Les is more

Les drives up this morning with a big grin on his face.

Music floats out of his truck.

“How do you like your XM radio?” he asks.

“That’s mine?  It sounds great!  Oh, I’m so excited!”

Les gets out of his truck and hands me the radio components.  He explains that the problem was with the speakers, and also the contacts in the dock could use a cleaning with some alcohol.

He says, “You go set it up in your trailer with these two speakers of mine.  Then you’ll be sure to know how to do it.”

I run the antenna out the side window. . .

. . . the same way I run the Wilson antenna cable out to the mast.  Les sets the antenna on the spare tire.

1-DSC01815I invite Les inside the BLT so he can watch me put everything together.  I set it up correctly but even with his speakers, all we get is static.  He jiggles the connections at the dock and suddenly beautiful music fills the BLT!

“Oh, thank you so much, Les!  I’ve wanted satellite radio for so long!”

I offer him a seat outside and we enjoy some conversation. 

We’re talking about cell phones and internet service, and he tells me about the time he lost his Verizon air card.

“I looked and looked and looked all over my trailer.  I couldn’t find it anywhere.  After some time went by and it still hadn’t turned up, I gave up and went to Verizon and bought another one.”

“And then you found it, right?”

The twinkle in Les’s eyes tells me the punchline is on its way.

“Well,” he continues, “I’m making toast one morning and I smell this awful smell.  I look inside the toaster and there’s the air card!”

“Oh my gosh,” I laugh.

Quickly he blurts out  . . .  “The air card was toast!”

We both share a good laugh over that.

I have an extra Sirius antenna that I picked up along the way.  I trade it to Les for his two speakers. (He has more speakers in his trailer.)

The speakers that reader Laura sent me are good speakers.  All they need is a . . . is a . . . darn, I can’t think of the name of the cord.  Anyway . . . It’s probably waiting for me to pick it up at the Yuma post office, which I’ll do tomorrow.  Then I’ll have speakers for the BLT and speakers for the PTV.

Thanks again, Laura!

Later . . .

After listening to the radio for a while, happily checking various channels, I turn it off.  When I go to turn it on again, it won’t come on!  It’s frozen the way computers freeze up.  I call up Les, he asks me some questions, yet he’s stumped.

“Let me think about that,” he says.  He promises to come by our campsite tomorrow to see what the trouble might be.

Once again I apologize for the lack of photos.

Although the day was pleasant and warm, it was too breezy for me to use my camera.  Here’s a photo from the past.  Do you know where it was taken?


Back at Sidewinder Road Camp, west of Yuma . . .

It was a wonderful day.  I’ve been retired since June 2011, yet I still have mornings when I wake up with my first thought being, “Oh, I’m so glad I don’t have to go to work today.”

I stand at my stove scrambling eggs in a pan, a spatula in one hand and a coffee cup in the other.  The door hangs wide open behind me, letting the sunshine stream in.

“What a way to live,” I say out loud to Bridget and Spike who lie at my feet waiting for their share of scrambled eggs.  “I tell ya’, guys . . . It doesn’t get any better than this.”




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77 Responses to Les is more

  1. Angie2B says:

    Such a nice campsite….but I can’t remember where. Nice shelterhouse.

  2. Pauline says:

    I am so thankful for all the wonderful friends you have. Seems like there is always someone who steps up to help out. It has been a pensive day today…Thinking of Dad on his birthday and remembering “Christmas Past” I love you, Susan and Nancy also.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Me, too, Pauline. I remember how Dad always could make a person feel like their gift was the best thing he’d ever received. Miss him still after all these years.

  3. mister Ed says:

    i for got u can listen to sirius on your computer any time now that your good for that year

  4. Pen says:

    This is one I thought looked really nifty, so I saved a note about it. Or, at least I think it’s the one. Is it Beaverhead Campground, Clark Canyon Reservoir, Dillon, Montana?

    I know what you mean about a sunny morning, and feeling so happy just puttering and living a life you enjoy. It’s so wonderful to have that privilege. Well, it’s great to have it any time, but somehow on a sunny morning, it’s even better.

    (Boondocked with a pretty view of distant mountains, clouds, and the sunset, thanks to inspiration from RVSue’s blog.)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You got it, Pen! That’s Clark Canyon Reservoir located near Dillon, Montana, not far from the borders of Idaho and Wyoming.

      Simple things like cooking breakfast in the morning are a pleasure when living life the way you want, where you want. Gee, having to go to work five days a week for years really does screw things up. 🙂

      Nice little ending to your comment . . .

    • Pen says:

      Although, here is a question that forms in my mind: I have noticed that many people run their generators beginning just before sunset and continuing for a couple of hours. I don’t want to hear one ever, but I would much prefer it to be during the day vs. at the peaceful, beautiful sunset time. If I had one I would have thought I would run it mid-day (when it’s windy/less pretty/less peaceful out), charge up my batteries, and then be quiet in the evening. I must be missing something.

      Oh, maybe people are running things that require the generator to be on “right then,” like… microwave ovens or big TV’s or…… something like that? (It’s a temperature right now that requires neither heat nor air-conditioning.)

      • Pen says:

        Reading that, I sound curmudgeonly don’t I. Heh.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Well, Pen, I don’t have a generator so I don’t know for sure. My guess is the same as yours in your last paragraph. Think about it… If you’re charging your batteries so you can watch tv, chances are you aren’t thinking about sitting outside watching the sunset or looking up at the stars or about those who are.

        Maybe a reader will enlighten us curmudgeons.

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        The rare times that I run my generator is when I am overnighting at place like Wal-Mart. I will need to heat up Mugsy’s Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad in the microwave. (4 minutes at high, put it under her bed, and it stays warm for about 10 hours) Because the generator people tell you to never run a generator for a short time, but for at least 1/2 to 1 hour, I then run the heat pump for at least an hour to make it nice and toasty as I get ready for bed (and set everything up for the morning to speed my departure). It also tops up the batteries. Then I turn it all off, plug in my 12v heating pad, and snuggle in to read a bit before I sleep. I don’t feel at all guilty about running the generator surrounded by 18 wheelers as they don’t seem to worry about how much noise they make as they drive in and out all night. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Wow! You like your heat! 🙂

          Yeah, if you’re in a noise jamboree, what difference does a generator make!

          • Pen says:

            I completely agree. If I stop at a rest area or Wal-Mart…. I don’t expect peace and quiet. I mean, there is not much to “ruin.” Actually, there, a steady drone is a good thing – kind of smooths out the “new” sounds of people pulling in, etc.

            It’s just so peaceful and beautiful here. Distant mountains all around, a gorgeous pink sunset as the desert sinks into night and the stars begin to twinkle…. and an incessant drone. (I’m not very close to others, but the sound really carries.) I even had “stereo” for awhile last night. They finally shut off around 10:30 p.m. Ahhhh. However this morning I awoke to …. three guesses. Think I’ll mosey on to a new place today!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Pen . . . Sounds like you might be at Snyder Hill BLM near Tucson… Am I right?

            • Pen says:

              No, but I guess this means I should add that one to my “not preferable” list? I was at Big Water BLM outside of Earp, CA (not too far from Parker, AZ). Guess who needed to get something at Wal-mart?

              It was actually a nice spot. The immediate foliage/look was nothing special, but it’s on a slightly raised plateau and there were very pretty views of mountain all around the horizon. Rigs were probably about the same distance from each other as the Sidewinder spot (maybe a shade closer) but either there were more generators, they were louder ones, and/or the sound carried more. It was also not windy, so there was no sound of that nature to conceal it.

          • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

            Yes, I hate being cold. Which is why I left ND in the first place back in 1970. It is why I likely wouldn’t make a good boondocker. 🙂

        • a 12 volt heating pad? tell me more, please !!!

  5. Don in Okla. says:

    Hi Sue
    I have the Sirius portable radio in my pickups. It came with a cig lighter plug in unitwhich powers the radio and is also a FM transmitter. All I have to do is tune the vehicle radio to an unused FM channel and tune the cig lighter power unit to the same channel and Voila, I have Sirius radio coming in over the vehicle speakers. I sure enjoy your blog.
    Don in Okla.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      And I’m sure happy you do enjoy my blog!

      That’s a neat set-up you have. I looked up the list of vehicles that have radio that will work with XM and a 2005 Chevy Express Van wasn’t on it. However, this unit Laura gave me is portable so I can take it into the PTV.

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        I’d give the XM fan store guys a call. They had one to use on my 2004 Ford radio.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ll consider your suggestion, Connie. Since this unit is portable and I have a spare set of speakers I can leave permanently in the PTV, I may already have all that I want or need without relying on the PTV’s in-dash radio or buying another radio.

          • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

            Running through the vehicle speakers would save the batteries in the radio/speakers… and the sound is easier to control when driving. Just a thought…

  6. mister Ed says:

    your right way back it was free but now its *$4.00 per month, effective January 1, 2014
    money grubers

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can’t see me using it through my computer anyway. I want it set up with the speakers and all that. Maybe Les will puzzle out what went wrong.

  7. Ed says:

    Photo from the past is July 15, 2013 at Beaverhead Campground on Clark Canyon Reservoir. You were there in 2012 also when I was about 100 miles west in Challis, ID and we both had a lot of smoke from the fire near Stanley, ID.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ah, yes, I remember that. And I took off to the west, driving through the smoke across Idaho, on the way to Oregon and the coast.

      That campground is in a handy location and it’s . . . FREE!

  8. NPR here she comes. You’re going to be so well-informed with your satellite radio. My, my. I just arrived in Louisiana this afternoon and am getting ready to spruce up my cajun cookin’ and Creole French.

  9. Ladybug says:

    I don’t have a clue what the trouble could be either, but if you’re able to, try unplugging the actual power from the radio. I’ve noticed a lot of times these electronics will re-set themselves when removed from power (not just powered off).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I tried that. It looks like it’s switched over to battery power.

      LATER . . . IT’S WORKING!!! YAY!!! I took out the battery, put it back in, redid all the wires, and suddenly the Archies are singing “Sugar, Sugar.” Haha! I’m rockin’ to the beat, ain’t it sweet . . . 🙂

  10. Texas Sue says:

    Sue, I retired from teaching in 2010, missed it and went back for a little reading class in 2012, just long enough to realize that I love being retired. I wish them all the best, but will never go back to teaching. We love traveling in our motorhome with our Jesse dog. I really like your blog. Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Sue. It’s good to know that you’re not missing anything, rather you’re finding something . . . and it’s good! Best wishes for wonderful retirement years traveling.

  11. mary (in Colorado) says:

    Somehow it seems more homey seeing your PTV parked at a right angle to the BLT.
    Hope it’s all going well with your new equipment. I can identify with the feeling of cooking breakfast and knowing that I’m not getting ready to go to work for the day; even though I may have just as much or more to accomplish than when I worked the 8-5 schedule. A very liberating thought!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary,

      I love the feeling in the morning that the day stretches ahead of me and it’s all mine, like a gift. I never had that feeling on weekends when I was in the rat race because chores were crammed into those two days and, of course, there were lesson plans and papers to grade and yuck.

      As I type this the sun’s orange glow streaks across the desert sky and I get to open another present!

  12. Timber n' Rusty says:

    NPR and oldies, like Brass Bands of the 40s n’ 50s to jump to and Classical to go with sunsets. ,,,,,,,A – B – C – D – E – F – G , I got a gal in Kalamazooo , doo do do, zoo ,,,,,,,,,,,,

  13. Colleen says:

    Loved your description of the beginning of your day. I retired 2 years ago, I was a middle school secretary. It took me over a year to stop thinking in terms of school and what I needed to prepare for next. I love having my time and thoughts to myself again!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Your last line sums up the glory that is retirement. “Having my time and thoughts to myself again” and the freedom to live as I want . . . priceless.

  14. M says:

    Sue, I just read on another blog that Butterbean Carpenter was killed in a car accident. I know he followed and commented on your blog. Thought you might be interested. Here’s the link http://ourrvadventures.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/jans-favorite-christmas-song/

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, M.

      It was a few days ago that Butterbean came to mind and I wondered how he was doing. I am sorry to learn of his passing.

  15. Trip and Lisa says:

    Hey Sue,got a question for ya.
    I jumped onto Amazon a few nights ago with the thought of ordering a Benchmark Atlas for Az. ,as we will be there next winter for sure and didn’t want to miss something or somewhere that even I didn’t know from previous travels,and tried to find all the info I could including going to their site before I made the purchase,and just abit frustrated,I thought I would wait and ask you since you use them so much.
    I have been in every state in the USA many,many times and always use my trusty truckers atlas and as most,I constantly search and read the internet for even more info.I do beleive my head is sometimes on info overload.BUT,I kept going back to that Benchmark,and wondered is there something I am missing.
    I have followed your sat radio stuff of late as that is another interest (talk radio) I have,but for now Sue,Please tell me,or even your readers,What is it that makes the Benchmark Atlas so great?.
    I am sincerely asking from cold snowy northern Michigan right now.Ya know,we recently moved back over here to be closer to Lisa’s kids from North Dakota where it is really cold right now,and Lisa said,”oh yeah,but it isn’t as cold in Mi and the snow melts between snowfalls”,problem is Sue,that it seems to snow everyday,just an inch or so,but every single day,LOL.But the deal was,I go here and next winter we start going south and am I ever going to appreciate that,having lived in the south most my life,lol.
    I really enjoy reading about your travels there in Az and “Q” and recall the many times over the years that I or my drivers would stop at “Teds” in Quartzite and if they bought 100 gallons of fuel,they got a shower and free steak dinner where they picked out the steak from a cooler and could even grille it themselves and along with the salad bar,made for a great stop off.Ted’s is still there altho closed for many years and even back then,the fellow with the book store there across the street had trouble finding underwear that fit him,lol.
    So as always Sue,thanks so very much for sharing and have a really great week down there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Trip and Lisa,

      Whew! Why do I like the Benchmark maps? That’s a tall order!

      First let me say that the features I mention may be found in other atlases, but they aren’t displayed and organized the way they are in a Benchmark. Also some atlases have some of the features but not all. I’m not able to list everything here, but I’ll mention a few.

      1) The scale makes reading the maps easy.
      2) The way the map continues from page to page, including the numbering of pages from north to south, is user-friendly.
      3) Details relevant to boondocking are included: color-coding of public lands, state lands, wildlife refuges, wilderness, barren land, etc.
      4) Inclusion of BLM and National Forest offices right on the map, as well as listed with details in the back.
      5) Detailed lists and symbols for visitors centers, natural wonders, trails, state parks, national parks, forests, wildlife areas, boating and fishing info, rafting info, ski areas, snoparks, historic sites, museums, campgrounds, RV parks, climate graphs and details, indexes for cities & towns (with pop.), counties, county seats, mountain passes (with elev.), Indian reservations, a page on hunting (licenses, permits, education, outfitters, trapping, wildlife — seasons and habitats, hunting map, resource addresses and phone numbers, and more).
      6) Many of the Benchmarks have three sections of maps: Recreation, Landscape, and Public Lands.
      7) Accuracy! For instance, If a stream is dried up most of the year, the Benchmark lets you know. You don’t go hunting for a stream that doesn’t exist.
      8) Roads requiring 4-wheel drive are indicated and they’re accurate.

      I can’t explain in words and in this limited space all the information the atlases hold or how user-friendly the system is of cross-referencing between the same mapped area in Landscape to Recreation, for instance.

      It takes a while to realize what the map can do for you. With practice it is an invaluable tool. I credit Benchmark maps for developing my ability to find great boondocks.

      In your particular case, since you have extensive knowledge already of the West, its roads, terrain, etc., maybe the value wouldn’t be as high as for a person like myself. I suggest you go to a bookstore and sit down with a Benchmark map to see what you think.

      • Pen says:

        I was made aware of the Benchmarks here, and now have a few. They are really good. In fact, I just learned a few new things about them from Sue’s reply to you!

        My only complaint is that they don’t have them for every state! However, another, somewhat similar option (and the one I was familiar with before I learned about the Benchmark) is the DeLorme Gazetteer. These exist for every state. While I think I would prefer a Benchmark when I can get one, the Gazetteers are still worlds better than most maps for exploring out in the country and seeing the small roads, etc. So they are an alternative for the states Benchmark doesn’t cover. I just checked, and they are also available through Amazon (and Sue’s “portal” to it). Plus, sometimes it’s nice to have two “views” of the same state, so I could see having both for states one was going to spend a lot of time in.

        • Trip and Lisa says:

          Thanks Pen,We’ll check them out as well.
          Lisa just bought a GPS,,,,Grrr,been all over this country without one,,but people seem to ask anymore “doyou have a GPS?”,lol.

          Guess sometimes one has to change like it or not.

      • Trip and Lisa says:

        Thanks for taking the time to explain it better to us Sue.It will have the info that my present maps and experience do not have and the Boondocking areas for example will be a plus for us.We use a smaller 26 foot 5er and are constantly changing and updating as we prefer to strictly boondock for many of the same reasons as you and others.
        Thanks again Sue,wheeeew,that was an awful lot of work just for the few pennies your going to make when I click Amazon tonight.
        By the way Lisa ordered a couple of movies from Amazon the other night and didn’t use your site,but I uh,,,,spanked her for ya.I kinda forgot how much I enjoyed that.Oh,sorry,forgot this is a family blog huh.
        Thanks again.

  16. Ilse says:

    Hi Sue,
    Love your post, as always, except this time I was looking at the exact same sunset in the same place. I made it here all the way from Sequim after a week long stop in the Bay Area to get my eye fixed and order new glasses. Now I have to wait to get those glasses and figured this is as good a place as any to wait for delivery. So now I have a question (everything is so new to me). When I got off I-8 at Sidewinder Rd. I came to the sign that pointed to the right for 14 day free camping and straight for? I went straight, because that’s were most of the RVs were and came to a stop sign and a sign that said I have to check in with a camp host. It also had dollar amounts posted. I didn’t stay to inquire (one of my “character flaws” – don’t ask so you can’t get an answer you don’t like, lol), but turned around and headed west toward the 14 day area. Can you enlighten me about the area that costs money? I thought boondocking was free here.
    I love it here. I never really liked the desert, thought it is boring, but here I sit looking towards the mountains to the north watching cars and trucks go by on the freeway. It’s like watching TV. Max loves being outside, running and jumping around with his stuffed soccer ball. Even my cat, Kodie, who is working on his 9th life was slowly walking around outside. Shortly I will get out my Zero Gravity chair, a Christmas present from my daughter, for the first time and enjoy my new life. If you are somewhere in this area and see a red Lazy Daze RV, wave or better yet come by and say hello.

    • Pen says:

      Okay, here I am pretending to be Sue, only instead of her years of experience, I have a week. Heh. But as I’m learning the ropes, they are fresh in my mind, so…

      I’m going to guess you exited highway 8 at Sidewinder Rd. If so, you may have ended up at Pilot Knob LTVA (or somewhere else at that exit). The place where Sue was (and where I also went), IS on Sidewinder Road, but it’s the section you get to from the Ogilby Road exit off highway 8. I suppose maybe you could get there eventually from the Sidewinder Road exit, but I have not looked that up.

      What I have found over the past few days is this (and I’m sure there are many more variations!).

      1) LTVA These are areas where you have to pay to stay, but you can stay long term (up to six months). I think they have minimal services, like maybe garbage take away. You can pay for a week (or a number of weeks) or for a season, but you can’t stay free at all (and you also have to be self-contained, at least at Pilot Know, and porta potties do not count).

      2) Not sure what these are called, but around Quartzite I have found that there are free BLM “boondocking” places that have a camp host, and you are supposed to register with them. You can stay up to 14 days. I don’t completely understand the system of why these are not just plain old free BLM places, as I don’t see any extra services. But maybe they are just around Quartzite to really make sure you only stay 14 days since it is a popular area? That’s just a guess. Maybe the hosts do something else I’m not aware of. I stayed two nights at one, but there was never anyone at the registration area (“host off duty”), so I did not register. I saw a white “official” truck the next day, but they went right on by my camp spot without stopping.

      3) BLM camp area with a name (like where I am now), and a developed road in with a brown numbered sign, and a 14-day limit, but nothing else “official.” No host, services, or sign-in.

      4) I bet there are other variations I don’t know about yet but Sue does 🙂

      I may have to come back down there. It was quiet (very little generator noise) and there appears to be a blog reader convention starting up 😀

      • Ilse says:

        Hi Pen,
        Yes, it is the Pilot Knob LTVA I saw, but to the west it definitely said 14 day limit so I think I am safe. I did come by the Ogilby Road exit yesterday on the way here, but I couldn’t quite remember and it was very close to sunset and I didn’t want to take a chance of not seeing where I was going and getting stuck somewhere. I managed to find a water faucet at the rest area to the west of here so I am theoretically set for a few days, at least until I run out of bottled water or the tanks fill up. Oh, that’s another thing I haven’t figured out yet: how and where to find places to dump. So I will probably go to town eventually and then maybe move over to the other area.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Ilse,

          Welcome to the desert! You obviously have the capacity to enjoy all it offers. I’m happy for you.

          Pen did a super job explaining things. I’m sorry you were confused by the Sidewinder Road exit.

          Look in the Where We Are Now widget in the sidebar. The portion of Sidewinder Road where there is free and unlimited-time boondocking is “off of Ogilby Road” (the next exit west of the Sidewinder Road exit).

          You can get here from the Sidewinder Road exit but you do a lot of “sidewinding” to get here.

          Take the Ogilby Road exit and go north toward mountains. You’ll cross a long stretch of flat desert and eventually come to double RR tracks. Immediately past the tracks is a right-hand turn (dirt road) with a street sign, “Sidewinder Road.” Drive over the washboard until RVs come into view.

          Before the cluster of big motorhomes on the left (free area), there are a few scattered RVs also on the left. That land is NOT marked with a BLM marker. That’s the “mineral rights” area, also free. (Les camps here for six continuous months without being hassled.) You can see the distinctive RVSue rig from the road. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Ilse… You can dump tanks at the Shell station at Pilot Knob, right at the exit. They charge according to the size of your rig. For the BLT, it’s $6. There’s water at that Shell station from a spigot, which I used, but someone said it smells funny (I didn’t notice any smell.) Also a drinking water vending machine there.

          Water for your tank (free) is available at the rest stop further west from the Ogilby Rd. exit. Also trash dumpsters. (Ooops… I now see that you stopped there already.)

          • Ilse says:

            Thank you for all the info, Sue. As I read this, I am already sitting somewhere further out from your area on the right side of the road, a little past where the big RVs are on the left. I checked your previous ‘changing camps’ post to figure out which is the correct area. I didn’t see you, but with my eyesight plus keeping my eyes on the washboard I am not surprised. I saw the drinking water vending machine when I came by the Shell station and took advantage of that. I am glad to know that I can also dump there. I have to go wash laundry at some point soon, but am afraid that I will not be able to bring all my fruits and vegetables that I just bought in Palm Desert back into CA, if I go into Yuma to wash clothes. I may wait until the weekend.
            It’s beautiful here. I am so grateful that I am able to do this.

            • Pen says:

              I’ll be interested to hear anything about the produce thing. I thought about that too – what if you had just stocked up on produce in Yuma? Would you have to dispose of it? Are there only certain specific things affected? I went through the check stand twice last week. Once it was closed, and the other time there was someone in the booth but they just waved me through without even talking to me. I had produce, but (ironically) it was originally purchased in California (not that they necessarily give you special credit for that).

              I’ve stopped at a similar stand at the northern border of California/Oregon, and there they have always asked a lot of questions (but I never had any produce, so not sure what they might have done about it).

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’ve been through the checkpoint three times and I was waved through twice and it was closed the other time.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hi again, Ilse,

              Glad you found a spot you’re happy with. I automatically stay away from mountains when in the desert because 1) sometimes internet signal is blocked and 2) possible mtn. shadow in the morning. You probably avoided that since you’re commenting here. 🙂

  17. chas anderson says:

    My XM will sometimes freeze when I manually turn it off on the receiver unit .Then I have to actually turn off the truck ignition and turn it back on again.Maybe that will give your friend a clue.

    Don’t call XM for help .I got a guy with a heavy accent from India called “Bob”.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, chas,

      I finally remembered, after trying everything else, that my internet connection can be brought back to life by removing the battery from the air card, waiting 10 seconds, and then reinserting it.

      I took the battery out of the XM unit, waited 10 seconds, reinserted it, and WOW! I got radio!

      Yeah, that Bob Chakadopralakiladepraindiarockstra is a busy guy . . . 🙂

  18. cinandjules (NY) says:

    So……what type of music do you listen to? Easy rock? Pop? Oldies?

    Enjoy your night and your radio!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, I like just about anything except hip-hop, rap, jazz, and anything involving a young woman screaming like she’s being tortured or young men “heavy breathing” every word.

  19. YaY you got Tunes to listen to!!! Les sounds like the kind of friend to have around! Nice to meet folks and share talents and stories! We are having our first “cold spell” in south central FL. Down in the 40’s tonight and I am freezing! Don’t know how ya’ll up north can handle cold weather AND snow for weeks on end! That’s one reason all our state park campgrounds are filled up in the winter, folks tired of snow.
    So sad to hear about Butterbean. I have read his comments on several blogs. Keep warm Sue and keep appreciating all those “free” mornings ya got!

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