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Old 05-04-2013, 07:13 PM   #15
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We also pay for Good Sam roadside service protection, it's worth it.

We lost the big awning off of the curbside of our 310 driving east across the plains at this time of the year to a strong south wind. Make sure it's snugged down if you hit any wind.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:12 PM   #16
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Nice one Tom!
Well, I have been where you are!

Flew in to get mine too, so the amount things I could was limited.
I packed in a sleeping bag and pillow, and few clothes to suit the April weather in KS. Phone and chargers, GPS, my AAA RV card, my Laptop, loaded with every manual and bit of info I could find.
What tools I could bring was a weight issue. I brought general tools like Flashlight, Vice Grips, tape, Leatherman, electrical tester, crimper, connectors, DMM, and Zip Ties.

Flight in and inspection went as planned.
I went to the local Sears and picked up one of these..
255 Pc Mechanics Tool Set: Never Again Borrow a Tool!
The plan was that it would be my "Onboard Kit", and it still is.
I also grabbed fuses, a hammer, big adjustable wrench, and a few other sundaries.

My drive home was about 1600 miles, and the beast gave me no issues beyond a water leak from the water heater and a blown fuse.

The good news is that with the drivetrain we have, you can get almost anything anywhere!

Enjoy the drive and keep us informed!
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:54 AM   #17
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You are a brave soul. Good luck, hopefully all will be well. I'm leaving tomorrow from south FL going out to the west coast and back the northern root to the upper UP of Mich. Believe this will put me through some place near to you in Minn. I think. Every long journey is full of surprises. Happy motoring!
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:25 PM   #18
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You are a brave soul. Good luck, hopefully all will be well. I'm leaving tomorrow from south FL going out to the west coast and back the northern root to the upper UP of Mich. Believe this will put me through some place near to you in Minn. I think. Every long journey is full of surprises. Happy motoring!
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We just came through Mn and the UP. First winter camping trip. Talk about surprises! We will be heading back that way in 2 weeks. Maybe we could link up somewhere.
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #19
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I went to the local Sears and picked up one of these
255 Pc Mechanics Tool Set: Never Again Borrow a Tool!
Have a safe trip. Be careful and don't get into tight spots you can't get out of. I flew in also to pick up my 2005 396 XL and left Lakeview NJ in freezing rain and snow. What a trip back to Texas. No problems.


Nice looking tool set, what are the measurements on the chest, width, depth and height. I have a storage compartment in the back drivers side that this just might fit it and still allow the drawers to slide out and open the top. I just don't have my measurements here with me.

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Old 05-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #20
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Fuses are easy to come by but might be nice to have a couple spares, a meter, trouble light and IR thermometer. WD40 for those things that are supposed to move, besides the duct tape and wire for those that shouldn't move. Check age of tires over 10 yrs think about replacing.
Hardest thing about driving 34 ft is the rear overhang, it moves right when you steer left and has to be monitored in tight places. Take the time to set the mirrors, only you will monitor your blind spots, other drivers will not know they are invisible.
Steep downhill or mountains use gears to slow, brakes should be used fast to reduce speed to put in lower gear, good rule of thumb gear used to go up should be the one to come down.
Good luck on your adventure.
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Thanks again to everyone for the helpful advice. I will be sure to post some pics and a little trip log, hopefully with the good kind of adventures. Putting my road tool kit together tomorrow and flying out on Saturday. PO found us a scenic spot right on the Pacific ocean to spend our first night which should be a great start to our trip. Wish us luck!
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:50 AM   #22
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Great!
Keep us up to speed with your progress and LOTS of pic please!

The Toolbox is 18" Wide, 12" Tall and 12" deep.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:52 AM   #23
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Fuel Filters - can't live with out them. Get pretty good at changing them on the roadside especially if rig has sat for any length of time.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:15 AM   #24
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Forwarned is...well...forewarned...
The tranny is set to release from 1st to 2nd if the RPMs get too high...keeps the tranny from self-destructing, but the first time it did that to me going DOWN a steep grade midway into a curve was gut-wrenching...uhm, might want to take a clean pair of skivvies
...I had the tranny checked out, and was told that it was fine...sometimes you just have to use the brakes, and if yer overloaded like we are, plan extra time for side-of-the-road brake cooling and garment change...
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:45 AM   #25
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I would check all the tires. I had a bad run with Chinese made tires. Three blowouts in three trips. The rate for a tire on the side of the road on Saturday night is criminal. The only other thing that has stopped us on the road was a blown hose which I was able to fix with a peace of heater hose that I normally carey. I would also check brakes and wheel bearings regularly in the first few hundred miles. Remember it is no Miata that trip I took down the blue ridge parkway towing our Jeep nearly set our brakes on fire. Have fun.
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Thumbs up Hope you made it thru the "black hole"........




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