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« on: August 16, 2008, 07:09:27 PM »

Well, guess it time to figure out how to get this big blue bus out of the backyard.  If you will remember, I drove it down the alley, turned it into my 50foot deep backyard.  Where I have been happily parked under a huge grandfather oak tree for the last two or three months.  I'm thinking this is not a great place to be, during a CAT 1 Hurricane.   Angry  So tomorrow, I will see if I can get it out, and back down the alley....

Plan Monday to move to the other side of the bay,,,a little more away for the coast.    If the storm comes my way, I may move father inland.

Hummmm, does a 40ft bus, backout in the same tracks it came in on   Huh   Guess I will find out tomorrow.

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2008, 07:43:59 PM »

You're in luck Bill, it'll back out of tighter places than it'll drive into.  You shouldn't have any problems backing out.   Just keep the inside drivers tight...or close to whatever fixed property you gotta clear...you know..like my wife sez so often...'just do it this way...!'   Get your spousal component out there with you....she'll tell you how to do it.  Wink Grin Cheesy
Looks like the storm is going for us after it kicks ya'lls butt.  I cannot believe that a cat 1 setn from Florida will do much damage at all up here in Charlotte...probably be wet.   
I hope it doesn't 'bloom' once over the Florida Straights.   That water's 90*...couldn't be better for building storms. 
Hope it misses you!   
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2008, 07:51:38 PM »

Hey Bill,

Like JR said. Keep the drivers close and you should have no problem.

How well do you take directions from your significant other.  Grin

Good luck and hope it don't blow too hard.

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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2008, 08:23:39 PM »

Don't forget to look UP!

more eavestroughs torn off by busnuts....

how does this turning tighter in reverse work?  Grin

happy coaching!
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2008, 08:31:49 PM »

I have to disagree with you guys on backing out. that front end will swing really wide in reverse.  The rear wheels are like a falcrome point and the front end swing really wide.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2008, 08:38:35 PM »

Hey Bill,

How well do you take directions from your significant other.  Grin

Good luck and hope it don't blow too hard.

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God didn't intend us bus drivers sorts to take directions from our SOs!   
For 30 years Terri and I have been traveling in RVs of some sort.  Good time for the most part. The bad times usually involved backing into campsites.  We've gone from Terri flapping her wings because shes feels that I'm not paying proper attention to her input...to a fairly sophisticated private  electronic bitch session now.    She'll start screaming too...even though I couldn't hear her, when I look in the mirror and see her doing a chicken dance, shes probably making some noise.  That's a major bummer!  Like I'm going to hear her when she's 20' behind the bus.  She forgets that I can see what's going on in the backup  cam.   That just doesn't connect.   Huh
Way back we tried the little FM talkies, and they worked fine.  But, I couldn't answer her fast enough...it had to be keyed to talk...PTT.   So I mostly listened.  'Listening' isn't sufficient feedback for Terri.  She wants verbal acknowledgement.  NOW. 
Now we're using bluetooth cell phones  so we got handsfree duplex comm.   That allows us to both get as nasty as we want, without disturbing the neighbors.   Cool huh?  Wink
Alas, I have hijacked another thread!  Sorry!   Tongue
Chicken dance or otherwise, I'd get someone to spot you that has the ability to stay within your view in the mirrors.  Save a lot of potential embarrassement. 
On rare occasions, Terri has kept me out of tree branches or some odd hazard. 
Feel free to park your bus up here!  About a nice days ride from Tampa.   
Cheers, JR

BTW, BW, you're right with what your thinking...the bus actually tracks in exactly the same tracks either way...just easier to 'follow' the drivers out than to guess at where they'll end up when going forward in really tight areas. 
Exception...I can back into a campsite that would be totally impossible to drive into and get squared up. 
One thing's for sure...if it drove in, it'll back out.   
Ron, the 'swinging' front end is what makes backing out easy.   Isn't that related to the 'Fork Lift Steering Rule'?   They steer better from the rear.   Huh Grin


 

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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2008, 08:40:09 PM »

I agree with the front swinging wide in reverse, it also swings wide going forward in a tight corner It's all about the angle of attack. You just have to try and keep the same tracks going out as you did going in.

Maybe if your tags are off the ground it might be easier,dunno.

It's hard in a tight spot no matter what you do.  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2008, 05:25:57 AM »

How do I release the air out of the tags Huh   MCI-9

Didn't think about that,,, thanks

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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2008, 05:27:14 AM »

Maybe if your tags are off the ground it might be easier,dunno.
Paul

tags off the ground???  my Eagle doesn't do that.  Does yours?

Bill, Jack, Ray, Florida Cliff, and JR - you're all welcome to park here while the storm plays out.  We're just a couple days drive north, 20 miles from Lake Erie.
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2008, 07:01:55 AM »

A heatly old growth oak sould stay put. If that tree has been there for more than 4 years than it has already past the test Wink Wilma,Jeane and Francis! It would probably protect it better from flying debris than keeping out in the open. I would like to have it real close in case I had to "get outta Dodge" in a hurry.
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2008, 07:11:57 AM »

How do I release the air out of the tags Huh   MCI-9
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Bill,
   There may be a switch on the panel to the left of the driver's seat.  If not, there are 2 manual air valves inside the side engine compartment door on the passenger side of the bus.  Open the door, stick your head in there and look toward the front of the bus.  You should see a couple valves that look like the valve that controls the air tensioner on the blower belt. 1/4 turn on each valve dumps the air from the tags.  This can help with tighter turning radius.  Jack
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2008, 07:23:09 AM »

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How do I release the air out of the tags Huh   MCI-9

Didn't think about that,,, thanks

Bill

Like Jack said! There should be a switch about next to your left elbow when hands are on the wheel. Most times they had a red cover over them and make a lot of beeping when turned on! This will let the air pressure off and let the tags slide easier. But becareful as it also has a teeter-toter effect and takes weight off the steers too! Allowing those to swing wider from lack of pressure to make 'e bite! FWIW Grin  BK  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2008, 07:38:10 AM »

Bill, Jack, Ray, Florida Cliff, and JR - you're all welcome to park here while the storm plays out.  We're just a couple days drive north, 20 miles from Lake Erie.

Gee Tom,
   We were going to invite you & Fran to join us for the thrill of seeing a TS/Hurricane first hand.  Jack
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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2008, 09:58:08 AM »

Maybe if your tags are off the ground it might be easier,dunno.
Paul

tags off the ground???  my Eagle doesn't do that.  Does yours?

Bill, Jack, Ray, Florida Cliff, and JR - you're all welcome to park here while the storm plays out.  We're just a couple days drive north, 20 miles from Lake Erie.

No, mine is not capable of that either. I was referring to an MCI, thinking that might help Bill out.

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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2008, 10:15:30 AM »

Hey Tom

You wrote --> "....Bill, Jack, Ray, Florida Cliff, and JR - you're all welcome to park here while the storm plays out..."

What about me and  Janice here in The Daytona Beach area- No RTS's allowed ??  :-(

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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2008, 10:27:06 AM »

I have a microphone in My backup camera!  Never told the significant other as I thought some of the comments I hear when backing are most informative.  So JR I can tell You that the VOX talkies did no good because one unit always seemed to stay activated.  Decided it was easier to repair the bus than get out of the seat to go outside and ask what does flapping arms mean!  LOL I have no choice!  Living in the panhandle of FL I feel sure that We will feel the effects of fran.  If anyone needs a place to park I have a large rural property here in North Okaloosa county.  Take care all, John
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« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2008, 10:31:43 AM »

sorry pete.  i'm sure i forgot a few more also, but you and even Ace are welcome.  Always like a bus rally, for whatever reason anyone wants to create  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2008, 03:55:30 PM »

On the move........  With a spotter in the rear, only had a minor problem backing out.  Seems the ground is a little softer than when I pulled in.  One tire did a little spin.  Pulled up, straighten the front tires and gave it a little more juice.  Took that and two jocking to get it into the alley.  Once there, no problems backing the 50 yards to the hard road.  Smiley

Currently, parked in Sun City Center (Florida) waiting on the return of girlfriend, Hyeyong.  She and friends caught the last boat out of Key West today at 4pm.  (so much for my little trip to Key West this week).   Roll Eyes

Thanks for the offers to park.  Grin   However, with the cost of fuel, Cry   believe I will stay in Central Florida.  Will wait till tomorrow, see what FAY does.  May stay here, may move inland more.    Huh

By the way, the large oak has a couple "large" dead limbs.  Didn't want the bus sitting under it, even with a small blow.

Bill   Grin
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« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2008, 04:02:43 PM »

Latest news from Ft. Myers station is that now thay are forcasting the path a little further west in the Gulf. They are predicting 45-50 with 65 gust for us inland folk.  After Charley, this is no problem (unless it turns into a "Charley".  Jack
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« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2008, 05:01:31 PM »

If I was close to the Cedar Key,Fl area I might be getting ready for a little hard breeze coming my way!
Any way you folks on the west coast of Florida good luck and be careful.
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« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2008, 05:24:33 PM »

Kwajdiver, if you get around to wanting it more inland, your welcomre to bring it here at our place in north Lakeland! Just let me know!
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« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2008, 06:49:01 PM »

Thanks Ace, but remember, I'm from Auburndale,,, have a house and family there...  Will wait and see what tomorrow brings.

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« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2008, 07:33:10 PM »


Currently, parked in Sun City Center (Florida) waiting on the return of girlfriend, Hyeyong.  She and friends caught the last boat out of Key West today at 4pm.  (so much for my little trip to Key West this week).   Roll Eyes


Key West...no problemo.  Go down on Wednesday!  Wink  This little storm doesn't seem to be cranking up too bad....so far...hope to H I don't offend the hurricane gods!  Shocked   
I used to sail out of Key West (J Boat charters) and have slogged around in worse wind.  At least this thing's moving.   
Way too much thin water around the keys to play with boats in windy weather...no sea room.
Tom, appreciate the offer for shelter...but, for what fuel would cost to get there...I'd just have to sacrifice the bus!  To the insurance gods.  That's not a real sacrifice.  Roll Eyes
Now any of youse guys headed for Tom's place, feel free to stop by!  Got lots of room.  I may have a bus rally here someday.  Or maybe sell the place and retire into my retirement village (MC9).  Terri don't see the humor in that!   Grin   Reside in Jack's and Paula's Geezer Bus Retirement Village South in Arcadia during the winter, and maybe Tom's Bus Village in the summer.  Plan B...reside at Mr. Sheep's place and get my interior done in a professional manner!   Roll Eyes
BTW, does Michigan have skeeters?   Like Minnesquito? 
Now if you could get all them Florida bus boys up there...they could ALL stop by Kyles NON-Rally on the way back...that's a plan!   The weather should be clear by the end of September... Cheesy
Regarding the Oak tree...no way...don't park near any trees.  That's bad karma.  Trees are nature's hammers.
I hope Florida isn't slammed by the storm.  I'd like to have some rain up here...
Looks like the visitors in the Keys are finally responding to the evacuation orders.  They were a little slow getting started.   If touristing, I'd leave the keys in a skinny minute...mainland, that's a little different. 
If diesel fuel continues to drop, we may make Arcadia this year!  Grin
Definitely make Kyle's Non-Rally! 
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« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2008, 07:45:46 PM »

jr, you're welcome here.

i just re-read your signature and after a bad day of computer troubleshooting, and 1/4 bottle of scotch, you're correct.  24 hours a day, 24 oz per bottle - coincidence = i think not.

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« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2008, 07:55:19 PM »

Hey JR, plan "B" sounds pretty good to me and your welcome anytime!

Not sure about getting a professional job but at least it would get done! LOL

Susan and I got the bus cleaned up and I serviced the generator today. I also Fixed my awning, finished up the rear LED lights finally, went thru all the clothes IN the bus and took OUT what I didn't need or use... JUST IN CASE I NEED TO GET OUT DODGE IN A HURRY but we are getting ready for a small trip to Disney in about 2 weeks so it all had to be done anyway!

I keep watching the fuel prices and they keep coming down almost daily so I'm holding out until we get ready to leave unless of course I NEED to head out sooner!

Like I said, if yer needing that inside finished I'm always willing to help!

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« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2008, 07:56:57 PM »

jr, you're welcome here.

i just re-read your signature and after a bad day of computer troubleshooting, and 1/4 bottle of sotch, you're correct.  24 hours a day, 24 oz per bottle - coincidence = i think not.


Thanks Tom!
BTW, malt beverages are cheaper.   Wink
If I had to dx and repair computers, hard drugs wouldn't be enough! 
Thanks for the offer of setting up permanently in your yard!   Wink
BTW, you see where I'm located...got a nice place to park (or store a coach) about 20 buses if you ever have need...C'mon down!
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« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2008, 08:06:47 PM »

thanks jr, i'd love to be there.  i'm 'bout ready to pull a trigger or a few hairs on something.
high fuel, low houseing, constant microsoft changes that dont make sense.  geeesh.

bus needs work, house needs work wife needs money to pay the increaseingly higher electric and fuel.  all i need is a huricane up here. 

glad i got friends.  i know how chaz feels about one thing after another.
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« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2008, 08:11:41 PM »

Hey JR, plan "B" sounds pretty good to me and your welcome anytime!

Not sure about getting a professional job but at least it would get done! LOL

Susan and I got the bus cleaned up and I serviced the generator today. I also Fixed my awning, finished up the rear LED lights finally, went thru all the clothes IN the bus and took OUT what I didn't need or use... JUST IN CASE I NEED TO GET OUT DODGE IN A HURRY but we are getting ready for a small trip to Disney in about 2 weeks so it all had to be done anyway!

I keep watching the fuel prices and they keep coming down almost daily so I'm holding out until we get ready to leave unless of course I NEED to head out sooner!

Like I said, if yer needing that inside finished I'm always willing to help!

Ace

I've never had anything that was "done"...!   That would be pretty cool!  
Next time our paths cross, we'll see what you think about the project.   Obviously, I'm not going to finish the headliner!  Roll Eyes
I believe one of my largest holdbacks is repaired.  The RH windshield leak...bad.  Found the location of the leak, repaired it, and tested the leak today with a garden hose....seems tight.  
Now we can move on with the rest of the interior.   The only glaring issues are the old MC9 dash, and the headliner.  The headliner is a real PITA for me.  The dash is something that I can deal with without mind altering chemicals.  
We've been using the bus without the headliner for 6 years...still, that will have to be attended to one of these days.
As you and Susan are making plans, we're heading out middle of next month, so I spent a good bit of today getting ready.  That's pushing things a little.  All excited now with the leak fixed!  
Going to a big bluegrass festival in September (Fall Denton, NC)...we'll return, wash the bus, and head over to Kyle's Non-Rally.  
Hi to Susan!  How's the fiddle coming along? And mando?   Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2008, 09:03:02 PM »

JR would love to come up your way but fuel needs to come down a bit lower for that to happen OR I win the lotto!

As for the Fiddle and Mando? UH let's say were still going at it slow but sure! Now that my dad is gone, I guess I'll have a little more time to myself to devote towards learning more whether that happens or not is another thing!

Susan is a natural when it comes to fiddleing around! She can hear a song and just play it! Me? I have to have her write it down for me in Tab so I can slowly learn it! THEN I have to learn the chords which is where I have a problem! Fingers too fat for the dang "G" chord so I try and play a lot of stuff in A, D, and some in B!

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« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2008, 09:11:38 PM »

not that scotch has anything to do with this ,but fat fingers is the least of yor issues blacksheep. Grin

hi susan, when you goin to get your own alias?Huh? Wink
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« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2008, 06:11:15 AM »

Ace,

Do you have a shop at your place.  I really need to redo the headliner in my bedroom.  Know it is a two person job.

Meanwhile, FAY can't seem to make up her mind what she wants to do.  Believe we are going to Busch Gardens today.  With school starting here today, it shouldn't be very crowded.  Of course, unless, everyone left Key West and came to Tampa.

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« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2008, 09:34:38 AM »

Bill no bus shop YET but I'm working on Susan to allow me to have one! Smiley

As for headliner? I did mine alone mostly! Mine is not what I would call professional but it's clean and worked out very well. My method was rather easy although a lot of tedious work with the plywood and vinyl! One thing about it is I can take individual sections down IF needed and put them back in place! I DO have some cables and 12v light wiring above them not to mention the conduit and wires for the a/c's!

Good luck with the storm but it looks like if it gets stronger I myself may be looking for a place to run to! Smiley

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« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2008, 03:58:07 PM »

Let me say DON'T COME HERE! If what we just had was a rain sqaull from a feeder band, the heck with FAY! I want nothing to do with her! I didn't know palm trees could bend so far without up rooting! Rain was going sideways and we haven't even got the worst yet! The worst part is, it came out of nowhere and quick! Bud and me were out back fooling around in the yard and came in for a drink and by the time I got the fridge open, down it came! What a surprise!!!!

They say tomorrow is the worst for us in this area. This should be REAL fun!

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« Reply #33 on: August 18, 2008, 05:38:50 PM »

Ace,

Come to Sun City Center if you wish.  Really hard to tell what FAY is going to do.

Jack, 

How you hanging down there?  You going to ride it out?  Our door is always open.

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« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2008, 07:03:10 PM »

ace, that's probably a good thing as you probably got a needed shower.  hope Susan threw you a bar of soap.

hey, you're welcome to come here for a while, safe and just 20 mi from lake erie.  no sharks!  no jellyfish!
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Lake Erie is known for fresh water sharks!!!!
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« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2008, 07:43:15 PM »

Hey, I rode out all 4 of the storms including Charlie inside my RTS.
Got a little windy and a metal storage building from next door exploded and flew
right over my roof... I was looking out the drivers window at the time...Whew!!

We found most of it 50 feet up in the pine trees...

Charlie blew my Scenicruiser across the parking lot. forgot to block the wheels.
They roll real easy with a 100 mph tailwind and no brakes. Kyle #598 rode the storm tail first to the wind.

The worrisome stuff isn't the bus but flying debris.. Tree limbs, Pine cones and anything that isn't chained down. Aim the back end into the wind as there is less glass back there.

That was part of the reason to move to Tennessee.... No Hurricanes and Less BUGS!! Tornadoes and flooding however so far have missed me.

Dave.....
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« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2008, 07:59:44 PM »

.  .  . Kyle #598 rode the storm tail first to the wind.
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« Reply #38 on: August 18, 2008, 08:32:58 PM »

Ace, Jack, Bill, Cliff & anyone else escaping the storm are welcome here! We got 15 acres to park ya in & might even find some real down home TN BBQ (and other vittles too!) while ya here! And yu'uns can enjoy the screened in front porch Cody screened for mom while he was here! (NO BUGS! Dr. Dave! LOL!)

Fuel is cheap to if ya come in off I-24 from Nashville! Dad found it for $3.95 a gallon an hr after paying $4.04 on the way home today! GO FIGURE! Just our luck! The other week a driver fueled at $4.39 and later that night his wife called and said it was $4.29, the next morning it was $4.19 and has slowly dropped to $4.09 and stayed there for the past week!
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