A cold morning and cool day. There were freeze warnings last night and for tonight as well. But it was a clear sunny day. This post is going to be about motorhome repairs/maintenance again. Sorry that I can’t find something exciting to write about all the time. It’s life.
The windshield place, First Class Glass (say that 10 times), got me inside their garage about 10 am and back out by 1:30pm. Interesting concept – get bugs squished on your windshield so replace it😄.
Once it is in place, there was about an hours more labor with micro positioning, reinstalling all the rubber, silicone caulking and cleaning/polishing. When finished, I drove the rig back to my full hookup site as they prefer that the rubber and silicone caulking cure over night before going on the road.
The motorhome next to me had its windshield shattered though safety glass kept the glass from coming inside. On an interstate, they (and other vehicles) were passed by a pickup at a high rate of speed. The pickup was pulling a flat trailer upon which was another pickup being toted with its rear bed towards the front. The pickup being hauled had its tailgate down but the bed was covered by a fiberglass tonneau cover. So all the air was being forced into this covered bed with nowhere to go. Apparently the tonneau cover was blown right off and struck my neighbor’s rig as well as parts the hitting other vehicles. The tower did not stop. My neighbor said their camera captured the license plate. Looking at the destroyed windshield, it must have been loud and frightening.
Saturday morning I returned to the campground in Belmont and Monday afternoon I went back to Pro Finishes where a team of 4 attacked the exterior of the rig to wash/wax and detail it, not a job I could physically handle anymore. It only required their services to the roof and sides as the front and rear caps had already received their extensive attention😂.
I hope to leave here either tomorrow (Tues) or Weds. Doing a last minute load of wash and then I’ll empty the holding tanks so I’ll be ready to hit the road and be independent of hookups, if needed, for the next 10-14 days.
I got a Tiffin moonlighting mechanic in this afternoon to look at/fix my slideout in the BR – the one that makes a horrible loud snapping noise when extending or retracting. It had been diagnosed as needing a new Teflon block installed to slide on. Well, that, it turns out, is not the issue.
The slide is hydraulic chain driven. The chain is attached at the bottom and about midway up another is attached to a 2-3’ long cylindrical hydraulic pump. The other ends are fixed to the floor and wall of the coach. Depending on which way the pump is toggled, the chain draws the slide in or out. The pump is bolted with two top and two bottom bolts to the interior side of the outer slide frame. All of this is hidden behind the interior bedroom trim.
One of the two lower bolts was nearly out so when the chain went in and out, the cylinder would torque with a resounding bang. It’s not going anywhere but I don’t want a failure at the most in opportune time. It turns out the bolt was loose because the bolt hole in the cylinder was stripped. My repair guy will check at the plant tomorrow if they have a new cylinder and arm in stock and, if so, if he can find someone who can repair it in the next couple of days. If not, I’ll be judicious in my use of that slide till I can get it repaired. The slide being in does not interfere with my ability to walk around in the bedroom nor with access to any closet or drawer. The only functionality I lose with the slide in is the ability to access the washer/dryer. In keeping with my pedantic tendency to over explain, I offer:
Keeping my fingers crossed that the parts are in stock and that one of the busy independent repair folks will work me in for what I’m told is about a 4 hour job. If not, I’ll be careful and when my stint is over camphosting, I wander over to HWH Corp in Moscow, IA (the mfr of this system) to get it fixed. I’ve been there before with my prior RV as they are the predominant mfr of hydraulic leveling jacks for RVs and one of the most accommodating companies I’ve dealt with.
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