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Fixing a loose or rattling Corsair Survivor flash drive

By , November 25, 2013 11:53 am

Note: I’d originally included the Corsair Stealth, as I thought they were the same, just a different color.  I’ve gotten feedback that they’re different.  If you have a Stealth with the same problem and figure out how to fix it, shoot me some feedback on how it’s different, or send me a link I can provide in case anyone else has the same issue.

My USB memory stick of choice right now is a Corsair Survivor USB 3.0 stick.  It’s nearly indestructible when it’s all buttoned up!   Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true when it’s out of it’s little protective shell.

After a couple weeks of using the Survivor, I noticed that it was rattling whenever I shook or dropped it.  After using it for a few weeks weeks, I noticed that it was “wobbly” when it wasn’t in it’s little shell.  It turns out the the drive itself is just screwed onto the casing.  Those screws can get loose.  When they do, expect the rattles!  Here’s what it looks like and how to fix it.

If you can “bend” the device and it has a little space at the bottom, near the activity light and the threads, yours’ is probably loose.  I’ve included pictures of mine bending both ways.

Note the gap next above the threads on the left side.

Note the gap next above the threads on the left side.

There's a gap on the right here.  The "stick" wobbles back and forth on the base.

There’s a gap on the right here. The “stick” wobbles back and forth on the base.

Turn it over and gently peel back the existing sticker on the back.  Use something sharp to get under it without damaging it (don’t cut yourself).

Use something thin and sharp to get under the back label.

Use something thin and sharp to get under the back label.

Lift it up about a 1/2 inch or so and you’ll find two small phillips-head screws under it.  Use a very small set of screwdrivers to tighten them back down.  It’s probably not a bad idea to pull them out (one at a time) and hit them with some threadlocker.

Tighten the two small Philips screws under the label.  If you've got the time, use some threadlock compound so you don't have to do this again in a week or so. :)

Tighten the two small Philips screws under the label. If you’ve got the time, use some threadlock compound so you don’t have to do this again in a week or so. 🙂

Boom!  Snug as a drive in shell! 🙂

Hanging in there

By , July 5, 2012 3:33 am

Just a short update right now… more to come now that we’ve kinda settled in.

We’ve sold our original house in Virginia and the RV. We’re still working on the house here in Jacksonville (that will probably never end). I’m now working a “regular” job, while Dasy is working part-time remotely for a company back in Virginia. The sprinklers are finally running, although a couple zones need “tweaking” and we bought a new front lawn. We’re still figuring out what to do about the back yard. :S

We’ll continue to update the blog with various posts of our Florida life. Maybe some beach posts, kayaking Florida waterways, etc.

Up for Sale

By , April 21, 2012 2:47 am

Our rig is now officially up for grabs on the eBay…….

Just helping spread the word.  If you know anyone looking for a nice diesel pusher at a reasonable, send them over.

Update: The Beastie has been sold. :S

Psst… Hey you! Wanna buy an RV?

By , January 2, 2012 6:12 am

We’re still getting settled in our new home (which I really will post about soon), but I think we’re settled enough that it’s time to start working on selling the Dutch Star.  We’ll post up here for a couple weeks and see what happens.  After that, she’ll probably go to a dealer for consignment sale.

So, without further ado, we’re looking to sell our 2001 38′ Newmar Dutch Star motorhome.  I took a bunch of pictures last week, but apparently my lens is dirty or dieing, so they didn’t come out.  There are still some decent pictures and all the pertinent specs on the “Our Rig” tab, plus you can see the new laminate floors in this post.  I’ll get some more pictures some time this week and post them up with all the new revisions and some of the features that we haven’t talked about in our blog.

If you’re interested, please email me at

Land of Lobstah

By , September 16, 2010 6:56 am

We’re currently in Trenton, Maine, just off Mount Desert Island.  Mount Desert Island is where we’ll find Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.  We don’t have much planned today, just kind of taking it easy before we go exploring.


We’re here with David and Brenda, who decided they were going to go for a sailplane ride.  We were fortunate enough to catch them taking off…


We’ll probably be here a week or so before we figure out where we’re off to next.  We got here in the nick of time… there’s a Prevost rally going on and we managed to get two decent spots right next to each other before the place started filling up.


Welcome up… again!

By , August 19, 2010 11:08 pm


If you’ve been following our travels, bear with us for a little bit here…

If you haven’t been following us before, welcome aboard!  Smile

It’s come to my attention that we have some new folks checking us out here.  We’ve gotten some unexpected advertising from a few different sources recently and wanted to give everyone a quick heads up. 

I won’t rehash who we are and what we’re doing here… just go click that “About Us” link right above this post.  It’ll fill you in, just make sure you come back! Winking smile

If you want to contact us, just make a comment on a post or email us.  You can email us at  Don’t worry, I share all message with Dasy too!  Speaking of which… please keep the comments clean.  If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry about it.  Our computer tells us there’s a comment from someone it doesn’t know and asks me if it’s a real person or not.  If we happen to be out and about, it might take a few minutes for us to accept it.  Of course, if we happen to be in the middle of a desert with no cell phone service, it might take more than a few minutes!

If you use a newsreader and want to get our regular updates, our RSS feed is .  If you don’t understand that, don’t worry about it, you get the same stuff right here!

All the photography is done by us unless we state otherwise.  I generally do some minor color correction unless I get real gonzo about a picture.  I’ll be sure to tell you when I really break out the digital paint brush on something. 

There’s also usually a little map over to the right that shows roughly where we are. If you aren’t seeing it, make sure you are accessing our site directly ( ).  If you’re still not seeing it, uh…  it might be broken or I’ve lost my cell phone (which is what helps make the maps).

Enjoy reading about our travels, be patient with us as we go, and welcome to our journey! Winking smile


ps. For those who recently did a little unknown advertising for us… Thanks!  You rock! Smile

pps.  We’re currently in Loveland, CO for a few days.  We’ll let you know where we’re headed as soon as we’ve ironed out a few details!

Blooming Texas

By , April 21, 2010 2:33 pm

Just a real quick note to let everyone know that we’re in Gonzales, TX.  We’re hanging out with other NuRVers here and using the time to catch up on some work and maintenance.

Two wheels in Texas

Ok… and maybe a little motorcycle riding. 😉

We’ll have a real update about our trip here soon.

The busy-ness

By , February 4, 2010 7:31 am

No pretty pictures this time, just a quick note to let you know we’re still here. Here’s the short version:

I’ve been working.
After getting back from Virginia with the KLR, the Jeep’s transmission started eating itself, so it’s in the shop.
I got the KLR registered yesterday, so at least I can still get to work.

Sorry about the lack of updates, I’ll carve out some time here soon enough.

Still here!

By , January 27, 2010 9:55 am

Sorry for the lack of recent updates, but I’ve been working and Dasy’s been helping get us set up an official business. We’ll get some more posts up shortly.

Note to any who read this before I edited it: I’m not a moron, I just forgot about the “auto-correction” of several words that the Droid hasn’t learned from me yet. 😉

It used to be here…

By , November 12, 2009 12:21 pm

Just wanted to post a quick note to let everyone know where we are parked for the winter.

We arrived on the family home in central Florida (near Ocala) early this month.

It’s a great site! 🙂


See that gray strip on the left hand side? That is fresh line for water and electricity to our RV. Our family installed it just days before we got there. Family rocks! 😀

But… this is what it looks like now.


The RV is in the shop for a number of problems:

  • Water tank not filling up
  • Air conditioning not working
  • Fluid gauges not working properly (very bad!!)
  • Suspension airbags need replacing
  • and a few others…

So, in the mean time we are staying in our family’s guest bedroom. Again, family rocks! 😀

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