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Old 09-25-2015, 03:30 PM   #721
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A technique Lorna recommended once upon a time, which I sometimes still use especially when writing a long post, is to select my entire message (ctrl-A on a PC, or with the mouse) and copy it to the clipboard before clicking the post button. Just in case the forum decides I'm not really logged in and discards the post. If/when that happens I can log in, get back to the reply page, and paste the message from the clipboard. It's lousy software design that makes this problem possible but at least there's a relatively easy way of insuring the loss.

I'm glad you've decided to give it one more try. Your experiences and experiments have been inspiring for me as well as others.
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Old 09-25-2015, 04:01 PM   #722
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So… that posted, so I have written the “quarterly report” again:

First of all, take a look at this photo:



That’s my trailer behind Millicent – after I overloaded it to grotesque extreme.
It is tempting to say that somebody must have been looking after me that day, because I found the trailer hanging like that – quite literally by a last thread of steel – when I stopped for a routine tire- and load-check in a rest area.
One more bump, or one more ¼ mile, “whichever comes first”, and it would have plowed into the interstate – the safety chains being no match of the tonnage.

So the lesson is… DON’T DO THIS!

Trailers, axles, tires and couplings are all rated for maximum weight, and that’s for real.

I borrowed a sawsall and a drill, bought a bolt-on coupling, and offloaded half the weight before continuing home – almost two days later.


Millicent’s engine continues to drip oil. We have a good truck mechanic here in town who now makes house-calls, so I may contribute to Brent’s Christmas fund this year.

Same with the king pins, which have become noticeably sloppier. They were long in the tooth when I bought Millicent, and Brent noted they were marginal when he was under there a year or two ago. I can certainly feel it in the steering wheel.

And Millicent leans to the right; a problem that seems to be worsening rapidly. Time for an inspection of springs and related bracketry. I have been considering new springs in the front for better ground clearance, and maybe even a spacer or something, so this may be the winter for that also.

Since installing a toggle switch for the radiator fan, I have learned that I can protect the transmission in the mountains and in stop-n-go traffic by running that fan even when the engine does not call for it. Seems that “over-cooling” the engine sucks extra heat out of the tranny.
Theoretically, the engine thermostat will/would still be in charge of minimum coolant temperature, but the tranny temp gauge tells a different story. If the engine thermostat is faulty, I think I prefer it that way!
Of course, I ought to install an extra tranny cooler.

Well, let’s see if this posts, and go from there.
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Old 09-25-2015, 04:06 PM   #723
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Yes, I often write longer posts -- for any forum I am on -- in Word (which I am accustomed to using), then copy that into the forum. I certainly did with the second attempt at the report above.
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Old 09-25-2015, 04:31 PM   #724
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"Millicent’s engine continues to drip oil."

My 5.9 has a tiny drip, more of a weep from the turbo drain. There's a piece of hose linking the hard lines.

Glad to see you're sticking around.
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Old 09-25-2015, 05:41 PM   #725
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Yes, behind the oil filter. But that is dry. The oil is around the left front.
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:30 PM   #726
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I do a "copy" every so now & then when I'm posting in the event I lose everything. That way I have only a few lines to retype. I should try to post to One Note & send it here as was suggested.

I must admit that I haven't had that problem of getting logged off intermittently since upgrading to Win10 so I guess the problem most likely is a combination of the two, the site & my PC.

........AND YES-----------> IT IS FRUSTRATING AS HELL.

Many times I have just posted the basics, a quick note & maybe just some of the original pics I first posted due to this.

But I endure it as I do love this site and all that I can learn from it.
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:46 PM   #727
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I simply cannot imagine any reason not to use the normal phpBB, which is free, functions reliably, and everyone knows how to use it.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
phpBB is an Internet forum package written in the PHP scripting language. The name "phpBB" is an abbreviation of PHP Bulletin Board. Available under the GNU General Public License, phpBB is free and open source software.[2]
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Old 09-26-2015, 11:06 AM   #728
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Seems to me the problems have become worse since moving to their new Wonder Server. I know it must be frustrating for them as well, but I agree...the site has "issues" that need to be resolved.

I thoroughly enjoy this place and want to see it be the best it can be...so, PLEASE...fix this big time annoyance before it drives more people away.
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Just so you guys know, it is nothing a mod can fix. Have to go higher on the food chain.
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Well, up peons have to start where we know. I don't know anyone at the top of the food chain so I think we're all depending on "site admin" to pass the word up.
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