Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We’re Finally On Our Way!

P1000302 We spent another night in Burlington RV’s parking lot last night.  Here’s our lovely spot.  We did have water and electric and didn’t have to find a place to stay, so we were happy with that.

Yesterday they repaired our bedroom slide so it is working properly and no longer sitting too low.  We had a few other minor things we noticed so we had them do those, too.  They still weren’t sure if the leak was fixed.  They wanted to water test it again today.  After rain last night and running water on it for 1.5 hours this morning, everything was dry so we were out of there!

Jayco has given me written confirmation that they will honor our warranty beyond its expiration date regarding any leaks.  Hopefully, we won’t have to take them up on it.  I must say they have been very good about honoring the warranty and fixing anything we found lacking.

We are, however, somewhat disappointed with the quality of this Jayco.  It’s the fifth Jayco we’ve owned, and we’ve never had any serious problems before.  This time there were some major problems caused by shoddy workmanship.

Some of our windows weren’t sealed properly when they were installed.  One wall in the bedroom slide wasn’t attached to the floor which caused a leak.  The big slide had numerous gaps in the caulking which caused a leak.  The siding under the part that hangs over the truck was not attached to the plywood underneath and eventually began pulling loose.  I don’t know if we’ll buy Jayco again.  We’ll have to see.  Maybe we just got a lemon :( 

Now on to the adventure.  We had to change our plans and skip visiting Galena, Illinois and Kevin’s brother in Iowa.  We have reservations in Estes Park, Colorado Friday night.  We were told to make reservations because this time of year the aspen are in full fall color and the elk are rutting so the campgrounds tend to fill up. Since we planned to arrive on a Friday, I made a reservation.

Now we have to hustle to get there on time.  We’ll be driving about 8 hours today and spending the night at a Love’s Truck Stop in West Des Moines, Iowa.  Tomorrow night we’ll stop at a Passport America campground near North Platte, Nebraska and then onto Estes Park on Friday.  Hopefully, this will be the last time we have to do this much driving in such a short time.

I’m writing this in the truck.  I sure do appreciate our Verizon air card.  We’re in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  At least we are finally out of Wisconsin :)

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!

7 comments:

  1. Good luck with the RV repairs and getting to Estes Park by Friday.

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  2. I drove up to Estes Park for an afternoon when I was working in Loveland for a week. The drive up the mountain was remarkable. I don't think it would be a good idea to do it when you are tired and pulling a fifth wheel, so if you don't get near, don't push it.

    Better to loose a nights space rent, than to put yourselves in a stressful situation.

    Just a thought ....

    Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful aspens.

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  3. I'm excited for you. Driving that long will be stressful but I am glad you have a plan. We have been to Estes Park but not in the 5th wheel. It is a beautiful place and this time of year it should be gorgeous. Hope the trip goes well.

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  4. Glad you got the repairs done, I hope they hold up for you.

    Try to take some time to enjoy the drive as you go west.

    Kevin and Ruth
    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  5. So now you're truly on the road! Happy travels! :)

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  6. If you we really were in Cedar Falls (and not Cedar Rapids) at the time, We would have bought you supper. See you on the flip side as the CBers used to say.

    Josef

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  7. Glad you are on the road. Hope the repairs hold and you have no more problems. Safe travels.

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