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Old 07-09-2017, 09:02 PM   #68377
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Good morning Mutants !!!

I have a small ponder, getting the coach serviced the tech found that the right rear airbag has a bit of dry rotted and they are recommending changing it. My question is ... Is it best to change all 4 since they are 17 years old, or just change them in pairs .. ie ... rear then front ... What are your opinions ?
Personally, I would be prepared to do all 4 and be done with it. Having had an airbag blow up once the potential damage can be significant. While airbags can be replaced in the field, it takes time got get the parts and technician out there. Loss of the rear airbag means you can't be towed if need be.

BTW...having seen the replacement of a rear airbag that doesn't look like a terribly hard job. I can't speak about the front ones.
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:10 PM   #68378
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Sandee & I are jacks down in our "home" turf until late September. If you travel in the area of Champaign, IL let us know.
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Old 07-09-2017, 09:22 PM   #68379
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We all had a grand time talking about everything under the sun. What a joy meeting up with fellow mutants. Here's some pics.
Great looking group. Can't wait to meet up with some of you and will miss seeing some of the others. Travel safe mutants!
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:12 PM   #68380
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:17 PM   #68381
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Personally, I would be prepared to do all 4 and be done with it. Having had an airbag blow up once the potential damage can be significant. While airbags can be replaced in the field, it takes time got get the parts and technician out there. Loss of the rear airbag means you can't be towed if need be.

BTW...having seen the replacement of a rear airbag that doesn't look like a terribly hard job. I can't speak about the front ones.
And don't stand too close to the coach until they've been tested a time or two.

I sort of feel like doing them all at once is the best bet. But that's based on our shared state of full timing. The fewer incidences of shop time the better. Even when it raises the price and lengthens the stay. All within reason of course.

Nice bit of traveling you've done! You deserve a little jacks down time. Enjoy.
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I've been leaning towards doing all four, mainly because of the age. After doing some research it has been stated that air bags generally don't last more than 20 years, mine being 17 years old is kind of right there on the edge. And I definitely don't want to be in a situation where I'm on the side of the road with a blown bag ...

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" with a blown bag"...(don't say it, Dave... don't say it... don't go near it...)

On a more serious note, a question for those who have been through the Northwest: from Butte, Montana, which is the better way to cross the mountains to Oregon: I-90 through northern Idaho and Washington or I-15 down to I-84 and through Oregon? I've read on here about routes 20 & 26 in Oregon but I'm not sure my 36 footer and trailer would like them, will stick to the Interstates, boring or not.
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Long day trip today... We have been to Oregon briefly and Idaho largely, Hells Canyon. The end of of the line on the Idaho side. We could practically driven to Lewiston. Lol.

Hardly a soul on the road or water. Despite the beauty, 100+ outside. Cool a comfy in CR-VMutant...
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Long day trip today... We have been to Oregon briefly and Idaho largely, Hells Canyon. The end of of the line on the Idaho side. We could practically driven to Lewiston. Lol.

Hardly a soul on the road or water. Despite the beauty, 100+ outside. Cool a comfy in CR-VMutant...
I'm gonna cry! Beautiful pics.
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" with a blown bag"...(don't say it, Dave... don't say it... don't go near it...)

On a more serious note, a question for those who have been through the Northwest: from Butte, Montana, which is the better way to cross the mountains to Oregon: I-90 through northern Idaho and Washington or I-15 down to I-84 and through Oregon? I've read on here about routes 20 & 26 in Oregon but I'm not sure my 36 footer and trailer would like them, will stick to the Interstates, boring or not.
Although we love the drive, you probably wouldn't want to take hwy 12 out of
Missoula. Lolo Pass would be a long down hill drive but it is a beautiful drive.

From what you have said about hwy 26 & 20, you might consider I-90 through Spokane WA and then take hwy 395 to the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Richland & Kennewick) WA. Hwy 395 is a good road. Then you would take I-82 down to I-84 and into Oregon.

We will be heading to the Tri-Cities and heading down this route. We will stay on I-84 to Biggs Junction and then taking hwy 97 down to Redmond where we pick up hwy 126 to the Sisters. When you get on hwy 97 at the Columbia River, you will have to a quite a climb to make.

Your other choice, would be to stay on the Interstate I-84 to Portland. Take I-205 around the outskirts of Portland and pick up I-5 South towards Salem. Then just watch for hwy 22 to Idanha. This route is lots longer to drive but would keep you on the freeways the longest.

Oh, if you want a nice campground try Columbia Sun in Kennewick WA. It's a newer campground but very nice. We have stayed there.
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Although we love the drive, you probably wouldn't want to take hwy 12 out of
Missoula. Lolo Pass would be a long down hill drive but it is a beautiful drive.

From what you have said about hwy 26 & 20, you might consider I-90 through Spokane WA and then take hwy 395 to the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Richland & Kennewick) WA. Hwy 395 is a good road. Then you would take I-82 down to I-84 and into Oregon.

We will be heading to the Tri-Cities and heading down this route. We will stay on I-84 to Biggs Junction and then taking hwy 97 down to Redmond where we pick up hwy 126 to the Sisters. When you get on hwy 97 at the Columbia River, you will have to a quite a climb to make.

Your other choice, would be to stay on the Interstate I-84 to Portland. Take I-205 around the outskirts of Portland and pick up I-5 South towards Salem. Then just watch for hwy 22 to Idanha. This route is lots longer to drive but would keep you on the freeways the longest.

Oh, if you want a nice campground try Columbia Sun in Kennewick WA. It's a newer campground but very nice. We have stayed there.
Wave to KOA Redmond who seems to keep the 50 amp sites sold for us and Crown Villa who could only give us 4 nights....

Even the highways aren't always highways in this part of the country. Short highway work window. Its a perpetual thing in Teton / Yellowstone etc.

Deb... I'm sure you know right were we were. There are very few pullouts so getting pics is tough. The pics don't do it justice. We still may go to Cascade. Not sure. Will let you know!
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Who's been to Glacier NP?
Where's the best place to stay?
How long do we need to stay?
Ed and Jackie have you been before?
Looking at a possible stop on way from Seattle to Yellowstone!
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Who's been to Glacier NP?
Where's the best place to stay?
How long do we need to stay?
Ed and Jackie have you been before?
Looking at a possible stop on way from Seattle to Yellowstone!


You need reservations way ahead. There is a campground just after the long bridge that is very nice, can't remember the name.
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As the Junior Mutant trainee I find it helpful to keep an eye on the 'big dogs' here at iRV2.
The last several posts seem to show that all is well. . .

*Cute baby pics,
*An RV Mutant tea party,
*Glorious mountain vistas,

And one of my favorites. . .
a little bit of infrastructure tucked in there too. . .



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