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    Good for you Bill. Must feel good to cut some of the bigger strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
    Good for you Bill. Must feel good to cut some of the bigger strings.
    Thanks. I've been focusing on getting all my obligations (bills) set up so I can handle them remotely or have autopay. My wife's sister and husband live about half a mile from our property in Wyoming. He did the power for multiple 30 amp outlets and in the next two weeks we'll get a septic tank and water. It looks like I'll hit the road the week of 7/25 and take a few days to get there. We drive up through Flagstaff, Kayenta, Monument Valley, Moab, Rifle, then north to Wyoming. I avoid interstates whenever possible, I'm not going much faster than 65 anyway and that's the limit on state and US highways, for the most part.
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    Good for you, bigbill. I hope your next life treats you very well.

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    “But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of therest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before.”

    You go Bill.
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    We've got our permit for a septic tank and getting estimates for two slabs, a 12X40' for the trailer, and a 20X30' for a shop. Tomorrow is my farewell luncheon with those small Jimmy John's sandwiches and a cake. Friday is tamale day. Still holding out hope for a Monday delivery for the truck shell. No matter what, we must be in Wyoming by the evening of the 29th for an equestrian event on the 30th. We'll be back in AZ by early September.
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    Truck shell and liner on Monday, hitting the road Wednesday night to catch sunrise in Monument Valley on Thursday morning. Driving through Flagstaff is always better in the middle of the night and the turbo diesel will appreciate the cool air.
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    The truck is done. We're leaving on Wednesday for central Wyoming.
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    Love that setup Big man. Safe travels. Will look forward to more from you.

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    We made it to Wyoming yesterday early afternoon. We drove from Kingman to Moab via Monument Valley and stayed at an RV park near the entrance to Canyonlands NP. The next day we drove to Alcova, Wyoming, which had great hookups for $35/night. Along the way, we hiked around Independence Rock. Yesterday we drove on to Worland and parked it. My wife's sister has a shaded area set up for us with a 30A plug and septic. We have a 500-gallon tank for watering the horses. I've got a submersible pump with a garden hose connection so we can fill the RV potable tank from the 500-gallon one.

    Lessons learned, you consume DEF at a much higher rate when towing. More than can be accounted for with the gas mileage. I used the WD hitch, but I believe the ball is too low and caused a little squat. No handling or braking issues, but it should be another hole higher to level everything out. No issues at all towing the trailer with the F250; I could lug uphill with the cars. The ten speed Allison transmission was great for engine braking. I'm glad I had a box of DEF with me even though I ended up not using it. The Sinclair in Rawlins, Wyoming, had a DEF pump next to the diesel pump so I filled up. We were only on interstates for short distances, most with 75 or 80 mph speed limits. I had the cruise on 70. On the state and US highways, I'd set the cruise on the speed limit which was primarily 65. My wife is the trailer pro, she was good about reminding me to swing wide on turns. I'm happy to report I only jumped on one curb and no signs.
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    Great report Big man. LOL Yeah I have a little voice in my head that says "wait until the last possible second before swinging the wheel" ;)

    FWIIW In the "Are you kidding me" department....the Airstream Trailer International rally for next year will be in Rock (effing;) Springs, Wy. I can tease because I lived there for two years. That please was so bad that I'd advise tourists at the gas station to keep moving, nothing here for you which was really good advice IMHO.

    What is this DEF you speak of? My truck burns dead dinosaurs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    ...What is this DEF you speak of? My truck burns dead dinosaurs.
    Link to "20 facts about Diesel Exhaust Fluid":

    https://www.capitalremanexchange.com...ust-fluid-def/
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    Quote Originally Posted by claritycycler View Post
    Link to "20 facts about Diesel Exhaust Fluid":

    https://www.capitalremanexchange.com...ust-fluid-def/
    On the interstates, I saw many places with DEF pumps and a dedicated diesel section for trucks and RVs. The closest station to where we are staying has a DEF pump because of all the diesel farm equipment and farm trucks. I've never considered removing my DEF equipment, it's just not a big deal to have it. I get a warning light with a chime at 500 miles to empty. That's totally reasonable. My wife's 2500 is a 2007 so it doesn't do DEF.
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    I brought the Disc Dirt Road Racer with two sets of wheels. The canal roads are okay but there is the occasional herd of cattle or sheep, and in places, I'm riding through someone's backyard. I outsprinted a territorial dog on Friday. Today I put the "road" wheels on and took off for town. These may be the best roads I've ridden in a decade or more. My 32mm Hutchinson Sectors were just humming along.
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    Tomorrow is the two-week point since we departed Arizona, so here's an update. The Coconino as a road bike is working out well. I'm moving up on some local strava segments without trying hard. I honestly didn't know they existed until I got back from riding. The travel trailer is working well, we have a spot at my sister-in-law's place with power and septic. We're still filling fresh water from a 500 gallon tank and a submersible pump. The pump puts out enough flow to flush out the black water on occasion. We're going to Yellowstone next week and staying at the Fishing Bridge RV park for two nights. The park has full hookups. I'm hoping to cycle from the Tower at Roosevelt to Slough Creek turnoff. Last I read, they're allowing some vehicles into that section. If so, I probably won't ride because the drivers will be looking for wildlife and not a cyclist.

    I didn't get the trailer level enough side to side, it's really minor but the shower collects water on one side. I've got the wheel ramps, I'll make it right when we return from Yellowstone. It's not bad enough to correct for now. Diesel prices are dropping, I've seen $4.45 to 5.83, all on the same day. Locally, the cheapest is 4.99. Without the trailer the F250 gets 21 mpg so it's not so bad considering all the places we go. Tomorrow we're heading up Hwy 14 to fish the Upper Tongue River, should be epic and underfished. BTW, river is subjective, there are parts of the Upper Tongue River that I can step across while Ten Sleep Creek is wide and fast flowing.
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