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Old 01-16-2015, 08:56 PM   #71
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At 4335 feet here at Deming, NM. Tonight, the temp is to go down to 25F so's just as well I've got plenty of LP in reserve so will be snug in the 'ol 350LE bedchamber!
Today covered some 400 miles from Kingman AZ.....quiet a drive!
Tomorrow will drive to Fort Stockton and on Sunday home to Austin..Yea!
The 350 wanders all over the road due to slack in the steering components, brakes require the leg strength of a Russian weight lifter and I don't have a filling left in my teeth from all the banging around...this thing is sprung like a stagecoach!
Having said all of that, she is a worthy beast and with nostrils flared, is heading for home.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:16 PM   #72
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At 4335 feet here at Deming, NM. Tonight, the temp is to go down to 25F so's just as well I've got plenty of LP in reserve so will be snug in the 'ol 350LE bedchamber!
Today covered some 400 miles from Kingman AZ.....quiet a drive!
Tomorrow will drive to Fort Stockton and on Sunday home to Austin..Yea!
The 350 wanders all over the road due to slack in the steering components, brakes require the leg strength of a Russian weight lifter and I don't have a filling left in my teeth from all the banging around...this thing is sprung like a stagecoach!
Having said all of that, she is a worthy beast and with nostrils flared, is heading for home.
Chris
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She knows you and you know her, that's established by now
<<Making notes to tell Chris about "steer safe system" and checking front airbags>>
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:16 PM   #73
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Glad you are making progress!! The description of your mechanical woes tells me that 1) your front airbags are not inflated and 2) quite possibly your hydro-vac or brake booster is on the fritz.

Keep coming, you are almost home!
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:16 PM   #74
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"Flared nostrils ". Love it Chris!
Might be able to tune some of the steering play out with an adjustment at the steering box. I dialed out about three inches of play at the steering wheel this way, much better.

You are on a roll now, be light with the whip hand.

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Old 01-16-2015, 11:58 PM   #75
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It takes very little to adjust the steering box. One box end wrench, and one Allen wrench. I can't recall the sizes but easy to check for size. In front of and inside of the drivers side wheel. You will find the steering box. On the side of it there is a lock nut holding the adjustment bolt. You insert the correct size Allen wrench and with the box wrench you ease off on the lock nut while holding the bolt in place with the Allen wrench. Once the bolt can turn you turn it one half turn clockwise. Then snug the lock nut while you go check the play at the wheel.
This should take a lot of the play out. If it still has play, repete with one quarter turns till the play is mostly gone. Then tighten the lock nut while holding the bolt in position with the Allen wrench. Don't want to over adjust.
If there is a grinding feeling in the wheel, you went too far, got to back off a little. 1/4 turn at a time.

This may sound complicated but once you get the tools in hand it takes about 15 min. Max.
I did this in the sellers driveway when I got mine and he was blown away. And kicking himself for driving thousands of miles sawing away on the wheel..

It will probably take you less time to do the adjustment that it took me to type this.
Hope this helps.

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Old 01-17-2015, 06:07 AM   #76
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<<Making notes to tell Chris about "steer safe system" and checking front airbags>>

Good to hear, I was about to do the same thing. Proper inflation of the front bags will make a world of difference on the remainder of the ride home. I will scan my paper work from super steer so he knows what to ask for. I did most of the components available.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:36 AM   #77
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The fill valves for he front bags are on the front bumper, near the center. They take 55 lbs, if I remember correctly.
A couple of small fixes should transform the rest of your trip in a good way.

You will be heading down into lower elevation and slightly warmer temps today. Yea!
Happy trails
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:19 PM   #78
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OK...tonight in lovely downtown Ozona Texas in the middle of oil biz it seems judging by the rigs all parked besides me in a really awful RV park called "Economy RV"...get this, $35 to hook-up, no shower or toilet so had to use duck tape to join my no- fit dump hose to the Tethford Airstream fitting.....sort of works for grey water dump only which is all I need tonight.
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bwoodstx, thanks for the comments re steering and brake booster...see also posting from teakettle re steering adjustment. PeterH is making copious notes for our get-together in Austin.Won't hassle with the air bag pressure but seems to be the problem along with steering box adjustment, thanks also to WXbouy for his input. Right now, my main focus is getting the old 350LE home to Austin in one piece.
Leaving Ozona early tomorrow, I10 then on to 290 and home by early afternoon. Hope we will all meet at some time, just to reminise and have a laugh. I plan to have the 350 at both the Spring and December get togethers!
I will make a final posting on this thread once safely in the driveway! Thanks again to each and every one of you fine Airstreamers!!
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....... I plan to have the 350 at both the Spring and December get together!.......
Which would those be??
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Which would those be??
There is a spring rally in Johnson City, Tx April 10-12 and aBlanco Christmas Rally in Blanco, Tx December 11-13, 2015.
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:38 AM   #81
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Made it!!!!
Arrived in Austin at 1pm local time. will post a reckoning of miles travelled, gas guzzled and food consumed in the next few weeks. Immediately, I'm getting together with PeterH next weekend to go over a list of "must doos" (steering box adjustment, air bags, dump connector etc. etc.) and "nice to doos" ( solve engine over heating problem before spring, replace globes, get registered, roadworthy etc.)but in any event, the 350LE is a grand old lady in any measure.
Finally, my very real thanks to each of you for being there over the 2500 miles. At some future date, I'll publish a sort of summary of the trip for the benefit of any other idiot who might plan such an adventure! Vene, Vidi, Vici!
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:48 AM   #82
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Just remember, in Texas you have 30 days to change over a title, if you have one, or you will pay a hefty penalty.
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:51 PM   #83
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Bruce..not sure if my Thanks worked but just in case..don't I need a roadworthy certificate before I can change title ?
Thanks for making me one of you very select friends!
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:06 PM   #84
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Dave and Felicia..is this the adaptor I need to get from the Thetford fitting to the standard dump hose ? Thanks
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http://www.amazon.com/Valterra-T05-2.../dp/B0006N5S6C
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