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Posted 11-09-2019 at 07:46 AM by thomaspryan
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Update: Yellowstone 3 - In Retrospect -- 11/09/19

Visiting Yellowstone should be on everyone's bucket list; it is an experience I would recommend for anyone at almost any age.



If we had it to do over again, this is how I would optimize that experience:

1. Plan, plan, plan: Visiting Yellowstone can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so treat it accordingly. Like most...
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Posted 10-21-2019 at 04:06 PM by thomaspryan
Updated 11-01-2019 at 09:06 PM by thomaspryan

Proof: You Just Never Know -- 10/21/19

On a recent trip through a high pass in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, we stopped to enjoy the rare, clear air and came fave to face with...



...a pair of pandas.

It's funny what effects altitude can have on some folks. Take the couple pictured above, for example. Speaking in calm but muffled voices, they told us they were on their...
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Kar Kaddy SS 460

Posted 10-19-2019 at 12:30 PM by ret60sp

After noticing that the tow vehicle was not tracking directly behind us in a braking action - it was moving out about 6-8 inches - indicating that one of the dolly brakes was braking harder than the other, it was time for an inspection.

Paying attention to the wear pattern on the brake rotors - one side was no making a full contact with the brake rotor so this made me pull a wheel and take a closer look at the pad wear.

The inspection revealed the outside pads on both...
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Jellystone Park, Kerrville Texas

Posted 10-16-2019 at 09:30 AM by MEWright

Trip to Jellystone Park in Kerrville Texas for a 4-day weekend.

The kids had a 4-day weekend, so we ran about 2 hours south to Kerrville Texas to stay at Jellystone Park on the Guadalupe River. We have stayed at this park before, but they have added a lot of stuff, increased the size, water slides, more cabins more park.
My daughter invited her friend to come with us and this was the first trip with a friend to join. My wife and I, 2 kids, 2 dogs meant a full bus. The trip...
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Delco Remy 40Si Alternator Upgrade

Posted 10-14-2019 at 03:45 PM by ret60sp
Updated 10-14-2019 at 03:49 PM by ret60sp

Anyone interested in following the thread and upgrading their lame OEM alternator to a much better option like the Delco Remy 40Si needs to note that they come in several models.

1. They are either 12 or 24 volt
2. They are either Pad Mount, J180 Long Hinge Mount or J180 Short Hinge Mount.
3. They come in 240, 275, 300 and 320 amp versions.

For a copy of the brochure go here.

Installing a larger alternator means it can be, or more than likely...
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Posted 10-04-2019 at 08:37 AM by thomaspryan
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Yellowstone Day 2: GyPSy Tour - WOW! -- 10/04/19

Our second day of touring Yellowstone was targeted at the park's north loop, the upper half of the "figure 8". Once again, we entered the park's East entrance by car, then turned north toward Canyon Village.



While our previous day's sight seeing was done riding in a 40 foot bus with a tour guide, the second day we used...
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Pacebend Park, Spicewood Texas (outside of Austin)

Posted 09-29-2019 at 08:18 PM by MEWright

This was a great trip for us. Pacebend is about 10 minutes from our house but it was the first time we have ever taken the coach there. A friend has a yearly party that is over a long weekend and they all have rental units delivered. We decided to take the coach instead of just running home each night. Turned out this was a great way to play.

I drove to the park several months prior to the event to make sure our 40G would fit in the spots.

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Posted 09-29-2019 at 01:59 PM by thomaspryan
Updated 10-03-2019 at 07:59 PM by thomaspryan

Update: Yellowstone Day 1 - Circle of Fire -- 09/29/19

We had originally planned to boondock in Yellowstone at the Canyon Campground, but our diesel generator sprang a fuel leak; with no way to recharge our batteries, we had to switch to Plan B.



So we found a full hookup RV site 1/2 between Cody, WY and Yellowstone's East Entrance, intending to use our toad to commute into the park for...
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JC Refrigeration Upgrade makes it complete

Posted 09-24-2019 at 10:09 PM by ret60sp
Updated 09-26-2019 at 07:29 PM by ret60sp

Our 2003 Fleetwood Expedition came OEM with the Norcold 1200LRIM, two flooded acid house batteries and a 1000 watt inverter.

The Norcold consumed 555 watts of power in AC mode when AC power was present. The inverter was highly inefficient and used 100 watts with no load present and almost 300 watts when a 1000 watt load was present (1300 watts total).

The coach had no solar power system.

It was wired for 30 amp service.


Two 200Ah...
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An Original NewMar NewAire

Posted 09-19-2019 at 09:21 AM by thomaspryan
Updated 09-23-2019 at 08:19 AM by thomaspryan

Update: Yellowstone's Iconic White Bus Lives On -- 9/19/19

Let's face it: I'm a gearhead. As such, I would be remiss if we had visited Yellowstone (which we did) but did not reflect on the classic White park tour bus used for so many years at the park.



We encountered this example, Number 433, in the parking lot at Yellowstone's Canyon Village, and I couldn't resist getting as...
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An Original NewMar NewAire

Posted 09-17-2019 at 10:52 AM by thomaspryan
Updated 09-21-2019 at 05:38 PM by thomaspryan

Update: Thoughts on Winnebago's Purchase of Newmar -- 9/17/19

(NOTE: I originally posted this on the RV Geeks website as well as IRV2 Newmar Owners Forum in response to a question from a potential buyer of a new Newmar, now that the company has been sold to Winnebago.)



According to early news reports, Newmar will continue to operate as an independent brand under the Winnebago...
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Blog #5

Posted 09-16-2019 at 07:27 PM by Patty1161 (Reality RVing)
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Blog #5
REALITY RVING

PACKED LIKE SARDINES
So I met my current companion/boyfriend (Bob) in March, 2016, one year after I started RVing. He was brand new to the world of RVing and I finally convinced him to go with me on a 4 day camping trip (with electric and water hookup) at a local county park. I think he was bewildered with the whole RVing thing as he stood by and watched me hook up and then drive the RV to the pull-through site.
Bob is a strapping 6’ man...
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An Original NewMar NewAire

Posted 09-12-2019 at 07:45 PM by thomaspryan
Updated 09-13-2019 at 06:24 PM by thomaspryan

Update: Mt Rushmore & the Black Hills -- 9/12/19

We just finished spending several days in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota, camped in the shadow of Mt Rushmore.



If you've never been to this part of the world, you are definitely in for a treat. The scenery is epic, and there's a lot to do; so much so, I think we hardly scratched the surface.

It...
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Posted 09-07-2019 at 02:18 PM by thomaspryan
Updated 09-07-2019 at 06:38 PM by thomaspryan

Update: Sioux Falls - Stroll, Shop, Sup -- 9/8/19

Downtown Sioux Falls did not disappoint - it is definitely worth your time to visit.



Most of what you can see, buy or eat is located on (or adjoins) Phillips Avenue, so that's where you want to head. Most of the shops open at 10 AM and the restaurants at 11 AM. If you get there early enough, metered street parking will be available...
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Posted 09-07-2019 at 08:15 AM by thomaspryan

Update: Sioux Falls, SD -- 9/7/19

We're staying a couple nights at the Big Sioux Recreation Area outside of Sioux Falls.



This medium-sized campground hugs the Big Sioux River, and it is extremely well kept. Sites come with power only (50A) and are huge - the perfect place to spend a couple of days.

I think Site E-28 across from us (shown below) might be the nicest...
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