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Old 07-02-2015, 10:32 PM   #21
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Night 1 - Vernon, TX.... 419 miles later....

What a day... Started off with a bang when I went out to the coach early this AM and realized that when I hooked up my Mini Cooper late yesterday, I forgot to use the drop hitch soooo. Had to totally un-hook Mini, pull out tow-bar receiver, plug in drop hitch, plug in tow-bar receiver and re-hook up Mini....

Finally got on the road about 9:20.... While driving thru Dallas/FW, started to get hot in coach (using dash AC) so decided to kick on generator and roof AC.... No go - batteries too weak to fire it up..... Sooo - drove a couple of hours to Decatur where I found new batteries at O'Reilly Auto Parts ($125.00 X 4) but they did have one of their guys install them.... Fired up generator and away we went to the CG in Vernon....

Got to CG, plugged in and my Magnum display is showing a "fault" and tv won't work.... Checked inverter and it's making a clicking sound.... Not good.... Decided to check the way guy at O'Reilly wired the new batteries (luckily I took pictures of wiring with my phone)... Completely wrong.... Corrected all the wires and now finally - we're working....

Oh - we discovered that somewhere along the way, we list the center Freightliner cap of our front right wheel.... Not crazy with how "ugly" it looks so I guess I'll be hunting a Freightliner dealer that might have a replacement....





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Old 07-02-2015, 11:09 PM   #22
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Earnest they can be hard to find. If I remember right it's a 7 tab that you need. I might be wrong on that but there are two types. I did find mine at a FL dealer but none of the truck stop chrome shops had it.
What a way to start a trip. Did you suspect the batteries were getting close to replacement time? Glad you are up and running. I wish we were going to Madison but we will see you in Goshen. Be safe.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:33 PM   #23
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Did discover that batteries were at least 5.5 years old so I guess it was time.... Had them load tested before we left and were ok... So much for the accuracy of that test....


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Old 07-03-2015, 12:54 AM   #24
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C'mon, you're all thinking it:




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Happy to hear that you are back up and running again! Gotta love those 'mechanics' at O'Reilly's!
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Finally found that COOL spot... 50 miles south of Grand Teton NP in Thayne, WY.

Low was 46 this morning..... WOOHOO!!!

High yesterday was in low 90's and same is forecast for today. But after that around 80 for the high for at least the next 10 days.

Blessed relief...... THIS is why I fulltime.

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Day 2...

Raton Pass (7,900') Raron, NM

Praise The Lord we had a good day today.... Nice drive with NO events... Yea !!!! Nice and cool here with a cool night tonight.... Nice to finally be out of the heat....

Did find a Freightliner dealer/service center so I tried to buy the front hub cab... Out of stock because he had already had three other MH's need the same in the last week.... Go figure that... He did have the plain one (no Freightliner emblem on it) for $6.00 so I bought two... Will get the other one later - by the way, it's $50.00...

Maybe Freightliner will be at either FMCA or Goshen rally and I can pick one up there....

No for a nice meal, a little TV and early to bed... Need to be in Woodland Park, CO by 11:00 to spend the fourth with some friends....


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Day 2...

Raton Pass (7,900') Raron, NM

Praise The Lord we had a good day today.... Nice drive with NO events... Yea !!!! Nice and cool here with a cool night tonight.... Nice to finally be out of the heat....

Did find a Freightliner dealer/service center so I tried to buy the front hub cab... Out of stock because he had already had three other MH's need the same in the last week.... Go figure that... He did have the plain one (no Freightliner emblem on it) for $6.00 so I bought two... Will get the other one later - by the way, it's $50.00...

Maybe Freightliner will be at either FMCA or Goshen rally and I can pick one up there....

No for a nice meal, a little TV and early to bed... Need to be in Woodland Park, CO by 11:00 to spend the fourth with some friends....


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Hauled a good bit of Nestle bottled water over that pass in the summer of '11. It was closed for several days due to fire that year. My FINAL driving job.

And Woodland Park...... WAS high on my list of places to keep cool but nothing was available. Then on my way from Yosemite to Thayne, WY, got a call from them with a cancellation..... GRRRR!!!

Anyhow, let me know where you stay and how you like it..... I may try to stay in WP for some or all of next summer. Should be pretty cool up there; 8K feet or so if I remember correctly.

Watch for a place on the way up thru Ute pass called Bust, CO. Sign says "population 2".
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I'll PM you with what we find.... We are staying at Bristlecone Lodge & RV Park.... My buddy is just up the road at Diamond CG ...


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