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Author Topic: A scary encounter at the Skanee house (anti-KOA)  (Read 4193 times)
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« on: April 24, 2010, 06:32:16 AM »

I had a very scary encounter this week, out at the skanee house libby wanted me to move one of the revcon motorhomes so she could get at a flower bed that was along a fence beside it, so I put in a couple of cans of gas with a can of sea foam to clean up the old gas that was in it and popped the engine cover off it to see how it looked, the engine was partly taken apart, apparently my idiot SIL was going to pull the engine and cash in the aluminum body cause the carborater was unbolted and a bunch of other stuff disconnected and the battery gone, I rebolted what I could find and on the next trip to walmart I got a battery for it, next trip out their I put the battery in it and just to check to see if I had good contact I jogged the key, the damm thing turned over for a split second then started and stalled, I jogged the key again and it started and sat there purring, that revcon hadn't been started in over 4 years, I just sat there and wondered what was wrong with it, so I went out and looked at the generator to see if he had pulled that to sell too and hit the start button on that and it fired up too, now I'm scared, I've been afraid to go back out there since, stuff like that normally isn't my kind of luck lol.
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010, 06:42:40 AM »

It's a message.  It says "hang in there Buddy, it's all going to work out".
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010, 06:43:49 AM »

Quick, go buy a lottery ticket!!! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010, 06:47:16 AM »

That sounds like good advice, Lotto! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2010, 06:49:25 AM »

How about this

Make sure the Revcon is sitting on good tires all around.
Borrow a good electric fencer (like 150,000 volts) and connect to the frame/engine.
Be sure the ground near tahe door is moist.

Wait.

Wait a bit more.

Then check for signs of attempted intrusion... Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2010, 07:02:22 AM »

He had found some new respect for the old guy since a few months ago when he decided I should sit while talking to him, he ended up in an amusing position on the floor with his hands behind his back restrained, he spent the night in jail for simple assault and paid a fine that cut into his beer fund pretty deeply, I didn't spend half my life in prison working around real ones to be scared of anything like him so I know the revcon work had been done a while back, probably around the same time he sold my olds touring sedan for scrap a couple of years ago.
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2010, 07:33:44 AM »

Cody, if you want to sell the Revcon pm me I have a friend looking for one and really doesn't care what shape it is in.

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2010, 07:43:43 AM »

Jamie has kinda laid claim to it lol, she loves the front wheel drive and a few years ago she helped me redo the interior in solid teak, we even put in an electric couch thats wired to a panel on the wall, hit the switch and hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm it folds out into a bed, hit the switch again and hmmmmmmmmmmm it's a couch again lol. Revcon was so far ahead of it's time back then, they were the sister ship to the GM coaches back in the 70's, made mostly using  upgraded olds parts, the front wheel drive setup is a massively redone version of the toronado front and the 403 engine will actually spin the tires.
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2010, 07:57:43 AM »

Wow makes me wish I had kept mene. I had a 73 model and wife wanted to trade it in on a diesel pusher so away it went . I loved that thing and it was the fastest RV on the road. Jerry
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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2010, 08:01:42 AM »

Cody, if you buy a winning lotto ticket, after you pay all of your medical bills, finish the anti-KOA, finish the bus and pay off all of your other bills, you can send me a couple of bucks for giving you the idea. Grin
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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2010, 08:13:32 AM »

Yep, they were a powerhouse, this one is a 1978, the last of the flat nose revcons, with the 403 engine and a dry weight of only 6597 pounds and at 30 ft long, they could squeal the tires, the biggest problem was you could spin the tire right off the budd rim, don't ask me how I know this lol.  Parts are still available thru marty moore in san diego and thru cinnabar engineering in sandusky michigan.  The back tires were super singles (12.50x33) and the front tires were 10.50x31, because of the front wheel drive they didn't have duels in the back, some had tandum axles in the back but the really quick ones had the single axles back there, I did surprise a few people on the interstate with my passing gear lol, we used it a lot before we bought the bus in 2002, we've been all over the country in it.  One of the items I like is you pull 2 pins on the back bumper and pull it out 3 ft and it has a motorcycle rack built in, lots of goodies built into them, they were built one at a time only by special order in southern california, ours was built for a surgeon in springfield illinios and I bought it directly from him, I also got all the engineering prints, schematics, builders notes and engineers notes with it along with all the original manuals.  Came from the factory with headers and duel exhaust, only problem was they couldn't pass a gas station, only about 5 to 6 miles to the gallon and just a 50 gallon tank but a great coach and about the smoothest ride I've ever seen.
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« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2010, 08:36:37 AM »

Cody, I will try today to send you some photos of Baxter's Revcon he installed a Dura Max Diesel from a 2007 Chevy and a Allison along with 2 slides with a beautiful purple paint job on his by Mike Wilson.


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« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2010, 08:45:46 AM »

Ok, I must have my pea brain in a twist today (normal Shocked).  What is the reference to KOA all about?  Same KOA as in Campground?

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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2010, 09:01:41 AM »

Cool, a diesel in a revcon, how did they get around the front wheel drive part and I like the idea of the slides.  Jim, I've got 13 acres here in the skanee area with the house that libby and I normally live at, it's mostly wooded but I've got a couple of clearings that I'd like to set up spots for bus nuts to enjoy.  The idea is that a person can come in to relax and not be bound up by rules like keeping your dog on a leash all the time, I call it the anti-KOA cause of the way KOA's like to make rules, so many rules that the fun is gone, I'd also like to be able to not charge a fee, just cover what you might use in utilities and stay as long as you want, I'd even set up some permenent sites for anyone that wants to leave the southern heat regularily, just a place to relax and enjoy that won't break the bank, we've got a lot of things like fishing, swimming, mosquito feeding, stuff like that up here to enjoy. It's intended to be a refuge for any busnut that wants to stop by and stay for a while.  I have no intention of becomeing a campground, just a spot where buses can pull in and hook up a cord and some water with a dump on site, a spot for a firepit, already got a sauna on site that needs some work and a few picnic tables and a few bears, couple of moose that wander thru, we're a mile from Lake Superior, a mile from the Big Huron River, the biggest thing is that it's very private with nobody to complain if a person wants to play a radio, tv or run a generator or whatever.
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« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2010, 09:12:21 AM »

Hey Cody, glad to hear he learned some respect.  Now bring him down to BK's next rally so he can learn some more respect "backwoods southern style".
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« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2010, 09:23:05 AM »

Hi Cody,
What's a Skanee house? Is that where the Swedish Bikini Team stays when they aren't riding on your "iggle". LOL
Have a great day, Sam MC8
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2010, 09:39:53 AM »

Cody, he told me it wasn't a problem being the engines were about the same size he did have to do some work to replace the TH 425 auto with the Allision.
I know at one time he was thinking about keeping the TH 425  


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« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2010, 09:42:48 AM »

lol Sam, I wish lol, I saw libby in a bikini once, I was scared, took me almost a week before I would come out from under the couch, trauma had no limits in that time frame, now I'm thankful for the annual complaints from her about how she wants a new swimming suit cause there is a hole in the knee of her old one and she thinks it's worn out. ( I hope she doesn't read this lol)  Skanee is a small swedish town founded back in the 1800's, it's got summertime population of around 100 spread over an area about 10 miles long by 10 miles wide, the population remains somewhat stable cause everytime a baby is born some guy leaves town. We bought 13 acres in a quiet part of the city back in the late 70's and built a home where we raised 2 kids who have since grown up and left home, returned home, left home and returned and left. Skanee is located east of the Keweenaw Penninsula in the Upper Penninsula and is bordered by huron bay on the west and lake superior on the north and the Huron Mountains to the south and east, the area has a lot of rivers with black sand for gold prospecting and float copper is very common, the huron river has a vein of agate that crossses the river, we have no snakes other than the occasional garter snake but a few other critters like having to drive around the deer, a few bear here and there, kinda like a modern version of a wilderness.  And to answer a pmmed question, yes I keep a table saw and wood working tools there lol.
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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2010, 12:21:39 PM »

I know that if i ever made over there i would be more than willing to help make some improvements while i was there. I am sure others would do the same. Grin
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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2010, 03:50:21 PM »

I just took a look at the map to see where Skanee is. I was quite surprised. For some reason I was thinking you were further east towards Macinancinacinacinaw city.

You're just a stones throw from Duluth, which makes it not very far from us. 

I just added you to our "Places to go to" list. I hear a long weekend (week) calling me. This summer is going to be pretty tight, but maybe we can work it in before I
find another job.

Too bad I don't have a way of moving my backhoe. We'd get some work done on the Anti-KOA!! 

BTW, anyone want to buy a backhoe??


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« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2010, 04:00:35 PM »

Yep, we're not far from duluth, about 200 miles I think, my aunt used to live on the skyline parkway and I have relatives in cloquet.
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« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2010, 07:31:04 PM »

Gumpy: ->BTW, anyone want to buy a backhoe??

Yes, i'll give you $200 if you can deliver it to W. Ohio.
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« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2010, 07:37:57 PM »

Ahoy, All,

A friend with a 'Jimmy' FWD remarked that a Revcon is a Jimmy built by Russians.

Enjoy   /s/   Bob
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« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2010, 07:49:42 PM »

Gumpy: ->BTW, anyone want to buy a backhoe??

Yes, i'll give you $200 if you can deliver it to W. Ohio.

Ok, but I'll have to charge you for delivery. Can you send me your credit card number and bank account number?
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« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2010, 12:44:20 AM »

Bob, I'd like some of what your friend is drinking lol, I don't know what the nationalities of the work force is for revcon but back in 1978 you could buy a winnibago for about 28K, the paperwork shows that this one came off the line and was delivered to springfield illinios at 125K, the newer revcons are mostly 40fters and the military has bought them up for command vehicles cause they are all wheel drive and list at around 750K. It seems that each time jamie and I work on this one we find something new, when we took out the orange shag carpeting we found a compartment built into the platform along the wall that had a pressure latch, push the hidden latch and a door popped open, a gun rack was hidden in the compartment, the doctor was a hunter and carried some valuable rifles and shotguns lol.  Things like the hidden bike rack in the back bumper are all real treats when we find them lol, his wife liked strawberry daquaries so it has a blender built in the countertop but I've seen those in other rvs, the electric couch is cool too and it's got a switch that has a led panel on the ceiling that lights up and shows what looks like a starry night and square 7 inch halogen headlights, all from 1978, kinda cool.  The cabinetry is solid teak, so many nice touches that we enjoy, things that a person wouldn't expect from 1978 like when you open the door and the step comes out electrically and retracts when the door is closed and electic locks, the LP system has a leak detector right by the built in tank that has what looks like a bubble in it, if a leak is detected it shuts down the lp system, I got the privilege of checking out a 2005 revcon and it even had duel 7.5K generators and granite floors, was cool, and all wheel drive.
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« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2010, 01:29:22 PM »

Just got back from the skanee house, libby got a couple of flower beds squared away and jamie and I took the revcon for a ride, felt great but jamie brought up a small point that I hadn't given any thought to, at least until today after she brought it up lol.  The statement was simple and direct like most of her thinking out loud usually is, she said, 'dad how hard would it be for us to paint the revcon ourselves", I stepped back and took a look at it, the paint is faded and nicked up in many spots, it's an off white color all over, I've never painted a vehicle but can't see where it would be impossible. So I got a couple of questions about it, the body is aluminum, can it be power wet sanded or am I going to have to do it all by hand, I'll get to the next series of questions with the next phase lol.
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« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2010, 01:56:26 PM »

Cody, just do a scuff and shoot if the paint is just faded, 3-M scotch brite wash dry and shoot . For any areas such as scratches, feather out the scratch using 300 to finish, prime and sand any bare spots and Viola! Grin. use a single stage paint (color and clear combined, Vs base,color, clear) for less aggravation, or just camouflage, and no one will ever notice, except me. Grin Grin Grin 
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« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2010, 05:01:32 AM »

Van, the body is all aluminum so I'm not sure that makes a diference yet but jamie remarked that I'm just not going to be happy with a fifty foot paint job, she seems to think that I've now got to learn how to paint vehicles so I guess my spare time this summer will be spent sanding and prepping to get ready for the big shoot, thats going to have to work with getting the skanee house roofed, sided, interior remodeled and the site done up for the anti_koa, along with finishing the baraga projects and doing a little cruising in the bus too, looks like a busy summer. lol
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« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2010, 05:53:24 AM »

 So Cody, you think that you can get that all done in one week? Grin
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« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2010, 06:18:16 AM »

Now you sound like libby, she asked me what plans I had for after lunch lol.  I'm starting to feel like my life is all planned out lol. I do try to keep busy tho, my plans for today is to find a new water heater for the baraga house, we've got a 50 gallon electric that is old and a real meter spinner, a 40 gallon natural gas one will be taking it's place hopefully by nightfall, I also spent a couple of hours a couple of days ago and ripped out the old worn out carpeting in the upstairs hallway and now I've got the oak laminate seasoning in the corner, that will probably be later today or tomorrows job. Then wednsday we're heading back out to skanee cause libby likes a bible study class out there and I figure as long as she is at the church, she can take care of any words I may accidentally use at the skanee house while thats going on.
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« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2010, 06:48:20 AM »

Yup, its usually some sort of an accident that makes you use those words!   Grin
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« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2010, 07:18:00 AM »

Cody if you run out of things to do up there we got plenty of projects here in Huntingdon, & McKenzie Wink
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« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2010, 07:21:02 AM »

Bryce, thats how I expect to save whats left of my sanity lol, to run away when things get thick.  I've already gotten in trouble in church up here for making change in the collection plate, didn't know that wasn't allowed.
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« Reply #33 on: April 26, 2010, 07:45:50 AM »

Not allowed? No wonder people looked at me funny when I did it.
Shoot I thought it was a collection for needy people, and since I was needy I replaced a $20 with a $5 Wink
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« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2010, 01:14:39 AM »

http://www.mininggazette.com/page/content.detail/id/509807.html   I'm going to talk to these people about planting one of their prototypes out at the anti-KOA and see if I can get an encouraging word from them about it.
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« Reply #35 on: April 27, 2010, 10:47:46 AM »

Great idea, and if they need another "test" location tell them you know of a place in TN! Wink
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