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Redwolf Journeys - Repairs - Kwikee Step

Posted 10-14-2020 at 04:38 PM by Red Wolf

Our electric entry steps were looking bad, with visible rust spots and paint blistering.

So - time to strip it and repaint it.

Pulling it off the coach is fairly simple - unplug the wiring and ground wire, and then remove four bolts. I had the steps extended for this to give access to the bolts, and used a bottle jack to hold it in place as I removed them.

At home I removed the clevis pin that attaches the motor pivot arm to the stairs, and then removed...
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Redwolf Journeys - Mods - EMS

Posted 10-04-2020 at 10:27 AM by Red Wolf

For the travel trailer and 5th wheel, we had a Progressive Industries 30amp EMS system that plugged in at the power pillar. For the Allegro, I wanted a fixed unit that mounted inside the coach.

The PI unit had worked very well for us, so I went with PI again, this time their EMSHW50C 50amp EMS system. They're pricey (~$500) but that's pretty good insurance to keep your rig from frying due to poor wiring at some campsite.

One nice feature of this unit is the remote...
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Redwolf Journeys - Mods - Cameras

Posted 10-03-2020 at 06:38 PM by Red Wolf
Updated 10-04-2020 at 10:34 AM by Red Wolf

The side/rear view camera system on Big Al was bad when we bought it. The black and white system was fuzzy. Fiddling with the contrast improved it, but...it was still not good.

Tiffin had the parts to upgrade - a 7" LCD, two side and a rear camera - that used the existing wire cabling. Unfortunately, the Triplevision CC45 side cameras didn't work well with the LCD, and had a really grainy low res image.

I sent them back and picked up some nice (and less expensive)...
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Redwolf Journeys - West Texas - Sept 2020 - Pics

Posted 09-30-2020 at 06:49 PM by Red Wolf
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Some of the better pics taken on the trip - Link to Flickr.
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Redwolf Journeys - West Texas - Sept 2020 Map

Posted 09-28-2020 at 09:35 PM by Red Wolf
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The route we took for the trip. I use RVTripWizard for route planning and looking for stops. I've been a subscriber since they came out many years ago.

I-20 sucks over near Midland/Odessa/Monahans. Too many oil trucks, not enough repairs. The same goes for Hwy 18 from Monahans down to Ft. Stockton.

US 90 in south Texas was wonderful - few people on it, pretty straight.

Yes, I could have taken 90 out to San...
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Redwolf Journeys - West Texas - Sept 2020 #2

Posted 09-27-2020 at 08:57 PM by Red Wolf
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We had a great stay down at Maverick Ranch RV Resort in Lajitas, TX. It's conveniently located between Big Bend NP and Big Bend Ranch SP. It's also a much better RV park than the on in BBNP. The park was maybe a quarter full, and unless you were with friends they kept everyone spaced out (I kinda remember them doing that on our last visit 10 years ago, so maybe it's normal policy). Lots of amenities, including a wonderful pool. (We didn't use this time due to Covid, but the wife was looking...
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Redwolf Journeys - West Texas - Sept 2020 #1

Posted 09-22-2020 at 09:08 AM by Red Wolf
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After buying the Allegro in late June, we did a couple of weekend trips in July and August.

It’s now September and we’re on our first long trip - 8 days, 1200 miles. Austin’s to Monahans Sandhills State Park, down to Maverick RV Resort between Big Bend National and State Parks, and then heading home with a stop at Kickapoo Caverns State Park.

First leg of the trip went well enough. Avoided interstates by taking Texas highways out to Midland, and then hopped on I-20...
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Redwolf Journeys - the Allegro

Posted 09-22-2020 at 08:42 AM by Red Wolf

We're Mike and Kat, and we go by Redwolf Journeys.

We bought our first RV 20 years ago in 2000 - a Coleman (Fleetwood) Utah popup. Bought it used and sold it 6 years later for the same price we paid for it.

in '06 we bought our second RV - a new Jayco 28FKS, which required a truck upgrade to pull it. 1200 lbs empty on the hitch, because the kitchen was in front. We traded in our '98 Ram V8 for an '02 Ram 2500 diesel.

In March of 2014 we got caught...
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