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About Speck

  • Birthday 12/13/48

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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, seeing the USA

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  1. Scary Electrical Problem

    Thanks all... HayesFamily my first reaction was WHAT! , then the laughing began... nice to be able to laugh about it... Yes, I was real lucky and someone was looking over me. Everything is fixed and working.
  2. Scary Electrical Problem

    After leaving Yuma, on our way to Organ Pipe Cactus NM, we got a smell of something hot or burning, light haze in the kitchen area. DW jumped up and went back to see what was going on, didn't find any thing and the smokie haze went away. Got to Organ Pipe and the slide wouldn't go out, figured that the smell was the slide motor. Looked in the bays under the slide and couldn't see or smell anything. After staying a few days head to Las Cienegas (BLM) to dry camp. After there a few days I decided to do a little work on a loose heater duct. Job completed, then opened the power distribution panel to chase wiring to the slide motor, looking for a fuse that may have blown... found wire on the DC distribution panel with insulation completely melted and burned off is some places. It was directly wired to the DC, no fuse. Chased the wire under the refrig, then went outside and opened the Refrig access panel. Found the wire or what was left of it. It had gotten against the vent to the refrig burner and melted the insulation, shorted to the vent and burned the wires (both hot and gnd) in half. Consider my self luck to have a MH after seeing it. Don't know what went wrong, the dealer I bought the motor home from a year ago rewired the slide switch, then after my first outing I had to have the slide motor replaced by a local repair facility. Maybe it was just one of those things. Anyway, Went into Sierra Vista and got new wiring, a fuse and now have it fixed.
  3. Hondo, NM

    Wolfe10, manholt, thanks for the post on Valley of Fires, we stayed a couple of days there really enjoyed the area. Hermanmullins, Thanks for the recommendation of Mescalero Apache Mission, we stopped there after Three Rivers Petroglyphs. We really enjoyed the mission. We are going to the San Xavier mission today in Tucson.
  4. Hondo, NM

    We are headed that way as our 1st retirement trip in January. Actually going south to Las Cruces and then west to Yuma. On the return trip we are exploring New Mexico. Since I will be retired, no corporate mandated time line to be on, love the idea. Wolfe, thanks for sharing the Google map, got a new place to go see. A couple of years ago, coming back from Yuma we were fascinated by the lava flows around Grants NM and decided that we had a new interest and another topic or interest for sightseeing. Amazing, from one topic posted here, a number of areas to go and things to see... Thanks Herman, we will be putting the Mission in Mescalero on the list too. Great times and safe travels to all. Speck
  5. toad braking

    We tow a 2012 Hondo CRV with our 1998 Tiffin Allegro Bus (DP) and I have a RoadMaster Invisibrake installed in the Honda CRV. It is permanently installed under the driver seat. Works off of the brake light signal from the motothome, so is connected when the light is plugged in. Has a lanyard which connects a safety breakaway switch to the motorhome, should the tow ever break loose the brakes are applied. Really like the set up.
  6. WOW, thought I was confused at the beginning because I couldn't get to the cart to pay for the darn thing.... Now I'm wondering if that might be a blessing in disguise... Been waiting and hoping that a deal could be made cause I think I will probably need something after I retire in Jan. Want something to be able to use a smart tv with.
  7. Camping Cards

    Like punxsyjumper, had cards (QSL) back in the CB days... While at a campground for the Solar Eclipse, a couple we met handed out cards with their info... DUH! what a great idea and easy. We are getting some printed.
  8. Replacing TV Antenna Coax Wiring

    Kahlua/cream and the hot tub.... climbing up and down the ladder several times found some muscles which hadn't been used for a while
  9. Replacing TV Antenna Coax Wiring

    Okay, so I finally got the materials I needed and got back up on the roof. Cleaned away the caulking around where the coax goes thru the roof. Surprise... a plate hiding a connector splice.... job just became much easier. I disconnected the old piece of cable, ran a new cable from the jack on the antenna head, leaving a service loop on the antenna, and another at the antenna base. Connected the cable at both ends, applied lots of new caulk and went inside and check it out...seems to work great. Thanks to everyone for suggestions and guidance.
  10. Santa Fe Trail

    Finished the trip, no major incidents. Altered the route a little because we stayed an extra day in one place. Took the Mountain Route from Dodge City to La Junta CO. Did stop at the Tall Grass Prairie, really interesting. Did a short hike there (~ 2 mi.), to the top of a ridge to look for buffalo, saw a small group on the ridge, before we even go there, a bull standing by itself, we were probably 3/4 mile away and how it stood out against the sky was incredible...the size of it. Pulled into Pawnee Rock, not advised for a big rig and a towed. Had to up the wrong way because we couldn't make the turn through the gate. Got turned around at the top and came back out. Saw the wagon ruts west of Dodge City. Was a great trip.
  11. Replacing TV Antenna Coax Wiring

    BtllAdams. not sure if it is a factory install or not, it is an older Tiffin (1998) with a crank up Winguard. I will post my results when I finish.
  12. Replacing TV Antenna Coax Wiring

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. Think that I will try the repair by putting the connector splice in as the first try. I'm a bit afraid that, as some suggest, the cable may be tied in a bundle and part way through the pull everything will stop. If the connector thing doesn't work the it will be pulling time.
  13. So on last trip we didn't have any TV reception. Discovered that the antenna coax was broken/cut about 2 inches outside where it comes thru the roof. Any suggestions on replacing? Can I pull new cable by attaching to the old cable and pulling the new cable thru. If so should I pull from thru inside to the outside or outside into the inside?
  14. 2011 Honda CR-V

    Thanks to everyone and the suggestions and comments. Since this first trip was a short one, only a few stops, I just ended up jumping the battery, or putting the charger (which I purchased the 1st night out) on it. I read in my Invisabrake manual that if you turn on the running lights on the RV the Invisabrake is suppose to put a trickle charge on the battery...didn't work! I am going to do the fuse bypass switch thing and see how that works. I think the charge line idea is great too. On my Honda, when I shut the ignition off with the transmission in neutral, the key will only go to the accessory position, not to the off position. Again thanks for all the comments.
  15. Just stayed 2 nights at Campus RV Park in Independence MO. Nice little park. very convenient to Frontier Trails Museum; Truman House and museum; Church of Latter Day Saints Temple Headquarters/Monuments. The only slight negative is the train noise from near by tracks. Not so bad as to keep you awake, but you hear them come by a number of times a day. Got FMCA discount. Very nice and friendly folks there. I had to call and push our reservations out a day, it was not a problem.