Bleeding the Brakes

Bleeding the Brakes

While repacking the wheel bearings, we found a leaking brake caliper. At the same location the brake pads also showed some signs of damage with a portion of the brake pad missing. It’s not clear if that was from something like a rock being kicked up into the area or possibly from the leaking brake fluid getting on the lining.

Although it is usually somewhat easy to replace the brake piston seal and dust seal after honing out the cylinder to remove any places that might be causing the leak we decided to just replace the caliper (Kodiak part number DBC-338-HD-E). Replacing the caliper is much quicker and easier than servicing the original and if you include seals and a set of new brake pads the total cost wasn’t much different since the caliper came with pads.

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Checotah / Lake Eufaula West KOA, Checotah, OK

Checotah / Lake Eufaula West KOA, Checotah, OK

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Site Quality: Gravel roads and pads. Our site was plenty long for our rig and truck. Sites are fairly close together with a picnic table for each.
Type:  Commercial Park
Access: Just off Interstate 40 West of Checotah, OK. Take exit 255 (Pierce Rd.) then go West on the North service road.
Staff: Staff interaction was good but minimal.
Amenities:  Fishing pond, Swimming pool (in season), cabins, playground, laundry. Access to Lake Eufaula via a short trail at the back of the park.
Cellular/WiFi:  Verizon and AT&T were both good with AT&T being the fastest. They claimed to have WiFi but we did not see it or use it.
What we liked: Easy access, nice clean park. Pretty park with a fair amount of trees but we still got satellite at site 61. Decent price for a KOA part – ~$35 per night.
What we didn’t like: Although the sites are gravel, there wasn’t much gravel left. During wet weather they could be messy. Some road noise from Interstate 40. Quite a few long term residents and at least one trailer stored in a site that didn’t look like it had been used for a while. The nearest restaurants and stores are about 15 miles away in either Checotah or Henryetta. Both have Walmarts. KOAs area always more expensive than what you get but this was one of the least expensive KOAs we have stayed at.
Verdict: This park is nice with large mature trees and decent sites as long as it’s not wet and muddy. Deluxe sites with concrete patios would be nice in wet weather. Good for a short stay enroute as there wouldn’t be a lot to do here for longer stays.

Sanger / Denton North KOA, Sanger, TX

Sanger / Denton North KOA, Sanger, TX

Rating: ⭐⭐
Site Quality: Asphalt and gravel roads and pads. Long enough for our rig and truck. Sites are fairly close together with a picnic table for each. The first couple of rows of sites (1 to 42) have concrete pads and roads. The remaining sites are gravel with gravel roads that weren’t in great shape when we were there. These sites seem to be occupied by long term residents.
Type:  Commercial Park
Access: Just North of Denton in Sanger, TX right on Interstate 35.
Staff: Staff interaction was good but minimal.
Amenities:  Fishing pond, Swimming pool, clubhouse, pavillion, playground, laundry.
Cellular/WiFi:  Verizon and AT&T were both acceptable but a bit slow. They may have had WiFi but we did not use it and they did not advertise it.
What we liked: Easy access, nice clean park in most cases. Good access to stores and restaurants nearby (mostly in Sanger and Denton which is about 12 miles away). Very little road noise as the park is pretty far off I-35 and there is an RV dealership in between the road and the park. McClains RV store is expanding and will likely be a huge superstore soon.
What we didn’t like: Some train horn noise from tracks about 1/4 mile away but it wasn’t bad. Quite a few long term residents in the gravel area of the park and the roads there were also gravel and not well maintained.
Verdict: This is an acceptable park for a night or two stay when passing through but nothing really special. There are several state parks nearby that would likely be nicer although a bit less convenient.

Re-Packing Wheel Bearings

Re-Packing Wheel Bearings

This blog article is primarily for me to remember the procedure to re-pack the bearings on our 2018 Luxe LF-39FB with dual 9000 pound axles. The generally accepted maintenance schedule for wheel bearings is to inspect and repack them every 12,000 miles or 12 months whichever comes first. Although there are products to add grease to bearings without taking the hubs apart, it’s still a good idea to do so to enable inspection of the bearings and other parts to prevent a possibly catastrophic failure that might otherwise be preventable. For instance, we found a leaking brake caliper and a bad brake pad during this procedure. Luckily, we didn’t find any bearing issues. Although you could easily do the job in half or less time, we did the work on one hub at a time so that parts could not become mixed up between hubs. This process took us about 2 hours per hub working at a slow pace.

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Lake Livingston / Onalaska KOA, Onalaska TX

Lake Livingston / Onalaska KOA, Onalaska TX

We stayed at the Lake Livingston / Onalaska KOA in late October of 2019 as we were heading back to the Round Rock Area from our tour of the Southeast. The first part of the stay we met up with good friends, Tammie and Peter, for three days with their new RV. The first two of those days, the weather didn’t cooperate. We woke up on the third to a gorgeous day. The sky was clear and it was warm enough to be comfortable but cool enough at night to have a campfire while sitting outside and watching the World Series game 5, Houston Astros beat the Washington Nationals. It was a great four days with them relaxing, catching up, and making new memories. Peter is a great cook and made dinner twice! So glad we can look forward to camping with them in the future.

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