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Published: April 24th 2018
Waiting at the service area door, Cory was first in line this early morning. They had our appointment as scheduled. Fairly soon after, our service advisor, Darnel Green, came out to our RV to see and review our issues. We were in agreement as to what we wanted checked and repaired. He gave us an early appraisal of cost and would get back to us later in the day with a more conclusive one......after the mechanics and technicians had a chance to actually decide what was wrong and what was needed.
Cory and I and Lulu waited in the service area waiting room. Cory roamed the building and the grounds. I played on my Ipad. We charged our electronic devices plus Cory’s Ryobi battery charger for our portable fan that we used for dear Chip to keep him cool. It really helped us to survive last night in the RV! It was a Godsend. We would have suffocated to death had we not used it. A few people joined us in the waiting room for “The Big Wait”. There was a neat and unique coffee, hot chocolate, tea, latte maker in this room. It took single little bags to make
your desired drink. After brewing, the bag disappeared somewhere inside the machine. However, we faced one major problem!! A big one! No TV! Rats! Somewhere on the grounds, where they were working, they cut the TV cable. It’s been broken for days so no hope for today. Rats! To make it even worse, I was not able to celebrate the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton....Rats! Double Rats! Lulu was so upset. She cried like a baby! By 11:30 AM, I was close to becoming frozen to death. What a tremendous extreme from the blistering heat of last night in the RV. My legs and lips were blue. Why do these places think they have to turn their air conditioning up to the highest level? Why? They could save so much money on their utility bill. We finally sat outside on rocking chairs and thawed ourselves out.
Lunchtime! Where to go? Cory headed out to the highway filled with restaurants and stores. Since we have been in this area before, he knows the different locations and how to get there. Chauffeur Cory is always on the ball. Riding down the busy roadway, I noticed an interesting restaurant called
Portillo’s. STOP! And he did. What a great place. Fabulous decor. It had an old Chicago theme to it. The history on the back of the menu stated it started out as a tiny trailer called The Dog House selling just hot dogs, French fries, tamales (SANDY!!!), and soft drinks. They had a few places in Illinois. Once remodeled, they changed the name to Portillo’s and enlarged the menu as well as their locations. It has pasta, salads, sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs and more. They even sell beer! In this spacious building, you placed your order at one counter. Then, your order was prepared on an assembly line. At the end, your number was called for pick-up. The food was very good and the atmosphere very exciting. Lulu marked her spots in this intriguing restaurant.
We headed back to Lazydays to wait some more. Still ice cold inside. Darnel called Cory with our updates. Not able to get into the glass shop today for our 2 fogged up windows ($255 each)...instead they worked on our other things today. They did our 2 recall items: wiper blades and something with our entrance stairs: free. Our back furnace wasn’t working right...it
was something to do with a back panel behind it...fixed. They recalibrated our automatic leveling system....good! They said they couldn’t get the seals for around our refrigerator so recommended getting 2 new doors! Cost: almost $1,000! No way! We could get a new refrigerator for that. Cory found the seals for the entire refrigerator and freezer on the Internet for @ $100! We will do that and put them on ourselves. It was too pricey to shorten the height of our new mud flap so we shall do that ourselves at home. Why is it so expensive, you ask. Well, the hourly rate for just the labor is $149.00. Amazing - when I recall my wage when working as a nursing supervisor....life and death decisions - I was no where...I mean no where.....even close to any thing like this rate! Pennies on the dollar! Unreal! But that’s life! Cory saw a service tech in passing and asked him about our generator not working last night. It was only because our inverter was turned off underneath...once turned on, everything worked fine. So, the “Big Wait” continues. It all depends when we can get into the glass shop (hopefully tomorrow) and how
long the windows take. Maybe we can leave late tomorrow or at the very latest on Wednesday....just depends.
We decided to walk some of the grounds here at Lazydays....they have 126 acres. I’m not walking all that...no way, Jose! We went to the Tiffin section (our make of RV) and looked at a couple. Most were gas. Saw a Breeze that was diesel...didn’t care for it at all. Lulu liked them all but she’s not as fussy as us. No big rigs in the area that we were in but I had had enough. Back to the ice cold refrigerator box of a waiting room. Brrrrrr. Darnel looked us up and said our RV had been brought back to the parking lot and they had plugged us into electric. Great! We now had lights, air conditioning, TV...we were super happy. As we sat contently in the RV, someone opened our door and started to walk in. A roaming couple thought it was for sale and wanted to check it out. Hah! Lulu was startled. She waited to wave them off but, you know: no arms! All the RV’s for sale on the grounds are left unlocked so folks can
easily check them out. You can go in all of them if you have that much stamina. I don’t! And Lulu doesn’t have the legs to even try.
Suppertime! Where to go? Checked our app “What’s Around Us”. Located SHELLS seafood restaurant. We had wanted to go here years ago but it was closed when we stopped. Chauffeur Cory took our buggy back to the same area where we had been earlier in the day. This restaurant was the same one we wanted but it has moved to another spot. Cory got his grouper and I got shrimp diablo. He said his fish was the best he had since being down here. I love my food, too. Lulu was content watching everyone eat. On Wednesday, they have my favorite appetizer, calamari, on sale for $5.00. Wowee. But we won’t be back right away. Bucket list?
Tomorrow should be completion day if they get our 2 windows done. We are hoping so but we are willing to wait it out until everything is finished. What else can we do? So, put on your snowsuits and join us in the big walk-in freezer waiting room tomorrow. Hot chocolate will be
waiting for you! Outside, the temperatures are close to 90’....inside they must be minus 20’. Wear mittens!
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