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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


Tim,

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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Bill,

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
been.
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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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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Old 07-30-2003, 02:15 PM   #29
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I see no reason not to travel if you've had all the mechanicals checked out. We drove from Cincinnati, OH to Myrtle Beach, SC back in June (about 1300 miles round trip). The Airstream behaved beautifully.

Twice a year, we make a pilgramage to the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN to attend the NASCAR races there (about 800 miles round trip). Again, never a problem with the trailer.

Try it, you'll like it!
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Do you think other A/S will be at the Bristol Race?? We are looking for a used Bambi and would like to see if other A/S will be in Bristol. We are from that area if we can help with any questions please let us know!

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Yes the xmission failure was tow related.
I was pulling into a 30/40 mph headwind trying to do 65. I did not realize the wind was so strong. Outside temp was in low 90's.
I have the factory installed towing pkg with oil cooler.
I now have an external xmission cooler in front of the radiator. I purschased and had it installed at a U-Haul dealer.
I made it to within 10 miles from home and had to call a friend to take the trailer the rest of the way. Once my xmission cooled down I made it the last 10 miles. It was covered by warranty.
64K miles on truck with extended warrenty.

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