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  1. Goodness. And. You. Enjoy. Periods. Got any pics of that new hyper-miling, showroom rig of yours?
  2. I went through a similar situation on my 91 Warrior (louder and louder over a year's time) and discovered that the crossmember directly under the radiator was badly rusted and going to pieces (not super uncommon, unfortunately). There's a hefty, important strut from each lower control arm that stretches forward and bolts to the underside of that exact crossmember. It was difficult to troubleshoot this situation and land on a good repair, but I felt much better when it was fixed and have never heard the dreaded groaning/creaking since. Note: If your chassis is in decent condition wi
  3. I wish we had more time to enjoy the journey like you described, because these old rigs really come into their own when cruising down low-traffic, country roads! Unfortunately, we're just not in that phase of life yet, where that's a consistent possibility But, to address your conundrum: the current version of Google Maps does offer the "bicycle" routing option (yes, haha) which kind of does what you describe: keeps you off the interstates and puts you on local roads with some state highways. There is also the option to download maps on that platform if there's a danger of losing
  4. Not sure if you’re looking for a long term, semi permanent solution. But when we camp I try to find (or reserve) a mostly level spot, then adjust rear airbags with a small 12V compressor to tweak the front-to-back and left-to-right levels, until close enough. Blocks for front tires might be necessary occasionally but not looking for perfection...
  5. Thanks for posting; that is gorgeous. But with 5 days to go and already $18K... gonna be BIG money.
  6. Yeah, was trying to recall... think it was close to $200, parts and labor. Mine was leaking pretty good at the input shaft, and I believe that seal is accessible on the older boxes. However, it was a "captured" seal on my newer 91 Warrior steering gear, which was another reason that I didn't get into it myself.
  7. I had a significant leak on my steering box as well and, after weighing the pros and cons, found a local shop that basically does nothing but rebuild steering gears. I generally like to give these things a try, but from what I've read, it can be a tricky job and seems like many DIY-ers who attempt it aren't happy with the end result. It was worth it to me to just drop it off, pick it up in a week, and pay the man.
  8. I've tried both of the available, standard options for my 20-ft Warrior: The standard Class C cover was enormous and billowed out all around the base of the vehicle... but it worked, for a few years. I am currently using a Sprinter style cover that I mostly prefer, although it has the opposite problem—coverage ends well above the ground and doesn't quite cover the side-walls. But, the roof, windows, and door are my main concern, so I'm sticking with the Sprinter version.
  9. I don’t like bright, white light either, especially in a small RV coach where you’re trying to enjoy R&R. These have worked well for us over the past year (soft white version): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HRV73YK/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_glt_fabc_X2FYH2QF4PTDAD5WM7E5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
  10. They're on the control arms and support the wheel hub assemblies. One ball joint on top and one below, each side. May or may not have zerk fittings for greasing...
  11. I swapped all of mine for a 24-set of these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/LUG-NUT-Gorilla-14mm-x-1-50-Acorn-Bulge-HT-PN-91148HT-Bulk-U-Pick-Quantity/154322650066?epid=532378561&hash=item23ee58c3d2:g:xfEAAOSwOR1ei4aY They are heat-treated and quality seemed good for the money. Some bling doesn’t hurt either. They do require a different sized wrench than the originals, so plan accordingly...
  12. “Mintage”... that’s a new one for me, but I like it, haha! Sounds like you’ve already made up your mind, but I’d probably be running a gen off the back bumper to power the roof AC, with a fan or two to push the air up front. Awful handy to have one of those along anyways, and it won’t tax your little diesel.
  13. It’s a very nice one, incredibly low miles. Up to 15K with a day to go...
  14. Big box home stores usually have it, although only in plain white in my experience (special order for different colors). RV repair shop might sell you a piece or two.
  15. I did exactly what you’re describing when I put a Fantastic Fan in the rear bath of my 91 Warrior a few years back. Worked out great, no issues. Use a high quality product (ie Dicor) and plenty of it.
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