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Old 06-08-2007, 11:49 AM   #1
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Road Trip - Lust Leads

Page and I are taking a fast road trip across the country - 1800 miles West - to acquire a new love. See, there is this 31 footer that called out to me and I have given up resisting.

Due to heavy scheduling (how did that happen, anyway) I found my summer almost booked. But I need to get this unit and I have this week to do it. So, we cleared our decks and are leaving at first light tomorrow and plan to arrive Tuesday, then start back for home. Whew. And I need to get back Sat if possible because I'm heading up to Grand Rapids for business on Monday.

So wish me luck - and I'll be selling my 25' Safari as soon as the dust clears.

More to come - wish me luck!

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Old 06-08-2007, 11:56 AM   #2
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Good luck to you both. 1800 miles would put you in AZ or NM or perhaps CO. ??
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Old 06-08-2007, 11:59 AM   #3
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:30 PM   #4
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Yay

Whats your route? Maybe we can all be on the lookout for you as you go by dont forget we will be expecting lots of pictures of the coach and the adventure
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Old 06-08-2007, 01:34 PM   #5
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:24 PM   #6
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The route is not the way we usually travel - but I have a hard deadline.

So - I64W to I81S to I40W forever.

Albuquerque is the destination. My problem is that I have an audit in MI Monday week - flying out at 0-dark-thirty.. So my plan is to arrive Monday night in NM, then back home by next Sat. Pant. Pant.

I'm excited. And we only figured this out last evening. Ain't Page a peach for agreeing to all this on no notice?

And my plan B in case something happens is for us to go to Grand Rapids directly if we can't get home by Sunday. So we're packing for plan B, meaning that we won't need it. That's how it usually works, eh?

Rodney, I have no idea where Belt Buckle is, but I'd like to be West of Nashvile Sat night. I'll buy, if you're in the 'hood.

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Old 06-08-2007, 08:25 PM   #7
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Rodney, I have no idea where Belt Buckle is, but I'd like to be West of Nashvile Sat night. I'll buy, if you're in the 'hood.

Pat
That would be Bell Buckle, in any case we are about an hour south of Nashvagas off of I-24.
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:34 PM   #8
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Drive safe and enjoy the adventure and lotsa pics. Just give Page the camera and ask her to go wild.
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Old 06-17-2007, 10:01 AM   #9
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Well, we're back after a pretty fast road trip. We left last Saturday morning and arrived in Albuquerque midday Monday. 1800 miles - whew!

We spent a couple of hours going over the rig and finding it to be as represented. We look forward to several years of enjoyment.

We took longer on the return trip, of course, as we were now in journey mode - 65 mph on interstates, just stopping for gas and food until 4 or 5 or so, then in for the night. So - we took four nights to get home. We managed to get long, level sites so no unhooking and re-hooking was necessary - a big timesaver. We also didn't bother to dump until the last night. It's better not to dump unless you have enough to ensure a good flush anyway.

We had one mishap - a road alligator (I think) caused my umbilical to fall from its socket - and it took a while for me to notice that my brakes were no longer connected. So I stopped and found that the trailer end plug and cable was ground to a pulp. A call to Good Sam located a repair shop not far down the road (in Arkansas), and after a couple of hours, we were back in the saddle.

While I was there one of the salesmen offered a free trial of a download of a diesel performance enhancer. The amazing thing is that it really worked - noticeable increase in power and somewhere around 10% increase in fuel economy. The product was from Bully Dog.

I paid very close attention to my tranny and engine cooling system gauges and there was no difference at all - nor to my oil pressure gauge.

Have any of you used performance-enhancing aftermarket stuff? What I wonder is, if all you have to do is change software settings for better efficiency and performance, then why don't the automakers set the vehicles up that way? There must be a downside...

Anyway, we're home and so is our new rig.

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Old 06-17-2007, 10:12 AM   #10
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Congrats on the new rig, glad you had a good trip. It is to bad we missed each other on the outbound leg, but so it goes. I'm looking forward to seeing some pics of the new rig soon.
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Old 06-17-2007, 03:58 PM   #11
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Great trip! Do you need to do any work on the new one or are you ready to camp?
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Old 06-17-2007, 04:08 PM   #12
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Pat and Paige,

Glad you got home safe and sound. Have fun redecorating the new one.

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Hi,
Glad your trip went well (except for the gator).
We live just a couple of hours from you and are thinking about upsizing from our 22' into the 25 ->28' range. Send me a message if/when you decided to do something with your original TT.
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:13 PM   #14
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Sure thing, FT. Always nice to hear from a fellow Virginian. We know Lynchburg well - Page is a Randy Mac grad and has family there, too.

I'm traveling on business this week, and Page is cleaning and moving stuff into the new rig almost as we speak. (Pretty sneaky on my part, eh?)

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