Saturday, August 27, 2016

Winnebago Fuse 23a vs Trend 23d comparison

People continue to ask about the Fuse and other motorhomes that are similar.  The market for Large Class B/Small Class C motorhomes seems to be very popular.  People ask about the Fuse and which other ones should they look at.  What are the plusses and minuses between the different motorhomes.

Two of the most similar motorhomes on the market are the Winnebago Fuse 23a and the Winnebago Trend 23d.   For fairness,  all images in this comparison are from Winnebago sales literature unless otherwise noted.  That should make all the images the same quality.

Winnebago Fuse Floorplan
Fuse 23a Floorplan (Winnebago Ind)
Winnebago Trend Floorplan
Trend 23d Floorplan (Winnebago Ind)
The layouts of these two motorhomes are almost identical.  A large open area with the bathroom in the back and twin beds that make into a king sized bed.  A slide out up front with a love seat and kitchen.

  • The bathrooms are almost identical
  • The Fuse has a window in the bath and the Trend does not. 
  • The Fuse has a pocket door and the Trend has a traditional swinging door
  • The closet and drawers in the bathroom seem to be the same

Winnebago Fuse Winnebago Trend

Bedroom area
  • The bedroom areas are slightly different
  • There are drawers under both beds in the Fuse.  Only under 1 bed in the Trend
  • There is a designated compartment for storing the tabletops on the Fuse.  Not so on the Trend.
  • The cabinets slide open on the Fuse.  The cabinets lift up on the Trend.  
  • The amount of overhead storage is about the same with the edge being given to the Fuse.  The entertainment center is located in the bedroom overhead cabinets  on the Trend and is up front on the Fuse.
  • The beds are slightly longer on the Trend.  The Fuse has a pop up shelf to extend the drivers side bed to lengthen it.  It blocks the refrigerator when in use and requires the slide to be out.
  • There is an accordion divider between the bedroom and the living space in the Trend.  There is a removable curtain that can be used to divide the space in the Fuse.

Winnebago FuseWinnebago Trend

Living/kitchen areas
  • The living and kitchen areas are about the same 
  • The love seat is the same in both units.  They both can only fold out into a bed only when the slide out
  • The microwave, refrigerator, sink and cooktop are the same.
  • The storage in the kitchen is very similar.  The drawer layout is a little different with 2 deep drawers in the Trend and 1 shallow drawer and 1 deeper drawer in the Fuse.
  • The front table can be used in the Trend with the slide in.  It can not be  used without an additional product in the Fuse when the slide is in.  The socket is blocked by the love seat.
  • There is only 1 TV in the Trend. It is on an arm that can be positioned to be seen from the front or back.  The Fuse has 2 TVs, one in the in the front and one in the bedroom.

Winnebago FuseWinnebago Trend

Cab area
  • Both front seats in the Trend rotate.  Only the passenger seat in the Fuse does
  • There is a TV over the Cab in the Fuse.  There is a window over the cab in the Trend
  • There is more storage over the cab in the Fuse.  There is only storage along the sides over the cab in the Trend
Winnebago Trend

  • The Fuse is built on a Ford Transit Chassis.  The Trend on a Dodge (Fiat) Promaster chassis
  • The Fuse is Diesel.  The Trend is Gasoline
    • Side note - I had a friend who had a gasoline powered Class A that had fuel leak and then caught fire.  He swore to never buy another gasoline powered motorhome fearing for the safety of his family.  All of the motorhomes my Dad had were gasoline powered and he never worried about that though he never had a fire.
  • The miles per gallon are about the same between the two units. Both are between 15-20mpg mostly impacted by speed.
  • The Fuse has Dual Rear Wheels.  The Trend has single rear wheels
  • The Fuse has an LP generator.  The Trend has a gasoline generator
  • The Fuse has a traditional water heater.  The Trend has a on demand water heater
  • Water and sewer capacities are about the same
  • Both are low to the ground.  There is a concern about low ground clearance on both units
  • The Fuse has three similar sized external storage compartments (23.1 cu ft).  The Trend has one external storage compartment (9.5cu ft).
  • The Fuse can carry more weight.  3140 lbs vs 2150 lbs. using the GCWR - GWVR method 
    • OCCC on the Fuse is 1500 lbs  on the Trend 1100 lbs
  • The 2017 1/2 Fuse has a 5000 lbs hitch.  The Trend has a 2000 lbs hitch (which is the same as the 2017 Fuse)
  • Both are the same length and width and height +- an inch or two.

Why did I buy a Fuse over a Trend?   

To be honest very few of these details came into account.  It came down to feel.   We liked the more open feel the Fuse has.  This is due to the pocket door and window in the bath.   This made it feel more open to us.   We also liked the sliding cabinet doors.  We worried that if the upward opening cabinet doors on the Trend popped open things would fall to the floor.   

The price on both units was about the same.  The Trend was about 5% less expensive than the Fuse. We thought either would have worked for us.

If you are interested in either of these motorhomes I recommend watching the sales videos that Lichtsinn RV produces.  They are very good walkthroughs of the units.  Winnebago has also put a virtual tour of each unit on their web site as well.

Feel free to add comments especially if you think it would be beneficial to someone making a decision between the two motorhomes.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Ford Transit Recall August 2016

For those folks who are following my blog but not following the "Fuse Owners" Facebook group I want to pass on a Ford recall notice.

Some of the early model 2017 Winnebago Fuse motorhomes are in a group of Ford Transits that need to have their fuel injection pumps replaced.  They will also inspect for damage to the fuel injectors and replace them if necessary.   The site has a nice concise description of the recall.

You can check if your Fuse is covered by the recall by going to the Ford Owner Site and entering your VIN .

The parts to complete the recall should be available in October.  You may want to contact your local Ford dealer so you can get into the queue.  You should be receiving mail from Ford with more information if your Fuse is in the group that is impacted.

The Ford Press Release is here.

Below is the Ford recall from their site:

  • Recall Date: AUG 22, 2016
  • NHTSA Recall Number: AWAITING#
  • Ford Recall Number: 16S32
  • Status: 11 - RECALL INCOMPLETE

Petzl E+LITE Headlamp

I have 3 flashlights in the motorhome.   One a traditional Maglight,  a Fenix high power LED light and a small Petzl headlamp.

Petzl E+LITE

The headlamp is a Petzl E+LITE.   This is a very small light.  It uses two CR2032 button batteries and is just slightly larger than the batteries.   It is not the most powerful light only putting out  a maximum of 26 lumens, but that is plenty for task lighting. Task lighting is what I tend to use a headlamp for.

I have several flashlights.  I have been getting rid of the cheap ones since they never seem to work when I need them.  The Petzl is a good one I have replaced several of the cheap ones with.

Petzl E+LITE

I love the size and the weight.  It was designed for backpackers and mountain climbers.  Besides its size, there are several nice features about the Petzl E+LITE that made me buy one.

First is that it will produce either white light or red light.  The white light has an output of 5 lumens on low mode and 26 lumens on high power.  The red light is pretty bright, but is not specified in the manual.  You can also select a mode where it will flash either the white or the red light.  Petzl  says these modes are so you can be seen.  They are right.

Petzl E+LITEPetzl E+LITE

Second is the E+LITE  has a retractable headband.  It is more of a headstring than a headband but it works and keeps the clutter down to a minimum.  In addition to putting this around my head, I have worn it on my arm and looped it to put it on the beagle's collar.   In the middle of the night with the flashing red light there is no excuse not to be seen.

Petzl E+LITE

The headstring is not something you would want to wear for hours on end, though you could.  But for the motorhome where you would need to to connect up utilities at night it would be fine.

The other thing that I liked about the light is the battery lifetime.  On high it is good for 50 hours and on low it should run for 70 hours.  I doubt I use it that much in a year.  It is designed to be stored.  The CR2032 batteries do not self destruct like alkaline batteries either.  That probably means that I will not have to change the batteries for years.

The manufactures web site for the light is here.   I purchased mine from Amazon.  It was around $30.00.  You can sometimes find them on sale for just a little over $20.00.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Can I Idle my Fuse

One of the main reasons in the South to run the generator on the Fuse is to have air conditioning.    Air Conditioning is a must as temperatures get into the 80s and above.  For those of us with pets, it is even more important if we leave them in the motorhome and go exploring.

The Fuse generator is powered by LP gas.  The Fuse only has a 10 gallon tank so this is a concern for many people.  Refilling the tank is not a problem if you are staying at campgrounds or in most areas, but in a few places getting LP is problematic.

So what about just cooling the Fuse with the dash air?  It is actually a larger A/C than the mach10 unit on the roof and can keep the entire vehicle cool with a little help stirring the air in the back.   To do this, the question is is it safe to idle the ford Transit 3.2l diesel engine for a period of time measured in hours.

The short answer is yes.

Now to the discussion:  I asked Ford about idling the engine for an extended period when it was set up like the Fuse.  The Fuse comes with the Motorhome package which has some features that helps with idling.  I asked three places and got 3 answers that were in the affirmative, but two of them were not very convincing.

The question I asked was this:
"I have a Winnebago Fuse motorhome that is built on a Ford Transit 350HD with the 3.2l Powerstroke diesel engine and Motorhome Prep package.   I would like to idle the engine for an extended period, somewhere between 1 hour and 8 hours with the air conditioning running.   Is this OK to do ?   If so, are there any special precautions I should take, different lubricants I should use, changes in the maintenance schedule, etc. or is the diesel Transit designed to do this as is?
The first answer was:
 I am summarizing: You might have to change the oil more often.  At 2500 miles, but it became obvious that they thought I had a Gas engine towards the end.
The second answer was:
"The information I was able to find in your owner manual recommends not idling over grass or other combustible material, as well as not idling for long periods of time for fuel consumption purposes. " 
The third answer was:
"... Ford found no specific restrictions regarding idle time.  They reported that there is a potential issue with the Diesel particulate filter,  where soot accumulation in the filter cannot easily be burned off at idle.  They stated that as long as the owner is able to drive the vehicle a sufficient distance at speed and load to regenerate the DPF after they get a cluster warning message,  then it should be fine.  They also caution about idling over grass or other potentially flamible materials."
The last answer I received from a Ford dealer was that if you were going to idle a Ford Transit for an extended period then the diesel engine was the one you wanted for this task.   It is being used by emergency service and utility vehicles for this exact purpose.

Regarding the oil and lubricants.  Ford said to follow the manual and the computer will let you know when it is time to change the oil.  It uses several different inputs to determine when the oil should be changed  with one of them being idle time.  Excessive idling will cause the oil to need to be changed more frequently but the change interval is not just dependent on that one factor.

This is the information from Ford.   There are several other things that should also be considered.

How do you secure your vehicle if you walk away and leave it running?   

Unattended idling is against the rules in many places.  In about 20% of the United States this will get you a ticket of up to $200.00 for your first offense.  It may void your Insurance if the vehicle is stolen while idling unattended.

Idling is against the law in some places

Some places have made idling for an extended period against the law for pollution purposes.  Most of these laws affect commercial vehicles but in some places it is for all vehicles. This is mostly in cities, but it is another factor to consider.  A list maintained by the US Dept. of Energy is located here:

So what am I going to do?

This is just me.  If I am at a rest stop or at a place where the big rigs are idling then I am going to idle.  I will be with the vehicle so I feel good about it not disappearing.  Idling for a period of time at a rest stop should also not cause any real issues with the particulate filter since I will be back on the road shortly and giving the re-gen process time to work if necessary.

I know it will keep me cool for a nap or lunch since I have done it.  In 95 degree heat, in the full sun, the dash air will keep the interior of the Fuse cool.

As far as running it when the vehicle is not occupied by a human.  I am going to continue to run the generator.  That is what it is for and will avoid any issues with local authorities and idling laws.

Friday, August 19, 2016

2017 1/2 Exterior Color Change

The exterior color on the 2017 1/2 Winnebago Fuse changed to a new color scheme called "Magnetic".  Below are pictures of the 2017 and the 2017 1/2 Fuse from the respective Winnebago brochures.  

2017 Winnebago Fuse - From Winnebago Brochure
2017 Winnebago Fuse - From Winnebago Brochure

2017 1/2 Winnebago Fuse - From Winnebago Brochure
2017 1/2 Winnebago Fuse - From Winnebago Brochure

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How much can my Fuse tow?

A question has come up and I find it interesting since I do not know anything about the subject.  How much can a Fuse or any Ford Transit based motorhome tow?   This is even more interesting since the 2017 1/2 model Winnebago is upgrading the hitch from a 2000 lbs one to a 5000 lbs capacity one.

This was posted by Bob Bedell on the Travato Facebook the other day and I think it explains how to determine what you can tow:
From a post by Michael Russell in Travato Owners and Wannabees FB Group. Dated 2015
“This has always been a confusing topic trying to understand all of the specs quoted by the manufacturers and it took me a long time asking questions and reviewing documents to understand all of the acronyms GCWR, GVWR, OCCC, dry weight, hitch rating, etc?
One of the important things to remember is that just because you can walk back to the hitch and read the hitch rating on the tag of the hitch doesn't mean that the RV can tow that much weight. That is just how much weight the hitch has been certified to carry without breaking off the back of the RV. You have to consider the chassis weight carrying capacity (and how much it is loaded) and see which one is lower .... chassis or hitch.
Lets go through the numbers for the Travato. Total weight the Travato can Tow AND Carry is 11500 lbs (GCWR). To find out how much you can safely tow you need to subtract from the GCWR the total weight of the Travato loaded with everything in it. This includes the Travato, occupants, gear, gas, water, and tongue weight of the trailer. All of these items can't be more than the Pro-Master chassis is rated to carry which 9350 (GVWR). So when the Travato is completely loaded to the max it can carry GCWR- GVWR which is 11500-9350=2150 lbs. So if you have loaded up your Travato to its max you can only pull a trailer of 2150 lbs even though the hitch can handle 3500. If you can cut down on the weight you have loaded into the Travato you can increase the amount of trailer you can tow. But it is very hard (if not impossible) to get to the max hitch capacity of 3500 lbs because that would mean that you would have to keep the Travato and all of the contents below 11500-3500=8000 lbs. The Travato empty of everything weighs 7440 lbs which only leaves you with 560 lbs you can load. A couple of people (250 lbs), gas (150 lbs.), propane (36 lbs), and water (200 lbs), and tongue weight (350 lbs) and you are already over the capacity to tow a 3500 lbs trailer. Doing the math 11500-986-7440 (total above) = 3074 lbs. and this doesn't include any of the camping gear you need. In summary I think you can only expect to tow a trailer in the range of 2150 to 2800 lbs max. Hope this helps. “ 

It sounds like a pretty good explanation to me.  Lets translate this to a Transit based motorhome.  So for the 2017 Fuse 23A lets get the important numbers on the table:
  GCWR = 13500 (from Ford - 350HD with 3.2 l diesel and 3.73 transmission)
         Ford 2016 Transit Towing Guide
  GVWR = 10360 (From door sticker)
  OCCC  = 1529  (from door sticker)
  Front GAWR = 4130 (from door sticker)
  Rear GAWR = 7275 (from door sticker)

If we insert these numbers into this discussion we get 13500-10360=3140 lbs

With a Fuse you are not probably not loading it to the maximum weight so you might be able to add back in 2-300 pounds.  You would need to weigh the vehicle for sure. 

You also have to add back in the tongue weight of the trailer to how much you are carrying on the chassis.  How much is that?  For a toad (car being towed) it depends on your tow bar.  Probably under 50 pounds from what I read.  For a trailer, it is different, maybe up to 10% of the weight of the trailer and it is very dependent on the trailer.

So the quick general answer is 3100-3500lbs with the proper hitch .   2000 lbs on the 2017 since that is the hitch capacity.

A couple of good resources:
       Motorhome Magazine Dinghy Guides

       Ford 2016 Transit Towing Guide

Friday, August 12, 2016

Naples Kitchen Frozen Entrees

When I find something that is good and I can cook in the Fuse that is easy,  I will point it out.   One thing we found are some frozen entrees from Naples Kitchen.   They are available at Walmart and I verified on vacation it was not just a Florida thing.  We saw them as far away as Columbus, Ohio.  They are also available at various other stores including Costco.

Naples Kitchen Frozen Entree

At Walmart they are in with the Frozen TV dinners. We have had several of the chicken and beef dishes and they have all been good.  Our favorite so far has been the Hawaiian Style Chicken.   On a bed of rice it is great.   There is enough meat and sauce in the package for 2 people to have 2 meals when served on some rice.  The leftovers taste pretty good as well.  Price for the larger containers is $12.98.

Cooking it is easy.  It even comes with a plastic serving container.  You poke some holes in the bag  that it comes in and into the microwave it goes.  I believe the large container for the Hawaiian Chicken says 7 minutes.   In the microwave at home it  takes about double the amount of time indicated in the instructions.  In the Fuse microwave it was definitely double what the cooking instructions said.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Oil Change for the Fuse

Well I got the oil changed in the Fuse at 6800 miles.    I sputtered and sputtered and wondered.  Do I do it at 5000 miles, 7500 miles, 10,000 miles?  Do I wait until the computer tells me to?  Would that be too late if I was out on a trip?   I lost my nerve and decided to get it done.

I went to my local SuperLube shop in town and asked it they could do it.  I bring my cars there including my diesel F-250 and they do a good job so why not.  I was talking motorhomes and I got a strange look.   When I said it was roughly the size of a UPS truck they understood.  They pointed me at their location on the other side of town with larger bays.   The manager said they do fleet oil changes/maintenance on vehicles like that so I felt better.

I brought my vehicle to the store and they guided me in.  They had never seen a Fuse and were a little apprehensive.  Then they scanned the VIN and it popped up Ford Transit 350HD and they were all smiles.  They do these all of the time, just not with houses on the back.

They asked me one question,  regular or synthetic oil?  I asked a question.  What is the price?  Well the oil change was $85.00 for regular oil and $130.00 for synthetic.  About the same as the truck.

I decided to splurge and go synthetic as an experiment to see if it helps mileage or anything else.  I get mixed answers about which is better, so we will see.  Feel free to comment if you can help answer the question.

15 minutes later I was out the door.  The manual said 12 quarts and 12 quarts is what it took.  They were nice enough to guide me out, so I did not clip the rear end.  I was actually anxious about that, but no problems.

After we were finished I asked a couple of questions:

  • First, how bad was the oil?  He said it did not look too bad.   Not a scientific answer, but I will take it.  From the way he talked it had another couple thousand miles before it really needed to be changed.  On the other hand this was not an oil analysis.
  • Second was how bad was the filter?  He said it was pretty clean from a casual look.
  • I asked him how big was the filter?  He pulled one off of the shelf.  It was tiny compared to the one on the F-250 or the tractor.   Somewhere I read it was the same as on a gasoline F-150.  I can believe that once I saw it.
  • I asked if they were going to pre-fill the filter.  He said they do on the big filters, but not on the small ones.  I forgot to ask why.
I do want to commend the guys that were working at the SuperLube on Tennessee Street.   I saw and overheard a conversation between the crew and a young lady who pulled in and wanted her oil changed.  She went in and sat in the waiting room as soon as she got there. They looked at the dip stick and the oil was clean.   They thought it had less than a thousand miles on it.  Instead of taking her money, they checked the fluids and told her she did not need it.    She swore it had been five thousand miles since she had it changed, but the crew there was convinced that it had just done.  She looked in her glove box and in a few minutes found where her dad had it done less than 1000 miles earlier.  I really like it when folks do the right thing like this.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Winnebago Fuse Maintenance - Front Weep Holes

There is some maintenance that has to be done more often that others.  There is one spot on the Winnebago Fuse that has to be checked pretty often.  Maybe once a week.  This is the area around the weep holes under the front window.  

Fuse engine

The Ford Transit portion of the Fuse is a real nice.  The engine compartment is laid out pretty well.  One thing that I have noticed is that the front window weep holes are easily blocked. Ford made it easy to clean, but it has to be cleaned.

Winnebago Fuse Weep HolesWinnebago Fuse Weep Holes

The first part of this maintenance is just to clear the leaves and debris out of the gutter under the window where the wipers sit.  There are two small holes that need to remain clear so no water backs up.  One on the passenger side and one on the drivers side.

Winnebago Fuse Weep HolesWinnebago Fuse Weep Holes

Under these holes are trays accessible with the hood up.   The tray on the drivers side is easy to pull out and clean.  It just slides out and then you can wipe it out.  Putting it back in is just as easy.

Winnebago Fuse Weep Holes

The one on the passenger side is a little more complicated, but easy never the less.  You have to slide a clip holding the washer fluid tube off and then it comes out almost like on the drivers side.  Putting it back on is easy as well.  Just make sure the wire clip is attached again.

Winnebago Fuse Weep Holes

I have been cleaning the top side of the holes of debris about once a week and pulling the trays every month or so.  This keeps the water from backing up and possibly leaking into the coach.  This is especially important if you have a wooded lot like I do.  There are always leaves wanting to block the holes.

Pulling the trays and cleaning them is important as well.  This morning when I cleaned them I found a couple of ants starting to take up residence in the organic matter that had accumulated down there.  I don't want any unwanted passengers causing problems.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Easy Closet Mod

Fuse closet mod

I made a quick modification to the closet.  We have been storing the cab side shades and our broom in the closet.  Problem has been that since we do not put many clothes in the closet they sit at a diagonal and flop around on occasion.  Looking at the closet there is sort of a cutout along the left side where a chase goes up to the roof.  Looking at the size, I thought if I could put an elastic cord or two there I could have some of the taller things nicely organized.

Fuse closet mod

So I got a couple of screw eyes and a bungee cord  and off I went. I first made sure the eyes were very short since I did not want to a) go through the woodwork and b) penetrate something important. They looked short enough so I screwed them in.

Then I attached the bungee.  It was too long so I put some knots in the cord until it was short enough for our purposes.  I did not want the bungee  very tight since we don't want too much force pulling in on the eyes.     I need to get a bungee that is the right length but I was doing this with materials on hand so this will do for a while.

It held up well on our short trip to the coast.  No noises or rattles so I will call this good.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

St. Marks Lighthouse

St. marks Lighthouse

This weekend we took a short trip down to the St. Marks Lighthouse and then over to Alligator Point and ate lunch.   A round trip of 125 miles from Tallahassee down to the coast and back.   I am a firm believer that if you let any vehicle sit, it starts to rot.  So we are not going to let the Fuse sit.

First we drove down US-319 to the Woodville Highway and then down to the St. Marks National Wild Life Refuge.  The drive down was nice.  Very flat with speeds from 45-55mph.  Not a road you can just set the cruse control since there are several small towns and lots of homes and businesses along the way but a nice easy drive never the less.

Warning Gators

Once we got there we stopped at the Visitors Center and looked at the small museum.  There is a very nice porch along the back side of the building that overlooks a large pond.   While we were looking here we heard the distinct grunting of a male alligator looking for a mate. Then we heard several more.  Never saw the gators, just heard them.   With the temperatures over 90, they stay in the water and even if they were right in front of you, you might never see them.

St. Marks Lighthouse driveSt. Marks Lighthouse drive

We got back in the Fuse and drove down to the Lighthouse.  It is a great 7 mile drive looking over the salt marshes and ponds.  

St. Marks Lighthouse drive

St. Marks Lighthouse drive Fusepeople wading @ St. Marks NWR

Once at the lighthouse we looked around.  We left Lily in the Fuse since there are many gators near the lighthouse.  Dogs are a delicacy to a gator and there have been recent attacks on dogs here.  We saw boats, some people wading in the water fishing in the gulf, and some shore birds.  What we did not see but felt were the sand gnats and mosquitos.  

Take it from your friendly travel advisor, Summer is the wrong time of the year to go to the salt marsh.  Winter here is a much better time and there is even more wildlife out to see.   So after looking around we decided to head on down the coast to see what else we could see.

St. Marks Lighthouse drive

Onward we went.  Back to the entrance and then west on US-98.  Where to exactly we were not sure, but we would know it when we got there.  We got as far as Alligator Point when we decided it was time for lunch.   That was actually the goal for today.  Some seafood at the coast.

Alligator point is at the mouth of Ochlockonee Bay if you are not familiar with the area. There stands two local landmarks at the US-98 bridge.  One is the Oaks restaurant.  It went out of business years ago, but is still one of those places where the locals say "go to the Oaks and turn right".  The other is where we ate.  

We ate at Angelo and Sons Seafood Restaurant.  It is a nicer restaurant with prices to match but you do get what you pay for and the food was good.   It sits over the water and has great views of the bay.  The local legend is that the restaurant was originally built over the water since the county line is at the waterline.  The county the land is in was "dry" and the county the bay is in was "wet".  So in order to sell adult beverages they built the restaurant in the "wet" county and over the water they went.

There was plenty of room for the Fuse to park and Lily waited in the air-conditioned motorhome while we went in and ate.  Being over the water and this being a beautiful day the views were to die for.  

Sonya and Jimmy had fried shrimp.  This is normal fare for North Florida seafood.  I had the shrimp au gratin.  Both were very good and as much as you could eat.  They were accompanied with another North Florida seafood restaurant staple, Captains Wafer crackers and butter spread.  Yummy as well.   We brought back a beagle box with a hamburger for Lily and after she ate we decided to head for home.

The drive was nice going home.  We came home a slightly different way through Crawfordville, Fl.  Again speeds were between 45-55mph all the way home.  The good part about this was we got 19mpg for the entire trip.  For a while the computer said we were getting 21mpg but that dropped back down when we got to Tallahassee.  All in all, a nice lunch at the coast.