Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Day 26 - Corvallis, OR

Today was a short driving day so I figured that it would be a good day to get the front valve stems replaced. I stopped at the Les Schwab in Albany, OR. The shop is first-come-first-serve so there was a couple of hour wait. That’s fine with me. I have time. They are equally puzzled about what can fail with a valve stem.

Later - The front tires have some balancing beads installed. There is a plastic “filter” to keep the beads out of the valve stem but it was broken and jammed inside the valve stem. It would break off the tip of any valve core installed which adds to the jam. I had them remove the beads and install new valve stems which should eliminate the problem. $131 price seemed reasonable for the amount of work performed.

At about 2:00, I arrived at the fairgrounds in Corvallis. They are letting me stay in a full hookup site for the next couple of days but will be moving Friday morning to a water/electric site. This place is going to be full as there is a home football game this weekend. BTW, no problem going under the railroad trestle. And I now have my 25’ tape measure. 


redlegsrides said...

I've found balancing beads can cause issues at time, mainly clogging the schrader valve and jamming it in the open position resulting in a flat tire when you go check air pressure. I would have replaced them too, peace of mind if nothing else.

Troubadour said...

I was wondering if you were going to attempt to make it under the trestle or not, at least with a trailer you have a pivot point, not so much with a motor coach.
Glad you resolved the valve issue and that it was a minor fix.

RichardM said...

The TPMS eliminates the regular checking of tire pressure though I would still check temperatures regularly. The sensors are usually lower than actual.

RichardM said...

I noticed that the sign was changed to 13’6”. Maybe something hit and trimmed the bottom of the trestle. I guess there is a non-trestle route heading west from the roundabout.