Please don’t think I am whining or complaining when I tell you about our RV repair experiences. When Storm and I decided to buy a used RV and head out to see America we knew that we would have to spend as much time working on the RV as we spent sight-seeing (well we were hoping for more sight-seeing, less repairing but you get what you get). While on the road, we have learned that our assumption was not quite right. Apparently we would have had the same sight-seeing to repair ratio even if we had purchased a new vehicle. In fact while at the Cummins dealership in Grand Junction Storm was lamenting to an fellow RVer there with a dead generator about our rush to get everything sold and to get us on the road. Storm believed that had we spent more time preparing the RV, we might have had less trouble.
Our new friend explained that he and his wife spent a year working on their RV, test camping and making trip preparations before they left Florida for their big retirement plans. Retirement day came, the adventure began and not a single slide on their RV would retract. After manually retracting the slides, their first stop on their grand journey was to the nearest shop to get the slides fixed. After hearing this, we felt better.
So it should have come as no surprise to us that the intermittent stuck flush valve on our fancy RV HeadHunter commode finally decided to remain in the open position, potentially filling our black tank and creating all sorts of chaos. We had been hoping it would self-heal as the recommended repairs required that Storm somehow manage to remove parts from behind the commode by standing on his head in the small water closet working by looking in a mirror with tools that he had to create as needed. When the water began to rise in the bathroom (no I am NOT kidding) action had to be taken. Fortunately we could get the parts overnighted to us. Well actually the only part we NEEDED was an itsy bitsy teensy tiny o-ring, but we had to purchase $450 worth of other parts to get that. We are in a campground so leaving the water off for a day is no problem as toilets and showers are within a few steps of the coach. Of course our Next Day Air package got delayed due to storms in St. Louis (all part of the RV experience) but when it did arrive, Storm brilliantly completed repairs. Two days later he had worked out all of his cramps and most of his bruises were healing from the contortions required by him to restore our facilities.
Then the storms arrived. The first time we rode our motorcycles to Rapid City we sat under a bridge for an hour outside the city waiting for thunderstorms to pass. Then as we rode into Keystone on that same trip, all heck broke lose and by the time we found a safe place to park we each had a lap full of hail pellets. So we should have been prepared for temperamental weather.
This time, we watched the clouds darken as the storms approached our waterless RV. We were actually in the park showers cleaning up from the first phase of repairs when the bottom fell out. I had never seen hail fall for 3 hours before, but I did this day. Thank goodness it was only pea size. No damage done, but our nerves were frayed. Here is a report from my niece Priscilla (aka Hailey Weathers) about the storm situation.