Test Drive

This is Tumbleweed Speaking.

Sunny found this part of the test drive boring. He looked after the others and slept a lot as I learned more about caring for our new motor home. So, I’m giving him a rest. After all, he is 18 yrs old, and he complains very loudly if pushed too hard. I don’t know if you have any idea how loud a cat can yowl when he is upset or angry!

Learning about the motor home on this test excursion into Ohio and Indiana from Fulton, New York:

My first challenge was to climb on top of the RV to patch a leak. Sitting in the hot sun the sealing must have totally dried up and cracked around the “fantastic fan” in the kitchen ceiling. When it rained hard after a long dry spell I watched a water stain starting to crawl across the ceiling from the corner of the fan. While still raining. I climbed up and put a large piece of oil cloth across the area which temporarily protected against further leaks. After the rain stopped. I removed the cloth to let it dry out. I found some supplies at a local hardware store (no camping world available in the area), and went back up to reseal the area around the fan. Next rain: no more leaks! Note: Since I was doing this in shorts, I attracted the attention of several males in the park. They seemed to prefer watching rather than helping.


I had trouble getting used to the generator.I only used it when we were stopped and I wanted to put the air-conditioner on for the pets. It didn’t work consistently for me. I had a list of RV service shops that belonged to a group called “:Route 66” (membership provided by the dealership when purchasing the RV). Found one in Streetsboro and they gave me priority to bring the RV in without waiting. I thought they would have a simple answer that would help me find what I was doing wrong. They discovered that it was not me but the generator (they couldn’t start it either!) which had deeper problems which couldn’t be fixed easily. They suggested that it would be better to get it fixed where I had the warranty.

So, I pointed North and then East toward home.  Going along northern Ohio, we stopped near Toledo. I parked the motor home with the pets and ferried across to Put in Bay in Lake Erie to visit my niece. She and I walked to the local Butterfly House. (Nice break for me.) Then back in the motor home I stopped in Vermillion, Ohio to visit my uncle, the bee keeper.


We stayed overnight at a park that had huge stones at all of the corners of the roads through the park. I was still getting used to the size of the vehicle and the need for wider turns. As I turned right I heard a scrape. My misjudgment caused a break in the bracket supporting the tail pipe. When I got out and checked the damage, I saw that the tail pipe still held in place, at least temporarily. I pulled out my travel guide to locate a recommended RV repair shop. The nearest was in Erie, PA. Once there, I discovered that they did not repair engine related problems in Motor Homes. The young man (son of owner) took time to look up several shops that could do the work….Two of them were in Northeast, PA. That was in the direction we were going. They were great, sympathetic and helpful. A good find. I used them several times in later travels.

From Northeast, PA we soon found ourselves on the NY State turnpike with a straight drive through to our destination. We used rest stops along the way to walk the dogs, eat and catnap.

Results of our test drive: I realized that I could manage the motor home alone on the road. I found that Enterprise was everywhere with a car to rent so I had no need to tow one behind. I had problems but was able to find help and a resolution. I had parked in pull-ins. back-ins and drive throughs. I maneuvered lining up by the gas tanks to fill up. My pets all traveled well, even the ones that would throw up when transported in a carrier to the veterinarian had no problems in the RV. ALL of our guardian angels worked overtime and really earned their wings and polished their halos. I gained confidence: We can do this!





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