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Old 08-20-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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Probably will jinx it with this post. We've taken lots of trips thru the years but this was by far the longest at 4500 miles and almost 6 weeks. No offense intended to motorhome owners, but in the 9 years we owned one it was rare that we didn't come home from a trip without something to fix.

We dragged the Winslow over some tough roads during the trip but not a thing to do when we got home Sunday but clean it up, and boy was that a chore. I am a happy camper.

Tom, I bet you are surprised a Winslow could hold up that well.
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Probably will jinx it with this post. We've taken lots of trips thru the years but this was by far the longest at 4500 miles and almost 6 weeks. No offense intended to motorhome owners, but in the 9 years we owned one it was rare that we didn't come home from a trip without something to fix.

We dragged the Winslow over some tough roads during the trip but not a thing to do when we got home Sunday but clean it up, and boy was that a chore. I am a happy camper.

Tom, I bet you are surprised a Winslow could hold up that well.
Jim, I don't know whether you're teasing or what. A RV on traveling 4500 miles without a thing going wrong.....come on. You may be the luckiest man in the world or you're pulling someone's leg. We're in our 9th year of FTing and we've never even come close to that. We've made a daily jaunt going 250 miles without a hitch, but that's on a great day. I'm not complaining or being sarcastic. It's just a fact. I've seen 2M coaches come here and having several things fixed just like I have to do, so it not the cost of things. Do I think RV manufacturers could do a better job....without a doubt. I do believe that the vendor's issues are the poorest part of most RVs. Do I think that one day RVs will be as dependable as car/truck? No way. They have to endure a lot of issues like vibrations and shocks that cars don't. They literally shake themselves apart going down most roads. Some better and some worse. Enough of my negative ranting!

Come clean, Jim, are you just jacking with us today? rockin'
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Jim, I don't know whether you're teasing or what. A RV on traveling 4500 miles without a thing going wrong.....come on. You may be the luckiest man in the world or you're pulling someone's leg. We're in our 9th year of FTing and we've never even come close to that. We've made a daily jaunt going 250 miles without a hitch, but that's on a great day. I'm not complaining or being sarcastic. It's just a fact. I've seen 2M coaches come here and having several things fixed just like I have to do, so it not the cost of things. Do I think RV manufacturers could do a better job....without a doubt. I do believe that the vendor's issues are the poorest part of most RVs. Do I think that one day RVs will be as dependable as car/truck? No way. They have to endure a lot of issues like vibrations and shocks that cars don't. They literally shake themselves apart going down most roads. Some better and some worse. Enough of my negative ranting!

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Tom, since you and Russell seem to go back and forth on his Winslow thought I would pull your chain a bit.

I am serious about this being a trouble free trip. The one and only issue we had, which turned out to be nothing, was when our propane leak detector went off. It only did it once and that was after a drive over a dusty, rough, under construction road. Other than that, nothing, nada, zilch. Oh, I did have to turn the toilet paper holder around as it is open on one end and the roll just hangs there. It was open toward the toilet and tended to go on the floor if it was jerked a little hard by certain members of my household. Turned it around, problem solved. The only other problem was early on when we ran into some low voltage at a couple of parks but my Progressive Ind surge protector did its thing.

We drove from Oklahoma to Minnesota for a wedding of a relative of the wife, then to Bismarck, ND, Medora, ND, Hardin, Mt., Missoula, Mt., Glacier NP, Yellowstone, Estes Park, Co and home. My trip odometer showed 4454 miles and I averaged 11.4 mpg.

I had to brag a bit as this was one of the few, if ever, that I didn't have to come home and repair something. It was always something with the motorhome so I was prepared to get out the tools when I got home but all I had to do was wash it and put it in it's garage.
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You are one lucky dude. I do want some of what you be smokin'!! Just kiddin'!!! I love good news!
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If you consider what our trailers go through while traveling down the road, you would think the trailer would shake itself apart.

I read somewhere that a trailer traveling down the road experiences the equivalent of a 4.5+ magnitude earthquake. This is a continuous earthquake for several hours. A brick and mortar home could not tolerate that much shaking without some moderate damage. This is a testament to the engineering and quality of work that goes into the trailer design.

Definition of a light (4.0 4.9) magnitude earthquake:
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Noticeable shaking of indoor objects and rattling noises. Felt by most people in the affected area. Slightly felt outside. Generally causes none to minimal damage. Moderate to significant damage very unlikely. Some objects may fall off shelves or be knocked over.
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If you consider what our trailers go through while traveling down the road, you would think the trailer would shake itself apart.

I read somewhere that a trailer traveling down the road experiences the equivalent of a 4.5+ magnitude earthquake. This is a continuous earthquake for several hours. A brick and mortar home could not tolerate that much shaking without some moderate damage. This is a testament to the engineering and quality of work that goes into the trailer design.

Definition of a light (4.0 – 4.9) magnitude earthquake:
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Noticeable shaking of indoor objects and rattling noises. Felt by most people in the affected area. Slightly felt outside. Generally causes none to minimal damage. Moderate to significant damage very unlikely. Some objects may fall off shelves or be knocked over.
I must admit we did have some rearrangement of things on occasion. On one really bad section of road the wife's clothes came off the rod in the front closet.

Our 2 Boston's are great travelers. Wouldn't leave home without them.
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Jim,

The incidents you mentioned are not issues at all. I'm talking about things like the slides that won't go in. Jacks that are in the down position and won't move, water/sewer running out on the ground from belly blanket and the like. Those, at least to me, are issues. rockin'
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Right, Tom. Even with the continuous earthquake while underway still nothing to fix, thanks to the nice folks at Peterson Industries.
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I hope my trip to Yellowstone and back is uneventful as Jim's.
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Right, Tom. Even with the continuous earthquake while underway still nothing to fix, thanks to the nice folks at Peterson Industries.

They do a good job......but sure you didn't have them use an extra quart of glue on yours? rockin'
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4500 miles- that's awesome JDT!
Russell, I hope the cg is still there when you get to Yosemite. That fire just tripled in size and is out of control.
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If you consider what our trailers go through while traveling down the road, you would think the trailer would shake itself apart.

I read somewhere that a trailer traveling down the road experiences the equivalent of a 4.5+ magnitude earthquake. This is a continuous earthquake for several hours. A brick and mortar home could not tolerate that much shaking without some moderate damage. This is a testament to the engineering and quality of work that goes into the trailer design.

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Noticeable shaking of indoor objects and rattling noises. Felt by most people in the affected area. Slightly felt outside. Generally causes none to minimal damage. Moderate to significant damage very unlikely. Some objects may fall off shelves or be knocked over.
Can you imagine what the magnitude would be on CA and OK roads!!! rockin'
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Can you imagine what the magnitude would be on CA and OK roads!!! rockin'
Tom, I used to think we Okies had the upper hand when it came to bad roads but had to rethink this a little after our trip. We hit some really bad stretches on I94 around the Twin Cities, some in the Denver area and quite a bit on some of the state and US highways in Montana and Wyoming. Admittedly the worst was probably when we were approaching Tulsa on US 412. Folks traveling in cars probably think what rough roads, but those of us pulling a large house tend to feel every bump.

To give credit there were miles and miles of beautiful roads, many having undergone reconstruction in the past few years.
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