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Old 05-08-2013, 03:49 PM   #15
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Sounds like a fun trip if you can avoid 95.
One option might be to head down the
Outer
Banks if you have the time. No summer crowds yet. When you get to
Ocracoke you would take the toll ferry to
Cedar
Island and then hook back up with 17. I can tell you about 2 nice inexpensive campgrounds on the
Outer Banks- Sands of Time in Avon and Waves in Waves.
Have fun.

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Old 05-09-2013, 09:41 AM   #16
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Page and I love camping at Kiptopeake SP and do so a couple of times a year. Where else can you see concrete ships? This used to be the terminal for the Cape Henry/Cape Charles ferry (before the CBBT was built. The concrete ships (7, I think) were sunk to form a breeakwater for the terminal.

We enjoy the Gingernut Pub in Cape Charles. There is also an old hardware store just down the block that has everything you need. If they don't have it, you don't need it.

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Old 05-09-2013, 09:58 AM   #17
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Check Gas Buddy for best prices along the way. NC is HIGH due to taxes, SC LOW for the same reason. Try to buy in Southern VA (the stations there at Emporia where US 58 comes into I-95 are pretty cheap). Avoid refuelling in NC. Dillon, SC is actually a pretty good place to stop for gas. Lots of Love's Flying J's and Pilots in the northern SC area with easy pull throughs.

You might want to jump off on I-20 toward Columbia in Florence, but you'll miss the best of the low country as others have pointed out.

I hate I-85. Charlotte is a speed trap, and once past that, the hills in SC and NE GA are clogged with semis that think they own that road. They slow on the hills and speed on the downslopes. Unless you can match them, its hard to keep them off your tail.


Good Luck and keep us updated!

agree with gas buddy.. they have a cool app for that..

having been a 18 wheel driver i can tell you when loaded you have to pull up hill just like when pulling your AS.. now some of you can and do blast up the hills at speed limit, eating a BUNCH of fuel, but in a large truck you are pulling some 80K load up hill you slow a bit or a lot depending on the motor..

on the down hill side you try to get some good speed up to help with the upcoming hill climb..

I have done the, be passed to pass RV's motor homes, etc and it is quite hard to shake them sometimes.. after the third time the kids are not even trying to get you to blow the air horn..

now in a big truck with no or a light load we could out pull most RV's up hill unless they had a big ego and big gas sucking motor they would try like hell to not be passed.. too funny sometime as they were pulling off to get fuel and i was still dragging my wagon full speed ahead..

just my opinion
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:59 AM   #18
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Well, we've been having a great time.....until.... Anybody know where we can get a shattered side window replaced down this way? No big deal, nobody hurt, nothing else wrong and we are patched and duct taped for the time being. Any airstream dealers in eastern NC, SC, Georgia or Alabama?
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:03 AM   #19
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If you are already out of VA, you probably don't want to backtrack to Safford RV which is just north of Richmond in Thornburg. The only AS dealer in NC I am aware of is in Colfax on I-40, well west of where you are.

SC may be your best if willing to cut over to I-95 again... Don Mar located at:
265 Puddin Swamp Rd
Lynchburg, SC 29080-8806
Phone (803) 453-5011

Might want to call ahead for your part.

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Old 05-10-2013, 06:39 AM   #20
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to Carl, Not trying to blame truckers for trying to make a living. Actually, anyone who has towed a couple of tons behind them has more appreciation for truckers concerns than most car drivers. You appreciate what it is to have to merge into traffic, pass with a load, or more importantly brake hard when a car does something stupid in front of you.

That said, I hate being on I-85 on that stretch just because of the dynamics of the traffic. If it were three lanes, things would be better. But the undulating topography makes it near impossible to maintain a constant speed. You are correct, it wastes fuel and a constant throttle is the best for fuel economy, but that leads to highly variable speeds. Forget using the cruise control and watch your six. I just stay right and let the trucks pass me by... but its annoying to have to pass the same truck again going uphill when they slow down to sub speed limit speeds. They need truck lanes.
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:21 AM   #21
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If you are already out of VA, you probably don't want to backtrack to Safford RV which is just north of Richmond in Thornburg. The only AS dealer in NC I am aware of is in Colfax on I-40, well west of where you are.

SC may be your best if willing to cut over to I-95 again... Don Mar located at:
265 Puddin Swamp Rd
Lynchburg, SC 29080-8806
Phone (803) 453-5011

Might want to call ahead for your part.

Good Luck!
I would call ahead to Don Mar, from what I understand the old man died and they are selling off. I went past the other day and the gates were open, but I don't know if the service department is still open or if they can even order parts for newer Airstreams.

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Old 05-11-2013, 08:12 PM   #22
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Greetings from Hickory Knob State Park in western South Carolina. We ended up ordering the window from Colonial. It will meet us in Alabama.
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