-Gramps-

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About -Gramps-

  • Birthday 08/02/53

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Galax Va, Crestview Fl
  • Interests
    Blogging, Photography, Computers, Golf, Shuffleboard, Reading, Old Movies. Jazz. Providing some business telephone tech support
  • I travel
    Full-time in my motorhome

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  1. Not So Good Coach Moments

    We have all had them, those moments when we are so overjoyed to be motorhome owners and those other moments, the ones where you take a deep breath and ask yourself: "Why did I ever buy this big blasted thing?" Not So Good Coach Moments
  2. Replacing Slide Toppers

    Ditto for Tough Tops, replaced three toppers, no issues after two years.
  3. When I was young My Uncle Jonah taught me about raising apples, tobacco, peaches, grooming horses and the danger of electric fences. He tried, unsuccessfully, to teach me how to milk a cow. He gave Diane and I our very first Christmas Tree. My aunt Helen, Jonah’s wife, and Diane like each other very much. All the members of the Parker family are very special to me. Which brings me to my Aunt Hazel. My Aunt Hazel ( a memory and a tribute)
  4. Charleston

    Charleston
  5. For most of the month of February the three of us were parked on a live oak covered lot at Sunshine RV Resort, an Encore Park in Vero Beach. We choose to stay there because we wanted to see our daughter Jeri race in the Publix Florida Half-Marathon in Melbourne. Months 2,3,4 and Another Magical Day
  6. January and Disney World

    2017 has been a very busy year, at least for the first three months. The Fourth one has been wet, very wet, but more about that later. The first one was good. Diane and I are finding out that retirement and being Snowbirds ain't bad, ain't bad at all. January and Disney World
  7. My Favorite Things (then)

    A couple of days ago, I started to clean old document files off my laptop. For a computer geek like myself, this is a bit like cleaning out my closet. I may not need a certain shirt, it has a stain, or it doesn’t fit, it needs to go, but I still want to hang on to it. My Favorite Things (then)
  8. Netflix

    Unless you are using SAT Data, which I understand costs a small fortune, you will have to us your Verizon wireless plan, we do that all the time, no problem so far. We turn my wife's Windows 10 smartphone into a hot spot and stream Netfilx and Hulu plus anytime of the month. We have not experienced any data crunching that would stop us from streaming.
  9. FMCA "Remodel / Under Construction"

    I suggested the possibility for the need to make this change back in 2011 in the forums and and I think that idea was moved over to the blog section. I created a poll just for the fun of it back then too. You can read it here and see the comments it got and the votes: A Can Of Worms. This is what I said back then, some of the economic reasons for the change have improved over the last six years, but my thoughts have not changed on the subject. I have made it a point to avoid most controversial subjects here. That hasn't stopped me from posting one or two provocative things, I guess. This entry may cause a bit of conversation, but here goes. FMCA's membership is down. The magazine is so much smaller than it used to be due to a lack of advertisers. The RV industry is still living on the edge of an economic non recovery. Times are not very good at the moment. The price of gas is not going in the direction most of us would like and loans for RV purchases both towables and coaches new or used are still hard to get. Sometimes you have to adapt and take advantage of circumstances (and) not let them get the best of you. There is a lot in common with all RVs when you think about it. Lots of full timers live in towables as well as coaches. Manufacturers of both use a lot of the same suppliers including interior parts, electronics, appliances and various small supplies. We all have to dump our tanks the same way! I believe that there is strength in numbers. We need to combine our resources, work together to make things better for those who make RVs and those who buy them and use them. Who knows maybe the RV industry could form its own lending institution and offer loans as well as lobby Congress and state governments for things that the industry needs. Sorry, but that is still necessary, wouldn't you agree? So to work toward the goal of making things better for all: It is my humble opinion that the Family Motor Coach Association should become the Family RV Association. All RV owners of towables and coaches should be eligible to become members of the association. I wasn't there (as much as I would have liked to have been) at the Perry Convention. I hope that opening the convention to towables indicates that maybe some people are thinking the same way I am. Am I opening a can of worms? Who knows? Let's find out. Comments are certainly welcome and hoped for! So is your vote...but you need to register if you a not a member of this site. Derrick L "Gramps"
  10. Monaco Bedroom Slide Trim Removal

    Your picture makes it look like your vertical wood pieces/trim are solid, anyway glad to help out.
  11. Open Letter to FMCA

    One of the first things FMCA could do is promote itself, like this website and Facebook. I blogged here for years, now I post a link to my own site. It shocked me to attend an FMCA regional rally or even a national one, go to the FMCA booth to buy a shirt or hat, gather some info, talk to other members and in the process find out the people visiting the booth didn't know that FMCA has its own website. In many cases the folks manning the booth did not know we have a website as well. Why is this?
  12. Monaco Bedroom Slide Trim Removal

    To get to the inside standoff end, I remove the top corner decorative medallion (for lack of a better word), and remove the ribbed insert. There are brackets behind then which hold the whole thing on to the metal frame. I unscrew those. I don't know if you have a solid trim or some extra trim that i don't have.
  13. Monaco Bedroom Slide Trim Removal

    The piece on the side you need to remove is about two inches wide and matches the wall not the wood. The slide out stops on it when in. It isn't really designed to be removed so what I did was after I pried it off the wall made my repair, I screwed it back on , instead of nailing it. I used screw covers, those plastic caps that you see all over a coach. I figured it wouldn't be the last time I had to remove this trim piece. I discovered too that the box that houses the motor and chain drive is a bit tight. I used a saws-all and cut it open so I could get my hands in there without having to remove the whole thing. Then I modified the fabric insert to fit the larger hole I made. By the way, my living room slide out is cable driven as well as one bedroom side. Notice the piece with the screw cover, that is one that has to be removed to get to the metal cover over the cable channel.
  14. Electrical Mystery

    Did someone by chance hit the house power kill switch by the front door? Its in the wheel well. Happens by accident a lot in our coach. I call it the panic switch because that is what it does, causes a panic.
  15. Looking Up! (from my archive)

    I am not sure if taking pictures of a Great Horned Owl nesting in a large live oak over our coach made me think of this old FMCA blog entry or not, but if it did then that is okay. I wrote it not long after we lost our grandson. I re-read it myself this morning and I like it so maybe you will too. Looking Up!