Circle Printing



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9.23.2019-Circle Printing

The last six months I’ve been working diligently trying to convert all our Journal and Blog files for the last six years to Word.

Circle Printing is locally own and operated
by Jan & Monica Gunter for 7 years. Below is the forgotten member of this mom and pop team, Rusty, their dog. These folks do it right the first time every time which is probably why they do business from all corners of the country as far East as Maine.

Today I finished 2018 so it was off to the printer today. Circle Printing in Greensburg, IN, just outside of Batesville. Jan and his wife are making it happen for us in under 24 hours.

Circle Printing, 130 W Main St, Greensburg. IN 47240….812.663.7367

For more information go to www.circleprinting.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know about you but seldom do I ever find a company that will do what ever it takes to get my business. Mostly it’s a take it or leave it attitude from those big box stores. Circle Printing is a not that small a business and it’s a little congested but they make it happen as I wanted it to happen. On a thumb drive I gave him five-files containing over one-thousand pages of Journals and blogs, and all he did was smile and told me he should have my books ready by 3pm tomorrow. In fact he asked us to stay around while he downloaded the 2014 book and put it together so we would be certain to be happy.

I’m still working on 2019 and he volunteered that if I email it to him he’ll download it and bind it just like the other books he’s done and mail it off to us at whatever address we give him.

Wow! Business the old fashioned way.

You’ll never feel you have enough money to retire,
however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Dakota Truck & Auto



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8.15.2019-Coach needs fixes
We were up early for our 8am apt at Dakota Truck and Auto. It basically needed an it change and generator fix. The oil change is basic along with all the other fine points the technician will check. The generator has been acting funny. One we turn it on it goes well for about thirty minutes then goes off. The goes off part is what has concerned us. The oil filter in the engine, which fuels the generator, needed replacing. Item #2 was a new item. When we were bringing in the slide this morning the hydraulic fluid came gushing out. I could only imagine the worse. Dakota Truck recommended Adams, ISC, across the street. I was anticipating having to rebuild the hydraulic line gain or worse. Long story short it was a 2-bit “O-ring” atop the hydraulic fluid reservoir had disintegrated. We were out of there in sixty minutes.

HHR Tires at Ocean Tires*


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TRAVEL ITENERARY

May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m).
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m).
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n).
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n).
July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n).
July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n).

Aug. 7th  Butte, MT
Aug 10th Billings, MT
Aug.12th Wyoming somewhere find  RVP
Aug 14th Rapid City, SD
Aug 29th Forest City, IA


06.26.19-Monday-Tires-at Ocean Tires

Well, hopefully we’ve lifted ourselves out of the flat-tire syndrome. We took ourselves to Ocean Tire, as recommended by our AAA guy, we asked for four Michelin tires for the HHR. We were told he could order them and have them come in the day we leave the area. He reminded us that they are very expensive. He had a recommendation and we listened. We ended up with four tires with sixty-thousand miles possible life-span. The price was much better than Michelins. The best part of the situation was yet to happen. The HHR has been pulling to the left for some time, so I assumed alignment, right! That’s what I thought. When we asked for an alignment he told us it would be a waist of money because the tire-rim on the right-side rear tire had sustained very slight dent and was not perfectly round and for that reason it would not allow a good alignment process. We asked him to use this rim for our spare and put the four new tires on the other rims. I was concerned that the damage to the rim would cause early wear to the tire on that rim, and he agreed. What I did not expect was that we had absolutely no pulling to the left as before and the car was driving in a perfectly straight line on its own. The damaged rim now sitting in the trunk must have been causing the car to feel as though it was out of alignment. It was then back to the coach and enjoy the rest of our day.
Only one more full day before we leave Newport but I am seriously in love with the area, we’ll be back again.

 

Big Country RV Redmond, OR*

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING, 
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 NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.

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TRAVEL ITENERARY
May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
Time to travel East

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6.13.19-Coach has a booboo and needs to be serviced. Several weeks we were here and our problem was diagnosed.  The needed solenoids and Winnebago Relay board were ordered and delivered as promised. Today was the first day Big Country RV had an opening and Kim slid us into the 8am time slot. We were told to expect they repair to take five-hours but Randy, our technician for the repair, had the job completed by around noon. On top of that he had heard us tell Kim that we were told to check the hydraulic fluid at east one a month. He took it on his own to do a very specific check to see, if indeed, we had leaks and he determined we did not. What’s more important here is the time he spent with me on one occasion and both of us after the repair was completed to explain to us the mechanisms and how they worked and why our slides were not working properly. He went into detail to explain to us that the Hydraulic Fluid is under an extreme amount of pressure and if there were any leaks they would be very noticeable; he could not find any leaks to speak of.

We were all set to take the keys and leave the premises when I asked him is he had a chance to take care of the window stripping?  He immediately went back to check the work order. This was a last minute item that I’ve been unable to fix and not really that important but he insisted that it would only take a few minutes  and he would take care of it while we played and checked the operation of the newly fixed slides. The slides operated so nicely and quietly and we went outside to tell Randy how pleased we were on the job he completed.  At the same time he had taken care of the rubber window stripping.  What we did not realize was that not only was the right side stripping lose but the left side was also beginning to break away from the groove it rested in, he fixed that as well. We truly appreciated his taking that initiative.

It was a very pleasant experience. We’ve had work done by so many so called “top of the field” RV service departments and have been disappointed many of them. Big Country RV did not disappoint and made me wish I were living in the area so they could watch over our coach all the time, but were not that lucky.

It is nice to know where coach owners can bring their coaches, our home in our case, and know someone reliable would be there when we call in, like Kim, and know that that person also has the wisdom to designate the right person to first diagnose the problem properly and then to assign the right person, Randy this time, to be knowledgeable enough to fix the problem the first time.

Our thanks to the management and especially

the staff of Big Country RV in Redmond, OR.

Paul and Carla Grenier

pjgrenier44@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Coach repair

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you NEED,

NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING.

March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.24.19-COACH GETS ANOTHER INEXPENSIVE FIX

We were told from Little’s Diesel, Kanab, UT, they would show up around 3 pm to determine what trouble the slide was having again.

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Once again it had to do with the hydraulic fluid levels. This time I realized I had to be more involved, so I got under the coach with McCray, Little’s service man, to learn how to resolve this problem in the future. The reservoir for the hydraulics lies directly behind the circuitry and control box for the levelling system. Not really very accessible, actually quite inaccessible, but is doable. We’re making an appointment in Bend, OR to have this problem diagnosed by a big Winnebago Dealership. We also must have them replace the connector of the electrical transfer cable as well.

 

Coach goes to Findlay RV for fixes

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
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NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

March/April ITENERARY
March 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight (. )
March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x14n
March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)*****************************************

3.27.2019- COACH GOES TO FINDLAY RV FOR FIXES
Bright and early this morning we were on the road going to Findlay RV about 1.5miles from here. No time for breakfast so we thought we’d eat out. We were give several suggestions for breakfast and then , just as an after thought, Sam’s Town Casino was also recommended. Like all casinos in Vegas, this is an all inclusive venue. Bowling, gambling, movies, breakfast, lunch, dinner are provided and lodging. 

Stay here and you can spend all your days and nights in your slippers. We enjoyed an awesome breakfast buffet, so much to pick from. The price was right also. Not including the tip we ate scrumptiously for just a few dollars more than at McDonald’s. After breakfast we walked through the casino. At first I thought this might be a Sam’s Club operation but our waitress informed us otherwise. This was a Sam Boyd Family  business. Not to mention they have over a dozen other locations throughout the US. After breakfast it was a short drive back to Findlay RV. Good and bad news awaited us. The hydraulic lines that were ordered prior to order arrival were incorrect. Good news; they could fabricate what we needed in house.  Next the stairs were acting up, they needed a new motor. The propane tank needed a new pressure regulator, no can do. We have to have Suburban do that job. Lastly two of the storage bin doors needed new latches, done! Today’s bill would be just under four figures and we pay again about the same amount for the motor for the stairs. No biggy. It’s still much cheaper than owning a brick and mortar home. We rested the rest of the day.Pictures to follow.


“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us,
from the roads not travelled yet.” pjgrenier


			

Bob’s Welding-RV Services

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

This month’s Travel Plans:
2. Jan. 14th Lake City, FL – Overnight (147m)
3. Jan. 15th Marianna, FL Overnight (169m)
4. Jan. 16th Robertsdale, AL – Wilderness RVP (RPI) x 4 days (165m)
5. Jan. 18th Hammond, LA Overnight (183m)
6. Jan. 19th Lafayette, LA Overnight
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX staying at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP for 12 days.

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Our home had a booboo. On most times when the slide came in or out we would hear a very loud bang; made us think we might have problem. We had our carpet man from “Recarpet Your RV” business. He came back and made a small repair for which he was nice enough not to charge us for. This fix did not take care of our problem, however it did made the slide work nicer.

He recommended “Bob’s Welding.” I know, why would Bob’s Welding have to do with an RV slide? Thing is this is a three generation family of RV repair specialists. The founding patriot of the business was just that, a welder. RV’s needed some welding services from time to time in his day. His son spent fourteen years working for an RV dealership, Alliance I think, that was his education. This business does not market itself at $150 an hour. The fix on our RV came as a result of our replacing the carpet and adding vinyl planking in place of carpet in many places. The fix, for us, mandated that they had to retool a twenty foot floor-plate. They counter-sunk the screws that were tearing up our underpad and creating our problem. When the under pad failed the slide would be snapping the screws that secured the  plate to the coach floor, thereby creating that loud bang. After three and one-half hours in which we had as many as four workers on this job, the slide was fixed. I hate to think how much Alliance or LaMesa would have charged us for this job! The price averaged less than $100 an hour, a bargain for us.

“Everything,we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier