Now wait, I do know what you’re pondering. You’re imagining one thing the dimensions of a greyhound bus, with a Ford Expedition hanging off the again for “quick jaunts.” However not all RVs are humongous. There are van-sized RVs and even minivan-sized RVs. And you’ll hire one for per week.
Search on-line for RV leases and take a look at a number of the choices. Winnebago and Cruise America are two of the large RV rental outfits, however you’ll discover others.
It’ll price you extra in fuel than your Prius would. But it surely’ll prevent cash on motels and aircraft fare. And consider the journey; you’ll see a thousand miles of asphalt you’ve by no means seen earlier than.
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You may do the drive in a single lengthy day and simply get there. However if you wish to break it up, simply search on-line for RV campgrounds. You’ll discover locations you possibly can cease in a single day, use the services, relaxation up and luxuriate in a $6 snack-sized bag of Solar Chips. Some are in peaceable, rural areas and a few are proper close to main highways for comfort.
I don’t know the place to counsel you park the RV in New York. Does your mother reside in New York Metropolis correct? In that case, you would act like a local New Yorker and simply double park it with the flashers on for 4 or 5 days.
Or pay a man to drive it across the block for the week.
Really, I’d use Google Maps and discover some parking heaps and garages close to the place your mother lives. Then name them and make an association upfront with the supervisor to park the RV there. They’ll in all probability wish to know its dimensions to verify it matches. And get them to agree on a worth upfront.
Or you would park in rather a lot throughout the day and drive your self to the outskirts of town and spend your nights at an RV campground when you’re fearful about Mother.
Both method, have a secure journey, and need Mother a really pleased birthday for us, Tim.
Don’t ignore test engine mild on rough-driving Volvo
Expensive Automobile Discuss:
I’ve a 2004 Volvo S60, grayish-green, with an engine downside that has occurred thrice. It occurs when the engine is heat. After I’ve made a quick cease (like for buying), the engine will begin, however runs very tough. Then, after I begin to drive, I can not get the automotive to go greater than round 20 mph, irrespective of how a lot I press on the fuel pedal.
My “test engine” mild comes on, and I get a message saying “poor engine efficiency.” After I come to a cease, I put it in impartial and the engine surges. I’ve managed to get the automotive dwelling all thrice, and the following morning, the engine runs high quality, although the test engine mild and the efficiency warning are nonetheless on.
Ultimately, the sunshine and warning go off, so I haven’t taken it to a mechanic. What do you counsel? — John
RAY: I counsel taking it to a mechanic, John.
I like it when you possibly can’t go greater than 20 mph and the engine is sputtering, and also you get a useful message on the sprint that claims “poor engine efficiency.” Properly, duh!
However right here’s why a visit to the mechanic is crucial, John. Every time your test engine mild comes on, your automotive’s laptop shops a fault code.
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With the assistance of a scan device, your mechanic can then learn that saved code and know precisely what triggered your test engine mild to return on.
My guess is that your electrical throttle module is failing. The throttle is the mechanism connected to your fuel pedal that regulates how a lot gas and air are despatched into the cylinders.
Within the outdated days, the throttle was linked to the fuel pedal by a cable. However now it’s performed electronically. An digital sign tells the ETM the precise place of your fuel pedal, and the ETM then operates a servomotor to open and shut the throttle.
Volvo had an issue the place the contacts inside their ETMs have been carrying out and inflicting the precise signs you describe, John. They even prolonged the guarantee on these ETMs for a bunch of automobiles to 200,000 miles. Sadly for you, it’s 10 years or 200,000 miles, so that you’re about seven years late in attending to your mechanic. Hold that in thoughts subsequent time you ignore your test engine mild, John.
Anyway, when you get the automotive scanned and ensure that the issue is the ETM, you may wish to name your Volvo supplier and ask when you’re eligible for any assist in repairing the automotive. They may let you know to go pound Swedish meatballs, however it’s price asking. Then evaluate the restore worth on the supplier to an unbiased Volvo storage and go together with whichever is cheaper.
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