A Beeline to Florida

Day 552

     Left Maryland, going straight down the coast to Florida to find warm weather. We would have left a week ago, but the weather in Virginia, our first stop, was colder than here in Maryland.

     Another delaying factor was we had to wait for a part for the Sphinx.

     Our return to Maryland was mainly to celebrate my father’s 97th birthday. He was born the same day as Jesus Christ. While we were here, we made all of our doctor appointments: dentist, eye, family doctor for our annual physical, etc. We also took the Sphinx in for it’s annual maintenance. One of our slide skids needed replacement. Of course the maintenance shop did not have the part in stock, so they had to order it from the Cedar Creek factory in Indiana. We had to wait an extra week for the part to arrive. Can you believe some people don’t work Christmas week or New Year’s? Naturally, they sent the wrong part. It will now have to chase us around the Country.

     Remember in high school you learned that metal will expand and contract in extreme cold and heat. We had that fact brought home to us. We went out one morning to do some shopping. When we returned, our microwave and bedroom clock had been blown. It was a beautiful, but cold day. It took me just over two weeks to determine the cause. This, after talking to electricians and numerous people on RV forums to which I belong.

     Evidently, the 50 amp electrical plug that connects to the Sphinx is supposed to be twisted slightly to the right to “lock” it in. A fact not told me 2 years ago when the dealer was suppose to show me everything I need to know about my first 5th wheel. I normally just plug it in like a regular plug.

     Because it was not locked in, the cold caused the metal prongs to contract slightly causing a momentary disconnection of the ground, which cause an electrical spike which fried my appliances. We learn something new everyday.

Technical Stuff:

Fallston, Maryland to Ashland, Virginia: 191.1 miles

4 hours 16 minutes

10.6 MPG

Diesel: $2.74

8 thoughts on “A Beeline to Florida

  1. I was hoping to catch up with you while you were in MD, but the holiday craze and a river cruise earlier in Dec. minimized my time! How long are you planning to be in FL? I’m taking the autotrain from Lorton, VA to Sanford, FL this Wed. Then I will be either in Bradenton or Estero (Ft. Myers) for about 6 wks. I would like to get together if possible. Do you still have my cellphone no.?? Safe travels!!

    1. We should be in Florida a month. We usually do not plan more than 48 hours in advance. We have a RV rally on February 19th to 23rd in Ft. Walton Beach. We will call you when we cross the Florida boarder. I have 2 numbers for you, one ending in 50 and the other 27.

    1. Florida for warm weather, RV Rally February 19-23rd, across the gulf coast to Texas, tour Texas, San Antonio, Alamo, whatever. End of April turn north to Montana where we will be meeting 22 other RV’s for a 3 month trip to Alaska. Then across Canada to Indiana where we will attend the Forrest River Owner’s group rally in August. Other than that, not too much.

      1. Alaska sounds really cool. Watch those spring snow storms on I-25 or I-15 depending on which way you head north to Montana.

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