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JonesHand52

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I did one for my Singer 31-15 and 32-1 treadles too. Most of the industrial machines have hook style hinges that are not captive so they can be lifted out. They need a support to tilt them back. They're heavy, being about 1/2 larger than domestic models, and are not something you want to tilt back without something for them to rest on. 

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Thanks! It's nice to have that itch of curiousity scratched!
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Hey folks, we are home now.  Sorry I did not post more during the Adventure, but it was just that. 6,722 miles of adventure.

We got home yesterday and I am at work today.  Tomorrow I should be rested and recovered enough to post the story of the adventures.

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Steve, glad you made it home safely.  I'll read your adventures when you get them posted.   Take some time to recover from vacation! lol!
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Steve, did you ever post the story of your vacation adventures?  I've been watching for that, but haven't seen it yet!  I know, I'm not very active myself the past several months.  I am glad you two made it back home safely!
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I did not, thanks for the reminder!

We planned to leave the Bay Area by 9am but did not get on the road until 2:30pm. 
This meant we were stuck in horrific traffic for the first 4 hours. 
Driving at no more than 15 miles per hour.
It also meant that we did not get as far as planned, but had a nice stop in Nevada

Day two was driving across the rest of Nevada and Utah.  
Stopped for a break at the Bonneville Salt flats
The drive east out of Sal Lake City is a horrible hill climb
I was advised by the RV forums to take highway 84 as a bypass, 15 miles longer but 1/2 the slope.
The RV started overheating just as we got on 84.
We stopped at a rest area and found we had a bad hose.
The tow truck took 2 hours to show and then realized that with the motorhome on top of the flatbed, we could not go under ANY overpasses.....
So they had to go get a new truck
Tired of waiting and with the water refilled and the RV cold, we finished the climb ourselves and stopped at our first RV park Phillips in Evanston Wy

Day three was walking to the autoparts store for a new hose and tools to fix it with.

Day four was the sprint to see PatriciaPF in Kansas to pick up the Howe base.
Google maps tried to give us the most direct route, but when it was dark and the directions lead us to a "road closed, bridge out" and the "alternative route took us to a dirt road, we surrendered and called Patricia who walked heather through real direction to them.
We got to her place at about 10-11 pm (not sure) visited for a few minutes, loaded the Howe base and drove off to our RV park just north of Topeka.

Day five was the first of the final sprint to New Hampshire to meet Mike of Wolfegangs before he left for Vacation himself.
The A/C had failed with the radiator hose, it is R12 still and NOBODY on the 4th of July week was willing to convert and recharge, so....
15 hours of driving, 850 miles covered and we were in Ohio for the night

Day 6 was the final push to New Hampshire
14.5 hours of driving, 800 miles covered, rolled into mikes at 11pm
Mental note: NEVER LOAD sewing machines after 14-15 hours of stressful driving... 
The White Industrial head was put in a poor position, it fell and rolled out of the RV taking out the bobbin winder of the VS1 along the way to the ground where the back right corner of the White's bed got snapped off....
Infuriating, but life is what it is.
After leaving Mikes, we drive about 30 minutes through the darkest stretch of road we had been on since Kansas, with no street lights, no homes or businesses along the route, and a massive thunderstorm rolling in, it was DARK.
About ever 2 minutes the lightening would hit and EVERYTHING was visible for about 2 seconds, quick mental note of road, then back to the dark, rince repeat until we got to Beaver Hollow RV park.  Great place, nice folks.

Day seven was the start of the drive to Gettysburg.
No more schedule, no more rush.
Stopped in Mass, just because no need to drive long hours.

Day eight was Arriving in Gettysburg and parking at the Artillery Ridge RV park.
So named because it was on Artillery Ridge approx 2000yrds from Little Round Top.

I'll type more after my meetings......



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Oh man, you had some bad luck with the driving.  And sorry about the treadle tumble!  Infuriating is an excellent word.  :-/

Here's hoping next year's trip (if you ever date do it again ;-) is more relaxed!

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I hope that is all that happened with the VS1 Steve. Hairline fractures are a problem with these machines. I think Singer stopped making this type due to the shipping issues. The cast cooling sets it up to be prone to cracking at the narrowest part of the arm near the faceplate end. IT can look perfectly fine until you take it apart, one of those kind of cast breaks. The bobbin winder hit can vibrate and do this damage. It is very prone to getting vibration damage. Sorry to hear of the damage.

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Steve,

I know your vacation report is by far the last thing on your mind, but it is interesting to me and I am sure, also to others.  Thanks -- when you have the time, I'd enjoy reading the rest!

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Steve, as you go through your vacation travels, do you find yourself asking "Are we having fun yet?" !!!  Sorry to hear about your mishaps.  
When our kids we still quite little, we had some "doozies" too.  We waited a bit too long one year to get back up north to close up the cabin for winter.  It was November before we were able to make the last trip of the year to close up.  It's always a longer drive with little ones along, and it was quite late in the day when we arrived.  I had a gut feeling when we drove it, and I ran down to the dock first thing.  I found ice had already closed in around the dock and pontoon, and we didn't have too long before night would come.  We hooked up to the boat trailer and decided the best thing we could do was try to immediately start chopping ice and try to free the boat.  We are in a bay which had formed ice early, but we could see open water further out on the lake.  We both chopped at the ice with some iron pipes and worked the pontoon free.  Back to the dock so hubby could drive the trailer to the boat landing.  Luckily we found open water from that point on to the boat landing.  Now things got more tense.  Got the pontoon onto the trailer, car is dinging that the gas is running out, kids are hungry, and it's getting dark.  Then he began pulling the trailer and boat out of the lake.  One side ran off the cement ramp in the lake, and things began tilting.  I couldn't believe he got that out without tipping it over, but somehow it stayed upright.  For a few moments there, I thought it was only going to be a total disaster!

We have never waiting until November again for closing up for the winter!

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I think the most memorable vacations were when things went wrong... one time we were driving from Indianapolis to Florida. I kept hearing a noise. Of course Phil didn’t hear it. I kept thinking it was getting louder. Well in Hoover Alabama he heard it. We hunted down a U joint part and parked in a Home Depot parking lot. Phil crawled under and began to replace the part. Then it started to rain. Hoover Alabama is a VERY nice area. Our van was old and stuck out like the sore thumb it was amongst all the brand new pick ups and SUVs. People stoped and stared. When the rain got pretty heavy a nice lady stepped out of her expensive sports car and handed me a huge golf umbrella and said you need this more than I do as she ran off into the rain towards the store. When she left we still had her umbrella. She just waved and smiled. Bless you lady.
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