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Anne and Bob
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« on: October 05, 2012, 07:43:49 pm »

First I must state I 3 never realized there was so much storage room in our PC.  I keep finding another spot for stuff.  My new front solar covers fit inside a pillow case right behind the sofa.

We Left Port Townsend Wednesday.  Rig rides great.  No rattles.  Decided to Bypass our usual park and ended in Wilsonville, OR.  At registration it says "No dogs over 40#".  Never saw that sign before.  Molly is 47#  and Gypsy is 26#.  Told him I had a small Australian Shepherd and that we never had a problem there before.  He finally said OK but if the manager sees her she will drag her over to be weighed.  So we didn't go to the doggie spot.  We were "sneak aboards" as the boat people in Long Beach used to call themselves when they had overstayed their 2 day limit.  Glad to get out of there.  Furnace worked great.  So yesterday to headed on up to Canyonville, OR in the mountains.  Seven Feathers Casino and RV Resort.  A really nice place, beautifully landscaped.  Nice places with those with pets.  At 4 AM we were frozen because we had left the driver's window open and it was now 40 degrees.  I punched in the buttons for the furnace and lo was on the fan.  I clicked the furnace button and cold air ca.me out of the air conditioner.  NOT TO WORRY says I, because someone on the Forum had this problem and the solution was to make sure the fan was on Auto.  In 2 seconds the nice warm air was coming out of the furnace.

Thank you thank you whoever solved that problem before we even had it.  It really pays to read about other people's problems and solutions.  Never know when it will be your problem.

The road into CA is being repaired and one lane only for about 50 miles on and off.  But the fixed road is new and beautiful to drive on.  Had a rude awakening as we crawled up the Siskique Mountains and our speed went down to around 40 - 45 mph.  Our 350 with Triton V-10 used to zip up the mountain at 60 mph.  But I'll take my slow PC any day.  It is only when you are climbing to 4000 feet otherwise fine.

Our check light that we had problems with came on again.  We had been to the Ford Dealer and they had replaced a filter and the light had been out almost to Seven Feathers.  We are just driving with it on and when we get to Yuma will take it to the Ford dealer.  Will be interesting what they say it is this time.  I read in the book and it said it might affect your mileage.  Maybe that is why we had low mph on the hills.  Will live with it.

Hurrah for PC dual pane windows and the solar screens for the cab.  With the solar shades in the cab, the solar shades on all the windows, we haven't had to turn on the air conditioner yet.  It stays nice and cool inside.  Cqn't wait to camp in the desert!!

We are on the road for the next 4 days.  Doing 200 miles a day.    Anne & Bob
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Paul/Marilyn
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2012, 08:29:40 pm »

Glad your maiden trip is going well so far! We're currently on a short trip to Cloudcroft, NM which is our first trip that wasn't connected to either coming home from Elkhart or going to the Cruiser Reunion in Kerrville. We've also learned a lot from reading the posts like you did. It's a great source of help and information and it's fun, too! We've also found that the folks at Phoenix Cruiser don't seem to mind answering (sometimes dumb) questions.

Fortunately we didn't have any problem driving up here to Cloudcroft at 8,000 ft., however the road is so crooked we could only drive about 45 to 50.

Have fun  Smile
Marilyn & Paul
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Anne and Bob
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 11:11:56 pm »

Thanks.  Hope the fuel prices are better in New Mexico.  We paid $4.69 a gallon just outside of Redding.  Finally got out of the new road construction.  So instead of single narrow lanes we had teeth rattling old road that they haven't gotten to repairing yet.

I think the barn door is open and the horse is heading for the barn.  We are now 390 miles away from home in Yuma and I don't think we are stopping on the way there.  Oh well. . .  getting used to the rig.  Dishes in the overhead cabinets above the sofa have ridden without moving.

We had Eric's RV install front and rear sway bars and Roadmaster Reflex steering and it was sure great when we had cross wind gusts going down I-5.  One gust started to move the RV and it straightened out all by itself.

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Paul/Marilyn
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2012, 01:13:40 pm »

So far not that bad. Even in little Cloudcroft $3.69 is the highest! We've decided there is no place in the U.S. (maybe the world) where roads aren't being worked on or needing to be worked on.   Cry
Travel safely,
Marilyn & Paul
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