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  WHooooeee I Still Got My Super Power....What's Yours?
Posted by: Texjbird - 07-11-2018, 11:35 AM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (12)

Back in Feb 2016 on CRVL there was a thread regarding what super powers we each might lay claim too.

I have been involved in 2 vehicle rollovers,  two broadside collisions, then there was having a full size Trail Blazer clip my Rangers rear bumper then run their passenger side from the very front of the TB to the rear wheel well across my drop hitch trailer ball.  Lastly in 1973 I was knocked off a concrete boat ramp by my  in charming husband with his new Ford Ranger into Grapevine Lake just before daylight In March.  Angry  Of course I had to ride home in the bed of the truck so I wouldn't get it dirty.  Some how I think he held a grudge just because I shot him in the butt with the BB gun that time  Big Grin Then there was the 357 Black Hawk incident....I wasn't even trying to hit him that time   Angel

Yesterday while driving in the rain I saw a green light turn yellow so I eased up on it and stopped.  Glancing in my side view mirror I saw a Semi coming up behind me.  Then I realized he was going way too fast.  Before I could even process what I was seeing he whipped over into the left turn lane beside me, ran the red light while crossing back in front of me and away he went down the hiway.  Luckily he was driving a bobtailed dump truck!  if it had been a full size rig I think Queenie would need someone else to sleep with.  I still can't believe he made it thru that intersection.


I've never broken a bone or been hospitalized from any of this. Never received a traffic citation. I wasn't always the driver either.

One of my favorite posts on the other thread was  " I can still wear the same size earrings I wore in school "

So who else has Super Powers?


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  Priusing around the country
Posted by: TWIH - 07-11-2018, 08:08 AM - Forum: Travel Log - Replies (11)

Hi all,

Today finds me on a roadside pullout near Astoria, OR.  I was able to get down from the interior of BC this week, will spend 3 - 4 days in southern WA and northern Oregon off the 101, then work my way across eastern OR, NV and finally down to east Tx, then across to the east coast, Carolinas area.

The Prius camper is running well, each night is less than a pleasant experience due to the crowded/cramped cabin but each day is ok, as long as there are stretch breaks to take in the scenery. Nice that the rain is holding off (showers but no downpours), temps are 60’s (12-13 C).  Gas mileage stays in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s (mpg) and stealth is exceptional.  

My normal hideout is in motel parking lots, as I fit in. Jut trying to keep the bright lights out without making it look like someone is sleeping, plus the obligatory get up to pee issues.

I’m already getting the “change oil soon” warnings, having put 5,000 miles on since the end of May, with another close to 5,000 coming. Overall this will be a 10K summer, the usual.

I’ve been researching a lot on minivan values in differing states, and the south seems to have the least expensive and the best overal condition vans, as long as you can avoid flood cars. I’ve also noticed that Carfax and Autocheck, (free on some dealer websites), really don't give one much information other than state registration data. 

So the wandering quest continues. I will hope to stay in the SE next fall/winter as I have a line on a temp (seasonal) full-time job which will allow me to stay in a lower cost rv park ($250-300/mo) during the colder months. AZ and NM are out, I’m tired of the desert, bleak and brown. Green sure looks nice to me. Maybe then the minivan change will happen.

Hope that all of you are able to stay cool this summer. Humidity won’t be welcome but that’s the tradeoff for me. Having the Prius electric a/c is saving my butt on this trip!


TWIH in a 2011 Prius

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  You bought your dream place
Posted by: Motrukdriver - 07-10-2018, 05:23 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (9)

Lets say..  100 acres of wilderness somewhere with zero city or county utilities and probably never will be.  You sunk a well but now the hard part presents itself.  Which one do you build on your property? 


Does one's choice in outhouse design reflect their personality?

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  Unofficial FL winter 2018-2019 snowbird thread split from AZ sux
Posted by: Mr.LooRead - 07-10-2018, 12:03 PM - Forum: Travel Log - Replies (11)

I am looking to host a roving GTG in FL this winter for up to 3 other "vanners". No trailers, old beaters than can't do the speed limit. or those without monthly income and/or emergency funds.

I will have all the free 7-day water management camp reservation permits printed with extra copies. Up to 6 people can share a campsite. Feel free to leave do your own thing and rejoin the caravan at a later date.

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  New property ideas
Posted by: Cammalu - 07-10-2018, 05:55 AM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (31)

We found a new property with a house and a mobile home and an old decrepit gas station.

We will fix up the mobile first because it’s the easiest and get it rented then the house which has a bad floor but what to do with this cool old gas station? Walls are block and good. Windows broken by vandals no doubt. Interior filled with junk (we will probably get a dumpster). Roof is mostly gone.

I don’t want to tear it down. I think it could be something cool but what?

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  The new required drivers license/ID ?.
Posted by: shadow - 07-09-2018, 06:51 PM - Forum: Other Topics - Replies (14)

I got a notice in the mail to renew my drivers license, and something about you needing to verify your address or who you are with two different forms of ID, something like that ?, and the new drivers license will have a star on it, otherwise you wont be able to fly or go into any federal buildings. This new ID isn`t required were I live until sometime in 2020, so I stayed with the old style drivers license.

I don`t know about the rest of you, but I don`t fly, and I don`t spend a whole lot of time hanging out at federal buildings, and this is just another way for the feds to try and keep track of us. I`m sure the feds will say that this is just a way to keep track of
any potential terrorists, and maybe it is, but I don`t totally buy it.

What is your take on this latest government required bullshit ?.

Its beginning to seem like Nazi Germany here in the states - papers please !.

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  New alternator specs
Posted by: Gary - 07-09-2018, 03:47 PM - Forum: Solar/Electrical - Replies (18)

powermaster 47294 150 amp

idle 109 amp
cruise 138
top end 162
volt reg.set point 14.8

my two worries are
predamaged rv battery never stops drawing a load and burns up a $144 alternator(i'll have a toggle hooked to the solenoid) 
and 150 amp alternator cooks the batteries 

should i be worried or not?

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  Dometic 12v
Posted by: heron - 07-09-2018, 12:19 PM - Forum: Refrigeration - Replies (19)

Just got my Dometic 2341 back from having it looked at. I think it was here, somewhere, that someone(s) advised me to get it fixed, even though it's 30 years old, because it's a good unit. The guy who worked on it cleaned the burners and got the propane going, something I'll be able to do myself, next time. It works on 110, but not on 12v. He said there was a switch gone, and that it wouldn't be worth it to buy it and do the work on the thing. We were on the way to a doctor's appointment, so Ididn't pursue it at the time, but now thinking I should have. Propane doesn't stay going as you're driving, and I'm not that fond of flames when I'm not watching over them, so it really makes sense to have the 12v. Any thoughts?

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  $1000 for a cold beer
Posted by: Mr.LooRead - 07-09-2018, 11:40 AM - Forum: Refrigeration - Replies (5)

With just 160 watts of solar panels (2 fixed roof mount 50's and two ground-mount 30's on adjustable angle brackets with 50' of extension wire) and a CF-18 with a custom fit insulated cover, I have somewhere near a $1000 investment.

That includes the roof rack which was $135 and the rack wind deflector which was $70.

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  Tiramisu Cake
Posted by: Anna - 07-08-2018, 09:52 PM - Forum: Recipes - Replies (6)

Serves serves 8 to 10
adjust servings

For the genoise cake

6 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sifted cake flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups hot water
2 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
2 1/2 tablespoons brandy
2 1/2 teaspoons powdered sugar

For the mascarpone filling

4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup dry Marsala wine
16 ounces (2 1/2 cups) mascarpone cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream (cold)

For the whipped cream frosting

6 ounces cream cheese (the kind in a brick)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)
2 teaspoons cocoa powder (for garnish)

To make the genoise layers:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, mist three 8-inch diameter cake pans generously with non-stick spray, and line with circles cut from parchment.
In a large mixing bowl, whip the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on high speed (with the whisk attachment) until pale, fluffy, and tripled in volume (about 10 to 12 minutes).
Add a third of the cake flour, and fold carefully, taking care not to deflate air from the mixture. Repeat, until all the flour has been incorporated.
Fold in the butter, and transfer the batter to the prepared pans.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely.
Stir the hot water, instant espresso powder, brandy, and powdered sugar together in a small bowl.
Place one layer of cooled genoise on a serving plate. Using a pastry brush, soak the cake with about 1/3 of the espresso mixture. Top with half the mascarpone filling.
Repeat, then top with the last layer of cooled genoise and soak with the remaining espresso mixture.
Frost with whipped cream frosting, dust with cocoa, and (using a piping bag and a large round tip) top with dollops of whipped cream frosting..

To make the mascarpone filling:

In a medium mixing bowl set over a pot of simmering water, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and Marsala wine together until pale, thick, and doubled in volume.
Remove from the heat, and stir in the mascarpone.
Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks, then fold into the mascarpone mixture.

To make the whipped cream frosting:

Place the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Fit the mixer with a whisk attachment, and whip on medium speed until the mixture is smooth.
Turn the mixer down to medium-low speed and pour the heavy cream down the side of the bowl in a very slow and steady stream.
When all the cream has been added, turn the mixer up to medium-high and whip until the frosting holds stiff peaks.

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