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LEAVING MICHIGAN FOR INDIANA AND ILLINOIS

A brief stop at the Motor Home factory in Elkhart, IN

semi-overcast 83 °F

(Wednesday, 7/19) The States of the Mid-West are simply beautiful. Leaving Wally World in South Haven, MI I traveled along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan for a short time before crossing the state line into IN. The temperate climate created by the Lake produces apple crops from the orchards and wine from the many vineyards in that region. Since I was in the vicinity of Elkhart I decided to go to the Motor Home factory to get a couple of issues corrected. Calling ahead I was able to get in for service on Friday. At their recommendation I booked 3 nights at the Elkhart Campground, a very nice and very large establishment. Of course, Elkhart being the RV Capitol of the US (World?) where 90% of motor homes and trailers are manufactured, the place was sure to be busy. There must have been 300-400 motor homes there. If the truth be known, probably most were in town for maintenance or repair issues, like me. My neighbors were from Texas, California, and Alberta, Canada.

(Thursday) Today was rainy in the morning and without an agenda. Therefore, I chose to catch up on my laundry including the bed sheets. Nearly every campground has a laundro-mat so it is really convenient when one travels. People often ask, 'What do you do about your mail?' There is a mail forwarding service that I subscribe to and they, at my direction, forward accumulated mail to me about every 10 days. I send them the address of the campground I have made reservations at and the date I will be there. The pouch is sent Priority Mail and it works like a charm. My FL mail is sent by the Estero post office to the mail-forwarding address. They, in turn, log it on to my designated mail site listing who the sender is so I know what to expect. If some piece is urgent and needs a written response they will open the letter, scan it, then I can read it thus allowing me to act more quickly.

(Friday) An early up, closing the slides, hooking up the car and driving over to the Service Dept. by 0800 got me moving. They were good about getting the MH right in and started working on it. I had an issue with the passenger side mirror, as you may recall. The mounting plate holding the mirror to the body of the MH was screwed in place. A poor design, it needed to be bolted in place which they corrected. The vertical shaft holding the mirror head was too short preventing me from seeing the convex portion of the mirror on the lower part of the assembly. They replaced the shaft with a longer 6" one which solved the problem. Seeing that blind spot when one drives one of these big things is critical to safety. The other issue was the house battery compartment. I paid for a battery tray which holds the two house batteries and slides out for easier maintenance. After taking delivery a year ago I discovered the tray was missing. Without the tray one has to lean far into the compartment to check the fluid level in the batteries, inconvenient but do-able. Satisfied, I left the facility about 4:40, returned to the campground for the last night in Elkhart.

(Saturday) A little concerned about the Chicago traffic on I-80 West in the rain, I thought to myself, "Just go for it". That I did and it being Saturday the traffic was not as bad as I imagined. LaSalle, IL was my target for the day and I arrived there about noon, and I gained an hour the Time Zone now being Central Time. Stopping at a Rest Area, I phoned a campground in Madison, WI to arrange a 3 day stay and proceeded on to Rockford, IL where they surprisingly have a Wal-Mart where I stayed. There are Wal-Marts everywhere! There were 5 motor homes and a camping trailer surrounding me last night. We travelers feel safe as the parking lots have security cameras and the Super Centers are open 24 hours with security staff. Tomorrow its on to Madison, WI for more adventures in my State Capitol tours.

Posted by dixter 06:56 Archived in USA Tagged michigan indiana illinois

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