johnny April 20th, 2008
It’s been quite a week. Tuesday night, we got a friend to watch the cats (thanks Eduardo!) so we could take the camper over to Lakeland for repairs. Pretty minor stuff, but we wanted to get it fixed before we hit the road at the end of the month.
Tuesday night was spent in another beautiful Wal-Mart parking lot. The ‘master list’ of Wal-Marts that do not allow overnight parking shows both Wal-Marts in Lakeland as off-limits, but there were several RV’s and trucks already parked and no signs posted, so we went inside to check and were told to go ahead. The following morning, the guy in the class A next door came out to see us off, quiz us about the large pirate flag flying from the ladder and show off his pirate tattoo. People in RVs are weird. And they’re following us.
Eventually, we made it to Conibear, only twenty minutes late, where we surrendered our home for repairs. Our list of grievances included: the slide not deploying correctly, the slide gasket being damaged, a water leak when filling the tank and an exterior cabinet that was not planed correctly which made it difficult to open or close.
For several hours, we wandered around the Conibear lot, looking at campers, browsing the store and playing with the animals. There are three resident cats, a couple of turtles and a school of goldfish living on site. There is also quite a collection of stuffed animals including a gorgeous white wolf.
Eventually, we got the camper back. The slide had been adjusted and the screw that caused the trouble countersunk to avoid the problem in the future. It took a couple of rounds, but it looks like we got the water leak more or less fixed with a fair bit of silicone. Unfortunately, Conibear did not have the gasket in stock, so we will have to deal with that in the near future. They were also unable to plane the cabinet as it would require factory authorization and a fair bit of time.
Once we got home and unloaded the camper, Jenn decided it wasn’t quite level, so we raised it a bit on one side to the joyous sound of wood splintering. Somehow, we’ve bent a jack, which has torqued the cabover all out of whack. In addition to a bent jack, we have this beautiful split in the wall.
I’ve spoken with Northwood and it sounds like we’re going to have to take it to their factory in Winchester, Virginia to have repairs made. Luckily, everything is still under warranty and it sounds like they’ll be willing to put us up in a hotel while the repairs are being made. It will also give us a chance to get the gasket replaced and the exterior cabinet planed down.
Hopefully, we won’t damage it any further loading back onto the truck. After that, it’ll just have to stay in the truck until the end of May as we have work scheduled in Myrtle Beach until the last week of the month.