Trying to beat a blizzard

Written by on January 4, 2014 in People & Places with 17 Comments

We’ve been riding hard up I75 today, trying to get to our southeastern Michigan home before yet another big winter blizzard 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.

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The approaching storm on NB I-75

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.

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Mike and Marsha Neuendorfer of Advanced RV

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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About the Author: Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, and Norweigian Elkhound, Tai, travels North America in a Type B motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and frustrations of RV life on the road. He is the official on-the-road reporter for the Family Motor Coach Association. a columnist with Family Motor Coaching Magazine and his Roadtreking reports appear in numerous newspapers and publications. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, video editing and all things dealing with technology. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations. .

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  1. Bobbi Braun Bobbi Braun says:

    Are you getting close?

  2. Kathleen Tanner says:

    Be safe!

  3. David Green says:

    Looks like you’ll make it, Watch out for fatigue and the other guy who isn’t driving safe

  4. Cathy Rawlins says:

    Too bad you couldn’t have stayed down south. Stay warm and safe inside tomorrow. Sounds like it’s going to be a terrible storm.

  5. Safe travels. The warning starts at midnight in Oakland County.

  6. Ed Way says:

    Hang in there Mike, 73

  7. Sharon says:

    The downside is the terrible weather. The upside is you’re in a Roadtrek!!! Be safe.

  8. Cathy Rawlins says:

    Gosh I hope you made it home safe and sound,

  9. Sam Leonardi says:

    safe travels

  10. Bill Moore says:

    Mike, we love your blog. But, I must ask, is here a reason that there is no date on your and others’ posts? I think it’s important to understand the chronological context of any post, whether it’s related to a particular trip or to the latest winter storm.

  11. David says:

    No questions about Advanced RV? Interesting…

    • Bill Sprague says:

      David,

      I’ve been in touch with Advanced RV. They build a really nice coach with lots of fine tuning tweaks to make touring easier. Their interiors are really remarkable for design but so think they’re too avant garde. I tried to look at one during the Hershey Show but they’d registered late and were camped in a KOA between Hershey and Elizabethtown. I just didn’t manage the connection. They are more expensive that RT but that’s predictable, given their low production output.

      Bill

  12. Been down this road in the past! Safe travels.

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