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Old 11-20-2014, 04:59 PM   #27049
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:53 PM   #27050
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1) I hope everyone on the Rainbow is having a great day and that all mutants continue to mutate.

2) Happy Birthday Dwayne. If I remember the Earth Children series right the personal totem is something that is with you on special occasions and what could be more special than your big day. Red tails are very pretty birds.

3) If Steve does organize a bartending competition I will hereby and henceforth volunteer to be the consumer of said competition's products. I will follow all the rules of fine swilling until I can no longer stay upright and start falling from my stool. Wayne can come in and cleanup what I don't. There is a good reason for being round.
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Thanks Wayne I got out of bed this morning about 6 am walked out side smoking a cigarette and just as I put it out a big red tail hawk came up and landed right by me and was just looking at me not worried at all then it flew off so as a native I see this as a great start to my next year on this earth.
Happy Birthday Dwayne. Did your visitor look like this one I had outside my barn window yesterday?
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:33 PM   #27052
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Oh....Steve....I am most sure you don't miss the Dallas-Ft.Worth traffic....we came through Dallas side on way down...but a little after rush.... We are on the Ft. Worth side.... Bob said he wanted to keep driving....I wanted to stop for dinner South of there and wait it out.... Current driver won.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:37 PM   #27053
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Just to jog you memory....
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:51 PM   #27054
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Just to jog you memory....

Pic does not show ice and snow. Meaning ... that isn't a real traffic problem. Just a few vehicles cruising along. Nobody skidding sideways into the guardrail.

Now, up here in the land of traffic jams, things be nasty.
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No that looks like a red headed hawk this one was a red tail hawk wish a had my camera he was about 6 feet from me very cool and a lot of meaning in my tribe.

Thank y'all for the good wishes. My day was spent working on the jeep. The radiator was leaking. It was nice to just do my thing all day it made me feel good. Thanks again.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:16 PM   #27056
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Good News - Bad News

Well...the rainbow certainly has its share of bumps and pot holes.

We to up to Elgin, TX to the guy that will be working my battery issues. While backing the coach up into his drive there was a big BANG and the coach rocked a bit. I stop and looking at my tire TPMS but all the tires are aired up just fine. I get out of the coach and find parts blown out onto the road...lots of part pieces.

After surveying everything I see that my coach is sitting low on over the rear axle. Pretty soon it is evident that one of my drive axle air bags has exploded! This is a new one replaced in June this year.

Fortunately we were able to continue backing the coach into the drive and off the road. We will be contacting Spartan at O'dark 30 in the morning to get things rolling.

So...the good news is that this didn't happen on the road so we were not having to deal with drivability issues. Also, since we were just backing up we located most of the parts and took lots of pictures. Also one of the plastic parts hit our battery tech but didn't do him any damage. It could have been interesting if parts flew off the back and hit other cars if we had been driving.

The bad news will be finding out what it will take to get it all fixed up. We are going to have to cancel our visit with Wayne and Earlene...at least camping at the park they will be at. The next thing is finding out whether this can be replace in the field or will require a tow. It could even require a flat bed since it is the rear. OH BOY!

Still...we feel fortunate to be able to suffer and endure these bumps. We are retired, don't have a schedule that we can't adjust if needed and most of all Sandee and I have each other and our 2 handsome boys. OH...and we have satellite TV too. LOL

So...it is a bummer but a challenge to overcome.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:21 PM   #27057
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Well...the rainbow certainly has its share of bumps and pot holes.
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The next thing is finding out whether this can be replace in the field or will require a tow. It could even require a flat bed since it is the rear. OH BOY!
There should be something around that can tow it. When my 40' needed a tow, the truck did it from behind. It was a tri-axle and the operator said that it was a piece of cake. Towed much bigger stuff then my MH.
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There should be something around that can tow it. When my 40' needed a tow, the truck did it from behind. It was a tri-axle and the operator said that it was a piece of cake. Towed much bigger stuff then my MH.
My concern is all that extra weight on the front axle. I don't doubt that a big tow unit can pick it up but will my front axle get damaged? That certainly would be a bad deal.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:10 PM   #27059
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My concern is all that extra weight on the front axle. I don't doubt that a big tow unit can pick it up but will my front axle get damaged? That certainly would be a bad deal.
They way that they picked up my MH, from the frame under the motor, there was hardly any weight shifted to the front axle. I would not be concerned about that.


Hopefully though, they can fix your MH in place. I can't see it being that tough to jack up your unit and replace an air bag, provided that is all that has to happen.
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Don does your wheels rub with airbag blown. I would think you could drive it a short distance in the condition it's in or like Larry said, replace parts at present site. After all, their not going to put it up on a rack to work on it. Let us know how this plays out, hate to hear of any trouble!
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Pic does not show ice and snow. Meaning ... that isn't a real traffic problem. Just a few vehicles cruising along. Nobody skidding sideways into the guardrail.

Now, up here in the land of traffic jams, things be nasty.
No...we'll get a little of that when we get closer to home....maybe...but it could be all melted by tomorrow too....until then we will enjoy the low of 55f tonight just north of Dallas/Ft.Worth area! ( I didn't pick the best park this time....but it will suffice and we are tired...so we shall sleep once it quiets down a bit....)
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Don does your wheels rub with airbag blown. I would think you could drive it a short distance in the condition it's in or like Larry said, replace parts at present site. After all, their not going to put it up on a rack to work on it. Let us know how this plays out, hate to hear of any trouble!
I don't see any rubbing of the rear wheels so we can move it around a bit. I would be concerned going very far. I'm wondering if they will have to replace the valve control too. I have also asked if it would be wise to replace both bags since the other one probably took a bit of a shock. The interesting (good?) part is that I don't hear any air leaks. I'm not sure if that means anything but I can hope so. LOL

The closest Spartan authorized shop is at least 45 minutes away at normal speed. That is a lot of driving.
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