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Old June 16th, 2017, 20:32   #1
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Although late Spring is all but gone and summer is approaching, we're trying to put together another road trip "toward" Alaska.

We hope to depart Saturday morning, July 8, 2017, pulling the PopUp Camper with two Schnauzers on board. So, we have exactly three weeks to be ready. I have a long "to-do-list" that I just got started on today.

Without all the details, the biggie on the list is installing a new LUK DMF kit.

Below are a few pics in the back yard this afternoon while doing some detailing (long overdue)...





Yes, the pic below was taken a few days ago.... notice the reflection on top of the valve cover.... After almost 5 years and about 72k miles it is about as clean as day one out of the garage! (pressure washer, compressed air and a few towels [always cover the ALT]).

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Old June 17th, 2017, 09:21   #2
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Sounds like an amazing and fantastic idea. I hope it's smooth sailing and you all have a blast!
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Old June 18th, 2017, 00:38   #3
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Awesome! I always get excited for an AndyBees trip
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Old June 18th, 2017, 07:49   #4
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Ah, at the moment, the machine is in the garage with motor mounts removed and the metal return coolant pipe removed. I'm changing the location of the return coolant pipe from the expansion tank.

That metal pipe is right over the top bolt for the right motor mount bracket. I've had issues with those bolts breaking. I think it is because the bracket is not sitting flush on the bolt bosses that are cast into the block. Also, while there, I have new OE diesel motor mounts to install.

Other than installing a new LUK DMF and addressing a few minor things, I should have it road ready in a few days.
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Old June 30th, 2017, 07:27   #5
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Well, it's just a bit over one week from the planned departure. Right now, I still have a lot of work to do! The transmission is still out. Without all the details, I found several minor problems with various items that needed a lot of attention.

So, today, I'll install the trans and begin sorting out all the associated loose ends!

As we plan the itinerary, we're trying to include things we've by-passed on previous trips, particularly en route to the beginning of the Alaska Highway at Dawson City, BC, Canada! Dinosaur Provincial Park in southern Alberta, Canada looks like a good place to swing by and spend a day or two.
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Old June 30th, 2017, 08:53   #6
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You'll enjoy the dino park. I went there a few years back and was really blown away at how great the museum was laid out and the amount of information. I didn't have time to explore the area around there but would do that if there is a next time.
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Old July 6th, 2017, 16:53   #7
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Update:

Well, it appears that we will not be departing until Monday, July 10th.

It's been a slow process going through the Van from Bumper to Bumper to make sure all is ready! The last couple of days, I've been working with the AC system.

I do feel we will be on the road by Monday!
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Cheering, and praying for you Andy! Sounds like a fun trip in store.
(now I just need to go back and find the accounts of your previous adventures that I see in your sig line, because I want to read what the Nova Scotia adventure was like)
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Old July 6th, 2017, 19:59   #9
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Ah, Where2, I'm not sure if I documented the Nova Scotia trip. We attended the 2013 TDI Fest at Sunday River Resort near Bethel, Maine. On Monday morning (Labor Day) after the Fest wrapped up, we cut cross country over to the coast to visit Acadia National Park. From there, we followed the coast north to Canada and made our way to Nova Scotia (that's the short of it). My camera broke so the only photos are those taken by my wife.

It is on our bucket list to re-visit that neck of the woods again and spend more time there!
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Finally, we are about an hour away from packing "stuff" for the trip.

We will be leaving tomorrow morning at or before 7:00 am.

Destination > Madison, Wisconsin or other points north....
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Happy sailing. There might be some smoke the further north you get, as there are a bunch of fires on this side of the border.
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Old July 13th, 2017, 20:45   #12
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This is a tough one!

The Van AC system experienced catastrophic hose failure south of Edinburgh, Indiana. Without all the details, we went on to Edinburgh for a planned stop at an RV dealer relating to my popup camper. In their parking lot, I confirmed that the high pressure hose did give way in the area above the transmission.

So, we returned home. I am going to use a 10 day window starting tomorrow to address the issue. If I cannot repair or have it repaired (replaced is the right word) to my satisfaction, well, the Road Trip 2017 will be canceled! Otherwise, the van did really well........... nice cool 45f air with ambient pushing 100f out on the road.

Stay tuned ...
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Old July 14th, 2017, 20:39   #13
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Never say never!
You'll get it going and have a great trip....
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It is on our bucket list to re-visit that neck of the woods again and spend more time there!
Andy, I was just going to ask, when are you coming back up to Nova Scotia?

Been a little wet this year, but I can't complain much...keeps the grass green and the well full.

The Tall Ships Regatta is arriving in Halifax in a couple weeks. Kinda cool to see them all in the Harbor.

If you ever have time to make it over this way again, it's worth it to try and make it over to Newfoundland (Take the ferry from Nova Scotia). There is some cool stuff to see over there, especially when there's big icebergs hitting the beach:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou...ffic-1.4073428

Wife and I drove over a couple years ago to get a dog, and it was just a couple miles from where that iceberg was.
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Old July 16th, 2017, 09:57   #15
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Well, right now, I have the entire AC system (everything) out of the Van. If I do not get it repaired and road ready over the next 8 days, we plan to scrap the intended trip back to Alaska (we have departed as late as August 4th). However, we do have the northeast in our sites! I've been privately conversing with an individual who owns property in Maine ... most generous invite.

So, Rembrant, there's a possibility we might be heading in that direction....

I found a good website for AC stuff.... coldhose.com! But, hopefully, my local source of assistance will come through for me this week!
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