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Old 07-06-2016, 05:33 PM   #267
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A week too early for the Maritime Rally!


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Old 07-07-2016, 04:01 AM   #268
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Maratimes Rally

[QUOTE=Briantb;596722]A week too early for the Maritime Rally!

We have attended this rally. It was a good rally and a chance to see a lot of older fiberglass trailers. There's also an Escapade in VT this month, a national Escapees Rally, we're not attending that either.

We've been gone two months and will spend the next month visiting with family before heading out again to the Maine Blueberry festival.

Before we head to FL we'll be taking a swing thru PA up to the Buffalo, catching up with some long time RV friends than back to FL.

We've signed up for a southwest trip in September of 2017, renting a 'water RV, a 61 foot long houseboat on Lake Powell with 3 other RV couples before touring Utah.

Hopefully the spring of 2017 will result in another trip to NL.
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:29 AM   #269
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Left Newfoundland

We left Newfoundland yesterday and already missing it. It's a special place with special people. It's going to take awhile to adjust to not being there. I understand why Norm has visited there the last 8 summers. We'll be back! We have a little better internet reception now and will post a few more photos of our visit.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:49 PM   #270
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We stopped at the casino in Moncton on our way home. Go to the front desk and get a] membership card which you need to get an overnight pass for one of their 20 RV sites behind the casino. In the morning we used the card to get a seniors buffet breakfast ($6.99 with a free $5 gambling voucher Mon-Thur). After breakfast we spent about 20 minutes converting the vouchers into $30 cash. Great breakfast experience.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:55 PM   #271
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We left Newfoundland yesterday and already missing it. It's a special place with special people. It's going to take awhile to adjust to not being there. I understand why Norm has visited there the last 8 summers. We'll be back! We have a little better internet reception now and will post a few more photos of our visit.
Good hear the update on your travels. We weren't there nearly as long but know just what you mean about missing it within the first day of getting off the ferry. Safe travels as you wander back south. Do stop by in Vermont if it is on your flight plan.
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Old 07-23-2016, 02:50 PM   #272
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We are back in NH for a month before a trip to the Wild Blueberry Festival in Maine and a swing west thru PA, NY and finally to MN , coastal Carolinas, returning to FL in late October.

We are sitting reading two excellent books I ordered on Amazon while in Newfoundland, East Coast Hikes and West Coast Hikes, of Newfoundland. There is great information in these books, hikes for every level, really a life times worth of hikes.

Read these books and you will go to Newfoundland. I guarantee you'll love the pictures.

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Old 07-25-2016, 10:27 AM   #273
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Full-time?

Hi Norm,
You're starting to look like full-timer's.
Wouldn't it be nice to mix NL weather with ours and be able to have moderate temp at both ends. Hope you can avoid the extremely high humidex as you work your way west.
I'm refurbishing suspension on the Bigfoot. Fortunately I had an axle manufacturing company as a customer when I had my business and that has allowed me to save about 75% on part costs. I will start to install today. New heavier axles, new bushings, new wet bolts (bolts with grease fittings),new shackles, and the axles are fitted with grease fittings so the bearings don't have to be removed for re-packing. I think the trailer companies build for people who do 500-1000 km/year, and we'be done 26k in 9 months. The bolts and bushings were well worn and probably caused our tire wear. When everything new is installed l'll get an alignment check. By being able to keep all the wear points lubricated l hope to get long term use from the new system.
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Old 07-25-2016, 11:04 AM   #274
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Do tell us more about these magic axles with built in lubrication capabilities....
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Old 07-26-2016, 04:35 AM   #275
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The weather's been pretty good in NH except for two really hot days where we actually ran our air conditioner for a while before going to bed.

Glad you're axle solution is in hand. It's certainly correct that extended travelers are well in the minority of RV owners. Most trailers just sit most if not all of the time. It was great meeting you guys, glad you had a good trip.

We're not quite full timers but will spend 7 months living in our trailer this year. I recognize more each day it's a form of joyous escapism. There is a reality hard to find in life that exists when traveling with another person in a contained world.

Wishing you both the best.

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Old 07-26-2016, 08:35 AM   #276
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Magic axle

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An axle is just a length of steel tubing with a machined spindle welded into each end. Attachment point for brake backing plates are part of the spindle. The magic part of my axles are the latest version spindles(in use since at least 2011) which have a grease fitting at the end of the spindle. The grease flows thru a hole drilled about 4" down the centre of the spindle to a cross hole which comes out between the back bearing and the back seal. As you continue to pump grease into the fitting the grease is forced against the back seal then thru the back bearing(repacking it),fills the centre cavity in the hub, then thru the front bearing(repacking it), then out along the outer diameter of the spindle until you can see it emerging around the grease fitting you are pumping into. Since the used grease has likely turned black, you can keep pumping until all the old grease has been displaced and you start to see the new grease color being ejected. The down side is having to replace your existing axle to get the magic spindles. An other innovation I first saw on a 2011 trailer was self adjusting brakes. These can be installed without replacing the axle, just by replacing the brake backing plates with the self adjusting feature. The easy way to replace brakes is to buy the entire backing plate kit which involves removing 4 nuts and 2 electrical wire connectors to get the brakes off the axle.

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Old 07-29-2016, 04:56 PM   #277
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Bill,
This sounds like a great improvement in your case, but my 2004 Scamp has AlKo axle and it has that lubrication feature. It must have been around for some time. Only a couple of weeks ago I had a good look at my bearings and all, replacing manual adjustment brakes with self-adjusting assemblies from e-trailer ($96 incl. shipping). Nice and easy (not very difficult - I mean), four nuts and washers and two wires, as you say.
The old brake linings were not bad, but one e-magnet was worn down to the point of shorting the coil. That brake was not doing any work at all, it's drum was cool when the other side would be hot to touch. The bearings were good, so I just cleaned and repacked them and replaced the grease seals, the rubber was hard and had small cracks. The old seals were hard to remove, I got help with that from my car mechanic, a very helpful gentleman. The drums were good.
Since I bought the Scamp, we put close to 50k on it in three years, at your rate of 26k miles in 9 months you are way ahead!
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:57 PM   #278
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2017 Newfoundland Caravan

We have had a number of requests to run the Newfoundland Caravan in 2017, Ginny and I have decided though we may be returning to NL next year for our 9th visit, we will not run another NL caravan.

We absolutely had a great time in 2016, the people in the other 5 rigs were all great. We suggested that some of year's participants consider doing it, so we'll see. I do know that at least 2 of the 5 couples say they will be returning next year.

Ginny and I just turned 74, we actually feel great and will be continuing our travels. We leave for MN next week and than on to FL, next year it's Montana, a houseboat on Lake Powell, the NM Ballon Festival and Utah National Parks.

Ginny told me tonight that she wants to travel in our Scamp until the end.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:46 AM   #279
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Norm - tou had mentionedprobably drawing upa guide to caravanning in NL? I tried to send you a pm to ask you to email me a copy but your pm box is full and not accepting further messages.
Hoping we can communicate soon as I am drawing up my 2017 trip now.
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Norm - tou had mentionedprobably drawing upa guide to caravanning in NL? I tried to send you a pm to ask you to email me a copy but your pm box is full and not accepting further messages.
Hoping we can communicate soon as I am drawing up my 2017 trip now.
My box is no longer full so send me a PM and when I get to FL I'll send you a copy. (We'll be in FL in a matter of days.)

We think we might go back to NL next year but did not plan on a caravan though NL just surveyed me about our caravan.

You are not the first that's asked about next year, maybe you could have a little group. We had six rigs in a loose caravan format and it worked well.

The first thing to do is to go on line to the tourist bureau for a map and their great brochure. I'd do it for each of the provinces you might visit on the way.

There should be links to all that stuff in the NL Caravan thread.

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