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Old 05-11-2016, 05:31 AM   #477
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:00 AM   #478
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I got my rig back last night!! Drive a lot better, never realized how poor it was driving with the worn out parts. So after $610 I got new lower ball joints, new seals, repacked bearings, new brake pads, and a front end alignment. Im all ready for this trip! See some of you tomorrow!

How late can we check in? We might be getting in 8pm or a bit later.
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:55 AM   #479
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Too bad about Dave not being able to make it, we were looking forward to seeing them again.
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Old 05-11-2016, 11:11 AM   #480
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Guys, I have crappy news.

I got the estimate back on my messed up exhaust system and its not good regarding my 280 getting to the rally.

It has very strong exhaust in the cockpit area and the exhaust shop said that both manifolds and the donut are in very bad shape and leaking and they all need to be replaced.

And so it is not safe for me to travel 26 hours round trip with it.

I am SOOO bummed because I have worked so hard and fixed it up so much to take it to the rally, and here now it can't make it.

So I have to finally admit defeat and give up my RV spot at Penn Wood. I hope that someone else can take the space.

But get this, I still want to be there to meet you guys and learn a lot about these beautiful machines, so I'm still going to drive out for the rally, but just in my SUV instead of my 280.

So give my space to someone else, but I'll still be there and I'll happily sleep in my SUV.

I'd sleep in a tent, but I think it's gonna rain the whole weekend.

So I'm excited to still attend, I'm just bummed that I won't have my motorhome with me.
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Old 05-11-2016, 11:34 AM   #481
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I hate to say this but I think you're making the right choice. I'm sure it wasn't an easy decision to make but 26 hours of driving in the conditions you were looking at would not make for a pleasant trip and could even sour you on future trips once you've got it running right.

As a side issue, I have a set of 454 exhaust manifolds from a 1986 345 that might work for your coach. If you would like I can bring them along and you can look them over.

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Old 05-11-2016, 12:22 PM   #482
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How level are the sites here? Anyone know about the one where I am staying? Wife and I are trying to figure out if we are going to bring our car or not to wander off. There's a brewery or two in the area that we'd like to check out. I just find leveling my argosy to be a pain.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:29 PM   #483
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how level are the sites here? Anyone know about the one where i am staying? Wife and i are trying to figure out if we are going to bring our car or not to wander off. There's a brewery or two in the area that we'd like to check out. I just find leveling my argosy to be a pain.

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I hate to say this but I think you're making the right choice. I'm sure it wasn't an easy decision to make but 26 hours of driving in the conditions you were looking at would not make for a pleasant trip and could even sour you on future trips once you've got it running right.

As a side issue, I have a set of 454 exhaust manifolds from a 1986 345 that might work for your coach. If you would like I can bring them along and you can look them over.

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I have to agree with Brad, Tap. All the good work you have done against a time crunch is still work well done and will hold you in good stead for the next trip, and would have taken much longer without the time crunch, so be happy with what you have achieved, get the exhaust sorted and be ready for next time.

It will be great to meet up with you over the weekend either way.
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How level are the sites here? Anyone know about the one where I am staying? Wife and I are trying to figure out if we are going to bring our car or not to wander off. There's a brewery or two in the area that we'd like to check out. I just find leveling my argosy to be a pain.
'leveling' ????
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Old 05-11-2016, 02:39 PM   #486
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Tap, I don't think Penn Wood will allow you to sleep in your SUV. I would call them first before you make the trip and get turned away. As there is no tenting allowed I am sure that sleeping in your SUV will be frowned upon. Regards, Bob. As for the sites...they are all perfectly level.
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Thats good news about them being level. I managed to borrow a car dolly from someone at work so the wife's car will be in tow. We will probably do some exploring in rural PA one or both of the days. Theres a brewery near by that I want to check out!
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Also, anyone else want to send me their email and phone number for a contact list? I will be sending the info out tomorrow morning, I have about half of your numbers with only 2 people's emails.
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Old 05-11-2016, 02:44 PM   #489
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Tap, you might want to check out the Mayfield Inn Clarion. I'll be staying there Friday night and possibly Saturday night.

It's supposed to be about 12 miles or so from Penn Wood.

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Tap, you might want to check out the Mayfield Inn Clarion. I'll be staying there Friday night and possibly Saturday night.



It's supposed to be about 12 miles or so from Penn Wood.



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Thanks Brad, will do!
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