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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Full Time RV Living–RV Maintenance–Spreading the Good News

Yaaa. . .we have our home back. . .it’s so great! AND. . .

they did not need to remove the slide. . .

which saved us a bundle on labor costs. . .thank you Lord!

I prayed a very specific prayer about that. . . and it was answered.

Camping World Kitchen Slide Repairs

This was our problem child. . .the kitchen slide.

In order to remove it, they would have needed to remove both refrigerators,

and the stove! Isn’t that crazy? 

I was amazed to be told that this was the heaviest slide in the coach. . .

I would have guessed that the living room slide was heavier.

Camping World Kitchen Slide RepairsCamping World Kitchen Slide Repairs

Apparently, this little one foot wall between the door

and the slide out was what was causing all the problems. 

No one had ever told me that once the slide touches the

wall to STOP pushing the button.  I thought you were supposed to push the button

until the slide stopped going out.  Our tech said the slide motor is so strong

that the slide had managed to complete dislodge this wall. . .hello! 

I will say that I had noticed the wall moving out a little bit the last few trips. . .

and I WAS greatly concerned. . .

mostly that the slide might just fall out on the ground. 

I’m not sure that could actually happen. . .but hey. . .

I have a vivid imagination. . .so in my mind, I could picture it!

 

Anyway, because the wall had moved a little bit. . .

the entire slide had gotten a little cockeyed in the opening. . .

and thus all the problems.

 

The living room slide only required a new motor and gear box. . .

which held us up a couple of days while the parts manager

was trying to figure out the model #. . .if only they would have asked us. . .

we told them we knew exactly where

to get the motor. . .seriously. . .one phone call. . .

voila. . .next day. . .new motor. . .

but did they think to order the gear box at the same time. . .

oh NOOOOO. . .another phone call. . .NEXT day. . .gearbox. . .

Camping World employee bringing the rig out to the front so we can hook up!

and finally. . .finally about six o’clock we see this beautiful sight. . .

the porter bringing the rig out onto the driveway.

 

We chose to use Camping World in Katy for the same reason

we use Ford Dealerships to service the truck. . .

nationwide accessibility and warranty service. 

We’re hoping everything is now ship shape with the slides,

but if it becomes necessary to have any further adjustments done

at least we can take it in wherever we are.

 

We told Jessie, (our service advisor) that we had never had a good experience

when it came to having major repairs done on the rig. . .

but I must say, that other than the delays with parts, he, and Lance (our service tech)

did everything in their power to get us back on the road in a timely fashion.

 

Lance did say he didn’t believe he wanted to be working on any Alfas anytime soon. . .

I can’t say I blame him.  

  He was working with zero ground clearance in the back. . .

thankfully, he was skinny.  

We did get him a little thank you gift for all his agony. . .

and to say we appreciated his extra efforts. 

Dave went up to check on things on a daily basis. . .

and both guys were Johnny on the spot to take him back, and show him what was going on.

 

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Being away from “home” is miserable. . .

and we’ve gotten so spoiled to traveling with all of our stuff. . .

I’m sure the hotel staff thought we were moving in. . .it did feel that way.

 

I said before that we needed to empty both fridges. . .

so we had our big ice chest. . .both of our computers. . .

and various other paraphernalia to help us survive.

It was a nice hotel room. . .not a bad experience at all. . .

but we are very, very happy to be home.

 

The rig is so, so dirty. . .I’m hoping for a few days of sunshine,

so we can get it washed and waxed. 

With the drought, and water restrictions, we haven’t been able to do any washing. . .

we may hafta use a bucket and towels. . .but it’s gotta be done!

 

We have one more big remodeling project to do. . .

Dave’s desk is sad and pathetic,

so we are going to replace it, and the file cabinets. . .

and then our bodies and our budget will need to take a break!

 

More on that later. . .

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