There’s a certain truth to that lead graphic. It’s funny how many people come out to wave at you if you’ve left your antenna up or your stairs down, or forgotten to put away your cords! RV’ers are always SO helpful! 😀
It’s Thursday and the RV Mobile Repair guy did show up yesterday. Nothing’s any different. But we’re moving forward a little.
On the topic of our door lock front we know what we need to do. And it points out an important factor when dealing with RV service outlets. Not everyone works on every thing. And when someone tells you honestly that you’d be better off going to another service outlet it’s usually a good idea to listen. Bob, the guy at Mr RV Repair, just had another door lock like ours that was malfunctioning and it’s a parts specific repair. He knew a local dealership that should be able to take care of us and so for that part of the repair that’s what we’re going to do.
I feel good about that because as Bob was pulling in our park neighbor came over to talk with him — turns out they use him a lot — she told me he’s honest, quick, reasonable, and good. Unsolicited recommendations are hard to beat.
In the case of the torn slide topper I think we’ll end up having Bob do the replacement. We have Carefree of Colorado awnings and slide toppers. He’s quite happy to do the installation on one or all four awnings. (We have yet to decide our choice there as we’re waiting on a callback with pricing — won’t be cheap — the coach has their top of the line awnings and I’d like to keep like with like so the cost per topper will determine whether the decide to keep things looking uniform or give some consideration to our pocketbook).
And here it’s worth commenting on something every RV’er should know about — and have with them in their unit. Usually you’ll find that your RV comes with a model number and serial number data sheet. If you are buying your RV new you should always have one of these — compiled by your dealership for you. If you are buying a USED RV you should always make sure that the seller is turning over that information to you. In our case this is two 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper filled with small print serial and model numbers.
Why? Because that little sheet of paper will save you $$$$ and hours trying to get the right parts for your RV when you need them — and if you are out RV’ing you’re gonna need repairs parts some place along the way. There’s no getting around it. Things do break down.
Our other repairs have never involved parts needing serial numbers — but in this case the serial numbers will be very helpful. If you have Carefree of Colorado awnings / toppers the factory puts a label with the S/N & Model # on the barrel of the awning/topper. The problem with that is that in order to read the number you have to have two people, you have to be up on top of your RV and you have to physically unroll the topper to the end of the roll (against spring tension) so that you can read the label applied to the barrel of the topper. NOT AND EASY TASK. The list of part numbers save all of that. And the serial number also gives you the key for the correct color — so you don’t have to roll into a new park, slide out your extend-a-room and have a chartreuse topper on an orange RV!
All of this will take a few days — to fabricate the topper, shipping, and then installation. Which is why we wanted to get onto this project as soon as we could.
While waiting for Bob to arrive I paid off our hospital bill. So glad we signed up for the AARP Medicare Complete supplemental insurance. I almost choked when I went on line shortly after my 4 night hospital stay to see how bad the bill was. After the insurance payment it was still ‘a lot’ but at least it wasn’t lifestyle-altering! Always glad to get good news that way.
So, we’re chilling today — hoping to hear from Bob about pricing and timing. One of these days I’ll take a drive down to Tri-Am RV Center and talk with them about an appointment for the door lock repair. Not sure if I would pull in slides and raise jacks to get that done BEFORE we leave here — or whether we would make an appointment and do it when we head out from Florida. I’m actually inclined to get the job done sooner rather than later. The last job like this that Bob had the RV’er was actually locked OUT of his coach — we just have to be careful about what we do — we aren’t at the point of being locked out YET.