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Old 09-24-2013, 06:10 AM   #1
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Ladies and Gentlemen

It's 7:20 and you Newmar veterans know that means I've been at it with Vyron for about 80 minutes. I've actually been at it for about 5 hours but I'll get to that in a moment. (Caveat: for those waiting for pictures, look for some this evening. Didn't take any yesterday and the sun is just now coming up. Then it's the photo transfer to iPad and then to Shutterfly. Sorry)

After a restless night at the B&B Sunday, the boss and I showed up what we thought was a bright and early (and civilized) 7:30. I mentioned this in my book but is there some federal law requiring RV parks, manufacturers and affiliated businesses to be within a driver/7 iron of a railroad track? And does every train in the central US pass through Nappanee? just askin'.

From the Customer service center we were sent to Building 11 half a mile away from..... Yes...Building 10 - the Customer service center. In between are buildings 14, 9, 23 and 174 ( just kidding on last one). Leander and Vyron were there to meet us as well as.......drum roll......the Blue Bus. The DW was very pleased. Apparently the color schemes came out quite nicely or so I was told. I thought they would give us a "wow" hour or so to do a private walk thru but we went right at it. Overwhelmed occurred about 45 minutes in and I won't bore you with the obvious.

This is the point where I reference the "Newmar Moment". We had the Air Force One installed in the CR-V at an authorized installer in a Union MO, SW from St Louis. Despite requests, Newmar told us they wouldn't complete the process (the motorhome side) and Dans Hitch in Elkhart, Newmars go to place, was very reluctant to do the back end work. We if course didn't want to go back to Union or take more than half a day to drive separately to Elkhart.....so we asked again (I brought all the parts). "We just can't do that because of liability issues cutting into your air hose".

2 hours later: "We got the go ahead to do your AF1 install!" I think there's a pattern. Can't do. Can't do. We got this. Not only that but they will give us the Blue Ox tow bar set up tutorial as part of the CPU package. Test and make sure all tow and supplemental brake systems are okie dokie. That Newmar or what.

After cramming 100 lbs of data into my 3 oz receptacle over a 6 hour period we ran into fellow Hoots dpeterso and navigator and spent a wonderful couple if hours getting acquainted. So...MnBob? Despite all sage advice to the contrary, there's no harm in asking whether Nappanee can squeeze you in for immediate warranty work. Dpeterso made it in. You might also

I'm being called back to class so I'll leave with where I started -- an unexplained all nighter. Besides the trains, I haven't quite got the hang of settings on the Dometic thermostat. I like sleeping in the cold but when the temps got down into the low 40s the heat kicked in. Also I had heard that I could take that nice hot Oasis shower simply by switching in AC 1. At 2:30 am I turned off the heat. At 4 I turned it back on as well as AC 1 on the Oasis monitor. At 5:30 I hopped into the shower. The Luke warm shower. Perfect. At least the coffee maker went off in a timely fashion.

I hate learning curves!

By the way it's 8:15 and the DW is still sacked. Gave her the am off

This Hoot stuff ain't for sissies. More later


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Old 09-24-2013, 08:46 AM   #2
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Sounds like a real productive 1st day. Only 3 or 4 more days to go! Looking forward to the pictures later tonight.

BTW ... did you move Blue Bus back to building #11 with the DW sleeping in the back this morning?


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Old 09-24-2013, 08:52 AM   #3
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Keep those stories coming, Phil!! Waiting excitedly for pics. I sense many laughs around a fire, JD in hand........
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:22 PM   #4
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Can't wait to see pictures of the "Blue Bus"! Wish we could have done the factory delivery!
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