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Old 12-02-2013, 06:34 AM   #15
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:14 PM   #16
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Looking back, seems like your wait time flew. What a beautiful unit. I would be terrified pulling that long...but do hope that's my next size, we have grandkids!
The length for the most part has not bothered me too much....only advice that was given to me that I will CONFIRM here is that you will reduce stress significantly if you can plan out where you stop and get gas and/or eat...driving down the road in this long combo aint a big deal for me at all...very comfortable...but pulling into places without assurance that there is a clear path in and out of a gas station, parking lot, restaurant is a bit stressful...my wife got a bit ancy with my insisting on absolutely there must be a clear exit path for me to turn in there or no way jose!!! My advice is to look for stops ahead of time and perhaps use google earth...then just enjoy execution and certainty....but even as such without much planning and sticking to my guns on that subject, it was no big deal.

I feel the slightly more stressful thing is not as much about length but width...some of the narrow roads on the way up the mountain to the park were a tad anxiety producing...but not bad...the campground paved road was apparently just wide enough for my wheel base :O

We parked at a truck stop in falkville AL off hwy 65 - "Loves" - parked in the truck parking, went into grab a bite there...saw a guy in a big 5th wheel gas up in the regular pumps and make a crazy tight turn in those pumps (you know the ones perpendicular to the gas station...whew..that was crazy...dude barely had clearance...TT would not have made that turn I reckon...

backing the 30 at our campsite was easy for me...first attempt at approach I had wrong path...second attempt was successfull...wife is a pretty good backer so far...
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:17 PM   #17
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See your TV in background --- Do we dare say "WAR EAGLE"!!!!
well, we are not from AL, so its not like we are per se huge fans yet...but we have a tendency for Alabama...so a bit more of the "ROLL TIDE" tradition is building I guess...

What an amazing game it was! I was rooting for AL so was heartbroken when that FG was returned...I honestly did not see that coming! would rather have lost in OT

Kudos to Auburn for that win....it ruined a good buzz though a bit
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:20 PM   #18
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Protag - no head bumps...so far...there is some cusion as I recall on the spot at entrance into our AS - this one the astronaughts used - that appears to be another story...we will probably wait for a head injury for signage...hope she dont sue me

Her boot is temporary...she had a small fracture in her foot a month or so ago...should be soon off...my coccyx is in tact so no problems there
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There is a book available called Next Exit - lists all interstate exits and what is there; and if RV friendly in red. Very handy to keep in TV.
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:33 PM   #20
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wow, did not know that!
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would make a great christmas gift to your "navigator"!
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NAV-i-gator.. not 'NAG-ri-vator'...
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:31 PM   #23
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NAV-i-gator.. not 'NAG-ri-vator'...
Come to think of it, how do we know that Pharm will be the driver and the DW will be the navigator/nagrinator? Could be the other way around… We men make better navigators anyway; we never have to stop and ask for directions, even when we're lost!
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Come to think of it, how do we know that Pharm will be the driver and the DW will be the navigator/nagrinator? Could be the other way around… We men make better navigators anyway; we never have to stop and ask for directions, even when we're lost!
Because it is an ADVENTURE to us...we ain't lost, we are exploring. Ladies tend to find that annoying. Perhaps I should have said "NAGRIVATIST"???

Oh, I thought Pharm said she (DW) was the "N" person. My mistake. ?
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Oh, I thought Pharm said she (DW) was the "N" person. My mistake. ?
He probably did and I just missed it. Won't be the first time I overlooked the obvious.
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Because it is an ADVENTURE to us...we ain't lost, we are exploring. Ladies tend to find that annoying. Perhaps I should have said "NAGRIVATIST"???

Oh, I thought Pharm said she (DW) was the "N" person. My mistake. ?

My experience.


Co-pilot was toeing...semi familiar route.

...entering New Bedford Mass, on W. Rodney French Blvd.

DW..."I know we turn left somewhere along here?

Me..."Yes, turn left at the red light two blocks ahead."

Three blocks later.....

Me..."why didn't you turn left at the light?, you drove right thru it."

DW..."the light was green"

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Looks like a fun trip to a beautiful park and Alabama Space and Rocket Center.
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Thanks for sharing. Looks like you had fun.

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There is a book available called Next Exit - lists all interstate exits and what is there; and if RV friendly in red. Very handy to keep in TV.
Now that is interesting. Ditto on the thanks.
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