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Back On The Road For A Bit . . .

Looks like our rig test drive is on for tomorrow morning since the rain chance is down to 20%, and that’s for the afternoon.

After I got home from work this afternoon, first thing was to check the rig’s tire pressures, and found them all still at 100#. These tires just don’t leak, and I last checked them back in June before our Illinois/Alabama trip.

Really like these Hercules Ironman tires. I’ve always run truck tires on the rig, and I saw a lot of trucks at the oil rigs running these. And they’ve been great for us too.

Another product I picked up from the oil rig trucks is Diesel Kleen.

Diesel Kleen

I found a lot of the fleet operators use it in their engines, and it’s less then $9 at WalMart.

While I was at West Marine on Sunday checking out their battery cables, I also picked up a bottle of BioBor JF Diesel Biocide. With all the rain we’ve been having, and the cooler temperatures on the way, your diesel tank is a perfect breeding ground for algae. Which then clogs up your engine’s fuel filter.

But keeping your tank as full as possible, and using BioBor regularly, will head off the problem.

I mentioned several months ago, before our most recent trip, that I wanted to order a new wheel simulator donut for one of our rig’s front wheels.

The missing one looks like this.

Rig without Wheel Simulator

And the replacement will look like this.

Rig with Wheel Simulator

So I finally remembered to order a new one from Spartan for $24.11. So not a bad price. Until I saw it come through on my PayPal MasterCard, a charge for $44.72.

So they charged me $20.61 to ship it via UPS Ground?


We’ll probably head out around 9am tomorrow, hoping to avoid the heat since we won’t have the rig AC’s, with a stop at the La Marque Buc-ee’s to top off our diesel tank for our upcoming Florida trip. That will get us all the way to the Tallahassee area stop.

Our second stop will be for Jan. I have always appreciated how low-maintenance she is as far as jewelry, clothes, etc. But apparently she’s had her eye on this high-end Vera Bradley shoulder bag that she wants to take on our European trip.

Vera Bradley Bag

So our second stop will be right down the Interstate at the Tanger Outlet Mall to see if the Vera Bradley store has one in stock. If not, I’ll order one for her.

After all, it’s our 51st Anniversary coming up the end of the month, and she’s definitely worth it.

Thought for the Day:

The weatherman said it only rained twice this summer: once for 45 days and then again for 30 days. That’s about right here in Houston



IHOP and Eileen . . .

We were up at 7am so we could meet our long-time friends, Barbara and Tom, at the IHOP over in Clear Lake Shores for breakfast.

There’s not too many  people we’d do this for, but Barbara and Tom are on the list.

We got there about 8:15, to get ahead of the crowd, and luckily too, since the place started filling up by 9. One thing kind of disappointing though, is that Dean retired last month.

We’ve had Dean as our waiter there for more than 15 years, and always looked forward to seeing him again. But no more, I guess. He retired last month.

Hope he’s enjoying his retirement though, since they said that he and his wife come in regularly to have dinner, so it seems it’s still in his blood.

It took us until about 10:30 for all the catching up we had to do since our last get-together in January, so  we need to do it again sooner next time.

Later in the afternoon I checked out my battery hookup in the rig, and discovered that that I’m not going to need any new cables, which saves me at least $30+. Turns out that the two cables that connect each of the 6 volt batteries in series will work just fine for paralleling the two 12 batteries. And the other cables connecting them to the rig will work just fine too.

So with my new terminals coming in tomorrow, I’ll be all set.

I got a couple of new toys to play with in the last few days. First up was a Netgear N300 WiFi Extender.

Netgear N300 WiFi Extender

I ordered one for my client’s office to boost the WiFi signal in the back shipping area, and decided to get one for the rig. Found it quick and easy to set up, and it really boosts the park WiFi signal from 3 bars to 5.

The only downside is that it only handles the WiFi 2.4 Ghz band and not the faster 5 Ghz one. But that’s not a factor either with my client or the park WiFi systems.

Nice and only about $25. Check it out.

Next up, as I was in Home Depot the other day I picked up one of these.

Ever Brite Ultra

It’s an Ever Brite Ultra Solar Powered Motion-Activated Light. And at 320 lumens, it’s definitely bright. But it is a little different than most others of these type lights that I’ve seen. Once it gets dark, the light comes on at partial brightness. Then when it detects motion, it switches on full bright.

I was skeptical about this, so after letting it charge for two days per the directions, (Yes, I do occasionally read the directions), I turn it on and let it on the kitchen corner overnight, checking on it several times. And it stayed on all night and seemed to have plenty of full brightness left to go.

I’m going use it to replace our front patio light, and if it works out, I’ll replace the back one too.

I’ll let you know.

Thought for the Day:

LOL Storm


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