Our RV is out of Jail!

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.  

Wheel Bearings Up!

So, we sent our RV to the Ford place because I had seen a small oil leak underneath it while it was parked.  The mechanic found out that there was not a leak.  He said that sometimes, if you take it uphill too fast you might get a small amount of transmission fluid that leaks.  Good, I thought, nothing to be worried about.

Then he called and said our friends had trouble with their ball bearings on the same type of vehicle, and he wanted to check ours.  Yep! sure enough we had one set (do they come in sets?) that was not right.  At least it was covered by warranty and he changed them all for good measure, as we will be embarking on our trip to Alaska and around the US beginning in the first or second week in May.  It is getting exciting.

I have been planning our trip on MapQuest and the Family Motor Coach website.  Right now we have a trip that will be about 18,000 miles.  Did I say 18,000 miles?  Yes I did.  That is really ambitious, and maybe we will be back in three weeks. Ha!

Who knows, maybe we will hate it and come home after Alaska.  Or maybe even before we get there.  All our friends have a bet on just where our “This is frigging not fun anymore” point will be.  They range anywhere from 500 miles to 1,600 miles.  None of them picked any point more that 2,00 miles.  Hmmmm, they don’t have much faith in us do they?