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Old 03-17-2016, 10:24 AM   #1
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5 weeks in Cedar Key FL, with a weekend on the side of I77.

Hi all, first trip post for us, please be nice!

We headed to Cedar Key FL. February 6 2016 for an escape! February 14, our weather station here in Lafargeville, NY recorded -32 for an overnight low, timing on our escape was PERFECT!! I took the first week as vacation fearing the worst for the trip to FL. but with no problems on the way enjoyed the time off in shorts! Totally enjoyed Sunset Isle RV campground! A bit tight on the spacing but no problems what-so-ever!

Live music many evenings both at the campground sometimes just around the fire pit, and sometimes at the Tiki bar. Very quiet with very little light pollution, the star shine is GREAT!! Crab omlete at Ada Blue cafe on the campground...

Eagles, Osprey, kayaking to Atsena Otie Key is a great way to spend an afternoon! Santafe river kayaking from canoe outpost is a wonderful ride also, beautiful spring fed river! Give yourself extra time on this one, we did not and regretted it!!

As with any trip, all good things must come to and end and started home, Friday afternoon March 11. Lost the fuel pump at 7:30... I was lucky enough to be at an off ramp and coasted to the stop sign. Tried a fuel pressure regulator Saturday morning just for grins and had no joy. While the regulator was in my hand, I turned on the ignition switch to see how much flow was there hoping for a nice strong spray and did not get one, just a light trickle. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have had the fuel pump changed when I swapped the ORIGINAL 14 year old fuel filter last summer and the pump was NOISY! Called Good Sam roadside assistance. I did not indicate an extreme emergency and I likely should have. Got towed Monday at 10am. I had plenty of food and water, generator ran great for the warm days (Northerner here, 85 in the rig is too much).

The wrecker operator (Easy Rider, yes really!!) wouldn't stop appoligising for not stopping in Saturday after he recovered another RV as he had seen me on the off ramp! The folks at Shope's garage where he brought me were FANTASTIC!! They dropped what they were doing and spent the rest of the day pulling the fuel tank and putting in a new pump assy! The to make sure I had noticed, the RV decided it also wanted a new starter! The leveling pump had also quit while I was there, I will deal with that when the weather gets warm enough to hold tools. I was on my way 7 hours and barely over $1k after getting towed in and had a smooth return for the last legs!

All in all a great trip!!
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Thanks for sharing your adventures. Great job on a first post👍👍.

I really love your positive attitude. Very refreshing!



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Sometimes you simply have to DECIDE to enjoy what is going on. We bought a 14 year old coach. I have no false expectations of it running perfectly every time we go out, where's the fun in that? Where's the challenge? No Challenge, I might as well go sit and watch everyone else have fun and that is simply not me.

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Ah yes, the noisy, in tank, fuel pump. I read on our motorhome brand's forum that if the fuel pump is whining, it is getting ready to fail. How about my decision before leaving on a cross-country trip that our fuel pump was whining but it wasn't whining very loud?. We actually made it to California and completed all of our scheduled activities before coming to a stop on Highway #1 between San Francisco and Portland. Thanks to Coach.Net we were towed to a nice repair facility on a Friday night where we waited until Monday for the repair. Fortunately, as has been said, if your RV breaks down, at least you have a place to sleep . And, yes, it was just part of the adventure. The little town of Ukhia, California was a great place to spend the weekend...

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Sometimes you simply have to DECIDE to enjoy what is going on. We bought a 14 year old coach. I have no false expectations of it running perfectly every time we go out, where's the fun in that? Where's the challenge? No Challenge, I might as well go sit and watch everyone else have fun and that is simply not me.

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