|Saturday, May 17th, still from the Richfield, Utah KOA we got up, we re-read all the troubleshooting stuff, AGAIN, and still nothing worked. I looked on Google for Atwood Water Heaters and naturally they are closed today, but I called and left a message. All of the things I researched on the RV forums, seemed to lead us to believe that it had to be an electrical thing and nothing we could re-set or replace ourselves. Randy looked at the advertisements in the KOA info sheet they give you when you check in, and saw a place advertising 24-7 repair service for RV’s and other vehicles. We called Red Truck & Auto Repair but got a machine and left a message.
Meanwhile while waiting for someone to call back, we decide it is a good time to do some laundry. The message on Red Truck & Auto Repair’s recording says they will call back shortly...but after doing the washing and drying, we still had not heard back from them so Randy said he was going to call the other place listed in the booklet, Jorgensen's. They answered promptly and listened while I explained our problem. The young man said to bring our RV right on over and they would take a look. He gave great directions.
We found them about a mile away and were warmly greeted and asked how they could be of help. As we were telling the 1st guy about our problem, another guy walked up and the man we were talking with said that the other guy would check it out and he would be right back to get our info. We told the 2nd guy what was going on and then the 1st guy game back to get our name and vehicle info and then he walked back to where the 2nd guy was, spoke to him a second or two and walked back and told us our circuit board was blown. He didn't say it but we figure we got a spike of electricity when we hooked in last night. Meanwhile the 2nd guy had already tested the circuit board and was holding a replacement in his hand.
It would cost us around $170.00 but they had the board in stock and could put it on right then. It took him about 30 seconds to plug the new one back in and fired the heater up! The service department waived their 30 minute minimum labor charge (THANK YOU Jorgensen's!!!) and we were on our way for less than $200.00! We thanked them profusely and headed to find a surge protector so that won't happen again.
Despite looking all over Richfield we cannot find the surge protector so we head back to the KOA after stopping at McDonald's for a quick burger, fries and a ice cold Coke! We made it back to the campground and have hooked up again, and so far we still have a functioning hot water heater. The service technician did tell us that our new circuit board has a fuse so if it happens again, we can change out a 2 amp fuse instead of replacing the board. I wonder why they didn't have that technology in 1995 when this was built?
So once again all is good and we are self contained and will head to Bryce Canyon tomorrow to do some serious hiking. So far we have only logged 9 miles in Arches and Canyonlands combined. We are saving our energy for Bryce Canyon!
Being so early in the afternoon we were beginning to get bored. Upon checking in at the KOA, we saw they have the mini golf out front so I began to try to talk Randy into playing. He agreed and off we went. I started out doing well and then Randy did well and I think he beat me by 3 or 4 points.
Now going back to the RV so I can try to upload pictures to Snapfish. Hopefully our connection holds out. It has been a rather low connection. Life is GREAT and we have hot water! Showers in our RV tonight. We are very blessed.