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Old 08-15-2015, 11:53 AM   #42337
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:07 PM   #42338
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Wayne, bearded Santa is don of course. He hasn't shaved or trimmed since GCCL redux
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I can't believe he's let himself go like that!
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One of the mgrs at Freightliner said the oil pan is near where they (mechanic at Cummins) were working on the fuel pump. At least I think that's what he said. It will be highly unlikely that we can get either tow company to own up to causing the damage, although first tow guy didn't disconnect the drive shaft since he was only towing it 8 miles or so. Second tow guy did disconnect it for the 20+ drive to Cummins in Amarillo. But Cummins mgr told Freightliner that the guy who towed it to them is a shady character and nobody in Amarillo trusts him.

Oil leak has to be Cummins fault. It had never leaked a drop prior to them having it. And oil on ground under Bow at rv storage spot hasn't been there for months. It has been since I brought it back from Cummins 3 & 1/2 weeks ago. Freightliner guy is talking with Cummins rep, and I wish I knew if they were truly being honest or if they are just covering for each other.

Kate wants to sell Bow, but I'm thinking we should work a few months longer next year and build the savings back up and hang on to her for a while after she's fixed to see if the major problems are taken care of. If we have savings built back up in a year and a half, maybe we can take off then.
If the mechanics around the area are stating that someone is "shady" it needs to be reported to Good Sam. Problems encountered at any facility need to be reported to the appropriate management or BB. There are also places on this and other forums for reporting bad service.

Hang in there, retirement will happen.

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Picture it. Sicily, 1928.

Been watching too many episodes of the Golden Girls... I meant - Picture it - Bryce Canyon, Utah - 2015 - the stage is set - mutants are moving and it's a beautiful day for a Curiosity.
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Herb, makes ya want to park your moho in some beautiful spot and never move it! You know we feel your pain, my friend. I guess there are no guarantees of trouble-free RVing even with a new or newer coach. At Freightliner yesterday I watched them pull a 2013 coach into a bay. Mgr pointed to it and said, "The owner paid $1.1 million for it." And there it was, in the shop.
When we were having our "moment of one repair" in Oregon a few years ago, there were 21 service bays at Guarantee RV. Every day they were full and the waiting lot was full. There was every type of manufactured RV, including Prevost and down to the low Citrus. No one is immune to repairs. If one thinks that a boat is a hole in the water to pour money into, then an RV is a hole in the road that one pours money into.


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That's exactly what I do! The dash air in my Beaver is intermittent and I just don't even try to use it. Even when it works, the heat in the coach on a hot day doesn't even get quelched with the dash air. I run the front A/C unit on the genny and all is good. Sometimes I even have to shut it off cause we're cold!

Here's the latest for me.

Just left on day one of holidays, noticed my right front Jack wasn't fully retracted. I cycled the leveling system again to see if it would retract and blew a seal in the Jack. A pool of hydraulic fluid surrounded my front tire. So much for using my jacks on our holiday! Hope all my booked sites are level. Good thing I brought blocking with me! What a pain in the A$$ though. That should be good for another $1,000 bill!
First on the jacks. Welcome to the club. I have had jack problems since 2010 on a continuing basis. Why Winnebago went to Kwikee and did not keep the HWH line for two years is a shame. But HWH has has a few problems also.

My dash AC worked great the first couple years, then started blown 80˚ temps out of the vents. I have had it worked on, then worked on, then worked on and each time it works for a little while so we have also learned to fire up the Genny going down the road and let the basement AC cools us.

Nature of the beast.

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Old 08-15-2015, 12:38 PM   #42339
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Meanwhile, in St Andrews,

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As most of you should know, St Andrews is the birth place of golf. Here we are by the 9th hole tee.

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We move down to Northumberland tomorrow for another week.

Have fun in Bryce and commiserations to those having technical problems.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:06 PM   #42340
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Well, the boys weren't in the shop, but Bob spoke with them, and they will look again Monday AM, there was something about wires they think they can get squared away.
Not holding my breath... but if we get off later, we may stop at Kanab Utah and fly Wednesday PM rather than driving the rest of the way. It's about an hour and a half from Bryce. If someone wants to meet us there for a ride. He thinks it would be scenic. If we do that, we would stay at a campground within a couple miles of the airport there.
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Old 08-15-2015, 03:27 PM   #42341
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Pouring at Bryce ..... lol ...... Gotta be because of Flagship !!!
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What a fantastic day......

Took Papa Steves suggestion visted Colorado Memorial this am... very nice.
Traveled a few hundred miles, stopped for the night at a Walmart only to find a couple more traveling mutant MH's.
Finish a bottle of Patron tequila yum...
Good night all feeling fine.
Look out we are getting close.....
Hmmmmm ..... Patron.... Believe it's time to run over to Spec's. Good tequila makes everything all better.

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Hey Mel,

I know it can be frustrating, I know it can seem insurmountable, but at this point it may cost you more to sell him than to keep him. If we ever get a chance to meet I can tell you what it cost us to get started. We had many many repair hurdles to get over, but I swear it does get better, and just so you know my coach is 15 years old.

Cheers!!!
You are SOOOO right about frustrating .... and seemingly insurmountable. I've noticed that your coach is also a 2000 model. It's nice to know that there are coaches as old as ours on the road that are running well and giving good service still. I hope and pray Bow is one of those. But, we're still undecided at this point about sticking with her. I know we won't do anything anytime soon. I'm having the first of 2 knee replacements in Sept. So, any decisions about Bow will be on hold until after the first of the year.

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Mel, you seem to have fixed many things, spending huge sums of money. Why spend $2000 for easy A/C when you have good overheads and a Genny. It actually uses no more fuel to run the Genny than to turn on the dash unit. The added benefit is the overhead units cool better.
I've thought about that ... using the overhead ACs to cool the coach while driving down the road. And the fact is that our plan has us in cooler parts of the country in the summer time and warmer parts during winter time. Quite possible we won't ever need the dash air again. However, the mgr at Freightliner did offer me a very good deal to patch and braise the condenser. May take him up on it.

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The only thing that I can add from afar (meaning ... I ain't there) in reference to motor home problems and specifically Diesel engines is ... it pays to be VERY familiar with the beasts. How they operate and the accessories too. Does not mean you ever need to actually dismantle an engine yourself, but knowledge is power.

Mel ... you seem to be emerging from this scrap with the right attitude. Wait and make the big decisions after the dust has settled.
I am so ignorant of things to do with motors and engines. The only thing I know to do is have the required maintenance done on schedule. Which, I will ALWAYS do with all our vehicles, including our big diesel diva, Bow. We love so many things about her, but are still trying to decide about keeping her and pouring more money into her.

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That's exactly what I do! The dash air in my Beaver is intermittent and I just don't even try to use it. Even when it works, the heat in the coach on a hot day doesn't even get quelched with the dash air. I run the front A/C unit on the genny and all is good. Sometimes I even have to shut it off cause we're cold!

Here's the latest for me.

Just left on day one of holidays, noticed my right front Jack wasn't fully retracted. I cycled the leveling system again to see if it would retract and blew a seal in the Jack. A pool of hydraulic fluid surrounded my front tire. So much for using my jacks on our holiday! Hope all my booked sites are level. Good thing I brought blocking with me! What a pain in the A$$ though. That should be good for another $1,000 bill!
Good grief, Les, you're just like us ... if you didn't have bad luck, you wouldn't have any luck at all! People like us should NEVER go to Vegas .... unless we go with Annie and give her a stack of $20s to play for us.

Finally, thanks to everyone else for the encouragement and empathy. There is a lot that RVers have in common ... love for the outdoors and nature, love of traveling, being free-spirits, not wanting to be tied down to one place, etc. ... and spending our kids' inheritance on our beloved RVs.

How I wish we were at Bryce. Love all y'all!
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We move down to Northumberland tomorrow for another week.

Have fun in Bryce and commiserations to those having technical problems.
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OK, we know its a party now, Dave & Nola have been sighted.
Have fun everyone!
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