I had a nice visit with my step-brother near Westminster MD, who I hadn’t seen for several years. Then I headed northward into Pennsylvania. Normally, I don’t travel the interstate highway. But, this time it seemed the most prudent path to take.
Trouble found me about 50 miles shy of my chosen camp. The truck just quit running while cruising along. I called my roadside service provider, and they assured me a tow truck would pick me up within an hour. However, after two hours elapsed, I called around and found a tow and shop just one exit away.
We arrived at the shop at closing time, and they allowed me to stay on their lot overnight. There was a restaurant on site, so I had dinner, and then breakfast in the morning. The mechanic got to me first thing and did some diagnostics. As I feared, the fuel pump had died. I’ve read that the E-450 gets about 50,000 miles on a pump. It so happens I reached that mark shortly after leaving the shop. The price was about what I expected, and it included the tow, which will be reimbursed by the insurance.
It was afternoon by the time I continued north. Lackawanna State Park was the camp planned, and I decided to stop there for the night. No pix because it rained most of the time. An electric site was paved, but I couldn’t get completely level. Tanks were dumped on the way out.
Before leaving PA, I decided to fill up on gas, as NY prices were 20 cents higher per gallon. I looked for propane too, but couldn’t find anything within easy distance.
On into New York, and toward my next planned camp. Along the way, I stopped for lunch at a diner and got a bowl of chili. Before returning to the highway, I found propane out in the country. Easy access and the cheapest I’ve paid for LPG yet.
I easily found East Sidney Lake CG (ACE), an Army Corps of Engineers park 5 miles off the interstate highway. Paved site by the lake, electric and water for $13 with senior pass. It rained most of the time. Took the above pix during a lull. But no worry, I was on the road again in the morning.
Camp: Lackawanna SP, East Sidney Lake-ACE
Scene: Woods, lake
I feel like I’m on the journey with you.
We have 40,000 miles on ours. Haven’t had any mechanical problems so far but it’s just a matter of time!
At least it was an easy fix and no big delays resulted. ACE sites can be a real bargain – looks nice. Safe travels,