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Old 02-07-2014
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That's it, get a running start, flank speed. Don't forget the retarder going down the grade, that's al-o-n-g descent for brakes alone. If you can't get all the way up I-5, there's a nice casino (seven feathers? watch for billbords) to park free at. It is closer to the other side of the mountains. Or their nearby RV park has a heated swimming pool, nice if you have to while away some time. Get home safe!
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Enjoying your fun! I am doing great, thanks! Be safe . I am looking out at what everyone seems to be lookin' at. 9 degrees and lots of snow.
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Makin a run for the border. After looking at weather reports,talking to truck drivers, and all your advice, we decided to go for it I-5 to home. We are getting anxious to get home. Motor home doing great. We may have to stop before Eugene because of roads.

Just having a little trouble with the latches on the engine hood. It's a 91 wide body. Anybody have a good fix?

Again, thanks for all the help. **** the torpedoes full speed ahead.

John alley, hope your recovering well.
This is turning out to be a great experience.
I would resist the urge to make any adjustments on the engine hood until you get home. The adjustments are sensitive and you could get it to latch and stay latched even when you try to open it.

I would lube all the parts that come into play. I always close the hood gently with no slamming at all. Then I put one hand on top of the other and push each corner one at a time until each corner latches - kind of like CPR.
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Storm thursday night was a doozy. Dropped 8 inches in my driveway (4 was predicted). Half of Portland closed for the day (along with all the school systems). Snow was heavier south of Eugene.

Weather has a break for today, with more snow expected to start this afternoon -- but it's already snowing near Eugene.

Warmer weather predicted for Sat-Sun -- with rain expected Sunday evening (rain and higher temps should wipe out the snow, at least on the roads).

Good luck on your transit. The break between storms may get you past the Siskiyou pass but may cause you to drop anchor. 7 Feathers is OK (it's about 40 miles north of Grants Pass) -- but there are a few lower passes along I-5 in that stretch. Take note of the conditions in deciding when/where to stop, if things don't look good. (Sooner is safer than later.)

Yesterday afternoon, there was a 28 car smash up at the I-5 exit a mile further north from the one nearest my home during the afternoon commute. Several injuries, one death.
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Makin a run for the border. After looking at weather reports,talking to truck drivers, and all your advice, we decided to go for it I-5 to home. We are getting anxious to get home. Motor home doing great. We may have to stop before Eugene because of roads.

Just having a little trouble with the latches on the engine hood. It's a 91 wide body. Anybody have a good fix?

Again, thanks for all the help. **** the torpedoes full speed ahead.

John alley, hope your recovering well.
This is turning out to be a great experience.
Not sure if it will be a good fix or not but I had a couple of occasions when the latches didn't want to hold. When you get a chance open it up and get under it and squirt some carb or break cleaner on all the moving parts, levers, and contact points, especially the release latch. Clean it as best you can. I grabbed hold of each of the rods and worked them vigorously while spraying them. Then I took some white grease and squirted the same areas and worked them vigorously while pulling on the rods. I haven't had an issue since. I'm sure that mine just got so much crud in there from the road dirt being pulled up in there that nothing worked smoothly. It does now.
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Sent message yesterday while in the mtns. Must of lost connection. We are held up at seven feathers nice place! So close to home yet so far. Thanks for the hints on the latches, kinda funny I was getting in there to adjust the rods when it dawned on me if I got it wrong I would be screwed. I put the tools away and tied it shut. One of the latches has broken off the hood so once I fix that I can clean them up and see how they work.

Pretty amazing that a complete rookie can drive from Florida to Oregon and the only problem we have is the hood latches. What a wonderful machine!

Would love to be part of any northwest or Oregon bird group keep us in mind.

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Sent message yesterday while in the mtns. Must of lost connection. We are held up at seven feathers nice place! So close to home yet so far. Thanks for the hints on the latches, kinda funny I was getting in there to adjust the rods when it dawned on me if I got it wrong I would be screwed. I put the tools away and tied it shut. One of the latches has broken off the hood so once I fix that I can clean them up and see how they work.

Pretty amazing that a complete rookie can drive from Florida to Oregon and the only problem we have is the hood latches. What a wonderful machine!

Would love to be part of any northwest or Oregon bird group keep us in mind.

Brian
Glad you're safe.

We visit family in Portland, driving up in our car. We stop at seven feathers for gas. They always have a couple of biskets for our dog. And a good attitude towards customers.
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Brian,
Glad you found a bird. After meeting you and your wife Jan and I both thought you might be happier in a 40 footer, sounds like a nice one. I'd appreciate a chance to see it when you have time after your back. As far as local weather goes if you have your home with you and a good hookup I'd ride it out down there. We're at about 6-7" snow at home and some lite freezing rain last night to make a crust on top with more on the way. The hardest part about getting from Forest Grove to Beavercreek was stopping 3 times to deice the wipers between Hillsboro and Sherwood. Its suppose to be 40-50 degrees and rain by Monday, that would make for a better trip. In case you don't have it, for Oregon use WWW.Tripcheck.com for road conditions and cameras. This site also has the metro areas covered pretty well. Congratulations on your new ride and call me if you need a hand with anything, on your way home or at any other time and remember to enjoy.
Andy and Jan
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Brian,
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Good meeting you, glad you've made it home safely.

Enjoy the new coach.
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