After living with the excessive heat and humidity, we decided it was time to head north in search of fun times and hopefully much cooler temperatures. Our plan was to eventually reach northern Minnesota along the shores of Lake Superior. Departing in early July for a planned four week trip.
A problem hit us right away. After parking the motorhome in the driveway, I proceeded to open the main door to air the rig out. The automatic step came out with what I ruefully called a happy dance. It did this within a short period after we bought the motorhome and the motor was the culprit. We knew that if we tried taking it to any of the RV dealers, they were sure to sit on it for weeks before returning it. We called a mobile RV tech that we had observed in a campground we stayed at locally while we were fulltime. He came out first thing in the morning and found the problem. Again the motor had failed. He brought the standard motor used on most two step Kwikee models. Of course, ours was not one of those and required the less common model, which naturally was more expensive. Luckily, they had one in stock and he returned early the next morning and installed it in short order. I do not think it was anymore expensive than taking it to a service facility and waiting forever for them to order the part. The trip was still on.
Our first stop was to visit our daughter, Katie and her husband. She had just been transferred to Maxwell Air Force Base for a ten month training program. This is the closest she has been stationed to us, so it will be nice to have her relatively close for a little while. Her sister Heather and the kids were also excited about them being close and had already arrived there before us for a visit. As luck would have it, the house she is renting has a 50 amp hookup for the driveway. So we spent three nights mooch docking. It was pretty hectic with some boxes still being unpacked and two kids running around, so not much in the way of pictures either. It was a great visit, but scored a big goose egg on the cool meter.
After three days, we headed out for places north. We stopped for the night at a nice campground close to the highway in Clarksville, TN on top of the Kentucky border. The Clarksville RV Park.