The repair guy


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! 😀

wave when you pull out

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.triam-logo 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.

carefree-logoIn 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).

Serial Number List

Our details list is two small print pages long.

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.

2016011410064212Why?  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.

And there you have another exciting day in North Central Florida!  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.  wave when you pull out


12 thoughts on “The repair guy

    1. It WAS fun catching up with you and Diana yesterday. Glad you got to take in the show too.

      We are going to try to getting down Melbourne way before you leave.

      I would double check your packet and see about that. Most dealers who are worth their salt take the time to gather all the numbers for you. Some don’t. I’m sure of that. I noticed yesterday that there was a dealership at the show that advertised “buy direct from the factory” — and I’m willing to bet that dealer DOES NOT do the work for you. They’re telling everyone that they can get a better price through minimal dealer involvement and I’m willing to bet that the minimum dealer involvement that you get does not involved spending hours to check serial and model numbers, or to fine tune adjustments on your brand new product.

      Ya know — we looked at one of the Allegro’s yesterday. We had never been inside one before. Out of all the RV’s we looked at before buying either of ours, Tiffin’s were not among them. (not sure why — I know I have seen plenty of of them around Wisconsin and Oregon) Seems more of the Tiffin owners who blog have spoken about having to spend weeks at the Red Bay factory getting fixes taken care of. I think I can kinda see how that could be. There’s a bunch of little details I noticed yesterday that seemed odd engineering choices. So much about RV ownership is personal preference but it does scare me when you hear the same story from too many owners.

      Anyway… it was good getting together…. > >

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      1. We had the same thing with Montana fifth wheels. They all had the same barn wood color scheme, and the fit and finish was a huge departure from the units of just a few years ago. One model we looked at had this huge decorative beam and truss structure across the ceiling. Another gentleman in the rig with us mentioned to the factory rep that he didn’t like it. We chimed in in agreement with him. The rep said “Oh, I like it!” The entire thing repeated with a second rep, with he same response at the end. I looked at the guy’s wife and said, “Yeah, but who’s writing the check?” Turns out that truss costs $1000 and it can’t be eliminated from the floor plan, as Montana is unwilling to custom build.

        Did you see those small Mercedes MH’s with the Murphy beds from Canada? Those were cool.


      2. Agreed about who’s writing the check! It’s interesting that Montana won’t remove the beam from the design — which means it’s likely to be a structural issue and that kind of scares me. But then there’s a lot about 5th wheels that I’m uncomfortable with. And that begins with the idea of towing that BIG thing with the LITTLE things too many people try to do the job with — on the way home last night we saw a mis-matched 5th wheel and pickup and the guy was lighting the heavens with his headlights and way overweight! Momma always said, “There’s no accounting for taste.” and that’s the truth!

        I did not see the murphy beds! awwww. Would have loved to. We looked at some Sprinter conversions (Roadtreks) before buying our Journey but agreed that for us they were just too small. (for full timing) Kinda hard to visualize a murphy bed in a sprinter. I did get over to Magna Shade and to Bradd & Hall — so I accomplished what I set out to do. The new Holiday Ramblers are pretty posh — but I like the interior of MINE much better. The new ones are too fancy for my liking and too heavy too. I’m glad I’m happy with mine.


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      3. The beam was not structural, which made it even more baffling that they wouldn’t consider removing it. The whole decorating scheme seemed pseudo Knights Inn/ Medieval Times/farmer Walt’s collapsed barn out back. All that was missing was the red shag carpet and the pewter mugs. 🙂

        We always look at the mini Motorhomes for Diana’s ‘what if something happens to Jim’ plan. It happens, sad to say. We will have to look at our literature to see who made those. It’s out in the Escape (we got home at 9 PM last night…we stopped and saw friends in Lakeland).


      4. I hear you on the “what happens if”, and perhaps we are closer to that than you guys are — with my heart issues I’m sure that at some point I’m looking at cardiac surgery — but then the neighbor here had surgery on Saturday and he’s back in the coach since Thursday. Moving slower, but still doing OK.

        Not sure what our approach to travel would be if we had to get off the road. It’s possible that we might go less often and do Int’l destinations we never had occasion to do — but I really hate flying nowadays. Katie made reservations for her trip here end of Feb and the price was 87.00 for the tickets, 108 for add ons — like seats — and over 110.00 in taxes and fees. So tickets for 2 cost 308.00. But a guy my size in current seat spacing — no fun.

        I found the “Unity” by Leisure Vans (Manitoba) and it looks nice. Wonder about weight distribution but hopefully they have that twigged.

        > >

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      5. There was one that had two recliners that was extremely well thought out. The rear bathroom was huge. It’s amazing what that Murphy bed did for that little unit, Peter. Very nice, indeed.


      6. Well, before we would need one of those a lot would have to change and I’m sure they’ll change models before that happens. Heck the RV’s seem to change frequently and they are a lot more money. A lot of engineering goes into all that.

        > >

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    1. Lisa —

      I’ve known people who have pulled away from fuel islands without hanging up the fuel dispenser hose. It’s amazing the things people will do when they get out of their routine.

      Probably the biggest “gotcha” of them all is having your tow routine disrupted by a friendly neighbor and then forgetting some part of your hook-up routine — only to have some kind of malfunction a few minutes later.


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