Jerry and Lindsay 2012 travel blog

Pulled up to Affordable RV waiting on Mike's arrival.

Taking off the old, cutting out the new and then the excruciating...

Now on the other side and the one that gave them some...

All finished and Jerry's walking around giving it the two thumb's up!

Installing the new water pump and also checking under the shower (inside)...

Jerry watching the work in progress.

Now it's time for the new towing system - had to drill...

Saw Mike's repair truck and displaying his #1 rating for RV repairs...

Know this is riveting to see a new exhaust pipe, but one...

Too tired to even curl up in her bed.


Our long awaited day arrived - NOT! Unlike living in a “stick and brick” abode, these traveling homes have all sorts of repairs we had never heard of before beginning “life on the road”. Today we got new slide awning toppers replaced, a new water pump installed replacing the one that continued to have frequent hiccups, and even a new hitch for our towing system added to Phannie and the Jeep.

We arrived at Affordable RV right down the street from Nellis AFB and renewed our acquaintance with Mike from our previous time here in September/October 2010! We were also pleased to see that Mike’s business was voted the best RV repair place in all Las Vegas, and from seeing his work, we weren’t the least bit surprised. And finally got to meet his wife, Allie, whom I have spoken to on the phone countless times! Mike still does the mobile service, but the fabric for the awnings is much too large to fit in the back of his service truck, so we opted to travel to his shop! What a process to take off the old, wrinkled, worn and stretched out awnings, and yet, what a fabulous transformation to the now new and taut ones currently in place on all four slides. These slide awning toppers protect the top of our slide-outs from collecting debris and water accumulation.

After Mike and his crew installed the awnings, the water pump was put in place without a hitch other than to check what seemed like a potential leak and wanted to ensure we didn’t have future problems again in the wet bay. As one thing leads to another, Mike needed to apply silicone to better help our seal along the bay door. Then we also discovered our coolant was low, so he added another quart of that to the engine. We also had lost the extension on our exhaust pipe somewhere along the highways and byways and had gotten it when in Red Bay, but didn’t have the necessary tools to install it, so Mike put that back on for us at no extra charge!

Unfortunately the 4-prong connection we purchased from Camping World last week was the wrong kind, we needed a 6-prong one, so Allie called around and found one at a nearby trailer place and Jerry went off to get it. Then Mike VERY nicely offered to take the money off our bill and would buy the 4-prong connection from us and thus save us another trip back to Camping World to return it and we happily accepted his offer!

So, today’s post is meant to show non RVers different things about our coach and the inner workings of it! Thank goodness Jerry is as handy as he is and manages to do a lot of these things himself. However, having said that – when you see what it took to replace the awning covers there is no way he could have done that by himself and you know who his trusty helper would have to be – yeah right!

Till the next time . . .



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