The original flag pole buddy we bought from Camping World came with a 22 ft fiberglass section pole. The sections would collapse and flags would get tangled around the pole because of the way the flag holders were made. Harbor Freight had their 20 ft aluminum flagpole on sale for $28.00. It had a much better locking system for the sections and ring system for the flag holder it is made really well. The base of the flag was about 1/4 inch too big for the base cup of the flag pole buddy system so Diane came up with the idea of using a PVC sewer adapter to hold the pole. We had to modify the adapter a little bit to fit the flagpole base and drill a hole in it so the original bolt would not allow it to hop off while on the road.

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Made a quick trip on Tuesday to McAllen, Texas to pick up a tandem tow dolly. Had been looking for several months for one and this was the closest one we could find, still 600 miles away, round trip 1,200 miles. This will allow us to tow the Malibu and carry our Yamaha Striker motorcycle too. McAllen, Texas is a beautiful town. It borders Mexico. While there we were told they have had 81 days of over 100 degrees. The cost of the trailer was $3,000 plus about $150.00 in gas and one night's hotel.


At first some of the digits on the left controller stop working, and then they all went out. Seems this is a common problem for sleep number. After trying some internet remedies that almost worked I called the factory and found out they have a twenty year warranty but it is prorated so they only covered 50% of the replaced cost. Got the new pump in it took about two weeks. The new unit comes with one wireless control.

A summary of the job:

  1. Removing four screws at the head-end of the bed platform
  2. Remove the wood-grain panel on the bed side of the little table
  3. Reach inside of the mattress following the air tubes until you get to the fitting where it plugs into the air bladder. Squeeze the keeper to release the fitting and pull hose out
  4. Pull air tubes and controls up into the compartment so you can remove the pump/control box
  5. Feed air tubes and controls through the gap in the compartment and pull out slack
  6. Hook up air tubes to the mattress (pay attention to Left and Right!)
  7. Put it back together.

Total cost $159.00

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Our motorhome was feeling very patriotic on July 4th.


Diane and I are both now retired. We started this website to chronicle our golden years. We hope it is both useful and entertaining as we will be recording our adventures and our pitfalls.Things we hope to write about include RV modifications and upgrades, thoughts on campgrounds and boon docking. Our goal is to visit relatives and see as much of the country as possible as soon as we get our ducks in a row. We have a lot of ducks to line up before we can start. We will be writing about those also.

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