Our RV has been let out of jail. Jail being the heavy duty Ford repair shop to get the wheel bearings replaced. What? you say if you have been following this blog…you haven’t been anywhere yet. Yes, that is true. So I hope when we do head out there won’t be any mechanical problems. We are still waiting for the parts to arrive from Tiffin for the cosmetic repairs covered under warranty.
I’d like to say we are heading out soon, but we are not heading out until April, when we head all the way out to Primm Nevada (about 20 miles away from us) for a How to Drive RV Boot Camp. The RV club in our association is sponsoring it. I have to learn how to drive the rig before we head out on our across the country trip in the spring. This is preparation, just in case something happens to our primary driver…my husband – like he gets too tired to drive, or decides I have done enough back seat driving and deserve to have a turn at it.
Plans are still ongoing regarding the trip and the routes we will be taking. The fist caravan to Alaska we signed up for with Adventure Treks is not going now, so we are looking for another one to join that fits into our schedule. I have contacted Gilbert (Spike is what he says to call him) at Alaskan Discovery RV Tours Ltd. and we are on the waiting list to join their caravan. Oh the woes of waiting to hear.
Oh no. Our RV is in for repairs. Well, that’s not the worst of it. It has been in there for almost two weeks, and we just found out that the entire door has to be replaced and the wiring under the dash has to be replaced too. The only good thing is that the warranty will be paying for it all. Now we have to wait for the parts to come and then the additional repairs can be completed.
We expect to leave on May 1st or a little earlier, for our journey to Alaska, across the US and into Canada. I am now hoping everything will be done before we leave. Jeremy at Johnny Walker RV has promised us it will be. After all it is two months away!
A lot of old time RVer’s told us there would be repairs, but I did not expect this!!! I guess they were right. But, it is all part and parcel of owning an RV. It could be worse…we could not have one at all. (I may grow to think this would be a good thing one day.) Lets hope not.
So, I am diligently researching routes and parks and places we want to see along the way. I am also waiting to hear if the caravan to Alaska we have made arrangements with to join will be going. (They need a minimum number of coaches to go) I hope so, as we feel we would be far better off on our first long journey to join a caravan. It will give us the support and safety factor we would like to have. I chose Adventure Treks, because the dates they offered coincided with our plans. (www.rvadventuretreks.com) There are several others to choose from, and most of them look like they offer a great experience. When looking you have to compare prices, routes and dates.
So far, I have outlined the route with MapQuest, but I want to use the route planner offered by Good Sam and see how that works out. I’ll keep you informed on my planning efforts and which works out best. I also have to call the ferries and inquire about taking our dogs. I’m concerned that if you can’t get down to the auto deck, we might have a problem! If anyone out there has some information, let me know.