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Old 06-02-2015, 07:56 PM   #1421
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:17 PM   #1422
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Hi All,

I've been working forever on building my Project Airstream blog. I finally got it far enough along to put it on line. I've shared many of the renovation projects and travels that I have done with "Dad's Toy".

Please feel free to visit and I hope you enjoy the experience! Come back often since I intend to periodically update the blog with new projects and travels!

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Old 06-05-2015, 10:55 PM   #1423
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Thanks Peter, you're too kind!


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Old 06-09-2015, 05:43 PM   #1424
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Dean, StarLord here, U may call me StarDude, or Rich - I just finished reading all the post, page 1 to 102 (walking pneumonia needed something to do), you are my new Hero !!! What was ur career before becoming a master electrician, master plumber, master designer, master fix it all !!! I am envious of ur talents as well as the friends with all the suggestions, answers, support!! I just purchased a 1979 Excella Motorhome. It is truly a 1979 inside. I'm the third owner. There are only 27,000 miles on it and 51hrs on the 4.0 Onan generator . I've learned alot and save alot of the info all have provided. You said looking for another project, he he he ! As soon as this sickness is gone I'm going to start working on the '79 !! In back of my mind is this voice saying, "What have you gotten ur self into, dummy"!
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:18 PM   #1425
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Dean, StarLord here, U may call me StarDude, or Rich - I just finished reading all the post, page 1 to 102 (walking pneumonia needed something to do), you are my new Hero !!! What was ur career before becoming a master electrician, master plumber, master designer, master fix it all !!! I am envious of ur talents as well as the friends with all the suggestions, answers, support!! I just purchased a 1979 Excella Motorhome. It is truly a 1979 inside. I'm the third owner. There are only 27,000 miles on it and 51hrs on the 4.0 Onan generator . I've learned alot and save alot of the info all have provided. You said looking for another project, he he he ! As soon as this sickness is gone I'm going to start working on the '79 !! In back of my mind is this voice saying, "What have you gotten ur self into, dummy"!

Thank you Star-Lord. Congrats on your new "project". Hopefully you don't regret it after a few years of work and money put into it! . Post lots of pics for us all to see.

It's a great group of people here on the forum with lots of experience and they have helped me out many times.

I am/was a software engineer in Silicon Valley until I woke up one day, looked at myself in the mirror and asked "really?". I've always enjoyed working on "real" world things, probably more then working in that virtual world. I'm actually at the ranch property right now with a list of things to do to the MH and my other toys. It was 106 degrees here today so I napped until it cooled down this evening, but I awoke to a lightning and thunder storm directly overhead! Now everything is wet and temp dropped to 75.

Get well and get out there and work on your new toy!

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Old 06-18-2015, 08:19 PM   #1426
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Driveshaft Carrier Bearing

I picked up two driveshaft carrier bearings...hopefully one of them is the correct one. Looks like the only difference is the shaft diameter.

My parts man and the machinist said that the bearing needs to be pressed off and on.

For those that have actually changed their carrier bearing(s), do you know if it does need to be pressed off and on?

I was going to pull the driveshafts and take it into the machinist to have it done but the 103 degree weather on the last day I was at the ranch just made me lazy instead!
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:49 PM   #1427
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I picked up two driveshaft carrier bearings...hopefully one of them is the correct one. Looks like the only difference is the shaft diameter.

My parts man and the machinist said that the bearing needs to be pressed off and on.

For those that have actually changed their carrier bearing(s), do you know if it does need to be pressed off and on?

I was going to pull the driveshafts and take it into the machinist to have it done but the 103 degree weather on the last day I was at the ranch just made me lazy instead!
Yes it is pressed on. Not a real hard press, sometimes if you can find a pipe or steel tube the right size you can drive it on with a good size hammer but if not available take it to a shop. A good time to check the u-joints while you are there.
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:32 PM   #1428
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Summer Arrived with 106+ Temps

I just spent a hot ten days in the motor home at the ranch property. When summer hits in the north state, it hits big. Almost every day, we had temps over 100 degrees and many days with it topping out at about 106.
(I had this thermometer sitting outside, so 106 was the outside temp)

On the third day a weather front came in, dropped the temps to about 80 and brought with it lightning, thunder, rain and fires! The temperature went right back over 100 the next day. We had a lightning strike on the property about 3 miles out as the crow flies. The resulting fire grew to 10 acres before Cal Fire got it out.


I have posted more (and more pics) on my blog...
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:10 PM   #1429
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Northern Minnesota

I came across this website and blog today on this couple that has been “Airstreaming” around the country. Last year they spent some time in Northern Minnesota. My family is from Minnesota and I was born there. My “Airstreaming” days began on the lakes of Northern Minnesota and this story brings back memories of a youthful, innocent time!


My mom and dad in their later years had spent many a summer with Dad’s Toy sitting on the shores of some of the best lakes in the land fishing for northern pike and walleye. My memories of my childhood there are fading and with my mom and dad now gone, the family stories of a time past are no longer told.


Someday, I will travel myself with Dad’s Toy to the land of my birth.
The Resorts and Lodges of Northern Minnesota | The Democratic Travelers
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:40 PM   #1430
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We will be heading home through the upper peninsula of Michigan and across northern Minnesota in a couple weeks. Hope to spend a couple weeks meandering back. Some of the neatest places we found have been when we were lost. Ann punched snake creek into the GPS to find a campground we stayed at a couple years ago. I knew the mileage and route didn't jive but I learned to keep my mouth shut. Ended up in the wrong Dakota but found a really nice place to camp outside Mobridge.

Any suggestions for our way back?
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:00 PM   #1431
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A Time Past

Yesterday, I was going through a very large box of old photos and I came across a few from a time past that I thought I would share. These are all probably from the late '80s. First one is probably taken in Minnesota with my mom and myself. Next is my niece who is now 31 yrs old. Next was the home of "Dad's Toy" in Eugene Oregon. I don't know where the last two were taken but of course on some trip my mom and dad took.



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http://projectupdraft.com/airstream/
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Old 07-09-2015, 01:03 PM   #1432
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If you travel through northern Minnesota and happen to be close to Sauk Centre, they have a beautiful city park with RV spaces...some with full hookups. Sauk Centre is off Hwy 94. I learned to fish on this lake. As a youngster, we spend a lot of time there. My dad was born there. The house he was born in is a few blocks from the park and it is still owned by family.

Campground - Sauk Centre, Minnesota *

I've also spent a lot of time in Brainerd and Walker. My mom's family used to be there.

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We will be heading home through the upper peninsula of Michigan and across northern Minnesota in a couple weeks. Hope to spend a couple weeks meandering back. Some of the neatest places we found have been when we were lost. Ann punched snake creek into the GPS to find a campground we stayed at a couple years ago. I knew the mileage and route didn't jive but I learned to keep my mouth shut. Ended up in the wrong Dakota but found a really nice place to camp outside Mobridge.

Any suggestions for our way back?
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:17 PM   #1433
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Every 90 days I have to move my MH to another space at the ranch. This is a regulation of the CC&Rs so owners don't establish permanent residency. Oh how I could go on about this!!!

Well, Thursday is my 90 days and I'm heading to the ranch on Wednesday. I've already made arrangements with my neigbor whom I "swap" spaces with so no changing of the date.

So....

Checking the weather up in the North State for this week...

Holy @@@@!
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Whoa, and I thought it got hot here in central Illinois. Hopefully you dont have the same 80-90% humidity as we have. Are you able to get the rig in some shade on the ranch?
What is a CC&R?
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:01 AM   #1435
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I certainly hope the 0% in the right column means humidity
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:47 AM   #1436
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0% chance of rain

about 20% humidity

CC&R - Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions - The HOA (home owners association) governing documents.

100% chance the roof A/C will be useless in temps over 105 degrees

65% chance of a smokey weekend from a fire somewhere
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How's that old saying go?......"but it's a dry heat..." yeah right!
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How's that old saying go?......"but it's a dry heat..." yeah right!
I still fear that the heat is going to kill me!

At least we have our own volunteer fire dept with trained paramedics!
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At least we have our own volunteer fire dept with trained paramedics!
That is definitely a plus
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How's that old saying go?......"but it's a dry heat..." yeah right!
Yes, it is called an "oven".
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