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Back to Conibear!

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.


Conibear spends a lot of time decorating their store, even if most of the decorations do come out of the junkyard!


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.

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One Response to “Back to Conibear!”

  1. LiveWorkDream says:

    Oy vey, it hurts ME to see that that crack in the wall! Yikes!

    We’ve had our share of very minor issues with our Fox 245N, all of which were too small to take to a dealer to fix (our warranty deductible is $40, and all of the repairs so far have cost less than that in parts). One way we’ve saved ourselves the headache of going to repair shops, is by looking at the Northwood RV Owners’ Forums. Just last week we nailed a water pressure problem thanks to some postings we saw there.

    By any chance, does your fridge go out when you turn on the ceiling vent fan in the kitchen area? Ours does, still haven’t figured that one out. We just turn the fridge back on and it seems to be OK.

    Oh yeah one more thing, the Myrtle Beach state park is really decent compared to the private parks in the area, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay.

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