Nova Scotia 2011 Trip travel blog

Our second day in Maine started very early as we had to have ht motorhome at the shop at 0700. Ross discovered that the right front tire had a very unusual wear pattern and not only had he never seen such a pattern neither any of the mechanics in the shop.

The details will be left out as they will likely bore everyone but suffice it to say that we not only had to review owners manuals but we had to make over half-a-dozen telephone calls to Tiffin Motorhomes for specifications that were not provided anywhere in the data supplied to the owner by Tiffin. These specs included the front-end alignment specs for the caster, camber, and toe-in. We also needed to obtain the proper ride height specs for the chassis because the data provided by Tiffin did not match the data in the owners manual provided by the manufacturer of the front suspension system.

We also changed the original front right tire with the new spare tire we purchased prior to our Alaska trip last year. This new tire should have been installed a long time ago because when the new tire and rim were balanced they did not require any wheel weights as both the rim and tire were balanced from the get-go. The original tire required an enormous amount of wheel weight and it also had a high spot which likely added to the vibration we were experiencing. We also discovered the ride height of the suspension system was way out of adjustment with differences side to side as well as front to back.

The motorhome now rides and handles much better. Only time will tell if we were able to solve all the problems. The amassing thing was the bill when Ross went to pay the bill. We knew their shop labor rate was less than half of the shop rates in the Bay Area at home but the mechanic spent from 0730 to 1200 working on the motorhome and they only charged for one hour of labor time. Ross is contemplating driving to Maine for all future service work.

This morning we left the Pumpkin Patch Campground around 0800 and we arrived at the Boston Minuteman Campground in Littleton, Massachusetts around 1230. The weather was warm and muggy for entire trip with some widely scattered showers and some light fog during the majority of the trip. Traffic was light most of way but it began to increase after passing Portland, Maine. Traffic will only get worse as we get closer and closer to the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia area next week. We are staying here until next Saturday when we leave for New Jersey.

As this is being written it is pouring rain outside and the forecast for the entire next week is for sun, clouds, and scattered showers; and possible thunder storms on Wednesday. If the weather permits we will try and take some photos of the changing leaves which provide some very colorful scenes as we travel through New England.

As of today we have traveled 5,677 miles and consumed 755 gallons of diesel fuel. Thought you might like to know.

That is all for now.

Ross & Marge

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