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Old 10-30-2007, 10:33 AM   #1
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1000 mile maiden voyage in 345mh-we made it!

We have arrived safely, however a day later than planned. We combined a family visit with picking up the motorhome we bought from our parents 1000 miles away. My husband took two days to go through it and we set out for home.The rest of us followed in the minivan for support.This motorhome is a 345, 1987 and has only 37,000 miles on it. My dad bought it with a blown engine but very nice inside and out, had the engine replaced plus $6000 of other replacements but decided he prefers truck/trailers and put it in storage for 8 years. He drove it around town and kept it charged but it looks weathered. We had three issues during the trip:Starter broke loose (looks like a rock hit it or something). It was replaced during his engine replacement and barely used but had a chunk missing out of it where it attaches.Husband is a mechanic and once I picked it up in the nearest town had it in quickly and on our way. Pulled the hill in Reno at 40mph-pretty good! The next day a barely used tire got a bubble in the sidewall at midnight.Since everyone was closed and family sleeping we stayed put on a turn out until the tire guy arrived 12 hours later. We were fine but Good Sam was a disappointment. Their operator didn't even know where to find Yellowstone Park on the map! He called us back and said he couldn't help us because the nat'l park was closed to their services? We had to explain were just outside their boundary just past a town called "West Yellowstone" on the side of the highway on a turn out.(plus four kids a dog and grandma!)Finally at 8am Good Sam sent a tire guy and we waited for his two hour drive to our location. He just seemed to not care. If every "Mel" answers your call - ask for a different operator!So it was an adventure and tire problems can happen to any vehicle. The motorhome ran good, does need a carb tune up but we are looking forward to some camping fun with the kids and grandparents! It's official - we are Airstreamers!
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:57 AM   #2
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Congratulations on getting your baby home! It certainly came in handy that your husband is a mechanic. Sorry to hear about the troubles with Good Sam, but am happy that you made it home safely. Enjoy your new toy!
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:57 AM   #3
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Welcome!

My wife and I have put ~60,000 miles on our 1984 310 Limited MH in a little less than 3 years. I alway tell her that we can never be sure when a problem will arise and that we will need to deal with them as they do. This attitude makes for stress free travel. We've had a few problems on the road but never been delayed more than a day.

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Old 10-30-2007, 12:00 PM   #4
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If every "Mel" answers your call - ask for a different operator!
You have to be on your toes dealing with anyone named "Mel", they are a shifty lot on the whole
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:02 PM   #5
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Hehe! I see a typo there I made! It was meant to say "if ever Mel anwers at Good Sam"! I see by the replies that there's a "Mel" of good character among us so he's going to save the reputation of the name!
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:05 PM   #6
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That's why I had to reply - wanted to redeem us somehow!
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