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Old 09-07-2016, 07:55 PM   #1
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Arizona to Michigan and back

We returned yesterday as the title states on a trip to Michigan and back. This was in our 1988 Itasca Sunflyer 22' class A. I have performed many repairs prior to the trip to include complete front suspension and almost all of the steering components. The one steering item I did not replace in the steering was the gear box, which went south on the way north! Did replace it in my MIL driveway, along with the power steering pump.
Tow dolly with my wife's Tracker on it had an unhealthy (to my wallet) appetite for tires also. Finally found the formula to reduce this. Filled the front tires to max #44 and bungeed the steering wheel in the straight ahead position. I always remove the rear drive shaft when towing this.
Fridge went out just about to Michigan so on the return trip we diverted to Auburn Indiana and picked up one off Craigslist. I'll post another thread about this.
Had a tornado go over my MILs house in Grand Rapids. The house has no basement so we watched it on TV. Fortunately it did not touch down as it went thru in this area. Lots of rain in Michigan also.
Got blown over a lane and a half in the Texas panhandle on the way up. Good for constipation!
Haven't calculated the gas on the return but it took us 367 gallons to get to Michigan. Paid from $1.749 to about $2.309 on the way up, a little more on the way back. got 2 tanks of "bad" gas in eastern New Mexico and lots about 25% of engine power. Third tank cleared it right up.
Found a place, BEI Automotive, 506 NE 15th St in Casey Ill. 217-932-4533 to install an extra tire on my dolly for $15. Good sized shop that appears to work on most different sizes of vehicles and equipment. Small town and did not know where to go for tire work so called the NAPA store in town and they gave me 2 names. NAPA seems to be in most small towns as well as large.
The bad roads took their toll on my rig and me and hope to avoid them in the future. Tulsa and Indianapolis were just terrible!! Some freeways had speed bumps at every expansion joint. Saint Louis had a 50 mph limit on the freeway in town, which I found was probably 15 mph too fast!
Guess I'm done rambling for now. Take care.

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Old 09-07-2016, 08:33 PM   #2
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Plz add info about your Rv in the signature portion of your profile.
Your story does not make sense.

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Old 09-07-2016, 08:43 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by DAN L View Post

Plz add info about your Rv in the signature portion of your profile.
Your story does not make sense.

His story made sense to me...sounds like the normal RV trip where everything goes to heck in a handbasket.

If it wasn't for bad luck he wouldn't have any luck at all.
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