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Alignment, shopping, and on our way again

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

When our coach was built, the rear alignment was substantially off, with 5/8″ of toe out.  This caused excessive wear on the left duals, and since these tires cost $600 each that is not good.  Fortunately, we found a competent shop near Minneapolis that specializes in RV tire and chassis work.  So we spent two days here as they worked us in, and out.

Parked in front of the shop

Since they specialize in RVs, they had 50Amp power outlets so we could hook up power and just relax.  While they worked on the coach, we went to the Mall of America (largest mall in the US), bought some clothes, caught a movie, and killed some time.

Thanks to them working on Saturday, we were finished Saturday PM and went on our way.  They did a great job, the coach drove noticeably smoother, and easier as well.  Now on to the casino in Hinckley, then on to Duluth to see if we can catch the Talls Ships festival.

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Hello, Minnesota

We were supposed to go from Montana to the UP (Upper Michigan) for a 3 week stay, and to catch up with friends.  Unfortunately, we discovered that our motor home has a serious alignment problem.  The rear dual tires (drivers side) are almost worn to the warn bars.  That is 16,000 miles on a 75,000 mile tire and it’s worn out…

We found a place near Minneapolis that specializes in frame alignment of large vehicles.  So, we are heading there to have the alignment done, replace the two front tires, and balance all wheels.  Hopefully that will be the last issue we have with our home on wheels.  Since we allowed lots of time to go from MN to MI our schedule won’t be impacted, but our wallet will be…..

So, we left the mountains of Montana for the hills of North Dakota and the lakes of Minnesota.  Sure is a different terrain….

Not much to see in N Dakota, except hills and grass lands....

Batesville, MN

We found a pleasant place to spend our first night in Minnesota.  It is a city park in Batesville, MN, about 200 miles north of Minneapolis.  We haven’t seen this much grass since we left Texas, som 4 months ago.  Warm days, cool nights, beat the heck out of hot days and hot nights in Texas….

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