It was back up north for the 4th of July weekend. After having Roachie weighed last trip I had deflated the tires from 80 lbs down to 60 lbs and the ride was quite nice this time. We still got 13.5 MPG with no drafting on our mostly flat Michigan freeways this trip. I'm very happy with the fuel mileage. The beastie is starting to feel like home now.
Had no issues except for one self-inflicted wound. A couple of weeks ago I had repaired my crunched fiberglass battery box and it was looking pretty good (Mel will be crushin' on me for sure now
), but while driving the two-track back to our camp I managed to tangle with a tree root and put it back pretty much to it's previously crunched state. Damn. At least it's fiberglass and easily repaired.
Here's the repaired box
And here it is after visiting the roots
We drove with all our side windows open and the wind unwound the paper towels. Here's our hi-tek fix
We also discovered that the heater fan doesn't work and the AC needs to be rebuilt since I removed the rear mounted AC to make way for our interior renovations. Working in a van engine compartment isn't one of my favorite things but going through the HVAC system shouldn't be too horrible.