Sunday, April 14, 2013

Life With Lucy…It’s Certainly Never Boring!

Ever have one of those days where you wish you could go back an hour? An hour where ignorance was bliss. An hour where what you don’t know can’t hurt you. An hour before you made the decision and then had to live with the end result?

I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here. Let me start by saying that this was not my favorite week. First off, almost as soon as we arrived home from Italy, the pollen monsters found me and attacked. The started their attack a week ago last week Tuesday in Mississippi and were relentless. I had forgotten how badly I could feel in the month of April! I doubt I’ll forget this time. Next April I’m heading somewhere else…anywhere else. Since starting this blog, almost a week ago, I have come to the conclusion that I may have also had a Spring cold on top of the allergy issue. I only say that now because Rick has gotten my allergies and as he pointed out, that’s not possible :) I am feeling better; he is not.

This year Lucy had a couple appointments in Red Bay, Alabama and allergies or not, we were on our way. We arrived at Custom RV last Monday afternoon and set up for the night. Brannon has power and water in his parking lot to accommodate his customers and it really makes it easy on us. Lucy was getting a couple of new windows in the morning. Over the years, some of our dual pane windows have lost their seal and while they still perform perfectly for insulating purposes, the cloudiness in the glass was a concern. Most of them have minimal fogging and we are going to see about having them repaired. There is a place in Florida and another in Arkansas that specializes in this. The 2 side cockpit windows, however, were the worst and the fogginess was becoming a driving hazard.P1030533

P1030534 It did not appear these would be repair candidates anyhow, so we made arrangements to have them replaced.

While we waited on the windows Tuesday morning, we asked Brannon to adjust our front passenger slide. It sloped toward the front and when it would rain, the water would run across the top of the slide and leak down the front side behind the seal. It took us quite awhile to figure out what the actual problem was, but once we did and had that slide adjusted, the problem stopped…temporarily. After awhile, it would once again drop down a little in the front and the problem would reoccur. Our “fix” for this was to always keep our awning out just enough to cover the slide. Then, if it rained, the water never got to the top of the slide and no water issues. I was excited to have that slide readjusted, again, hoping that this time it would continue to perform as it should.

Be careful what you wish for. As Brannon worked on the slide, it became obvious that it was adjusted as far as it would possibly go. When the slide was in, everything was aligned  perfectly. When it went out, it appeared to “fall” into a hole. Upon further examination, it not only appeared that way, it DID fall into a hole! Apparently, there had been a slide water issue for many years, and the subfloor became compromised, rotted and the slide roller wore a hole in the subfloor where it settled in. This was not sounding good. Lucy is 8 years old and  was 5 years old when we bought her. We knew there would be issues, but we were kind of hoping we had discovered all of them by now!

Lucy’s carpet had to be torn out so the damage could be assessed more closely.


Worst case scenario, we’d have to go back to Tiffin and have the entire slide removed and the damaged subfloor area replaced, then the slide reinstalled.


Luckily, the damage was confined to a small area and it was determined that we could reinforce the subfloor with an 1/8'” thick aluminum plate that would cover the damaged area and be screwed into the good area.


The roller would then glide across this plate and should be stable and level.

Of course, this threw a monkey wrench into Brannon’s scheduled week, so we were worked on in between other appointments and after hours.  It took 4 days but after all was said and done, we *think* Lucy is now operating properly, although it will take some real life testing to be certain. Not only that, but she is sporting brand, spanking new front carpet. 


It’s nothing special but it is new and fresh and smells good :)  The original plan was to only replace the center carpet, not the carpet on the slides. That didn’t work because our original carpet was no longer available. The original had a pattern called Turkey Tracks. We were able to get a pretty good color match with a plain, plush carpet, but I felt it wouldn’t look right to have 2 different carpets and insisted that the slides also be done. Had I known all this was going to happen, I would have picked out carpet ahead of time and included the bedroom in the replacement :) Maybe next year :)

In between all of this, we managed to keep an appointment at Bay Diesel for Lucy’s annual checkup and fluid/filter changes. Except for a cracked surge tank on the radiator that needed to be replaced, the rest of the annual maintenance was uneventful. Not to make light of the surge tank; it was certainly not a cheap item, but some things have to be expected and after the seemingly easy slide adjustment debacle, this just didn’t seem like a big deal.

We left Brannon and Custom RV around lunch time on Friday. We decided to stay in Red Bay over the weekend rather than try to get into our next park on a Friday afternoon with all the weekend warriors rushing in. We made the most of our time on Saturday with housekeeping duties. Rick washed Lucy and did all her outside windows while I cleaned inside, shampooed the bedroom carpet and washed inside windows. She looks pretty darn good, inside and out :)

I hope we didn’t make a mistake staying in Red Bay a couple extra nights. There is that thing I call the Red Bay black hole…once you’re here, all kinds of things need repair! Last night, while I was making dinner, I hit the switch for the Fantastic Fan to cool off the kitchen a bit. Nothing. Nada. It had worked earlier in the afternoon. Now nothing.

We will have to troubleshoot :) I’ll let you know what happened with that issue next time.

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle


  1. You guys manage to take all of this in stride! This proves that fulltiming is not any different than having a sticks and bricks. Glad Lucy is better (except for the fantastic fan :) ). Pollen is in full swing here in the Carolina's. It came on quick and it's unmerciful! The delayed spring seem to make it come on quicker and heavier. Good luck in your travels and looking forward to seeing you in a few short weeks.

  2. It's so nice that you have such a great attitude about things. Beautiful finished job.

  3. Oh no - sorry for all your troubles...yours, Rick's and Lucy's! I was in NC for 2 weeks and the pollen was so so bad. Sure hope it is done by the time we head up there in a few weeks! Take care and travel safe.

  4. Glad the slide issue at least was confined to a small area and didn't turn into your worst case scenario. Fingers crossed that all is well now on that front. Hope the fan is a quick fix and you're soon on your way out of the "black hole."

    Pollen is alive and well here in SC also. Glad you're feeling better, and hope Rick is soon on the mend.

  5. The results look good, and at least the damage was not worst requiring major tear down of the slide.

  6. You sure have a great attitude about being slammed after returning from Italy. I'd be thinking I should have stayed there. Not sure which I would have more trouble with the horrid pollen or these awful bug bites I can't stop itching. Glad things are improving for you in the Lucky department hope the pollen improvement will be right behind.

  7. improving for you in the LUCY department. After looking at your slide description and pictures David says 'that's quite a story'. Winnona is 9 and we bought her at 6. Hope this isn't hiding in the wings (or slide) for us.

  8. Boy, Gail, sounds like we'll both have plenty of "war stories" to tell this summer :-). I can't wait to get this coming week under my belt, packing up, driving to Indiana, then unloading and repacking all our stuff back in the trailer. I'm looking forward to some relaxing campfires with friends this summer! Oh! and now that my allergies are almost done with here in Florida, I get to go north and start all over again . :-)!!

  9. Sorry about your issues with Lucy;o(( But your attitude is fantastic!! By the way, she looks fantastic with her new carpet:o)

    Wish I had a cure for allergy can really be difficult.

    Just remember...Live Simply, Laugh Often and WINE Alot:o)))

  10. We're sorry to hear about your slide and allergy issues too. Your new carpet looks nice and hopefully that'll make the slide concern more bearable. Yep, we'll also trade "war stories" with you. We've had a week of events here too. We have an appointment at Alliance Coach April 22 for some repair, maintenance and remodel. I hope we don't get any surprises because we've had enough already!

  11. Oh my! As everyone said, great attitude! You certainly made lemonade out of lemons..and new carpet :-)

  12. Looks like Brannon had an easy solution for your slide floor problem ... we saw several slides being removed entirely to get the floor replaced while we were at Red Bay earlier this year. Taking Red Bay in stride is the only way to survive it ;-))) Good job.

  13. Wow, what a repair! Good solution to what could have been a major undertaking. These beasts surely can keep your wallet from overflowing. ;c)


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