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Sep 2, 2018 - a small (hopefully) repair stop

Our motor home was made in Elkhart IN, the RV capital of the world. When we bought it I was happy that we lived nearby, only about a two hour drive away. We did not expect to have many repair issues but if we did, it was nice to be close. With one exception we have never been able to get into Newmar, the manufacturer, for repairs. They are fully booked 4 - 6 months ahead. Things that go wrong cannot be planned and that's a long time to wait. The RV business has really picked up since it bottomed out in 2008 and Newmar is cranking out rigs...

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South by Southeast

Aug 26, 2018 - Elkhart

Sun Aug 26, Well here it is Sun with another appointment tomorrow for the motor home. Tomorrow is to check the engine issue. The “Check Engine” light comes on and the engine shuts down. Then the engine idles or a few minutes then fires up and runs great for the rest of the day. Had the leveling issue resolved on Thur. Touch pad on the dashboard had gone bad. A replacement of the circuit board solved the problem. Enough of these issues, let’s talk about what we’ve been up to. On Monday David, Pat and I played 18 holes of golf, while the...

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Aug 1, 2018 - Elkhart, IN

Wed, 01 Aug: A new month and a milestone... The year 2018 is more behind us than ahead. Can you believe that it is already August? Today we not only welcome Caesar's month but today's drive celebrated Carpe Diem's 100,000th mile. The odometer marked the event at cruising speed eastbound on Interstate 80 in western Illinois. To Carpe it was a non-event as she just rumbled her way down the interstate. After a very successful visit to HWH Corporation's Factory Service facility we're continuing on our "service tour". At HWH they completely...

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2018 Travels

Jun 30, 2018 - Elkhart, Indiana

29-Jun-18 Elkhart, IN We left the Evergreen Lake Park at 9:45 am. Yes I know, early for us. It is going to be hot today and we have 307 miles to Elkhart, IN. Most of the way will be on Ohio’s toll road ( I-90/I-80). We stopped at exit 223 for fuel at Pilot. Diesel was $3.36/ gal. The pump kept kicking off so I didn’t get a full tank. We entered the Ohio turnpike, a toll road, at exit 142 and exited it at exit 2. The toll was $26.50 but should have been less as they charged us for 6 axels and we have 4. I didn’t question it at the time....

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Jun 28, 2018 - Waiting again...in Elkhart...

Here we are back in a hotel waiting for someone to try and fix the problem with the generator. We have the Bus in Cummins in Elkhart. They are convinced we have an air leak in the fuel line to the generator. Since all the lines have been replaced back up to the tank, it has to be a tank issue. After much angst this morning, Cummins agreed to drop the tank and see if they can finally cure the problem. I will talk more about this when I get to today. Tuesday we were getting ready to go out for the day when Stuart's called and said the Bus...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Homeless in Elkhart...Day 1

Up early to get ready to move to Stuarts. Everything was just about ready to go inside when I went outside about 6:30 a.m. About 7:00 a.m. Sue called and verified Stuarts was open and ready for us. We left about 7:10 and arrived about 7:20. We spent about 15 minutes going over what would be done and a few other items and then we left, just as they were backing the Bus into the service area. We headed for Cracker Barrel for breakfast. We had a leisurely breakfast and headed out a little after 9:00. WE drove back to Stuarts and saw the Bus...

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Jun 24, 2018 - Made it to Elkhart

We arrived today in the RV capital of the country, Elkhart. I do not know how many manufacturers, how many service centers or how many parts stores are here...but, for sure there are more than a few. And I refuse to guesstimate how many transport companies might be here. But most of all I do not know of any that do not have a "Hiring" sign out front. Everything seems to start at $ 15+ per hour. I would say things are booming here in Elkhart. Today we got up and started getting ready to move. Pat and Bridget were getting ready to move also....

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May 17, 2018 - Goshen Rally - Day 3

Doug attended several more seminars today. I pretty much played hooky. Just needed a little quiet time. Took Ozzy on a longer than normal walk this morning. We both needed it. Doug and I both skipped the ice cream social this afternoon and headed to Shipshewana. Really cool little town! This is Amish country and we were fortunate to see several horse drawn carriages. Got the Aqua Hot system serviced today. Farewell dinner was yummy. Most folks called it a night right after dinner since we were all packing up and heading out in the...

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Goshen Tiffin Rally

May 16, 2018 - Goshen Rally - Day 2

The weather continues to get nicer. Sunshine and glorious temps. Attended a few more seminars today. Doug and I split up today because there were several conflicts between the topics we wanted to hear. Got the Blue Ox Tow Bar serviced today. Lunch and dinner were both included today. I can't remember the last time I cooked.

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Goshen Tiffin Rally

May 15, 2018 - Goshen Rally - Day 1

Doug went over for the breakfast and was quite impressed. Attended several seminars. The best part of today was the Tiffin technicians. They fixed my drawers that would not latch, they adjusted two of our cargo doors, and they removed a nail that was scraping the bottom of our driver side, front slide. The gentlemen that did the work were efficient, effective, professional, and polite. Further evidence of why we love our Tiffin. They had enough food for everyone, so dinner was much better this evening. Meeting some great folks and hearing...

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Goshen Tiffin Rally

May 14, 2018 - Off to the Rally

A short trek North and we have reached the furthest point north for all of us: Doug, me and the coach. Had some rain on the way up but only enough to splash the road grime up and all over the rig and the toad. Arrived around noon and joined several other coaches in the staging area for an hour or so. I guess we were some of the last ones to arrive and got parked in 'the field.' However, it was actually a great spot. Were very close to the main buildings (a stone's throw for Doug) and were parallel parked. As such we had plenty of room to...

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Goshen Tiffin Rally

Sep 19, 2017 - Cruisin' the Country

Yes, we feel like we've been cruising the country. We left Duluth, Minnesota on September 6 and arrived in Elkhart, Indiana on Sept 9. After two nights at the Elkhart Campground we took the RV in for service at the Columbus factory in Middleberry, Indiana on September 11. We just arrived in Branson, Missouri September 16 after four more nights on the road. Our last event in Minnesota was a day trip to Sandstone, Minnesota to the Midwest Country Theatre. We attended a tribute show to Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves which was really good. The...

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