2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Van Buren, AR - Overland RV Park - site 43

Van Buren, AR - Overland RV Park - site 43, another view

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Well our trip from Newcastle, OK to Van Buren, AR didn't quite work out as planned. After putting in the slides and raising the jacks, the Mothership refused to start! After a couple of hours of calling the Freightliner trouble center and trying fix after fix, we wound up requiring a tow to the local Oklahoma City Freightliner center. So after about three hours of the tow truck operators working on the Mothership to get her ready and a 23 mile tow, they went to work on it but hadn't found the problem by closing time at 5:00 p.m., so we spent the night in their parking lot. Of course it picked that night to be the coldest of this fall with temps in the mid 30s and us dry camping! I couldn't get the generator working and to try and make sure the batteries would run the furnace all night, we didn't run it much until we went to bed and then we huddled under the covers with the furnace for the bedroom set for 60ยบ and the living room furnace turned off. It all worked out and we had plenty of battery power to last the night and warm up the next morning. I also learned that the generator takes much longer to preheat before starting when it's cold outside - I just hadn't held the start button down long enough.

About noon they finally figured out the transmission control pad on our console was bad and then they spent over two hours finding a new one in the area and getting it installed. We finally got out of there about 3:30 and arrived in Van Buren at 7:00 p.m., just after dark. That was our first time to set up in the dark and we did OK, just in the site a little crooked, but it works.

We watched football what was left of Saturday and all of Sunday. We leave for Forrest City, AR tomorrow and that will be our last stop before getting to Red Bay, AL, home of Tiffin Motorhomes.

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