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Old 11-06-2005, 11:45 PM
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After reading these posts, plus my own long-trip experiences, and also never forgetting our friend Mr. Murphy and his un-bending laws, if one brings many tools and supplies on a trip, does this ENCOURAGE breakdown/disaster, or ward it off?

How about the converse? If I bring nothing to keep 'er goin', will my ignorance shield me from catastophe, or am I like the new cell-mate who just dropped the soap in the shower?
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:50 PM
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There is no such thing as fate, karma, or Murphy's Law, therefore preparédness is the way to go.
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Old 11-07-2005, 12:53 AM
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I would have a hard look at all the hoses in the coolant loop if not sure when last changed out. Even a careful inspection of them would not hurt. Also if you have the oil cooler lines and they appear old and tired I would consider changing them out.
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Inspection of hoses and belts 7,000 miles out is not enough... put NEW hoses and belts on AND carry exact spares of all of them with you from the start of the trip.
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I used to carry rope and a rock..now I have risen to the world of 2 part epoxy and self mending tape!
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Old 11-07-2005, 07:49 AM
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Some oceangoing sailors like to order new parts for items that could break...
and fit them to their vessel right away.
They keep the old part as the spare, because this way, they're sure that it fits.

Finding out that you've got the wrong part, in the middle of an ocean, isn't good.
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Old 11-07-2005, 07:54 AM
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There is nothing that cannot be mended with the use of a hammer and duct tape.
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Old 11-07-2005, 08:10 AM
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Mite want to give MBusa a call they have a free trip service - maps, routes. etc. They also have free roadside assistance so you won't need AAA.
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Old 11-07-2005, 08:42 AM
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I think that the independants who answer those calls
might not always agree that the service is 'free' ?
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Old 11-07-2005, 09:15 AM
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Some oceangoing sailors like to order new parts for items that could break...
and fit them to their vessel right away.
They keep the old part as the spare, because this way, they're sure that it fits.

Finding out that you've got the wrong part, in the middle of an ocean, isn't good.
That is very, very smart advice , Ra. And wise.
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Old 11-07-2005, 11:07 AM
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A bunch of friends and I are planning a road trip around the country in two benzes, probably a 72 220 d and a 76 300d any suggestions besides the obvious (oil change, tires, belts...) that I should do to these cars?
Yeah! Put me in the car. I wish that I could join you. I would love to drive a 220D on a long road trip.
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Old 11-07-2005, 01:24 PM
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My father and I are planning a trip to New York State somewhere (his idea and location) in the 71 250. Almsot done with the engine swap, just waiting on a head gasket. When I took my 300D to Indy I had every tool known to my garage along and all I ended up needing is my hand to push the A/C clutch wires back on about 50 miles from home after then vibrated loose.
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Old 11-07-2005, 01:41 PM
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Mite want to give MBusa a call they have a free trip service - maps, routes. etc. They also have free roadside assistance so you won't need AAA.

gee i was gonna say that.
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:34 PM
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1) - Call 1-888-for-merc, not AAA
2) - Don't take a tow strap unless you have an extra tranny in your trunk
3) - XM rebroadcast to the deck's radio is much worse than going to the aux input.

Okay, I feel better now.
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Old 11-07-2005, 05:30 PM
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[QUOTE=Ra_]I think that the independants who answer those calls
might not always agree that the service is 'free' ?[/QUOTE

If its during the day when you call you get someone from the nearest MB dealership. After hours the independants come out and do things like change a flat,supply fuel if you ran out and give your battery a boost if needed anything else and they will tow you to the nearest MB dealership.
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