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Old 05-05-2014, 08:34 PM   #981
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5 posts back shows how the new axle bolts went thru the add on plate, I decided to add a 3rd bolt, higher up so I drilled through the original mount and into the axle bracket. Something wasn't sitting right with the fact that both axles were only held on to the new extensions.

Now, no worries, only 5 busted knuckles.
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:54 PM   #982
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Polishing day! I thought that I had missed the weather window for this year but today was cool and breezy so I hit the street side with F7 wool and cyclo.

Trying to get Dolly ready for a Big Adventure...
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:00 PM   #983
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Sweet! Rainy up here. Glad you found a good day for a hot job!
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Old 05-18-2014, 05:41 PM   #984
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Sweet! Rainy up here. Glad you found a good day for a hot job!
Get the rain to move on, I'm passing thru mid week en route to Ft Leonard wood!

For 2 years I have been forgetting to install the wheel well trim. I finally remembered this weekend...mrs Hiho's comment..."it looks done".
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:40 PM   #985
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You have my cell if you need anything on your way through! Looking good!!
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:42 PM   #986
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You have my cell if you need anything on your way through! Looking good!!
Dolly did 1,100 miles with no major issues. The fridge flame blew out as I was passing through that gawd awful road construction on I-55/I-40 in West Memphis. Luckily we have a wireless thermometer that reaches into the cab so I noticed the temps rising and re-fired the Dometic.

One of my bed lift struts blew out the mount. It wouldn't be a big deal except the gas strut fell down and extended into the side of the water heater. They are 140lb struts and it's really jammed in there now...

It's fun watching cars pull along side to pass. Almost without exception they look at the polished camper as they go by (the only real exceptions are when they are texting or on the phone). I think I saw a motorcycle dude snap a selfie in the reflection One truck did a giant fist pump-thumbs up. Lots of conversations at every stop.

14.7 mpg for the trip, no complaints. Only a few weeks 'till we pack up and head for the hills!!!!
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:48 PM   #987
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Does the cyclo take out the swirls from F7? I did F7 & thought I should follow with C before using the cyclo with S....? My tiny trailer took me FOREVER!! By chance are you heading North to Alumapalooza? Have a great trip. Your baby...trailer looks FABULOUS!
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Well earned fist pumps I am sure!!

Glad to hear you had no issues. Enjoy your trip. One day I will have our ready and we will head to Vicksburg for a weekend,

I love the 63'
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Old 05-31-2014, 01:16 PM   #989
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Does the cyclo take out the swirls from F7? I did F7 & thought I should follow with C before using the cyclo with S....? My tiny trailer took me FOREVER!! By chance are you heading North to Alumapalooza? Have a great trip. Your baby...trailer looks FABULOUS!

After using F7 on the bonnet swir-master, I cyclo'd with F7 also. No more swirls. I have not gotten S on the entire shell quite yet and based on today's temp and humidity, polishing season is over for this summer!

We discussed 'Palooza but decided to go back to Wyoming and the Tetons again. Dolly is ready to roll, we just need to pack up in the next 2 weeks. We will make a thread in the "On the Road" section...
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4,250 miles later and everything went fine. The solar system topped off the batteries everyday except one, we ran a fan all the previous night and watched TV then it was cloudy most of the day so we only got to 92%. We traveled several miles of dirt roads getting to some remote camps. Washboards shook the gas mantle into pieces, no big deal as I keep spares. The magnets that hold the drawers closed worked great. I need to install them in the kitchen now also since the drawers have loosened up and come open during travel. 30 mph cross winds on the curb side made it impossible to keep the fridge lit as we came across Kansas so food ended up in the ice chest. The low temp was 26 degrees and the high was in the mid 70's, we were very comfortable in that range with no power. The heater was only used a few hours prior to bed and first thing in the morning.

We only got the chance to use the awning a few times due to wind. We never even took out a generator, or the blue boy, or the bike, or the 7 gallon fresh water jug, or the bucket, or the ladder...

I was a little concerned about our water usage since the tank went dry on day2. As it turned out I had neglected to reinstall the clean out port in the top of the fresh tank so most of the water had simply sloshed out! This was confirmed by a couple of wet boxes that were stored under the dinette. Once this was resolved we managed 3+ days on 1/2 a tank of water. We went 8 days in a row with no hookups and only 2 dumps/refills of water. I need to reseal a few windows, they won't stay latched as we roll down the road.

The Dodge got something like 13.3 mpg average for the trip and ended up with the only battle scar. Making a U turn in a campground, a short wooden post was hidden in tall grass so we acquired a nice divot in the RF bumper.

I was concerned that 2+ weeks of road debris had ruined the polish job but it washed right off this morning.
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During a labor day outing the latch bolt broke so the door would only open if the knob was turned one direction. VTS sells a replacement but it needs to be cut off for '61 trailers. Just after I received the part, the entire inner assembly fell off in my hands! One screw pulled thru the face and the other snapped off the boss from the outer piece. Keep in mind that a replacement assembly is around $450 if you can find one.

Luckily the broken boss still has 1/4 of threaded hole so all I need is a longer screw. The pulled out hole is gonna get a nice washer.

Once you hit 50 years old, stuff just starts breaking...

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Hope it all works out! That is one of the things I fear is the "unobtainium" part!!!
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Hello!

Just wanted to say thanks for the great thread!

Your thread was the first one I had read. Now that I am working on the inside of my project. I have had to read parts of it again to refresh my memory.

Awesome job!




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Hello!

Just wanted to say thanks for the great thread!

Your thread was the first one I had read. Now that I am working on the inside of my project. I have had to read parts of it again to refresh my memory.
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Thanks for the kind words. Dolly really needs a good cleaning but we have been too busy camping! I finally got around to ordering some Nuvite C for this years repolish. Christmas brought her 2x flexible solar panels so I need to snap some photos of how they are being used.

I had a slight gas leak around the propane lamp valve, some cleaning and re-greasing solved that problem.

It looks like I will take her on a week long work trip in the next few days, much better than staying in a Hotel.
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These old trailers...
Well, they drive you crazy.

Even cleaning the stove pilot light can make you reach the end of your rope.
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I can't stop laughing long enough to call and tell you it isn't worth it to end it all that way!

On the bright side, the ovens are so unreliable it would be impossible to kill yourself with one!
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I can't stop laughing long enough to call and tell you it isn't worth it to end it all that way!

On the bright side, the ovens are so unreliable it would be impossible to kill yourself with one!
In retrospect, I believe that we just both outed our age...

Most of the population probably has no idea what it used to mean 'stick your head in the oven'

Anyway...I'm just glad that Mrs HiHo didn't turn on the gas and instead just snapped a photo...
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I finally remembered to install the antenna rotator. Off came the old rusty one and on goes the newly painted/rebuilt one. Lots of custom parts were required because the inner and outer assemblies are from 2 different style rotators. A few small details are left but it works!
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13.3? With the Cummins?
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13.3? With the Cummins?

Yup. That was for the entire trip with a fair amount of crawling around on Forest Service roads.
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