“Stormy, why is walking to the back of the coach like climbing a small hill?” I asked several times Monday and Tuesday. After each time I asked, he re-leveled the coach but eventually I began to notice a distinct downward tile to the coach front. Our coach uses air bags to keep it level (rather than external jacks) which is nice if you want to overnight in a Walmart parking lot and be level without leaving a jack mark in the pavement but not so nice when it does not work. I don’t want to get too technical here, but basically to keep the coach level a thingamajig “wakes up” the leveling system every 30 minutes and queries the system to see if the coach is still level. If it is not level, a dojiggy starts up a small compressor which adjusts the air bags back to level. This system had been working fine until last week when Stormy claims that I touched a button that broke it. I think we all know that old age (of the coach not us!) was the factor most likely responsible for the problem but regardless of the cause, immediate action was required as our refrigerator will self destruct if the coach is not level (also I was getting a little out of level myself with all the hill climbing from front to back of the coach).
A phone call to the absolutely wonderful folks at HWH (manufacturers of the leveling system) led Stormy through all the troubleshooting needed to determine that “no, it was not just a blown fuse.” Apparently the “brains” of the leveling box were no longer operating on all circuit boards so the whole leveling box had to be sent back to them for repair. With a holiday in the mix and a 3 day turn around for repair we will be cutting it close to get it back in time to meet our departure schedule. So to minimize the delay Stormy jacked up the RV, removed the faulty circuit box, crated it up as I drove him to the UPS store and shipped it off with an RMA number in a blur of activity. As we returned to the coach, we realized that we had not emptied our tanks (black or grey) since we started driveway camping last weekend. With the leveling system out and the coach up on jacks, we can’t drive to a dump station. Not good! Even though we believe that we have more room in the tanks than the sensors tell us, we are RV newbies and not sure what to trust. With almost a week to go before the box returns we are not willing to gamble. Thank goodness we are close to the house so a 2am walk outside to the bathroom is possible if not ideal. But it bets the heck out of having sewage back up into the RV.
The good news is that with all of the cleaning, fixing and now walking back and forth to the house to wash my hands or use the rest room, I have lost almost 10 lbs. since I retired even though I haven’t even had time to go to the gym (or eat obviously :-).