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Smoky

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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2006, 11:58:50 AM »
So where do we stand?  Is Cottonwood a viable idea for a post QZ rally?  A place where the QZ ralliers can "freshen up" and a place for the dust haters to join the forum crowd after the "dusting" is over?

Our current plans are to head out with our friends from Lake Havesu on Sunday and hopefully check out Cottonwood.  Not sure if this will come off yet.
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Alaskansnowbirds

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« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2006, 11:16:35 PM »
Our current plans are to head out with our friends from Lake Havesu on Sunday and hopefully check out Cottonwood.  Not sure if this will come off yet.

Smoky,

If it "comes off", what route were you planning on taking to get to Cottonwood?

Don & Peg
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Smoky

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« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2006, 09:40:32 AM »
I am going north from Havasu to route 40, across to Flagstaff, and then down to Sedona.
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Alaskansnowbirds

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« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2006, 11:57:43 PM »
I am going north from Havasu to route 40, across to Flagstaff, and then down to Sedona.

That'll work. I was afraid that you would try to come thru Prescott then over the top and down thru Jerome.
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Jim Dick

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« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2006, 06:37:32 AM »
That'll work. I was afraid that you would try to come thru Prescott then over the top and down thru Jerome.


Don,

That would have been a very good test of his driving skills.  :) I have to get back there since my dirt shirt is wearing out. Of course I got another in Moab last spring but it hasn't been soaked in vinegar yet so I can't wear it. Guess I'll have to get to that soon. :)
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Smoky

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« Reply #35 on: February 13, 2006, 10:33:49 PM »
Well Don, I ended up doing exactly what you were afraid I would do.  If I had read your reply I would have stuck to my original plan.  But my buddy and his wife mapped out the Route 89 leg because they thought it would be scenic.  Well it was certainly that, but a bad mistake on my part.

My buddy drives a camper on a pickup.  Even though he was pulling a trailer with 2 ATVs on it, he had no problem zipping through the mountains.

When we got to the route 89 turnoff near Hope, I saw a sign that said no trucks over 40 feet.  I called my buddy on the radio, and he said not to worry, I was not a truck.  I had some indecision, but I elected to follow him.  It was very difficult driving our 40 footer with a long Taurus wagon toad.  As long as there were no guardrails, we were able to get by.  Somewhere along the way the road began displaying guard rails.  I don't know why, because the area without guardrails was just as bad.  The Admiral could not stand sitting in the passenger seat, got nauseous, and moved to the back of the bus.  We were able to make the hairpin turns without guard rails.  But we suddenly came upon a double hairpin curve.  I made it fine through the first curve, as it was a curve to the left, and I had the opposing land between me and the inside of the turn.  But then it swung around to the right, without any straightaway at all into a hairpin right.  There was simply no way the coach could make it without swinging out into the opposing lane. 

At this point I was doing 5 mph so I had time to think.  My great concern was that if I swing into the opposing lane, I would be head on to the blind curve.  Motorcycles had been racing through the route 89 passes all day.  I know how much fun that is for them as years ago I used to do the same thing.  I did not want to be responsible for a death of someone coming the other way, or even possibly my own death.  I elected to go about a foot over the double line, estimating it would be just enough to clear the guard rail.

Wrong!  I felt nothing but heard a faint swishing sound.  At the next pullover we pulled aside.  I asked the Admiral to go out and look, and she asked me to go out and look.  Neither of us wanted to look.  I went outside finally and at first did not see a thing.  I jumped in the air and gave her the thumbs up sign, thinking something had shifted in the basement and that was what I heard.  But as I walked on down the side my heart sank.  I must have just kissed the guard rail.  There were double stripes for the last 3 bays on the passenger side, matching the double bulges on the guard rail.  A few spots were down to the base but 95 % of it can be buffed out.  I also have matching touch up paint.

The good news is that no structural damage was done.  No worse than branches scraping the paint.  I figured God had made a deal with me.  Since I refused to go very far into the opposing lane, The good Lord gave me a break and only allowed cosmetic damage to occur.  I know know that no 40 foot trucks mean motorhomes as well.

When we arrived at Cottonwood, the campground owner asked if we had come up 17.  When I said no, we came across 89, he looked at us in disbelief.  I showed him the scratches, but he said,"that is still mighty fine driving man!"  His comment was what finally stopped the Admiral from bitching what a lousy driver I was for kissing that guard rail.   ;D  No one should ever take 89 to Cottonwood if the have a big rig.
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The magic of a campfire
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the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

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On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

Jeff

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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #36 on: February 13, 2006, 11:05:06 PM »

In the airplane business we always said its easy to replace aluminum (or paint). 8)

Ron

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« Reply #37 on: February 13, 2006, 11:12:23 PM »
You are lucky that you did not suffer any more serious damage and that you didn't get caught by the state trooper.  40 ft is 40 ft no matter what 40 ft + vehicle you are driving.  Sure glad it wasn't more serious.
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Smoky

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« Reply #38 on: February 14, 2006, 03:11:31 AM »
I learned a good lesson Ron.

First, I should listen to Rosie.  When I programmed the route into my 2610, "Rosie" did not want to send me on 89.  I use the "bus" option on the gps, figuring that if a Grayhound can make the passage, so can the Newmar.   ;D

Second, when I see any kind of doubtful sign, I will either send the toad ahead first, or seek an alternate route.
Smoky S  Ham radio - W3PY

The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
Toad - Taurus wagon w/ axle lock
On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

Alaskansnowbirds

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« Reply #39 on: February 14, 2006, 05:44:12 PM »
I learned a good lesson Ron.

First, I should listen to Rosie.  When I programmed the route into my 2610, "Rosie" did not want to send me on 89.  I use the "bus" option on the gps, figuring that if a Grayhound can make the passage, so can the Newmar.   ;D

Second, when I see any kind of doubtful sign, I will either send the toad ahead first, or seek an alternate route.

Third, Listen to what you're told here on the forum.  ;D  ;D  ;D

How long are you going to be in Cottonwood? Which campground are you staying at? We're just over in Camp Verde.
Don & Peg
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Smoky

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« Reply #40 on: February 14, 2006, 10:00:30 PM »
We only stayed one night at Turqoise, right in Cottonwood.  Back at Phoenix now.
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The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
Toad - Taurus wagon w/ axle lock
On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

fredethomas

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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2006, 06:51:27 PM »
Smokey:  Did you get a chance to check out the group site at Cottonwood?  Utilites? Price etc?
FRED E. THOMAS

Smoky

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« Reply #42 on: February 17, 2006, 09:02:38 PM »
Fred:

Unfortunately the place we stayed did not have group sites, it was a regular RV park, "Turquoise" something or other.

Everyone: 

We were able to buff out almost all of the guard rail scratches.  The only remaining damage were two one inch areas on the slighty thicker aluminum molding of two bay doors.  This is amazing, in that a tiny fraction of an inch made a difference between serious structural damage and cosmetic damage.  I have touch up paint supplied by Newmar that will fill in the molding scratches that went down to the aluminum primer.
Smoky S  Ham radio - W3PY

The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
Toad - Taurus wagon w/ axle lock
On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!

Alaskansnowbirds

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Re: RV Forum rally suggestions
« Reply #43 on: February 17, 2006, 11:33:07 PM »
Smokey:  Did you get a chance to check out the group site at Cottonwood?  Utilites? Price etc?

Fred,

The next time Peg and I are over in Cottonwood I'll try to remember to stop by and get some information.

Don & Peg
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fredethomas

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« Reply #44 on: February 19, 2006, 05:47:22 PM »
Smokey;  Sometimes the Road Gods are p_____ off and reach out to grab!!!   Did you get a free tee shirt and hat??


Don;  Plenty of time for the Cottenwood info.  Good place for a rally tho I think.  Might be cold and snowy in February???
FRED E. THOMAS

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« Reply #45 on: February 19, 2006, 05:50:14 PM »
LOL Fred!   ;D
Smoky S  Ham radio - W3PY

The magic of a campfire
where the fish get bigger
the mountains get higher
the hike was uphill both ways
and new friends become old friends

2005 KSDP3910 Newmar Kountry Star
Toad - Taurus wagon w/ axle lock
On our way to the Poudre River in Colorado for the summer!