Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Air Bags, Wills and Bikes

Today we had an appointment at Eddies Truck Center in Rapid City, got our wills updated at Ellsworth AFB, cooked steaks on the grill and went for a nice bike ride around the base.

Yesterday before we could move from our Three Flags campsite in Black Hawk to the FamCamp here at Ellsworth AFB-- we had trouble with the airbags filling. A couple of weeks ago we had a similar issue when we left our campsite at St Ignace. Once we raise the jacks the airbags are supposed to fill up again. After calls to Tiffin Service department, we went through the steps a few times and they finally filled up.

We decided to take the RR in to Freightliner shop in Rapid City and have the experts look at it. Result: it all worked fine. They could not duplicate the problem. They raised and lowered the HWH jacks a and could not find a leak or any other related issue.
We will keep an eye on them and track it until we take the Roadrunner into the factory for a scheduled appointment in December at Red Bay, AL.

While that was being looked at, we got our wills updated at the Ellsworth AFB Legal Office. The office is located in the Rushmore Center and a very nice facility. Among other things, Ellsworth flies B-1 bombers and there was a cool shot of one passing by Mt Rushmore. I had to take a picture of the picture.

It took us about an hour to go through some questions and have the Captain and his staff help us complete new wills and get them all signed.
Ellsworth AFB is a few miles outside of Rapid City SD. This is the first time we have stated at an Air Force RV campground (aka FamCamp) and we like it.

This evening we had a quiet time cooking steaks with baked potato and iced tea. Then we took a ride around the neighborhood on our bikes for about 30 minutes.Pam said of all the campgrounds we have been to thus far, this is here favorite (in the summer time anyway...). For $18 we have full hookups (50 amp service, sewer and water), concrete hardstand, nice shower house with laundromat and it is quiet.

Tomorrow we will head east for about 60 miles and visit the Badlands and Wall, SD. Until then, thanks for checking in on this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles.


  1. We visited Ellsworth AFB last year and it is a wonderful place to go to... We did the Air Museum and the missile tour. Had a great time there and will go back next time we are out there. Really weird about your airbags and I sure hope it continues to be ok.

    Have Fun & Travel Safe

  2. You are in our favorite area of the country! Have loads of fun.
    By the way, we are scheduled to attend RV-Dreams Rally in October so we should be able to meet you guys there.

  3. Paulette and I still talk about all the road signs to visit Wall Drugs - must be hundreds of them! The Badlands are spectacular - looking forward to seeing your pics!

  4. Are those campgrounds only for military families? It looks really nice!

  5. FamCamps can be used by those that have access to military facilities. I believe that includes both military and other Department of Defense personnel.