Roadside Attractions

| July 03, 2012

One touch that helped convince his father was the sleeper. “I never thought I could afford a Double Eagle,” John Randolph says. The trademark pleating on the back of the 60-inch stand-up, however, is evidence that he could indeed.

Randolph remembers calling the Shipshewana, Ind.-based manufacturer (since out of business) in 1999 and discovering they’d had two bunks specially made for a Superliner in stock since 1991, when a customer who ordered them disappeared. “They were willing to make me a deal,” he says.

— Todd Dills

 

 

How to judge air coil quality

 

Certain air coil materials are better than others, say the March and April editions of Phillips Industries’ Qwik Tech Tips monthly newsletter, available via the phillipsqwiktechtips.com archive. It offers these steps to determine quality:

CLAP THE COILS TOGETHER. A dense, low-pitched sound indicates better quality than a higher pitch.

SCRUTINIZE THE LAYING PATTERN. Air coils utilizing type B layering with a tighter “diamond pattern” braid offer better reinforcement and less kinking.

MIND THE FITTINGS. Three- and four-piece compression fittings and/or barbed fittings offer easier connection and added protection.

 

 

CALENDAR

 

JULY 6-8: DIESEL CONFAB 2012, I-64 Exit 55, Rockbridge Baths, Va., dieselconfab@gmail.com

 

JULY 6-8: ATCA PENN-OHIO CHAPTER ANNUAL TRUCK SHOW, Ashtabula Co. Antique Engine Club, 330-503-4576

 

JULY 8: ATHS CENTRAL NEW YORK ANTIQUE CLASSIC AND WORKING TRUCK SHOW, Longbranch Park, Liverpool, N.Y., 315-687-1165

 

JULY 12-13: WALCOTT TRUCKERS JAMBOREE, Iowa 80 Truck Stop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa, iowa80truckstop.com

 

JULY 12-15: ATHS KICKAPOO CHAPTER HISTORIC FARM DAYS, I-74 Exit 197, Penfield, Ill., 217-251-3343

 

JULY 20-21: ATHS CENTRAL COAST OF CALIFORNIA ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW, Trinity Hall, 6565 Edna Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, Calif., central-coast-aths.org

 

JULY 21-22: ATHS PINE TREE CHAPTER SHOW, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head, Maine, 207-582-3224

 

JULY 22: ATCA UNCLE SAM CHAPTER ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW, Washington Co. Fairgrounds, Greenwich, N.Y., 518-642-9437

 

AUG. 4: MIDWEST PLAINS CHAPTER CLASSIC TRUCK SHOW, Horseshoe Casino North Parking Lot, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 402-896-2748

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