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Old 10-01-2015, 10:41 PM   #71
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Hi: Iowa Dave... Can I come down too. I need someone to "Grease my palms". Alf
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:57 PM   #72
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You're always welcome. 50 amp, 30 amp, and 20 amp services, good whiskey, fresh meat and 3 cords of firewood near the fire ring. Gets pretty cold after the middle of November. Bought 80 cans of soup and beans this week. Livin the motto "Be Prepared". Propane down here is $.99 a gallon right now for the winter fill but we don't use much since we put in geothermal.
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:38 AM   #73
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Sounds great Dave. Alf maybe we can rendezvous there to keep Dave busy and out of trouble.

I could have used those new cotter pins - had to carefully beat mine back into shape to reinsert them. I have an assortment box - but of course none long enough.

Our prairie is still blooming with a couple of aster varieties and brown eyed susans. Lots of warblers flitting around last time we walked out to see how our latest battle with quackgrass was progressing.

Nice to see LP back down so far - same price I paid last fillup. With our heat pump the tank lasts us 2-3 years now,as we only have to run the furnace when it gets seriously cold.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:24 AM   #74
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Hi: thoer... Up here in Canada the only thing we can battle quackgrass with are ducks. Don't know what to do with all my crabgrass. We're not allowed to posses any chemical weed killers. Alf
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:44 AM   #75
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With that set up you mentioned, we should have a mini rally there, I can be there in 16 hours.....
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:01 AM   #76
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With that set up you mentioned, we should have a mini rally there, I can be there in 16 hours.....
I agree, but it will take me more like 9 months.
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I agree, but it will take me more like 9 months.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:22 AM   #78
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More like a no nest syndrome.
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Jim I feel your pain as we are Escape-less too after selling our 21 and waiting for the 5.0. Can only read about other people's adventures here and plan our trips in the future!
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I would not argue with anyone on wheel bearing greasing intervals. Yearly, every two years, some mileage figure whatever you are comfortable with. I would add however that when the bearings are serviced, I always replace the old seals with new ones, the rubber seal will "take a set" as the old boys would say and can also have nicks or splits that are hard to see. For a couple of dollars each, it's worth thinking about. New cotter keys each time also. It's a greasy little job but simple enough that about anyone can do it. Driving the seal out the back of the drum just requires a fairly large diameter socket and a sharp rap with a hammer, the rest is a matter of cleanup and repacking by hand and thumping in a new seal is about it. No leftover parts !!! 50 years of packing bearings on my trailers, kind of second nature now.
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Re cotter keys, if you get ez-lube (which might be standard now) there are no cotter keys, they are clips that fit over the nut and line up with the spit shaft.
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