Southern passage through Oregon on I-5

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Our next stop heading south was Wilsonville, Oregon, the halfway point between Portland and Salem.  Steve was due for his quarterly doctor visit in Tucson, AZ and months ago he had chosen Portland as his getaway airport.  It was an uneventful rainy day while he was away, but a very happy day upon his return when he told me his oncologist won’t need to see him again for a whole year! 🙂 Continue reading

Health Checks for Betsy at Harrisburg and Grants Pass, Oregon

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Besides the previously-reported interior modifications, we had done to our coach at Dave and LJ’s Interior Design, some other mundane mechanical issues needed to be addressed as well.  Southern Oregon seems to be a mecca for quality RV maintenance and repair shops, perhaps because it’s an area where several RV manufacturers reside.  We took a tour of the Marathon Coach factory in Eugene, which is where “high-end” coaches are built at $1,000,000+ per unit.  But some other manufacturers either used to or continue to build coaches here.  The result is that there are several shops around with highly-qualified mechanics to perform engine, chassis and coach repairs. Continue reading

First stop in Oregon – Grants Pass

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We had heard of Henderson’s Line Up through another Travel blog WheelingIt, and we were impressed with the service they offer.  Although Betsy is fairly new, we wanted some real pros to give her the green light before charging off to Alaska and beyond.

Their Road Performance Assessment starts with one of their technicians taking the RV on an initial test drive – with the owner – to evaluate handling, steering, and brakes.  Then they weigh all 4 corners of the RV to assess weight distribution, which is important for handling, safety and tire wear.  Finally, the customer actually goes under the RV with the technician to perform a thorough inspection with them.  That was awesome!  I was able to see everything as they checked it and ask all the questions I wanted to. Continue reading