“Honey, I can’t get the steps to open.” We had finally taken our spot at the dump station on our way to get some warranty work done at the RV dealer. But Cathy’s discovery meant we had one more item to put on the list. With some effort, Dave dropped the steps, but it was obvious they were seriously out of alignment. What next?
We pulled into the dealer just ahead of our scheduled appointment and took the fifth wheel into an open service bay. We had a long list of items to be addressed, but only a few were significant. By day’s end, the list was pretty well taken care of. Our table had a new support and was much more stable than it had been the last 6 months. There was a day/night shade in the rear window and the hot water heater had a new zinc anode and it was no longer dripping. The fridge had been pushed back in and resecured. To our surprise, the slide needed more attention than we realized. We had noticed the slide topper was a little loose and there had been some leaks when we were traveling in really wet weather. However, it turned out that the slide itself was out of alignment. With that fixed, the slide topper just needed a small adjustment. With all the miles driven since our last service appointment, we had the wheel bearings greased again.
Also, the stairs were not able to be fixed. They were pretty seriously out of alignment due to . . . well let’s not go into that. We had an estimate for replacing them which was motivation enough to see if we could do something ourselves. Once at Steve’s house, Dave and Steve used the tractor, some come-alongs and a sledge hammer to return the steps to near perfect alignment. With some strategically-placed bolts to keep them from slipping, we hope this will be a much cheaper long-term solution.
We were so focused on heading south and meeting up with family and friends that we hadn’t been paying close attention to the weather. By the time we were a day away from Poquoson, we finally checked and saw Hurricane Matthew approaching Haiti. A conversation with Steve gave us pause. The track could take it right over Hampton Roads by week’s end. So, if we came all the way there, we would likely have to turn around and leave shortly after.
Shortly after arriving in Poquoson, we had to head out again, this time without the RV. We headed north to Reston in time for our annual physical and visit to see our friend Cookie. From there, we traveled south on a beautiful fall weekend to Charlottesville for Steve’s daughter, Stephanie’s wedding to her fiancé, John. Through an incredibly lucky turn of events, we were able to redeem some points for a night’s stay in a cabin on a lake at a resort near Charlottesville. We had only a little time to enjoy it, but we made the most of our visit, when not enjoying the wedding festivities.