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About obedb

  • Birthday 08/13/1944

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    Stewartstown PA
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    Enjoying this beautiful country and I have seen a lot of it. I was raised in a career military family. My Dad was a veteran of WWII , Korea and Vietnam. He retired in 1965 as a Lt. Col. always a pilot for his entire career. We were vagabonds. Always on the move. I especially love mountains. Colorado is my favorite.

    I do fish but I have done it so seldom recently that I am not very good at it. Kind of like golf/ to be good - regularly is the word.

    Obed is Old Testament . Son of Ruth and Boaz. King David's Grandfather. I am Obed ByronOglesby III. It is a family thing.

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  1. obedb

    Checking Browser

    So I did something bad?? Did I say that I was agreeing with the host?? He often gets on my nerves. I have been looking for a different search engine because Google seems to take a very long time to finally settle down after an interminable "web page problems " waste of time. Richard perhaps you could suggest a search engine that does not crawl like a caterpillar. I will try it.
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    Dealer Mileage fraud

    When I lost an ECM on a Series 60 500HP engine, (western Star) everything on the dash went dead. The engine would still turn over, but that was it. Had it towed to the area Detroit Diesel/ Allison shop about 30 or so miles away. When the module was replaced all of the essentials were there. Mileage, engine power..... Etc. Flash Memory?? The same engine was used in Prevost conversions for a few years and I think Bluebirds.
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    Checking Browser

    I heard Rush talking to a caller about a browser that does not place some roadblocks in front of conservative web sites. DuckDuckGo. I am using it? So far so good. The checking your browser screen has been around for awhile. I see it even when I sign out.
  4. Bill / that they are busy can tell us a thing or two. Some are slow at the craft they desire to be proficient at but they are hanging there in a learning process. Some are taking up the slack for them. Others/ who knows. Big truck mechanics have all of the room that they need to really study the learning process. Take my extended hood Western Star. I could see behind the engine in front of the firewall, in front of , underneath , and on top of the engine with no effort. I could set up under the the cab as I looked forward or to the rear of things. Had I have been a qualified mechanic, I certainly would not have sought an employer that offered a lower wage that required me to squeeze into reall tight spaces to do my work. Access gets really tight in our Phaeton. Don't look for a flood of mechanically smart guys to apply for jobs working on an almost incomprehensible arrangement of things mechanical, electrical, and other essentials to the health of various and sundry configurations of motorhomes. There is a nearby RV repair facility that is backed up sometimes months with work. They can't find the help that they need. Some of what I described is why there are so many warranty issues with higher $ RVs. Many dealers farm there work out because they have no other choice. Of course if you are Carl, the red carpet rolls out.πŸ˜‰πŸ™„ That is according to Bill and why would I doubt that.πŸ˜‚
  5. Where do you find qualified help? The good ones are making top dollar elsewhere. You struggle with people learning the craft, and where do they go? In search of more money. Remember! Everyone needs a college education because the professors need a constant demand in order for their salaries and pensions to be pumped up. Vocational high schools are floundering. We need more of them. In 1962 I attended the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign for around $200 a semester including most books. Slept at home on Chanute AFB with my family.
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    poor service department

    My guess is dealers that once gave good service and followup on warranty issues can no longer find qualified workers. The good ones moved on to better pay or retired. There are dealers in the my area that once gave good service. They now sell units that are serviced by an outside company. Are the sales reps honest about that😎? Joe Leamont can certainly tell us how hard it is to find good help.
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    When I entered the industry in 1965, an 8V71 was a hot item. Nothing wrong with using the truck lanes. The hard pull west of Needles California has a truck lane. When the outside temp is over 110 it is used by all manner of vehicles. Motorhomes included.
  8. obedb

    Beating the high cost of fuel

    Still like my cash plan. We get the advertised price in green on the sign along the interstate. Never a problem. Everybody likes cash and I get to talk to people .
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    Dealer Mileage fraud

    Gotta be some liability there. You have the documents. Do not let the dealer have access to your coach until possible proof of fraud is verified. Who does not know how to scroll between actual mileage and trip mileage today? Something stinks, but you will have to pay a lawyer. Oh well! Good luck! πŸ‘
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    Petoskey Motorcoach Resort-Michigan

    Never been there but I will add it to my list. Cool breezes off of Lake Michigan and perhaps some wind blowing pleasant temps across the UP from Lake Superior. Have read of a nice park around Cedarville on the UP. There are some spots on the water looking at Lake Huron. Maybe some Great Lakes freighters motoring by. 851 feet or so.
  11. Flying J was built on servicing the trucking community. He would not have built one that was inconvenient for his customers. The founder started catering to RV owners also. Maybe Gas Buddy gets it wrong? Have never used their site, but the prices that I saw when it was Flying J were consistent. Pilot of course now owns Flying J. There was a Pilot just west of Knoxville on I-40 a very few exits from one of the busiest truck fueling exits in the country. Flying J, Petro, and TA were all there . Trucks got off for one reason. Fuel. Funny though that the very nearby Pilot was competitive. However further west in lonely Cookville Tenn. Pilots price was twenty cents or more higher. Their CEO is one aggressive business man. Doesn't make him a bad person though. Perhaps that is why prices now jump around a bit. Back in the day, they didn't.
  12. OH shoot! Forgot to answer Kay about spares. I learned that lesson early as an owner operator. Limped over Donner Pass Westbound because of no replacement cartridge for my Racor. Bought some bad fuel from a small western chain called Bingo. After that experience, I stocked up on replacements and stayed away from the Bingos. I have multiple spare filters in our Phaeton.
  13. I plan my fuel buys carefully, and when I absolutely have to buy fuel from a small player, I sample the fuel by placing it into a fruit jar that I carry specifically for sampling. If it looks good, I buy what I need. Gotta be a light green usually with no obvious contaminants. The TA was never a favorite of mine. I did and still use the Petros when necessary. They were a cut above and still seem to be even though TA bought them. Oddly, I have never seen a mom and pop across the street from a Flying J offering fuel for a much lower number. We also use cash for fuel. I estimate the needed amount, pay cash at the fuel desk, and then fuel. If I can't get it all in our tank, I go in for a partial refund. Works every time. Have never known anyone to charge more for paying cash. When I was a trucker I used the Flying J card and really chalked up the rewards points. I often used 500 or more gallons a week, used a Racor fuel/water separator, and was very happy with the lack of appreciable water to drain. Only used additives back then for winter driving. Saw a lot of temps below zero as I traveled the northwest. Started trucking in 1965. The more sophisticated fuel filtering that goes on now did not exist then. Do not remember even air dryers , but we got by. Barge gas! πŸ€”πŸ™„
  14. obedb

    Turbo Pressure -- Curiosity Questions

    Will add this/ 27 psi is pretty much normal. On a really chilly day it might approach 30. No living human could possibly teach Motorhome 101. Still struggling with remedial Motorhome classes and that started in 1986 with a rental to be amplified by a purchase in 1988.πŸ™„ ,
  15. If you have to line up behind big rigs at the J or Pilot, that means you are getting good fuel. The fuel trucks are constantly at work trying to keep the big rigs fueled. Everybody gets maybe a small dose of bad stuff (but not enough to clog filters) because the constant deliveries keep the In ground tanks washed out. In spite of what the occasional miscreant thinks , have never gotten any bad fuel at the Flying J. Years ago, maybe early 90s I was able to engage a Flying J tanker driver in conversation at the Amarillo station. He probably would have been disciplined by the manager for being forthcoming, but I remember him saying that the tanker was used around the clock and the local pipeline fuel rack was nearby. The amount of fuel pumped daily was amazing. I wanna say close to 100,000 gallons a day, but I would not bet big money on that. It was a major fueling station for big trucking companies and small guys like me. It was Texas with low taxes , and fuel got more expensive as you headed west. My point is , once again, that if you have to wait behind a lot of big rigs to fuel, you are getting quality fuel from a high volume store. That is why I prefer the Flying J. I do have a story about bad fuel and no replacement filter while going over Donner Pass. Another time. Learned a lesson on that encounter . Never again. It applies to anybody with a diesel powered motorhome.