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Buffettphan

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Well we are home from a great vacation to Luray Virginia.

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Ready to leave the house

We left Laconia New Hampshire late Thursday afternoon and made it to Milford Pa on Rt 209 for the night.
Our original idea was to spend the night in the Wal Mart parking lot but signs on every light pole stating otherwise made us decide it was not a great idea.
DW found a small campground 15 minutes away in Montague NJ, Cedar Ridge Campground. We think she woke him up with the phone call but he said there was plenty of room and to just come on in. We settled into a site with power and had a nice, safe nights sleep. I was never able to find the owner the next morning to pay for our site, so we will be putting it in the mail.
Here is our site at Cedar Ridge, mind you when we got in the night before it was pouring and pitch black.

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I really felt bad that we had to just leave but we will track the owners down somehow.

Our next leg of the journey is through the Delaware Water Gap on 209. Love this stretch of road. Then onto Rt 80 to Rt 33 to Rt 22 to Rt 78 to Rt 81. Rather busy on some stretches but not to bad all in all.

I found that i was getting braver or maybe more confident with my truck and trailer. I had done a lot of work on the truck in the past few months and it just felt good. So in some areas i was actually hitting 65mph. LOL Gas consumption really gets bad so i find 60 is comfy. I added a new Curt 2 1/2" receiver to accept my 36" extention and it felt so much stronger pulling the trailer with the bikes and all out gear.
The truck itself has Tork Lift Stable Loads with HellWig Springs and Bilstien Shocks. So i saw a huge differance in the handling and stability of the over all unit.

We arrived in Luray about 3pm Friday at the Luray KOA. Nice place and super clean. Except for the morning when someone trashed the bathroom. I cannot believe people think that is an ok thing to do.
Anyway, we had site 19, right on the field with a nice view of the mountains.

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I loved the view of the mountains when the sun was setting. It gave them a nice reddish glow.


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We spent three full days in Luray and traveled the Skyline Drive and the George Washington National Forest. Luray is a beautiful little town.
We headed over and touched a bit of West Virginia and found many Harley Shops.
Always came back to a nice camp fire with an adult beverage of a cool day on the bikes.

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On Tuesday we drove up to Gettysburg Pa to The Gettysburg Campground. Love this place. We were there in April too. The owner is a Lance owner and all around good guy. He came right over to make sure we were all set getting settled and said to shout if we needed anything.
Weather was getting colder here so we didnot ride much. We saw the Visitors Center which is a must see if you haven't yet.Lots of history in this town....

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Site #78

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And yes, there are baked potatos in that fire!!!!!

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We spent one day in York PA at the HArley Davidson Plant. Very impressive.

On our last morning, as i did every morning, i made breakfast, eggs, toast etc. When we were done i did the dishes and used the drying matt on top of the stove. Well i guess i never shut the rear burner completely off. The picture shows it all. After we left for the day i had such a sick feeling thinking if we ever left with that on we would have returned to a pile of ash and debri. Lessons learned!!!

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All in all we had a great trip. Never long enough and saddly the ole Lance 1010 is home, washed, cleaned, covered and winterized until the next adventure.
I cannot wait!!


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Count your blessings. You were very lucky that the only thing that burned was the cloth.


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Thanks for taking time to post trip report and photos. Glad nothing worse happened ,I bet you will be rechecking things for quite a while. Before leaving home for trip,and leaving camper for the day ,im always checking things twice.

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Hi .Thanks for the report and pics. Your setup is similar to mine. I have a F350 SRW with a Lance 981. Last year I set up a 14' 2 axle trailer and it holds a 800# Honda VTX , 2 kyaks , and 2 bikes. Installed a Super Hitch with a 42" extension. Had plans of a long trip this spring, but life got in the way. As yet there has been no real shake down with the trailer. Im more than likly at the limits on weight and was concerned with handling and safty. Seeing your success is encouraging. It appears my first trip with the trailer will be next spring at best. Hopfully I'll be as happy as you are with yours.





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nycsteve wrote:

Hi .Thanks for the report and pics. Your setup is similar to mine. I have a F350 SRW with a Lance 981. Last year I set up a 14' 2 axle trailer and it holds a 800# Honda VTX , 2 kyaks , and 2 bikes. Installed a Super Hitch with a 42" extension. Had plans of a long trip this spring, but life got in the way. As yet there has been no real shake down with the trailer. Im more than likly at the limits on weight and was concerned with handling and safty. Seeing your success is encouraging. It appears my first trip with the trailer will be next spring at best. Hopfully I'll be as happy as you are with yours.


Steve,

Our first trip out this past April was nerve racking with the trailer, but that's why we bought the truck camper. Since then I have added a 2 1/2 inch receiver which takes the extension without the reducer so it eliminated a lot of play. Works great. I keep the weight to the rear of the trailer to reduce the tongue weight. With the 350 you should be fine. Pace your speed, no hurries with this, and have a great time...


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We were at Gettysburg cg in last week, And Yes Robert is a Really Nice guy.


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