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Old 07-21-2016, 09:23 PM   #1
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What Do You Do When the Coach is Down

We are currently traveling four four months. We are preparing to be off the road for a week plus for repairs to our coach because of unexpected pronlems. We will not be allowed to live in it. We will be either motelling it or doing an extended stay.

We will be staying in a location that we did not visit. We plan to keep occupied as much as possible, but it may be a stretch. What do others do in the same situation?
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We have always been fortunate to have our coach worked on during the day and returned for occupancy in the afternoon.

I suggest getting an extended stay for the week and then go golfing, fishing, sight seeing, have a wine tour, food tour, or whatever is available in the area.
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We have always been fortunate to have our coach worked on during the day and returned for occupancy in the afternoon.

I suggest getting an extended stay for the week and then go golfing, fishing, sight seeing, have a wine tour, food tour, or whatever is available in the area.
This is a mechanical problem and the rear end will possibly be torn down and parts ordered. All takes time.
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All you can do is suck it up.

Look on the net for city/county tourism info; you might find lots to do even if it's a Frog Festival or whatever.
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Not sure what the finances are like but don't feel like you're stuck in the city your rig is in. If there's an airport nearby hop a flight to somewhere you DO want to be. Presumably, the hotel/motel would be the same (or close) as where you are at. Airfares are pretty cheap these days.

Heck, some people have to pay to store their rigs when they do this. Think of it as free storage while you take another adventure
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If you have Roadside Assistance Insurance, perhaps your plan will provide you a lodging benefit? I'd also check with your insurance company too. Best of luck in this lousy situation.
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What town will you be? Perhaps we could offer suggestions if we knew where you are.

We always had maintenance done in a day. They took it around 7am and we packed drinks/snacks, lawn chairs, lawn blanket, books, computer and spent the day touring the town. Sometimes we'd have a leisurely breakfast, do some window shopping or errands, drive the surrounding area to explore, go to a movie or just spend a couple hours in a nice park. If you enjoy museums do that..or a zoo, a round of golf, drop in pickleball or tennis, a visit to a gym paying a day fee, of course, hiking, rent a boat, kayak or canoe, if near water, take a raft trip if there's a river, etc.

Good luck with finding things to do and with the repair!
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A local library can be a place to spend some quality time. Lots of good reading, maybe movies, comfy chairs and wifi.
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I would draw a circle on a map equal to a day drive with the coach at the center and start putting miles on the toad. Since the coach is more or less untouchable while being repaired you're stuck with hotel/restaurants cost regardless of where you might be. Might as well get out and travel a bit they way we did before having a coach.

One word of caution - empty the fridge even if it means throwing food out. Read a lot of horror stories of food rotting in a coach without power for a week or two while at a repair center. Battery bank depleted after a few days and the fridge shutting down. At the end of the work day plugging the coach in is easy to forget at a repair center.
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If I had to spend a week, it wouldn't be in a motel. Sounds like a good time for a cruise.
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This is a mechanical problem and the rear end will possibly be torn down and parts ordered. All takes time.
Sorry to hear that. I think I know how you feel. I hate waiting but realize sometimes there is just nothing you can do about it.

I agree with a cruise as an option.
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I would draw a circle on a map equal to a day drive with the coach at the center and start putting miles on the toad. Since the coach is more or less untouchable while being repaired you're stuck with hotel/restaurants cost regardless of where you might be. Might as well get out and travel a bit they way we did before having a coach.

One word of caution - empty the fridge even if it means throwing food out. Read a lot of horror stories of food rotting in a coach without power for a week or two while at a repair center. Battery bank depleted after a few days and the fridge shutting down. At the end of the work day plugging the coach in is easy to forget at a repair center.
We have already started looking at a map of the area a and been on line.

About the frig. I gave that thought and ask the service scheduler/writer about power. He said they usually throw the main breakers but thought there were s few live outlets. I have not met him, only talked with him on the phone, he really didn't inspire confidence. So we will be cleaning it out.
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