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Old 04-10-2016, 04:59 AM   #71
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Glad you are safely home, Evelyn.

The thing I have found about blogging your life is that when you fail to post, your readers begin to worry about you.

My shoulders ache, too. after even 5-6 hours of driving, but I have found I have developed more muscle since doing it all.....a positive byproduct.

I predict....your daughter and grands are going to be anxious to go for a ride in your new rig.


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Old 04-10-2016, 06:47 AM   #72
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So glad you made it home. Hope Goliath is everything you thought it would be. Now your back and ready to plan all the fun upcoming trips.
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:38 PM   #73
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Glad you're safe at home. Albq to Denver is a long haul. I'll raise a glass here in honour of your trip and perseverance. We were through there last August when the days were longer. Steamboat Spgs to Raton, then Raton to OKC. 2 days in a Dodge Journey. 2 rather full days.
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Thank you, 79. I don't recall hearing from you before. Welcome. This is indeed a new adventure for me. I think ....nothing ventured ....nothing gained. I refuse to grow old in a rocking chair, (or in my case ...a recliner). No matter how comfy. That can be enjoyed between trips!

This has been my breaking in adventure...for me and "Goliath"! Steep learning curve, to be sure. One thing at a time. Eventually, I'll get it. This morning, I awoke to a dead battery in RV portion. I need a 30amp to 110 converter cord. Home Depot said THEY HAD ONE ....I bought this little plastic adapter...it will not fit. So, my other option seems to be ...order one from Camp world and ask to speed ship it!
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Old 04-10-2016, 02:10 PM   #75
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Gearheart, I bought "Goliath" in Fort Worth, then O/N in Amarillo, then drove home. A long day, but, I DID IT! The minute I passed into Colorado, I yelled Yippee! I stopped looking for RV parks after I drove thu 3 different ones...no way would I park in any, so I settled for rest stops ...just long enough to rest my aching joints, then pushed on. Glad to get out of the gusting winds. They were brutal in too many places. Something to keep in mind on future trips!
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Old 04-10-2016, 02:19 PM   #76
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Maggie, it is interesting...how this forum makes me feel like "I have company". This is another relatively new experience...I do not text, tweeter, face book ...or any of that social media nonsense...but, this just feels right.

I hope I develop more muscle, I've had 2 rotator cuff repairs...byproduct of an idiot who hit me ...head on ...in my lane ...15 years ago. Arthritis sets in with aging, and it hurts like hell, but, I am not about to give in to it. The travel experience and living these last years of my life, (and I hope to have many of them ahead), are well worth a bit of pain. We have travels,trips, new friends, new experiences on the horizon. I can't wait to go again!
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Evelyn, seems strange to me that after that long drive, your batteries are dead. Having read several posts about batteries, I seem to remember that if they go completely dead, their storage life in the future is reduced. Did you have them install new batteries at the dealer? I am concerned that when a unit sits on a dealer lot for a lengthly time, they do not properly keep the batteries charged. Protagonist would be a good one to weigh in on this subject. If they are bad, now would be the time to replace them.
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+1 on what GWT said.
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They do not seem to hold a charge for very long. The fridge/ freezer were up all the way, and I was not using tv, as I can't seem to get it to work. I gave up, and read instead. I am using inside RV lights minimally. So, it does not make sense that the battery goes dead.

I called camp world and they will send me a converter cord 30 amp to 110 volt...only it will be 7- 10 days. Eventually, I remembered AAA RV PREMIER, and called them to give it a charge. The generator would not come on this morning, it said battery default. When the guy came, I showed him how it didn't come on, and darned if when I pushed the button....the generator started right up! It appears, it got enough solar power today to give it a boost. So, I let it run about 1 1/2 hours. I'll check it out tomorrow, and if it is run down,I'll contact someone. I should think the whole thing is covered by warranty, right?
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Evelyn, good questions. I will provide my opinion but that does not mean it is right. Easiest, you can get a "dog bone", the adaptor to connect different plugins, at almost any rv store. On the warranty, I have not read the warranty material that comes with an Interstate, but believe Airstream warranties items they build but leave the warranty on other items, appliances, TV, generator, etc to the manufacturer. They should have information as to where to contact the warranty providers if needed. I do not know about the batteries. My first thought is that I believe the problem originated with Vogt and they should be the ones to correct your problem, if batteries are bad. I would have hoped they gave you clear instruction on battery maintenance. Those who have dealt with warranty issues in the past would be much better informed than I. Good luck. Once this little hiccup gets fixed, there will be clear sailing in the future.
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Camping world? Are they not just across town, in Golden? 10 days you could go there and back on a bicycle with time left over.
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Evelyn....

Make a list of the problems you are having and call the service department at your dealership. Seriously.

You should also pull your service manual out and read the sections on each area you are having difficulty with.

Some of these things may be part of your learning curve that you haven't gotten to yet.

You might also post them on your New Interstate ownership thread, which more Interstate owners frequent, as others here may be able to help you.


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Ditto to each of Maggie's excellent suggestions, especially a new thread to focus on your vehicle. Suggest also putting communications with dealer and Jackson Center in emails, just in case . . .

Once you are over these learning curve hurdles you will be on the road again and having fun!

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Glad you got home safely. I enjoyed meeting you when you were in Ft. Worth.

Talk to the people at Vogt about the battery problems. Goliath might have sat on their lot long enough for age and discharge to damage the batteries--if so, they owe you some new ones.

I agree with Maggie's advice to get into the manuals and learn Goliath's systems one at a time. You were a nurse, and no machine on earth is as complicated as we humans are on the inside. You can do this. Let me know if I can help. I don't know much about Interstates, but I am trained in aircraft maintenance, and the basic stuff crosses over.
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