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RE: Tehachapi pass

I guess I've been over too many mountain passes in California because I barely even consider Tehachapi to be much of a pass. He doesn't even reach 4000 feet. It's more of just a hilly road. It stays at a lower elevation than the Grapevine (Tejon Pass) does.
msmith1199 04/18/14 10:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Your thoughts CA-120 from Bishop to Mateca-CA

Remember the long,long trailer? I think about whenever I think about a trip we took over Tioga pass when I was in HS in the late '50's. We stayed at the meadows and I did the peaks on both side of the pass and we did a ranger led family o'nite into Bloody Canyon. That mountain pass from the Long Long Trailer is not far from Tioga. It wasn't actually a mountain pass though. It was the Whitney Portal road that goes up to the parking area for Mt. Whitney climbers.
msmith1199 04/17/14 06:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Have you gotten a call or text from 202-506-9060???

I had one of the IRS calls. Of course I knew it was a scam from the start, but since I was bored, I decided to play along. I kept asking simple questions that I figured the guy could answer. All of them I asked multiple times. I got him to explain the issue to me at least 5 times. It helps to use my exaggerated southern accent and talk really slow. About every 5 minutes, I would interrupt him and say “I’m sorry, I have a lot of trouble focusing since the tractor accident, who did you say you are with?” or “Is this about the shoes?” He really liked the shoe question because he got madder each time I asked it. He had told me multiple times that an arrest warrant had been issued for me. Once I got bored with him, I finally told him that I guessed they would just need to send the police over and that I would be waiting because I didn't have any more money because the IRS had taken it all. He decided I wasn't going to send him a prepaid visa card with my "fine" and "additional taxes due" he gave up and hung up on me. I did manage to keep him on the line for almost 45 minutes. I like it! I do this with these scam callers too. One time I told a guy that I'd pay him double the money if he would just come to my house and get it. (This was many decades ago back when the scammers were often somebody local, and he was.) I almost had him convinced to come get the money, but I think he eventually figured out it was a trap and he hung up on me.
msmith1199 04/17/14 01:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: Gasoline Evaporation of 3/4 gallon per week ???????

The most I have gone is three weeks and it was 2.25 gallons loss. In the past I have gone months and that is when I decided to start my test. Well why didn't you say this before. Sounds like you have a gas leak! You should get that fixed.
msmith1199 04/16/14 11:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: TALE OF A TRIP, SHOUDA STAYED IN FLORIDA.

I was going to say, just look on Craig's list for a used Tow Dolly and you can get a better price than $720. Well, if the towing is rare, I can understand not wanting to buy one, but if it's not... I'm looking at purchasing a site in FL to retire to. That particular development does not allow dollies or car trailers of any sort. You have to store them elsewhere. That has figured heavily into my choice of toad. Not the point. The point being you can buy cheaper than $720. Buy it, use it once, then sell it at your destination and still be way ahead.
msmith1199 04/16/14 02:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have you gotten a call or text from 202-506-9060???

The IRS scam has been on the news over the past couple of months. It got a lot of publicity so I assume that created a lot of copycats. I got a call yesterday from a nice gentleman who started by wanting to confirm my name. I told him that he called me, didn't he know who he was calling? He then asked for my birthdate to which I replied, I'm not giving you any info. Why did you call me? It was actually a legitimate call, but he had the wrong person. He was a bill collector trying to find somebody. Of course I never told him who I was, only that I wasn't the person he was looking for. So I imagine they'll call again before long.
msmith1199 04/16/14 01:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: Stanley Cup playoffs 2014

We have hockey teams in the US?
msmith1199 04/16/14 01:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Gasoline Evaporation of 3/4 gallon per week ???????

Thank you all for the info. I will look for a vent line coming from the top of the tank to a vapor recovery canister. Being that my Bounder is a 1995 Ford chassis I wonder if it would have a vapor recovery unit. I can tell you all that there is no leaks of gas under the rig and 3/4 of a gallon is no big deal except for it is 3/4 of a gallon every week ! It adds up ! How long do you let it sit between uses? Trying filling it up and then just leave it alone for however long you can then see how much is missing. I'll bet no matter how long you leave it you'll find it takes 3/4 of a gallon every time to top it off because that's how much goes out the overflow. Once that 3/4 is gone, it will maintain that level.
msmith1199 04/16/14 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: TALE OF A TRIP, SHOUDA STAYED IN FLORIDA.

I was going to say, just look on Craig's list for a used Tow Dolly and you can get a better price than $720.
msmith1199 04/16/14 01:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: TALE OF A TRIP, SHOUDA STAYED IN FLORIDA.

U-Haul was going to charge you $720 to "rent" a tow dolly???
msmith1199 04/16/14 12:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1999 Freightliner chassis and Cat 330hp 7.2 ??

I have a 2004 National Tropical with that combination and my experience is nothing like Don's. I wish I got his 11-12 MPG, but I get 7 to 8 depending on if I have the toad or not. But mine rides like a dream. I've done as many as 700 miles in a day and it did just fine.
msmith1199 04/16/14 08:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasoline Evaporation of 3/4 gallon per week ???????

I fill it at home with a small gas jug. When the fuel tank is full it will not take anymore fuel. I then cap it off and wait one to three weeks. Then when I fill up the tank again I measure how much fuel it took to full. Gas expands and contracts with hot and cold. If you're filling it to the brim you are leaving no room for expansion. As it expands gas will go out the vent tube and then it contracts and leaves you room to put more gas in so it can expand out the tube again. Bingo! Ding Ding Ask me how I know this? Okay I'll tell you. Because I'm a private pilot and if you fill the airplane up with fuel in the morning and let it sit out in the sun all day, you can sit and watch the fuel drip out of the vent tube. Now I've never measured to see how much fuel comes out, but at $6 a gallon for 100ll AV Gas, you don't fill the tanks to the rim and watch it leak out. This can actually happen even if you fill it during the heat of the day as the fuel coming out of the truck likely will be cooler from the truck and then will heat up once it's in the tanks on the plane in the sun.
msmith1199 04/15/14 09:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Staying in parking lots??

(It still baffles me why anyone would spend a bazillion dollars on an RV and then go cheap by camping at WallMart!) Amen! It makes no sense to me neither. Maybe that's all they can afford after spending a bazillion dollars! I have done it when driving cross country (and I only spend a half a bazillion dollars on my RV) because I pull in and park and I'm in bed in 5 minutes. The next morning I'm up and on the road in 5 minutes. No checking into an RV park, paying bills, backing into spaces, checking out, etc. Sometimes I don't ever even get out of the motorhome.
msmith1199 04/15/14 09:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasoline Evaporation of 3/4 gallon per week ???????

I fill it at home with a small gas jug. When the fuel tank is full it will not take anymore fuel. I then cap it off and wait one to three weeks. Then when I fill up the tank again I measure how much fuel it took to full. Gas expands and contracts with hot and cold. If you're filling it to the brim you are leaving no room for expansion. As it expands gas will go out the vent tube and then it contracts and leaves you room to put more gas in so it can expand out the tube again.
msmith1199 04/15/14 06:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Odometer Reset

This has nothing to do with odometer fraud. It's a malfunction.
msmith1199 04/15/14 05:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A with a Salvage title

A salvage title associated with a failed transmission seems a bit unusual. One would normally associate such with an insurance lose. Although it doesn't appear to have been in an accident. Maybe it was caught in a Northeastern or Sandy and flooded. A VIN trace might disclose a bit more history. As mentioned you could have problems with the new ownership registration plus if you ever intend to sell it. $15K seems OK with the salvage tile if it runs. What Dale said! That does not seem correct. Before I retired I was in law enforcement and the agency I worked for did consumer fraud. I was looking to buy a Jeep once and I came across a nice used Jeep at a local dealer. (It was even a Jeep dealer). On the price tag was disclosed that the Jeep was a "Lemon Law Buyback." I asked him about it and he said there was a leak in the dash and water would come in when it rained. He gave me this story about how great Chrysler was with customer service so they bought the Jeep back and because it was a buy back they had to list it as a lemon law buyback. Well his story didn't seem right because that isn't how the lemon law worked. I opened a case and pulled the DMV history on the vehicle and found the previous owner. I interviewed her about it and her story was much different than the dealer. She talked about electrical shorts from the water and how it was back in the shop five times and they never could get the leak fixed so she hired an attorney who specialized in lemon law cases. Anyway, to make a long story even longer, I wanted to wait until the dealer sold the jeep and then go find the new owner and see what they were told about the lemon law issue. My boss didn't like that idea so he made me go to the dealer and talk to the actual owner about his salesman and the info I had. Of course the owner of the dealership was outraged that his employee would tell such a story and he assured me he'd take care it. Anyway, the point of my story being, I think there's more the story here than a bad transmission.
msmith1199 04/15/14 05:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gasoline Evaporation of 3/4 gallon per week ???????

Just curious, how do you know it's 3/4 of a gallon a week? That seems difficult to measure. I'm not familiar with gas evaporating out of a closed up gas tank like that at all.
msmith1199 04/15/14 04:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does Exhaust brake activate brake lights?

On mine, the exhaust brake in use activates the brake lights...however the toad lights do not activate..when I activate the service brake, the toad lights do light up---found it interesting when my wife was following me one night... That sounds odd. I wonder how that works?
msmith1199 04/15/14 11:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does Exhaust brake activate brake lights?

On my Tropical the brake lights do come on with the exhaust brake, but I would rather they not come on. Going down long grades the exhaust brake is maintaining a speed and not slowing you down. So my brake lights tend to stay on all the way down the grade and when I do need to hit the brakes to slow down more, there is no warning to anybody following me that I'm going to slow more.
msmith1199 04/15/14 09:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Family rescused at sea

Only a fool would be caught out in a hurricane these days. There are many things where "Only a fool" however.. This in spite of that the competition for Darwin Awards (www.darwinawards.com) remains fierce. As some wise person once wrote: It is impossible to make anything foolproof because as soon as you do Nature will invent a better FOOL. And Thus, I fully agree.... With all the above.. no end of fools. However in this case.. I have not enough data to prounce "Fool" or not, but I'm leaning towards bad luck as opposed to bad planing. (The latter is FOOL). YOU, however, are far better equipped to make that judgement than I am. I think it can happen to anybody: "Ninety minutes later, the Bounty finally lost its battle with 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas. Its captain ordered all hands to abandon the sinking ship, a shocking demise for a celebrity vessel built for the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty.” The ship, which had been trying to make its way around Hurricane Sandy, carried a crew of 16. When the rescue operation ended about 10 a.m. Monday, 14 of the crew members had been saved by Coast Guard helicopters. Two people, Capt. Robin Walbridge, 63, and Claudene Christian, 42, were missing."
msmith1199 04/14/14 10:14pm Around the Campfire
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