Made good time in Montana after again being stopped by the boat inspectors. Many of the western states do not have many of the AIS, Aquatic Invasive Species and want to keep it that way.
So I presented my papers from Wyoming, and the guys in Montana filled out their forms and did their inspection. Low and behold the found some more zebra mussels tucked away in really hard to get to places, again around the hydraulic tilt for the motors.
No one paniced since the mussels were really dead and dried up from the 8 months out of the water and the hot water pressure bath in Wyoming, but it required calling the "boss".
Seems no one in modern government has learned the 4 things you need to develop in employees, that is:
1. Give a clear mission statement, or work assignment
2. Give the tools or assets to accomplish the work
3. Assign the authority to the worker to accomplish the work
4. Hold the worker accountable for their work
Of course employees make mistakes and miss judgements, but that is part of the learning curve and development for a good employee. So, bosses, correct mistakes, educate and lead by example, not micro manage.
It also seems that all the states pass information via an AIS network, letting each know what they found and corrective measures. However the fact that the Wyoming team did a good inspection (in my estimation), even they could not find all the little "critters" hiding.
Since Idaho has been informed, and I suspect Washington State too, I am sure we will be inspected again in each state. It is a bit of a hassle and lost time, but I agree with the folks that it is best to stop invasive species BEFORE they get established and screw up the enviorment. Good on them.
Will be interesting to see if coming inspections find more in the tilt motor area. None have been fou nd anywhere else. Of more importance, the motor manufacturers should design the outboards and their accessories in such a manner that there are no hidey holes for mussels to attach to or other AIS to hide in. Would really help the effort to stop the spread of AIS.
The F250 Ford with a 6.2L engine and automatic has been performing very well. I have been averaging 7mpg over hill and dale. With the stuff in the truck and the loaded boat/trailer, I am running just below the GCVW rating (gross combined vehicle weight), so the truck is working to capacity.
The 3 axle trailer trails well and does not sway when a semi passes. I added airbags to the truck to level the truck, but did not add load leveler bars. I get very little hobby horsing on bumps and no sway.
As for the Venture trailer itself, I am loosing faith in the unit. Not to say that Venture has not been supportive, to the contrary they have been great. But having a set of hydraulic brake lines fail, and then an axle shift because of the design (IMHO) is a bit much. Now even with the axles setting in alignment, I am getting excessive tire wear on several of the tires. For some reason the tires are wearing on the outside edge only, on both sides. Since pressure is correct and the alignment appears good, I can only assume the no name tires are junk, or the axles have a bad toe in or camber in their manufacture.
I am changing out the tires to radial MAXXIS ST225 75 15E tires with a good flat road tread and see if that takes care of the problem. If not I suspect the next step is to replace the undercarriage assembly including spring and axle mounts. Just cannot be changing tires every 3000 miles.
The Titan II electric over hydraulic brakes work well and with discs on all wheels, the trailer will stop almost too quickly.
Best I can say tonight sitting in the Bearmouth RV Park in Clinton, MT.,