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rcrowe

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  1. I've been lurking around here for awhile but never got around to posting anything until today. I spent much of my late teens through mid 20's criss-crossing the country on either a bicycle or driving an old Volvo station wagon. At about 27 I cut my hair, hid my bong and got mainstreamed until 3 years ago. Wife wanted us to travel like I did back in my youth but skipping the part about peddling a bicycle 80 miles a day, peeing behind bushes and sleeping on the ground. We also needed accommodations for the dog so we could step out to eat or visit a museum along the way. I was thinking a van conversion or VW Westfalia, she was thinking a class A. We both agreed we didn't want to go into debt buying either so we rented a friend's Class A for a couple of years while waiting for something to come along we both liked and in our price range. We came across a 1995 Winnebago Warrior(A) 23' with low mileage and no rust or delamination. Older than we were considering but the lower price and condition sucked us in . Perfect size for us two and it's 23' length x 8' width fits easily on most any backroad. For my wife it needed up dating inside and I needed to completely go through the mechanicals to avoid any roadside surprises. All of that now done we have been getting a few weekender trips in while planning time for longer excursions Still trying to remember where I hid the bong. Ricky
  2. Back when I was turning wrenches for a living Snap-on, Mac or Cornwall were all that I would use. I needed them 8-12 hours a day everyday. Now I'm just maintaining a couple of cars, a small motorhome, boat and a lawn mower. I sold off my good tools 10 years ago. Harbor Freight and Craftsman has served me just fine since. I would say the weak point in most Chinese made wrenches is the ratcheting mechanisms and I still don't trust their torque wrenches. The tolerances have improved over the years but still not up to the quality of the better tool sets. I use CDI Torque wrenches. CDI is a subsidiary of Snap-on and makes a lower priced tool. The parts are sourced overseas and the tool is assembled in USA.
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