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Sep 12, 2020 - Elkhart IN

We were on the road Tuesday morning right at 9:30 and spent about 5 hours on U.S. 131 going south from Petoskey. The trip took us through mostly small towns, Grand Rapids was the only “big” town and naturally the most harrowing thanks to lots of trucks and narrow lanes. Overall, the day was a mix of 2 lane, 4 lane, light rain, traffic and construction which – other than the rain – made for a typical day. We pulled into Elkhart, Indiana and the aptly named Elkhart Campground, just before 3:00 but we didn’t get into a site till after we had...

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Aug 1, 2020 - Mhrv hall of fame

Today was overcast all day and just a few sprinkles. We went to the motorhome hall of fame, I think they change some of the collection periodically and so we did see some new trailers and motorhomes - it’s a great display of vintage rigs and a good history lesson on the evolution of the industry. The only new item on display was a jay o trailer with an innovative Murphy bed couch combination. Maybe tomorrow will have some sun, we are still recovering from all that factory work. Sunday we went to Bontragers surplus and got a pad for the...

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Jul 30, 2020 - Elkhart

We are at the familiar Elkhart Campground, on the way here there was a terrible rattle on the driver side, we think it was the awning that wasn’t completely closed. Ray worked on it and thinks it just needed adjusting. We hope that is the case as this was something new. Seems the Eagle doesn’t want to leave the service center. There were lots of birds the first morning for the kitties to watch, then a fifth wheel parked next to us and much of the view is blocked. I spoke to a couple 2 sites down with a 2016 allegiance that did not know...

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Jun 3, 2019 - Elkhart, Indiana - Duncan RV Repair

We arrived at Duncan RV Repair in Elkhart, Indiana Monday evening. We traveled on I-90/80 toll road through Ohio and Indiana at the outrageous cost of almost $70. We hope to find out why our kitchen slide will not go out, although I suspect we have another bad motor. They have water and electric hookups so we can stay here while they fix our slide. This problem has prevented us from visiting the Henry Ford Museum. Tuesday: We found out today that the slide motor is bad so the repair shop will try and find us a new motor. We went out for...

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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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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

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