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Old 04-27-2019, 09:11 AM   #81355
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And now for something completely different. I found the perfect paint job for Barb's Smarty...
Wait...what color is her Kayak?
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Old 04-27-2019, 09:12 AM   #81356
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We had an issue with the back airbags and have been sitting in a parking lot (Thanks Walmart) overnight pondering a huge cash outlay.

Bob and Marty gave us a number for a mobile service tech but he didn't do chassis work; only interior stuff.

He put us on to Dan's Truck and Trailer and even though closed they sent out a service guy (Owner's son) to evalute our problem.



Turns out it was a broken rod connector between the inflate valve for the back airbags and the actuator gizmo. He's off to get a new one and we should be back on the road by noon.



Bob has a good eye he spotted the hanging rod when we were checking out the unit last evening.


Now awaiting Jamie's return with the new part and getting it installed.
Yay! Hopefully not too expensive!
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Old 04-27-2019, 09:16 AM   #81357
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We're settled in for a couple of days just south of Ardmore OK. Trying to decide if this place would be suitable for a future GC. Will list pros and cons later.

Speaking of little RV problems - we seem to have lost our brake lights on both coach and trailer (thanks Ed for the warning back in Austin) so that is Saturday's project.

Drive through Fort Worth was interesting. I'm still impressed with how many of the highway overpasses and retaining walls in the Southwest are decorated with art motifs - Indiana is lucky to get a state symbol imprinted in the concrete and the steel painted.


Stopped at a Cabella's parking lot for a lunch break - huge store (from the outside), huge parking lot with lots of landscaping, very park-like. They must sell a LOT of outdoor gear... One lot had an 'RV Parking' sign but it was blocked off so I pulled into one with a 'no trucks' logo sign instead... Had a pond with several piers (test drive your new fishing gear on site?). Also 'NO Overnight Parking' signs all over the place - Cabella's idea or local ordinance, I wonder.
How far North you going? I 29 North of St. Joe Missouri is still closed due to Iowa's extensive road damage from the snocapolypse Nebraska had and heavy heavy flooding...roads/bridges east and west up there are ruined and it will be awhile before they are replaced/repaired.
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Dennis and Denise made it...took a bit longer than they figured, and about 3 miles out of town it appears their rear airbags failed... But, after Bob and Dennis looked underneath, hopefully the connector to the way they fill just became disconnected and it could be an easy fix...or not.. anyway, gave them my best numbers for RV fix it guys in the area...and had a nice meal at Beethoven"s German Restaurant...


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Thanks for a wonderful evening. Great food and great friends in the true mutant tradition.
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Old 04-27-2019, 09:19 AM   #81359
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Yah, just wished you fellas would have smiled a bit more...lol ya'll seem so serious!
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Old 04-27-2019, 01:25 PM   #81360
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Yesterday turned out to be a day for lots of miles, made it just before I-40 and I-81 come together (e.g. all the way through Tennessee).

Weather has been fine, birds have been happy. Will likely make it home tomorrow, too many miles for today after the long haul yesterday.
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Old 04-27-2019, 03:34 PM   #81361
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I thought Carl and 'too many miles' was an oxymoron...


Marty, thanks for the flood info. We're turning east at KC and following I-70 back to Indiana, hopefully will miss the flooded areas. Ironic, sort of. A couple of years ago heavy flooding in MO (Interstate under water) made us change our route East from I-44 to I-70 and we found a couple of parks so nice (Great Escape and Lazy Day) we decided to go that route every time despite a few more miles...
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Old 04-27-2019, 03:35 PM   #81362
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I thought Carl and 'too many miles' was an oxymoron...


Marty, thanks for the flood info. We're turning east at KC and following I-70 back to Indiana, hopefully will miss the flooded areas. Ironic, sort of. A couple of years ago heavy flooding in MO (Interstate under water) made us change our route East from I-44 to I-70 and we found a couple of parks so nice (Great Escape and Lazy Day) we decided to go that route every time despite a few more miles...
Stop by and have coffee or dinner with us I'll PM you my number!
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Backed The Discovery into the barn at 4:27. Semi unpacked and GD came a calling. The rest can wait!
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Old 04-27-2019, 05:24 PM   #81364
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Interesting turn of luck. I've had a drip from the hot water tank drain plug all week. Very small one so I ignored it till yesterday when I decided to remove, add Teflon tape and fix the leak. While using a proper size ratchet and socket the head twisted off the neoprene looking plug leaving the treads up in the tank.

I've posted before that I can turn checking the oil into a two day breakdown. Not sure how I'll get this fixed, difficult to get too. Well at least I have two weeks to get er done!
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Martin I know the tires are expensive, but it would be wise to change both fronts at the same time, I know you don't want a steer tire blow out.
Jeff, I know that's said but there was very little wear on the tire that failed and, but for that failure, I would have expected many more years. Date code was 2015, new one is 2018. Interesting to find these Michelins were made in the UK! By the way, I'm wondering whether the near blow out was the result of very heavy braking leaving US75 at Sherman TX. We were cruising at 60mph in heavy traffic when the exit ramp came up - turn signal on - oops! downhill ramp not much more than 200ft before joining frontage road.
We are now set up at the Coachlight CG near Carthage MO. after a somewhat nerve wracking drive. First, we left it a little late looking for a gas station and we started to get the low fuel beeps. Problem was the only truck stops we came across were on the wrong side of the road. Then we entered a very long (maybe 10 mile) construction site where we were constrained to one lane of concrete canyon with absolutely no means of escape, or indeed rescue. I shudder to think what the consequences would have been if we had run out. Found a Loves shortly after (on our side of the road). The next worry started when the No. 2 air pressure gauge started to fall towards zero then fluctuate up and down. There were no alerts and the brakes still felt good so we carried on. I suspect this could be related to a leaking dump valve but the air bags were still up. Anyway, after checking in here, I restarted the engine and both gauges jumped up to normal.
Later, I made a reservation for our final stop near St Louis. KOA have a brutal cancellation policy (no show, no refund). I told the clerk our ETA, but asked whether would they look kindly on us if we had to cancel because of a technical problem. She asked me if I was expecting a problem - I told her we always expect a problem, it's the RV way of life.
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Wow, I'll need to remember that...do ya have to get on to a KOA before 5? Seems like a lot of places close the office then...
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Wow, I'll need to remember that...do ya have to get on to a KOA before 5? Seems like a lot of places close the office then...
Marty, my call to the KOA was at 5.50 PM. I avoid the central 800 reservation number and go direct to the CG office.
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Old 04-27-2019, 08:23 PM   #81368
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Martin, we are in a small town a little west of St Louis and residing in one of Barbs favorite camping locations.
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