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Old 04-10-2011, 12:17 PM   #99
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Thanks Top! I have to go to work to get a break if you know what I mean.

Ill be lurking around keeping an eye on things while Im away. Talented as you are and hard as you work on Abby you just might be done with her before Im done with mine. Man that would make me look bad! Good luck with Abby! Hopefully we will all be camping soon! Take care!
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:07 AM   #100
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Well my time in Asia is coming to an end, Im finally on my way back home. While I was away I order 6 new 16'' aluminum wheels, 6 new Michelin LTX M/S tires, 4 centramatic balancers, 4 new shocks from ODMRV.com, and a new back bumper. Everything should arrive about the same time I do. Mrs. S and I sure have our fingers crossed that we get our floor laid and everything put together in time to make a 7 day test run while Im home this time. Looks like Im sure going to be busy while Im home.
Rome wasnt built in a day, but Rome also didnt have Mrs. S swinging a whip either....
Glad to be headed home and will be even happier to be working on our AS. Stay tuned Ill be posting progress soon.
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Old 05-11-2011, 08:22 AM   #101
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Wow Mr. S! Six new tires and rims? Two spares? Have a safe trip back. Hope you get her all done so you can go camping!
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Wow Mr. S! Six new tires and rims? Two spares? Have a safe trip back. Hope you get her all done so you can go camping!
Great catch Top! I meant to say 5 new rims and 5 new tires! I've been up for over 24 hours now and I had 6 on the brain for some reason. 5 is the correct number. Thanks!
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:41 PM   #103
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What a MESS

Well I havent got a single thing done to the AS since I got home. Mrs S picked me up from the Airport in Dallas on Thursday and we drove to Tyler Tx to attend my sisters graduation from college. That all went great, we said our goodbyes and headed out on our two and a half hour drive home and our truck broke down. This is the second time Ive had engine problems with our 08' model truck (only 57,000 miles) which we were going to use as our TV but after our last event its now history. Today I made a special trip out of town and put a down payment on our brand new TV And man ole man is it a beast. She will arrive at the dealership in a couple days for me to pick up. We sure do hope we have better luck out of this brand of truck, got to be better than the last. Ill be sure to get a pic up when we pick it up. I was just to excited not to tell anyone. Tomorrow Ill dive back into the AS project. Hope my new rims show up soon these new Michelin tires sure look lonely with no rims.
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:49 PM   #104
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Welcome back to the Republic! Sorry about the luck with the truck. Sounds like you are happy with the new purchase. Congratulations!
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Glad to have you back mr.smith. are you going to try to make the San Marcos rally the first week in june?
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:59 PM   #106
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Thanks for the welcome back

Thanks for the welcome back guys....As far as the rally in San Marcos we really dont know, we would love to take the AS out and meet up with some fellow ASers but its to soon for us to make a commitment at this point. We still got a lot on our plate. We still need to lay the top floor, install the couch or gancho, the bedroom still has to be put together, and I need to go through the running gear and brakes. Seems like my to do list goes on and on. We did purchase out new bed matress today and Mrs S picked out her bedding today. We hope to be on the open roads very soon. Lets just say were playing it by ear for now.
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Hey J,
I forgot to ask about the Centramatics. Did you get them?
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I forgot to ask about the Centramatics. Did you get them?
Yea I did get them. Im kinda not sure about them. There kinda cheap looking. They have a silicone type bead around them that seems to hold the I'm guessing sand in? I dunno I was expecting alittle more quality for the price. But then again I may be wrong, I've been wrong many times before. Have you gotten yours? What's your thoughts?
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I haven't ordered any. I just got my tires balanced at Discount Tire today. She has the original rims, original hub caps, eight year old Nanco 7.00x15 Chinese tires. I doubt I'll buy new tires until later on in the summer.
As far as the Centramatics are concerned, I have only watched the videos from their web site. I once saw them at the Mid America Truck show in Sioux City, IA in 1989. They looked high quality then. I guess things change. I don't think I'll be buying them. I don't think there is a substitute for quality tires, good wheels and regular tire balancing. I have thought of taking the hub/drum assembly to be dynamically balanced at a machine shop that can do the work.
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Well I'm going to be honest. I think the centramatics are poorly made. There very thin and the silicone substance all the way around the inner portion really doesn't impress me much. I'm going to run them since I have them but If they don't hold up for long I'm not going to replace them. They may prove me wrong and for the price I hope they do. Time will tell. I think I could have gotten away without running them and done like you said, Rotate and balance regular and keep a close eye on wear patterns and tire pressure and I'd have been fine.
Eight year old tires huh?? Your braver than me the last thing I want to do is change a tire on a trip. Or have damage because I was running on old tires. Mine I have now aren't to bad but two have wore pretty good on the outside. Kinda has me wondering why.? But I haven't found the first weight on them either.
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While I was at work I seen a Excella bumper on eBay that was used but in really good condition, so I bid on it and won. I just opened the box it came in and found this little surprise inside. It's a Tervis cup with an Airstream patch inside. Mrs S was so excited and so was I. Just goes to show there are still thoughtful good hearted people out there.
We know they sell these cups at Bed Bath & Beyond but have never seen them with Airstream logos. Does anyone one know where we might find more cups like this? They would be great to keep in the AS.

Special thanks to the person that sent it to us with our purchase. Just incase they might be a fellow forum member!
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