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Old 09-24-2008, 08:43 PM   #729
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:34 AM   #730
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i always wondered about those folks with Airstreams.......
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Old 09-26-2008, 07:30 PM   #731
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Twas the night before departure...

All the awnings are rigged in, the stabilizers raised, the tv antenna lowered, the odds and ends that accumulate over months of sitting in one spot have been found a home, or disposed of. The truck is hooked up to the airstream with care, in the hope Wally Byam would soon be there...
Anyway, the only thing attaching us to the outside world is the electric, water, and sewer lines and hoses, and the internet cable. Tomorrow morning, before dawn, I'll raise the tongue jack, unhook the water and internet, dump the holding tanks, and we'll be off.
I won't have time to post tomorrow before we leave, and out internet access will be spotty for the next several days. The next time I'm sure we'll have internet access is at our destination, roughly 5-7 days from now. I hope we will have a completely dull and uneventful trip, but y'all know us...
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Old 09-26-2008, 07:33 PM   #732
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All the awnings are rigged in, the stabilizers raised, the tv antenna lowered, the odds and ends that accumulate over months of sitting in one spot have been found a home, or disposed of. The truck is hooked up to the airstream with care, in the hope Wally Byam would soon be there...
Anyway, the only thing attaching us to the outside world is the electric, water, and sewer lines and hoses, and the internet cable. Tomorrow morning, before dawn, I'll raise the tongue jack, unhook the water and internet, dump the holding tanks, and we'll be off.
I won't have time to post tomorrow before we leave, and out internet access will be spotty for the next several days. The next time I'm sure we'll have internet access is at our destination, roughly 5-7 days from now. I hope we will have a completely dull and uneventful trip, but y'all know us...
Terry,

Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down. You and Marie have a safe and wonderful tour of the Southern US.

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Old 09-26-2008, 08:30 PM   #733
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You will have Internet access Sunday night in Arkansas!

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Old 09-26-2008, 10:18 PM   #734
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As you begin this new aadventure, just know that you have many friends in the background wishing you a safe and enjoyable trip. we would be on the roadway to cheer you on lf we could. Our thought and prayers will be for a great trip and new job. Keep us informed as you can. Just don't loose Marie and Sophie in traffic.

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Old 09-26-2008, 10:30 PM   #735
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And don't forget there are lots of us along the way if you get in a bind. Good luck and safe travels.

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Old 09-27-2008, 05:07 AM   #736
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As you begin this new aadventure, just know that you have many friends in the background wishing you a safe and enjoyable trip. we would be on the roadway to cheer you on lf we could. Our thought and prayers will be for a great trip and new job. Keep us informed as you can. Just don't loose Marie and Sophie in traffic.

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And don't forget there are lots of us along the way if you get in a bind. Good luck and safe travels.

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Thanks, Marie will have both Sophie and our Rand-McNally 2D nav system backup in the van with her. I'll just have Estella, the haughty voice of the Garmin GPS to keep me company...
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Old 09-27-2008, 05:12 AM   #737
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How hard can it be? Drive north to I-40 then west until you run into California.

The dog may have to run in front of the van and sniff a trail to Terry but get there we will.

Thanks everyone for your good wishes and kind offers.

Hey, a year of fulltiming and we actually get to go somewhere!!!!!

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Old 09-27-2008, 04:32 PM   #738
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The fun never stops...

We are at the RV park we intended to stay tonight, at Opelika, Alabama. That's the good news.
The bad news is, one of the brand-new brake magnets shorted out, causing the trailer brakes to be completely inoperative. This at a truck stop on I-75 in Tifton Georgia. After some quality time checking wires, and teaching anyone within earshot a few new words, I finally located the bad magnet, and isolated it from the rest of the brake system. We now have brakes on 3 wheels, much better than 0 wheels. I utilized the jungle telegraph, and reserved a new loaded backing plate assembly from Airstream of Arkansas. Monday morning I'll be lurking at the front door when they open, and Gene has graciously given me permission to perform the replacement on his lot. They open at 8, and with any luck we'll be back on the road by 9:30, unless we get waylaid looking at the new Airstreams on the lot.
The truck did something goofy late this afternoon. The temp gauge swept way up toward "hot" 3 or 4 times, even though the cooling system was full. I'm thinking it is either an electrical issue (gauge or sender) or a thermostat that is at the beginning stages of failing. Most people wouldn't have even noticed it, but I watch the gauges like a hawk.
Something the truck doesn't have is cruise control, I found I have to keep throttling back...
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Old 09-27-2008, 05:22 PM   #739
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Looks like you went a little over 400 miles today. Pretty good for day one. I ran with 3 brakes for a while myself. I discovered a broken wire when I was changing a tire. You should be fine. Thanks for the update.
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Old 09-27-2008, 05:42 PM   #740
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Man I bet that rig looked like Halley's comet shooting by at 80 with smoke boiling out the back from that bad magnet.


One sneaky gotcha that's worth mentioning is a soft radiator hose on the suction side sucking flat after it gets hot and blocking the flow of engine coolant, and then everything goes back to normal when you pull over to take a look.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:13 PM   #741
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We are at the RV park we intended to stay tonight, at Opelika, Alabama. That's the good news.
The bad news is, one of the brand-new brake magnets shorted out, causing the trailer brakes to be completely inoperative. This at a truck stop on I-75 in Tifton Georgia. After some quality time checking wires, and teaching anyone within earshot a few new words, I finally located the bad magnet, and isolated it from the rest of the brake system. We now have brakes on 3 wheels, much better than 0 wheels. I utilized the jungle telegraph, and reserved a new loaded backing plate assembly from Airstream of Arkansas. Monday morning I'll be lurking at the front door when they open, and Gene has graciously given me permission to perform the replacement on his lot. They open at 8, and with any luck we'll be back on the road by 9:30, unless we get waylaid looking at the new Airstreams on the lot.
The truck did something goofy late this afternoon. The temp gauge swept way up toward "hot" 3 or 4 times, even though the cooling system was full. I'm thinking it is either an electrical issue (gauge or sender) or a thermostat that is at the beginning stages of failing. Most people wouldn't have even noticed it, but I watch the gauges like a hawk.
Something the truck doesn't have is cruise control, I found I have to keep throttling back...
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I had a 1989 chevy 4.3 V6 that got hot like that. Turned out to be a blown head gasket. Your truck appears a little newer so hopefully it is not that. Good luck in your journey.
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Old 09-27-2008, 06:31 PM   #742
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I had a 1989 chevy 4.3 V6 that got hot like that. Turned out to be a blown head gasket. Your truck appears a little newer so hopefully it is not that. Good luck in your journey.
I'm thinking that is probably not what it is, because after several trips up and down the temperature scale, the gauge stabilized, and didn't twitch after that. I added no coolant, and drove no differently. Of course, anything is possible, especially since we've had this truck a total of 3 weeks.
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