We Are Ready To Leave; car's hooked up and signals and brake lights are checked, slides are in, everything is in their respective "traveling position", Zookie's in her carrier, we are unplugged - time to pull up the levelers or jacks and ready to roll! Even on schedule with our semi-proposed departure time frame of 10:30!
Uh-oh! Jerry walks back in from his walk-around and says "we aren't going any where any time soon"! These are not words anyone EVER wants to hear! The right front (or passenger side) leveler/jack came up, and while he was walking around he heard the "crash" of it falling to the cement pavement! He shuts off the coach, restarts it and still the beep-beep-beep continues with the warning sound the leveler/jack was down! I immediately call the fella who helped us with the heater earlier in the month because if a leveler/jack is down, you can't move the coach and he is a mobile service; he's still on holiday. Then try Iron Horse, our old faithful place we have used when we lived here in San Antonio! Yahoo, they are open and we are put in touch with one of the service techs.
For the non-RVers: the leveler/jacks are pretty much what the name implies - they are put down when parked to level and stabilize the vehicle at the site with two in the front and two in the back of the coach.
Iron Horse does not make mobile RV visits, but told Jerry to tie up the leveler/jack with a zip-tie and they could see us today. Unfortunately, the leveler/jack can be lifted up easily, and I say unfortunately because this is NOT how they are supposed to operate. BUT, Jerry gets back under the coach and fanangles a "quick fix", or one could say he "jerry-rigged it" hahaha! He ended up using a coat hanger he took apart and secured the leveler/jack to the frame and off we drove the ten-plus miles to Iron Horse!
We got to Iron Horse RV Service Center and were taken right in - first thought was the motor, then when the owner heard more of the story, he thought it could be a quick fix, not the motor and they would work more on this. However, after three more hours of sitting in the waiting room with Zookie - he came out and told us that they will have to order an entire leveler/jack, will be overnighted to us from (he thinks) Indiana, they were closed today. The whole mechanism to have the leveler/jack operate up and down is not longer operational. So, they will call tomorrow, probably be received on Wednesday and then it'll take them an hour to install! They removed the faulty leveler/jack and now we only have three on the coach. We are thinking if we get out of here for less than $1000 we'll be lucky; but we need it fixed.
Fortunately, if there is anything fortunate about any of this, Iron Horse has a mini-RV parking lot on the other side of the service center complete with water and electricity and he charges nothing for the stay due to getting work done. And another fortunate thing is their few sites are VERY level as we are now sitting on our tires!
Obviously, more to follow on how this all works out for us . . .
Till the next time . . .