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Old 03-28-2006, 05:18 PM   #29
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Hi Kevin: I misread your earlier post and thought you were descending the grade, not ascending. Now I read you were climbing the grade and in cruise control? Is that right? IMO, that is not a good idea. For example, if the cruise is set at 55, and the grade is steep enough, the engine wants to climb at 50, even 45 at a steady pace, not try to maintain cruise. Anyway, I always take cruise off in the slightest of traffic, and on all hills and grades, but that is me.

As for traffic, driving 55 in traffic is ok only if you are not in fast traffic, and certainly not going to change lanes. If you are changing lanes you must be doing at least 60, and even then watch out two lanes over (not just one) for the speed cars traveling 70 and changing lanes.

Anyway, just my two cents.

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Old 03-31-2006, 07:28 PM   #30
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Fifty Five isn't so safe...

In parts of California trying to drive 55 is less safe than 60 or slightly above 60, as NOBODY is going that slow, and many drivers will use 4 or 5 lanes as slalom course swerving around people wildly to avoid having to go less than 80... Local newspaper reporter tried experiment driving in San Francisco area at 55 in his car, and was nearly crashed into several times, and got honked at and gestured at as moving roadblock.. California Highway Patrol seems to prefer keeping up with traffic and trucks in right lane as "safe speed" for RV's and trailers, and won't ticket for small excess over 55. Friends who used to be in police swear CHP average tolerance runs to 73mph, and anything over that is ging to get attention and possible citation in a car. YMMV These theories only apply in California, and we do feel empathy for out of state drivers ...

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Old 04-05-2006, 09:33 AM   #31
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Unhappy OK - We're back, but not without some casualties...

OK,

Prim and I just pulled back into Austin yesterday afternoon, with the last 2 nights at South LLano state park in Junction TX to unwind from the "big city" trip.

Sorry for the late post on the results and thoughts, but what happened to me can be a lesson for those who have not prepared, those who have prepared can chime in and tell us how they did prepare...

So Southern California has it it's pros and cons, as stated in previous posts, the driving and traffic is definatly a con... however, there are some pretty awsome resturants and beautiful views of the mountains in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Huntington Beach has a very nice "dog beach" (http://dogbeach.org/) where dogs can run free along California coastline and play with other dogs and chase sea gulls to their hearts content. Yes, Texas also has costal beaches where dogs are allowed, but not off leash, so having all dogs off leash is pretty awsome (provided you dog plays well with other dogs). Most owners who have aggresive dogs will not let them off leash on that beach anyways, so those of us with gentle dogs are pretty safe.

Beach + Dog = GOOD.
Beach + Car Keys = BAD

Yup, you guessed it, My car keys were in my jacket pocket (hey, it cold and breezy on a beach) and I ran around with my dogs.... Poof - GONE.

So, you would think that if I was smart enough, I should have put it in my jeans pocket, where they woud be more secure but no, I didn't. I could have even locked them into the Excursion, since I have a keypad entry so I wouldn't even have to bring any keys or fob, but nope, I didn't do that either.

It is nearly impossible to find keys that have fallen onto a beach. Especially when the sun is setting and the tide is rising. This is fact.

It is also nearly impossible to find a locksmith that can come out and not just open a car door, but have a portable $5K computer gizmo to re-program the Excursion computer to accept new "computer chip" keys that were needed to start up the truck. We got lucky in Orange county on this one. Most locksmiths and even the Ford roadside assistance told us to get the truck towed to a Ford dealership for the night, and then have parts and service department make and re-program keys in the morning, as this was 7:30 PM.

So, $160 dollars later, I am out my orginal truck key, keyless FOB, my house key, and my wife's fiber optic mercedes key.... (I anticipate the last key to be the most expensive key to replace), BUT, I have my Airstream keys in my jeans pocket and 2 new Excursion keys that start the truck so I can go along my merry way and go back home at my campsite in Newport beach and drown in my stupidity...


As the wife and I drive back to camp with the dogs and my new truck keys, we do the shoulda/coulda/woulda talk where I shoulda had more truck keys made (we only had one since I bought it used), and that I shoulda left the keys in the truck, or at least, put in in my jeans pocket were it would be more secure...

We get back to camp, still in sorrow, but at least happy we have the Airstream keys and the day can end somewhat normally. So, I retreive the keys from my jeans pocket, unlock the trailer, and walked inside. 2 minutes later, the wife and I decide the dogs need a bathroom break, so we walk back out of the trailer and let the dogs do their thing. As we stand there in the moonlight watching dogs doing their thing, we hear the trailer door gently swing shut in a breeze...

Yup, you guessed it, the door shut WITH the lock latched... and my new Excursion keys AND the Airstream keys are IN the LOCKED trailer...

Well, good thing that locksmith left me a reciept with his phone #....$60 later, I now became the locksmith's best client, AND biggest idiot all at the same time.

Lessoned learned. Always have spare keys, always have them secure on your body, and find a way to hide or keep a set on the tow vehicle AND trailer.

Kevin
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:04 AM   #32
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I know it probably wasn't funny at the time when it happened, but it sure made me chuckle. It's something I could see myself doing over and over..
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:34 AM   #33
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I know it probably wasn't funny at the time when it happened, but it sure made me chuckle. It's something I could see myself doing over and over..
Glad you could get a few laughs and take note of my expensive and embarrassing lesson. I look back on it and laugh now.

Good thing it was only my keys and some dignity I lost that night. Everyone is safe and made it back to Austin, so it's all good. Keys can be replaced.

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Old 04-05-2006, 10:55 AM   #34
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Now I know the reason behind the other post. Same as UWE, made me chuckle but in a sad sympathetic way. Been there done that..... So now you know why I have a key hid outside my truck and spares to everything I use with the truck inside my truck. BTW, these keys are not inside the glove box or easy access where someone can take my truck. Not really hid but in a crew cab there are nooks to put things.

I have to check my hid key when I get home................
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:51 AM   #35
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I keep spare keys to the tow vehicle in the trailer, in a magnetic "hide a key box", under the steel bottom bracket for the propane tanks. I also keep spare keys for the trailer in the glovebox of the tow vehicle.
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Old 04-05-2006, 01:08 PM   #36
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A Winner!

Kevin-

There is a thread here labeled "Forum Dumb A.." and they haven't had a winning entry since January! Thanks for sharing, and glad you made it home, but you should review the five pages of other posts and feel good you only made the locksmith and Ford Dealer feel good...

Many of us NOW keep multiple keys in multiple locations, use backup checklists, keep second or third hoses around, etc as a direct result of prior misfortunes. One of the great business motto's provides that success comes as a result of experience. Experience comes as a result of making mistakes... Glad trip worked out well..

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p.s. There is another "free range" dog beach at north end of Del Mar beach in northern San Diego County, near the old race track, if you get back to southern California...
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Old 04-05-2006, 02:33 PM   #37
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hi bandit

adventures without keys......we've all had them.....

i'll post an idea in the other thread...

earlier you posted the windshiled on the ford was chipped? i suggest getting this repaired asap and if there is any crack/fissure, skip the spot repair and replace the glass. the windscreens aren't very think or strong so another hit could result in disaster....had a friend with a small crack in his; hit a bird last year at 55 and wow what a mess....

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Old 04-05-2006, 07:01 PM   #38
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Kevin and Prim:

Yep Sherry and I have been there done that. One time at dog beach, same beach you mentioned, she had my keys in her pocket and was walking and I was in the water surfing. She waves her hands in desperation, and I come in from the water. We find the keys just barely before the tide rises, after searching for an hour.

Now, we have duplicate keys everywhere.

Thought about driving down to visit you in Newport, but didn't get the chance.

Glad you are home safe.

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Old 04-21-2006, 11:39 PM   #39
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Sharing some pics...

Since this was Prim and I's first "Big cross country trip", I thought I'd share a collection of pics that the wife put together...

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hi kevin

really really nice photos....hope everyone takes a peak at these...

looks like a great first-big-trip......everyone looks so happy and relaxed.

even the critters encountered along the way look great.

proof once again that flying airstream is first class!

here's to many more trips...

and great times en route.

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Hi Kevin: Great pictures, and real glad your trip was safe, and looks like, absent the keys fiasco, a very great time.

Maybe see you next time you come to California.

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