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Old 12-21-2015, 05:25 PM   #295
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So far so good, the 310 is running great with no hiccups. This is our second trip this year along this route and we love it. I72 to US 36 all the way to Denver. We had 20+ mph winds yesterday with gusts over 40mph so 250 miles was plenty of driving for the day. Stayed at Long Branch State Park in MO last night and it was really cool to have the campground to ourselves. Such a different experience than crowded summer weekends.
Tonight we are Washington KS at a little city run campground. 30 amp electric and they have frost proof water spigots with potable water.
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We promised to stay out of the fountain. Temps have been pretty mild so getting by with two small electric heaters when parked. The dash heat is doing a good job on the road for the most part. Kicked on the furnace for just a little while while driving today.
Doing our best to minimize our waste tank use. I found a plastic tub that fits real nice on one side of the galley sink and we are using it to wash and rinse dishes then throw the water outside. Adding a bit of RV antifreeze with every toilet flush. Its a good exercise for us anyway to really monitor our water use and waste. It will pay off while boon docking in the summer months.

Should have some fuel mpg numbers with tomorrow's fill-up. That stiff wind on the first day will have an affect. Our trip in April we were getting between 10 and 12 mpg. Repairs and maintenance this summer included: valve adjustment, replaced cracked plastic bowl on the Racor filter, replaced upper and lower fuel filters, cleaned and oiled the KnN filter and added a pre filter sock, fresh oil change, and now using Diesel Kleen additive. Hoping to see some significant improvement in mpg. It obviously all needed done regardless.

So much fun driving these old rigs!!!! For the first time in our travels we passed another Classic headed the opposite direction on US36. Looked like possibly a polished Excella 28' footer. BIG WAVES as we passed each other, our brethren!!
SuperSteer Bell Cranks, new stabilizer, ball joints, new tires, new shocks, new air bags........ALL MONIES SO WELL SPENT. It is truly a pleasure to drive now.


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Old 12-21-2015, 05:36 PM   #296
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Love your Santa on the front grill.
Glad everything is going smooth.
Happy trails and have a wonderful Christmas!
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Old 12-21-2015, 05:37 PM   #297
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Very nice Mike! Safe travels!
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Old 12-21-2015, 05:53 PM   #298
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Alright Mike and Lynn. Off on another big trip. Woo Hoo!
Hope the weather is kind with you.

The coach should know the way this time.

Keep us posted, love trip stories.

Cheers Richard

PS. I'm back I Hawaii for a while, really liking the short and tee shirt weather.
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Old 12-21-2015, 06:15 PM   #299
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Rub it in Richard......now grab a board and "shoot the curl" or whatever you surfer dudes do.... Thanks for the well wishes. Just now starting to get our heads right.....in vacation mode. Always takes a few days.
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Old 12-21-2015, 06:52 PM   #300
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Mike, I really like the stretch of 36 going across Missouri, I take it every time I go home to Lincoln to visit family. Just passed through there a couple of weeks ago.

I was wondering if you were going to hit head winds, sounds like you did

Enjoy your trip and with luck you'll have tail winds on the way home!

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Old 12-21-2015, 07:30 PM   #301
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You get such a better view of the country on 36 rather than I70. Not much traffic and the road is in excellent condition. I understand that its claim to fame before the interstates were built was that US36 was the fastest route from Indy to Denver.
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:41 PM   #302
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Yep, the view is so much better than what you get on I-70 (or I-80).

I would imagine it was the fasted route from Indy to Denver. I remember traveling 36 in the 60s & 70s and the speeds were a lot slower then because it was mostly 2-lane highway. Even at that it was still a nice drive

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Old 12-23-2015, 06:09 AM   #303
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Stayed in Atwood KS last night. Funky little park close to 36. You pay at a gas station down the block. They do have 20/30/50 amp service at most of the 9 or 10 sites. Free wifi also, so not bad for a sleepover stop.

The 310 is running like a champ. No issues thus far that Im aware of. This last stretch of US36 has one long hill after another so my mpg is reflecting these long pulls. Filled up yesterday afternoon and looks like we are getting only 11mpg. My boost gauge has read as high as 12 on some of these pulls up hill, cruise control engaged at 63mph on flat road.
Thats the highest reading Ive seen on my boost gauge ever.

We should be in Golden CO by mid afternoon today. We've been good and warm so far going down the road using the dash heat primarily. We will turn on the furnace every now and then. Nights have been in the 30's so not very cold. Still using only two small electric heaters at night.

So far so good. Loving this old rig.
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:14 PM   #305
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THE 310 has landed! Made it to Clear Creek Campground about 2:00 this afternoon. Not a hitch on the trip out, the rig ran like a champ. Winds finally calmed down once we got close to the border of KS and CO. The last couple hundred miles were easy driving. Kept a close eye on my gauges in the hills of Kansas. There are some pretty steep and quite long pulls on 36. Watched my EGT and my boost gauge closely. On one long incline the boost gauge registered nearly 13 and the EGT 1100. Clear Creek Campground is right on the edge of Golden and run by the city. Its pricey but a great location for visiting family in Denver. Its $30 per night WITH $5 off for Good Sam membership. There are 33 RV sites total and all but three are rented by folks who winter over here.

Great drive out, the rig just purred along. Ran at about 2900 rpm and 63-64 mph.

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Old 12-23-2015, 06:27 PM   #306
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Congrats Mike!


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Old 12-23-2015, 06:34 PM   #307
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We need to see some pics of your coach at the campgrounds and along the way!
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Old 12-23-2015, 06:46 PM   #308
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