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Old 12-09-2011, 05:34 AM   #2416
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26' Class A 65gal fresh, 35gal black, 30 gal grey. I can easily dry camp for a week solo. And I take showers every day. The black tank takes forever to fill, never had a problem there. Grey is small, but with a long garden hose and an adapter cap, I can dump almost any where. It is just shower water for the most part. Just run the hose off into the brush and let her fly.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:41 AM   #2417
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why does anything with substantial volume have to hug the ground? center of gravity? seems like a vehicle could have 8"-10" of clearance and still not topple. maybe it's only illusion that they're so low slung?
it doesnt, my chinook is lifted w/ 4x4 and bigger wheels tires with front and rear sway bars. With the dual rear wheels it's stable and definitely tracks better than stock.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:23 AM   #2418
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Thanks for sharing this.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:24 PM   #2419
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I saw one of those mini motor homes with Japanese plates in Jasper NP years ago.
My wife (5'2") figured it was cool but I (6'2") thought it looked like a scale model.
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:22 PM   #2420
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Since people on ADVrider know everything, anyone know of a good CAT mechanic in the Cincinnati, Ohio that can do the valve lash on my 3208 cat in my blue bird
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:45 PM   #2421
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Kubla,

You can't just slip in that you need help on your new Bluebird. We need details and photos, trip report of the pickup and delivery home.

You need to feed our obsession here, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:57 PM   #2422
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Thumb Cool thread......

Just came accross it today.

Had it for about 10 years and then had to sell it last spring due to some financial issues

Its a 71, 22' with a dodge 413, ran like a scalded dog just did'nt pass to many gas stations.

A few pics...










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Old 12-10-2011, 07:28 PM   #2423
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Kubla,

You can't just slip in that you need help on your new Bluebird. We need details and photos, trip report of the pickup and delivery home.

You need to feed our obsession here, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I posted the trip home report before in this tread, had the coach almost a month
and no new pics right now, it is in the truck shop getting worked on
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:30 PM   #2424
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Sorry, no pics of trip, did not take a camera, since I did not think about it
on sunday the 6th I hooked the tow dolly to the back or my Jetta TDI and headed south to bainbridge GA where the motorcoach was, following instructions from Miss Garmin, who decided that I should go down 85 to 185 from atlanta instead of straight south on I 75 I 185 ends at Fort Benning GA.
she then routed me on lots of little 2 lane roads, ending on one that each lane was narrower than the tow dolly, real fun in the dark while on this road, a possum commited suicide by running out in front of me

I then found the only hotel in bainbridge and paid too much for a room

the next morning I went to the lot where the coach was and gave it a look over and preceded to hook the tow dolly to it and drive my car up onto it, damaging my bumper in the process made su e all the lights worked and the 3 piece, stupidly complicated hold down straps were tight

went out to lunch with the seller, then began the trip home about 4 pm monday the 7th by going east on US 84 which I was going to take all the way to I 75, avoiding 2 lane roads, missed a turn and wound up on US 319 north, which put me on I 75 further north at Tifton GA, once I got on I 75 I found that the coach would hold 68 MPH with no problem, just took forever to get to that speed, the 3208 is pretty wimpy for a 10 liter V8 by todays standards, once it got dark, I remembered why we got rid of sealed beam headlights, they really suck, also 30 year old motorhomes steer like a battleship with a loose rudder (something I will have to fix)

after many noisy monotonous hours (no radio) I stoped at the rest area just inside of TN at Chattanooga, and went to sleep in the bed in back, Yay no hotel fees that night

at about 5:15 am I woke up, started the engine, waited 5 minutes or so for air pressure (did I mention the air leaks) and started off, stopping just south of Knoxville for breakfast and to add some fuel and fuel additive

got into KY and the TV tried to fall on my head (it's in the console over the windshield) so i stopped and put it back in, it iwll be removed as it no longer works and is a custom built unit for this wanderlodge

finally got home, pulled into the driveway, fought the straps on the dolly to get my car off, put the dolly beside the house, went down the street and voted, had lunch with my parents and went back home and took a long nap

was a good trip in that nothing really went wrong, coach ran great, now I have to learn lots about it and fix the minor things wrong with it before I can use it on a trip

this is my boring trip report as it was pretty non-eventful which is a good thing
don't know ow to do the show post thing
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:41 PM   #2425
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Kulha,

I missed your drive home report, remember you were to get the Bluebird, and had seen it for sale on another forum. Thanks for the reposting.

Hope you enjoy your's as much as we are enjoying ours that we got last March.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:51 PM   #2426
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Just came accross it today.

Had it for about 10 years and then had to sell it last spring due to some financial issues

Its a 71, 22' with a dodge 413, ran like a scalded dog just did'nt pass to many gas stations.

A few pics...










Life is good.





Sorry you had to sell the old girl.


Your pics rock, just the type of machine that could handle those dirt roads.

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Old 12-18-2011, 01:15 AM   #2427
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:59 AM   #2428
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Nice pictures. Surprisingly, I've seen a number of those Cortez rigs. I love the second picture. That is a classy looking restoration. The green one has the typical homely look of an English machine. I could see it talking to Thomas the tank engine. I'd take any one of them for a summer. I'd never give the second one back.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:15 AM   #2429
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I've got a friend that has a Cortez, and they have a very dedicated cult following.

they really neat little rigs. get good gas mileage, and are very practical....



......but $$$$$$$$!!! (if you can find one!)
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:23 AM   #2430
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I've got a friend that has a Cortez, and they have a very dedicated cult following.

they really neat little rigs. get good gas mileage, and are very practical....



......but $$$$$$$$!!! (if you can find one!)
I posted a story here a while back about doing a ski week at the Otsego Ski Club in Gaylord Mich in a Cortez about 1961, with my parents.

But I won't bore you all with it again....
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