Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Trials,Tribulations and Logistics…

imageWe had fun in Raleigh NC during our last weekend with Katie and Brooks We watched some great football games, consumed delicious food and enjoyed each others company.Sharon and Katie visited a bridal boutique once again so Katie could try on a few gowns. She still hasn't found THE dress but is having fun shopping.  Our last day there we all went over to Deep River Brewing where we enjoyed a few nice craft beers along with some Longleaf Swine BBQ from the food truck on premises. We also were able to meet some of Katie and Brooks' friends which was a treat.  It was a great sendoff for us as we must continue our migration south.

imageMonday morning we packed up and left Jordan Lake State Park on a drizzly morning. With the roads being wet I decided to take the boring Interstate 40 route instead of the preferred back road route. As a result we had to drive through southern Raleigh NC which as you can imagine was not fun because it seems to always be under construction and constantly loaded with traffic.

We left the traffic in Raleigh only to be greeted with heavy traffic in Wilmington NC some 165 miles later. We again endured the congestion in Wilmington and pulled into a large, beautiful site in Carolina Beach State Park. The reviews of this area were spot on educating us about setting up first then checking in at the Marina. We are so gad we heeded that advice as it could have been tight trying to turn around a big rig with a tow car in the boat lot beside the marina..

We will be in Carolina Beach NC for four nights as I need time to set up a lot of appointments for service on both the CRV and the RV. The logistics of setting up appointments, ordering tires and trying to get to the service centers on time as well as setting up campground reservations has been taxing. As of now I have a pair of Michelin Defender tires heading from a Maryland Costco to a Jacksonville Florida Costco to be installed on our CRV. We had to replace the back two a few months ago and needed to get the same tires for the front.

imageAlso we have been in need of a Goodyear G670 for our front-passenger side of our RV, When we had the front end aligned in Red Bay Alabama we were told we should get the tire replaced as it had worn oddly around the outside edge. The service tech said it wasn’t urgent but should be replaced. I have been trying to get it replaced for the last few months but was finally able to find a tire on I expect to get an older DOT dated tire but am okay with it since our other tires are two years old now and we were able to save $250 using

We are having that tire sent to Blacks Tire in a small town in South Carolina to have it balanced and installed just before we stop over near Myrtle Beach SC. So now all I have left to do is set up a service appointment with a Cummins Service Center to have them check out an odd sound coming from the engine. I suspect we have an issue with our turbocharger but not being an expert on diesel engines we will leave up the professional diagnosis to the professions.

If all goes well we will have the Cummins folks in Jacksonville Florida check out the engine and then we can get Sharon over to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville FL for her annual appointments. It has been lots of logistics planning to get all this done and still travel our planned route south. Now if only we can be assured by Imperial Bonita Estates we will have a nice place to stay in Bonita Springs FL for the winter after the recent extensive hurricane damage.. It isn’t looking to good right now so we may be looking for an alternative place to spend the winter in either Florida or back in Texas… sigh, more logistics…

NOTE: We are at Carolina Beach State Park then on into South Carolina to get our CRV tires replaced before going to Myrtle Beach SC…


  1. Every single road we were on this last trip from Ohio to Texas had some type of construction. Some of the roads have been under construction since we left in 2009.
    We thought with school in session that some of that beach-town traffic would be cut down. Wrong again.
    Oh dear. We sure hope Bonita Springs can fully recover from that awful hurricane. Good luck with your winter plans.

  2. The joys and hassles of being mobile. Trust your plans will come together just as you planned them.

  3. Trying to line things up can be a daunting job!! Our roads are horrible!! If not under construction some should be!!
    Good luck on your winter site!! Hope Bonita Springs can recoup!! That was a rough storm!!
    Safe travels and take care!!

  4. I never did understand the "go where we wish and stop when we want" claim many RVers seem to have. We found making our annual service, medical appointments, best made far in advance. It is easier for us to change a plan than having no plan at all. Time and travel are on our side!

  5. Nice to get those things all together and organized while you can. Having good tires on an rv is our first priority too. Our original tires on the coach were G670's and they did the same thing, So when it was time for replace meant we went with Bridgestone, then 7 years later now have BF goodrich (made by Michelin and love them.

  6. Making appointments and lining up reservations is the one part of this life I despise. And because I'm one of those people who like to know where we'll be every night for the next six months at least, that's a lot of reservations. But tires and engines and campgrounds and medical all at once is especially challenging. It's like having a job again, isn't it? We'll miss seeing you and Sharon in San Diego this year!

  7. I'm with Joanne on hating the logistics of repairs and appointments. You really have my sympathy. It's a lot of work to find what you need and where. It does feel like a job again. When will Bonita let you know? We'll be in Florida in their state parks and have not heard any but those in the Keys have closed campgrounds.

  8. Good luck with your plans for Bonita. I know a lot of campgrounds are struggling to get back up and running from Irma.

  9. Fulltimers do have unique issues with planning. We just got new tires for the trailer, and the alignmnent place was booked weeks in advance so we had to wait around- then found out we didn't need an alignment! Ugh.

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  11. Don't think you will want to use this...but just in case...Costco has $70 off 4 Michelin tires, expires this Sunday. Can buy, get discount, and install at later date, if you want.