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Old 09-18-2018
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Default Repatriating a 1990 SP36 to the state of its birth

I'm currently sitting at Stoney Creek RV Resort in Osseo, WI after a few short days at the wheel of my newly-acquired SP36 that was in Canada from 1997-2018. Been out and about since Friday afternoon when I flew to Manitoba.

Seller Gord McCuaig was nice enough to come get me and bring me back over to Kenora, ON, where we sorted the inoperative brake lights and shuttled it over to Anicinabe Park campground that afternoon. Spent a lovely weekend there cleaning and sorting with Gord and Jeff Kunzelman's help.

After doing some paperwork Monday morning we headed out for the US border around 12:30. Spent about an hour there with the nice folks of the CBP and then stopped for a good hour fueling the bus as it was rather low. Did not immediately notice the issue that I would catch in a few more hours time but saw that the bumper ends looked damp and it hadn't been raining! Headed south out of International Falls I was feeling a bit tired and under the weather so decided to pull the pin in Virginia, MN as Good Sam indicated there was a campground there (Sherwood Forest, Gilbert, MN - you can skip it IMHO).

Stopped first at Wal-Mart for provisions at which time I found the rear of the coach dripping with antifreeze - not good! Got to the campground just as dusk was turning to night, attempted to jack on a very uneven pull-through and gave up with the little lights. Over a cigar, I discovered the culprit, a small rusty hole in the filler neck of the overflow tank.

This morning, I headed back over to Dead Sam Club and spent another 2.5 hours in their large parking lot letting it cool a bit, drying it off and applying some JB Water Weld to the spot. After that cured, a bit of plumbing stretch tape went over a good bit of the patch and on arrival here, the sightglass was full and the coach was dry - hurrah! Not a permanent fix but one that will get this thing back to GA.

The Stoney Creek RV Resort is a very nice facility with 50A full hookup on level ground, barely set the jacks. Plus the leaky waste tank switch is able to be in dump mode and is not leaking!

Tomorrow will be a longer day in the saddle, I'd like to make it well into IL. Paducah is possible but unlikely, I like to try and set up camp before it gets dark! Plus it's supposed to rain... although, it was supposed to be raining here now and is not! Knock wood the bus is running good - better every mile. The Howe's treatment is likely helping...
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