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Old 04-03-2018, 09:47 AM   #141
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I just replaced my rear brakes at 70k miles. The pads were 95% worn but there was never a dash light. I did the fronts a 50k and again no dash light.
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Old 04-03-2018, 07:04 PM   #142
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We bought our 2007 Interstate at 32K miles. We never really liked how it stopped. The back brakes didn't seem to grab at all and no brake dust. We went to the local Mercedes dealer who said they were in spec and fine. At 43K, we had them checked and changed at a Freightliner dealer/repair shop . What a difference! So much better.
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:55 AM   #143
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First major issue.
Recently (before I replaced front brakes) I got a brake, ABS and traction control lamps on.
Reading the code, it appears to be either some electrical connetions, or a bad ABS hydraulic controller. I cleaned all the earths (and improved them), check the pins of the ABS controller and everything else in the manual.

I bought a new ABS controller ($$$)- finding that it appears someone replaced it before with the incorrect part (I checked with MB for proper part on my VIN).
I installed the correct one, re- ‘Perameterized’ it, did the ‘exceptional bleeding’ and all appears to be well now (except my wallet).
At least I saved a couple grand from what MB probably would have charged me.

I’ve had a couple of issues that took me a bit to isolate (the bad EGR, with the different ECU encoding was one), but nothing very expensive or difficult.
the ABS controller wasn’t too bad to change, although I was parinoid I’d cross-thread all the hydraulic lines when trying to re-fit. Ends up I only had difficulting starting one of them and no problems.

Ready for a long trip.
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Old 05-27-2018, 09:11 PM   #144
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I’ll have a bunch of updates soon

Just passed 10,000 miles on a 6week trip (home soon)
Great fun, loads of beats places.
Only one issue (solved but $$$)

I’ll post pics and details soon
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:22 PM   #145
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We just got home.
11,000 miles (actually 11,001 miles).
6 weeks.

Started Northwest corner of Washington State- down through the SouthWest, across lower middle, to Florida- Maine and back home.

I’ll start posting up with pictures. Quite a trip!

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Old 05-30-2018, 07:48 PM   #146
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Day 1
We decided on an easy 1st day to a known good spot.
Left the Olympic Peninsual (NW corner of Washington State)- across Hood Canal Bridge, thorugh Tacoma, up hwy18 to I90. Across the pass and pickup I82, then a side road down to Plymouth, WA.
Corp of Engineers campgrounds I’ve stayed at a number of times (great senior price).

I think about 7+ hours driving time. Around 25mpg (I’ll have to check)

Carried a little 1972 Honda CL100 on the back for putting around campgrounds, touring roads in NPs and the like (not over about 45-50mph). I have it on a rack shown in previous posts, with a ‘Rack Attach’ swing to allow quick rear door access.

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Old 05-30-2018, 09:22 PM   #147
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Carried a little 1972 Honda CL100 on the back for putting around campgrounds, touring roads in NPs and the like (not over about 45-50mph).
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I had one of those in high school. 40-50mph? Umm, maybe downhill w/ tailwind Though mine was the 'S' de-tuned unit , I think 'S' meant slo-poke, but it was still fun
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:09 AM   #148
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Yes, it easily will do 50mph on the flats, even 2-up. it will not get there quickly though...

Here is an overview. It is missing day 1 and have some odd 'backtracks' that didn't happen. The time on the track points seems to have gotten messed up so it appears to have some 'flying' backtracks.

We used more Interstate travel then I wanted, but with the ambitious travel plan and (relatively) short time it just happened. Sometimes I didn't want to spend a bunch of time anyway- just get across. Coming back across I was about ready to be home anyway, so perhaps did some longer days. It is too nice here this time of year to be gone.

Originally we were going to spend a couple of days in Iowa with my cousin, but they left for a trip just before we could get there.
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:18 AM   #149
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Day 2

Left Umatilla area and just took I82 across eastern Oregon. Just blasted across.

Got into Idaho (barely) and some side roads to route 78- then 51 south.
that turns into Nevada 225. Goes through Duck Valley (some neat scenery) and we stayed at the Shoshone tribe 'Wild Horses reservoir' campsite. Cheap ($7 I think) and a great view.
if I had it together, I would have had daily mileages. I could still figure those out if I felt like it. But this was a full day of traveling, but nothing too bad. Left not that early in the morning (maybe 9am) and got there by 4pm or 5pm I think.

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Coming back across I was about ready to be home anyway, so perhaps did some longer days. It is too nice here this time of year to be gone.
Yowza! I had originally just glazed over your 11,001 mileage stat. BUT now seeing it in the big map, I can appreciate better the enormity of the trip. No wonder you were ready for home.

PS: Looks like you went through Pioche, Caliente - places we frequent short getaway from LV.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:40 AM   #152
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Day 3

Left Wild Horses, kept on south to I 80.
Turned at Wells on Nevada 93. I was going to go over the higher pass, but I wasn't sure what the road was like this early. Should have done it.

then down 93.
We were going to stay at Cathedral Gorge state park again - but it was full.
So tried out Echo Canyon. It was back aways, and we stayed at the campground rather than the RV site (partly because the person giving directions was VERY vague. No water or anything, but we took the highest site and had a nice walk to overlook the canyon.

GPS said 401 miles.


I'll get some pics of these areas before going further.

Yes, we went through Pioche and Caliente
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We were going to stay at Cathedral Gorge state park again - but it was full.
If you ever go through again and Cathedral Gorge is full (which happens a lot because it is on the main highway), continue all the way to Caliente and right before you exit town, 2.5 miles off the highway is Kershaw Ryan State park. No full hookups, but restrooms, showers, dump station AND very clean, well maintained, and under-utilized due to it's off-highway location. And beautiful scenery, walks, cycling, nature watching.
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Old 05-31-2018, 01:17 PM   #154
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Campsite at echo canyon.
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Old 05-31-2018, 03:45 PM   #155
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Day 4

Echo Canyon, through Vegas, stopped in Henderson to visit friend and have lunch, then on to the Hualapai Mountain Park (SE of Kingman).

I stayed here for a few days while checking for the World MotoTrial last end of July/August. It is up around 6-7500 ft, so not as hot.

GPS says 322 miles.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:07 PM   #156
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Another picture at Wild Horses campsites
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Another Echo Canyon NV
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in Nevada along 93- south of Echo Canyon aways.
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First pic is the RV sites at Hualapai Mountain park- there are ones up in the woods that are quite nice, but we needed the power/water/sewer at this time.

2nd one is up in the trail a mile or two- maybe 7500 ft?

We stayed two nights here, going around the greater area and in the park
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Day 5 & 6

We stayed at Hualapai MT park another day, with some hiking and driving around the area.
it was 100 down by the river (Bullhead City). WAY to hot for NW wimps.

Left in the morning of day 6, picked up Route 66 and followed that aways. Stopped along the way (the Caverns, food, etc) then made our way to the Grand Canyon.
We got there too late to chance the Park Service 'first come first serve' site, so stayed at a commercial site. There was a free shuttle from there, so we hopped on that and wandered around until well after sunset.

320 miles for both days. So quite short for us.
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