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Old 11-26-2012, 04:18 PM   #15
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My heart has been know to fall off cliffs, lol. Thanks for your advice, this is from Cindy and Bob says maybe this is the way to go!


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Old 12-06-2012, 09:58 AM   #16
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OK Bob and Cindy,

You have gotten lots of advice, but there are some things missing.

Are you planning to travel with a computer??
If no, start thinking about it today.
- Get an inexpensive laptop and a little inverter so you can run it underway.
- Get either Street Alas or Strips and Treets - either will do. - Best if you can borrow both from friends and decide which you like better. Get the GPS to go with. Now you have a road map that is big enough to see (not like a dashboard GPS - you can have on of those too) that has a "You Are Here" arrow.
- Go to the Discovery Owners sight and collect any overlays that might interest you: MAP OVERLAYS
- If you do not have internet underway (like with Mifi or a smartphone tether, it just means that you have to start thinking in the morning, but with the number of fastfoods and such that have free access, you don't really need it.
- If you don't know how to work GasBuddy, find out now. It can save you a small fortune. There are places where crossing a state line can save you $0.10/gal.
- There are lots of sites that have campground information. If you do not need want FHU (Full Hook Up), you can be much more flexible.
- The RV park at Casino Queen (St. Louis) may be closed for the winter, but it is a great place to flatspot (that is free) and while you are there, do not miss the Museum of American Expansion under the Arch. You can do the Arch too if you are not claustra- or acro-phobic. Parking for the Arch is along the river.
- There is a great rest area on the south side of I-40 in Amarillo. It had Wifi - many Texas rest areas do.
- If you want to run any of Rt-66, get the book EZ-66.
- Weather will probably not go bad on you during the time you are planning departure, but always be ready. Keep Fuel (both) water and food on board in case you have to hold up a day.

Want to have an actual discussion?
Send me a note at mattcolie at Gmail dot com with a best time to call. I am down by DTW and well tuned to the issues at hand.

Good luck with your first (of many) excursions.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:34 PM   #17
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Thank you again for your advice. When I looked at Good Sam I see we could select several routes. Do you have advice on which we should use. All Roads, Senic Roads, Toll Roads, etc... Sorry for my ignorance. This is our first trip and we are so worried about the small stuff that will probably mean nothing once we get started. Thanks again for any advice.

Sincerely, Cindy and Bob
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:14 PM   #18
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That will be a great trip. I did it from Michigan to Phoenix once and we went to the Grand Canyon and also Yellowstone.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:59 PM   #19
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Too late now I guess but before leaving Detroit go to Madison Heights, 14 mile and I-75, as you exit the freeway going north on your right is a business.. Micro Center

I stopped in there and snagged their last copy (At that time I'm sure they have restocked by now) of Microsoft Streets and Trips 2013 WITH GPS DONGLE for 67 bucks.

Now I have not been to vegas in a couple of years, but when I went it was S&T 2005 that plotted the path.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:40 PM   #20
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Hey Cindy & Bob, how's your trip coming along?? Are you on you trip, are you already in Las Vegas? Hows your rig? What are your thoughts so far? what did you see?
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:53 PM   #21
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I use rvtripwizard.com for my road trip planning. It lists all campgrounds, calculates mileage, and allows me to save each trip. Highly recommend it.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:10 AM   #22
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Thumbs up The second try will hopfully be a success.

Well, long story, pull up a comfortable seat. We had planned to leave on December 26th, Michigan to Las Vegas. The week before we had bought a tow dolly from a Demco dealer in Michigan, a Kar Kaddy SS. We were going on a Saturday to make sure the coach, the car and the Kaddy were all going to work well together...

Bob was driving the coach and I was following him in the Chrysler 200. I left a few minutes after he did figuring I would catch up quickly as we have about four miles of dirt road before we get to a main road. Bob phoned me on our cell and was just turning onto pavement and there is an immediate entrance ramp to Interstate 75. He said the coach was not riding very good and he is thinking we should head home or to a shop to find out what the problem is. I caught up with Bob and he was on Interstate 75 again he calls me and I am only a few car lengths behind him, with no one between us. Bob is not happy and doesn't want to go any further and tells me he is pulling over and we can call for road assistance. Just about then I here a loud pop and I think Bob blew a tire. Then I see parts bouncing out and sparking from under the coach. It was the Drive Train, U Joints, Couplers, etc .... we called for a tow truck and waited.

I was thankful that a county truck was behind me and had turned on their lights and stopped traffic to pick up the parts and bring them to us. We waited at the roadside about an hour and a half for the tow truck. As we were waiting we phoned the company that had checked the rig before we made our August 2012 purchase. They explained that Bob and I should have let the rig run for sometime and let the Air Ride build up. We know that was not the case, as we had let the coach run for 45 minutes before we moved at all.

We got the coach towed to a Diesel repair shop and found there had been a leak in the Air Modulator which caused us to bottom out the rig, which knocked off the drive shaft and parts.

We had purchased a warranty with the Travel Supreme and there was over $4,000 in damage. we had to pay our deductable. We just got the coach back three days ago, with the holidays and all. Now we have purchased the Demco Kar Kaddy SS and have had it hooked up to the Coach. We drove home from the Demco Dealer and all went well. We did find there is no steering wheel lock on a Chrysler 200 so we purchased a steering wheel lock. Our plan is to now leave on the 23rd of January hoping all goes as planned this time. We are going to New Orleans then onto the West side of Florida for some well needed rest and relaxation. I was going to purchase Windows Streets and Trips and Now I see the RV Trip Wizard. I am looking into both!! At any rate, we will be heading out with one or the other programs in tow and our handy Galaxy Pad and Lap Top. I am trying to see the past as a blessing, if we had been far from home the trip would have been a disaster and now it has just been postponed. We have truly appreciated all the comments and support. If you have any more PLEASE FEEL FREE.

Stay Warm and be safe!!

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Ok ! Just breathe. New Orleans sounds like fun !
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:57 PM   #24
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