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Old 07-06-2012, 07:36 PM   #15
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True!

Can't lock up non-ABS disc brakes? That doesn't sound right. I can lock up the discs on my mountain bike, but it's been a long time since I've been without ABS on a vehicle.
It is right, we have no ABS, and a 16,000 pound mo/ho is a lot different from a mountain bike. My mechanic, who services Fire Dept. rigs, told me that the coach should come in for inspection because we could have fried the pads. He's only serviced the coach for twenty years, so why should I do anything less?
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:21 PM   #16
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Thanks, Anita. As I recall, all I could say was, "holy sh*t" when I realized I was going to cream-in. We are recovered, but the memory stays forever.
I only curse when I know we're going to make it. When I think we're going to hit, I do not say anything. Sad that I've been in enough situations that I know this about myself.

Glad you and Bess are okay!
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:39 PM   #17
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Cool brake story there, old timer!! Had a straight truck zeroed at me this afternoon for a near head-on. Got his steer axle across the line on an narrow two-laner before he corrected . . and just before I headed for the bob-wahr with 42k in the top-heavy trailer behind me. All in a days work in the oilfield. And I'll take these bozos any day over a road full of four wheelers (is the irony).

The brake material inspection should be of real interest. Don't forget hoses with that prolonged pressure spike (and splits in hard lines, especially if original). Heat on the bearings would also get my interest.

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Old 07-06-2012, 09:57 PM   #18
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Mike, haven't both of these 'near-misses' (including getting outer mirror whacked off) occurred on I-5?
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:24 AM   #19
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Mike, haven't both of these 'near-misses' (including getting outer mirror whacked off) occurred on I-5?
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Yes, that stretch of the I-5 corridor from Portland through Tacoma and Seattle is a very freaky drive. A combination of poorly designed freeways and too much traffic may contribute. I avoid that area as much as I can.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:00 PM   #20
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Glad to hear everybody is okay .Good driving on your part.It takes a lot to drive the moho's in busy traffic . Good thing you have alot of experience .
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:06 PM   #21
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Phoenix and Salt Lake City are two other areas where the radio gets turned off and max attention is paid.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:10 PM   #22
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a 16,000 pound mo/ho is a lot different from a mountain bike.
Certainly is. I just threw in the bike because it's the only vehicle I currently have that doesn't have ABS.
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Mike, I've driven that stretch of I-5 from Portland all the way up to Everett. It's not too bad in the less populated areas, but Tacoma, Seattle, WHEW!
Sometimes you wonder if a 2 lane road wouldn't be better, but then you run the risk of someone cutting you off, only to turn into the next business 20 feet away......
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:51 PM   #24
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Mike --- everyday now I see you have "Another near-miss" in the new posts. What the h$%^ are you doing wrong??

Have fun out there.

I have my own campfire story about I-5 in Seattle.

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Good reason to drive at night and early in the morning... lot less stressful
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Not a near miss - hit

We wrecked our 1981 Classic 3 years ago because a bobtail truck decided he wanted our lane and 'did not see us'. Side swiped from front to rear including our tow vehicle. It was dry, clear and dry pavement. Even though we had side damage, windshield and window damage, we were 1 hour from home and drove home, shaking all the way. That ended that trip before we got started. We went home and decided not to continue our trip in our 1959 airstream trailer and pickup.

We did find a 1992 Classic and I am always on pins and needles wondering if that will happen again.

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Old 07-09-2012, 10:47 AM   #27
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Mike --- everyday now I see you have "Another near-miss" in the new posts. What the h$%^ are you doing wrong??
If there's a drawback to full timing, it's your chances of a "cream-in" are increased ten-fold.
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For every positive, there has to be a negative.

But, I just wanted to point out, if this thread gets a fresh posting every day, fellow Airstreamers will get the impression that those silver motorhomes are bad luck.

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