Monday, December 1, 2014

This and That...

Here it is Sunday, and I haven't posted a thing since it was Turkey day....  And I had a nice day with a small turkey breast....  It cooked for a couple of hours and I thought it was over cooked....  Turns out I made a mistake...  The instructions said to cook it for 2 1/2 to three hours...

But that was for putting the bird into the oven frozen...  And without reading the package I had naturally put it into the fridge from the freezer a day or so before...  Meaning it was no longer frozen...

I could see it was cooking too fast so I reduced the heat down to 300 and took it out at the end of 2 hours...  It was in a bag so it couldn't dry out too much, so perhaps I wasn't fond of the seasoning rub the packager had used...  I just felt it wasn't as good as it could have been...

Oh well Biscuit thought it was fine....  Ya got any more of that Dad?

I forgot to report that on Tuesday I finally got off of my state of indecision...  About doing something for the out of round front tires on the motorhome...  They have 36K on them and they are 2008s but the tread isn't down to the wear bars...  But being on the front for all of those miles has worn the right front tire badly out of round..  And caused a bit of cupping as well....   They have a tendency to go thump thump at speeds under 40..  So I decided to replace the steer tires..

I had labored over all of the tire dealers out here in the East valley as they weren't set up to do heavy truck tires...  They are all car places and mobile tire truck guys...  I wanted someone that had a truck tire balancer...  And I found just the place....  Roberts Tire on South Power Road...  They have 10 acres of tires in a desert storage lot that look like they fit tractors and earth moving machines...

Also a big warehouse full as well...  This place was the real deal, as they even had an alignment rack that would lift and align large duty trucks, as well as the motorhome...  And they had my size right in stock.  Just drop on by...  any time....

The motorhome came with Goodyear RV tires, but pricing them is prohibitive...  So I ended up purchasing the Toyo Tire...  A Japanese brand, that looked exactly like the Goodyears...  If you didn't read the writing on the sidewall, you wouldn't know they were any different...

Price wise they were under $500 per wheel mounted and balanced with disposal of the old tire...  But as I was leaving, driving around the back side of the big building, revealed that they have a re tread department as well...  So they wanted those carcasses.....  But I think the born date was sometime in 2007 so perhaps not....

Anyway we looked over the back dualies and couldn't find any cracking or weather wear and they are not down to the wear bars yet, so for the money, I've decided to let them ride for a while...  I may pay for that decision.........

Otherwise, I stayed home all day on Black Friday...  Preferring not to brave one crowded store, or even a parking lot outside of a crowded store...

And this afternoon, (Sunday) I was invited over to Jim and Sandie Dixon's RV park for a ham dinner...  Of course I didn't turn that down...  Wow...  She had purchased a fairly sizable ham and was looking for eaters....    We had Au Gratin potatoes and green beans and dressing with gravy and and and ......  I ate as big a second plate as the first......  Oink, Oink...

Then we sat around and yaked for a couple of hours....   It was about 75 outside with blue skies....  I haven't needed any supper tonight..  Thanks Sandie!!

Retired Rod

6 comments:

  1. I'm just so glad you were able to come by and join us. The weather was fabulous, wasn't it.

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  2. Glad to see you were able to get together with Jim and Sandie for dinner over thanksgiving.

    Sounds like a good deal on those tires for your MH.

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  3. Happy new tires Rod. You cannot beat the peace of mind they bring.I asked this question several posts ago and perhaps it was missed....
    Rod could you please comment further on the make and model of your new antenna. I am in the market for one for my Allegro and the type, you installed, that finds the best signal sounds great.
    Thanks

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    1. King OA8201 They make this model that replaces the entire antenna but you have to increase the hole size in your roof... And they make a head that goes on your old crank up arms.... I wanted to get rid of the arms and I paid dearly for them to install it.... Do it your self as it takes some time which translates into money.. They are on sale right now at camping world....

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  4. It's always a relief to replace an "iffy" tire.

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