Friday, May 13, 2011

What Will Happen Next?

After completing this post, I realized it was Friday, the 13th -- that must be why we had such bad luck today, so now I know for sure tomorrow will be better!

It's been very interesting the last 24 hours.  We hated to leave the Spring Lake RV Resort in Crossville, Tennessee -- it was so nice and quiet, but we had to move on.  We decided to bypass the Memphis area all together and head North.  Hindsight being 20-20, that was probably not the best decision, but it is what it is.  Last night, we found ourselves at the Singing Hills RV Park in Cave City, Kentucky.  By the time we arrived, we were both exhausted.  For some reason, I have not been sleeping well -- my brain just will NOT shut down when I lay down.  Tonight I'm taking one of those little nighttime pills 'cause I NEED some good sleep.

As Alan was leveling the Motorhome yesterday, I noticed fluid leaking from the right front leveling was hydraulic fluid -- more on that later.  And the car battery was D-E-A-D.  We've had this problem before -- although we always start the car and run it through the gears when we stop.  Several months ago we purchased a heavy-duty battery, thinking that must be the problem.  Well, here we are on our first long trip this year and it's DEAD!  So out came the battery charger -- again.  By then, it had started raining, so that took care of any picture taking.  First let me say that the folks at Singing Hills are wonderful people and are working hard to make everyone comfortable and sprucing up the place.  There's a 50% discount for Escapee Club members, so for $17 we had full hookups, including cable TV and WiFi.  I read the park was named "Singing Hills" because of all the birds and frogs who reside there.  The sites were wide and long with white-rock gravel.  I mention the white-rock because the dust covered everything, just from the short ride from the office to our site.  The park is nothing to write home about, but it was okay for an overnight stop.

This morning Alan was up early thinking and working on the hydraulic leak.  He discovered that the hose for the left-side slide broke loose from its fitting.  When we travel and are stopping here and there every day and not staying in one place for a period of time, we do not extend our slides, except for the bedroom slide.  Once upon a time, we had a 5th wheel and had incredible problems with the slides, so when we're traveling, we do not want a slide to have a problem of any kind, so we leave them closed. We are fortunate that we have access to everything with the slides in and it's just one less thing we have to worry about when we are preparing to leave -- the slides stay closed and the car stays on the tow bar.  If you're in the market for a RV -- whether it's a Motorhome or a 5th wheel and there are slides, be sure and check to see how accessible everything is without extending the slides.   We have an extended warranty with Route 66, so I got on their website to check on the location of their repair facilities.  There was one in Evansville, Indiana, so we decided to head that way.  We called them, but it would be Monday before they could look at it.  We closed our bedroom slide, but it was slow coming in, so now we don't want to extend it either.  It's possible Coach Net or Route 66's mobile service could repair it -- so in the morning, we are going to call them and see if they can help.  We should've called them it's the weekend, but it's worth a try.  If not, we will patiently wait 'til Monday and catch up on our rest. I had a hard time finding a campground and finally settled on the Vanderburgh 4H Campground.  It is a Good Sam park, but they only had a back-in available -- $22.50 a night, including cable and Wi-Fi.  We weren't told they were updating the utilities and there were huge holes and piles of dirt around the campsites.  And talk about close -- we are squeezed in, but we the Route 66 dealer is nearby. 

So here we are -- cannot put our jacks down to level and cannot put out our slides, not even the bedroom.  I was so tired this afternoon and frustrated about everything, I was ready to throw in the towel, but after a shower and having a wonderful meal at a local "Amish" restaurant, I'm ready to get on with it.  The Branson RV park called this afternoon to check on us -- we want to be there as soon as possible.  We've been concerned about the park with all the rain and flooding.  They received more rain yesterday, but everything seems to be A-OK, so now we're looking forward to getting there, getting settled and learning our new jobs. 

We have a couple of new followers -- thanks for stopping by.  We are blessed to be retired and living this lifestyle.  Maybe I'll have some pictures tomorrow.  In the meantime, may God continue to bless our voyage, as well as our family and friends everywhere.  



  1. Hang in there, Marilyn and Alan. Repairs are not fun, especially when you have to be somewhere on a schedule. Here's praying that your problems will be all fixed on Monday.

  2. That hydraulic problem should be fairly easy to fix, so here's hoping things are looking much better for you by Monday night.

  3. Don't you just hate days like that? I tend to be more upbeat but some days when multiple things go wrong Jim is ready to get off the road for good. I have to remind him of all the problems we used to have when we owned a house!
    We will be in Branson the last week in May on our way to Lake Wappapello and will try to stop by and meet you. Hope you get everything fixed soon.