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Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter 2017 Florida Trip–Post #5

Wednesday morning, we moved out of our campsites in Bay Segnette State Park, dumped our tanks on the way out, and stopped at a nearby EXXON station to fuel up our tanks.

About 10:00am, we left New Orleans and headed to Carrabelle, FL, about 400 miles away.  The only real stop that we made was at the Welcome Center on I-10 to pick up a state map and some brochures for information on our Florida visit. 

The lady at the Center was helpful, and suggested a change in our proposed route that probably saved us a couple of hours of time, but not miles……….. we stayed on I-10 about 80 miles further than we had planned before we dropped south to hit the coastal area highways.  The coastal highway had a lot of towns with stop lights, and areas of slow traffic.

Even with the improved route, we still did not get to o ur destination, Ho Hum RV Park, until about 7:00pm………… a long day of driving.

As we got set up, Patsy and I had a problem with our Bus.  After leveling, I needed to move up a few feet to miss a tree in the line of our satellite dish, and when I stored the levelers, the Driver Side rear jack did not want to come up.  I tried to get it up with the system, but it must have broke a gear inside, and would not move up.  We ended up sleeping that night with the jack right under the head of our bed well up in the air!!.

On Thursday morning, I again tried a few things to the the jack to raise without success.  Not having a big enough jack, nor a desire to unbolt and drag the jack out from under the coach, I decided to use our Coach-Net Road Service to get somebody out to take it off.  

With Coach-Net, they pay the road trip cost for the service, and I am only responsible for the cost of the service that they provide.The process to contact Coach-Net, have them contact a service, and then get the service to arrive, took until the afternoon.  Once the truck arrived, it took another couple of hours for the guy to get the jack off, and in be back hutch of the CRV!!  

Here’s a  picture of the guy removing the jack.  This was my entertainment for about 1 1/2 hours……..


So, I spent the day at Ho Hum waiting and working with the guy to get the jack problem ‘dealt with’.  Ronnie and Kathy took their toad, and did manage to take tour of the islands and the area.  Here is a picture of Ronnie, Kathy and Patsy checking out the RV Park……..


In the evening, Ronnie grilled some burgers and sausages, and Kathy and Patsy put together an evening meal.  The meal turned out to be the best part of the day for me!!

We pulled out of Ho Hum RV Park about 8:30am (EST) on Friday morning, and got to our next destination, Kissimmee KOA Campground in Kissimmee, FL about 2:00pm.  We got set up in a light rain, that continued all afternoon.  Patsy and I made a grocery run, while Kathy and Ronnie drove over to the Mecum Auto Auction. The auction was the primary reason for coming to Kissimmee. 

Kathy and Ronnie got back to the campground and told us that they had seen all that they wanted to see, so tomorrow, we will have a “play tourist in Kissimmee” day!!

By the way………. I did know that today was Friday the 13th !!!

I am planning on tomorrow being a better day!

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