Recall Woes – Freightliner of Savannah

freightliner-logoIn June I received a recall notice from Detroit Axle that the sway bar needed to be modified on the Freightliner XCR chassis as it could malfunction and cause a problem with handling leading to an accident.  Consequently, I was instructed to contact a Freightliner Service Center and schedule it to be fixed.  The two closest facilities are in Jacksonvile, FL and Savannah, GA.  Initially, I contacted Tom Nehl Trucking in Jacksonville and was informed that they had no knowledge of the recall.  For the next two days I went back and forth with Detroit Axle and Freightliner trying to straighten out the confusion.  Finally, I was able to get the two on the same page with Continue reading Recall Woes – Freightliner of Savannah

Planning for the Summer and Fall

Pure-MichiganWe are about a month away from going on the road again so I thought I would talk a little about our plans and the general route we plan to take.  At this point, we can plan with some specificity the first two weeks of the trip.  We know our first destination to stay for more than a couple of days will be Effingham, IL.  We will visit my mother there and then head to Newmar in Indiana for some warranty work.  Our appointment date is August 1st but we don’t know how many days we will need to stay to have the work completed.  One couple reported on the iRV2 forum that they had expected to be there a week and it turned into 2 1/2 weeks because of unexpected problems.  I hope we can avoid that.  Once we finish Continue reading Planning for the Summer and Fall

Time to Re-Focus

Refocusing-PrioritiesOne of the nice things that we face as we prepare to move full time into our motor home is the fact that we do not have to rush.  Fortunately, our RV purchase was not contingent on selling the house and we could continue to travel for a few months at a time and still keep the house to return to.  However, we decided early on that the cost of keeping the house and maintaining it for six months or less of occupancy out of the year is really going to cost us a lot of money that we could otherwise save by selling it.  If the house were Continue reading Time to Re-Focus

Into The Wild Blue Yonder – Evergreen Aviation Museum

Evergreen Aviation Museum
Evergreen Aviation Museum

It seems like most places that we travel we find some kind of jewel that was unexpected.  It was no different on our latest trip to the Portland, OR area.  We stayed in McMinnville which is about 40  miles or so from Portland and in the middle of wine country.  Well, to our surprise, it is also home to one of the most interesting aviation museums that I have seen.  It certainly doesn’t receive the notoriety of the Air and Space Museum in Washington or the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, but it is well worth your time and the entrance fee Continue reading Into The Wild Blue Yonder – Evergreen Aviation Museum

Left the RV Behind for a Trip to Oregon!

Nephew Ben and his wife Carrie
Nephew Ben and his wife Carrie

If you full time or “most of the time” RV as we are doing now, there comes a time when you probably have to leave the RV behind.  We just traveled to the Portland, Oregon area this week to attend the wedding of our nephew, Ben.  We had given thought to driving the RV out there, but decided that we weren’t ready for an extended west coast trip and it would be too expensive to just take a couple of weeks to drive to the wedding and back.  If we were full timers already, we may have taken a different approach, I’m not sure.  I will Continue reading Left the RV Behind for a Trip to Oregon!

Hideaway for a Getaway!

The Biltmore
The Biltmore

We have only been RV’ing since October of 2014, but since then we have traveled around 20,000 miles in 15 states.  Some of those miles have been over the same territory, but nevertheless we seem to have different experiences each trip.  There are certain places that we have become attracted to and want to return.  Either we didn’t see everything that we wanted to or the area’s offerings are something we want to experience again.  It could even be both of these reasons.  For example, Lajitas and Terlingua, TX near Big Bend Continue reading Hideaway for a Getaway!

What a Peach – Freightliner Chassis Service

Welcome to Gaffney, SC
Welcome to Gaffney, SC

We just left the Freightliner Service Center in Gaffney, SC where we had our first year service completed.  It’s strange, but Freightliner figures your service date from the time the chassis is manufactured,  not the date of sale.  We didn’t take delivery of our coach until October but it was manufactured in May so we decided to get it serviced, as we knew we would be traveling near Gaffney this month.  You can get service at any Freightliner center but many of these centers prefer servicing the commercial truck line and give priority to them over RV’s.  The Gaffney service center has six bays and only works on RV’s.

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Pecked to Death by a Duck!

Each trip we learn a little more about the RV lifestyle that reinforce some of the things that we have already learned.  Even though we aren’t true full timers yet, we are certainly half timers plus.  We have a little over 8000 miles on the coach since we took delivery last October.  We have stayed a month in Texas and have been in our Brunswick home for at least three out of those seven months so we have been clicking off the miles when we are moving, yet I don’t feel like we have been rushing around to get to places or to do things.  We have covered some of the same territory as previous trips, which I would prefer not to do, but that is due to visiting and taking care of family matters.

When we attended the RV Dreams Education Rally in April of 2015 everyone kept saying that you have to remember that you are not on vacation when you are full timing.  This is your life now and you are in it for the “long haul”.  You shouldn’t rush around to try to include  Continue reading Pecked to Death by a Duck!

Discovering the Corps

Well finally, we are back on the road, but not without some stress.  It seems like no matter how hard we try something always happens right before we leave that throws everything out of whack.  We always work through it, but it impacts our preparedness as our minds aren’t totally focused on the trip.   Until we start doing this full time, we have to load and unload a lot of our belongings each time so inevitably some things get left behind or left undone.  That’s why I said in an earlier post that I don’t want to take a trip less than two weeks anywhere.  It just isn’t worth the hassle, in my opinion, to load and unload the motor home for any less time.   Ahhh the transition to full timing!

The initial plan for this trip was to stop in Eaufaula, AL the first night and then on to Jackson, MS followed by Tunica and then Metropolis, IL before arriving at our destination of Effingham, IL.  In the past, we have had problems finding many camping facilities in the middle
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How we are working towards full time RVing