Sometimes one is weighed down looking at various options when making a big decision. Today we make one. I feel better. Less stressed. Let's review:
In 2009 we bought our 3rd RV. But our first new one. A 2009 Montana. We had few problems with it. We lived and traveled in it 5 years. But having an RV fridge just didn't cut it.
A few stresses we caused. Worse one was when Len got too close to a gas station barrier and separated the back cap from the side walls. This happened in May, 2010. The repairs were finally done in late August. NO, we didn't cause the delay. Blame it on the dealer. During most of this time we lived in it with a temporary fix.
Oh, we've had flat tires, etc. Many flat tires. Once we had two blow outs in less than 3 hours. Both on Interstates. In the busy northeast... Connecticut then New Jersey. Both on same side. That was lucky as damage was done to the rig. Nice is wasn't on both sides. This was on a Saturday afternoon. Could not find a place to buy trailer tires. Betty Barnes came to the rescue. She and Dave were 54 miles away and had a 2010 Montana. Got their spare, put it on and got back to where they were working security. Got new tires Monday morning.
Back to the issue with the repair work on the back cap. When we got the rig back, they had changed out the steps. The bottom step was now 24 inches from the ground. Said they needed to be changed. Why? No reason to change steps when the damage was done in the back. Who damaged the steps while at the shop. Could not get satisfaction until I wrote to Good Sam.
Should have changed out the RV fridge to a residential in the Montana. Instead we bought a 2014 Cedar Creek.
What a mistake. First issue...... we were wearing out the tires. The unit leaned 1 1/2 inches to the left. We called the manufacturer, Forest River. They told us to move things around. What the HELL! They built the thing. What should we move? The refrigerator? The stove? The fireplace? the hot water heater? the pantry? the shower? the furnace? The cabinets for pots and pans and dishes? The table and chairs? Just tell us how to do that.
So we replaced the 7,000 pound axles with 8,000. At our cost of over $5,500. An extra leaf was added to level the rig. A few months later the spring came apart. At the base of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Luckily they were working on the bridge and the left lane was closed. We were in the next lane. We destroyed about 10 barrels. Could not get through the tolls as the rig was pulled at a right angle from the truck. Len had recently had surgery. To the rescue my brother Norman, my nephew JR and SIL Scott. At the base of the bridge. In the rain. Shop that put on the springs and hangers would not make good. Well, they agreed to cut the repair bill in half. Whoopee. Len checked their work later and the torque was not right. Probably wasn't right the first time either.
Not too long after, lights were flashing while we on I-10 in San Antonio. Bolts on the rack on the back of our rig broke. We were dragging our generator. Len put new bolts on. Lasted 2 miles. On the overpass. No place to pull off. In heavy traffic. A sweet young man stopped to help. This was not long after Len had knee replacement.
This rig..... sometimes the residential refrigerator works while not plugged to shore line. Sometimes it doesn't. Been in shop twice for it. We had the rig only months when we noticed a split in the skin near the bedroom slide.
And who can forget when moving into our house in Alabama. Rig was stuck in saturated ground. Len hit the gas backing up. I yelled to stop. He didn't hear. Backing up, backing up, backing up. Yelling, Yelling, Yelling. Windows up in truck. Crash
Then heater stopped working. We paid $360 to a mobile repair person who said it must have had a spider or dirt it in. Worked a few days. Quit. Took it to an Open Range dealer 46 miles from where we now live. They fixed the split in the skin. They fixed the heater. They hit the roof going under an overhang. They damaged awning. We have a new awning. They damaged the roof. They patched the roof and will replace it when we get back to Alabama.
This brings us to today. Len inspects the rig quite often when traveling. You never know. One half on the right spring hanger is broken. Needs welding. So here we are.
When preparing for this trip, I planned to overnight at the Pilot truck station near London, Ohio. When this happened 150 miles back, I Googled Open Range dealers in Ohio. There are three. One is in London. Can you believe a little good luck? It is RIGHT NEXT TO PILOT. We will be there when they open tomorrow morning.
But, it the meantime. Len and I have had enough. Enough I say. After this trip, the RV gets sold. We have a nice home to Alabama. We've had 7+ years of fulltime RVing plus part time for almost that many years. We don't need this stress. Our sanity and health comes first.
We used to love it. Now we hate it. We have two RV sites on our property. We thought one would be empty for guests. Soon there will be two. RV friends.... come visit. We will have plenty of room.
Anybody in the market for a PIA RV?