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Old 09-27-2008, 08:55 PM   #743
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Rivet Still on Schedule Then?

Hi Terry,

So you guys are still on schedule to Alumatubeís tomorrow? She emailed me the dinner menu, and it sounds terrific! Looking forward to it.
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:20 PM   #744
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Hey Vaughan,

If all goes well they should be tomorrow afternoon sometime. I will let you know when I get an ETA from them.

Thanks for the kudos on the menu!

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Old 09-27-2008, 09:24 PM   #745
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Hey Vaughan,

If all goes well they should be tomorrow afternoon sometime. I will let you know when I get an ETA from them.

Thanks for the kudos on the menu!

Susan
Thanks Susan,

Iíve eaten your cooking.

Trust me folks, it will be good!
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:31 PM   #746
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Photo submitted for your amusement, just to prove I don't always practice what I preach...:
Did the trailer manage to keep up with you at that speed .
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:45 PM   #747
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Thanks Susan,

Iíve eaten your cooking.

Trust me folks, it will be good!
Geez Suz....we get pancake and Vaughn gets REAL food????

Just kidding. What will Collin do without you from now on?


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Old 09-27-2008, 09:48 PM   #748
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Hey, pancakes ARE real food!

I will really miss seeing Collin. That is one awesome kid! But hopefully we can still meet up at some events.

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Old 09-28-2008, 05:38 AM   #749
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Susan, and everyone else,

Good morning. It is 5:30am in Opelika Alabama. We are covering 486 miles today, give or take 5, so we should be getting to you about 3 to 5, depending on tailwinds, downhills etc.

I had to really hit the gas pedal a few times yesterday to catch up with Terry. The truck does not seem to know the trailer is behind it with me following. I may start drafting on the trailer.

Everyone have a good day, and we'll let you know how today goes.

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Old 09-28-2008, 06:05 PM   #750
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Hi,

We are at Susan (Alumutube) Near Little Rock, and Vaughan is also here. He and Terry are outside looking at Bertha and discussing the days events.

Sophie has made her usual impression on everyone'

I'll let Terry fill you in on all that happened today.

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Hope you guys have a good dinner at Susan's house.

What's on the menu tonight Suz?

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Hope you guys have a good dinner at Susan's house.

What's on the menu tonight Suz?

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Pancakes.
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:11 PM   #753
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The hound broke down...

...And left us stranded in downtown Birmingham...
Yesterday I left you with a minor mystery. A couple of times, the temp gauge would jump up toward the upper limit of its travel, usually when the truck downshifted to make it over the top of a hill. This morning, in downtown Birmingham, the problem revealed itself. The truck downshifted to top a hill, and I heard a funny "clunk", followed by the alternator warning light flashing, and the temp gauge rapidly sweeping toward the top of the gauge. Luckily (?), there was an exit there, and I drifted off the Interstate, and muscled the truck and trailer into a gas station parking lot. This is about the time I realized the power brakes work off the power steering (hydroboost), and almost drove through a fence at the back of the gas station before I got everything stopped.
I popped open the hood, and saw that :1- the serpentine belt that drives almost everything on the engine had shredded, 2- because the belt tensioner had chosen that moment to exit its mounting. The "clunk" was the tensioner being jettisoned at high velocity from under the hood. Luckily no one was in the line of fire...
This left us in a (very) bad part of town with a broken truck towing a trailer, with no way out, except fixing it in place.
Marie followed me off the Interstate, and I borrowed the van to run to the nearest parts store, a couple of blocks away. I got the parts I needed, got back to the gas station, and got the new tensioner and belt installed in record time. Total time between breakdown and "on the road again" was less than an hour.
I also found that the truck likes towing the trailer much better than starting it from a dead stop at the bottom of a hill. We went through several small towns today, and every one had at least 4 traffic lights, and at least 3 of those were at the bottom of a sharp hill. Guess which ones we had to stop at. The truck got 8.2 mpg during this time.
Tomorrow we get to visit Gene Morris of Airstream of Arkansas, and take care of our brake problem.
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:12 PM   #754
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say terry, this is going to make a great country and western song ;-)

now stop finding excuses to fix things!
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:14 PM   #755
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Whew, it has been one very nice evening! I just can't say how great it was to meet Terry and Marie, and sweet little Sophie! Vaughan and I really enjoyed meeting them and spending about four solid hours talking. Sophie is the cutest thing in person (in dog?) and is very personable.

Here is Terry driving through the yard to be able to back into his spot:
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and backing Bertha into her berth (the LED taillights and backup lights were great but my camera phone washed them out):
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Marie and I were talking inside and I looked out to see what the guys were up to and they were watching Sophie zoom around the yard, closely followed by Nilla... about four times. After that, Nilla sat down and pretended like she was going to grab Sophie every time she whizzed by. The guys looked like the Bobbsey Twins (Vaughan actually had both arms behind his back, too, but moved one as I was taking the pic):
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Nilla decided she was going to help Terry get the water hooked up:
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The awesome folks behind this whole thread:
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All I can say is, if you get a chance to meet up with them as they caravan by, TAKE IT!!! You will not regret it.

Oh, BTW, Steve, the menu was a huge green salad, beef tips on whole-wheat egg noodles, steamed broccoli, large crescent rolls, apricot iced tea and ice cream!

Now to hope the donkey doesn't scare them awake during the night. He's rather loud...

Susan
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Old 09-29-2008, 05:09 PM   #756
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Terry and Marie stopped by here today...what a great couple!

Terry had to do a little brake work on their trailer. I tried to sell them a new
Pan America but just couldn't get it done!

Anyway, I always love meeting the folks from the forum and putting a face with a name and the avitar!

Happy traveling to Terry and Marie! Go West young man Go West!!!!!

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