Saturday, June 25, 2011

We are in Goshen, Indiana

Once we left the Buffalo area on Monday, we breezed through Ohio in 3 days only stopping twice. We’ll have to come back to explore this area because we did not give it the attention it deserved. One of the reasons we were rushing to Indiana was to have Lucy weighed by Howard and Linda of rv-dreams.com. Howard and Linda have recently partnered with RVSEF and are now offering 4 wheel weighing. We had Lucy weighed in April in NC. That was at a truck stop and only the front and rear axles were weighed. We knew we needed to weigh all  4 wheels but that’s easier said than done. There aren’t many places that do that. We need to know what our wheel weights are  so we can  be sure our tires are inflated properly and re-arrange/balance our load if necessary. We want to be as safe as we possibly can driving down the highway. Too many people are unaware of the impact they and their RV have on the highway. It can be very scary. We do not want to be one of those people :)

We arrived in Goshen, IN on Thursday afternoon and are parked at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds. We joined Howard and Linda for some coffee, dessert and conversation later that evening. It was nice visiting with them and getting to know them a little better. We’ve attended 2 of their rallies but this was the first time we’ve actually sat down and visited.

Friday found us driving around the area seeing what we might find :) We are, after all, in the RV capital of the country so thought we might be able to find a new ladder for Lucy. We’d like to replace the ladder that’s attached to the back of her. It is starting to crack at one of the anchor points. Rick uses this ladder to climb up on the roof so it should be safe. We tried RV Surplus in Elkhart, but the ladders they had were the wrong type. Then we tried the local Tiffin dealership. They had the lower part of the ladder, which we didn’t need, but not the upper.  Oh well. I’m sure we’ll find one eventually :) After a quick stop at Walmart, we headed home and took a short nap before dinner.

We joined Howard and Linda, Chris and Jim Guld of Geeks on Tour and another full-time couple staying at the Fairgrounds, Kevin and Robin, for dinner at Essenhaus in Middlebury. This is a typical Amish buffet and the food was excellent and plentiful. We all waddled away, totally stuffed :)

From L to R  is Rick, Chris, Jim, Robin, Kevin, Howard and Linda.

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Today, Saturday, we are doing domestic things like laundry, changing the water filters, paying some bills and going to the post office. Not exciting stuff but somebody has to do it :)  We are staying here until Monday morning. Howard and Linda will weigh Lucy just before we leave. Hopefully, we’ll have good news to report on that.

Have a nice weekend, everyone, and thanks for stopping by.

6 comments:

  1. It looks like everyone is enjoying themselves. It must be something about that fulltime lifestyle. Hmmm...I think we'll try it sometime soon hopefully.
    Syl

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  2. Glad you were able to meet up with all these full-timers. Fun bunch of folks.

    More glad that you are getting weighed and making sure you are as safe as possible!! We'll be interested to hear the results ;o)

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  3. A nice added bonus to weighing your rig: spending time with fellow fulltimers. It's always nice to spend time with folks that "get us."

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  4. WOW you did ZOOM to get from NY to Indiana in 3 days. Looks like you are having a great time.

    Hi to Howard and Linda from us. Wish we could get weighed too but Utah to Indiana ?????????? probably not. Guess we'd better look at their schedule though.

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  5. Good to see you spent some "quality time" with Linda and Howard. Wish we were there to get reweighed now that we don't have water in the belly of Tumbleweed. (Last time we weighed was in SC rally).

    You sure did make time going from NY to IN. Safe travels.

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  6. Glad you're having fun Mom :)
    Love you!

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