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Tell Us Where You're At As you travel around the country, why not take the time to tell our members where you have settled for the night, week, or month. There may be another member close by, that would like to meet you, so put that information right here.

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Old 02-17-2013
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Default Coast to coast in a 41 year old bird

I have not posted regularly in the last year, but some may remember I bought a '72 prototype/custom in California 2 years ago that had been sitting for 6 years unattended and got it road-worthy again. New wheels and tires, flooring, engine maintenance and such. All my camping in that time was 25 miles each way so I only put about 500 miles in those 2 years.

Then I got transferred to Washington DC and had to make a choice. Do I sell the bird in Cali or throw caution to the wind and drive her out east. As my wife had to stay in CA for a few extra months to let our youngest graduate high school, I found a park in the DC area (plug for Duncans Family Campground, they're great), took the wanderlodge to the mechanic for some work and committed to the drive. The shop found the turbo had slipped from the air manifold and all the boost was leaking. They fixed that, a couple of leaking air hoses from the compressor and a dodgy fuel solenoid wire and said she sounded good.. Home to pack her up and planned for a Feb 10 departure to avoid a snowfall in Flagstaff AZ.

Departure day arrives and one hour until we pull out and I find the copper water pipes have splits from an earlier freeze! After pulling apart the rear bed and 5 trips to the hardware store, 4 bursts are fixed and holding pressure. But it's now 1pm and we decide to pull out 5am the next day.

Departure day, take 2 and we hit the road. Even though it has a 100 gallon diesel tank, we decide to plan stops at 300 miles (my wife is driving our Honda with me) with 500-600 miles a day to make up for the lost day. Kingman AZ leg was uneventful. Check all fluids and all hold well except oil (I knew it lost oil from before. I thought it was blow-by but the shop said the engine had little blow-by for the age and said it looked like a gasket leak somewhere but lacked time to track it down before I left). Added oil and diesel.

I had never done an MPG calc since I had never filled the tank all the way. I had planned for 5 MPG and was on pins and needles waiting for the pump to finish... 6.1 MPG on the first leg and that was with climbing 3500ft the last 20 miles. On the road for Gallup NM. Oh dear! Waited too long on the weather and new snowfall going into Flagstaff. Needn't worry as the bus shrugged it off easily (glad I put RainX on before I pulled out). The run into Flagstaff has even harder pulls before leveling out into NM but I still got 5.8MPG. Into Gallup around 7pm and a welcome dinner at Cracker Barrel (my wife loves that place). Slept in a Home Depot parking lot with 7 semi's doing the same.

Day 2 and 3 next...
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Old 02-18-2013
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great story,so far!
Thanks for posting,and the pics!
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Thank You. Now on to days two and three.
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Here is Jason's remodel thread Wanderlodge Owners Group > Mechanic's Corner > 'Bird Projects & Modifications > Refurbishing my '72 prototype


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Great read Jason , I feel like I'am on the trip with you "without the fuel bill " keep us posted .
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Thanks Jason for the update,
just re-read your remodeling, repairs & upgrade thread,
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Jason
Way cool adventure be safe and travel on.
Looks likethe rain-X only works while being activated with the wipers
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Great morning read! Thanks for sharing your trip!
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We all love a trip saga. Thanks and keep posting along your way.
Safe travels!
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Nice read!
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