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Old 05-19-2007, 07:40 AM   #29
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DAY 2

We were westbound at about 65 mph. A car passed us in the left lane waving frantically at us that something was amiss with Lucy. Fortunately, we were approaching Exit #490 near Forney, Taxas (about 30 miles east of Dallas). We pulled off on the exit ramp and brought Lucy to a stop. SuEllyn jumped out first and found to her horror that Lucy's right front tire had blown out and was shreaded.
Imput as to possible causes would be appreciated. Hopefully tomorrow will be be a better day for Lucy.
What was the temperature outside?

We blew a BRAND NEW tire coming home from the Colorado VAC Rally two summers ago. The temperature was in the 90's, and we were able to limp in to a Farm and Fleet and buy their last correctly sized tire, right before MORE campers came in with shredded tires from highway heat :-(
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Old 05-19-2007, 11:21 AM   #30
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What was the temperature outside?

We blew a BRAND NEW tire coming home from the Colorado VAC Rally two summers ago. The temperature was in the 90's, and we were able to limp in to a Farm and Fleet and buy their last correctly sized tire, right before MORE campers came in with shredded tires from highway heat :-(
The temperature when the blowout happened was in the high 80's. This tire had about 13,000 miles on it and did not show very much wear.
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Day 7

We broke camp at the Fort Collins, Colorado, KOA this morning (photo 1). We headed north into Wyoming where we were greeted by a giant buffalo sign on top of a mountain (photo 2). We drove into Cheyenne and decided to make a stop at the Sierra Trading Company headquarters. They have the greatest factory store on site. We got some really neat stuff for cheap. We were really impressed, and highly recommend this stop if you should pass through Cheyenne. They have ample RV parking (photo 3). We had a shopping session at Wal-Mart before heading west.

We started west along I-80. We found this to be a route where the big trucks outnumber the cars and RVs 3 to 1. We stopped along the way to see the Tree Rock which has been a Wyoming landmark since the railroad came through in the late 1860's (photo 4). We continued west and took short detours to take a mini-tours of Laramie and Rawlins. Both of these were worth the time to look at. We finally made camp for the night at the KOA in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Tomorrow we head north to Grand Teton National Park!!!
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Day 8

The Rock Springs, Wyoming KOA was very nice, albeit a bit treeless. I guess that's a western thing. We've noticed most of the campgrounds out here are pretty much devoid of trees. We headed north on US 191. It was a beautiful drive through very rural country. There are not many places that you can drive for miles and miles and see no sign of man's intrussion other than the roadway itself. SuEllyn and I speculated that this countryside looks the same as it did when the white man first laid eyes on it.

We went through several small towns along the way. In one of them, we noticed this Airstream resting in his perch on top of the hill (photo 1). As we got closer to Jackson, the snow-topped mountains came into view. What a gorgeous site, especially for us flat-landers. We stopped several times at pull-outs to take it all in (photos 2 & 3).

We arrived in Jackson at about 3 o'clock and stopped at the Visitor Information Center. A lady at the center directed us to the nicest RV park in town, the Virginian RV Resort right in Jackson (photo 4). We got Lucy placed and hooked-up and took a ride around town. It is very touristy but nice. We went by Albertson's and got some supper to have back at Lucy.

The weather reports are calling for rain and/or snow here for the next couple of days. We are heading into Grand Teton NP tomorrow regardless of the weather.
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There aren't to many places I guess with landscape like TopSail?

What's the temp range there?

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We continued west and took short detours to take a mini-tours of Laramie and Rawlins.
Remember how uninteresting the landscape is around Rawlins? If my memory is correct, the following is true: there is more geologic time visable to the eye in that flat, visually dull, area than in the grand canyon. The reason for this is the layers representing that time erroded away and then a more recent layer was deposited. Whats this information worth? Not much I suppose, but I think it is kind of neat. By the way, did you go and see the old stage coach station at Rock Springs?
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I'm loving this travelog. Please post more pictures.
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I am really enjoying your travelog. The pictures are great. You are very lucky that the tire that blew out wasn't on the side where your sewer connection is.

This happened to me several years ago. I posted my "tale of woe" on this forum here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...tion-2641.html

You may want to replace the other rear tire just for peace of mind.

Have a great remainder of your trip.
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Remember how uninteresting the landscape is around Rawlins? If my memory is correct, the following is true: there is more geologic time visable to the eye in that flat, visually dull, area than in the grand canyon. The reason for this is the layers representing that time erroded away and then a more recent layer was deposited. Whats this information worth? Not much I suppose, but I think it is kind of neat. By the way, did you go and see the old stage coach station at Rock Springs?
Actually, we appreciate such information. We love exploring the the various areas and natural wonders of this great country. We are are finding that exploring by Airstream is the best way to do it.

Unfortuneately, we missed the old stage coach station in Rock springs.

Thanx for the info.
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How are you visiting the area... leaving the stream in town and doing day ventures? What about going to Yellowstone??
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Her's a few more pics. The dish farm is in Cheyenne. I,ve never seen that many together. The scarry storm was along US 191 in Wyoming. The mountains facinate us low-landers. The house is the Ferris Mansion in Rawlins, Wyoming, built in 1903.
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I am really enjoying your travelog. The pictures are great. You are very lucky that the tire that blew out wasn't on the side where your sewer connection is.

This happened to me several years ago. I posted my "tale of woe" on this forum here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f438...tion-2641.html

You may want to replace the other rear tire just for peace of mind.

Have a great remainder of your trip.
I've thought about that. We've become gun shy when it comes to Lucy's tires. I've been checking pressure every day and visual/kick inspection at each stop. We've been thinking about replacing all of Lucy's tires and adding a Pressure Pro monitoring unit. Thanx for the info.
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I've thought about that. We've become gun shy when it comes to Lucy's tires. I've been checking pressure every day and visual/kick inspection at each stop. We've been thinking about replacing all of Lucy's tires and adding a Pressure Pro monitoring unit. Thanx for the info.
I don't know if it does more than make me feel better but I usally feel the tires for temp whenever I stop. I also picked up a $50 aircompressor this weekend so I don't ever have to start the day with less than optimal tire pressure.
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