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Trying to Beat a Blizzard



blog-0094893001389034268.jpgWe’ve been riding hard up I75 today, trying to get to our southeastern Michigan home before yet another big winter snowstorm dumps another predicted foot.

All the way north, traffic has been unusually heavy in both directions. Lots of other northbounders are returning from long holiday breaks. The southbounders seem downright frantic, fleeing the cold. I’m fighting a strong urge not to turn around.

Early afternoon, I did an mobile phone interview from the road with the Internet adviser show on WJR Radio in Detroit. The guys asked me abuit my roadreking life and how I use technology to blog and stay connected as I post stories via the Internet.

In northern Kentucky at Exit 154 we met up with Mike and Marsha Neundorfer of Advanced RV, a Type B motorhome manufacturer that builds luxury custom-designed coaches on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis. We ate at a Mexican restaurant and spent two-and-a-half hours talking RVs. The Neuendorfers are on their way to Florida and the big RV Supershow in Tampa next week.

They were driving a 2014 Ocean One coach, equipped with a state-of-the-art suspension system built by a Dutch company called VB-Airsuspension. It supposedly provides a smoother, more stable ride and increased safety compared with the Sprinter stock suspension and is already installed on 10,000 Sprinters in Europe.

Mike and Marsha said this was their first road test of the system and they said, based on therir drive so far down from the company headquarters near Cleveland, they were very impressed with how easy it made the ride, particularly for anyone who would choose to stretch out in the back for a nap while someone else drives.

We toured their unit and they toured our 2013 Roadtrek eTrek and we had a throughly delightful visit, reminding Jennifer and I again how the Class B motorhome community shares a special camaraderie made possible by the versatility and mobility our our touring coaches.

Eventually the Neuendorfers headed off towards the Florida sun and we resumed our journey north into gathering dark clouds.

This latest storm is expected to hit tonight. We’re hoping we are safe in the driveway before conditions get dicey. Guess that means no leisurely stop for dinner. We’ll make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as we keep pushing north.

Glad we had that Mexican lunch.


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