Larry Farquhar

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Rodent Attacke Update - Updated

Rodent Attacke Update - Updated

This is an update to the previous update Connie wrote. Would you believe that wasn't the end of being attacked by squirrels?

We ended up "eliminating" 3 squirrels and a chipmunk INSIDE of the motor home. They had chewed through the heater ducting again AND through more furnace wiring! I had just repaired the damage and was putting it all back together again, when I heard a %$#@! squirrel in the heater duct again one foot from my head! That was it!

We packed up and ran away from those pesky rodents. We moved to Oh Ridge campground, which was about a 15 mile move. Besides getting away from the squirrels, it gave us new scenery and away from the office. It's actually real nice and quiet here. We only had a few weeks left here before we leave, so the short move was welcomed. And we GOT AWAY from the squirrels! We've been at Oh Ridge Campground for about a week now, and no sign of a squirrel. There's have plenty of chipmunks here, but no squirrels (not many trees). So far, the chipmunks haven't bothered us (that we know of).

We think we found how the squirrels were getting into the motor home basement and heater ducting. Above the rear tires, we can see the heater duct going to the bedroom. The rodents can climb up there and probably chewed through the insulation into the heater duct. This gave them access to the furnace and the basement. The problem is, "I" can't access this small crawl space to repair the heater duct in that location. Either I'll block off that ducting, or we now have an additional duct heating the basement. At least it's directly above the water tank.

Another 10 days here, then we're moving to Arizona.

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Guest — Bob
Was Larry watching the back-up camera to make sure the rodents weren't following?
Monday, 06 October 2014 17:36
Guest — LFAdmin
Bob - you better not have "cursed" our escape from these monsters! So far, so good.
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:10
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Rodent Attacks Heater

Rodent Attacks Heater

The other day, our rear gas furnace stopped working after a few minutes. The next time we used it, I realized it wasn't putting out any heat. During our days off, I thought I'd better take a look at it, before it gets real cold here. (BTW - the heater is a Suburban F35)

Taking this heater out of the motor home involves removing a side body panel to access the heater. Then I need to remove the 5 heater duct vents (I previously learned they just need to be turned to "unlock" the connection to the heater). After cutting some wires, I was able to pull the heater out. As we suspected, the heater had been ATTACKED BY A RODENT! About 6 wires were chewed up pretty bad. The attached photos show the chewed wires and ducts.

I debated to replace the entire heater at $601, or try fixing the wires. After a little experimentation, I had better access to the wires. An hour later, I had spliced/patched together 6 wires. The heater was re-installed, and walla, the heater was working and putting out heat again. Now let's just hope the rodents stay away for the next couple of months. I'll make it a point to run it every morning to insure all is working well.

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Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain

Even though Connie and I have been working at Mammoth Lakes, CA every summer for the past 3 years, we never took the time to go to the top of Mammoth Mountain. This popular ski resort turns into a mountain biking mountain in the summer. They also offer "scenic" gondola rides to the top of the 11,053' mountain.

Although it was a little cloudy, it wasn't cold or windy. We enjoyed the tram ride to the top and walked around checking out the views. Overall, a good day.

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Bob and I are glad to see your blog up and running again! Can't wait to travel to Alaska!
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:00
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New Website Blog!

Welcome to our new "Blog"! We've added blogging to the website that will allow us to better keep track of what we;'ve been doing, where we've been, and what adventures we've had. Since Facebook became very popular a few years ago, we haven't paid much attention to this website and it became a bit outdated. However, we're going to try and get this site fully operational again.

Part of our reason for getting the website updated is we're going to have a major change in our lifestyle next year. Normally, we stop traveling and work for 6 - 7 months over the summer. We've decided to take 2015 off from working and travel Alaska. So this blog will be the perfect medium to record our travels. I hope you'll enjoy this new format.

 

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I like the new layout
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July 2012 Travel Log

July 2012 Travel Log

July 28, 2012 - Inyo National Forest, CA: I know it's been over 8 months since anything has been updated on this website. With the popularity of Facebook, I haven't seen much need to try and keep this website current. Connie is regularly on Facebook with family and friends. While we still get a few visitors to this website, it's only a trickle of guests. However, although much of the information is getting old, there's still good information available here. I know when we were researching about traveling full time, any information was helpful.

I'll go ahead and try to catch you up on what we've been doing. During the winter of 2011-2012, we hung out around Arizona and Southern California. We spent a couple months in San Tan Valley, near our youngest daughter. During this time, we got caught-up on medical appointments. Other than seeing Cynthia and Connie's Grandmother in Casa Grande, these were a couple of boring months! If it wasn't for the annual medical appointments, I won't do that again!

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