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Old 09-06-2011, 03:14 PM   #85
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House batteries and battery box

My house batteries were getting a bit old so I got a couple new Interstate batteries. Irun two 6 volt batts in serial for 12 volts.

I also installed my battery box that I bought some time back.
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:19 PM   #86
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Schedule for tomorrow's road trip...

05:00 am - wake up
05:30 am - leave house, drive car 4 hours north to Red Bluff
09:30 am - arrive in Red Bluff, gas up car
10:15 am - arrive at ranch to pick up MH
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - install MH auto battery ( took it home to charge), install new check valve and fittings on air compressor and hope I got all leaks so air bags will pump up, start GenSet and turn on a/c ( going to be 108 degrees tomorrow), drive over to maintenance yard and fill propane tank, check tire pressure, vacuum carpet, clean windows, put new end on sewer hose, fix bed latch, adjust mirrors, get Yahama 2000 generator from ATaV trailer, find American flag in back of truck, adjust mirrors
12:00 pm - head down mountain with MH
01:15 pm - Redding - put $100 in gas in MH (well pump shuts off at 100 bucks!)
01:45 pm - head east to Lassen Volcanic National Park
03:00 pm - arrive at north gate and drive to camp site
03:30 pm - camp all set up ( well should be quick, nothing to hook up, have to go self contained)
03:31 pm - start generator
03:32 pm - make batch of margaritas with blender
03:45 pm - hang large American flag on awning in remembrance of 09/11/2001
04:00 pm - marinade salmon
04:15 pm - make another batch of margaritas
05:00 pm - settled in to first road trip with Dad's Toy and feeeel'n good!
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:21 PM   #87
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I enjoyed reading your posts, seeing your pictures and keeping track of your progress! You deserve a few pitchers of margaritas!

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Old 09-08-2011, 10:26 PM   #88
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I enjoyed reading your posts, seeing your pictures and keeping track of your progress! You deserve a few pitchers of margaritas!

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Old 09-13-2011, 01:38 AM   #89
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We had a very successful and fun trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park. All worked out better then I had hoped. I think I might have to sell the Airstream though and get something less unique. I could hardly relax all weekend with all the number of other campers stopping by and commenting/asking about the AS MH!

More to come tomorrow...I'm exhausted!
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:34 AM   #90
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Thanks for the Pics, and keep em coming!
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:18 AM   #92
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Thanks for the glimpse of what its supposed to be all about. Can't wait til I'm roadworthy. Charly.
Even though I have used the MH quite a bit in the last 3 years, it was very exciting to take it out for the first real road trip!
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:16 PM   #96
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Road trip to Lassen...

We were only 30 to 60 minutes behind schedule in getting to Lassen on Friday. Had a lot of last minute things to do.

I got the air compressor check valve replaced and found a crack in one of the lines. I cut out the break and spliced the line together with a union. Turned on compressor, heard the suspension creek a bit as the air bags pumped up and watched the rear rise up! System came up to pressure and the pump shut off! That was a wonderful sound after three years.

The air temp was heading up to over 106 degrees in the valley and on the west side. Started up the GenSet and ran the roof air to help stay cool. We ran the GenSet and a/c all the way to Lassen. Temp at Lassen on the east side of the valley was a beautiful 80 degrees.

The MH rode great with the new shocks, new front air bags and the rear air bags pumped up and the new tires. The only complaint that I have is the mh wanders a bit and this is not good on the windy mountain roads. With the wandering I tend to understeer and then oversteer to compensate. Got into the shoulder twice and overcorrected and ended up a bit over the center line. This is something I really need to watch out for.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:07 PM   #97
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Road trip to Lassen...

One thing I have found to be the cause of many problems in a thirty year old coach is the wiring, 110 volt and 12 volt. Running the GenSet while driving, drains the auto battery very quickly. Not sure why. Running the headlights makes the gauges freak out. I know I have some corrosion at the started to take care of and I think I should replace the battery cables from the batteries to the starter and isolator.

I have also had problems over the last couple of years in getting the jacks to retract fully. I have the Power Gear three jack setup. They deploy just fine and the front one retracts properly but not the two rear jacks. It seems to be almost impossible to get replacement parts and it looks like what can be had is expensive. I was thinking that I might have to replace the dump value/solenoid. Sometimes when the jacks are down and I start the engine, the front jack will retract some. I suspect a wiring problem.

Yesterday when breaking camp to head home, I tried to retract the jacks and the rear ones would not come up. I know that the jack controller is wired to retract the jacks if you put the trans in gear and take off the parking brake. So I thought I would give that a try. The jacks down light went out immediately and I thought I would go look at the jacks, with my fingers crossed. To my great amazement, the rear jacks retracted fully, something they have not done in a couple of years. Again, I'm guessing a wiring problem.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:13 PM   #98
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Good stuff!
When I drove mine back from KS last year, I too had to deal with the wandering steering.

I was getting a little seasick over one section of B road between the bottom end of the Petrified Forest national Park, and the Freeway.
From my lofty perch, this section was pretty open for visualizing the road, and oncoming traffic.
There was something very cool about almost hustling this 34.5' 16500lb Missile along...
Seems like I had plenty of power, and the brakes felt fine, but the handling was another matter...
The crosswinds were quite fierce, and unpredictable.
With a narrow road, I hear ya, its a little nerve wracking, and the whole M/H seemed to be pivoting on the Dually drive axle.
On that day, I leaned to watch where sidewinds would be bad, like passing a Building, or emerging from a road cutting, and was prepared. The worst bit is when you emerge into a wind, and it hits the front first...
I did get into the flow, and my passenger only commented that I seemed to be "Sawing at the wheel a lot", but he said it felt fine inside.
It was not only the horizontals that were a concern..
On some of the dips and crests, the tag axle and that long tail would make you feel like the nose was gonna leave the ground, and inversely, I bounced it off the front bumpstops with a thud lots of times!
When we got back on I40, the winds were still stiff, but running in traffic with other M/H and Big-Rigs, I actually felt like we were moved offline less than them.. We ran behind a large Modern Diesel Pusher M/H, and he seemed to be bouncing around the lane less than we did... so maybe that rounder upper profile helps.
I was exhausted after that drive!

When I got back, I found out that I needed Air in my front Airbags... and I had none...I am also told that increasing the airbag pressure improves the steering, but maybe thats only if you have a Tag axle.
Mine also has the supersteer idlers, but I have not looked for any slack yet.
I will be interested to see how it feels on my next drive withair in the front springs!
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