Page 1 of 2

Info coming in from the meet...

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 5:12 am
by Jimny
A couple of the participants of the meet was supposed to contact me if there was any cell phone towers close enough to get a signal, but looks like there isn't any.

I did get a call from Russmehl he was running late after having some vehicle trouble, he was in Silverton which he said had a cell tower in town, but that is 5 miles from where the meet is.

So no updates today! Sorry

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 6:08 pm
by KDKG
I am home now, 11 total rigs showed although a few were later. I got there early Sunday and left about 0930 this morning.

I really really need a shower...............................

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 6:10 pm
by KDKG
Bump up my photo limit and I will post a group pic...

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:05 pm
by Smuz
OK, I did.

Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 9:06 pm
by Smuz
BTW: I just got home.

Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 6:55 am
by KDKG
Hey Smuz! Glad to hear that you made it home. I'm assuming that both rigs made it home alright since they made it to the meet in great shape. :D I didn't post a reply because I was too busy doing things, like trying to stop smelling like a campsite. hehe. We found some water barrels at a store on the way home so of course we had to get them. We got an extra one so we will be ready for next year, or anytime we go camping before then. Hopefully everyone else is making it home okay too. We will keep looking at the posts throughout the week.

(Can you tell that this isn't Ken?) :))):

Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 1:15 pm
by Smuz
(Can you tell that this isn't Ken?) :ROTFL:
Yeah, YOU can spell.

hehehehehehehehe

Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 1:21 pm
by Smuz
A couple of the participants of the meet was supposed to contact me if there was any cell phone towers close enough to get a signal, but looks like there isn't any.
Either that, or we don't wanna talk to you! hehehehehehehe

I have a useless NexTel which has NO signal unless yer inna town over 100K!

Besides that, you never ASKED me to call you, so's I didn't.


But I did get DAMN worried about Steve and Russ. They both showed up, tho.

Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:38 pm
by penguin
I got home last night, stayed the night in Salt Lake though. I enjoyed it.

Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:41 pm
by Smuz
penguin wrote:I got home last night, stayed the night in Salt Lake though. I enjoyed it.
Glad yer home safe, buddy, I enjoyed meeting you.

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2005 10:47 am
by stevec
Got home late Saturday night. No more car troubles...

BTW Jimny, if you wanted to get info on the meet, you should have GONE TO IT!!!! :Flip:

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:04 am
by Jimny
yea well steve if I frigging could I would have OK?

Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 10:31 am
by Idahopaul
yea, I got home friday night (july 1). we drove around the rest of the week and went to Mesa Verde also on the way home. we had a lot of fun with all of you and are looking forward to the next meet. thanks for the laughs and good times and Im glad we all had fun.

Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 10:33 pm
by penguin
I enjoyed meetine everyone as well. I look forward to the next meet.

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 8:50 am
by stevec
Glad you made it home okay Paul, and it sounds like your trailer did great! Thanks again for your help. You too Ken!

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:12 pm
by russmehl
I have finally made it home! A few side trips... including one to fill the other half of the trailer. Details later...

Russ

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 4:17 am
by Jimny
Details later??? NO we want details NOW Mister!!!!

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:58 am
by stevec
Glad you made it home okay Russ, hope you didn't have any more problems.

So, whaddaya get to fill the other half of your trailer :?:

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:09 pm
by russmehl
So here is how it went...
We left three days late. The trailer tried to shed one of its lights, the manifold studs needed tightening on a daily basis for the first 7 days & the steering box filled every other day. The bolts holding the head pipe to the manifold lost their nuts and lock washers and the escaping gas heated the frame which melted - 1. the wiring harness to the lights (running, brake, etc.) 2. the remote starter for the generator 3. the block that holds the wires at the starter. When the gas tanks got low, the crud on the bottom blocked the crossover valve (switch tanks every half mile until we got on a not so bumpy piece of road). The muffler collapsed internally and tried to block the exhaust (no power!) 'Frig stops working on gas, cools only on 110V. Buy ice.....buy ice. The belts started squealing and got replaced. Even though the Alt. spun freely when I did the belts, it locked solid at a gas stop and SMOKED the new belt when I started it up. We arrived in Silverton after the Visitor centor was closed and couldn't get a map. (called Jimny :D ) Found the group!
Left next day, need to cover 1800 miles, via Wichita, in three days.
Trailer connector came undone and the road made it a really, really flat 4 wire connector.
Generator tries to melt its cord, air conditioner trips the breaker, I open a window and it slides to far and hits the opposite glass and breaks into 10k pieces. Storm approaching!
Later that night, after fitting a piece of plexi instead of tape and bag, we drive through a storm we maybe should have waited out.
Finally arrive in Houghton, MI, only 45 minutes late and kick out the kids for Engineering summer camp. Go do laundry. Get shower! Go to WI and hide in the woods. Go to Bemiji, MN and buy LJ20O to keep Nemo company. Return to nice campground in WI and collapse for two days. Back to Houghton, drive Nemo around town, fix gas tank vent, make new set of plug wires. Pick up kids and head to Grand Marais, MI. Rest & relaxation! Watch fireworks as FOG rolls in from Lake Superior and makes the whole town invisible. Drive home.
Some where in there, after we left the real mountains, we lost the rear brakes (wheel cyl.). Only two moments of real excitement, good thing the horn works!
Pictures tomorrow...

Russ

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 3:53 am
by Jimny
... :ohno: WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think Russ gets the prize for most trouble.

I talked to the guy that bought your other WB and he said he went from the west coast to the east coast and didn't have a bit of trouble! :wink: :wink: :wink: :wink: Just kidding!! :twisted:

Well all that trouble is better then getting into a wreck or something like that, good to see you made it back in one piece.

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 5:55 am
by russmehl
You might notice that there is no "call towtruck" or "go to dealership". It was mostly time and trouble. I spent about $150 on repairs / replacement, with the exception of the window and the 'frig.
And I almost forgot, I-35 has my 2x10 ramps. Missouri roads are almost as bad as Michigan!

Here's a picture of the rig in MN:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/russmehl2 ... .dir=/d845

Russ

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:47 am
by stevec
:shock:

I'm glad you made it home alive! Guess I'll stop complaining about my tranny now...

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:32 pm
by russmehl
Guess I'll stop complaining about my tranny now
Oh no! Don't stop!
You still get the most expensive repair award!
And the next time we take the old Winnie out, just think how much won't break! :wink:

Russ

Posted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 10:20 pm
by russmehl
One more detail: Since the trip odometer stopped at 750 miles when the cable melted, I had to use mapquest to calculate our trip and came up with 4860 miles. I'm really glad we didn't have any more trouble than we did! I just wish we had more time in CO with all of you!

Russ

Info coming in from the meet

Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 3:12 pm
by lj20Colorado
just wonted to tell you all i hade a great time there and hope to see you all again at the 2nd annual lj series meet and this time i will bring my little suzuki lj20