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  1. "Naw," says a female who has hitched & unhitched the Andersen many times by herself. It has idiosyncrasies.
  2. Thank you Patriot! I just ordered one & hope it gets here in time for Duke's birthday. Shhhh ... Chris
  3. Hmmm... ours is open 24/7 rain or shine. A haboob or dry dusty dirt road would motivate me to close it.
  4. We're fortunate & have a slot in door for mail. "USPS Informed Delivery" sends an email daily that has images of what's being delivered that day. All bills paid electronically so there is rarely anything important. A good friend stays at our house a few days a week. House looks lived in & she runs appliances, toilets etc. The best part is she deep cleans the house. A neighbor drives our other vehicle to work a couple days a week and parks his car in our driveway. Yard service, yes. HVAC Thermostat & irrigation controllers on wifi. Emergency contact list contains names of people we trust to make decisions re emergency house repairs. Plumber, electrician, carpenter ... Keyless entry on back door so repair people can get in. ♡ Harvest Host.
  5. In late July, we're weaving our way to Alaska again & plan to stay the month of September in Haines where our son lives. The plan for heading home is the Cassiar to the Pacific coast down to northern California then east to visit family & parks in Utah. This YouTube by The Adventures of A+K has us considering a week on Vancouver Island in early October. Have you been? If so, we'd love your guidance. Huge thanks! Chris & Duke
  6. We installed the Micro-Air EZtouch RV Thermostat which works marvelously. It sends me a text when the inside temp reaches the temperature I have deemed unacceptable. I am currently researching cellular/hotspot plans so have only used it via local wifi.
  7. @Vic and Wanda Shumate & other Floridians: if you purchase a generator that costs less than $1000 by this Friday, June 10th, you will not have to pay sales tax. https://floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep/Pages/default.aspx
  8. To secure tray, I used to wedge a throw pillow inside the microwave but then I found a plastic tub that fits perfectly & it holds our bread/buns & popcorn popper, giving it the weight needed to keep tray from rattling.
  9. Why do these things seem to always happen in the middle of the night ...? @Chukarhunter excellent explanation!
  10. Our dear Ollie has pockmarks. On gravel roads, the rock tamers did not work when installed according to directions. We learned, after getting to Alaska, that because of the bouncing on gravel roads the rock tamers were hitting the ground & kicking up gravel. A kind Airstream owner pointed this out & recommended we raise the bottom of the rock tamers.
  11. Borrowed this ingenious concept from @mossemi
  12. Not yet but will, perhaps on the streetside for comparison. Duke will be thrilled.
  13. Great idea! A few years ago, while waiting for the Aurora to appear, I covered all those annoying little lights with band aides. It was all we had in the middle of nowhere Canada. 😁 More recently, after a Blue Ghost Firefly tour where you were required to cover your flashlight with red cellophane, I had an aha moment & decided to tone down my LED reading lights with red tail light repair tape. You can still read by them, bugs aren't as attracted to them, & they are less jarring in the middle of the night. Full confession, I also put the tail light repair tape on the curbside porch lights & LOVED the results. Some may not care for the pinkish glow ... (I'm going to try a different brand of tape next time.) Chris
  14. Or, if you have a dog - or dogs - you can clean & refill their water bowl while waiting on hot water to reach the faucet.
  15. I didn't think I would like a wet bath but it is incredibly practical. 1. Sit on toilet to shave legs 2. Toilet gets cleaned everytime you shower - ahem, whether it needs it or not.
  16. ... and after an approximate accumulation of 18+ months of exposure, the cover disintegrated. However, the Clam itself is still fantastic.
  17. Love this idea! Please continue to post these. BTW, everytime I drive by our newest university I think, trilobite. Perhap that is what the architect, Santiago Calatrava, was going for.
  18. This doesn't have anything to do with the original post but it's good heads up info for anyone using the less expensive PI portable surge protector. For about 6 months we were using the PI SSP-30XL Portable RV Smart Surge Protector instead of the onboard one because the onboard one frequently tripped our power. Conveniently, about two weeks prior to our Ollie service appointment our 30 amp shore power plug quit working. (We have another one by the propane tanks that we used instead.) According to Oliver service, the shore power plug quit working because the relay switch burned up &, that low power most likely caused the relay switch to fail. Most importantly, the portable surge protector does not monitor low power. Diagnostics on our onboard surge protector showed it was working fine but after digging a little further, the Oliver tech noticed that our shore power cord was dry rotted near the prongs. We replaced shore power cord & have had no problems.
  19. Uneventful story. About 30 minutes after leaving Oliver Service, TPMS alarmed that my back left tire had a slow leak so I turned around & went back to the Oliver campground. That was the wonderful roadside assistance man from Libby's Auto & Diesel Towing who, instead of simply swapping out bad tire with spare (which is what he is supposed to do per contract with Progressive) fixed my valve stem in the freezing rain so that I would not have to continue my journey without a spare. So thankful! Chris
  20. A VIAIR air compressor... Thankful for the TPMS. And for Progressive Roadside Assistance. Chris
  21. That's a "no" on the forklift taking your camper from the campground to service. These were my instructions from Mike via email: "You all would bring the camper over at 8am and you would just pull up in between the campers and vehicles. You would then come in the glass door let Mrs. Crystal know you are here for service she will come get me or Jason. We will then walk outside with you and go over the camper and the work that is scheduled to be done." I must admit, I did not ask if they would come get it - only what to do. Campground is close. I'm parked in site #4. Chris
  22. Nothing works. After trying several products designed to clean mold and several products designed to clean other tough stains (CLR, Tidy Bowl, Hull cleaner, TSP) I thought, what the heck & soaked one overnight in undiluted outdoor bleach. Nothing. Buy the black ones.
  23. It was a lovely fall evening at new Oliver Campground!
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