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February 29, 2020

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Editor’s corner

With Chuck Woodbury

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hings happen, sometimes not good things.

A not good thing is happening to Gail and me right now. About two weeks ago we found a leak in our motorhome’s roof over the bathroom. We’re worried that water has seeped down inside the siding, perhaps rotting wood in the frame. I believe we have discovered the source of the leak and repaired it. But the damage is done. My fingers are crossed that it isn’t substantial.

We thought at first of having it repaired here in Arizona. But that could take weeks, maybe even longer, and would depend on if we could find a reputable repair shop that could take us in soon. From the inquiries we’ve made, that’s unlikely. Our extended warranty has expired, and I doubt our insurance will cover the repair. We could be forced to stay in a hotel for weeks on end at our expense.

SO WE WILL RETURN to Seattle to get the work done there. At least we have a home, so no hotel bills. If the repair takes awhile, we’ll be okay. We may not go straight home, but will likely return within a month.

We’re into our fourth month of our trip in the Southwest. Before we discovered the leak we thought we’d head next into New Mexico. Gail has never been to Santa Fe, one of my favorite Southwest cities. We’d drive some of the old Route 66 on the way, which is always fun. I thought I might treat Gail to a night in the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook. Stay there if you can. What fun!

I’ve noticed here in Quartzsite that nearly all of the RVs passing by on U.S. 95 are heading north. I think the homeward migration of snowbirds has begun. That should mean some available space in RV parks for those still in the Southwest. But I’m thinking now that won’t matter to us if we, too, end up heading north.

Boondockers are starting to pack up and head north for the spring and summer.

It’s a good thing we were not on a long trip with campground reservations booked along the way. A delay to repair our motorhome could mess up our schedule. That’s what can happen when you travel based on a rigid schedule.

We could be in for a hefty repair bill. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were $10,000 or more if there’s widespread rot. What if I had financed my RV for 20 years like so many buyers do today? What if I didn’t have enough money to pay a big repair bill? If so, I’d either find a way, borrow, or just park the RV and keep making payments for another 11 years. Or I could sell it at a big loss. Selling a defective RV like mine that was upside down on its loan could mean coming up with $25,000, $30,000 or more just to get rid of it.

This is why I preach over and over to never finance an RV for 20 years. Oh, you may think at the time you buy the RV that everything will be fine for the next two decades. “Hey, $600 a month is no big deal!” Well, I suggest it’s a really big deal if you end up with a rotted roof and maybe a wall or floor.

Gail and I will decide what to do in the next few days. I am not a happy camper right now even thinking of waiting around for a repair. And I’m not happy at what could be a big repair bill. The only good thing that will come of this is I’ll get a few stories out of the deal. I’ll let you know what we decide in next Saturday’s issue.

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PART THREE OF MY SERIES

Part three of my series “The Dysfunctional RV Industry and You” is now posted and ready for you to read. Read it here. If you missed Parts One and Two, they’re here.

OUR FIRST BLOW FROM THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
If the coronavirus continues to spread, we, along with countless other businesses, will feel some economic pain. We got our first taste this week of what may be more to come. Read about it.

STATE-BY-STATE FACEBOOK GROUPS
We have joined with Alan Warren of the RV Show USA in helping moderate dozens of Facebook groups, each devoted to travel in a specific state. If you participate in Facebook, you may want to join one or more of these groups. We use these groups as a source of news (which we pass along to you) and we gain hundreds of new subscribers a month from participating in these groups. You’ll find a directory here.

OUR INFLUENCE GROWS: Our subscriber database has now reached 109,000 and is growing every day. As of Friday evening, we had a total of 7,578 articles posted on this website. More readers = more influence with the RV industry to serve RVers better. We now have 5,209 members — voluntary subscribers who believe what we are doing is important and worthy of their financial support.

My Roadside Journal

(about whatever is on my mind, not necessarily RV-related)

My ancient dog! No kidding!
I visited Mars last evening.
Archives


Stories in tomorrow’s newsletter

New program can save you a lot of money on fuel. We tested it, and even though it sounds too good to be true, it is true!
• Part Four of editor Chuck Woodbury’s series “The Dysfunctional RV Industry and You.”
• Ford recalls 250,000 pickup trucks

PLUS: Campground updates • Latest fuel prices • Upcoming RV shows • Latest RV recalls • Free and bargain camping locations • Stolen RVs: The police need your help finding them. • Reader survey • and much more …


Last week’s featured stories in RV Daily Tips

Do-it-yourself RV storage organizer.
Too tired to level fore and aft? Try this trick!
Taking care of batteries high-tech style.
Does your RV bathroom need an assist device?
Why you should carry an extra hose.


Brain Teaser

A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat. How did the dog do it? (Answer in tomorrow’s Sunday News newsletter.)


Last year at this time, these were the most popular articles

RV Tire Safety – “China Bomb” tires and McDonald’s fries? What?
RV Shrink: Wife regrets giving TPMS to husband
RV Doctor: Replace anode with drain valve on water heater?
The baddest scooter in the RV park
Why I suddenly feel smaller than ever


Reader Poll

If stocks continue to plummet are you worried about paying your bills?

Please let us know. After you click your response, you’ll see how others have responded. Feel free to leave a comment. We’ll post the final results in next week’s newsletter. CLICK HERE.


Readers tell us (What we learned about you last week)

We analyze what we learned about you and fellow RVers from our reader polls and your comments.

Full-timers, do you miss your sticks and bricks home?
Is being an RVer more or less challenging than 10 years ago?
Do you buy plastic water bottles in bulk?


Funny camping memes and photos of the week

If you’re in need of a laugh, look no further. We recently found a Facebook group called Camping Memes & Jokes. Here are a few memes we found the funniest (and most relatable) from that group.

FMCA rally set for March 26-29 in Tucson

FMCA will hold its 101st International Convention and RV Expo at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson March 26 through 29. The club, officially known as the Family Motorcoach Association, invites all RV owners to participate, even prospective owners, who can learn about RVing at approximately 100 seminars to be held throughout the event. Read more.

Photo: Sad scene after motorhome gets run off the road

This was posted on our Facebook group RV Crashes and Disasters. Oh, this is ugly. A truck was coming down hill towards the RV and something was hanging out the driver side, so the motorhome barely moved over but went off the side of the road. Very sad, but no major injuries, luckily.


We recently asked you: Do you have a favorite campground or RV park? We published the results here, creating a guide for you of your fellow RVers’ favorite spots. We update this weekly, so please continue to tell us your favorite campground or RV park by commenting on this post.

New parks added this week in:
Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.


ANOTHER LONG, LONG UNIT

Daryl Lawrence sent this: “Here’s a picture of my set-up from January 2014. I had driven from Yuma to Quartzsite for the Quartzsite RV Show. My wife was back east so I was alone. I was going to tow the Sprinter Van only behind the MH to QZ, then return to Yuma with the van and pick up the Polaris. But at the last minute, I decided ‘What the Heck” and hooked them all together. I had a 100’ measuring tape and the total length of the 3 combined vehicles was 95’. Just a little over the limit. Made it with no problems but sure got a lot of looks.”

Send us a photo of your loooooooong RV. Can you top this one? Send to editor@rvtravel.com


Warning! Don’t park in a wash!

By Nanci Dixon
We were in Quartzsite a couple of weeks ago for the Big RV Tent Show and we couldn’t find a parking space. I was driving our tow car and eyed an open area, but I immediately knew I was going to get stuck in the loose rocks and pulled out. I found another spot on an incline, but it was sandy and we couldn’t quite make it. My helpful husband said, “Move over! I will get it in.” I responded, “OK, just DON’T go down the rocky incline!” Too late. Down the hill we went. Straight into a wash with no hope of getting back up. Read the rest of the story.

A four-story tall RV…literally

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a treehouse? What about a treehouse-RV combo? Or what would it be like to live in a four-story RV? Well, whoever built this doesn’t have to wonder anymore. Check this out!

Why we chose the Pioneer RV Park in north Phoenix

This is part two by Ingrid Hubbard of her original post from last issue, “Why I miss a home base.” In this issue she explains why she chose the RV park where she now lives seasonally. Click here.


Popular articles from last week

How one RVer figured out how to never do laundry again. (Hilarious!)
The dysfunctional RV industry and you. Parts 1 & 2.
What to do if your propane tank is overfilled.
A sad day for snowbird capital Quartzsite.
Reader asks: What to do with nosy busybodies in RV parks?
Readers reveal their favorite RV mods or add-ons, Part 2.
Another crazy RV paint job. Wow!
Full-timer explains “Why I miss a home base.”
The joy of camping next to a neighbor’s electric palm tree.
RV Shrink: Obnoxious “party animals” ruin state park stay.
RV Tire Safety: Why inflate your tires to their max when parking for a long time?
RV Doctor: RV levelers raising tires off the ground – occupants queasy!
RV makers putting heat on buyers who don’t read their warranty.


Resources

Our Facebook and RVillage Groups: RV Horror StoriesRV AdviceRV ElectricityRV Parks with Storm SheltersRV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV CampingFree CampgroundsNEW Budget RV TravelNEWER RV Videos plus Texas RV Camping and Florida RV camping. And please join our group on RVillage (like Facebook except just for RVers).

Where to complain about bad RVs, dealers, service, RV parks. This is an ever-expanding list of resources where you can report, share or discuss your problems with RV manufacturers or dealers.

Best Club for RVers: Escapees. Click here to learn more or join. Endorsed by RVtravel.com.

The RV Show USA
Listen each Wednesday evening on Facebook or YouTube for the live taping of America’s only syndicated radio program about RVing.

The RV Death Spiral
Read the eight-part series of editorials by Greg Gerber that the RV industry never wanted written. Download the PDF.

RV Clubs
Check out our Directory of RV Clubs and Organizations.

Motorhomes on Fire
This is not pretty – dozens of videos of RVs burning up. But the point is to help viewers understand that RVs burn fast, and they need to practice good fire-prevention habits and practice an escape plan … just in case.

What does financing an RV for 20 years REALLY mean?
In case you missed this article the first time around, here it is again. Important! Click here.

Save bandwidth while watching YouTube videos
How to watch YouTube videos using very little bandwidth.

Stuck with a lemon RV? Contact Ron Burdge, America’s premier RV lemon law attorney.


Ask the RV Shrink

RVer is having (2-legged and 4-legged) pack rat problems

Dear RV Shrink:
I am having problems with a couple of pack rats in and around my RV. One of them is a furry rodent and the other one is my husband. When we first started spending winters in the Desert Southwest we noticed many other RVers using various lighting around their rigs. While on our nightly speed walk around the campground, it reminded us of the TV show “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” Read the rest of the question and the RV Shrink’s advice.


Ask the RV Doctor

RV spring shakedown primer

Now that spring is almost here and memories of a long, cold winter begin to wane, many of us get antsy for that first RV excursion of the season. Time to get the RV ready for the road. Woo hoo! Here’s Gary Bunzer’s very thorough checklist.


RV Electricity

Is there anybody out there? Part 1

Dear Readers,
In order for me to get sponsorship support for my RVelectricity articles that are published here, I need your help. I’m getting conflicting reports about how many of you read my articles in this space, as well as my Just Ask Mike (JAM) sessions and my monthly RVelectricity newsletter. And the search engines don’t tell me anything about the technical level I’m writing at. So I’m asking you to complete these polls, which I’ll use to adjust how many RVelectricity articles I write per month, and at what level of technical difficulty. Read more, and thank you for participating in these polls.

This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

Is my power inverter dying? A reader wants to know how to test if his power inverter is dying.

Sign up for Mike’s popular and informative RV Electricity group on Facebook.


RV Tire Safety

Yes, you do need “bolt-in” metal valve stems with your TPMS

Roger Marble posted a comment he found on an RV forum to point out what can happen when you use rubber valve stems and an external TPM sensor, and to also indicate why you need to keep the TPMS turned on for it to do its job. Learn more.


Building an RV Park

I went to Campground Management School!

From Machelle James: This week I’m in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for ARVC’s Campground Management School. This organization is for people like me who want to build a campground and for those who already have built a campground. … My head is spinning from this crash course in how to run a campground, run a successful camp store, how commercial insurance works, how to be a great camp host, how to have a plan or policy in place for every detail on how to run our business. Read more, including about progress on the campground itself.


The RV Kitchen

Margaritaville Salad

This meaty salad makes a no-cook meal (when you cook the meat up to two days ahead). This is a complete meal that begins by marinating turkey cutlets in tangy, non-alcoholic margarita mix. Buy it in a bottle or make up a packet of the powdered mix. Complete the meal with hot rolls, biscuits or cornbread. Get the recipe.


The Digital RVer

Put text on your photos and make the text stand out

It was a long time in coming, but Google Photos now can add text right to a photo. At least, the Android version of Google Photos can do that. It’s called the “Markup” tool and it’s pretty simple. Even if you know how to add text to photos with Google Photos, you should watch this short video because Chris Guld adds a very important little tip!


Facebook Groups of Interest

Dog Missing / Pet Lost & Found Alert Group
Toy Hauler Fans
Camping memes and jokes

PLUS OUR OWN GROUPS: RV Horror StoriesRV AdviceRV ElectricityRV Parks with Storm SheltersRV Buying AdviceNorthwest RV CampingSouthwest RV CampingFree CampgroundsBudget RV TravelNEW RV VideosNEWER RV Videos


Trivia

Since Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing apps arrived on the scene in 2010, the average downtown traffic speed in San Francisco has slowed to 2.5 miles per hour. —Wall Street Journal

Bumper sticker of the week

My mother-in-law had a bumper sticker on the back of her class C RV that said: “I can’t be lost. I’m already home!” —Thanks, Donna Arndt!

Have you seen a funny bumper sticker? Send it to diane(at)RVtravel.com

Joke of the Week

Remember as a child when air for your bike was free? Now it’s $1.50! I asked the gas station attendant why. He said, “Inflation.”

Worth Pondering

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. —Mother Teresa


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M. Will
1 year ago

Hi Chuck! Sorry to hear about your leaking roof problem. My advice to you would have been to take it to the nearest Camping World and tell them who you are and the website you represent and they might have given you the “Good Guy Special”. Probably would have been repaired and out of there a happy camper in no time!!! Ha Ha Ha!!! Good luck with it though and hope its not to bad of a repair!!

Steve
1 year ago

Chuck, you said you got the roof water tight so maybe just give things time to let the right time arrive for the next step. I know how it is to have unexpected problems with equipment but since the leak is stopped, I would give it time to let yourself consider your options and learn more of the damage.

Best of luck!
Steve

Robert Watt
1 year ago

One of the best rv repair and renovation operations is in Mesa AZ. I have used them three times over the last 12 years. They are trustworthy and fair, you won’t find a more competent rv repair or rebuild outfit any place.
Attn Chuck

Bob p
1 year ago

“Another long unit” you were lucky, the only legal way to triple tow is if the first towed vehicle is attached by 5th wheel hitch, then the second towed vehicle can be towed by ball. Apparently you were not observed by any DOT cop that knows the law. I wouldn’t advise doing that again, the law is for your safety as well as everyone on the same road with you. Tow balls have been known to break and that’s why safety chains are required. I know several people are going to say if you had safety chains what’s the difference, safety chains are load rated and truth be known the size van you have is probably heavier than the rating of your safety chains which are rated at 3500 lbs or 5000 lbs.

Phil Atterbery
1 year ago

It’s unfortunate that you have incurred a leak. Here is something to consider. When plywood is exposed to moisture for an extended period of time the glue breaks down. If the moisture (leak) is repaired quickly and allowed to dry the glue will only be minimally effected. Once dry, in a week or so, push on the effected area if possible. Is the area solid to the touch? If a sewing needle will not penetrate the wood, you should be good IF the leak doesn’t return. Agian, I offer this advise as a possible option. You do what you feel you need to do. Happy Trails.

Roger Marble
1 year ago

Chuck what material is your roof? Rubber or Aluminum? Can you get a picture? How did you repair it? On my previous RV I managed to snag the back end of the rubber roof but got home before things got wet. Used “Eterna-Bond” that time. I now would use “Flex-Seal” white. Easier to cover curves and less expensive

Thomas
1 year ago

Re: long coach,toad and trailer. I know Wisconsin limits to 65 ft. He’d be picked up in a beartbeat.
In Utah I saw a semi tractor pulling 2full size tankers with #1203 (gasoline?). Dangerous? The state of Utah doesn’t think so.

brenda
1 year ago

Feel your pain, Chuck. Hope you get your water issue resolved quickly and get back on the road.

The comment that it is “a good thing we were not on a long trip with campground reservations booked along the way” is one with which I cannot fully agree. I just finished planning our seasonal RV adventure — we usually are out 6 months, back in 6 months. The campground availability situation in some areas is making planning a necessity for us. In fact, I joked to a friend recently that we may need to start buying RV travel insurance soon in order to be able to afford any change in plans.

I will add that this year the planning has been the most frustrating ever. I have been wagon master of our club for 7 years and our personal trip planner for 30 more, and just over the past few years noticed dramatic changes. Our discount membership groups have added so many restrictions that the research time has tripled. Reservation windows have decreased, and availability is like playing the lottery. I have noticed that not only site costs but surcharges, online fees, and some very creative add-ons are becoming the norm. On one campground’s web site, after I selected a specific campsite (as instructed), a pop-up appeared letting me know that they could not ensure I would get that site, but for a $10 “lock in fee” they would be certain that I could get what I asked for!!! Gee, I always thought meeting customer expectations was simply a component of good customer service. Silly me.

While it does cost more to cancel, I am not much of a risk taker when it comes to riding around in strange places looking for a safe place to stay, nor do I want to push my husband to drive another few hours because there are no campgrounds anywhere nearby. We do try to “plan for uncertainty.” We no longer travel on weekends; we learned the hard way that it is just about impossible to get anything done to an RV on a weekend. We always slip in a few extra “down” days every week or so, which means that if we do have to cancel the next few reservations, those extra days will allow us to “catch up” at some point. We always check cancellation policies and avoid those that seem unfair/extreme to us. With the demand nowadays, wouldn’t you think it would be easier to fill a vacancy, creating less need for unreasonable cancellation fees?

I sometimes miss the spontaneity we used to enjoy, but in my golden years, I prefer the security of knowing where I will lay my head at night. In the next year or so, I suspect that will be back at home base. The changes of today are dulling the wonderful memories of yesterday when there was more open space, fewer restrictions, and customers came first. I think I prefer the memories. But I feel blessed that I had the opportunities to make them.

al spivey
1 year ago

Chuck, If I remember correctly, you have a Winnebago Adventurer. That is good news because there is no wood in the roof or sidewalls. Only fiberglass exterior and Winnies famous insulation and of course the plywood that is the interior. To prove this, go to the Winnebago site and take the on line tour. I have owned 4 Winnies and have never had a leak that caused extensive damage. Your Winnie has a fiberglass roof and could only leak where something may have penetrated the fiberglass. I think that if you have sealed the damaged area properly, that just might be enough. In the southwest heat, the water will surely dissipate. Call the help desk at Winnebago Industries and tell them your story. They may confirm what I have mentioned. Incidentally, If you are ever in Iowa, it is worth your time to go to Forest City and take the factory tour. With your credential, you should get the royal tour.

Don
1 year ago

Boy do I feel your pain, Chuck.
We departed from our place in Kitsap Co yesterday (Friday) for a 7-month, 12,000 mile trip around the US, with the Canadian Maritimes as the “end point” of the loop. First real stop is in Mississippi where we’re meeting our Daughter & SIL for a week-long event starting Mar 13th, so we’re going pretty directly. Or we were…
We had barely cleared Tacoma when the “check engine” light came on (ours is a Cat C9 in a Country Coach). Having had emissions control issues with this engine before I had an idea what might be wrong, and pulled into Peterson Cat in Longview to check it out. Sure enough, it’s that system, and it’ll be Monday before they can have parts to fix it. And of course it’ll take a “boat unit” or two to make it right. Three days out of what was a “tight” schedule by our standards, on the first day! And we’re in Kelso for our first weekend of the trip. Yikes…
As they say – it’s always something. Hope your water problem is nowhere near as serious as you suspect, and that you’re back in action soon.

Ed D.
1 year ago

Chuck,
Do you have any Campgrounds near you that have a good portion of “Seasonal” Campers? From my experience, we are in a Campground that only leases their sites by the Year. So everyone there is a year round Camper. What I know from this experience is that there are many people in the area of our Campground that work on RV Repairs. They actually come to your site and repair your RV. Check with the Managers in any Campgrounds near you, that has a lot of full timers, to see if they have anyone that works on their Campers RV’s. You will be surprised to find that you can find people that are not listed in the phone books but are extremely qualified. Also, I would much rather give my money to an entrepreneur than one of the Big Guys that make you wait till they are good and ready to fix your rig.
We had a similar experience with our very first Class A RV. There were previous leaks prior to us purchasing it and it had Delam on the slide out. We found A small dealership near us that had hired an experienced technician. This technician removed the fiberglass panel on the slide out, replaced the wood underneath and then re-glued the Fiberglass Panel back on. When he finished, you could not tell there was a problem. That same technician agreed to come to our home, whenever we either needed a repair, or an upgrade done on our Class A. We eventually bought a brand new 2016 Class C and had him do several modifications for us at our home. This same guy, now has his own RV Repair Business in Debary, Florida. KA RV Repair is the name of his business, for anyone that is in this area and needs some work done. He is factory trained and does Warranty work as well. I highly recommend him to anyone here that needs work done. Tell him Ed sent you! I believe in patronizing the “little guy” and giving credit where credit is due! I hope the opening info will be of help to you Chuck. Good luck.

Gary Glenn
1 year ago

Chuck, I have a good friend with a repair shop in Tucson it might behoove you to stop by and get Eric to have a look to ease your mind and not ruin your trip.It is Eric Olstrom at Olstrom Custom Coach 8300 Valencia building #4 Tucson 520-624-2024. Might even be an advertising opportunity. He was one of the old Country Coach Guys and has done it all.

Gail
1 year ago
Reply to  Gary Glenn

Thank you Gary. I’ll give him a call!

Ron
1 year ago

Chuck sorry to hear of your MH repair problems. I try to get up on our MH roof often to inspect it. Last yr I found a small tear that maybe came from tree branch, & was able to repair it before the problem got worse. The tear didn’t go through to the wood, so pretty confident didn’t have further damage. But if I hadn’t notice it before our long trip last yr, it might have turned into a big repair. Luckily I am able to get up on the MH roof to clean & inspect it. In 2 months I will have knee surgery, & hopefully I will still be able to climb ladders. I know a lot of us older RV’ers might start having a problem with getting up on our MH roofs. Hopefully When that day comes for me I will be able to find a good, honest, & inexpensive person to do this very important inspection for me.
As you talk about the 10 to 20 yr loans new RV’ers take on with 1st time MH buyers, mention also the cost of maintenance & repairs. Seems every time we take our MH out for long trip, something always breaks. & our MH is 1 of the better built MH’s. Luckily I have been able to do the repairs (thank you U-Tube & Amazon) so far. I have extended warranty for another yr but dread taking it to our dealer where we purchased our MH, would be in shop weeks & months & still not repaired correctly. & we bought it from a large dealer.

littleleftie
1 year ago

That photo of the lonnnnggg Rv—-Mr. Lawrence seems quite blase about it all “just a little over the limit”….wow! That was very dangerous. Not only dangerous but foolish.
No prize for longest RV combo. Just a prize for stupidity.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  littleleftie

Frankly, I think calling Mr. Lawrence “stupid” is a bit over the top. And “very dangerous”? I’m guessing you weren’t following him so you can’t say his ‘train’ was wiggling down the road. And we don’t know the condition of his hitches either. It may or may not have been an unsafe coupling. I see his BIG mistake as maybe not buying an “over-length” permit which many states sell.

Merrily
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

AGAINST the LAW!!! Truck + 5th wheel then in some states another hitched properly toad!

Diane Mc
1 year ago

Sorry to hear about the leak, Chuck. Personally, we would finish our trip. Especially if you think you’ve temporarily fixed it and you are staying in the southwest. Dry weather will help dry it out. You’ll kick yourself if you get home & it’s something small. If it’s something bigger, won’t make a difference if you head home now or little later. We just had to have our brakes replaced on all 4 wheels (200, 000 miles on them!). Took it to a Freightliner place in Florida where next appt was April. However said if we dropped it off they could do it in one or 2 days. Did take 2 days, so only one night in hotel. Good news we had points so it was free. Hope your issue is a small one, easily fixed. Hope you decide to take Gail to New Mexico, at least.

Joe Allen
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

I agree! I wouldn’t let a leak spoil my trip! Nice and dry here in the southwest!

Donald N Wright
1 year ago

Marti Gras celebrations. I attended two in Morgan City and one in Franklin, Louisiana. Everyone was family and friends. No nudity, no drunks, no fights, no arrests, just a lot of fun for a home town parade of small town pride.