1/7/15 Wednesday in Wauchula,FL (Peace River Preserve-TT)
Pretty smooth getting ready; our tire monitor says one of the car tires is leaking but all showed as good once we were on our way, then later alarmed that that tire’s pressure was 135 psi. Yeah, right. So we know the sensor is not working right. The ice maker needed to be turned off, but we couldn’t dislodge the bucket to get to that switch. Hmm. On our way by 7:45 am.
One minor adventure before we reached LaMesa: John realized his GPS (not the built in Winnebago one) was low on power, it hadn’t been getting power. Then he discovered that the connector was broken up. No biggee, we just continued with my MSST GPS for the last bit of our trip.
We arrived about an hour early (9 am), but they took the coach in right away! Off we went to get some shopping done while we had certain stores close by; Camping World, Bed Bath and Beyond, birthday lunch at Red Robin, then Costco. John’s birthday is actually January 12th, but Red Robin offers a free burger during your birthday month (with your Royalty Card), so this was a good time to use it because we were near a Red Robin.
As we got to Costco our Service Writer called to let us know our coach was ready. Whoopee!! She said they cleared the gunk out of the black tank, so now those indicators work. They put enzymes in the gray tank, so that should be good in 3 days or so. When we got back to LaMesa we wanted to hear the dryer. We couldn’t believe there was nothing wrong with it! Well, it was just as loud and annoying as ever. The technician explained that because it’s set in the middle of our rig, the sound echoes off the walls of the refrigerator and the wall on the other side. The floor plans that place the dryer (& washer) at the rear don’t sound so loud because the sound is absorbed by the back of the rig and the closet they’re usually near. Plus you are usually in the living area and farther away from the sound than when it’s up at the middle of your coach.
Sheesh!!! Let this be a warning to anyone looking for a newer rig with separate washer/dryer. If it’s a Splendide/Ariston and placed near the center of that coach, it will probably be unnervingly loud, with a high pitched whine. At the very least, listen to the dryer run before committing to a purchase. The reason the camper lady said ours was much louder than her very same machine is because her machine was located at the back of her rig. Our technician said he heard of someone who, after purchasing his rig and learning that sound was normal for his dryer, told the techs to tear the washer and dryer out. I’d learned earlier that the dealer won’t give you credit for them, they are yours to do whatever with. So the good news is, we don’t have to drive back to LaMesa, our problems are solved as far as they are concerned. The bad news is we have a challenge to baffle/dampen that horrible noise!
Another fantasy broken: We have external sensors on our water/gray/black tanks. We thought that meant no problems with slug/gunk collecting on sensors poking inside. Well, these external sensors are sensitive (I believe too sensitive) to density. So if there is some thickness built up in the tank at the point of any of those sensors, it reads as “dense=full to this point”. Thus it’s just as necessary to keep your gray/black tanks clean with external sensors as it is for internal sensors. Our SeaLevel system (we had installed in the Safari) worked wonderfully, despite the unclean tanks.
Our trip home was uneventful. Before starting John searched for all the GPS parts, found them, then was able to put it all together again. We arrived at the campground by 4 pm.
Almost immediately we were greeted by our neighbor campers, then Greg and Marcia asking how our repairs went. They were all headed for the Pickleball courts and invited us to join them. To be honest, on our way home I’d suggested we play some when we were settled at our site. So we did. We played 2 games with Greg/Marcia, losing both. The last was 11-1. We went home for rest!
A good day, all in all, with lots of shopping accomplished and home at a good hour, with no need to drive back. We even had a fun lunch, celebrating John’s upcoming birthday.