So this year's end of year travel out west back to Arizona has been one thing after another...but God is good!


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Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 7, 2019 at 9:04am

Hey Jimco.  That looks just like the one I was looking at.  We have a 20 ton bottle jack...and the RV has leveling jacks...although I am afraid to try them until we get to Arizona, just in case they get stuck in the down!

Comment by postman on January 7, 2019 at 12:00am

I am not going to go back but I thought I read hydraulic levers, but he was dancing with 3 different girls. Jim yep that looks like a good one. But what actually arrives in the box can be crap. I just received a fire and water proof cash safe. Opened it and its crap.

Comment by Jimco_W001 on January 6, 2019 at 11:34pm

Here's another example for dealing with those lug nuts. What size jack do you have Kevin?

Lug nut tool Amazon

Comment by postman on January 6, 2019 at 10:46pm

Kevin my torque specs are 95 ft lbs. So I can use a torque wrench. Why I bought my tXplier was when purchased my 78 Class A had  a broken lug stud. Fearing more I did two things 1) Aero Kroil, 2) tXplier. The plan was soak the lugs and use the tXplier to gently righty tighty lefty loosie. Since, I bought a PORTER-CABLE PCC740LA 1/2" 20v Lithium Cordless Impact Wrench new $75. So I wont have to spring on a breaker bar like "Leisure Seeker" and it powers scissor jacks.


Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 6, 2019 at 7:55pm

My bad, Postman.  I meant to type that they were 1" drive.  How do you like yours?  Does it work well? 


Comment by postman on January 6, 2019 at 12:35pm

Just sayin my torque multiplier is 1" drive...

Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 6, 2019 at 10:05am

Oh boy!  The torque specs for the lug nuts, from the Oshkosh operator's manual, are 450-500 foot pounds of torque...good grief!!!  I'm going to have to invest in one of these torque multipliers when we get out to Arizona and get back to work!  They even come with four 1/2" drive impact sockets, including the 1 1/2" and 1 5/8" sockets required for this coach.  160.00 with free shipping at the address below...but Amazon has them for 65.00, also with free shipping.  I'll have to find out if there is a significant difference in quality before I order one.

Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 5, 2019 at 9:03pm

It is weird getting used to a regular RV toilet again. But since we are so used to peeing sitting down and putting TP in the lidded small trash can next to the toilet, it is actually going to be a joy...LOL! THAT my friends is the key to Bathroom Bliss in RVs...always pee sitting down, and always put your TP in the trash can next to the toilet.

And thank God that the weather here is supposed to be nice and totally rain free for the next 4 days! SWEET!!!

I'm going to make a new post tomorrow entitled Florida to Arizona, 2019. And will stop making new posts on this thread. Although I will of course answer any post that anyone puts on this thread.

2019 looks like it is going to be an AWESOME year!!!


Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 5, 2019 at 9:03pm

Good LORD was today an epic day of hard work! We started work unloading more stuff from the Holiday Rambler today at 7am since we didn't know what time the buyer was coming by with his tow truck driver to take the HR away, so we just set our noses to the grindstone, and hammered it out.

I had to take out my Morningstar charge controller and pure sine Dimensions inverter, and relocate the Powermax Boondocker to inside the compartment where the charge controller used to be...that way it wouldn't be on the floor under the dinette for the new owner.

I also cleaned out the Nature's Head toilet, changed the peat moss, put the clean pee bottle on it, and filled the not clean pee bottle with cleaning strength vinegar, with the cap on it and left it capped in the shower.

The buyer called us around 8:30, and told us he would be here with the tow truck driver at 10:30 am! So the mad scramble became an insane scramble!!!

I started just putting things from each cabinet carefully into trash bags and bringing them over to the Itasca and setting them outside, while Patti would offload what was in the bags and clean them before bringing them into the new house.

Thank God they showed up late, around 2pm! They showed up just as I was taking the very last of our things out of the very last of the under compartments. Whew!!!

So the Holiday Rambler was picked up and taken away, and the guy called me when he got home. They made it safely and parked the HR, and he had some questions about how to lower the power steps, the fridge and water heater and water pump, etc. and I walked him through it on the phone. So The Nautilus will live on! He also forgot the spare house key and gas key, so I got his address and will mail the keys out on Monday.

We put as much away as we could until it got dark, and called it a night. There are still many bags and cases on the porch that we will go through and put away tomorrow, but ran out of steam for tonight. Tomorrow we are going to go through it all, bag by bag and case by case, throwing out what we don't want, and cleaning what we do want before putting it in the new RV. We just didn't have time to sort things during the offload process today. We have plenty of time now, since we don't have to be on the road by Monday (we were just informed that the Arizona Renaissance Festival doesn't start until February 9th) so that gives us plenty of time to meander out there, and gives us time to sort and clean what we are going to keep.

I did take 9 full large trash bags to the dumpster! And there will be more tomorrow! Probably at least as many!

So we are exhausted and our furry kids are mostly settled in. Sampson the cat and Karli are loving it...Paladin is nervous and isn't quite sure what is going! He's sleeping at my feet now, so he'll get used to it. When he gets nervous or anxious, he likes to chase his tail, so it doesn't help that the living room (with a couch and chair we didn't have in the HR) isn't really big enough for him to turn full circle while chasing his tail. Poor guy! He'll adapt in no time.

Good LORD am I exhausted! Lots more to do over the next few days, since we decided to leave on Wednesday or Thursday instead of Monday.

Comment by Kevin F Smith on January 5, 2019 at 7:10pm

Oh! I forgot to mention this in my last post yesterday when I had the tires changed: On our 95 Oshkosh chassis, the lug nuts AND the nuts that hold on the chrome covers are REVERSE THREADED on the driver's side, just like out first RV, the iconic "Ark" 1972 Futura motorhome with the Dodge chassis and split rim bias tires! No wonder I couldn't get the darn things!!! I also forgot to mention that I found out the lug nut size and the size of the nut that holds on the chrome covers: Lug nuts=1 1/2" , Cover nuts: 1 5/8" I'm going to have to go out and but those 2 sockets, in 1/2 inch drive, before we leave to Arizona.



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