Ready, set, … Wait

So, we were finally ready to begin our shakedown trip and head west to Burl for final prep and then on to Mexico,  and then we hit a snag.

As we were running some final errands we start to hear a growling noise from the rear wheel.  At first we think we have something caught in the wheel.  Then we through maybe a rock caught under the skid plating of the driveshaft. And ultimately,  we did what we were dreading,  jacked it up and checked for play in the wheel…

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.. sure enough, there is play in the wheel.  Ugh. The day before we are set to leave,  we have a problem with the one part that we have not replaced or overhauled. Time for a bearings job.

The problem though is that most of the heavy tools are stored away in a storage unit and we knowledge have a ‘house’  outside of the van.  So it’s time to think.  We need a press to press out the old bearings and press in new ones.  Stay tuned for more on that in a day or so… 

On a fun note we got to use our on board air system to air up another vanagon named Baby Blue.  Baby Blue had a flat front tire.  About 35 seconds later we were at 45 psi.

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As we like to say,  better here than Mozambique.

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