On the road we do have some unique problems. Fortunately we have never had a wreck or anything major.
1. We are asked, what about road troubles?
We belong to a group called Good Sam’s Club. (Not Sam’s stores) That costs $129 a year. It is the normal road service like AAA. We have had blow-outs on front and back. Fortunately we were able to get off the road and call for help. We do not normally carry a spare. We did carry a spare to Alaska and needed it. Each tire on this rig runs close to $500. Yeah that hurts.
Once we lost hydraulics (power steering, brakes and gears) going down a mountain, but we were able to make it to the bottom and stop going back up.
2. Is the rig hard to drive?
No. This is the easiest thing I have ever driven. As long as you remember how big it is (about 60’ with tag along), and how much it weighs (26,000 empty) you are okay. You know you cannot stop on a dime and you need room to pass. The view is great as you go down the road, we can see the rivers and canyons over the bridge sides.
3. Does Sherry drive?
Yes, she handles it great. She will not park it. She will pull up to the fuel tanks, but rather not. Once she got caught in a tight spot driving thru Houston before we realized it. She was at the wheel when we came between the concrete barriers set at about 10 feet. She had a foot on either side for a few miles. No exaggeration of the ‘white knuckles’. But she came thru like a champ.
4. How often do you stop?
(Fuel stop at Pilot Flying J, Oh, I have replaced that ragged windshield wiper Dar!)
We seldom stop before a destination, other than fuel or over night. The rig is comfortable and you travel relaxed.If the interstate is clear we switch drivers like the pony express riders. I get up, she sits down.
5. How fast do you drive?
I try to stay about 63 mph. Sherry likes 55.
6. Do you cook going down the road?
We have cooked in a slow cooker in the sink so it could not slide incase of sudden stops. Sherry has made sandwiches many times on an open interstate. We go to the bathroom and get something to drink on a regular basis.
I thought I would be done by now. But thanks for coming this way. Do you have any questions I have not covered?
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
If you read ‘RAGS’ you will recognize this ‘34 Ford as the Chief of Police’s car and on the cover of the book.