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Old 07-29-2003, 04:51 AM   #15
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Re: How long....

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How long does it take to drive with a trailer, wife, 13 year old boy and a 2 year old daughter across country?

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Old 07-29-2003, 05:38 AM   #16
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Replacing the shocks is not a problem and recommended. I did ours on our 71 Safari and followed the directions on this forum that you will find. Ordered the shocks from Andy at Inland RV. Then took a trip this spring from Nashville to Natchez without any problems. Round trip about 1200 miles.
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Old 07-29-2003, 05:42 AM   #17
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My longest trip so far was to Indiana, an 8 hour, 400 mile one way. That was before I replaced my axles, repacked my wheel bearings and replaced my tires and shocks. Going back on that same trip, at the end of September.

One of these winters, hopefully this one, I'll yank her down to Florida. I would also like to travel to the big Sturgis MC rally, and visit my brother in Tucson, AZ. I'm just getting her warmed up now.
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Old 07-29-2003, 01:01 PM   #18
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Talking It's not a vintage yet

But, the time is ticking~

Actually, my very first trip ever with my 84 Sovereign, was from El Paso, TX, to New Hamphire~Total distance was well over 2300 miles. Talk about a "newbie"! All I can say is, do what the others recommanded abt checking your equiptment before the trip.
For that trip, I did have new tires installed and the wheel bearing repacked. The PO was very helpful in giving me a crash course in do's and don'ts.
I would add this:
Don't do like me and, set out on any trip without adding side mirriors~!
Ouch, I just didn't know better and, had many white knuckle moments.
I can't tell you how many times I said I was "sorry" when changing lanes, etc..
(I figured the mirriors already on the Burb could handle it.)
One word of advice that I'll give freely...Plan your trips so as to stop before it gets too late in the afternoon. RV parks tend to fill up early and, besides it's so much easier pulling in while it's still daylight~ Driving at night, I've found is just not worth it. You can built up a nice "bug" collection all too quickly~! Plus, the road hazzards are not as easy to see at night~Potholes, deer roaming along the side of the road and yes, even a table laying on it's top in the middle of the road~!! (I missed that one, just because I was in the outer lane at the time but????)
Since that first trip, I've taken numerous trips with the A/S plus the lessons learned from all the previous trips.
They've all been just GREAT~!! As I'm sure yours will be too~!
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Old 07-29-2003, 05:15 PM   #19
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I recently took my trailer to a former as dealer to have my wheel bearings done . he told me that unless you see grease on a wheel ,not to worry as long as you use the trailer every year,the bearings are good for 10,000miles or so .Ive never heard of this. any input?
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Old 07-29-2003, 06:47 PM   #20
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Our longest trip so far, and our maiden voyage, was just over 4400 miles round trip from Phoenix to Jackson, Michigan. Took exactly two weeks but we had three stops to visit relatives of several days each. Besides losing the entry door while traveling the freeway on the first day, no problems at all

The first 100 miles I was really nervous, the last 4300 was a breeze.

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Old 07-30-2003, 07:14 AM   #21
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I carefully plan it so I don't even have to refuel with the trailer attached


I understand what you are saying! As you probably noticed where I've posted we just got back from FLA about a week ago, however, our total round trip was about 2200 miles.

We were at one gas station, (which I had to visit them quite often) and I had a near miss. It really pays to be extra cautious when pulling through at the pumps. I was turning to pull up to a pump and when I looked over my left shoulder I came to a sudden stop. The trailer didn't have enough room. I was cutting in a little too close and almost hit one of the metal guards at the end of a pump with the trailer. When I stopped I was about 4-5 inches from it. I breathed a sigh of relief then backed up and corrected for it.

I know after traveling for several hours you can become complacent with your trailer and forget to watch for such things. I've also noticed most of them are not designed for RV'S . The pumps are positioned such that when you pull in you face the store front and there would be a sharp turn when entering or leaving. I've started watching for stations which will accommodate RV'S a lot more and patronize them. It just makes life a little easier!
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Old 07-30-2003, 07:39 AM   #22
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I have had the same experience, and averted disaster too

I have one more variable to add to the mix. I will not fill up my MH if I cannot park with the refer door facing away from all the pumps. I turn it off, but I still want to minimize the risks. This usally entails driving thru the station and heading back out to get lined up.

Not that I drive fast thru a gas station, but the patrons seem to wander the lot in a daze and will step right out in front of you without a glance. How can you not see something that is as big as a house?
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Old 07-30-2003, 07:48 AM   #23
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I understand Oregon is starting a program that has a special sign for RV friendly off ramps, fuel stops, ect. Lets pass the word around, be nice for us if every state did it
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Old 07-30-2003, 08:04 AM   #24
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The best advice I have was given to me by someone with lots of experience and I follow it best I can on a short trip or cross country.
Other than the standard have everything in good condition before you start.

1. If at all possible never tow in high wind conditions (they were blown off the road in AZ.)
2. If at all possible don't tow in the rain.
3. Make and follow a checklist for hooking up, fuel stops and storage.
4. If at all possible stop for the day no later than 4:30 PM.

I also try to stop for fuel at Flying J or other TT accommodating station even if I have half a tank. I have pulled off at some exits and decided to keep going since a 31ft TT would require to much
hassel to get to the tanks safely.

So far we have not had any AS on the road problems. Did have a xmission failure but made it to our driveway before it gave out!!!!

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Old 07-30-2003, 08:10 AM   #25
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We've never had a problem with gas stations.
They all seem to be set up for trucks where we've
I can caution you never to try to pull through
the Krystal drive thru though We nearly scraped our
AC right off the roof!!

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Old 07-30-2003, 09:02 AM   #26
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I guess pulling the AS through a McDonalds drive thru is out of the question....

Thanks everyone for all the info. It's very interesting and insightful.
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Old 07-30-2003, 09:04 AM   #27
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when you had your transmission failure, did you have a t /cooler?
& was that failure tow related?

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Old 07-30-2003, 02:05 PM   #28
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Originally posted by Safari Tim
I guess pulling the AS through a McDonalds drive thru is out of the question....
I was following a motorhome (not A/S) into a McDonalds in Columbus, TX a few years ago. He didn't get near the drive through. They had a rustic cedar portal over the lane where you come in off the highway that was about a foot shorter than the air conditioner on his motorhome. He had their whole lot blocked for about a half hour while they brought a ladder and cleared the mess off of his roof.

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