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Old 05-24-2014, 12:24 PM   #1
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We just got home from about 30 days and 3000 miles on the road. We headed out from Colorado to Michigan in late April. I don't like commit to being anywhere at any time but the decision wasn't mine. We ended up on a forced march on I-80. First day was short due to a late departure. We camped on a reservoir just short of North Platte NE. Nice campground next to a golf course.

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I'll post this in segments as time allows:
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:39 PM   #2
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The second day was a bit shorter than planned after about 500 miles of beating into a 30 mph gusty quartering headwind. We stopped short of our goal when we saw a KOA across the road from a fuel stop. Somehow a margarita and nachos sounded better than more beating into the wind. The winds will die overnight and we'll get an early start.

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Well, it was a good theory. Weather report called for sever weather and strong winds out of the SE so we hit the road at 5:00 am and battled stronger winds with rain until about Chicago. We made a commitment for a birthday dinner and camped on a relative's farm near Berrien Springs MI.
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A good portion of the trip was spent at my folks place outside Ludington MI. Lots of work helping my dad get caught up on projects. Much of his time is spent caring for my mom since her stroke 2 years ago. He has a well equipped shop so I took some time to work on a couple AS projects.

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We've had problems with the water pressure and the pump running nonstop. The main problem was a air leak on the suction side due to a poorly installed filter. A poor electrical connection was getting hot and melting the tape that attempted to mend the poor crimp. The fill line had been installed over the top of the pump pushing it against the floor on its distorted rubber mount making it noisy. I decided to spring for a new 4 chamber pump and filter which probably wasn't necessary.

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I've never liked the way the coach batteries were stuffed up in the front compartment. After redesigning and relocating the engine air filter, there was more than enough room to relocate them on the battery rack next to the engine batteries. Really cleaned things up. I hat to weld up a new tray and design a hold down.

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Topped off the job with a new 60 amp supply/charger. The old one worked but only put out 12.5 volts which will not charge the batteries.

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The coach batteries are charged by the engine which generally keeps them up if you are driving and plugged into shore power when stopped. With the new charger we can camp unplugged and charge the batteries at 60 amps 14.4 volts off the generator. Between that and the solar charger we can operate unplugged. Even with the new requirement to run Ann's CPAP all night.

I can also plug it in at home or storage to charge and maintain the batteries without having to hook up a charger.
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With about a week to go, we headed north and across the Mackinaw Bridge. Spent a very nice but cold and breezy night in an empty campground at the mouth of the Tahquamenon river on Whitefish Bay.

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The next day we headed up along Lake Superior. Surprised to see snow in the woods and ice on the lake. Dakota did some seal hunting in the ice flow. Don't tell him there rant any seals in Lake Superior.

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Made it a long day and camped just north of Duluth at a full service private RV park owned by some really nice Swedish folks.

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Looks like a nice trip. Do you remember the name of the campground and golf course in Nebraska .We will be out your way next year. My wife worked at pasta jays in boulder about 20 years ago.
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Looks like a nice trip. Do you remember the name of the campground and golf course in Nebraska .We will be out your way next year. My wife worked at pasta jays in boulder about 20 years ago.

I ate there on the opening day in his first location in the little cottage across from the west end bar.

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Ann selected the wrong "snake creek" on the GPS which lead us to this discovery. Indian Creek recreation area near Mobridge SD. It on the Missouri River. We will go back. With fishing gear and more time.

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A guy showed up early and caught a real nice northern pike, a couple walleye, and a bass.

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When you are roughing it, sometimes you just have to shut up and eat what's put in front of you.
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Aliens return to Devils Tower!

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Our last night! Had to leave early to beat the hail and tornados.

Got it unloaded and back in the barn about 2:00. Weather hit about 3:00.

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I was really hoping to spend a good 10 days coming home but helping out my folks was more important. It was a good trip. The AS ran flawlessly which it has for the 18,000 miles we've put on it. The maintenance and upgrades have been well worth the effort. The bedroom modification that I wrote in moving the rear queen bed is wonderful. It really feels like a bedroom now.

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