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Old 12-13-2013, 11:15 PM   #7995
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Barb....you may be cussing it now...but really, you will recover much quicker post surgery if you do your therapy before.
The sore muscles I can handle, but working my knees this hard is rapidly making them worse. I can't walk without limping now. To me that's not progress in the right direction. I dug out the cane I bought the last time I boogered one up. I feel like I need it for balance.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:44 PM   #7996
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Ok - time for me to confess to a dunderheaded Motorhome event. I mentioned last week that I was moving Bonita into a better storage space. I had my choice of two. I thought one was preferable over the other, but it turned out not so.

On my third attempt at a drive in - rather than back in Annie was signaling and otherwise letting me know to stop. It looked good to me, and I pulled forward a tad more. The dunderheaded move was not listening to Annie. She was looking at the top line of the drivers side and I was looking at the side line. Guess what? I proceeded to put my slide topper against the roof pole and rip... Of course in order to get it off the pole - a little more rip. repeatedly.

So I called the guy at the office and told him what happened. He drove down on his cart - we surveyed the damage. No harm - not even a mark on the pole. He said let's try this other spot. I drove straight in - and can back straight in.

I got on the phone to Camping World. They said bring it down and they could order the material from Dometic. So I had to decide - park it as is or take it and let Bonita sit in the ice storm. I decided to take her and let em have at it. When we got their and inspected things more closely - no damage to the mechanism - just the material ripped through a couple turns on the assembly. As we inspected the other two toppers we noticed a small wear tear on the bedroom topper. So I asked them to price replacing all three.

The news was good. CWs price for OEM plastic covered material (or whatever the stuff is) was about 11% less than Fleetwood's direct price to me. And - CW had a $29.95 installation special on purchased equipment. Now I do have to pay that for all 3 slide toppers but that's a big savings over the hourly rate at an estimated 1.5 hours each.

The ice storm was worse and lasted longer than anyone expected so Bonita has weathered the storm while waiting for the fabric to ship. It should have arrived today and will be installed Monday or Tuesday. Hopefully there are no ice related issues from sitting out.

Now for the rest of the story.... When I left the storage facility, I had not signed the new paperwork for the spot I ended up in. I was still on paper with the slide topper eating spot. The manager said come back when ya can. Well Wednesday he called and said I have you're paperwork ready. I said great - I'll be in Saturday. He said that's fine, and added - did ya hear what happened out here. Nope says I. He says - from the spot you didn't take - all the way down the line - the roof collapsed on all of the Motorhomes. There was 8" of ice on the entire roofline and it just crumbled. Was there damage I asked - oh yeah he says.

So --- provided Bonita withstood the ice - and CW can roll material and adjust tensioners - I guess my dunderheadedness paid off this time. Next time I listen to Annie, but I'm sure glad I the roof didn't cave in on Bonita. Annie is glad too.

Bonita rolled off the line I believe in Dec '07 and is an '08 model year. Those toppers would have lasted a while longer but now they will be all new for the GC @ CL.
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:01 AM   #7997
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Steve, when you compare the cost of the new slide toppers against your insurance deductible (had Bonita been damaged in storage) AND the little goodies you would have upgraded "while they were at it" (the 5 most expensive words in any project) I figure you $aved a bundle!

Someone is looking out for you my friend!
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:15 AM   #7998
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Ok - time for me to confess to a dunderheaded Motorhome event. I mentioned last week that I was moving Bonita into a better storage space. I had my choice of two. I thought one was preferable over the other, but it turned out not so.

On my third attempt at a drive in - rather than back in Annie was signaling and otherwise letting me know to stop. It looked good to me, and I pulled forward a tad more. The dunderheaded move was not listening to Annie. She was looking at the top line of the drivers side and I was looking at the side line. Guess what? I proceeded to put my slide topper against the roof pole and rip... Of course in order to get it off the pole - a little more rip. repeatedly.

So I called the guy at the office and told him what happened. He drove down on his cart - we surveyed the damage. No harm - not even a mark on the pole. He said let's try this other spot. I drove straight in - and can back straight in.

I got on the phone to Camping World. They said bring it down and they could order the material from Dometic. So I had to decide - park it as is or take it and let Bonita sit in the ice storm. I decided to take her and let em have at it. When we got their and inspected things more closely - no damage to the mechanism - just the material ripped through a couple turns on the assembly. As we inspected the other two toppers we noticed a small wear tear on the bedroom topper. So I asked them to price replacing all three.

The news was good. CWs price for OEM plastic covered material (or whatever the stuff is) was about 11% less than Fleetwood's direct price to me. And - CW had a $29.95 installation special on purchased equipment. Now I do have to pay that for all 3 slide toppers but that's a big savings over the hourly rate at an estimated 1.5 hours each.

The ice storm was worse and lasted longer than anyone expected so Bonita has weathered the storm while waiting for the fabric to ship. It should have arrived today and will be installed Monday or Tuesday. Hopefully there are no ice related issues from sitting out.

Now for the rest of the story.... When I left the storage facility, I had not signed the new paperwork for the spot I ended up in. I was still on paper with the slide topper eating spot. The manager said come back when ya can. Well Wednesday he called and said I have you're paperwork ready. I said great - I'll be in Saturday. He said that's fine, and added - did ya hear what happened out here. Nope says I. He says - from the spot you didn't take - all the way down the line - the roof collapsed on all of the Motorhomes. There was 8" of ice on the entire roofline and it just crumbled. Was there damage I asked - oh yeah he says.

So --- provided Bonita withstood the ice - and CW can roll material and adjust tensioners - I guess my dunderheadedness paid off this time. Next time I listen to Annie, but I'm sure glad I the roof didn't cave in on Bonita. Annie is glad too.

Bonita rolled off the line I believe in Dec '07 and is an '08 model year. Those toppers would have lasted a while longer but now they will be all new for the GC @ CL.
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Steve, you had Bonita in the right place at the right time. So really no damage done. What I call a God send. Merry Christmas.
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Steve, when you compare the cost of the new slide toppers against your insurance deductible (had Bonita been damaged in storage) AND the little goodies you would have upgraded "while they were at it" (the 5 most expensive words in any project) I figure you $aved a bundle!

Someone is looking out for you my friend!
Ya know Barb we feel the same way. I would probably have lost the satellite - 2 A/C units - 2 fantastic vent covers and the 3rd fantastic vent without the additional cover and vent pipes. Not to mention any damage to the roof or sides. And then possible water damage as the ice melted. It could have been a real nightmare.

Bonita has taken some long hard down pours but not sat in an ice storm before that I know of. She was winterized. Fingers crossed!
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Steve, you had Bonita in the right place at the right time. So really no damage done. What I call a God send. Merry Christmas.
Thanks Don. Right back at ya! Tis the season to be thankful and what the hay, jolly!
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For post #8001 I will add that we have RV'd for years and run the furnace while on the road. We drove through bright sunshine and -20C with the furnace running the whole trip. My knees do not like to be cold and the metal one is quite susceptible to cold cramps so the furnace is a necessity.

Barb, if you want i will give you a call and explain some exercises I was given by a sports medicine place in Traverse City Michigan. I've been doing them all along while I was awaiting the knee replacement and still do them post replacement. Very simple flexing of muscles in and around the knee. My dime eh?

RVM#1 and RVM#2 I hope you are proud of what you have accomplished. 8000 plus posts in less than a year; way to go group.
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Having just gotten off this really great website (RV Mutants
Welcome to the Rainbow Where the Journey is the Destination), and having had a great email from Steve, I definitely would like a number please......

DH and I say this almost every day, whether we are in the rv or not.... We were both previously married and divorced, then met on a great online dating site... Not so long ago..... We both had health issues, but both like to travel.... Both had rv's in previous life, so when we retired... We went for it.... Entry level classA dp, 20,000 or so miles later, with no plans or reservations for 95% of the time, we have been to 40 states, i think..... Key West, niagara Falls, oregon, but with Arkansas being centeally located it has been easy.... Every day is a bonus day in our lives, an extra day together.... DH, Larry, is retired military, 100% DAV, from Baltimore, i am retired educator from small town Arkansas......

We spend a lot of time adding to our mobile condo, but what do I NOT have? No outside tv, no on the outside kitchen.... Although i am a great cook.... No MORE bike racks, after crunching them backing up. No inside booth, i am a watercolor artist, have you ever tried to do anything in those things....lol... There are lots more things i am sure, but truthfully, i dont know what they are, cause I am happy with all that we do have.... Yes DH, i really am.... Smile....

Thanks Steve, Btw Hot Springs is a great place......
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Ok - time for me to confess to a dunderheaded Motorhome event.
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Those toppers would have lasted a while longer but now they will be all new for the GC @ CL. RVM2
Boy did I go to bed too early. Had to wait till morning for this issue of True Confessions!

Steve, I feel your pain. Don't ask me how I know or we'll be here a couple of weeks of Sundays.

(What? I knew you'd ask! Like driving off still on shore power. Like leaving water drip to avoid freezing, and overflowing the grey tank into the bathroom instead. Like...oh you know.)

I'm glad there are some good sides to your event. The moral of the story has to be: Annie's always right!

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It's raining on our parade. Translation: it's wonderful to have choices. We can drive through the rain to get out from under it, leave later and stop shorter, or stay put for the day.

Looks like option #3. Why fight it? There are Christmas cards to write, more stowing and organizing to do, and just generally enjoying being in the Bella Rigatoni again.

Nashville has no ice, and don't you know the local TV station is rubbing it in. "Look at all that snow up into IL...!"

Back to playin' ketchup.

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Welcome diwitzi! I'm sure you'll enjoy our eclectic group!
Another insomniac? 2:55 am? Sure, and I've been there!

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Monkey Day. December 14 is Monkey Day. Happy Day to Sena!!!
Glad to hear Tim is getting his Baby Fix.
Welcome to new RVMs.
I always thought of PT as Pure Torture not Physical Therapy, Barb. Seemed like they always pushed me to tears.
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Why is it when you finish with Christmas cards, and put everything away, you receive a card from someone you overlooked?
Best of the Best Holiday wishes to all of y'all!
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Man you are lucky Steve!

I believe in Karma. Good things happen to good people! (Not referring to the topper tear but missing the roof event) I would have ran out and bought a lottery ticket after I found out about missing the roof collapse.
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I may buy a couple Mega tickets. Maybe Steve's good luck is contagious.
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