveway! Carole accused me of playing with my new toy. Well, OF COURSE! Nothing wrong with that! Besides, I got the job done!
mowermech 12/14/14 10:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Diesel fuel additive ---- WOW !

Mine runs on Jet A exclusively, has since it was new. No smell, no smoke or soot, lights instantly and really throws off heat. It's also waaaay cheaper than kerosene. Jet A ??? What is Jet A ? Airplane jet fuel? If so where can you purchase something like that? Thanks. Most airports will have waste fuel. Maybe they will sell it to the public, maybe not. Some might just give it away. when I worked on turboprop aircraft many years ago, one of the pilots wanted us to save the waste fuel in his personal 5 gallon cans. He used it in his diesel powered Suburban. The FBO we worked with put their waste fuel in the fuel tanks of their fuel trucks and tugs. However, before putting any such stuff in a heater where you will be breathing the fumes, it might be a good idea to check the MSDS of what you are using. It just might be that breathing the products of combustion would be unhealthy. For instance, waste jet fuel from an airport will likely have Prist in it. http://www.chemcas.com/msds112/cas/273/109-86-4_v1.asp Prist is almost straight Diethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether. It's mixed at a ratio of 0.1% to 0.15% by volume. Glycol based solvents aren't a big issue, and with a maximum burn rate of 1/2 gallon an hour even maximum dosing means 3/4 ounce in 8 hours running time, and that's spread over the entire volume of air in the building, assuming there's no leaks, drafts or other change over of air. Yes, I know. But, I am not chemist enough to know what it becomes when it is oxidized at high temperatures. Whatever it is, apparently you see no problems breathing it in low concentrations. That's fine. I would rather not.
mowermech 12/14/14 07:31am General RVing Issues
RE: I hate to fly

I remember a trip from Montana to Pennsylvania, when my Grandmother died. DC3 from Kalispell to Billings, DC4 (or was it a 6? I don't remember) to someplace in the East, then another DC3 to Altoona. It was GREAT!! Real food, comfortable seats, and nice people. We returned on the train. That was even better! Back then the Empire Builder was a class act!
mowermech 12/13/14 08:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Diesel fuel additive ---- WOW !

I would definitely not add Gasoline. However: a good fuel additive like Stanodyne and PS, with cleaners and cetane rating added with each tank would really add to the life of any diesel heaters. Course if it helps your heater, how much more would it help your diesel engine. The most common cetane booster is 2-Ethylhexyl Nitrate (2-EHN). Amsoil cetane boost is almost 100% pure 2-EHN! I googled the MSDS for that stuff. It is one SCARY poisonous chemical! C8H17NO3 No, thanks, I won't put it in my fuel tank! Oh, wait, I no longer have a diesel. Nevermind.
mowermech 12/13/14 08:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Weight at a truck stop

If you have a CB radio, just call the fuel desk on the specified channel(there will be a sign at the scale entrance), and they will guide you.
mowermech 12/13/14 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel fuel additive ---- WOW !

some "octane boosters" do, however, contain naptha and/or napthalene. Search for the MSDS of your favorite and find out exactly what you are putting in your fuel tank! Diesel fuel has no "octane rating", it has a "cetane rating". google it. then, find the MSDS of your favorite additive.
mowermech 12/13/14 09:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane weight

I still remember the difference between a "tank" and a "cylinder". Seriously? You want to split THAT hair? Well, actually, YES! IMO, such technical terminology is important, ESPECIALLY when one is attempting to convince complete strangers of one's qualifications, and that one should be taken completely seriously because of those qualifications. Then to make a very simple mistake in basic terminology? It does sort of cast doubt on the qualifications...
mowermech 12/12/14 08:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Be careful with generators

Update from the Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN paper) Looks like it may have been the genny with the exhaust pointed under the skirted trailer. So sad!!! http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27064083/duluth-2-found-dead-trailer-carbon-monoxide-suspectedAnybody on this forum who advises people that they can winter in a TT should be banned for this very reason - regardless of how many vents you leave open. Makes you wonder why you would heat a space in sub zero temps while needing to leave holes open iin the ceiling. As one who has spent two Montana winters in RVs, one in a Class A and one in a triple slide fifth wheel, I can only say "OH, HORSEFEATHERS!" quite loudly. Using the onboard furnace, and an electric/ceramic heater, we survived quite nicely with only normal ventilation. Yes, our warning devices were operating properly in both RVs. However, I do agree that using a fuel burning heater, whether catalytic or not, inside the RV, seems to be silly, considering the amount of ventilation required to keep fresh air in the RV!
mowermech 12/12/14 03:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane weight

The OPD is designed to work for the orientation of the tank. Different versions are use for tanks that will be mounted vertically than for tanks that will be mounted horizontally. My tanks mount horizontally so the OPD is not going to release pressure if the tanks are overfilled at a pump while sitting upright. I once had a truck camper that had 2 propane cylinders mounted horizontally. There was a sticker on the cylinders that stated the cylinder was to be USED in the horizontal position, but FILLED in the vertical position. The OPD is not designed to release pressure. It is a float valve designed to stop the flow into the cylinder when the cylinder is 80% full.
mowermech 12/12/14 03:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Yeah, I remember it well. the Stihl 041AV saw, with 24 inch bar. Getting the wood permit, then driving up to the mountains, finding a big buckskin Tamarack 20 to 36 inches in diameter, falling it, bucking it into 16 inch chunks, spitting the chunk at least into quarters so they would stack in the truck fairly tightly, loading the truck to the top of the 2 foot sideboards, then when we got it home splitting it into fireplace sized chunks. When I was a kid, Dad had a Homelite 5/30 with 36 inch bar, and we had a 20X30X10 foot woodshed. We filled that thing every year before halloween! By spring it was nearly empty!
mowermech 12/12/14 12:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Propane weight

This is a no-brainer. Tell the filler to stop it at 7 gallons with an empty 30lb tank and make sure he/she isn't "venting" while filling. It is absolutely unnecessary. You might get a dirty look because a few of them are used to pumping significantly more while they're "venting" the tank. $$ in the bank not yours. I'm certified to dispense propane in 11 states. I know of what I speak. If you do not open the "80% valve", how do you know that the OPD hasn't malfunctioned and allowed you to put more in the cylinder than you should? It has been many years since I was certified to dispense LOX, dry Nitrogen, and propane, but I still remember the difference between a "tank" and a "cylinder". I have an 80 gallon TANK sitting beside the house, and two 20 pound CYLINDERS on the deck for the grill.
mowermech 12/12/14 11:53am General RVing Issues
RE: cpap machine

I didn't install an outlet by the bed for DW's CPAP machine, I got an extension cord to go from the outlet behind the bedroom tv to the bedside. We have done extended (6 to 10 days) dry camping no problem.
mowermech 12/12/14 11:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I looked at the weather station last night on my way to bed; 34 degrees. That sounds about right for December in Montana. this morning, 0600; 45 degrees! WHAT??? Currently, 44. The forecast says daytime highs for the next couple days in the 30 to 50 range. they must be expecting some very unsettled weather, if that is as close as they can guess! Then they say expect rain, freezing rain, or snow. It sounds like a fun weekend. Once again, I'm wishing I had a fireplace! Carole says we need to buy lottery tickets, then when we win a fairly large one we can remodel the house.... Nice thought.
mowermech 12/12/14 08:57am Around the Campfire
RE: I hate to fly

I hate it, too. So, I don't. Period. It the only choices are to fly or stay home, I stay home. In addition to the issues in the OP, I hold an A&P license, and I have worked in an airplane factory. So, not only am I aware of how the maintenance is done, I know how they are put together. I finished my working career doing maintenance and repair of lawnmowers and other outdoor power equipment. As for TSA, they KNOW you are a terrorist, and they expect YOU to prove that you are not!
mowermech 12/12/14 08:51am Around the Campfire
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