|Wish I'd seen that sign before I got myself into this.|
I spent yesterday here at Burton Campers in Calera, AL where I bought my Roadtrek some 8 weeks ago.
It’s a 2+ hour drive so I didn’t get there until mid-morning. I reviewed the GDB’s list of symptoms with Lyle, the service manager. Then they took the GDB away and I was told to wait, they would come get me if they needed me. I felt like I had just admitted my best friend to the hospital! It was the typical service department hang-out with faux leather couch, TV, and outdated Trailer Life magazines. So I worked some crosswords and watched TV with the sound off. Actually, just like a morning at home!
Four hours later, everything was taken care of!
Inoperable Battery switch
The solenoid (I can pronounce it but am still not exactly sure what it is) was replaced. Lyle told me this is a $300 repair - $100 for the part plus 2 hours of labor. However, he spoke with Roadtrek and, though my 4-year warranty doesn’t generally cover “electrical issues”, they made an exception. I should mention that I showed up with chocolate chip muffins for the guys in the service bay.
|Cost $3, savings $300?|
Leaking Galley Window
The leak was sealed with a compound. After testing, they determined (as I had) that the water was coming into the seam of the upper middle portion of the window. There was some discussion about taking it to an auto glass place here at home thus saving me a trip back, but here’s hoping the fix works.
Frozen DVD Door
Lyle pulled the DVD player out of its cabinet – not easy to do because the previous owner had it shimmed in there. Suddenly the door is opening and closing quite nicely. Lyle blamed the summer heat. I hope that fixes it, but I imagine I’ll always hold my breath after watching a movie. Note to self: ask library how much they charge patrons for DVD replacements.
Non-existent Cable Signal
The cable problem was determined to be, well, pilot error. Turns out, there is a black button in the upper corner of one of the cabinets that must be pushed in (or is it out?) in order to get the signal. In my defense, this is both hard to see and hard to access. And apparently hard to mention in the owner's manual.
I stopped at a nearby Camping World to return a few items but didn’t buy anything. How many times do you walk out of that place with more $ than you walked in with? I got permission to dump the tanks at their “campground” – a parking lot in the back of the building that holds about 16 rigs But it’s free! And has water, electric, and sewer. Is that typical of CWs? Make a note in case you are passing by on I-65.
I’m no fan of macerator pumps but it emitted (among other things) a lovely purrrrr. At least it seemed so after being unusable due of the battery issue.
Gotta share a priceless tip I received from a member of the Yahoo Roadtrek group. It’s impossible for one person to man the macerator pump button and see the flow out of the nozzle. How can one know when the tanks are empty? So I followed Judy’s advice and bought an 8” long transparent piece of 1 ¼” diameter plastic and connected it to the nozzle. This causes the hose to set up nicely and allows me to tell whether and when stuff is coming out.
|Photo taken from the pump button - probably 10 feet away|
Well, now I have a free place to stay if and when I come back to the dealer. Next time I’ll go up the night before so I won’t feel rushed. And make a donation to Camping World, of course.
It was a pretty day and a nice drive home. I’m so relieved that the GDB is all better!