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  1. Chapter 6 had some discussion at the last membership meeting about doing a round up.
  2. The grounds was suggested for the 2013 and 2006 round up. There is more to hosting a round up than the Red Power Round Up site. You need good hotels and restaurants in the area. You need to check with the local convention business bureau for information on restaurants and hotels in the area. The next Chapter 6 meeting is August 19 at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio. Bring your suggestion to the meeting and be ready to get involved.
  3. Canfield Fairgrounds may or may not be a good place to have a show. Need several other things beside a fairgrounds-rooms, food and a Chair Person(s) that lives close to the grounds. Not sure what Canfield Fair Grounds has in the area. I was one of the Co-Chairs for the 2013 RPRU in Lima. I was making 2-3 trips a month to the fairground in Lima. That was a 40 to 50 mile round trip each time. Best thing anyone can do if you have a possible place for a round up is to get involved besides bringing a display or look at what someone else brings. As a Co-Chair of a round up I spent close to 4 years help putting together the 2013 RPRU in Lima. I didn't get to see the 2013 show or the 2 shows before the 2013 show. You will have to deal with the heat and humidity if you hold a RPRU show in Ohio the last week of June or the month of July. The last weekend of June is the thresher's show in Wauseon, Ohio. That show will hurt attendance for any round up in the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan area. Did the fairgrounds count the multi day passes each time they walk thru the gate?
  4. I was in 4H starting when I was 9 thru my 17th birthday. I did wood working, showed rabbits, small engines and welding projects. I was a small engine judge at the Ohio State Fair for 10 years.
  5. like this way of loading pictures
  6. We had 3.8 inches of rain.
  7. Sorry for your loss of your Father. Will keep your family in our prayer
  8. Matt, I live in Northwest Ohio and going to show. I'm taking a 5th wheel camper. My space is limited.
  9. I had a set of cooper discoverer at3 on my 2012 Chevy HD. When passing someone the rear felt like it wanted come around you. I had severe sway problems when pulling 5th wheel camper or cargo trailer. I went back to the dealer I purchase tires from. He replaced the tires with what I had on before the cooper tire. The truck had Firestone Transforce HT tires and get 50000-60000 miles on a set of tires. Sway problems went away when the Firestone tire were put back on my truck. Cooper tires were the tire of choice on all my vehicles that pulled trailers. I won't look at another cooper tire. I had good luck with Firestone on my cars.
  10. I will have 40 years with the same employer the end of March. I work for a company that makes hose and fittings. Depending on the future of health insurance I plan to retire in the next 2 to 3 years.
  11. Did the fuel come from a bulk tank on your place? Todays gas (ethanol or non ethanol) does not have a very long shelf life. Both start going bad 30 to 45 days after you fill you gas tanks. You have to use a fuel stabilizer like Startron, or Stabil, or K-100 to keep your fuel from going bad. In my area someone using a bulk tank have the most problems like the lack of power to not running. I have had several people have had carb problems on non ethanol gas. The local station doesn't sell enough.....gas is going bad. I turn the fuel off at the fuel tank and let the carb run dry when I'm done using the tractor-engine for the day. Another thing I do is shake fuel container before I start the tractor-engine. The different additives in your fuel will separate with the heaviest additives going to the bottom of the fuel tank. Two cycle fuel is a good example. Try pouring some 2 cycle gas in a clear container without shaking the container.......You will get straight gas for a few seconds before you get the gas-oil mixture. The ethanol part in the gas is the heaviest additive. I try to leave the fuel tanks in my small engines empty and shake the fuel container before I add fuel to my tractors. I will shake/rock the tractor back and forth for 5 to 10 seconds to mix the fuel in the fuel tank. I've been doing this for 10-15 years with no fuel related problems. Todays fuel is design for vehicles that have fuel injection and a seal fuel system. I read an article that had the suggestion of putting a plastic bag between the fuel opening and gas cap. This suppose to help keep the vapors from escaping from your fuel mixture. Not sure how much this will help.....planning to give it a try. I been running E10 in my small engines 15 years with no problems. I will buy gas at the beginning of the month and add a fuel stabilizer. My fuel is stored on 2 X 4s so it helps from attracting moisture. I will shake my fuel container before I add any fuel to my small engine. Any fuel left will be added to my truck at the end of the month. I have been running E85 in 2012 Chevy 2500HD truck with no problems. The gas mileage isn't same....$.40 to $.50 a gallon cheaper makes it cheaper for me to use.