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Jim Dick

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #90 on: July 12, 2012, 10:25:30 PM »
Glen,

Well, others have expressed what I thought about your message.  :) With the humidity so high I'm sure you will need to drain the water from the tanks fairly often. Hoping you will make it back to Florida without further problems.

We will have to see tomorrow where they are on the repairs. Hoping for an early release this weekend but not betting the farm on it.

Sorry we missed again in connecting. We WILL make it for the winter of 2013!!!!
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #91 on: July 13, 2012, 06:33:21 AM »
Jim,  we will get together, when, will have to wait. Will keep the tanks drained.... fortunately, no freezing weather to contend with.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #92 on: July 13, 2012, 08:03:12 PM »
Today they repaired all the problems except two. One is an air leak which drains the system over a few days. Can live with that for awhile.

The second is the right front shock is leaking. It has caused the front tire to wear in an odd way. The shocks are Bilstein and they won't be available until sometime in August!!! They can't seem to find the Koni replacement anywhere so we will have to continue on with the bad one. I'm sure it will destroy the tire but we have no choice at this point. It doesn't affect the ride much though I feel a very slight shimmy in the steering wheel. We'll order shocks once we get to Yellowstone and hope we can get someone to replace them.

Sometime early tomorrow we will continue our journey. We have about 900 miles to go so we may not arrive until Monday morning. Won't know until we finish up tomorrow.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #93 on: July 13, 2012, 08:04:27 PM »
Glen,

Yes, we'll make it happen somehow, sometime.  :) Hope the remaining trip is a good one for you.
Jim

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #94 on: July 13, 2012, 08:47:38 PM »
Jim,

Bummer but I would do the same.  There is a good shop here I use, not FL although they are good but cost more, and I will see them on Monday as I have a couple of things that need to be done before we leave for Portland.  I will ask to see if there is a recommended shop in West or at least closer than us.  If not we have several shops here including FL.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #95 on: July 13, 2012, 09:12:28 PM »
Bozeman Ford.  Not sure if they will work on yours or not, but they have a good local rep. 

900 mile, 900 mile,
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #96 on: July 13, 2012, 10:18:46 PM »
Glad to hear they got you rolling again . We made it to Bellevue today. Got a guy coming out Tuesday to fix my LPG leak that we got when we hit a tire alligator in the road in Utah. Hopefully the rest of the trip will be uneventful with us and you.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #97 on: July 13, 2012, 10:32:59 PM »
Jim,

It doesn't have to be FL. I actually have a Spartan chassis but this shop works on all makes.

Bill,

Wondering if our own Yellowstone garage can handle a simple shock change though they are a little bit larger.  :)

Glen,

Hope the rest of your trip is uneventful. We'll have to discuss life on the road when we get together.  ;D
Jim

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #98 on: July 13, 2012, 11:07:48 PM »
I'll check with them.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #99 on: July 13, 2012, 11:15:00 PM »
Jim,

It doesn't have to be FL. I actually have a Spartan chassis but this shop works on all makes.

The shop I go does all makes and provides towing too.  It would be a long drive so if something is closer, it would be better for you.  The closest I could find in the wide area phone book we have is one in Gardner.  There are several in Idaho Falls that I found with a Google search.

Best wishes for a safe and trouble free drive to YP.
Jim
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #100 on: July 14, 2012, 07:06:17 AM »
Hope you can make it this time. If I figure correctly, your average trip, between breakdowns this year is about 1200 miles. Since you only have 900 to go, you should make it OK with about a 25% safety factor--at least.

Replacing the shock is easy. Just two bolts, but you do have to jack up the coach and remove the wheel first.

Hope today and tomorrow are totally uneventful.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #101 on: July 14, 2012, 07:08:41 AM »
Jim, I don't believe a RV'er could ever run out of stories of life on the road. I have memories going back many years since my first RV.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #102 on: July 14, 2012, 07:19:39 AM »
Jim,

Thanks for checking. I'm sure we'll have plenty of time to fix the problem once we get to Yellowstone.

Chet,

Sounds like we have a good chance of making it. :-)

Glenn,

We've been telling the motel manager and the night clerk about many of our adventures and misadventures. We still have more we could tell them. :-)
Jim

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #103 on: July 14, 2012, 08:19:17 AM »
Jim,
Check to see if Sachs makes shocks for your front end suspension.  They might be available sooner than Bilstein or Koni.   My chassis has Sachs shocks (but it's a ZF suspension and Sachs is part of ZF).
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #104 on: July 14, 2012, 08:58:00 PM »
We had a very successful day today despite a late start due to Lincoln Truck's computers crashing last night.

We left at 10:35 CT and arrived in Laramie, WY at 6:45 MT. The trip was 498 miles. Now we only have about 417 miles to go so we should arrive at Yellowstone sometime tomorrow afternoon. The coach ran well and the bad shock did not seem to affect the steering or ride. Perhaps the ride felt the same because the shock probably has been bad for some time.  :)

The bill certainly would choke a horse but there's nothing to be done but pay it. The shop was excellent in providing things for us such as power and added maintenance items. They even let me back it out of the bay which I think is unusual for a business due to liability issues.

The motel, America's Best Value Inn, was also very accommodating. We had a great time talking with the day and night managers at breakfast in the morning. It wasn't fancy but there were waffles, cereal, milk, coffee, muffins or danish, and hard boiled eggs. Even bananas to put on your cereal.

When the night manager had a day off he took me to several locations to photograph birds. I never got a good shot but did learn a little about the species in the area. Also had a chance to try his 150-500mm Sigma lens.

We will be very happy to park at Yellowstone and spend a few months without any hassle. Just hope the winter goes well and next summer works out. We will need to work that long to pay off the bills!!!! ;D ;D
Jim

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #105 on: July 14, 2012, 08:59:19 PM »
Gary,

I'll check them out but Kevin has the Koni on his rig and he loves them. Said it's a much better ride than Bilstein. I almost got them the last time but the Bilsteins were less expensive. Won't do that again.  ;D
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #106 on: July 14, 2012, 09:23:45 PM »
I'll check them out but Kevin has the Koni on his rig and he loves them. Said it's a much better ride than Bilstein. I almost got them the last time but the Bilsteins were less expensive. Won't do that again.  ;D

Check with Bilstein, I was told that the Bilsteins (not OEM) are guaranteed for life.

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #107 on: July 14, 2012, 09:31:18 PM »
Our Bilstein shocks are guaranteed for life.  We bought them ourselves as if we had let Freightliner buy them they wouldn't have the guarantee.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #108 on: July 14, 2012, 10:28:11 PM »
Jim,

Glad your back on the road. Sorry about the bill, but as you said there's nothing to do but pay. At east you got good service.

I was going to put Koni's on the Windsor, but one downside to out board air bags is that there are two at each wheel position - and two shocks. The price for 8 Koni's was steep (Road King's were even worse). 

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #109 on: July 15, 2012, 07:22:36 AM »
Bernie,

Jo Sam's put ours on in '09.  Mileage on them is about 20,000. I really think they should last longer than that!!! Will have to check with Jo Sam's. They are a big truck repair outfit in Orlando. Cleanest facility I have ever visited!

Ken,

The Koni's for our coach are $172 each from one supplier. We only have four. Yes, we got very good service.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #110 on: July 15, 2012, 08:30:34 AM »
A bad shock should not cause any major ride problems except on potholes and railroad tracks. Usually not to many of those on Interstates! The concern is that the tire can bounce a bit and that leads to cupping (scalloped wear spots) over time.

Talk to Bilstein about  the early failure on the shock. 20k miles is obviously not normal wear, so maybe they will do something for you.

Koni makes a excellent shock, but they ought to for the price! Road Kings are supposedly even better, but you have to sell the motorhome to pay for them. How much better can a shock be once its basic function has been achieved? It's merely a damper.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #111 on: July 15, 2012, 11:58:56 AM »
Jo Sam's put ours on in '09.  Mileage on them is about 20,000. I really think they should last longer than that!!! Will have to check with Jo Sam's.

Jim

One of our Bilsteins broke a mount about 50,000 miles ago. My Spartan shop replaced it and said I now have a lifetime warranty on the new one. The old ones have over 116,000 miles on them and still are good.

Hope your black cloud has drifted off and is sitting over the ocean now.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #112 on: July 15, 2012, 03:32:09 PM »
I had FL change out ours at 100k even though I had no particular complaints. After driving 100 miles I realized how much more stable the Tradewinds was with the new shocks.

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #113 on: July 15, 2012, 06:33:17 PM »
Jim:  Good to hear you were on the road.  We should be in North Platte, NE tomorrow night.  I am assuming if we arrive early, the campsite will be available.

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #114 on: July 15, 2012, 08:20:42 PM »
They have arrived!!!!

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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #115 on: July 15, 2012, 08:24:53 PM »
Get them parked before something else breaks :)
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #116 on: July 15, 2012, 09:08:07 PM »
Now, don't touch it........Glad you made it.
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #117 on: July 15, 2012, 09:26:08 PM »
Whew!  That's really good news!  Now, put 'em to work, Bill.  ;D
 
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #118 on: July 15, 2012, 09:29:12 PM »
Great news.  Now to put them to work and enjoy the park.
Jim
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Re: Where on the Route are the Dick's?
« Reply #119 on: July 15, 2012, 10:03:15 PM »
Yes, we finally made it. You know you work for a great organization when you are two weeks late and the District Manager and his wife have dinner ready for you!!! :) :) Thanks Bill & Jolene.

Gary, there may be no railroad tracks on the interstate but I could have sworn I was on one during one stretch of 287/26. Climbing the 9600' pass after Dubois the engine high temp alarm came on. Had to pull over and let it cool down. We were at the 9300' level at the time.

At least we are here and can now relax a little. Sure glad that trip is over!!
Jim

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