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Old 07-16-2021, 07:12 AM   #381
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It now sits at a Ford dealer. The main service guy says he is 90% sure the problem is a high pressure hose to the power steering hydraulic pump. Then he said, if that is the problem, that hose is on back order and none are available anywhere in the USA, with no delivery date guesstimate.

We may need to unpack the RV, rent a U-Haul and drive the 600 miles home. Not my first choice! We had planned to be gone until the second weekend of October.
Had a similar experience last Fall travelling through the Smokies when a turbo boot failed. Probably a $50 item and an easy fix but none could be found. I was told the same thing you were. Ended up duct taping the heck out of it to get me off the road and finding one at a junk yard to get me home.
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Old 07-16-2021, 04:29 PM   #382
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It now sits at a Ford dealer. The main service guy says he is 90% sure the problem is a high pressure hose to the power steering hydraulic pump. Then he said, if that is the problem, that hose is on back order and none are available anywhere in the USA, with no delivery date guesstimate.

We may need to unpack the RV, rent a U-Haul and drive the 600 miles home. Not my first choice! We had planned to be gone until the second weekend of October.
How about getting a qualified hydraulic line repair place. They may need the original to fabricate the length and such, but if it’s just a hose, they should be able to get you going.

What’s the latest update…..I know it’s Friday evening too.
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Old 07-16-2021, 05:38 PM   #383
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We have our fingers crossed. The Ford dealer called today and indeed that high pressure hose is bad. But, when he placed to parts order with Ford he got a reply saying the part would be there in two days! He is suspicious as just a few days ago that part had zero availability.

I called a friend at Ford and he checked. Sure enough, that part is now readily available. I guess the ship from China arrived?

Anyway, we may be back on the road by Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday.

So, a few more motel nights at $95/night.
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Old 07-17-2021, 09:17 AM   #384
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Great news Tom.

So glad it could be just a minor “bump” in your vacation plans.
Keep us informed.

Here’s hoping.
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Old 07-17-2021, 09:30 AM   #385
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Now I wonder... If that hose can fail after only 4,000 miles, perhaps I should get a second one as a spare?
As there was such a shortage that it created the big backlog, does this hose have a history of failure?
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Old 07-18-2021, 06:52 PM   #386
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North Bend Park, COE campground on Buggs Island Lake near Boydton VA. Nice shady spot. Set up and had time for swimming in the lake before cooking supper. Managed to cook some vegetables and a New York strip steak on the Blackstone, sliced it up thin, and enjoyed delicious steak tacos at the picnic table before the thunderstorm arrived. Rain’s about past now. Time to head back outside and get the campfire going.
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Well we finally had a couple trips out this season now that Ontario is allowing camping!

#1, 2 and 3 Georgian Bay Park - Pull Through Site #1, Tiny, ON

#4 and 5 50 Point Conservation Area Site # 62, Hamilton, ON
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Old 07-20-2021, 07:29 AM   #388
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A week at Palo Duro State Park

Going to the Light House..... If you're in Amerillo Texas, PDC State Park is a must!

When we went, fire ban was lifted, it rained several times. The weather was spectacular. Watching storms come in was really cool.

Can't say enough about PDC. It's a must see!
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Been at the Kingsport/Bristol KOA since the end of June (my sister’s wedding made for a busy time up until now!). Here the rest of this week for Fun Fest then starting to head home to Florida - stopping for week in Jacksonville, then a week in Daytona, then finally home for a bit before a fall trip. Left May 28 and it’s been a GREAT summer!
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Old 07-20-2021, 02:43 PM   #390
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Been at the Kingsport/Bristol KOA since the end of June (my sister’s wedding made for a busy time up until now!). Here the rest of this week for Fun Fest then starting to head home to Florida - stopping for week in Jacksonville, then a week in Daytona, then finally home for a bit before a fall trip. Left May 28 and it’s been a GREAT summer!
looks great - i always wanted to try here for a race....
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Old 07-20-2021, 03:24 PM   #391
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Now I wonder... If that hose can fail after only 4,000 miles, perhaps I should get a second one as a spare?
As there was such a shortage that it created the big backlog, does this hose have a history of failure?
Was in the automotive manufacturers arena for many years...

Usually... and I say usually... there likely was a shortage because the original hoses failed and the stock replacements were of the same quality. The shortage/backorder came about until new/better/improved stock could infiltrate the system.

The new hose is likely good and no sense hoarding so others with issues can't get theirs fixed.
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I sure hope you are correct about the improved hose quality. I am still waiting for it to get to the dealer. It is scheduled to be here today by Fed Ex, but has not arrived yet. Fingers crossed as we have an RV Park reservation tomorrow 4.5 hours from here.

The RV has been sitting at the Ford dealer since last Thursday. The battery did not last that long so we lost everything in the refer.
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Old 07-22-2021, 04:57 AM   #393
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Left Pisgah National Forrest as Camp Host. Now were in Wears Valley TN just out side of Pigeon Forge. Our campground backs right up to the back side of Smokie Mountain National Forrest. Took a Summer job working 4 days a week for Dollywood. Driving one of their Trollies. It's been fun so far and a neat place to work. Never seen so many happy employees.
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Left Pisgah National Forrest as Camp Host. Now were in Wears Valley TN just out side of Pigeon Forge. Our campground backs right up to the back side of Smokie Mountain National Forrest. Took a Summer job working 4 days a week for Dollywood. Driving one of their Trollies. It's been fun so far and a neat place to work. Never seen so many happy employees.
That is one of our favorite areas to visit. What campground are you at? We usually stay at Big Meadow.
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Over at KOA Cape Cod, packed like sardines but otherwise nice camp.
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That is one of our favorite areas to visit. What campground are you at? We usually stay at Big Meadow.
Had to take what we could find. Smoker Holler RV Resort next door to Elvira's restaurant.
We needed monthly rates and since we were late coming in for the season it was all we could find. All the others with monthly rates were booked for the season. It is a nice place but has a lot of permanent sites with older units. Still a nice view out our windows. Smokies are right behind us so all in all it worked for us. There is a short cut in to the National park about half mile up the road that cuts the drive time down.
If your staying in Big Meadows you must be one of them River Rats.

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Rainbow River State Park in Dunnellon, FL for a few days. Last here in 2016 when hosts had abandoned & only a single ranger in the campground....was a mess. This trip was fantastic! Host in every area, plenty of rangers & relatively clean every morning despite being left a mess in the evening by people calling themselves campers (really people - pick up after your kids!)
Able to enjoy a day of swimming, a day of floating & a day of kayaking as well as a fantastic new Cajun restaurant to travel to in the future (Swampy's). Plenty of wildlife & had gotten a waterproof cover for the phone that I put to good use from my float as DH snorkeled the entire 90 minute trip. Check out the cute otter & see what you find in the sea grass pic....
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Rainbow River State Park in Dunnellon, FL for a few days. Last here in 2016 when hosts had abandoned & only a single ranger in the campground....was a mess. This trip was fantastic! Host in every area, plenty of rangers & relatively clean every morning despite being left a mess in the evening by people calling themselves campers (really people - pick up after your kids!)
Able to enjoy a day of swimming, a day of floating & a day of kayaking as well as a fantastic new Cajun restaurant to travel to in the future (Swampy's). Plenty of wildlife & had gotten a waterproof cover for the phone that I put to good use from my float as DH snorkeled the entire 90 minute trip. Check out the cute otter & see what you find in the sea grass pic....


Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed it
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