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Old 08-21-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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A quick recap of my recent trip…

A quick recap of my recent trip…

Exactly 6,180 miles driven from driveway to driveway. My daughter drove for about 3 hours total on the way to Indiana and I drove the rest.
We put 176.8 hrs on the generator. It always ran for A/C use when we were driving keeping the heat and humidity out very nicely plus we ran it while in Indiana visiting family for a week to keep our puppies cool.

We visited and/or drove through 20 states (in order):
California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona.
We took the I-70 East and the I-40 West and drove along the East Coast from Myrtle Beach, SC through Savannah, Georgia.

Longest day driving was 748 miles from Gypsum, CO to Kansas City, KS. That’s a long way in a motorhome that required over steering to keep straight on the road (see below).

We had one mechanical failure: The knuckle on the drag Link from the steering box got sloppy and loose. Steering got progressively worse and worse. By the time we hit Kansas I knew something was wrong so I checked while camped one night and found a little play in the steering assembly, but I was determined to get to Indiana before seeking repair. It’s a good thing too because it took several days to get the replacement part, fixed under Ford warranty. We ended up stayed three extra days in Indiana (in the motorhome) where our family was while waiting on the part to arrive.

Kudo’s to Mike Raisor Ford in Lafayette, IN. Truck Service Advisor David was extremely helpful and tried to go the extra mile for me more than once. Really good people to work with and I highly recommend them!

On the other hand, Ford Motor Company was a complete and utter waste of time and breath and sucked the very life from me. They turned me off so completely with their moronic and idiotic behavior that I will heavily factor this episode into my next car, truck, or motorhome purchase. I don’t like to say NEVER AGAIN, but it will influence me and my extended family extremely against buying any vehicle made by Ford again. Another separate thread is forthcoming on that bizarre and incomprehensible episode of the worst customer service by FoMoCo.

My favorite places were Colorado Mountains (Vail), North & South Carolina, and Tennessee. Our favorite campsite was at Hilton Head Island, SC, on an inlet from the ocean. Hilton Head Harbor. Beautiful place to go if you ever get the chance and a very nice family run campground as well.

Best gas price was South Carolina at $3.23 / gal. (We missed under $3 / gal by 2-3 weeks)
Worst gas price was Barstow, CA at $3.99 / gal (last Thursday).

Once we started home we committed to a couple of 10 hour driving days to get back ASAP. We really enjoyed our trip but we are also very glad to be back home with our friends and family. Now that we’ve seen a sampling of what’s out there, we plan on pinpointing a few spots to stay put on our next adventure.


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Old 08-22-2012, 06:34 AM   #2
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A quick recap of my recent trip…

Exactly 6,180 miles driven from driveway to driveway. My daughter drove for about 3 hours total on the way to Indiana and I drove the rest.
We put 176.8 hrs on the generator. It always ran for A/C use when we were driving keeping the heat and humidity out very nicely plus we ran it while in Indiana visiting family for a week to keep our puppies cool.

We visited and/or drove through 20 states (in order):
California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona.
We took the I-70 East and the I-40 West and drove along the East Coast from Myrtle Beach, SC through Savannah, Georgia.

Longest day driving was 748 miles from Gypsum, CO to Kansas City, KS. That’s a long way in a motorhome that required over steering to keep straight on the road (see below).

We had one mechanical failure: The knuckle on the drag Link from the steering box got sloppy and loose. Steering got progressively worse and worse. By the time we hit Kansas I knew something was wrong so I checked while camped one night and found a little play in the steering assembly, but I was determined to get to Indiana before seeking repair. It’s a good thing too because it took several days to get the replacement part, fixed under Ford warranty. We ended up stayed three extra days in Indiana (in the motorhome) where our family was while waiting on the part to arrive.

Kudo’s to Mike Raisor Ford in Lafayette, IN. Truck Service Advisor David was extremely helpful and tried to go the extra mile for me more than once. Really good people to work with and I highly recommend them!

On the other hand, Ford Motor Company was a complete and utter waste of time and breath and sucked the very life from me. They turned me off so completely with their moronic and idiotic behavior that I will heavily factor this episode into my next car, truck, or motorhome purchase. I don’t like to say NEVER AGAIN, but it will influence me and my extended family extremely against buying any vehicle made by Ford again. Another separate thread is forthcoming on that bizarre and incomprehensible episode of the worst customer service by FoMoCo.

My favorite places were Colorado Mountains (Vail), North & South Carolina, and Tennessee. Our favorite campsite was at Hilton Head Island, SC, on an inlet from the ocean. Hilton Head Harbor. Beautiful place to go if you ever get the chance and a very nice family run campground as well.

Best gas price was South Carolina at $3.23 / gal. (We missed under $3 / gal by 2-3 weeks)
Worst gas price was Barstow, CA at $3.99 / gal (last Thursday).

Once we started home we committed to a couple of 10 hour driving days to get back ASAP. We really enjoyed our trip but we are also very glad to be back home with our friends and family. Now that we’ve seen a sampling of what’s out there, we plan on pinpointing a few spots to stay put on our next adventure.


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Wow, what a trip. You camped more in that one trip than we have in two full seasons. Glad you had a good trip.
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Now that is exactly what these motorhome contraptions are built for. To get out and see this incredible country we live in. Glad that all the positive experiences you had far outweighed the minor downer. Thanks for sharing your trip.
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I'm sick of you folks making me sick to be at work! Sick, sick, sick!!!

Awesome trip!

Did I say I was sick of your story?
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I'm sick of you folks making me sick to be at work! Sick, sick, sick!!!

Awesome trip!

Did I say I was sick of your story?
Don't you get any sick months.
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Don't you get any sick months.
Well, kinda but...I would be sick all months of the summer if I could then!
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