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Old 06-05-2013, 11:35 PM   #1
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All you long term rver's, i salute you! I had a B + and traded up to an A this May.

We bought a Thor ACE 27.1. Other than some early teething pains we did a short St Louis trip shakedown from Chicago then jumped both feet in and drove from Chicago to Santa Fe. We got here in 3days and experienced a lot! Severe rain, gusty winds head on and side, severe weather warnings that kept us up for half the night, mountain driving where my rig was wheezing away up hill. Wow, you all who do this regularly I give you credit! I have driven all over in all kinds of weather in cars and my Jeep but what I experienced today really makes me respect all you who do this regularity (and truck drivers in general). This is the hardest I worked when driving ever! You can never take a second of attention off or you're toast! I had 3 mixed drinks after this one and we are staying put at least a few nights.
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Hmmm
I enjoy driving our rig, guess that comes from having an RV myself since I was 21 and my parents having them since 1957. I'm 66 now and don't mind going 500 and up to 700 miles in a day even now.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:45 PM   #3
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You missed the ice and snow.
My first trip with my 38' MH with toad , was a day and a half of ice & snow with a 2 hr. white out thrown in for good measure.
Made me wish I had my 4X4 and 5er back.
Sit back an enjoy, Hope the rest of your trip is calm and safe.
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You missed the ice and snow.
My first trip with my 38' MH with toad , was a day and a half of ice & snow with a 2 hr. white out thrown in for good measure.
Made me wish I had my 4X4 and 5er back.
Sit back an enjoy, Hope the rest of your trip is calm and safe.
Got me there. Grew up northern Wis. did lots of Winter driving in old beaters, before I knew better. Lot of hour + rides in snow storms to Green Bay for the Packer games our parents didn't want to go to but let us ( but let us, what parents would allow that now?) I just can't see it now in my 50's. I have a Jeep Wrangler and a my wife has a Volvo XC 70 AWD. We never get stuck. Just can't see doing it in a Motorhome. Just white knuckled it again today from Albuquerque to Tencumcari racing a storm into head and cross winds. But we are here and calm.
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Your trip just keeps getting better , remind me to get in touch with you before I hit the road , so I can make sure I'm going the other direction.
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My rig has been a pleasure to drive most of the time. I did have a white-knuckle moment heading south thru the Salt Lake area around the first week this April. Extremely high wind gusts and blowing snow. There was a MH rig in front of me that was blown completely into the break-down lane, and I was pushed half-way over. Very scary! He had a gas rig, and mine is a DP with the air bag suspension, which I think is a bit more stable during windy conditions.

I know there are upgrades you can make to your steering and suspension that will help the driveability. You may want to look into those to help ease the white-knuckling and make your rig more enjoyable to drive.
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We bought a Thor ACE 27.1. Other than some early teething pains we did a short St Louis trip shakedown from Chicago then jumped both feet in and drove from Chicago to Santa Fe. We got here in 3days and experienced a lot! Severe rain, gusty winds head on and side, severe weather warnings that kept us up for half the night, mountain driving where my rig was wheezing away up hill. Wow, you all who do this regularly I give you credit! I have driven all over in all kinds of weather in cars and my Jeep but what I experienced today really makes me respect all you who do this regularity (and truck drivers in general). This is the hardest I worked when driving ever! You can never take a second of attention off or you're toast! I had 3 mixed drinks after this one and we are staying put at least a few nights.
That's why those big trucks don't have gas engines in them.

Our days of long distance/fowl wheather driving are over. We'll park it and sip on something cool and refreshing over a nice candle lit dinner while it blows over. Oh! The demands of retirement!
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Well on our last night and Missouri was good to us. Cheap gas 3.35 vs the 4.29 we are going home to. Almost averaged 9 mpg other than the really bad travel day mentioned earlier. At a casino park near St Louis and we walked out about even. If tomorrow goes without a hitch, we should be good.
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