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Published: January 13th 2015
The one about the pain of getting your RV serviced.
I still feel pretty good about my choice of not watching the later part of The Golden Globes last night. As I watched TV this morning, yes, I missed George, but…..what I did notice ALL the reporters talking about was the Fey/Poehler monologue, and trying to explain it! I must not have been the only one who didn’t get it. I feel vindicated, but I am as guilty as those I accuse, because I am still talking about it.
I did not sleep well. I was hot; I was cold; the dog woke me up; I had to pee, you name it I tossed and turned. I woke for good at 5, dozed until 6 easily broke camp to head across the huge property for my service appointment at 8. I checked in at 7:50 but my service rep, Stephanie, was running a little late so I had to wait. At 8:30 (growl) she checked me in after I decided on the “Diamond” service with the extra oil change and generator service. Uh huh. (Silver Service is basically oil change, generator check, tire pressure, batteries, the important mechanical stuff, but no RV parts…..) Mechanic Barry would check everything from stem to stern, all the belts, air filter (perfectly clean, I saw it, so it didn’t get changed) check tire pressure, yadda yadda yadda, as well as all house pumps, seals, the slide glide and levelers. I kept Winston in his crate and walked over and had breakfast at their Café. At campground check in I was provided 6 coupons, 3 for breakfast, 3 for lunch, a nice perk. Breakfast was a healthy portion of scrambled eggs, 2 sausage links, hash browns. I could have had toast, opted for the no gluten meal. All drinks are always free, so I had OJ and coffee. Stephanie told me Moya was in bay 15, and it wasn’t. Back to her desk, phone call to Barry, yes it was in bay 15, I must have missed it on the way around. My iphone health app says I walked 2.59 miles today, just back and forth from the lounge to Moya, and walking Winston. My knee really hurts, and walking also hurts the tummy, so I tried to do all very slowly. I had nothing else to do, so I just took it easy. After falling asleep in the lounge with Winston’s head in my lap, I decided to go sit us in Moya and work on paying bills. Stephanie found me at 2 and showed me pictures Barry took of my roof. The caulking has shrunk away from the edges and really must be replaced. I know this, most RVs have their caulking replaced every 2 years at least ,and this is Moya’s third trip to FL and she sits outside all summer…….Add another expensive service to my Diamond service. Groan.
You might remember that when I had her serviced in 2014 I showed Stephanie the area of bubbled paint on the hood. She got approval to replace it under warranty, but it would take 10 weeks to get the part. I would be home in NC by then. She told me to give her 3 months notice and she would order the part for this years service, and, good to her word, the part is here and painted the right color!! At 2:00, Stephanie told me Barry would not finish my work that day….???huh???? I was welcome to spend the night in the service bay or go back to the campground and return in the morning. I opted to stay in the service bay, just easier. As everyone left at 5 I noticed there are 3 other big rigs right near me with owners staying in them in the service bays. One man, older than me, has been here a week while he tries to get warranty approval from the manufacturer of his 5th
wheel to repair or replace the windows that have pulled out of their frames and don’t close easily. His rig is as big as a small house!! The couple next to me are wondering how they are going to sleep, as they don’t have enough room to open their bedroom slide. Barry told me he would get me out by noon tomorrow. I hope so, but all I do is go back to the campground for one more night. Good thing I planned this extra day here, and I will ask for a credit for the night at the campground that I actually spent in service.
I spent the afternoon paying my bills (wifi is AWESOME here) and talking to a HS classmate about plans for our upcoming mini FL reunion on 1/31. We have 230 on our email list, so all got a mail merge email with the details…..more on that when it happens.
It poured most of the afternoon, so I guess I am happy I am under a roof, but I still can’t take Winston out for a walk because he won’t go anywhere in the rain. Playing computer games was a very satisfying and relaxing way to spend the afternoon, for sure.
I sautéed chicken tenders and added them to a hefty salad for dinner, with strawberries mixed with Activia (helps the tummy issue), a very satisfying meal. Winston is a little rammy right now, he wants to run around, but there is just no place and it is still pouring. A quiet night of TV and crocheting for sure. And contemplating what my Amex bill will be next month. Painful.
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