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RE: Bank Rant

I have had checks take a month or two (sometimes more) to clear. No zero balance, because I had already deducted them from my check register balance. My bank never shows checks as "pending transactions". I have had debits take over a week to show up as pending, and 3 or 4 days after that to finally clear. Again, no zero balance because the actual amount was already deducted in my register. Sorry, but IMO the only reason for a negative balance in a checking account is sloppy bookkeeping! Come to think of it, I did have one instance where a bank made a mistake. They ran a check twice. They insisted that it could not happen, even after I proved that it did. That was in about 1969. Yes, I closed the account and took my business elsewhere!
mowermech 02/11/16 04:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Bank Rant

I have a Quicken program that has a very nice checkbook feature. EVERY transaction, whether check or debit, is recorded there daily, sometimes twice a day. Every transaction is also recorded in the check register in the checkbook. I keep a paperclip on the check register so it will open to the current page. That clip also holds any debit receipts until they are recorded. I check the bank daily, every morning. All transactions that have cleared the bank (cleared, not pending), are checked off in the checkbook register. Something else to remember is that "pending" transactions may not be the correct amount! For instance, a restaurant transaction will be "pending" as the actual cost of the meal, tip not included. when the transaction clears, the tip will be added in. I have seen transactions take a couple of days to appear as "pending", and a couple more days to actually clear and become final. About once a month I download the bank records to the Quicken register, compare and accept the transactions, and reconcile Quicken. The whole procedure takes me about 5 minutes per day, 10 to 15 when I download and reconcile. It is quite definitely worth the time and effort! Anyone who has a checking account should be aware of how the system works, and how to keep the records! If one proves to be clueless, it is not the fault of the bank! EDIT: I just did my daily account check. A check I wrote on January 9th finally cleared. A restaurant debit from Feb. 9th is still pending, without the tip amount. An automatic debit that is supposed to be taken out on the 10th hasn't happened yet (maybe today). BUT, all those transactions are recorded in two places!
mowermech 02/11/16 07:26am Around the Campfire
RE: 2013 Buick Enclave

All I can say is the same old mantra: Read the Owner's Manual. If it is towable, there is a good chance the instructions are contained therein. If it is not towable, the book will likely say so. If you don't have the book, it may be available for free download. If not, it may be available from the dealer at a small charge, or available from eBay. If the book is totally unavailable, check the Remco website. They might have the information you need. Google is your friend. Good luck.
mowermech 02/10/16 08:05pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Extra Front Axle Weight

Keep in mind that in many (if not most) states the headlights/parking lights/turn signals may not be covered or obscured! If they are, you just might get a ticket!
mowermech 02/10/16 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

I hope you didn't scrub the coffee pot, rosie! A clean pot makes awful coffee, IMO. The pot has to "season" to make good Navy coffee! That being said, I had to scrub my stainless steel mug the other day. It had built up such a coating that even I couldn't take it anymore. the flavor is slowly coming back, though. MUD?? ME??? Must have been somebody else. We have had no moisture for weeks now, it is dry out there! I wuz gunna bring in a holiday fruit cake, but it turned out to be so terrible that I threw it away! However, I left some cooked iced shrimp and cocktail sauce. I discovered that when I added the Suburban to the insurance policy, the guy made it effective March 11th, when the base policy is renewed, so I can't drive it until then. It pays to read the policy! Carole is getting a little better every day. The staples were removed yesterday. Her PT is going well.
mowermech 02/10/16 07:30am Around the Campfire
RE: inverter

DW and I both have CPAP machines by Phillips. Both are 12VDC machines, with 110VAC adapters. I bought the 12VDC power cords for both machines, and we run both of them all night on the coach batteries no problem. In fact, when we have electric hookups, we still use the 12VDC power cords. There is no inverter in our coach. We have never missed it.
mowermech 02/07/16 10:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

So, I walked into the computer room/radio shack/office this morning at a little after 0600, turned on the radio and computer, put food down for the dog, let her out of her kennel, then put her outside after she ate, then finally remembered to look at the temperature... SHOCK!!! 41 degrees! At 0630! In February! It should be a very nice day. Unless, of course, an Arctic Express arrives from Canada! Ol' Man Winter is just softening us up so his last gasp will really HURT!!
mowermech 02/06/16 06:40am Around the Campfire
RE: Let's talk trash

Most of the places we camp (USFS campgrounds) have a strict "Pack It In, Pack It Out" policy. You MUST take your trash home with you. Then, just to make it more interesting, many of the trash containers in towns near the campgrounds have signs proclaiming that "Private Dumpster, Not For Public Use!" They do not want campers filling their dumpster! Some USFS campgrounds (usually those close to towns) have bear-proof dumpsters. Those that are several miles from a town often do not. There is usually a bulletin board at the entrance, with the rules plainly posted. Read it.
mowermech 02/05/16 08:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Toad higher or lower than RV and 5K or 10K capicty riser?

The Jeep's end should be lower than the RV's end. That way, in an emergency stop, the tow bar won't be lifting the Jeep's nose, and front wheels, off the ground. If the Jeep is 5700 pounds, the 5k bar is insufficient. I bet there are a few engineers wondering how you figure that is good advice. Shucks, I am jus' a dumb ol' retired airplane mechanic (A&P), and I'm wondering about it... From the OP: "The gross weight of the vehicle appears to be 4800 lbs. empty. When towing the Jeep we have a bike rack and probably a couple hundred pounds of junk in the Jeep. So, we are probably right at 5K pounds." IMO, the 5K setup is perfectly adequate. However, the OP has indicated he will probably go with the 10K ball mount. too much is probably better than not enough...
mowermech 02/03/16 08:53pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

every day it seems to be a little better... At least she seems to be getting around better. We took a walk out in the pasture today, then she checked her garden beds on the way back to the house. Then I had to use wet paper towels to get the gumbo (sticky Montana mud) off the wheels of the walker! She has discovered it is easier to get in the truck (with help from a step stool) than the car, so it looks like we'll be using the truck mostly for a while. We haven't tried getting her in the motorhome yet. It will be a while until we can use it anyway! Physical therapy Monday and Thursday, so tomorrow she will see how much flex she has increased (or lost)...
mowermech 02/03/16 08:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Home septic tanks?

OP, I recommend that you call the Ag Extension Service at your local college for septic tank information. Or, call a local septic tank service company. Or, call a local septic tank installer. As for what system(s) you might have, a visit to your local County Sanitation office might give you everything you might need or want to know about the system(s) installed at your house. That is, IF the system(s) were properly permitted, installed, and inspected. I have a septic system, but I shy away from giving advice about the operation and maintenance of such systems. Good luck.
mowermech 02/02/16 07:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Doe Size Matter in an RV?

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is "people capacity". Most RVs, it seems, are rated according to the number of people that have a place to sleep. Most often, it is "SLEEPS 6!". Right. Two of them better be children, small ones at that. They never mention how many can sit down and eat at one time. They never mention rainy days, when everybody is trapped inside! My old 11.5 foot truck camper proudly declared "SLEEPS 6!" I didn't even bother to try to get 6 people in there! Our present 32 foot motorhome also sleeps 6. It, too, is in reality too small for 6 people. True, it is a LOT better than the camper! IMO, the floor plan is much more important than actual size for two people. We had a 27 foot Pace Arrow motorhome many years ago. It was a great little coach, on a Dodge M400 chassis, with that great 440 engine, easy to drive, and just enough room for the two of us. BUT, the floor plan was horrible! The bathroom was in the rear, and if the bed was made the only way to get there was crawl across the bed! We put up with it for a couple years, then traded it in on a 32 foot Suncrest with rear bedroom. It was wonderful! Yes, "size matters" in many ways. But, there are other things to think about that are just as important. Don't rush the decision. Take your time, and consider all the aspects of living in the rig you are looking at. Good luck.
mowermech 02/02/16 07:40am Beginning RVing
RE: who says old people don't do stupid stuff

Nah, it is just expertly choreographed so that each attempt LOOKS the same!
mowermech 02/01/16 06:47am Around the Campfire
RE: who says old people don't do stupid stuff

I didn't watch it to the end(if there is an end). It became very boring after about 10 repetitions.
mowermech 01/31/16 07:55am Around the Campfire
RE: C8 H10 N4 O2 is......

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/caffeine#section=Top
mowermech 01/30/16 08:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Carole is home. She still has pain, but it is manageable. She starts physical therapy Monday, but in the meantime has exercises to do once or twice a day. I stopped at Walgreens on the way to the hospital this morning to get a better walker than what the hospital has. They only had one, a light-weight thing that was only rated for 250 lbs, and a little under $200. So, I went across the street to Walmart. THEY had the one I wanted! 350 lbs capacity (WAY more than we need, but too much is better than not enough, right!), larger wheels, good brakes, seat, storage bag, just the one I had found on the internet! The best part, $100 cheaper than the Walgreens one!
mowermech 01/30/16 05:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tire Rotation

I didn't rotate tires on my old one ton dually, and I don't rotate the tires on my motorhome.
mowermech 01/29/16 07:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Carole went in for knee replacement (the left one only) surgery this afternoon. All went well, she is resting comfortably, and the pain meds are doing their job. They will get her up this evening for a little bit of a walk, and she should be coming home Saturday. all things considered, I may go to bed early!
mowermech 01/28/16 06:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Carole says I procrastinate. the bad thing is, she is right! I need to get the ATVs to the shop for spring service. That is critical now, since we just heard that the dealer will be closing this summer, and there is no word yet about whether the Kawasaki franchise will re-open somewhere else! The plan appears to be that there will be a gas station/convenience store/casino being built there. It figures, since somebody tore a casino down and built a Starbucks right next door! Just what we really need in Billings Heights, another Town Pump complex! It looks like the January thaw is back. Supposed to be 51 today (34 right now), and 55 tomorrow! That should pretty much take care of the rest of the snow. that's OK, we will get more in February and March! The Doc says the finger is healing well. I don't like the look of it. I go see him again in about 5 weeks. It is still tender, and has a huge scab, but it doesn't hurt all the time at least. Carole has a meeting this morning, so I get to leave half an hour or so later... I wonder how my ATV and plow would handle 14 inches of snow?? The way the last few winters have been, I may never find out!
mowermech 01/27/16 07:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Experience With Insurance Claims

Based on personal experience, let YOUR insurance company pay for the repairs to your vehicle. Then your insurance will go after the other party's insurance for reimbursement, and you will not have any further hassle. It will be entirely between the insurance companies. THAT is one of the services you are paying premiums for!
mowermech 01/24/16 12:20pm Around the Campfire
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