Plans Sculpted in Jello -> More Slide Woes in Eugene, OR
So, we were all ready to go. The route south had been planned in superb detail with a sure promise of fabulous vistas, great campgrounds and (even) a secret boondocking spot. In short, the camping route of a genius. Plates were tucked away, the last cup of coffee drained and we were off…..
Or such was the plan anyway….
That very last bit was interrupted by what I can only describe as a giant splosh. Now whereas our big slide had warned us of a leak by a dignified “plop“, this was really more like the sound of a Japanese water garden, coming from the right, and overall it would have been very relaxing had not the outlet of said tranquility been inside the RV. This was not just a leak, it was a veritable gush and it was coming through both the door AND the slide.
We were faced with a conundrum. I had planned a reunion down in Mammoth Lakes with my Nepal hiking buddies in just over a week, but if we left as planned that meant living with an indoor water garden until we managed to find a reputable shop, always an iffy question. On the other hand we were in Eugene, RV repair town galore and probably the best place on earth to get this thing fixed. And where else, other than rain-swept Oregon, would you have such a prime opportunity for discovering leaks?
With 8 days of rain forecast ahead and the prospect of more wetness for our trip south we decided to change the plans that had been happily sculpted in jello and stay to get this fixed. Thankfully we ALSO knew JUST the guy to get it done. Our last slide fix had been handled by the fine folks at Elite Repair and Remodel (Marty: (541)-517-1716 Erik: (541)-255-6231)), a mobile outfit of highly experienced guys who all worked at the Monaco factory for years. They’d come highly recommended on all the forums, had a pristine 5-star rating on rvservicereviews.com and our last experience with them certainly bore that out (can’t recommend them enough!). A call to get them out and they were on the job. They re-sealed the entire slide and discovered some other spots that needed work, as well as a rotten seal on one of our other slides. We decided to tackle everything as well as a couple of extra jobs from our list while we had them.
The entire project will take several days (going on into next week), meaning we can’t drive the rig to my reunion. So I’ve booked a ticket from Portland and we’ll scoot on up and onwards from there. As luck has it our prolonged stay in Eugene has meant the discovery of a new “freebie” site (review coming), viewing of fall colors, another run at the fabulous farmers market, plus more social activities as well as a re-reunion with our friends Alex and Ellen up in Portland. Cool!
The new plan may also be sculpted in jello, but clearly it was meant to be…
P.S. I must thank my RV friend Jil for the jello idea. You made the comment and it just wobbled and stuck 🙂