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Old 06-12-2009, 10:16 AM   #155
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Just curious if they had a factory or auxilary transmission temp guage and if it gave any warning of the fluid loss.

Kudos to you for stopping to help. You are a true Airstream Ambassador

I also want some moose spotting tips. We have a lot of them around here and for the life of me I have never seen one.

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I will find out later today about about the temp gauge on the Petersons' PSD.

As far as Moose spotting goes, we look for low wet areas near the road. This is where they like to feed. We also look for a dark spot on the landscape. Many times when we first spot them, they look like a dark brown rock as they are bent over feeding. They generally like to stay somewhat near to a stand of trees to retreat to if threatened. They are most active near dusk, although we have spotted them at all times of day.

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Moose are reclusive and don't like to be seen. Most of the ones we have seen are on or near a road where they do stand out. The place you really don't want to see one is on the road as you round a curve. Everybody loses in a moose/vehicle collision. In fact, you don't want to meet one face to face either. They have a reputation for being bad tempered and they are very, very big. I think moose hunting with a telephoto lens is the way to go and Brian and Suellyn have perfected it.

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Even though we had some business to attend today, we still had a great day of Moose Hunting in the Bighorn National Forest. We had 22 moose sighting. It seemed like Mooses were everywhere we looked. We even saw two separate cows with very young calves.

We also hit snow at the 9,000 foot level.

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Well it has been in the ninety plus range at home by the time yall get back we may all be melted. Great show helping them folks. I am liking all the pics of the differant places.. Your neighbor in the Panhandle......SAM
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Old 06-13-2009, 01:43 AM   #159
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Sad to hear that summer has already begun at home, but that's the price for living in the Florida Panhandle. The temperatures here in Wyoming are really nice now, but just think about January.

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Quit rubbing it in We can't wait to leave for Canada the end of the month.

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We went back up the mountain today on the prowl for Mooses. We were able to see a few before we had to go by the Petersons' campsite to give them a ride into Sheridan to get their truck. We had called Fremont Ford in Sheridan to make sure that they got the new transmission and would have their truck ready before close of business.

Dave Peterson and his oldest daughter, Jessica, piled in Daisy and we headed into Sheridan. When we got to the Ford Dealer, they had just finished with the Petersons' truck. We hung out with them until they were sure that everything was ready to go. While were waiting, we looked at a brand new 2010 Mustang in the showroom. It is really cool.

I was with Dave Peterson when he talked to the service manager regarding what happened to the failed transmission. The service manager told him that apump or cooler line had become clogged and the stress of the climb caused the transmission fluid to boil out the vent tube.

The service manager also told Dave that they recommend installation of a seconday transmission fluid cooler to their customers who tow heavy trailers. Dave commented to me that he intends to do this as soon as he gets back to Wisconsin.

As luck would have it, Fremont Ford is directly across the street from the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Sheridan. We headed across the street to partake of cizilazation (we are really city people) and reprovision Lucy.

Mentioning Wal-Mart reminds me of something that I want to mention. When we were stuck on the mountain in the fog in that dangerous situation, only two other motorists stopped to give us a hand. One was a local rancher who gave us all his road flares to help with warning the oncoming traffic. The other was a man from South Dakota who stopped to help SuEllyn and Karen with warning traffic while I took Dave a couple of miles down the mountain to get a cell phone signal so that he could call for the wrecker. This man told Dave that he travels this stretch of U.S. 14 almost daily and would be glad to bring them any supplies that they may need until their truck was up and going. Dave showed me this man's business card yestreday. He is the regional manager of all of the Wal-Mart Stores in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming.

We then toured around Sheridan for a little while and took a few pictures of some of their interesting vintage commercial buildings. Of particular interest was the J.C. Penney store that still has its sign from the 1930's and the way cool Chevrolet Dealership building.

We then headed back to Ranchester and dropped the supplies off at Lucy. By that time, it was 7:00 PM. Since we still had a couple of hours of daylight, we decided to head back up the mountain in pursuit of the ever elusive Mooses.

We stayed up on the mountain until daylight faded away. We were able to spot an additional 15 Mooses, bring our total spottings for the day to 17. We saw a couple more new Moose Moms with their littl guys. As daylight went away, so did the possibility of decent photos. The sighingts were still of great interes to us.

By the time we got back to Lucy, it was about 10:30 PM. We had another excellent day of Airstreaming.

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Your photo reminded me of seeing the Original J.C. Penny store in Kemmerer, WY.
Enjoying your photos and posts.
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what a trip!

If you have the time head over toward Hyattville and the parks above there.....your so close and they have camoing spots now days. I used to work Trail Crew in the Big Horns up by Tepee
Pole Flats and Cloud Peak........Lake Solitude area. Never saw a moose though. To bad your a couple weeks early for a real wild west event.....the Rodeo at Ten Sleep on the Fourth of July. Your photos are Fantastic!
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Brian and SueEllen
Just curious if they had a factory or auxilary transmission temp guage and if it gave any warning of the fluid loss.

Kudos to you for stopping to help. You are a true Airstream Ambassador

I also want some moose spotting tips. We have a lot of them around here and for the life of me I have never seen one.

Michelle-

I asked Dave Peterson about the trans temp gauge in his F-250 PSD. He said that his '01 did not come with a factory trans temp gauge, and that he added an aftermarket gauge. He said that his gauge started reading 250+ as he had started up the mountain, and that he had pulled of off into a scenic view area and let it cool down for about 30 minutes. He then restarted up the mountain and that within a couple of miles, it again hit 250. He then started smelling transmission fluid, and the tranny then quit pulling, right on a steep grade with no shoulder and virtually zero visibility in the dense fog. I can not conceive a worse scenerio.

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I asked Dave Peterson about the trans temp gauge in his F-250 PSD. He said that his '01 did not come with a factory trans temp gauge, and that he added an aftermarket gauge. He said that his gauge started reading 250+ as he had started up the mountain, and that he had pulled of off into a scenic view area and let it cool down for about 30 minutes. He then restarted up the mountain and that within a couple of miles, it again hit 250. He then started smelling transmission fluid, and the tranny then quit pulling, right on a steep grade with no shoulder and virtually zero visibility in the dense fog. I can not conceive a worse scenerio.

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So she did show signs of giving up the ghost before actually dying.
My factory guage is kind of useless. My aftermarket one is not. My temps have been staying 200-210 under heavy load. Without the trailer. The temp is so low it does not register. The bottom of the guage is 180.
Thanks for asking.
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We're still here in the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming seeking out the ever elusive Mooses. It rained off and on all day yesterday, but we still saw thirteen.

SuEllyn hiked about 300 yards out into a field to photograph a young bull at fairly close range. I will admit that it concerned me a bit, but she's a big girl. I did watch very closely with binoculars.

It sure was nice to get back home to Lucy last night. It was down in the 40's all day up on the mountain.

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We're still camped in Ranchester, Wyoming.

We were back up on the mountain yesterday is pursuit of our prey. We saw a total of fifteen Mooses. Two of them were most cooperative for a photo session.

There is quite a bit of road construction ongoing in the Forest. We were able to catch a glimpse of a mating pair of giant bulldozers with their newborn. This was a rare sight, indeed.

We stayed up on the mountain until dusk. Then it was back home to Lucy. We will spend one more day in pursuit of Mooses. Tomorrow, we will break camp and head east.

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Brian, how do you know you haven't seen the same moose 25 times? So far as I know there are two moose in the whole world—with and without horns. I've seen those same two all over Canada and parts of the US.

The photos of the meadow and Twin Buttes were great—scenes like that are what made me fall in love with the west. And the picture of Hammer Chevy, another Art Deco front. I'm hoping you travel for several more months.

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