RV’ing-Does it Make Sense? Conclusions Days 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 Hiawassee, GA

I’m cruising toward Georgia in the Carolina Mountains at the breakneck speed of 10MPH.  That’s because someone failed to put the DEF (exhaust fluid) into the tank, and when that happens the vehicle goes into “limp” mode, which I should be used to by now, since I am married and over 60.   Continue reading

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RV’ing-Does It Make Sense For You? Days 14, 15, 16 Claytor Lake, VA

 

Before I start, I just want to shout out to that lone Ohio roadway crew that must handle the whole state.  I know this because you haven’t had time to fill in the car-swallowing potholes that line your highways like the craters on the dark side of the moon.  Here’s a haiku I made just for you:

Snapped axles, crushed dreams

Ohio, tragic state of 

roads best not taken

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RV’ing-Does it make sense for you? Days 11, 12, 13 Mackinac Island, MI

So today I’m driving up to Michigan with a nearly full bilge tank sloshing around in the belly of my 5’er.  The plan is to drop it along the way before I arrive at my friend’s house, because I don’t want the first words after “Hello” to be, “Where can I dump my crap in your yard?”

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RV’ing-Does it make sense? Days 8, 9, 10 Lexington, KY-Horse country

Once again I drive through a torrential flood to make the trip down the mountains from Boone more interesting (at least in the Chinese sense of the word).  As an additional bonus, I also get to brave a narrow gauntlet of serpentine roads that feature rock outcroppings jutting out menacingly from the adjacent cliffs.  At some points, I’m pretty sure it would be too dangerous to put an elbow on the sill of either window, so that by the time I reach what resembles a normal modern highway, I feel like I’ve gone through a real-world version of a “Road Warrior” video game in which players are expected to die ignominiously, and my hands are gripping the steering wheel as tightly as a Louisville Slugger (which is appropriate since that is very close to our final destination today). Continue reading

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RV’ing-does it make sense? Day 5,6,7 Boone, NC

 

Part of the fun, I suppose, of traveling in an RV is the thrill of testing your driving skills by going mano-a-mano with tropical storm Alberto as you head into the twisting highways of the North Carolina mountains while towing a small house.  Continue reading

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RV’ing-Does it make sense? Days 2-3-4 Jekyll Island

 

The trip up to Jekyll Island is pretty uneventful.  The F250 easily handles the 5’er it’s hauling, and even though there is significant wind shear courtesy of a named storm, it’s as solid as a rock on the road while returning about 10 MPG in the process.  As a memo, my old truck was an F150 gas motor and it got 8 MPG under similar conditions.

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The only drawback I can see right now is that I need to search for the “right” gas station, which is kind of like finding the right girl.  Most of them do have what you want, but easy access without drama is a big concern. 

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RV’ing- Does it make sense?

An eon ago, I was a perennial road warrior and “million miler” frequent flyer for a Fortune 100 company.  Then I traveled on my own pretty much all over the world.  I’ve taken a lot of cruises, gone on many guided and escorted trips, and I’ve planned and executed my own multi-month journeys on numerous occasions and continents. So, “I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two” about travel, I guess you could say.  

But what I’m NOT used to doing is hooking up my own house to a truck and driving it across the country.  Nor am I used to camping out far away from the city center.  My travel philosophy in general is- luxury and convenience don’t suck, so the idea of setting up my own portable house at each and every location I visit seems on the surface to be a bit crazy.  

That attitude explains why my last RV adventure with a bumper-hitch trailer was a minor disaster, but my wife convinced me that a fifth wheel (“5er”, as some call it), is an easier way to “camp”, so I bought one, being both of unsound mind and married as I am.  Now I’m ready for our first road trip in it, and I’ve decided, for those of you who are on the fence about this kind of travel, to keep a log and see how things work out.  Continue reading

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