Originally Posted by gahamby
There is constant posting about flying to and picking up to drive home.
How was your experience.
I figured that my anticipation was so high that the trip would never live up to expectations, like many long awaited vacations. I was wrong!
Flew into Islip airport Wednesday night. PO, Chris, picked me up Thursday morning and I drove him back to his house. Spent about two hours going through all the systems and video-ing procedures; pop top raise/stow, awning, clean and gray water tank fill/drain, solar and electric operation, etc.
Getting from the middle of Long Island to the Verrazano bridge is not as simple as following google maps. Being a commercial vehicle, the parkways are all off limits. So to the LIE I went. No problem. Then the dreaded BQE and endless trucks and stopped traffic. But I survived.
Spent the first night in a Wally World parking lot in zanesville, oh. Then onto Louisville, KY on Friday to watch my daughter run in a track meet. She is a freshman at Butler.
From there made my way up to Huntington, IN for a visit to Sportsmobile North. The folks were extremely nice. I guess I was hoping for more specific info on the build of the van and level of effort required for specific projects. Sound deadening, insulation, norcold performance, etc. Side note; 18 vans in the lot awaiting conversion and three in the shop. All Sprinters, Transits, or ProMasters. Nary an Econoline in sight.
From there back to Indy for a run, campus tour, and lunch with my daughter. Well worth the backtrack. Left Indy around 2:30 and headed west. My goal was to get to KC before Arthur Bryantís bbq closed at 9:00 pm. Didnít make it, Q39 was open till 10:00. If youíre passing through, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The parking lot was busy while I was waiting for my takeout and the van was a prime conversation starter.
Spent the night at an I-70 rest area west of Topeka. Five other vans there. Again, no Econolines.
Sunday drive was uneventful home to Colorado. Much like the Eurovan, people want to talk to you. Expected, but still a little surprising. And a slightly different crowd. Quite a few hardcore Ford pickup owners.
Great experience. Looking forward to trips with the family this summer.
I know Iíll be reaching out to this community with questions. Iíll do my best to think things true and ask concise ones.
Thanks for the warm welcome!