We wrote recently about using our motorhome as a moving van. Today, we update you on our RV cross country trip and how a RV dealer worked to make it happen on time.
RV Cross Country Nearly Delayed
If you read our post on our towing mishap you know that Olga needed some body work this summer. Though we did not have to pay anything for the work, the process was not stress-free. Once the work was approved by Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance, parts needed to be ordered and work scheduled. If you own a RV, you know that getting parts delivered to your dealership is not as simple as it should be.
The parts were ordered from Renegade RV on August 28th. I personally called the Service Manager to explain our planned move and he agreed to expedite the order. Renegade received the bumper from its supplier 8 days later. UPS picked up the bumper that same day. Then, as they say, “stuff happened”.
It should have taken about 1 week for the bumper to travel by train and truck from Bristol, IN to Wildwood, FL. Instead, it traveled from Bristol to Chicago, then half way to FL, then returned to Chicago to sit in a warehouse for over a week due to Hurricane Irma. [We don’t mean to minimize the impact of the hurricane on so many Florida residents, however, the impact in our part of Florida was simply a few downed branches.] Of course, throughout this process the UPS website simply reported expected delivery September 11th. When we called UPS, it took nearly a day for them to actually locate the bumper. Long story short, the bumper arrived at Alliance Coach body shop on the afternoon on September 20th.
Alliance Coach Pulls Through
Our service advisor, Michael, at Alliance Coach knew about our plans. His body shop manager, Victor, was also fully informed. Though we have at times been critical of the RV service industry…in this case, we can’t say enough positive things about the service we received. Victor, immediately made room for Olga in his body shop. He removed her damaged bumper so work could proceed the moment it arrived. Michael gave us a call or text every afternoon to update us on the status. On the morning of September 26th we received the call, “Pick her up…she is ready to go.”
RV Cross Country in Four Days
We had originally planned our trip to take 4.5 days. Each day we would drive roughly 600 miles. Of course, this is considerably further than we typically travel. We live by the “330 rule”; drive no more than 330 miles a day or past 3:30 in the afternoon. Our stops were at hotels on military bases; inexpensive, clean lodging and no need to worry about Olga’s contents. (We couldn’t camp in our RV because it was packed to the gills. We did walk around the Camp Shelby campground however, and found it clean, wooded, and overlooking a lake.) We wanted to avoid Houston and Dallas, so Denise charted a course from Camp Shelby to Fort Hood via secondary roads. Frankly, though paved, I often heard the soundtrack of Deliverance playing in my head that second day.
From Fort Hood we travelled to Fort Bliss. That morning we enjoyed secondary roads which ultimately led to I-10 that though boring was smooth sailing. On our fourth night, we had intended to stay at Luke AFB (just west of Phoenix). But it was only 2:30 in the afternoon and our new home was in sight.
We arrived in Rancho Mirage at 6:22 pm. We had listened to three books on route, which helped pass the time. We set our cruise control on 62 mph whenever possible and were surprised to find that our miles per gallon was no worse than during our prior trips.
Our RV cross country trip was over…we were home.