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Old 04-09-2016, 08:40 PM   #29
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My wife and I did a trip to Canada from TN 2 years ago. It was a 2 week adventure because we still work. First night rolled into our first camp site and the exhaust pipe decided to come loose from the exhaust manifold. We sounded like a tank rolling into that site. My stomach sunk and I thought it was all over. A local mechanic came by the site that night and said to run it past his shop in the morning and he would bolt it back. We did and it was perfect. The rest of the journey was fantastic although we traveled too far for this trip, it was a blast and gave us great experience crossing the boarder twice and crossing the bridges into and out of Canada. Lesson we learned is don't worry about what may happen, just do it and deal with the ups and downs as they happen. It's a blast and we also look forward to retiring and taking our time. ENJOY yourselves!


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[QUOTE=Robrv302;3015409]My wife and I did a trip to Canada from TN 2 years ago. It was a 2 week adventure because we still work. First night rolled into our first camp site and the exhaust pipe decided to come loose from the exhaust manifold. We sounded like a tank rolling into that site. My stomach sunk and I thought it was all over. A local mechanic came by the site that night and said to run it past his shop in the morning and he would bolt it back. We did and it was perfect. The rest of the journey was fantastic although we traveled too far for this trip, it was a blast and gave us great experience crossing the boarder twice and crossing the bridges into and out of Canada. Lesson we learned is don't worry about what may happen, just do it and deal with the ups and downs as they happen. It's a blast and we also look forward to retiring and taking our time. ENJOY yourselves!

I don't mean to hijack the thread, but can you explain more about the experience of crossing the border? I've been to Canada many times but never with my motorhome. Just wondering what to expect? Do you get searched?
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We were not searched going in or coming out of Canada. The possibility is always there. Just doing a little research before going will help make the trip less stressful. Find some really good advise here. http://gocanada.about.com/od/faqscro...order_tips.htm
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:27 AM   #32
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First long trip jitters

We bought our Winnebago last March 2015 and had our first long trip OH to TN last July. I know that feeling of apprehension...will everything go as planned?; can the RV fit through that turn? or I hope the gas station is easy to maneuver in? As soon as we hit the interstate from our house, all was great. We took our time, had fun, met other rv'ers at state welcome centers in route. Every hill and turn was a new adventure. Getting to your destination is part of the fun! Friends in other states meeting you along the way to have dinner.......priceless!

If you think too hard about the assurances, it will drive you nuts and not let you relax. More than likely, all will be fine and just like someone mentioned earlier, you have cell phone, credit card, and may be something like CoachNet or similar just in case.

In a few weeks, we are leaving on a two week or two and a half week journey from OH to FL with a minimum 6 day stay at Fort Wilderness. After that, we may hit up a beach, Stone Mountain, St. Augustine, gulf coast or wherever we decide to go....or just stay at Fort Wilderness longer. I let the planner (wife) make that decision. This trip, our dog ( a Sheltie) is joining us as he loves the camper as well.

FWIW- my wife and I still work and are 52/53 years old. I am self employed. We make the time to enjoy the experience with a commitment for longer trips each year. Next year is Yellowstone to view the solar eclipse and possibly Las Vegas.

Do your normal pre-travel checks, make any plans for stops or sightseeing and enjoy the travel!
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I was in your boat a year ago, getting ready for our 1st 3500 mi trip. Everything went as planned. We always have a destination to get to on a specific date. It's a combination of working full time and attending structured events (boat races). One of these days, we will not have anywhere we need to be. We did a long week in New Mexico last summer, not making any reservations or having specific plans, and it was very enjoyable.
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Old 04-10-2016, 06:06 PM   #34
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Well after driving 2200 miles,in my first long jorney.
You will find out that the right lane is your best friend. stay calm and enjoy your trip....
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I know the feeling. I used to ship horses commercially mostly up and down the east coast, once a year to Calgary. Now we have our new to us CC and I get nervous at the start of each trip, not sure why. The most you can do is prepare, plan and be ready. You sound prepared mechanically, have a plan to where you are going and are ready for most anything that could come your way. Usually the first hour or two I am upright in seat until I get in the "groove". That's when I usually can sit back and let her ride and relax. Rain or traffic, back it down and always leave plenty of room in front. I am sure I am not telling you anything you don't know but that's my method. Have a fun and safe trip! Pa here too!
I see that you live in Ocala. My grandfather who had a horse up in New York retired there because of it being horse country. Are you familiar with oak run off of state road 200. I moved him down there many years ago and remember the good times visiting him .
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Grandmom and I took 3 grandkids (ages 10, 9, 9) on a coast to coast and return last summer. After 7500 miles in the round trip I can say for sure, the sun comes up each day and the experiences we shared are priceless.

You've done your homework, you've prepared your coach - now prepare your mind to enjoy. There are always the unforeseen happenings but preparation makes those easier to deal with.

We travel each trip, rather in our coach or 4 wheeler, the same way and remind ourselves that the journey is the destination. If you do it much of any other way, fly.

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Old 04-11-2016, 12:42 AM   #37
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My first long trip was from CA to FL, up the coast, turn left to GA, through TN, up to ND, MT, CO, back home. Change your oil before you leave, run everything at home, lube the chassis.

We're doing our next trip next month, CA to ND, possibly Canada, MT, CO, I like to drive around 200 miles per day, I figure if you are in a hurry, you're doing it wrong.

Carry some extra fluids, a tool kit, duct tape, and bailing wire, (not kidding on that one).

Drive safe and enjoy the trip..
I have to disagree with the post that said the right lane is your friend, at least in CA. When I drive from San Diego to LA, I tend to drive in the second lane. That keeps me from fighting the merging traffic from the on ramps. Open road, right lane works for me.

Happy trails...
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I have to disagree with the post that said the right lane is your friend, at least in CA. When I drive from San Diego to LA, I tend to drive in the second lane. That keeps me from fighting the merging traffic from the on ramps. Open road, right lane works for me.

Happy trails...

I agree completely, 6 weeks after purchase of our current coach, I was headed south in the Bay Area in the right lane towing our toad, stop and go traffic due to an accident on the right side of the highway. We were letting every other car in from the on ramp, I let one in, did not see a woman coming down the ramp, she saw we were towing, sped up to get in front then saw the CHP officer, decided it was better to hit us then the officer, she took out all the compartments on the passengers side going forward before she got the car stopped (we were doing about 5 MPH when she hit us). By the time I pulled over, got my registration and walked back to the car the CHP officer was already reading her the riot act. She had expired insurance and no drivers license (she later produced a valid license, just did not have it with her). I now drive in the second lane!
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I also try to stay in the 2nd lane just for that reason. I also blow my horn when I can't get over so the merger knows I am there.
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Along trip is just a bunch of short trips hitched together. You'll be fine.

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We are planning our first longer trip also, From Beaufort, SC to Memphis, Tn. Wife has always loved Elvis, so I thought I would take her to Graceland for a couple days.
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We did our first long trip last winter ~3000 Illinois to South Padre and back. I had all the same apprehensions and things, for the most part, went well.
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