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Old 11-22-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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Bringing Sammie home from Texas, day 1,2,3,and...

Got to houston TX at 11:15pm on Tuesday. Bumpy airplane ride all the way.

Transaction went well. We were offered to spend the nignt but just wanted to hit the road. It's 1am.

Sammie ran beautifuly. Oil preasure good, tempature good, handled great. Had a slight pull to the left. Maybe needs an alignment.

Stopped after 2 hours in Beaumont TX. Slept well and we were on the road by 8am on Wednesday.

Stopped for breafast at Cracker Barrell, (convienent rv parking), for breakfast at 11am.

Gased up in LA.

Rides going very well heading north through Mississippi UNTIL we tried to avoid a gator on the road, NO, not the real thing a blownout retread that blew off the truck in front of us. We could not avoid it, fortunately no damage just a flat on the rear curbside outside tire.

The seller left lots of tools to get us through this problem. Now we know how to change a flat on our 310. We were on our way in an hour and a half.

Convienently truck stops now have WIFI connections. We'll keep you posted.

The journey continues home.
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Old 11-22-2006, 07:59 PM   #2
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Sounds like an epic journey. Glad that your midhap was not serious. Keep us posted on your progress and your arrival home with your new baby. We will need to know all about your Thanksgiving adventure on the road in your new Airstream. Have a safe and happy trip home.
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Old 11-22-2006, 08:20 PM   #3
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Joy and Mark:

Glad you've got Sammie and that you are all headed home. What fun! Send pictures when you can.
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Old 11-22-2006, 08:32 PM   #4
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Glad the trip is going along well so far - given you've gotten this far pretty much problem free with the unit itself is very positive. I've also heard the retread tires ripping off called snakes, and had heard of a biker who was riding beside a semi when it let loose with one that cause the biker serious (lethal was what I was told) damage. I do know they can hurt the paint on a car really bad.

Take care, enjoy the drive, and look forward to pictures of the trip when you get home.

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Old 11-22-2006, 09:36 PM   #5
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Around here we call 'em road gators as well.
If you find yourself at a truck stop with wifi and a few minutes to kill waiting for one reason or another, you can check out this tread, er, thread:
http://www.airforums.com/forum...res+brett+edie


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Old 11-23-2006, 07:10 AM   #6
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Hey, neighbor!!
sounds like quite an adventure. Post pics!

If you're heading straight home, the weather should be good here all weekend, after today.

Have a good trip!
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Old 11-23-2006, 07:31 AM   #7
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Sonds like quite an adventure! Hope you have the oportunity to take pics along the way. Good Luck!
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Old 11-23-2006, 09:28 AM   #8
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I am looking forward to your next post. You might check the air pressure in the front air bags, if they are not equal it could cause the pull.
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Old 11-23-2006, 11:11 AM   #9
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Good to hear that all is well with Sammy and you did not have to jack up the cup holders and put a new MoHo underneath them.

Have a safe and enjoyable trip home.

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Old 11-24-2006, 08:21 PM   #10
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Bringing Sammie home, days 2&3

Here we are waking up in Meridian MS., at the Satalite Truck Stop. It's 5:30. Sammie looks so tiny next to all the big rigs. Had some coffee, gased up, kicked the tires, checked the oil and the water level. Everything checked out ok and we were on the road at 7:15.

At this point we are 1300 miles and 21 hours away from home (love our GPS). We were getting about 10-11 miles per gallon along the flats of TX and LA. With the approaching hills we expect to drop about a gallon per mile.

Stopped At Walmart in Tuscaloosa AL for supplies at about 11:00am. As you all know another handy place for rv's to park.

Not much time for sightseeing. Want to get Sammie home and do a little work on her before the real cold weather comes and we have to tuck her in for the winter.

So far, a smooth ride with no problems.

Meanwhile, the previous owner kept contact with us twice a day making sure all was going well. Nice guy.

Stopped for gas in TN. Sorry can't remember what truck stop it was but do remember one fellow wanted to know what year it was and loved it. And another fellow wanted to know where to get one because he hates his SOB. We felt realllll goooood. We told him to go to Airstream Forums.

Had supper and spent the night at Davey Crockett Truck Stop in Tn near the VA border. Slept well.

After a chilly start because the furnace stopped working in the middle of the night. Ran the genny to run the heat strips to take out the chill in the air. We have propane, stove works, fridge is running. No time to check now to see whats wrong. On the road even earlier it's 6:00am. Did the usual pre-trip inspection and hit the road.

Keep you posted.
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Old 11-24-2006, 08:40 PM   #11
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Sounds like the start of a fantastic adventure. Congratulations and have a very safe journey home. Starting to cooldown in the Northeast; have a winterizing plan in place.
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Old 11-25-2006, 05:47 AM   #12
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Sounds like your doing well, We're all rooting for a flawless trip home!
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[quoteStopped for gas in TN. Sorry can't remember what truck stop it was but do remember one fellow wanted to know what year it was and loved it. And another fellow wanted to know where to get one because he hates his SOB. We felt realllll goooood. We told him to go to Airstream Forums.

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I am enjoying your posts it brings back memories of when we bought our Chummy in New Hampshire and drove him home through Canada to Wisconsin.
A family joke when we are camped in a park and people stop to stare at Chummy, one of us will say: "When you live in a museum piece_________" Fill in the blanks.
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Old 11-25-2006, 11:09 AM   #14
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We made it! Were home! I'll spare you all the details of the hustle and bustle of driving through DC, NJ TPK, NY(our personal favorite, the GW Bridge). It was quite a shock comming back to the eastcoast congestion/traffic after spending our first few days on the open road. It was a whole new driving expeirence.

We ended up stopping in CT at a Pilot Truck Stop at about 11pm. Tried to get the furnace going but no luck. Guess we'll just bundle up for another night.

Left this morning at 6am with only 184 miles to go and just over 3 hours. Did our pre-trip inspection, everthings ok until all the 12 volt power went out. Only the dashboard was working. Hopefully just a fuse, if we just know where to look. Just remembered when the power went out the genny was running wonder if it could be the ac convertor

Todays plan is to get the tire fixed and get it back on, hopefully fix the furnace and figure out what happened to the power.

Hope you enjoyed our journey. We did!

We'll post a picture later.
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