Monday, July 10, 2017

2017 Route 66 Journey: Early Navion Preperations

May weather can be iffy and strange at times.  After a little debate, we decided our first journey of 2017 should be the one we were going to take in June 2016.  That journey was postponed by my back issues I had.  So, a year later, we decided to make a run at traveling the entire route 66 corridor from Chicago to Los Angeles -- Navy Pier to Santa Monica Pier.  We only had thirteen days to do it in though.  Our new addition to our traveling fleet is a fully self contained Itasca Navion motor home built on a Sprinter Van chassis.  The Sprinter has a 5 cylinder diesel engine and is known for reliability and great fuel economy.  The downside is that power can be lacking on interstates going up steep grades.  That is a downside for many motor homes that get poor fuel economy with big engines.  So, it is not much of a worry for us as we plan to use our motor home to go on mainly US highways.  To get ready, I had to take the Nation out, and make sure it was cleaned and ready.  This first preliminary step was done in late May.

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