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 6/7/2007 1:21 AM
 
Well, I succeeded. It took me twice as long as it should have, but, I got there safely. My dog won't go potty on a lease so every time I stopped I had to take her out....nothing. She never did go till LATE that night. My big problem was I didn't get very far before my passenger side-view mirror moved in so far I couldn't see anything.
I was so shocked that the only tools I had with me was a straight edge, phillips, hammer and 2 pliers. Next time out I will have a much better assortment. I couldn't fix it and kept looking for places I could get help. One place that looked the best possibility was a joke. I don't think he liked women lest of all in an RV. But, I did find out I or he couldn't fix it because the bushing was completely gone so it couldn't be tightened. I can't tell you how me times I stopped to open that window and try to reach across and out the window to push the mirror out.....all for nothing. 1 or 2 miles down the road and it was all the way back in. The thought of going near Flagstaff, AZ without that mirror and very scary to me. So I stayed in the right lane the whole time...I figured I had a better chance there.
Anyway, I finally got there in the dark (I can't see in the dark) I sure didn't want that to happen. But, I think it was an experience I needed.
It was strange being in the RV by myself, but, it was okay. Next time I have to try an actual trip somewhere like Utah instead of to my sister. That will be the real test. Mary :) ;)

98 29ft Class C Tracker TrailStar Traveling with: Angel-riding shot gun
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 6/7/2007 12:11 PM
 
Mary, the one thing we all have in common, our tool box reflects past problems. If you look at someone elses tool box, you wonder why they pack some of the "crap" they do (yours is stuff, theirs is crap) . But, you can learn from their tool box too ;)
I have found that when I use a particular tool, other than the standards, on the motorhome I buy it one of its own. Sorry your trip was a bit of a white knuckler, but thats just one more notch in your belt.
Your dog will come around with the potty breaks. Just a learning curve for all.
"Not all who wander are lost" This message was edited by susan-y on 6-7-07 @ 11:11 AM
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 6/7/2007 12:38 PM
 
Mary, We both did the same thing around the same time - venture out for the first time and in the dark. Scary, isn't it? I hate to drive at night because I don't think I can see well enough. But we both made it. I had a clunking in my wheel (turns out there was NO grease in the bushing, rod or whatever) and you had a funky mirror. Think I'd take my clunking over no mirror - that must have kept your adrenalin up so you didn't even notice the dark! Just concentrating on staying between the lines makes it hard for me to look in the right mirror! We both gained experience and now I know why my deceased husband traveled with practically every tool he owned! Good for you! We'll both get better with experience.
Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 6/7/2007 1:57 PM
 
Thanks for the moral support...I WILL get better.
Believe you can and you Can Mary and Ms Angel

98 29ft Class C Tracker TrailStar Traveling with: Angel-riding shot gun
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 6/7/2007 5:25 PM
 
Mary, You should definately count this trip as a success, since you were able to overcome an obstacle and arrive safely at your goal!
You might want to think about keeping a journal of your travels... a couple years from now you'll be able to look back and chuckle at the things happened, and marvel at how much you have achieved! --RVThereYet

--RVThereYet
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 6/7/2007 9:09 PM
 
That does sound like a great idea...could also come in handy if your trying to remember where you stayed, that you really liked, so you can return there. Thanks
Mary

98 29ft Class C Tracker TrailStar Traveling with: Angel-riding shot gun
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 6/7/2007 10:19 PM
 
SOUNDS LIKE YOU DID GREAT. I HAVE NOT HAD THE MIRROR PROBLEM, BUT HAVE HUGGED THE RIGHT LAND BEFORE.
ALL YOU GIRLS ARE SO HEART WARMING WITH ALL YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND ADVICE. HOPE I CAN OFFER THE SAME EXPERIENCES SOMEDAY.
LOVE YA, JANE Jane and Charlie(doggie) 2002 gulfstream class-C keep a smile on your face and love in your heart

Jane and Charlie(doggie) 2002 gulfstream class-C keep a smile on your face and love in your heart
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 6/7/2007 11:11 PM
 
Woohoo for you Mary! You did it and have every right to be extremely proud of yourself! Pretty soon you'll be an old pro at this... Jolinda - '59 Model Ki - '02 shepherd/collie mix Gladys - '99 Dodge Durango 4WD Homer - '06 Sunseeker 3100SS

Jolinda - '59 Model Ki - '02 shepherd/collie mix Gladys - '99 Dodge Durango 4WD Homer - '06 Sunseeker 3100SS
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 6/8/2007 12:44 AM
 
Hi Mary - congratulations on your successful journey! When I had to take our dog for his potty walk, as long as we walked around an area, he was so interested in all the other smells and things to see, he wouldn't do his duty. When I stood still and walked him around me passing his leach from hand to hand, front to back, he would make a few circles and then finally take care of what we were there for. Maybe it would work with your furbaby. Fancy I intend to live forever - so far so good. (Anon.)

Never take away anyone's hope; that may be all they have. (Anon)
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 6/8/2007 1:20 AM
 
Fancy, That is a real good suggestion. I'll try it with my dogs.
Mary, Welcome to this wonderful forum. Hope you read and post often. Congratulations on your first trip. As someone said, since you got to where you were going it was a success! Let us hear how your second trip goes.
Danise This message was edited by landsailer on 6-8-07 @ 12:23 AM

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