I ended up getting off the Turn Pike at Carlisle, PA yesterday after pulling into a service plaza to discover a blown break line
. I got on the off ramp to head into the plaza and the break pedal went right to the floor. I got it stopped then looked at the gps to find the closest Auto Parts store. It was about 15 miles away in Carlisle. $30 and 20 min later the break line was replaced, breaks were bled and we were on our way to Hershey. Not a fun experience having 17,860 pounds of metal that you can barely stop.
When we got off the Turn Pike it cost me $26.50 in tolls for the distance we traveled. We are in Hershey, PA now and boondocked at a Walmart just outside of Hershey. Our next stop after Hershey is going to be Philadelphia where we intend to have a Philly Steak Sandwich.
Originally Posted by crazycal
Sounds like you're having lots of fun on the trip. What a great experience for the kids. I'm sure it is something that they will look back on for the rest of their lives. I have one friend that always talks about the trips they took as kids in the family trailer. He just turned 57.
We are having a great time. Kids are doing really well on the trip and learning a lot. They are working on a project now (besides their normal schooling) where each of them draw 2 designs that say travelinwithus.com and the whole family will vote on their favorite. Whoever wins we are going to paint that design on Farold. I will be sure to post pics for all to see.
Last night was the third night boondocking. Batteries are pretty low on charge right now but without the solar panels I would be idling the engine. Because I have the solar panels it is just enough to keep the refrigerator running and we are sitting at 11.5 volts when it isn't running. I think the panels are going to pay for themselves in a short amount of time. We plan to boondock one more night then hit a campground to fully recharge everything.
This has been a huge learning experience for all of us. I boiled water today for coffee rather than run the coffee pot. We use the stove to cook rather than the microwave as it saves power and warms the bus. It has been a really neat experience and I recommend anyone with the resources to give it a shot sometime.