Before I start reporting on our stay at the Finger Lakes, I don’t want folks to think we have gone a week or so without some type of issue impacting our trip. After all, our adventures sometime seem to be the misadventures of Liz and Steve.
On our way to Niagara Falls the check engine light came on in the Ventana. Geeeez! I pulled over at the next rest area we came to and called the 24/7 Freightliner number. The tech talked me through the steps needed to find the fault code. Once he had the code he advised me that it was not a serious problem and that it was OK to continue driving. He also said that the code usually clears itself with several engine starts and stops. I believe he said it had something to do with the NOx sensor. I didn’t hear too much after he told me it was OK to drive and should clear the fault on it’s own : – ) Thank goodness for the 24/7 support provided by Freightliner. He was correct, the code cleared in a couple of days.
It’s been a long time since either Liz or I have been to the Falls. Both of us came as kids longer ago than we want to remember. It was even more impressive to both of us this trip. If you haven’t been here you need to add it to the list of must see sights. Pictures and video can’t represent the feeling you get from being next to the majesty and power of it.
We chose to stay at a KOA on Grand Island, NY which is only a short drive from Niagara Falls. It was pricey, but we opted for the convenience to all the attractions that we came to see. The sites are all pull through and gravel with plenty of room between each one. It is very clean, well maintained and has a playground, two pools and a small dog park. There is also a pond for fishing and paddle boats.
We left Illinois and headed to Newmar for a service appointment that we had scheduled several months earlier. Newmar is headquartered in Nappanee, IN and not only builds their coaches there, but will service them too. They just opened a new service facility and 60 site campground for those having service performed. This is a dramatic improvement over the old facility, which worked out of several buildings, and had a camping area sorely lacking in adequate full hookup sites.
Unfortunately the new campground was not finished at the time of our scheduled service. It seems the rainy spring season pushed the completion date back a couple of months. When finished, It will be a gated 60 site camping area with concrete pads and full hookups.
It’s hard to believe, but we are already into day 28 of our trip. We are currently finishing up a two week visit in Illinois. We’ve been able to see some ole high school friends, visit with my mom and take care of some maintenance issues at the farm. Our trip has been great fun with only a couple notable stories to add to our list of adventurous mishaps.