Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Our thoughts are with the people affected by Hurricanr Ian!

A beautiful sunset at Dreher Island State Park.
On Sunday we arrived at Freightliner Custom Chassis Service Center in Gaffney South Carolina. Nearby is the factory where they make RV chassis. Many of the service employees have worked here for many years and many started in the factory, so they know their stuff. Ryan started in 2003 in the factory and has been at the Service Center since 2014. 

We met a lot of other RVers who were there for service and heard nothing but praise for the work done here. One had been coming here for 20 years and another 15 years. Some travel across the U.S. each year to come here.  

At Thor we meet a lot of Palazzo owners and those who own other Thor RVs. The chassis made here is used on most diesel RVs so we met a wider RV group. Always fun to talk with other RVers. 

Liemon was scheduled for his annual service Mon. morning.  We had him back by 1:00. They completed a very thorough annual service, 2 recalls and a minor repair. We were impressed!

Hated to skip here.

Originally we were going to the Biltmore Mansion but plans changed when we decided to go to Freightliner. Pat said we could still stop on Sunday but with the price of tickets I wanted to devote an entire day.  We'll go back!

This is only part of the parking lot at Freightliner.  They only had 6 bays but I think most everyone with an appt. got their work completed.

The Peachoid water tower in Gaffney  is the world's largest peach.

They had a large outlet with a disappointing small number of stores left. 

A decisive battle of the Revolutionary War. Before the battle the area was occupied with cow pastures.

They are restoring the surrounding fields to their natural state. 

Since we had already gone maybe 1/4 of a mile in 30 mins. Tuesday,  the sign seemed a little late.

We exited here for an alternate route instead of the two hour delay. In the RV Pat relies on Waze on his phone and a Garmin GPS. The Garmin is made for RVs and hopefully tells us if there is a low overpass, a bridge that we would weigh too much for, or other obstacles. When needed I use my phone for maps.

Lots of Pampus grass around here. 

Tuesday took us here, originally for 4 nights. Then came hurricane Ian. It is expected to be a tropical storm when it gets here Fri. night. With high winds we're going to go ahead and move 2 hours west towards Atlanta (the wrong way).

As we left Gaffney we heard a terrible flapping noise.  Window was flapping.  Thankful for duct tape.

Pat is holding the window that separated from the opener/closer (sure there is a technical name) mechanism. It's happened with other windows and my job is to hold on to the window until Pat can stop so it doesn't break off.

Where are the Piepers now? Dreher Island State Park, Prosperity, South Carolina.

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