View of Berat, Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Berat, Albania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? South towards Greece.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cross, SC (day 4)

Well the air bag system is 95% installed, and working perfectly! I ran the airlines and the wiring and placed the compressor where it will be installed in one of the lower cargo bays.

And of course the big test was if it held air! I have read about problems with leaks if you don’t install the connectors just right, but everything seemed fine. I left about 20 lbs in each side overnight, so we’ll see tomorrow morning if all is okay.

I still have to tie the airlines in place and mount the compressor. That will be a job for Friday. And there isn’t really a convenient place to mount the guage and switches under the dash, so I’ll have to build some sort of bracket for it at a later date.

This was all a pretty big job, but the worst part was not having air tools and a proper work space. Anyhow, it’s pretty much done now and Sherman is looking forward to being able to carry around a full tank of fuel again! You can also use these airbags for leveling the motorhome when parked, to a certain extent. Just hit a button, and the back end goes up and down. And we have the system where you can adjust one side more or less than the other. Neat!

Nice day to relax!

Leaves starting to come out on the trees!

Rest up Sherman, because we have lots of driving to do still!

While I was messing with the air springs, Ruth did some laundry and some reading, and made supper for everyone. She made a chicken curry, and Pam came back from Charleston to join us and Pete for dinner.

I’m due for a break from all of this work (and so is my back, from crawling around under Sherman!) so tomorrow, we’re driving over to Congaree National Park for the day and meeting with readers and fellow bloggers John and Ellen to go for a hike.


  1. Looks like a great job on the air bags, there on my list for this summer before we take off fulltime. Did you say you bought the Firestone ones. I have heard good reviews on those. Looks like you guys have a really nice place to stay. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  2. Hey do you hire out? Those look like a nice addition to Sherman for sure!
    Hey how did you come up with the name for Sherman?

    Just curious!

  3. Love the "Beware of Dog" sign. Go get 'em Whiskey!

    Hope you all have a great day hiking today. It sure is pretty over there!

    Grace (in Tucson)

  4. Sam and Donna...Yes, they are the Firestone Ride Rite Air Helper Springs. So far everything looks great with them. They are holding air, so no leaks. We will know how they ride tomorrow when we leave.

    WBY...Thanks! Sherman got his name because when I saw the motorhome for the first time I said it was the size of a tank and Kevin says he rides like a tank.

    Grace...We have never had anyone try breaking into Sherman, so Whiskey has been doing a great job protecting us. We had a very nice hike.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey

  5. "Just hit a button, and the back goes up and down".

    OK, when I read that, in spite of knowing exactly what you meant, I briefly had this vision of you standing off to one side while Sherman does some sort of "low-rider dance". I'm not sure how else to describe that particular activity without sounding like a middle aged white guy, but I think you know what I'm talking about.
    Not really that good for the fine china. You'd be sending off a whole crate of pots to Lagostina I'm guessing.

    Just please don't put a 10,000 watt stereo system in one of the storage bays. *snort*!

    Well, unless of course you really want to...

  6. Bob...Not really a picture I had in mind of Sherman. I think maybe he is a little old for that! Don't worry, there won't be a 10,000 watt stero system. We wouldn't have enough room for the batteries to power a stero system that big.

    Kevin, Ruth and Whiskey


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