Week 05 - RV Road Trip all about Houseboats. RVing cross country.

by IAN from www.all-about-houseboats.com

Houseboat Bloopers - what happened to the boat?

Houseboat Bloopers - what happened to the boat?

Houseboat Bloopers - what happened to the boat?
Houseboat Engines - what type of boat engines are these?
Houseboat Manufacturers - do you know what brand boat?
New Houseboats - what boat manufacturer is this?

Here is week 05 of the RV Road Trip all about Houseboats, and I have to say that I am not sure which gets better gas mileage, Houseboats or RV's?

I know for one thing, the gas tank on the RV is 35 gallons, and I seem to be getting pretty familiar with its operation. A 23 foot V8 dodge RV gets @ 10 mpg, and if I remember correctly, the houseboat gets @ 1 gal per mile.

Driver or Captain

Either way, when you are the captain of a houseboat, or a driver of an RV, your days just seems to fly by. They both require navigational skills and I do count my blessings for having a GPS and navigation software (Navigon) on my iPhone. :)

I don't know how we used to drive cross-country with just a road map (now I am showing my age), but I can imagine that there would be many turn around detours with a road atlas.

There's Hills, and there's HILLS

I think about a week or two ago I mentioned the large hills in Kentucky, well I have to say that Tennessee has Kentucky beat in that department. I had a good laugh at a road sign the other day here.

The road sign said "Trucks keep right for the next 5 miles". I thought to myself, what is that all about? A long hill 5 miles long? A narrow left lane? Let me tell you, the sign didn't LIE, it was a steep climb for the next 5 miles just like the sign

BIG HILLS can cause Panic & Glory

That 5 mile long climb did bring its moments of panic and glory. The panic when the temperature gauge went from 210 degrees all the way to 245-250 degrees, and I wondered if I should just continue up the hill and keep praying, or just pull over and let her cool down?

Well, she never blew a radiator hose (thank you Lord), however there was a flip-side moment on that long steep hill. I actually had to use the left lane and pass two 18 wheel trucks on that climb. What a glorious moment for the old RV,, passing two vehicles in the same day. :)

Needless to say the next day I washed the old girl, and fill her up with "super unleaded"..... she was a thirsty old gal ... :)

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Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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Dec 05, 2011
RVing cross country.
by: Ray

Enjoying your logs, Ian. Those hills are a hoot. Hope you are having a great time here.

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