Maiden Voyage

We acquired our 2006 Pleasure Way Excel tricked-out van today in anticipation of our cross-continent trip next summer.

We bought the camper at Bill Plemmons RV World in Rural Hall, North Carolina. Say “rural.”

New van at point of departure, with the crew and salesman John Doomy.

New van at point of departure, with the crew and salesman John Doomy.

I drove the camper home. It’s not really the camper’s maiden voyage; it came with 32425 miles on it. It has, in fact, already been to Alaska, but it was maiden to us.

Not a lot to report – the trip covered 115 miles, mostly on 4-lane highways with speed limits of 55-65 mph. I took a side trip through a campground at Jordan Lake, just to see the campground. It won’t be the last time I drive it through a campground. I also stopped at an ABC store to get bourbon for the Kentucky Derby.

A few impressions about driving: Side winds can be noticeably buffeting; going around bends at 70 mph is “exhilarating”; and driving NC 55 through Apex is torturous.

One lesson was learned – batten down all the hatches before you get started. As soon as I hit the road the tv revealed itself to be unsecured.

Suggestions for a name for the vehicle will be considered.

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