We’ve been told that we’ll run into some issues while being on the road and to just be prepared when it happens. Until now, it’s been smooth sailing. But as they say, when it rains, it pours……
Literally! Our first little mishap happened as we entered a torrential downpour while driving 400+ miles one day. Howie flipped on the windshield wiper and the passenger side started flipping around like a tilt-a-whirl. Luckily, it just needed to be snapped properly into place – but Howie got to do it during the monsoon.
If only it stopped there! We have three slides on Junebug (our motorhome). After a long day of driving, we went to put out our bedroom slide but it wouldn’t budge – it didn’t even make a sound as though the motor just died. Howie, started googling and working at it and after a bit of wire jiggling and trouble shooting, it started working and we got a good nights sleep. Problem solved……
NOT! It worked fine the next time or two, but one morning as we prepared to leave for a big day of travel, the slide wouldn’t come IN! Hard to travel that way! Again, Howie tried working his magic but he was out of tricks, so we called an RV repair guy who came to our campsite about 3 hours later. Long story, short, he was able to get the slide back in but couldn’t actually fix it. The good news? We were on our way to another campsite where we were supposed to stay for a 7 night stretch.
Of course, when we got the the next stop, the bedroom slide wouldn’t move, so we called another RV repair guy who came out promptly. Unfortunately, when Howie and Larry went to remove the sleep number mattress so the guy could get to the slide mechanisms, the one hose was “stuck” and had to be cut. One side of the mattress then completely deflated, leaving one of us (namely, me) to sleep in a “hole”.
Anyway, Ron, the repair man, had to order some parts and was able to come back on Tuesday, four days later and………NOT fix it! To get to the point, between Howie and Ron, the slide was finally fixed. We were also able to repair the cut hose and our bed is FINALLY back to normal!
So that’s OUR sad story….in the meantime, Marj and Larry were having troubles of their own. After a full day of travel, they went in to set up their 5th wheel and one side of their kitchen island had collapsed about 5 inches into the floor of the RV. Mind you, this beautiful RV is brand new and has been used a total of about 2 weeks! (Where is the craftsmanship nowadays??) So, they contacted their dealer in Florida and propped up the island with a couple of 2×4’s! While it’s not quite as “pretty” as it was before the island sank, everything is functioning just fine.
Hopefully this will be the end to our travel troubles. These obstacles are just that…..obstacles. Our spirits remain up and we continue to have a great time in spite of our woes. We look forward to all that remains ahead of us!
But remember, not all “trails are always happy”!