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Rudy Frimbrez
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« on: December 17, 2006, 05:00:52 PM »

Anyone come up with a reliable way to steady a Christmas tree while driving?  I thing small zip-ties are good for holding the ornaments and lights on, but how do you keep the thing from dancing around when you are mobile?  Hope santa brings me some Toroflow parts for the 'ol 3501!  Happy Holidays to all......
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2006, 05:07:59 PM »

In the trees water dish place 3 viagras and 2 cialises. wait for a while and then go driving.

If the tree stays erect for more than 4 hours, see your tree surgeon or arborist.

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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2006, 05:14:46 PM »

SO much for their 36 hour HMMMMMM HMMMMM ??
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2006, 05:42:41 PM »

On a small tree I just used a light weight bungee and strapped it on dinette - FWIW

I like the Viagra idea better though
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2006, 06:38:33 PM »

I used to bungee on 4 points... center of tree top to ceiling. 2 from center of tree to walls ( through PVC pipe ) to maintain distance and one from near base to floor.

The ingenious nature of cats and inside trees makes for interesting methods to secure tree from all directions....

Cats will also eat tinsel and then run around with it hanging out of the south ends if you are not careful.. It's funny
but a pain ( literally ) to catch them and remove the silver tails.... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2006, 08:29:53 AM »

Oh Dave I love it! (the silver tail part!)
Ok back when I was trucking I used to put  a live tree on the "cat walk" between the sleeper & refer unit (I had a 360" wheel base which gave me 10' between trk & trlr). What I did was took a piece of scarp steel 3/8" thick and cut it in a circle just smaller than the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket. Then I drilled 3 or 4 holes in the center area and used lag bolts to bolt the plt to the tree, put the tree in the bucket, filled the bucket half way with riverbed stones (smooth red stones) and added a little water until I could see it almost covering the stones! then I used bunges to hold the bucket down on the "cat walk". I used the wire hooks for the ornaments (and wrapped each end) and used wire ties for to lights strings. After the tree was decorated I took some empty boxes and used some extra cardboard from cut up boxes to make the bottoms thicker/stronger took a peice of coat hanger and poked out of 2 holes about 6" apart and wrapped them in a celophane (plastic) type christmas wrapping paper. Then took and place them around the tree on the "cat walk" and used the wires poking out the bottom to hold 'em down! Put many, many miles on them trees going coast to coast like that! Even made national television on the night we finished putting the presents under the tree in Tampa, FL at the 301 N. Citgo Truckstop ! I came out of the shower (after crawling under the truck to twist the wires to the "cat walk" & there was a news crew outside filming my truck! (over 3000 lights, tree, presents, lit up wreath on the grill and a lighted santa's face w/HoHoHo under it on top of the Freightliner Classic Condo Roof. The reporter asked me "Why would you spend all the time it took to do this to decorate a truck?" and I asked him "You decorate your house don't you?" he nodded and quietly said yes, and I said "well this is my house!"

My Aunt from Nampa, ID called me the next evening and told me she'd seen me on the "Local News" and wanted to know why I hadn't stopped by! Until I told her it was taped in Tampa, I was in deep trouble! BK  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2006, 04:11:59 PM »

OK, here is the solution. Wink

1.  Cut a hole in the floor of your coach about twice the size of the tree trunk. 
2.  Using quikrete or some other fast setting concrete, pour the hole full and sink your tree trunk down into the mix.  It may take several bags of quikrete as you may be filling an entire bin.  You may want to consider a mixer or truck as those bins can hold a lot on concrete.
3.  Spray the tree with polyurethane or clearcoat (auto clearcoat works best) to insure that the tree stays green and pretty year round.  (don't worry about over spray on furniture, floor, etc.  I've found that the clearcoat is better than scotchgard on cloth surfaces).
4.  Using a caulk gun full of liquid nails, liberally glue each ornament on the tree (make sure you wait at least 48 hours for the clearcoat to dry).
5.  Finally, wrap the tree with several strands of christmas lights.  You may use colored or clear, but at this point, it doesn't really matter...the effect will be the same.

If you find that the tree is to tall, or to wide, you can cut out a hole in the ceiling or break out a window if necessary...

Finally, top the tree off with a star or angel.  Dramatic and permanent!  Your bus will be the talk of the board! Grin

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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2006, 04:22:29 PM »

We traveled last Christmas to see family and had to have some Christmas cheer along with us.  We took our small Target special 1 and half foot high christmas tree with us.  We would put it on the floor while traveling and pick up and put it on the table when stopped.  Our cats would leave it alone when we were driving, but they did like it when we were stopped.  The size was perfect for one small string of 35 lights.
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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2006, 02:09:55 AM »

Hey, fella's, thanks for the replies (even the more humorous ones!).  I think I am going to fabricate some aluminum brackets, and mount the tree to the inside of the emergency exit door.  That way, I can open the door and display the tree outside (or get it out of the bus fast if it catches on fire!). 
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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2006, 06:38:38 AM »

Hey, fella's, thanks for the replies (even the more humorous ones!).  I think I am going to fabricate some aluminum brackets, and mount the tree to the inside of the emergency exit door.  That way, I can open the door and display the tree outside (or get it out of the bus fast if it catches on fire!). 

Rudy,
That brings up another trick I learned to use AFTER the first yr. I'd shave one side of the tree to make it where I could put it closer to the sleeper. after all who as gonna see the difference at 75-90 mph ?

I must say though as much fun as it was it was really sorta a safety hazard. I mean I'd be rolling across I-10 (or wherever) in the middle of the night runnin' along about 85 and a group of cars would be passing and all the sudden a car would get just past me and slam on the brakes and little heads would pop up and start looking out the window, and they'd slow down enough so the kids could see the TREE! While backing up the other irrate speed demons behind them who couldn't see the tree (or care less!) about it. I'm surprised I never got caught up in an accident because of it! BK  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2006, 07:34:58 AM »

This worked for us:

Bought a 3 foot artificial tree. Make sure it is SECURILY mounted in its base, perferably the kind that has 3 legs with holes in the feet. Obtain a plastic milk case, the square kind from grocery stores. Place a 4" SOLID concrete block in case. Wire tie the feet of the tree base to the milk case. Set the entie assembly on a square piece of rubberized drawer liner(like you get from Walmart) to keep it from sliding around. Cover the base with a tree skirt.

We have this in our MC7 and have travelled all around the bumpy roads of Washington & Baltimore with no problems.
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