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Old 01-04-2016, 07:54 AM   #341
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Well the weather finally broke here in Colorado, highs predicted in the forties for the week, and of course its time for us to head back east to the flat lands of central Il. Did my preflight yesterday and found one front air bag completely deflated....crap. Put some air in it and it was leaking from the valve core stem. Whew! I carry a stem tool and extra stems in my tool box so I tightened up the stem first and it cured the leak. Everything else seems to be in good shape.
This trip has been the longest trip yet for the wife and I, time wise that is. Dealing with the waste tanks has been the most challenging in these temps. I think that we have solved the freeze up problems with the tanks by using more RV antifreeze, Ill know this morning when we dump on the way out of Fort Collins. Temps at night have been in the single digits just about every day while here in CO. We've had no problems staying nice and toastie in the 310. I did end up placing a small ceramic electric heater near the water pump and shooting warm air down the drivers side under the bed and down the street side wall.
Looks like we'll have good traveling weather on the way home. We are going to take our time getting back, no hurry.
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Old 01-04-2016, 09:30 AM   #342
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:37 AM   #343
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We have to give you lots of credit for undertaking this grand adventure, dealing with the issues that developed, and sharing it all with a sense of humor. It's not quite the same as heading down the Oregon trail in a covered wagon, in winter, but about as close as you can get today!
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:48 PM   #344
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Thanks Robert, its been a good trip so far. Minimal issues with the rig. Dumped our tanks when leaving Fort Collins and all was well even with the overnight temps in single digits. More RV antifreeze to start with in the empty tank must have done the trick.

Landed in Washington KS this afternoon, staying again at their city campground. Its really a nice little stop over on US36. Options are pretty limited on this rt.

No major issues at all with the rig so far on the trip. Shes running great and keeping us toasty warm. Glad I got the dash heat in good order over the past few months. Engine coolant running steady at 185, oil pressure at 70 while traveling, keeping RPMs around 2800 to 2900. Mph 63-65. Some pretty challenging terrain in western Kansas, long steep hills and the wind just never stops. Turbo is pulling around 13 on some of the hills and the EGT hasnt gotten higher than 1100 +-.

Had a small coolant leak this morning but found a loose hose clamp on the bottom radiator hose. Tightened it up and no more drip. WHEW!!

Just loving this rig. It travels so well. We have had a ball over the past couple weeks in her.

Dont know if its because you fellas suggested that the fuel additive would make the old Isuzu run quieter but I think it seems to be. Took some video with sound from the cockpit while traveling, Ill see if I can post it up here so you can get and idea.

Just too much fun so far.
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Washington KS city campground.
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Old 01-05-2016, 04:54 PM   #345
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Mike, Glad your trip is going well!
When I want to post a video, I upload it to Youtube.com and post the link here.
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Old 01-05-2016, 05:09 PM   #346
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Sounds like a great trip so far!

I know there is definitely a difference in my F250 Super Duty when I have the additive in the tank compared to when I don't. I'm almost afraid to run without the additive because it makes such a difference.

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Old 01-06-2016, 03:38 PM   #347
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Somewhere in eastern Kansas....coffee stop. (it looks fast just sitting there doesnt it? )


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Last stop over of the trip here in eastern MO. Long Branch State Park, great park. The 310 is running great and all systems seem to have survived the bitter cold snap in Colorado. It wouldnt take much for me to take a hard right and head south all the way to the gulf. Wife needs to get back to work next Monday though.

Traveling in the 310 has completely surpassed my expectations for fun and comfort. This is our first RV so we really had no idea what to expect. This was our second trip to CO this year and its just been a blast. Its been a great deal of work and expense to get her where she is but absolutely completely worth it.

Last leg of the trip tomorrow, back to the flat lands of central Il. I dont wanna go home!!


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Last stop over of the trip here in eastern MO. Long Branch State Park, great park. The 310 is running great and all systems seem to have survived the bitter cold snap in Colorado. It wouldnt take much for me to take a hard right and head south all the way to the gulf. Wife needs to get back to work next Monday though.

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Last leg of the trip tomorrow, back to the flat lands of central Il. I dont wanna go home!!


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Wasn't there an airport you could have dropped her at on the way to the Gulf?
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Old 01-06-2016, 07:17 PM   #349
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why didnt I think of that
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:53 AM   #350
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Fantastic trip Mike and I'm glad all gauges stayed in the green.

Just like any great athlete, John and I have noticed that the longer you run them the better they get. It does take a bit to get that Isuzu loosened up and fuel additive does help.

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Old 01-07-2016, 08:44 AM   #351
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Thanks Tony, it really has been. Long Branch State Park here in MO is so nice that we are going to stay another night. We've plenty of supplies on board and our fresh water and propane are in good shape. Temps are in the forties so its balmy compared to Colorado. We'll do some hiking and just enjoy the view. They provide good wifi so we have plenty of movies off Amazon Video. Last evening around dusk we had a whole heard of white tail deer grazing about 100 ft outside our door. Pretty cool.

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Old 01-07-2016, 10:06 AM   #352
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Nice trip Mike, only the bleeding bank account makes me want to stop.
Park deer are so relaxed and fun to watch.
I stopped in at a place with a bunch of bunny rabbits all over the place.
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Old 01-07-2016, 10:38 AM   #353
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Hehehehe WOW Richard, a heard of wabbits! Thats cool. Wrigley would have hours of fun.
Where was that? Its kinda funny
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Old 01-07-2016, 11:00 AM   #354
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It was in Tillamook Oregon, not far from an old giant blimp hanger, now an aircraft museum. Nice park just chock a block with bunnys.
I guess what they say, is true.

I'm guessing if you'd dropped Lynn at an airport and rolled on south, you might not want to go home again!
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Old 01-08-2016, 08:44 PM   #356
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Got home about 2:30 this afternoon and got the rig all tucked in. Got it winterized right away. Great trip, over 2200 miles and the 310 never skipped a beat. Quite an adventure for sure. I have a few small things to get to but overall the rig performed A-1. Couldnt be happier.


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Note to self, from friday afternoon while winterizing after we got home; DO NOT apply 50psi of air pressure to water system and THEN remember to drain the water heater.
SOCKET AND PLUG IN SPAAAAAAAACE..........no injuries were incurred during this event

Mike.....duhhhhhhh
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Note to self, from friday afternoon while winterizing after we got home; DO NOT apply 50psi of air pressure to water system and THEN remember to drain the water heater.
SOCKET AND PLUG IN SPAAAAAAAACE..........no injuries were incurred during this event

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Old 01-10-2016, 05:32 PM   #359
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Wow Mike roto rooting and draining all in one motion!
Sparkling pipes inside now.

Thanks again for sharing your trip with us. Helps to raise the spirits of those not on the road.

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Old 01-10-2016, 09:03 PM   #360
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I think one of the best parts of traveling in the Airstream for a good length of time is that it really narrows your focus to life in the moment. Having to concentrate our energy on the basics of food, water, shelter, warmth, etc, etc, makes for a simplicity that gets lost in our normal everyday lives. Plenty of time for fun and good times with our kids but there are basics to tend to every day while living out of the rig. We thoroughly enjoyed that. Much different than plopping yourself down in a hotel room anchored by other peoples schedules and time frames. The thought of dealing with domestic air travel right now sounds pretty horrible after traveling in the Airstream.

Looking forward to Pennsylvania in May. That will be our next long trip, distance wise.
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