The Three R’s – Repairs, Rain & RV Supplies

Posted by on June 26, 2013

Yesterday we were up bright and early to take the coach to Heartland so that they could work on a small frame flex issue we noticed earlier in the year.

We dropped the coach off about 7:45 am and then we headed over to Perkins to get some breakfast before we took off to run a few errands (Home Depot, Hobby Lobby & Harbor Freight) in Mishawaka.

When our errands were completed we were free to play so we decided to take in a movie.  We saw ‘Now You See Me‘ which had several big name actors in it (Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson).  It was a good movie that we both enjoyed…although I had a hard time keeping my eyes open at times due to lack of sleep!

Cinemark 14 - $5.00 tickets for matinees

Cinemark 14 – $5.00 tickets for matinees

As we drove from Elkhart to Mishawaka it poured!  It rained on and off throughout the day – the perfect day for a duck!

Coming down in sheets!

Coming down in sheets!

See?? It really was a great day for ducks!

See?? It really was a great day for ducks! 

The movie ended about 3:00 pm and since we hadn’t heard from Heartland we decided to stop back by and see how things were going.  We found the coach in the bay and all was quiet.  (I think most of the techs finish about 2:00 pm or so) Tim, the service group leader, came out and saw us and explained what had been done to the frame and that they just needed to do the caulking, which would take a little longer and the coach would be ready to go in the morning.

Michael & Tim discussing the work on the coach

Michael & Tim discussing the work on the coach

The storm we’d experienced on Monday night must have hit Elkhart harder than Goshen.  As we drove back to Elkhart from Mishawaka we found that there were trees and branches down all over…one cemetery, in particular, got hit pretty hard.  We also heard that power was still out for many people – thankfully, we only experienced it going out briefly just before the ‘big wind’ came in.

One of many trees down in Mishawaka

One of many trees down in Mishawaka

Lots of smaller branches down too

Lots of smaller branches down too

We found a room at a Country Inn & Suites (after trying 4 other hotels that were full) for the night and then went and got some dinner.  When we got back to the room I tried watching some TV but didn’t last long at all…I think I was out by about 7:15 pm.  Michael watched TV until about 8:45 pm.  You’d have thought we would have been up in the middle of the night but we both slept until 7:30 am.  The extra sleep really felt good!  Finally!

Before going to pick the coach up we stopped by RV Surplus to check it out and only picked up a black tank valve.  We also stopped at D&W Inc to pick up  a couple heat vents with dampers for our son, Zack.  We put them in a box and shipped them off to him right away…cheaper than the $13.00 shipping through the company.

Heat vents

Heat vents

We picked up the coach just before noon.  The frame flex issue was corrected by welding gussets and angle iron onto corners to reinforce them and also on each side of the pin box.  Then when they put it all back together they replaced the whole skin beneath the overhang, installed a new light fixture and a whole new pin box cover as well!

Completed with new skin & pin box cover

Completed with new skin & pin box cover

Where we used to have a gap when hooked...we no longer do!

Where we used to have a gap when hooked…we no longer do!

Michael asked advice about repair the gouge that we got in the front cap back in Wyoming when we had to park in a tough to get into site.  Tim, the supervisor in the shop, said that they could make the fix for him but we’d just need to get it painted.  Turned out great…smooth as a babies butt!  You can tell where the gouges were…but they’re now filled.

Repaired gouge...needs painting

Repaired gouge…needs painting

Back home, our chapter leader, Hogan, and his wife, Donna, stopped by to chat.  They’re still here because they’re having issues with their truck and it’s been in the shop for several days.  They finally got the ok to pick it up this morning and after Hogan had driven about 2 miles from the dealer he started having issues again.  He took it back and was still waiting  for word from the dealer when we last heard.  Keeping our fingers crossed that things are resolved soon and they are able to hit the road soon.

Visiting with Hogan & Donna

Visiting with Hogan & Donna

This evening we went out to dinner with the Wolbeck’s and the Evans’ as they are all leaving tomorrow and we most likely won’t see them until January or so.  We chose and Mexican restaurant and Nelly impressed us with her Spanish.  The food was good but the company was much better.  We did a lot of laughing…as usual!  We even capped several Munzee’s out in the parking lot around the restaurant.  Before we knew it it was nearly 9:00 pm and time to head on home.

Michael, Roy & Kevin

2 Responses to The Three R’s – Repairs, Rain & RV Supplies

  1. Dan Mayer

    Kelly, you do a great job on this blog.

    • Kelly

      Thanks, Dan! That means a LOT! You and Ann stay safe and have a wonderful summer in Breckenridge!

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