North American Heartland Rally – Day 3

Posted by on June 20, 2013

Had a little bit slower morning than we’ve been having.  About 9:00 am we hooked the coach up to the truck so that one of the service guys could come and take a look at an issue we recently noticed with our front cap.  When when we hook up we are starting to see a small gap…however, when it’s not hooked up the gap isn’t as visible.  Jim F. & Shawn came by shortly after 9:00 to take a look and found that we are in the very early stages of frame flex.  Frame flex means that there is movement in the frame in the front end, which shouldn’t happen at all.  Thankfully, it’s just in the early stages and hopefully it can be fixed easily enough.

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Off-door side

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Off-door side

 

Door-side

Door-side

I caught a couple of pictures of our wonderful Heartland service team at work and wanted to put in a plug for them and all that they do to help all of us out in any way that they can.

Applying a new decal to the front of a Big Horn

Applying a new decal to the front of a Big Horn

Installing a new awning to our next door neighbor, Bobby's Big Horn.  Michael is in the foreground helping out.

Installing a new awning to our next door neighbor, Bobby’s Big Horn. Michael is in the foreground helping out.

Lippert was able to make an appointment for us to bring the coach in this coming Tuesday (I think!) to work on the frame flex issue and they hope to have it done in one day so we may not even be with out the coach overnight at all.  Will see how that turns out as we’re willing to stay in a hotel for a couple of nights if needed.

They also took a look at our basement floor which has become extremely soft in several areas due to all the darn water leaks we’ve experienced over the last two years.  They don’t like the looks of it and really don’t like the idea of us traveling with a full basement so we’ll be staying here in Goshen for the next three weeks rather than move on to Holmes County, Ohio.  Michael will do the work to replace basement floor and Heartland will help with parts and guidance if needed.

While we were on the road headed east from Vancouver we noticed that the top slide seal on our door-side slide had started working its way out of the track and we had a good foot of it hanging out.  Michael mentioned it to a couple of the service guys that were in the area and they came and looked at it and off they went and came back about 15 minutes later with a new seal, installed it and VIOLA….we are sporting a nice new slide seal!  I can not say enough about the service team at Heartland – that just go above and beyond and are so friendly and fun to work with.

Old seal removed

Old seal removed

New seal installed!

New seal installed!

While Michael was busy with Jim & Shawn I was working on filling out a background check for a possible Workamping position I received a call about yesterday.  It would be this fall from October 1 to mid December in Florida.  I don’t want to jinx it by giving out too much information just yet so hang in there and I’ll tell you more when I know more.

I continued to pop in and out of the Leisure Time Activity presentations but relaxed much more than I have the past two days.  The people giving the presentations do such a good job and really don’t need me for much but I still like to make my presence known just in case they do need something.  All of the presentations had great attendance and went very smoothly.  

Make & Take Greeting Card Presentation

Make & Take Greeting Card Presentation

Beginning Reloading Presentation

Beginning Reloading Presentation

Make & Take Bracelet Presentation

Make & Take Bracelet Presentation

While I sat in on a couple of the classes and in between presentations I started and completed my first project on one of my new knitting looms.  I made a preemie baby hat with a tassel.  I’m so proud that I actually completed a project and it looks like what it’s supposed to be!  I’ll start my next project tomorrow!

Preemie knit hat

Preemie knit hat

We had our rally potluck this evening and it was unbelievable!  Have you ever been to a potluck for 500+ folks???  Talk about selection!  Since it’s nearly impossible to place 250ish dishes out for everyone to try our kitchen team does a great job of dividing things up and then having 3 different ‘stations’ and each table is assigned a ‘station’ to choose their dinner from.  After everyone has gone through the line once then it’s a ‘free for all’ and you can try dishes from any of the three stations.  Every thing I tried was very good and I didn’t even try 1/2 of what was on our buffet!  Wow!

Our dinner partners for the evening - the Dorsey's, the Coffman's and the Mayers.

Our dinner partners for the evening – the Dorsey’s, the Coffman’s and the Mayer’s.

After dinner we were entertained by Mr. Hypnosis, Dave Hallett, one of our very own Heartland Club Owners!  Dave brought 14 volunteers (Heartland owners as well as some of the service crew) up on stage, 10 of which we able to undergo hypnosis and entertained us for about an hour.  I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time!  He had them sing, model, play invisible instruments, talk in Martian, ride race horses, etc.  OH MY GOSH!  Hilarious!  One gentleman pretty much slept through the entire show….never followed any of the commands at all.  Too, too funny!  If you ever get a chance to see a hypnotist show…GO!

The guy in the yellow shirt didn't move the ENTIRE time!

The guy in the yellow shirt didn’t move the ENTIRE time!

Dale, on the end, is sitting like a member of the opposite sex!

Dale, on the end, is sitting like a member of the opposite sex!

They were told to hug the person next to them.

They were told to hug the person next to them.

Riding a race horse

Riding a race horse

Flexing their muscles

Flexing their muscles

Sonny & Cher sing 'I Got You Babe'

Sonny & Cher sing ‘I Got You Babe’

Shania Twain sings 'I Feel Like a Woman'

Shania Twain sings ‘I Feel Like a Woman’

Another busy but great day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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