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Sep 10, 2018 - on the horns of a dilemma

When a motor home is built, the manufacturer usually buys the chassis from another company and puts the "living" part of the house on top of it. When our slide wall was not working properly, we called Newmar the manufacturer. Every so often we visit Freightliner, the manufacturer of our chassis. We know that we have some engine recalls to take care of and routine maintenance like oil change and generator servicing. It's good to get things checked out every few years. There are Freightliner facilities across the country since many long...

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South by Southeast

Nov 5, 2017 - Gaffney, SC - Freightliner Service Center

******************* OOPS, FORGOT TO POST THIS LAST NIGHT - SORRY!! ************* Our trip from Waynesville, NC to Gaffney, SC was an easy 112 mile trip, taking a little more than two hours, almost all of it on I-40, I-26 and I-85. It was overcast all the way so the colors of the trees were not always at their best. We also encountered some very dense fog just before entering South Carolina - apparently a frequent problem in that area as there were permanent signs warning of the foggy area. We are staying at the Freightliner Service Center...

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Jun 20, 2017 - Gaffney, SC

Arrived at the Freightliner Custom Chassis factory service center in Gaffney, SC. Our odometer is not correct and we needed to get an official printout of our real mileage from the engine computer. Our extended service contract people requested official documentation. In the past when there was an odometer problem the manufacturer could just correct the odometer but that is now illegal so we have to live with the situation. Since we did not have an appointment, we had to hang around for a couple days before getting the required service.

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Jun 4, 2017 - Wandering around Gaffney, SC

We wandered around Gaffney today looking for interesting things about town. Being Sunday and in the southern belt, a lot of places were closed. We visited the (famous?) Peachoid water tower. Kevin Spacey made this more well known by having it in an episode on The House of Cards. We also visited the Cowpens National Battlefield. A battle that lasted less than a hour, yet turned a tide during the Revolutionary War. What these men were willing to sacrifice for their freedom from the British rule, give special meaning to the word Patriot....

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2017 KY, WV, SC, AL

Jun 3, 2017 - Freightliner training class

South Carolina, we're here!! We arrived at Gaffney, SC today camping at the local KOA. We plan on staying 4 days. I have two days of Freightliner Chassis training. Most are probably asking "what is that"? All motorhomes are assembled on some type of "chassis". They include the wheels, steering, instrumentation, motor, hydraulics, generator, etc. They are pre-built in this manner and shipped to the motorhome factories. The motorhome factories put all the other "stuff" on the chassis. The body, insides, outsides, etc. that makes up the...

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2017 KY, WV, SC, AL

Nov 1, 2016 - getting a check up

A short drive has brought us to the Freightliner RV facility where we are camped with about twenty other rigs. Sadly, this is not a place where we can get our slide out repaired; it hasn't slid out since we left home. Freightliner manufactured our chassis - the engine and parts that touch the ground. Newmar built the motor home on top of the chassis, so one of their authorized technicians will have to get that slide going again. We are here for a two year check up and as far as we know, have no issues that need to be addressed besides an...

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Oct 15, 2016 - Gaffney, SC

The number one attraction in Gaffney, on Trip Advisor, is the Peachoid. The city's spherical water tower is orange with a green leaf at the top! Number two is the Gaffney Outlet Center and a few notches down is the Freightliner factory tour at 10am weekdays. Sunday we drove to the Cowpens Revolutionary Battlefield, so named as it was a grazing area for cows at the time. This less than 1 hour battle was a major victory for the Colonists and a surprise since the British had more men and armament. Most South Carolina counties enforce the...

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New England 2016

Aug 24, 2016 - Cars, cars, and more cars

Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina. Today was sightseeing for Mike. It was a short drive day and then we pulled into Glenwood Acres RV Park, across the street from the speedway. Man that place is huge. Got everything set up and off we went. First was Hendrick Motorsports Museum. This is just down the road on Papa Joe Hendricks Road, a huge complex. We toured the museum, free, saw all the winning Hendrick’s cars and memorabilia. Then it was over to the “shop” where we could watch from afar the guys working on new cars. Then...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Camp Freightliner

Today's blog entry has been done by a special guest writer, whose desire to attend Camp Freightliner bought us to Gaffney: Spending $200k plus on a motorhome makes us want to keep it in good shape for future travels. The chassis costs between $90-$190k of the final price so it is a major component in a motorhome. Time spent in Gaffney, SC is not really a vacation but a learning opportunity. Our motorhome chassis (the running gear, engine, suspension, tires, brakes, etc.) was manufactured by Freigthliner Custom Chassis in Gaffney. Motorhomes...

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Nov 10, 2014 - Forest Lake and Freightliner

Our first overnight stop was at the Walmart in Winchester, VA. We have stayed at this Walmart in the past and find it to be very convenient except for the in-store Subway Store who is not interested in providing customers with their morning coffee. Our next stop was at the Thousand Trails Forest Lake Preserve in Advance, NC. Halloween is a major event at this park and signifies the end of the summer season, although they are open all year. They have a contest for the best Halloween decorations which makes walking around the park fun....

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Sep 19, 2014 - South Carolina

Our trip from Virginia to the upper part of South Carolina was beautiful, lots of traffic though! The lush vegetation, trees, beautiful homes were spectacular. We took a factory tour of the Freightliner factory our chassis manufacturer, extremely informative, there production lines are efficient an a happy work environment; interestingly enough they are non union. Bill & Garth are enjoying their two day seminar which ends today, Shirley & I have done some shopping/haircuts/pedis and lunch out. Sadly tomorrow we are parting ways, we are...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Gaffney

When we were leaving Newport, there was a really bad smell in the coach, like a dead critter possibly. I had visions of a mouse or some such creature...but, as we drove along, the smell seemed to vanish. Turns out it must have been something at the dumpy KOA because when we arrived in Gaffney, all was normal in the coach. Just to be sure, Joe checked the outside storage bays and I did a cursory look inside...but, all is well and smelling normal. We are looking forward to some down time here. The peach crop is just coming in and Joe got a...

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Summer 2014 & Beyond

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