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Old 12-11-2008, 10:32 PM   #169
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Okay, then, 1,243-miles at 13 mpg at $1.49/gl = $142 fuel. And downhill all the way to the Rio Grande Valley. And if I didn't mention it earlier use US-281 once south of San Antonio even if it is a little farther -- a much better road than 77, quieter and more scenic. Cut off at the exit nearest the town of George West from I-37.

The Anodized Giant is finally out of storage as summer/fall just too hot to work outside for long. Went by Bob Thompsons' house to see his painted Airstream (nice thread on that) and the seam sealing work as mine needs a football field length of sealer. Still trying to figure out how to get 1,300 square feet of anodized aluminum clean . . . and reading these long threads by you A/S owners as you tackle stuff I hope never to have to do in order to get sparked.

Keep the pictures coming, love all those places!
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:16 PM   #170
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Okay, then, 1,243-miles at 13 mpg at $1.49/gl = $142 fuel. And downhill all the way to the Rio Grande Valley. And if I didn't mention it earlier use US-281 once south of San Antonio even if it is a little farther -- a much better road than 77, quieter and more scenic. Cut off at the exit nearest the town of George West from I-37.

The Anodized Giant is finally out of storage as summer/fall just too hot to work outside for long. Went by Bob Thompsons' house to see his painted Airstream (nice thread on that) and the seam sealing work as mine needs a football field length of sealer. Still trying to figure out how to get 1,300 square feet of anodized aluminum clean . . . and reading these long threads by you A/S owners as you tackle stuff I hope never to have to do in order to get sparked.

Keep the pictures coming, love all those places!
By my rough calculations, you have a 65 foot trailer???????????

A 30 foot Airstream has a little less than 600 square feet.

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Old 12-12-2008, 09:19 AM   #171
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"1300 square feet of anodized aluminum", not floor. Anyway- thanks, Rednax, for the driving tips down to your neck of the woods. I am thinking of doing just that in Feb. or March, and am hoping that gas will stay bottomed-out at $1.50 till then. Would love to do a big loop taking in the hill country, Padre Island, Big Bend, maybe even get to Monterrey, Mexico. Good luck on the seam sealing, and if you clean/buff the "Giant" feel free to post a pic of it here! -tim
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:42 PM   #172
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By my rough calculations, you have a 65 foot trailer???????????

A 30 foot Airstream has a little less than 600 square feet.

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Exterior: (35' x 9') x 4 (sides, top & bottom), plus ends at (8' x 9'); less some for curves & windows. Conservatively overstated.

Tphan:

If you're considering some routes, I'd be glad to give you my take on them.
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:12 AM   #173
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Thanks, Rednax, for all the tips on driving routes, sights, campgrounds, etc. Hoping to see your part of the country maybe in Feb./March, and have some Tex-Mex with you!
Decided to get a different WD hitch set-up, after learning more about them here, AFTER I impulsively bought one, of course. I just sold my 10,000#/1,000# trunnion-bar hitch and just bought a 6,000#/600# round-bar Reese-Cequent. This much more closely matches the weight of the trailer and tongue, and will hopefully provide for a little softer ride for the old girl.
Also sent back the Gorilla Lock, and went with the DT Max. Security coupler lock. Again- research first, then buy, not the reverse- duhh! The Gorilla would work fine on a flat-flange coupler, but not all locks seem to work on these old rolled-flange couplers. The DT is supposedly universal- all ball sizes, all flanges. Live and learn....
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:40 AM   #174
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tphan,

I have been to each of those places, fountain of youth is great. I drive from Gillette to Cody, right past leigh creek all the time. But the best campground I have been to is called the Medicine Lodge State Archealogical site near Hyatteville. It is about 30 minutes north of Tensleep, and if you ever get another chance up here, it is the best. I will hopefully pulling my new to me 74 tradewind there in June. I will post some pics. Will you be going to the Rocky Mountain Rally in Laramie? I was born in Laramie, and my mom gave a speach at the 1969 rally. If you are interested, I have 30 years camping in Wyoming and know some of the best spots from everywhere except the SW corner. Top 3 that I have been to would include medicine lodge, it is great!
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Old 04-15-2009, 11:14 AM   #175
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Hey Cassidy- I knew we should have gone to Medicine Lodge! Looked at it on the map several times, looked at it on the website, but for reasons of time/distance, didn't take the turn-off from hiway 16. Will do it next time! We can't attend the Laramie rally because we are not members of the club, otherwise we'd be there for sure. Which chapter are you a member of? Cost? I would definitely like any and all suggestions about Wyoming camping spots, including the area between Sheridan and Powell. Feel free to PM me with this, if you like, and ask away about Colorado if you plan on coming down. Will post a pic of a memento from our Wyo. trip, have another larger one in the AS! Saw them at the State pool in Thermop, bought them online after we got home. Later- tim
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:26 PM   #176
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Well I went and did it, ordered 2 new Dexters today. First, I weighed my trailer at a local truck scale: came in at 4,380 lbs total, not loaded for travel (food, etc.), no water in tanks. Figure the tongue weight to be around 400 lbs., so really only 3,980 lbs. on the axles. The original axles were rated to 2,800 lbs., and the original stock trailer weight was 5,550 lbs. I'm going to use 3,000 lb. #10 Dexters, which will give me 400# more total capacity than the old ones. These have 10" electric brakes, same as what Airstream is using on new, similar weight, coaches. Going to re-install the shock absorbers, and try the EZ-lube hubs, which uses a zirque fitting and a grease gun to keep the bearings greased. I have to give thanks here to Luke, of Luke's Maintenance & Repair Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado, for walking me through the final stages of the order specs, and actually placing the order for me. How he had time for this, while mostly being under other Airstreams getting new axles, I don't know- but Thanks!! Very helpful and straight-up guy, and got an excellent price through him. So- the journey continues on the modernization/rehab of the 37 year-old landyacht... foto from Lathrop State Park, Colorado, Spanish Peaks in distance.
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:45 PM   #177
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Good luck with your new axles. On my 1967 the axle install was very straight forward. I enjoyed the chance to see the inside of your trailer. I am jelous of your wood working skills. Adios, John
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:02 PM   #178
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hey John- enjoyed meeting you and Helen,too, at the Resto Rally in Albuquerque. That weekend was a good test of window gaskets, how did yours hold up? Any trips to Colorado planned for the summer? -tim
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:21 PM   #179
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So you pulled the trigger per say. Luke's a good guy, keep us posted on the outcome.

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Will do, Kip- and sure enjoyed your obvious expertise at the rally. Good luck with your renovation- she's going to be something! -tim
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:05 PM   #181
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If you haven't replaced the shock absorbers yet, I recommend doing it during the axle change, as it will never be any easier. Give Inland a call and you'll have them before the axles arrive.

The change out is not too difficult, with the new holes probably being the biggest issue. (If you ordered them with the shockmount option, you're home free. Otherwise, you've got some cutting and welding to do.)

You'll be happy with your new axles and so will your Overlander.
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:18 AM   #182
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Hi Ron- your fotos of the change-out were very helpful, now I know what sort of hole mis-alignment to expect. Will try to ream that out with a "burr", I guess. That what you did? I do have new shocks, and did get shock mounts on the new axles, so should have a cushy ride when all done. Thanks again for the helpful fotos- your installation looks sweet! -tim
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