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Old 05-15-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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First long trip... with towed

Looks like I will be travelling the week of memorial day (5/27/2019). It is going to be the longest drive we have undertaken, and will have the towed (my daily driver) on the dolly on back.

From Dallas, Oregon down to the Sacramento area.

This will be in our '89 of course, with a wide tow dolly we bought used and are doing some work on, hauling a 2004 VW Jetta Diesel automatic. Should make an interesting train.

With brand new tires and disc brakes on the motorhome, stopping isn't as big of a worry (plus we have no intention of setting any speed records) plus with the 454 pulling shouldn't be a problem as long as there is fuel in the tank. lots of fuel. Ours only has the wallet buster 60 gallon fuel tank.

I get off work friday (the 24th) and head south to meet up with the wife at a rest area, put the car on the dolly and off we go. I guess we shall find out if the rig still has life in it. Tune up and oil change this weekend should help it. although driving around it seems like it just wants to go and go. Not bad for a rig that probably sat at least half its life.
*I was wrong in my initial posts, it had just a bit over 55,000 not 65...

Hope to get some good pictures of this motorhome at the campground. And at the rest area when its loaded up.

And, oddly enough, I am not looking for "adventures" on the road. Had plenty of those in the past.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:52 PM   #2
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Long weekend travel, in California no less .

JMHO: You're a brave individual .
You could check Gas Buddy for any reasonable prices in CA . but don't be surprised by what you find.

Stay safe out there , at least your staying north of the worst traffic , if you were heading south of Sacramento . I'd advise you to stay home.
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Old 05-16-2019, 01:30 PM   #3
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Yeah, it is a trip, but I can get the time away from work, only use 4 vacation days (monday is a holiday for our company). And see the granddaughter for a 3rd time in as many years. about 2.5 years old and growing (according to the pictures). I wouldn't camp in California unless I had a good reason, Grand daughter is a good reason.
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:18 PM   #4
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Gave it a tune up.
3 connectons on the dist. cap are green with corrosion.
2 connections were dull.
3 were shiny.
#2 sparkplug wasn't connected to the wire.
3 plugs were autolite, the others AC Delco.
Dist cap and rotor look horrible. Coil date is 11/29/88 ... so most likely original.
Only one spark plug looked "correct". The rest either had almost no gap, or were gapped at 1/4 inch or more (in other words the electrode was bent almost straight out).
We can't figure out how this thing ran as well as it was. Granted it didn't have a lot of power, and was getting 6 mpg... but we kind of chalked that up to being old and bulky.

Now it steps out, wants to run, and seems a lot happier. Should serve us much better now!!
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