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Old 05-15-2013, 11:58 AM   #471
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We have had several mechanics say that sloppy steering can be tightened up. All my Dad's trucks drove like that. Never have figured out how he did that. Only the 8N didn't. I did discover that there was a rhythm to driving his trucks.
When I can afford $65 an hour just for somebody to look at it, I will take it somewhere.

For now, I will just park it and live in it.
You need to find you a Bubba who is a backyard mechanic.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:25 PM   #472
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Diagnosing what's loose or worn isn't that hard if you have someone to help. Just have them wiggle the wheel back and forth, just till they hit slight resistance, while you are under it. Watch it from the steering shaft all the way to the knuckle. You are looking for where something is moving and what it is connected to isn't Definitely no need to throw parts at it, or pay someone to diagnose. IMHO
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:27 AM   #473
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Thank you all for the mechanical advice. Some day, I will do some checking around under there.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:00 AM   #474
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are you in TN yet?
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:13 AM   #475
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are you in TN yet?
That brings about the final leg of my journey.

I have reached my destination.

It was three harrowing days and 540 miles.

First day was the scariest. 270 miles to a Walmart. It totally wore me out. I bought a squeegee like they have at gas stations. I also bought a gallon of bug removing window wash. I cleaned the bugs off of my windshield. I enjoyed walking to the Chinese Buffet. I got a little of everything. I have no idea of what the stuff was. It did taste good. I ate half of it.

Second day was a little easier in terms of being somewhat more comfortable driving this beasty bus. However, my batteries were dead. I had to ask someone to give me a jump. While driving the bus, I could do nothing but keep my eyes on the road and try to keep the bus in my lane. I could not even take my eyes off the road to pour some tea out of my thermos. I drove only 120 miles. I stayed at an RV park where I had electricity. I put my battery charger on. I reheated the other half of my Chinese food in my microwave. The RV park was only $25 for the night. I parked my bus next to two fancy expensive big RVs. I took a picture. I will post it soon.

Third day was 140 miles to reach my destination. I am staying on my friend of 20 years amongst several buildings that I helped build. I am parked under two giant trees. There is shade all day long. I spent an hour leveling the bus with boards. I have a thirty amp electrical feed. There is a water feed with which I can fill my gallon jugs. I have access to a toilet. I will install a shower enclosure in one of the buildings.

This place where I am is beautiful. It is 15 acres. There are many fruit trees, a greenhouse with hundreds of trays of vegetables. There are also outside plots of vegetables. There is a running stream.

My deal is to mow the lawn with a zero turn mower and do weed eating. That gets me electricity and bathroom.

I will take some pics and post them.

The best part of being here is that I do not have to drive this bus for a long while.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:20 AM   #476
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congrates...sounds like a great place
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:22 AM   #477
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Glad you finally made it. That place does sound awesome!
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:10 PM   #478
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That brings about the final leg of my journey.

I have reached my destination.

It was three harrowing days and 540 miles.

First day was... 270 miles...

Second day was... 120 miles...

Third day was 140 miles...
We found that traveling in shorter legs to be easiest on us. I do the route planning for our trips. I pick three stops (early, target and late). I start planning the target stop around 150 miles. We have found that 150 - 175 miles is best for us. We don't travel at night due to poor night vision. We're getting old! Unfortunately good locations to park overnight get spread out too far at times. We prefer to not overnight in a big city in the parking lots so that pushed us a little on our way out west. We've decided that we have gotten too old (or smarter) and no longer have to run 200 miles (Whitwell, TN to Franklin, NC) to 250 miles (Franklin, NC -Cordele, GA) in one day because we HAVE TO due to work and other time constraints.

Our stops vary a bit because we are cheap and stay either in parking lots or in public CHEAP campgrounds. Not all public campgrounds are cheap. We try to keep overnight stops at or under $25 (with full hookups) with the help of Don Wright's campground directory. It's amazing how many city parks on the US highway system (NOT THE INTERSTATES) are free (the first night) and have full hookups included. I'm sure that has probably changed a bit. We will be replacing the old Don Wright's directory with a new one before we head out to eastern Texas in a couple of years. Perhaps it will be digital by that time.
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CONGRATS & Welcome back to Tennessee........
Glad you made it home!!!!!!
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Thank you all for your concern about my journey. Skoolie people are great.
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