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We Live Here, There and There

October 6th, 2012

Our housing situation is getting a bit excessive. We started with the camper. Then, we got the tent. Now, we have the van too! We haven’t been slept in either of the first two in a quite a bit. It’s time to clean house…. err cleanse ourselves of excess housing.

Our Three Homes

We Are Still Floridians

May 20th, 2011

Highlands Hammock, FL

Highlands Hammock State Park

I posted the following in response to the comments I received on My You’ve Got Mail post. I decided to make a post out of it, in addition to the comment, as it will most likely get lost otherwise.

Wow! Seems like, if you are going to get a South Dakota address, MyDakotaAddress is the way to go. Not a negative review in the bunch. Thanks to everyone for your feedback.

After running all of the numbers, we have decided to remain Florida residents. For us, it all boils down to the points noted below. We calculated the following figures using American Home Base as our Florida address and MyDakotaAddress as the South Dakota address.

  • It turns out that our $1000ish a year auto/camper (Florida) insurance would only be reduced by about $80 a year in SD. Not the 1/2 price reduction everyone else experienced

  • Our registration would go down significantly. It is currently $185/yr in Florida. It would be $75/year in South Dakota.

  • We would have to find a new health insurance provider. Humana doesn’t do business in Madison, SD. None of the comparable plans that with providers that do service in that area were any cheaper than our current ones.

  • Our mail service, while HIGHLY recommended, would cost us $36 more per year.

  • We would have to travel to Madision, SD sometime within the next year.

So as of right now, the $230 savings are not worth the hassle nor the 1400 mile trip from our current location to Madison. If/when we do pass through South Dakota, we will most likely make the move.

Thanks again to everyone for your input. I am sure this post will be helpful to others in the future as they contemplate making the same choices.

The Truck Is In Pieces – Part II

October 3rd, 2010

Well the passenger side is done. We knew there was something wrong with it but really had no idea exactly what it was until we pulled it all apart. It appears that the axle seal failed. Dirt was then able to get inside of the bearing assembly. Once things in there were no longer smooth and flush, the axle had some play. That play caused the metal part of the busted axle seal to eat into the steering knuckle. So, after a new steering knuckle, a new Timken 515025 hub bearing assembly, a new vacuum hose, and some new ball joints (we had already bought them), the passenger side noises are all gone.

Rain and our new 515025 Timken hub assembly

We would have the driver’s side done as well, but instead of paying $60 for a tool, we are relying on a local mechanic to install our axle seals and not a single auto repair place is open on the weekends in this town. We hope to be done with the front end work tomorrow. All that we could find wrong with the driver’s side was a bad upper ball joint, a disintegrating vacuum hose, and a “drier than I would like” auto locking hub. Thankfully, unlike the passenger’s side, we only need buy one more part, an o-ring.

Lots more work to do. Come Monday, I imagine that we will get the front end back together, drain and refill both differentials, and do some triage on the turbo.

Enclosed is a picture of Rain next to our new hub bearing assembly. =)

The Truck Is In Pieces

October 1st, 2010

Front end work on our truck
Repairing our truck

Home On The Plateau

September 8th, 2010

We are currently in middle Tennessee visiting my parents. We hadn’t seen them since we met up in Alaska last summer. Their house is about as close to a home base as it gets for us. It’s nice to be “home”. While we are here, we are going to do some work on our truck (F350 7.3 4×4 Dually).

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Rain (14wks old) herding her food bowl

Here’s the to do list so far:
1. New front tires
2. An alignment
3. New ball joints
4. New U-joints
5. New front wheel bearings assembly
6. Rebuild the turbo
7. Rebuild the the fuel filter housing
8. Get a new transmission

1,2, and 8 will be done by a mechanic. We will attempt to do the rest ourselves.

The new tires are needed because of improper tire wear which is most likely due to 3 and 5. Since we are going to pay over $300 for two tires, might as well get an alignment to help prevent future uneven wear.

We have known about the turbo for a long time, but haven’t really been anywhere we felt comfortable tackling it. Hopefully, once it’s done, we will have more power and better fuel mileage.

Speaking of power… we don’t have any in reverse. Hopefully, we wont actually need a whole new tranny, but that’s what I am anticipating.

* Why is there a picture of a dog in a post that has nothing to do with dogs? Well, our readers love pictures and I love my dog!

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