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Old 07-29-2018, 09:37 PM   #14041
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Got an offer Thursday, another promised for Monday, and another in theory soon. 17% pay cut, but 40mi closer to home (between home and kids' school). Not perfect, but more than unemployment.

I know a welder that moved to ND. Oil scares me. We (previous company) did work for Baker Hughes, and they were wildly up and down....
Well, 40 miles closer is 80 miles less round trip per day, or 20,000 miles less per year. At 20 mpg and $2.85/gal, that's a saving of $2,850 per year, not to mention 20,000 miles less wear and tear on your vehicle.

Not mention probably 90 minutes per day more of your time returned to you. And who can put a price on that?
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:52 PM   #14042
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Well, 40 miles closer is 80 miles less round trip per day, or 20,000 miles less per year. At 20 mpg and $2.85/gal, that's a saving of $2,850 per year, not to mention 20,000 miles less wear and tear on your vehicle.

Not mention probably 90 minutes per day more of your time returned to you. And who can put a price on that?
32mpg.... I can math too, that calculation done long ago. Honda Civic for commuting. Quite cheap, really.

Time back is "priceless", but still bills to pay. But yeah, it'll work out. Excited to be in town for the first time ever (16+ years), but didn't want to take quite the pay hit I might have to take.
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Old 07-29-2018, 09:56 PM   #14043
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32mpg.... I can math too, that calculation done long ago. Honda Civic for commuting. Quite cheap, really.

Time back is "priceless", but still bills to pay. But yeah, it'll work out. Excited to be in town for the first time ever (16+ years), but didn't want to take quite the pay hit I might have to take.


Sometimes the pay cut is worth the less commuting. I know Iím less stressed without my old commutes..
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Old 07-29-2018, 10:03 PM   #14044
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Sometimes the pay cut is worth the less commuting. I know Iím less stressed without my old commutes..
Agreed. It was a super easy 45 minute jaunt. Great job, too. Wife worked there as well, so commute costs were less, per person.... And they closed us down.

The silver lining is supposed to be ending up in town. Saves time, mileage, money. Makes up mostly (entirely) for the less pay.
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Old 07-29-2018, 11:35 PM   #14045
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Old 07-29-2018, 11:49 PM   #14046
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Hi immecor. There is two separate issues.

1st, in dealing with the black hole, I decided to make a removable ledge board. The ledge board prevents pillows, small animals and grand children from falling down behind the bed into the black hole. The 1st time we used our camper we lost 2 or 3 pillows down the black hole. Still can't find the dog, but I toss food down there from time to time. (Just joking)

I'm a little bit taller and need all the mattress I can get. So I decided to use the space between the mattress and the wall to my advantage.

I fashioned 2 boards 4" or 5" x 3/4 x 29" long, adding paired 2" angle brackets to slip over the vertical edge of the bed "box". The fit and placement of the angle brackets is critical so they will clear the existing bed box brackets.

You could make one board 58" long with 3 sets of ange brackets, but I find that 2 29" boards with a total of 2 bracket sets each board are easier to handle and store when you put the bed up.

This creates an enclosed space to put the bolster. The bolster adds length to the bed as it fills the hole.

I had my auto upholstery guy make up a 6"x6"x60" bolster. It was a little pricey but it looks good. (A sickness that I have). You could do just as well with a 5" or 6" piece of foam 58"to 60" long and cover it with a sheet or large bath towel to save $.

The boards took about 4 hours an 6 beers to think out, and an hour to fit and build.Attachment 181630Attachment 181631Attachment 181632Attachment 181633Attachment 181634Attachment 181635Attachment 181636Attachment 181637


Awesome! Much appreciate the details. Looks like another project to add to the list.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:17 AM   #14047
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It's never a good idea for wife and husband to work at the same place. (For more reasons than one!)
We always have. Met at work. Certainly the lack of employment diversity is less than good at the moment.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:35 AM   #14048
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I dropped a 10' x 10' deck in front of mine. I was already planning on building a 10' X 18' deck (in 3 sections) from scratch but then this offer came up. It needs some fixing up but it's a good start at least.

Sadly, I forgot to take pictures. Maybe next week.
Well here's what it looked like last week:

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Then we got to looking at it and a lot of the wood is weathered and split. Plus it's only held together by nails. Lots and lots of nails. So we decided to pull the deck boards off, save what we can and go with our original plan of building 3 sections from scratch. So now it looks like this:

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Old 07-30-2018, 10:41 AM   #14049
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Well here's what it looked like last week:

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Then we got to looking at it and a lot of the wood is weathered and split. Plus it's only held together by nails. Lots and lots of nails. So we decided to pull the deck boards off, save what we can and go with our original plan of building 3 sections from scratch. So now it looks like this:

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Seems to be a little short. That's one heck of a step from your back door down to the deck. Oh, and in case you haven't noticed. Either your picnic table isn't level, or the deck and trailer aren't level.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:45 AM   #14050
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:49 PM   #14051
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I ordered & just got in direct from China via eBay, a WIFI Extender. It can be used a variety of ways but I'm using using it as a simple receiver repeater for my home wifi router. I placed it in the window of the room nearest to where my TT is parked. It's dual band, the 5Meg is a bit weak but I get 2/3 bars on my iPhone & iPad in the TT. So when the grandkids visit and "camp" in the trailer, they can be entertained on their iPads or using Netflix on the television. $20!


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Old 07-31-2018, 09:42 AM   #14052
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Seems to be a little short. That's one heck of a step from your back door down to the deck. Oh, and in case you haven't noticed. Either your picnic table isn't level, or the deck and trailer aren't level.
All reasons we are completely rebuilding it. When we are done, it will go across to both doors and be at about the same height as the wooden steps on the right.

And yes, that picnic table is totally not level. I think I had just dragged it there because we were mowing.
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:38 AM   #14053
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:13 AM   #14054
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Sometimes the pay cut is worth the less commuting. I know Iím less stressed without my old commutes..
and less lost in tax dollars in the end as well
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Old 07-31-2018, 11:49 AM   #14055
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Sometimes the pay cut is worth the less commuting. I know Iím less stressed without my old commutes..
About 3.5 years ago I took a pay cut of few thousand but my commute went from 2+ hours to about 10 minutes. The savings in gas and tolls almost made up for the difference in pay.

The difference in my quality of life was priceless.
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Finally was able to have a place to store the TT that is covered. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-31-2018, 01:00 PM   #14057
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Just says "wifi mini router" on the front, model number ac750M. Sorry, not really branded. It was only $20. That should narrow down the eBay search. About the size of a cigarette pack, it has 3 antenna and made to just plug into an AC power outlet. I used an extension cord to place it high in a window.
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Finally was able to have a place to store the TT that is covered. Attachment 181847
Man that looks great! That is just what we have been wanting to put up for our camper and Ford truck. Happy camping!
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Thanks for the kind words. I had been wanting this for quite a while. Happy camping to you as well
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Man that looks great! That is just what we have been wanting to put up for our camper and Ford truck. Happy camping!
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:41 PM   #14060
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Made an appointment with my dealer service center for a repair. It' took three calls to finally get someone to call back. That was The first sign this might take some time. Can't get an appointment until mid September. Not warranty work, something I broke. Looking for something sooner from a local place with a great rep.
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