Category: Things Happen!

More things happen…

 

Things happen with your camper, especially when traveling full-time like we have.

Some are owner errors and most things aren’t…they just happen. We’ve had the brakes worked on twice, a tire replaced (along w all 4 on the truck), hitch assembly replaced, reseal leaky skylights and the A/C still freezes up – although it was in service at Camping World in Ft. Myers for 2-3 MONTHS (they are not recommended by us for service).

Now we are dealing with window shades that don’t stay up like they’re supposed to. They’re being used more than ever. The strings need to be replaced. Kevin has fixed two with string he found for now. Many to do.

We also have problems with our pantry shelves. When the camper was new, all it had was deep plain shelves. We didn’t like digging through to find what we wanted. So we installed wire shelves that we already had from our house. (They came from Home Depot or Lowes). Awesome solution! Except for making sure the drawers don’t slide out while traveling!! It happened on our first trip as we moved to South Carolina in 2011. Since then, we’ve been doing well 98% of the time to keep them secured. Yesterday was part of the 2% we forgot. The shelves were not secured (we’ve always used bungee cords) so when we parked and opened the door……the pantry shelves and food were on the floor. Screws were ripped out of supporting wood.

Kev has bent back what he could and he has put the shelves back. A trip to the hardware store for some more reinforcements will take care of it.

I’ll be including this on our website under “Things Happen”.

Thanks for following us and our adventures across the United States!

Stay tuned! Kevin and Candy

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Things Happen!

We’ve had our Starcraft Lexion Lite for 7+ years.  Knock on wood, we’ve had no MAJOR issues. Sure we have had our learning curves with the three trailers we’ve had over the past 13 years. 

We had to replace the sway bar once or twice, the manual stabilizers, repair A/C, the awning and some other minor issues.  While in SW Florida it took months to get it back from Camping World. But we HAD to have a/c.  It cost us too much but that’s just how it goes.

So here we are at Camping World of Bridgeport in Swedesboro, NJ.  Why?  Well with increased rain the domed skylights are leaking.  Two of the three.  Not good timing.

Shower skylight

Some “rigging” repairs were made temporarily last week – with tape.  But now? We’re headed to New York today where it’s supposed to rain – a lot.  

 

This Camping World is jam packed.  Service has no availability.  For a long time, it appears.

We spoke with a KOA employee about our leaks and he suggested that we find out what type of caulking is used on the top of the roof and use the same caulk inside.  Some caulk is not compatible and won’t adhere to other types.  Makes sense I guess. 

When asked my opinion, I honestly said that we knew the skylights were getting really yellowed from the sun and one in the living area started to crack…BEFORE we left Florida. So now, a month later, more are leaking a little (it’s not pouring in). At this point it doesn’t matter what should have been done. It’s do what’s needed for piece of mind and to get back on the road.  So, I suggested that we go back to Camping World and just ASK what we need to do to get it repaired, atleast temporarily. We did.  Two replacement skylights are in the camper to be installed and sealed as soon as we get to our next stop.  Before it rains.  

The moral of this story is:  take care of any issues when they come up.  Because no time is a great time for making repairs.  ESPECIALLY when your traveling in a new area and have no place to stay, with 3 goldens! 

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