This afternoon I will be packing up for a Dry Camp overnight at Lake Pleasant. Early Monday morning I will be taking my Coach in for a couple more warranty repairs and to have my brakes adjusted.
This means Jagger and I will be homeless for the day 🙁
Often we go for a leisurely breakfast and then to the Dog Park in Surprise for a few hours to kill some time. As you can see in the picture above, Arizona has some great parks, many with water features. I guess that makes you feel cooler in the blazing hot summers!
On my list for warranty repairs is:
- Utility Loom under the Kitchen slide. This is a bridge for electrical lines and has broken once before. Bretz RV in Missoula, MT did a haphazard repair that I had to pay for and now it’s broke again. I will be asking Orangewood RV in Surprise, AZ to replace the Loom with a new one. I have read on the Grand Design Owners blog of several others having this exact problem with defective Lippert Looms. Orangewood RV has been a reliable place to have my repairs done.
- A squeaky floor in my Bedroom area. This has progressively gotten worse as I have traveled. It isn’t major, but an annoyance.
- Also a small area of linoleum is buckling. It’s about 2″ long on the landing outside my Bedroom. It’s right up against the door frame. Again not major but I am not sure if it will get worse.
Additional repairs and maintenance I will need to pay for:
- Brake adjustment. I had a warranty repair done for Lippert wheel bearings at Bretz RV late last summer. The wheel bearings weren’t seated properly so they fixed the issue by repacking the wheel bearings. I was told by Orangewood RV that usually when doing this service they check the brakes and adjust if necessary. I called Bretz RV and couldn’t get a confident YES answer on this so I am having it done as a precautionary measure.
The routine for warranty work
As before, every time I take the Coach in for any work they partially finish the work, then order and wait on any warranty parts and approvals. I pick up the Coach in the afternoon and return for a later appointment to finish the work. It’s a real hassle, but does allow me to have my home back while I wait for the parts to arrive. This is the disadvantage of living in your Coach. I believe the repairs will slow down now as the bugs are worked out of my Coach and I learn to do some of the maintenance myself.
If you remember the switch I wrote about in my last blog a few days ago was very easy to install. It arrived promptly in the morning and I was able to get the Coach up and running in no time. Then Jagger and I were off to the dump and returned just after lunch.
Until next time, safe travels… Gary