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Old 11-20-2014, 05:51 PM   #27049
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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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Old 11-20-2014, 06:04 PM   #27050
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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, 06:16 PM   #27051
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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, 06:21 PM   #27052
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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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Old 11-20-2014, 06:51 PM   #27053
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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, 07:10 PM   #27054
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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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Old 11-20-2014, 07:38 PM   #27055
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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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Old 11-20-2014, 07:41 PM   #27056
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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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Old 11-20-2014, 07:51 PM   #27057
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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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Old 11-20-2014, 07:58 PM   #27058
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Well I thought about horse shoes but I can't catch the horse!

Bean bag toss can be done from a standing, sitting or reclining position in the event the competition and celebrations get to be too much! lol Plus an errant bean bag is much less painful than an errant archery competition!

Just throwing out some ideas, now that Rockport is in the book!
The first ever mutant games!! What a great idea! We have time before April to add unique games with a mutant flair. Throw out some ideas, y'all.
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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.
And to think... I blew in her ear and picked er up...
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:20 PM   #27060
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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....)
Marty - thanks for picking up the phone tonight and for being here. We miss you already!

Give Bess a hug for us and Bob a swat on the head... lol.

Thanks Bob for being here. It was great getting to know you better!!
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:24 PM   #27061
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I am still wondering why he lost his way back to the RV Park last night?

For some unknown reason, that needs explaining, Wayne decided to follow Diane & me towards the US Post Office. After a few blocks, Wayne slammed on his brakes, made a 'U' turn. He knows we don't use a GPS, as compared to his 2-3 GPSs.

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So here we are, parked at the eatin' place and it is time to go back to the CG. "Larry the Jeep" pulls out and I'm behind him. Easy peasy, just follow the jeep. The four of us are having a conversation, the jeep turns right, I follow. All of a sudden there are 3 people hollering, "Where are you going!" I replied that I was following Larry and then it started. "Are you sure that's Larry's jeep? "Well, it was when I left and no one had gotten in front of me." "Well, this is not the way to the CG," and on, and on, and on with 3 backseat drivers. Yes, I made the U-turn, the mumbles stopped, the back seat drivers were appeased, and we made it home without hitting any curbs.

Now I ask, what the heck would it have mattered if we had followed Larry and Di to the post office. The conversation was good until they all started "driving."

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Well there ya go Larry that explains it! Wayne is at it again. He didn't hit any curbs did he?
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Yep! And there will be only two shots out of the bottle missing to clean up after you. You're a two drink limit man.
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Sky boss I would worry about loss of air if you can plug the air line and limp it in as long as it's not rubbing even on bumps
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