Entries in South Carolina (21)

Saturday
Oct182008

Back On The Road

Good news…Freightliner worked us in late yesterday so now we are headed home.   It’s such a relief to have the right tires and the Bus is riding better than ever after the maintenance.  Tom is so impressed.   Though we did not get to enjoy the fall colors this trip, we are thankful our problems were not more serious and for the help we received by Freightliner.   They did a fabulous job for us.  Tom definitely wants to return there for maintenance next year so it looks like we will try for a 2009 Fall trip.  

We decided to head to Ortona South, the COE CG which is about 90 miles from our home and Tom wants to try to get there in 2 days so he can spend at least one day resting before he returns to work.  Yikes!  I’m not sure about that.  We’ll see.  Since the fun part of this trip was a big bomb, we’ll keep the Bus  at Ortona for about a week.  Tom must  return home for a couple of days as he has some work commitments, but at least this way we’ll get in SOME camping.  I’ll go home with him and return to the Bus the next day with my car and he’ll return a few days later.

Other stuff.   As promised here is  a little update on our trip up here.   The good, the bad ,and the ugly. In reverse. 

The ugly.   Besides the blowout — the other ugly was Georgia - the State of Construction.  I-95 is under construction for about 50 miles.  From MM 50 to the Florida state line.  Tonight we plan to stop right before the construction begins.  Hopefully it will be easier going thru early Sunday morning. 

The bad.   Colleton State Park.   We planned to stay here one night on our trip up but we stayed 30 minutes.  It looks good, but it is not.  You can read all about it on my review of the CG here.   

The good.  Sweetwater Lake Campground.   After we left Colleton State Park we had to find something and it was already 4 p.m.  And lucky us -  we stumbled onto this unexpected find.   A nice little campground off I-26.   Learn more about in my review at the same link above.  Or click here.   It’s listed under the city of St. Matthews.

Hopefully we’ll have a lot more good to share the rest of this trip.  smile

Thursday
Oct162008

No Mountain Stream

We are bummed!  Tuesday we learned the tires put on the Bus after the blowout are not the correct load range.  This is a big problem in terms of cost and safety so we are staying @ Freightliner until they can replace the tires.  Since this was a request outside of the earlier appointment, we are now on a waiting list for the work ins.   frown

Meanwhile Tom spent most of yesterday working with Coach Net to resolve the cost issue.  Long story, short they went to bat for us and we will receive a full credit for the Michelins from the roadside company and Coach Net will make up the difference. 

Coach Net is the facilitator of the process and they took ownership from the get go.  The quality assurance manager told us  their recordings confirm they asked us and we responded -  we must have load range H’s.   Every person we spoke with throughout this process has been incredibly professional. 

So here we sit.  Freightliner has 20 sites with electric hookups — these are sites 16-20.  We are in site 19.  Water and dump station is not far away. 

And we hope to get in here asap.  They have 6 service bays.  A rare moment where the bay door is open.   They are very thorough and manage their schedules carefully to be fair for everyone.  You don’t walk around in here without a service tech assisting and there is also no jumping ahead of another — although it’s hard to sit here, we respect that. 

We already know it won’t be today.  groan  And tomorrow doesn’t look good either…unless someone cancels.  It will be a loooong weekend.   Patience is a virtue - eh?

This is the 2nd year in a row we had plans to revisit Mountain Stream but  had to cancel.  Hopefully someone else got to enjoy this site - it would be  a shame for it to remain empty especially this time  of year.