It was a long day. Eleven hours on the road, but everything went smoothly, from getting out of our driveways to getting thru LA rush hour traffic without any major delays. We were parked and plugged into a spot in the Alfateers parking lot by 8 PM.
I want to thank Karen and Al for noticing that our Blue Ox hitch system was not quite right. The height difference (the Alfa above the Accent) was too much and we were towing with a dangerous hitch.
Before this trip, Craig did some measurements and ordered a 4" drop receiver for the tow bar. However, once when I followed the Alfa I noticed that at a "flex point" in our road, the rear end of the coach almost touched the road!
We were concerned about this, so I did what I am prone to do and made a test "mock-up" drop hitch out of cardboard and styrofoam.
It's a good thing we did the test, because the styrofoam did hit the road and scraped along for a foot or two. If it had been the Blue Ox with the drop receiver, we might have had a serious scrape!
As it is, the hitch is almost parallel to the ground.
A flex point like on our road the road is not a common road condition, and if we can avoid that one place we will be fine. Our solution to this is that as long as we live where we do and store the Alfa on our land, we will have to take the tow bar and drop hitch off at the end of each trip before we come home, and remount it when we hook up hook up after going through our flex point. This is not hard. When we are traveling it is not an issue.
So many things that can go wrong!
Have you avoided any disasters this year?