Return trips always seem to be a different sort of experience than outbound trips. No matter where you might be going, an outbound trip is filled with anticipation; the return seems always filled with more reflection and memory. I’m not sure I have ever been a fan of return trips. Still, returning is where we are at the moment.
As I write we are almost half way home. The first day was a short one. The car “came with” an offer to spent a post-delivery meeting with a “technology technician” to go over any questions we might have about the gadgets and gee-gaws on the new vehicle. In exchange for our time, we also received a $50.00 gas card, and who doesn’t like “free money”? The point being that we didn’t leave Milwaukee until nearly noon so the first night wasn’t all that far from home.
Add to that the fact that the better part of the first day and a half’s drive was through really familiar territory, and it made for a very quiet drive. WE overnighted in Springfield IL & Searcy AR. The trip was uneventful with the exception that our Stand-alone GPS fell off the dashboard. I doubt that the Subaru Navigation system will ever truly replace our Rand McNally GPS. Car makers sell cars; their primary purpose is the car, and not a couple hundred dollar feature that not many people push to it’s limits. It works, but not as well as the unit which has ONLY navigation as it’s raison d’etre.
Anyway… we stopped for a bite of lunch in the +90 degree heat and the adhesive on the back of the mounting disk failed. We came back out to the car and the emergency flashers were blinking! It seems that when the GPS fell off the dash ‘hit’ the flasher button on the way down. We drove the rest of the day with the Subaru Navi system, and I stopped at a hardware to pick up a tube of cleat silicone sealant. After dawning the back of the mounting disk with silicone I applied it to the dashboard in the hope that by this morning the sealant will have cured and we’ll try again.
I have used the same approach with other vehicles. Some time the dashboard surface is bumpy enough that these adhesive disks can’t obtain contact with sufficient surface to achieve a bond that will survive the constant bouncing of the GPS box. A dab of silicone sealant usually gives a strong enough bond and has the side benefit of being easily (relatively) removed when you sell the car/RV. This morning I’ll remount the GPS and we’ll see if the trick worked.
I admit that the one thing I did not research was the “windshield clear zone” — a mistake. The Subaru safety system utilizes actual cameras to monitor road hazards and there is a significant area where owners ought not to mount anything on the windscreen. We’ll see if my alternate arrangement works. We had no problem for the first week of ownership. That said, I had mounted our transponders for iPass And K-tag only to have to move them to a clear area just in case. That’s what I get for doing it first and then reading the directions.
At any rate the trip was quiet.we were both thinking about.what we ‘learned’ during our stay in town. We did some future-home research, including neighborhood research. It’s been a while since we lived in anything other than a free-standing house and our longterm ‘idea’ (it’s not fully defined enough to call a plan) is to find an apartment in WI. So we both came away from this visit with factors that need some thought until we have settled out the spontaneous reactions and know how we really feel about various possibilities. I don’t know how you approach decision making, but we have often found that how we feel whe wefirst see a place or idea is often not how we feel about it a few days later. So, right now, we’re still just “thinking”.