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Update: Cummins@Indy; a Blog of a Blog -- 3/20/19

No credit taken: I just though folks would like to read about Cummins race history at Indianapolis.

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Click here to learn more about our 2001 NewAire.
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Posted 03-16-2019 at 08:35 AM by thomaspryan

Update: Homeward Bound (and Spruced) -- 3/16/19

After 6 weeks enjoying the warmer weather in Florida and Georgia, we somewhat reluctantly turned homeward toward Chicago. The DW suggested that we have the coach cleaned up along the way, so we hit the Blue Beacon Truck Wash just outside Nashville, Tennessee.



If you've never tried Blue Beacon to have the road washed from your rig,...
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Posted 03-09-2019 at 09:08 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: Oh Savannah (& Tybee Island) -- 3/9/19

Our last stop before turning homeward is Tybee Island just east of Savannah, GA. While we've been to Savannah a couple times before, this was our first visit to Tybee.



We stayed at the Rivers End Campground, which is a lovely, well-kept park situated at the north end of the small island, just a stone's throw from the beaches and the...
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Posted 03-02-2019 at 03:23 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: Hooked on ScanGauge D -- 3/2/19

This is an overdue tech post about my personal addiction to the ScanGauge D monitor. D is for Diesel, and I can't imagine operating a diesel-powered coach (or big rig) without one.



While this well-thought-out computer/monitor (shown above at engine idle) will display a whole host of engine operating parameters (AKA gauges), my usage falls...
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Posted 02-27-2019 at 01:33 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: Walking Old St Augustine -- 2/27/19

Monday dawned sunny and clear, providing us with a great day to do a walking tour of old St Augustine. We started at the southern end, on King Street, at Flagler College (pictured).



The college is housed in what was originally the luxury Ponce de Leon Hotel built in 1888, which is a stunning piece of architecture. Tours are offered, but we...
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Posted 02-22-2019 at 04:04 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: GR8 Salt Springs & Cedar Key -- 2/22/19

We've been staying at the Salt Springs Recreation Area in Ocala National Forest in north-central Florida. The actual springs (pictured) allow swimming in crystal clear water that is a constant 72F year-round.



The grounds and buildings are immaculately kept with neat trails and walkways. The camping facilities are among the best we've...
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Posted 02-19-2019 at 08:05 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: The Not Forgotten Coast -- 2/19/19

Traveling from Pensacola to Salt Springs, we decided to drive the Forgotten Coast Highway, Florida 98, to see for ourselves what that part of the world looks like.



I realized that we would also bear witness to the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. We both grew up in the heartland's Tornado Alley, but nothing could prepare us for the devastation...
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Posted 02-15-2019 at 07:00 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: Fort Pickens & Food -- 2/15/19

We toured the well-preserved ruins at Fort Pickens today, just a stone's throw from our campsite.



What remains of the fort is still a very impressive edifice - the largest coastal defense fort in the US arsenal. It was built brick by brick in the 1830's using slave labor, and alternately held by both Union and Confederate forces during...
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Posted 02-06-2019 at 04:54 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: We Found Florida -- 2/8/19

We made it to Fort Pickens just outside Pensacola Beach, and it's 70F. It is truly amazing what a 95 degree temperature increase will do for one's general disposition. And fresh seafood.



Speaking of amazing seafood, if you're ever in the Pensacola area, you have to try the fabulous fare at Joe Patti's. The seafood gumbo is divine, the prices...
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Posted 02-01-2019 at 12:05 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: Digging Out & Loading -- 2/1/19

Our planned departure for the Florida Panhandle is tomorrow, and it hit a balmy 10F today, so I went to the storage yard and discovered they had plowed in the NewAire.



I expected a bit of shoveling, but nothing like what I encountered. So I bit the bullet, dug her out, got the generator fired up, and I'm heating the engine block as...
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Posted 01-27-2019 at 09:43 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: Battling a Deep Freeze -- 1/27/19

Our planned departure for the Florida Panhandle is only a week away, but local overnight temps have been well below zero Fahrenheit and falling fast.



Because the NewAire has been parked since October, I decided yesterday morning to get her fired up in advance, figuring if I encountered any...
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Posted 01-24-2019 at 11:14 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: Preparing to Head South -- 1/24/19

We are bound for the Florida Panhandle in a little over a week, but right now the Chicago area is entering the deepest deep freeze yet in an otherwise mild winter.



The snow isn't going anywhere as temperatures are expected to hit -17F by the middle of next week. And if you believe local forecasters, there's even more snow on the way....
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Posted 12-01-2018 at 09:11 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: More Mirror Woes -- 12/1/18

The mirror replacement verdict is in!

As previewed in my previous woeful post, I finally got the gumption up to call NewMar about replacement mirrors. (An original is not available.) As I feared, replacing both sides would run right around $1,500. That's before paint, etc.

While NewMar respectfully declined to disclose their OEM supplier, some digging around online finally led me to Velvac. Of course, the mirror I need is...
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Posted 11-25-2018 at 10:09 AM by thomaspryan
Updated 12-18-2018 at 07:23 AM by thomaspryan

Update: Storage Woes -- 11/25/18

I was tinkering around inside the RV a few days ago and just happened to run through the battery and tank level display panel. Surprisingly, my FRESH water tank read 3/4 full; that's about 30 gallons. My first reaction was faulty sensors (although the panel has always been accurate in the past). After all, I had opened both the fresh and hot water low point drains while returning from our last trip of the year.

Just to be sure, I opened...
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Posted 11-15-2018 at 06:20 PM by thomaspryan
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Update: Winterization -- 11/12/18



Our next road trip isn't until the first of February, 2019, so we secured the NewAire for cold weather storage.

In addition to normal end-of-season service (oil change, filters, chassis lube, etc.), our winterization process included the following steps:
  1. Fill fuel tank and treat with non-gelling diesel additive.
  2. Run treated diesel into the
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