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#246 of 259 The trip ended...
Oct 15, 2011 (10:05 pm)
Well, I finally made it back to California after putting about 8,500 miles on the coach. Smooth sailing but the dash air needs a recharge. Thank goodness I can rum the 3 house air units if needed, and, they were needed!
One thing to look out for up in the New England area are the low bridges. We ran into two (not literally). The first one came up in Pennsylvania. We are 12' 11" tall and the old railroad bridge was 12.0. Thank goodness there was a place to pull off just before the bridge.
I had to unhook the Honda and back the coach up on a side street, reconnect the Honda and then call the police. Of course is started to rain at the moment we stopped for the bridge! LOL!
After about the 30 minutes the policeman showed up and couldn't have been nicer. He gave us exact directions to get around the low bridge. The second bridge we came up to (forgot which city) but it was 12' 6". There was an easy place to pull over so I stopped the coach and went into a nearby lawyers office.... they gave me exact directions to get around the 'detour' and off we went.
I need to get a 'truckers' Atlas and will soon. Other than that, we managed through hurricane Irene by heading inland while in New York state. Originally, we were going to see Niagara Falls on our way back from the New England area but decided to head west after the hurricane was predicted.
It hit us while in Corning, NY, (famous for their glass factories) and all we got was a full day of rain. We decided to tour Niagara Falls then head to the northeast. Everything worked fine and it was nice to see the leaves start to change at the end of August.
#247 of 259 Re: The trip ended... [mark156]
Oct 16, 2011 (11:18 am)
Instead of the atlas consider a dedicated trucker GPS or a trucker GPS ap for your iPhone or Android device. These can be updated quicker than an atlas.
BTW - PA is not New England! To us New Englanders, PA is the deep south.
#248 of 259 Re: The trip ended... [robr2]
Oct 17, 2011 (2:21 pm)
And for those of us in New Jersey, Massachusetts is in Canada.....
Actually I very much like Massachusetts and now that I'm retired I tell my wife how her company has offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut (these are all New England states, just to be clear...). Any one of them would work for me. If only they could turn the ocean up a couple of degrees.
Mark - great trip. Have done Niagara several times. Now that the youngest kids hit 10 I'll have to do it at least once more.
#249 of 259 Re: The trip ended... [robr2]
Oct 17, 2011 (7:40 pm)
robr2, anything north of Tennessee is in New England! .....I guess, it's all a matter of perspective. LOL!
I don't have an iphone, Android, etc.... just a regular ole cell phone. The Honda has a navigation system. I would imagine the old low bridges have been around for a while so an old atlas probably would work just fine, LOL!
Seriously though, I would think new bridges have minimum height requirements of 13.6 like on the turnpikes. If we take the motorhome to the New England area again, I will certainly be better prepared!
#250 of 259 Re: The trip ended... [mark156]
Oct 18, 2011 (4:59 pm)
In case yo get bored with your motorhome I've found its replacement!
#251 of 259 Re: The trip ended... [mark156]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 21, 2011 (7:19 pm)
Shoot, I don't follow this discussion, but we were in ME and NY in August/September. We hit a couple of detours in NY from the aftermath of Irene. Should have kept my eye out for you.
Next time you need to head up on the ferry to Newfoundland. And after hitting Niagara on the return leg, pop over to Port Huron and go north about 12 hours to my neck of the woods.
(Somewhat on topic, after our roadtrip, we are sort of tire kicking new tents ).
#252 of 259 Re: The trip ended... [steve_]
Oct 27, 2011 (9:34 pm)
Ha! Ha! 12 hours north? Will I be at the north pole? I'll have to winterized my motorhome!
Maybe one day we'll work our way up to Newfoundland, I would love to see it!
We are back in Southern California (mid 80's) and I just had the motorhome washed yesterday and put into storage. We might make a quick trip up to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. Can't let the MoHo sit for long!
PS. Fezo... that motorhome is all over RV.net.... only a mother could love that! LOL!
#253 of 259 Re: The trip ended... [mark156]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 28, 2011 (5:50 am)
It can be the banana belt right on the lake.
Getting to the lake ... well, that's another matter.
Feb 27, 2012 (8:29 pm)
I'm back in the motorhome starting in January going to Quartzsite, AZ, Morro Bay, CA., Temecula, CA (Big RV group)... and now in Newport Beach, CA., for a couple of days. Each trip about a week long so it gives me a change to clean and tidy up between trips. My next trip will be to Paso Robles, CA., (wine country) at the end of March meeting an RV group.
I finally had the third repair done on the dash air. Not happy that the repair shop charged me but they said that two seals that had not been leaking were the cause. If it happens again, we are having a 'meet your savior' kind of talk.
We are up to 50,650 miles and I'm averaging about 8.2 mpg from my Aladdin computer. The tires are reaching their six year date so that is on the back of my mind. I'm thinking early next year I'll spring for a new set of tires as they will be 7 yrs. old. You just don't want a blow-out in a 40,000 lb. vehicle... too much damage.