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Old 07-10-2011, 01:51 PM   #15
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If it gets too warm in the coach with just your dash air conditioner you can start your generator and run your other air conditioners while you are traveling.

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Old 07-10-2011, 02:29 PM   #16
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Drive safely, be alert, and plan your next stop. Once in Texas you'll love the roads as we have good roads here. I look forward to driving on Texas roads after we've been gone RVing.
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:35 PM   #17
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Just got back from STS-135 Launch .... truely amazing. A couple of items - I used MotionX on my iPad and was able to find rest areas and route my trip without a problem. Also used the Chevron ap and it showed gas stations on the route. I tend to drive at night due to the heat and 3 year old (he'll sleep on the way). Traffic was light however there was still quite a bit of side wind on I-10. Didn't have any trouble with clean rest rooms or able to get in and out of the stations...great coffee also!
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:14 PM   #18
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not saying its legal or a good idea but i carry extra fuel in one of my bays... An extra 10 gallons

one other thing i do when i am driving long distances in the motorhome is to stand up and stretch while driving every now and again. With the cruise on and my legs on either side of the seat i can stand up and see under the upper cabinets. I might only be standing for 20 or 30 seconds or so but i find it makes a huge difference for me. I am 6'2" so i imagine most folks should be able to do this. It helps keep me refreshed.

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Old 07-10-2011, 06:37 PM   #19
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:36 AM   #21
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Jup, really...

Not everyone has a MH just for the sake of riding around taking their time seeing the scenery in an 18K truck. I used to burn 4 weeks vacation on traveling racing and every second I could get back to work early left more time I could take off to go racing later in the year.

Not saying its the smartest thing to do but we would routinely drive from places as far as Chicago, Atlanta or Orlando leaving in the afternoon and be back at work in PA at 8am the following morning...

I've got perfect attendence at work... How bout you???? 0 sick days in 19 or more years?

Funny that so many of you look down your nose at me for admitting what we would do all the while you have no idea how many truck drivers are doing the same or far worse with 80,000 pounds or more at their controls. All the while with you riding next to them feeling safe cuz they are professionals...

Care to talk about truck drivers being high next?
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:34 AM   #22
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I know about the standing up for 10 to 20 sec. It sure does help.
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:48 AM   #23
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Jup, really...

I've got perfect attendence at work... How bout you???? 0 sick days in 19 or more years?

Funny that so many of you look down your nose at me for admitting what we would do all the while you have no idea how many truck drivers are doing the same or far worse with 80,000 pounds or more at their controls. All the while with you riding next to them feeling safe cuz they are professionals...

Care to talk about truck drivers being high next?
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Oh no... I took my sick time, 32 years retired now since '06. Sick time was a benefit, not a freebie. I'm sick, I'm out. But I did leave with 91 days sick time, the max.
Now for the driving while standing, 10 gals of gas, fridge going, tire blows......if you're lucky you will only use sick time. As for truckers....some are just plain idiots. How do I know? Drove for three years after leaving my job of 32 years. Saw and heard a lots of stupid stuff. RV'ers don't have to drive careless to get where we are going. I had gone on many trips during my years of employment, never had to stand while driving to get back.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:59 PM   #24
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I just bought this 32' parasail (when the cross winds are blowing-especially heading east or west with a 45 mph south to north wind) and took my maiden voyage with and rv and with this rv to sw ks the end of June from the DFW area. I can tell you a couple of things about my very limited 1100 mile trip.

I like the Love's stores and any of the truck stops others have mentioned too. I was not comfortable enough driving at night with this rig coming back into DFW at night around construction barricades and ctb's, reduced lane width and unfamiliarity with the rig made for a slow and somewhat anxious last hour driving.

With three "canine" kids, I looked more for places with a nice grassy area to stop for breaks. One thing I learned quickly is about a 20% increase in fuel economy from 65 to 55 mph.

Other than that and the incredible cross winds, the experience was absolutely fantastic. My primary objecting in obtaining an rv was so I could take my home with me which includes my three canine kids. I get homesick and have codependence issues when I am away from them more than 2 or 3 days, so this is the perfect solution. My only problem now is that Katie, the Lhasa, has terrible anxiety issues when I leave the coach to visit with family or go anywhere even for an hour or two, she is barking and having all kind of panic issues. This too will become a problem of the past as we get more time in the rv in the future. Right now its just too darned hot to try more rv training without "dad" in the coach.

Remember, everything is relative, so hope some of this rambling helps you.

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Old 08-04-2011, 09:56 PM   #25
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Well after a year of planing and working on this 83 Pace Arrow the maiden voyage lasted only 30 minutes, after leaving home the motor-home broke down just 30 minutes from home, after overheating after the first climb and after pulling over to allow it to cool I lost all power and had to have it towed home after a 5 hour wait with coach-net. We ended up getting home only to throw as much as possible into our vintage 55 Crown travel trailer and headed toward Texas again just to again break down just before we crossed into Arizona, the hitch lost it's Lynch pin and separated from the truck, dumping the trailer onto the middle of the street.

Well we got to Texas only a day behind schedule, and made it home yesterday. so the motor-home was a total failure. I will check to see if I can discover the problem this week end, and plan to make another major repair, and if that too fails in the same way this trip did, we will get rid of it, being more than 10 grand down. We hope it doesn't end this way. It was a total disaster
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Sorry to hear about your trip. It is unfortunate that so much time and money were all for naught. Hopefully your next repair works.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:23 AM   #27
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We are headed to San Antonio around the 15th, leaving from Southeastern Alabama. Looking so forward to our first "big" trip. We have made several shorter trips, and we believe we are ready for a longer one. I have always wanted to visit the Alamo, and the famed San Antonio river walk restaurants. The first half of our trip is already planned, I am just figuring out the Texas part of it. See ya on the road.
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Have lots of fun, San Antonio is a great place to spend some time. So much to do there, but it will be hot. There is a good campground right down town on the bus route.
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