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Part 2. We called Jayco and they said they couldnt help us till next February! We drove back to my aunt's house near Mt Pleasant, Michigan, she let us stay with her waiting on the verdict from the large Jayco dealer there.
We lost a lot of our frozen foods because my Aunt didnt have any room in her freezer. We were with my aunt and cousin for a week before the dealer called back and said he couldnt fix it there. We didnt know what to do! We were 1400 miles from home with sn unusable RV! My husband got the good idea to call Lippert, who had bought out Schwintek. It was a Friday morning. Lippert said they could fix it in 2 days if we could get it to them before 5 pm before they closed. So we packed up, thanked my aunt, and picked up the RV and headed to Goshen, Indiana where Lippert had their repair shop. We made it just before 5 and got a hotel room in South Bend where we stayed 4 nights, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. We checked on it Tuesday and Lippert tech told us slide was too heavy for a Schwintek slide and that they had notified companies not to use it on heavy slides but dealers were doing it anyway. He showed hubby where heavy slide had broken two braces on the frame on that side, and that hole was cut too big for slideout! Anyway they had it ready by Wednesday as promised. We enjoyed our stay in the Goshen/Middlebry area, all RV'ers should visit there! The cost of repairs? $2400! That was really the second time we had to have slide motors and tracks replaced, but the first time was under factory warranty. Our extended warranty covered a lot of the 2nd repair, but we were still on the hook for about $1000 for the episode if you consider the cost to get slideout in. I could see the handwriting on the wall, so June of 2019 we consigned our RV to PPL Motorhomes in Cleburne since they are the largest sellers of used RVs in the country. 3 months later it was sold! We hurried and ran to Arkansas to pick up a 2006 used Jayco Designer in very good condition, paid cash so it was a good deal! That was our Disaster. Moral? Never buy an RV with Schwintek slides!

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We took a trip up through the midwest summer of 2018 in our 2015 Jayco Ragle premier. We started in TN, then up through Kentucky where we saw Churchill Downs, Kentucky Horse Park and the Ark. Then up into Ohio at a beautiful park in Ravenna. Then up into Michigan where we stayed near where I was raised for about a week, then up to Mackinaw City for another week. We stayed in a small private park which was very reasonable unlike most parks up there! Went over to the island for a fun day and then explored Mackinaw City. From there we went on up to Kinross in the UP and spent a little over a week, only 18 miles from Canada. Visited Soo Locks, both American and Canadian sides. Got ready to leave and our large Schwintek slide on the left side stuck out. Put it on manual control while on phone with Lippert, followed his instructions, it still wouldn't come in. There was a little Mom and Pop RV repair place right down the road so we went down there and talked to the grumpy owner. He said he was too busy to come over and look at it that day and indeed not too excited to come over and look at it at all. He came over the next day and looked at it, said he'd have to study on it awhile (he didn't know anything about Schwintek slides)
Finally on the 3rd day after that he came over with 2 guys who eventually had to dissemble the wall and take the mechanism for the slide out. Bill? $665! (to be continued)

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Arlene,
I forgot the town but we traveled 94 for awhile, went through SD also. TC

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TC - Those are quite the stories. I don't think I want to experience any of them. The ND caught my eye, where were you in ND?

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I have quite a few stories to add. My very first trip was to Branson, mo and I blew a back tire out about 40 minute into the trip. We sat waiting for the tire guys from the Good sam club for about 2 hrs.

We used to park along the Mississippi river and always moved the campers to the end of the road until river went back down. I knew my oil was low and mom said she was going to move the camper. I thought just down the lane like usual and did not tell her the oil was low. I get a call from her saying she is stuck on the highway because she blew up the engine. Go figure.

Same camping site couple of years later, again moving from the flooding but this time into camping site. One lane road under water by maybe 8 inches, just enough to not see edge of road. car waiting at end, I move over 4 inches and am tipped very precariously towards river viaduct. Sat there waiting for tow truck afraid to move for fear of totally tipping RV into water. Lost the generator that time, but was towed out about 1 hr later. Long hour.

Back to first branson trip. Left the awning up over night. Did not know about deflappers. Terrible storm about 3 am woke us up shaking Rv side to side. No weather radio. Thought it was a tornado. Mom & I outside in PJ's trying to roll up awning. Took 3 tries because of the wind, we were soaked.

Trip to NY water line behind water heater broke and I could not get to it to patch it. By now, I am almost a pro at patching water lines since the RV is 1988, but I had no clue how to reach that one. Roof sprung a leak, and had to put a tarp over it with, yup you guessed it, duct tape. LOL.

In amana, camping with new boyfriend and he decides to help me put awning down. He was not listening to me and did not pull the arm away from RV to stabilization. It would not come so he forces it pulling the whole arm out fo the RV. That hole has never stopped leaking.

Best story per roomie. Traveling back from ND. We all travel alone in our own Rv's with radios that have microphones at the neck. I am always in the rear with the slowest no power RV and roomie always in front navigating with mom in middle so she does not get lost. I am in the passing lane trying to catch up, I hear a "pop", I drop, and am heading towards ditch. I am pulling the steering wheel with one hand back towards the road, yelling into microphone "flat tire, flat tire, flat tire" ! Needless to say, had a little adrenaline working on that one. LOL !! Lost the cruise control and speedometer on that one.

I have flooded my camper, gotten it stuck in mud, had the steering come loose and weave all over the road. fridge ices up, almost caught microwave on fire, have microwaved the TV remotes. Found mice in the toilet bowl drowned in antifreeze. That one was truly yucky and I have a cast iron stomach. The adventures are never ending ! TC

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OMG! That makes the wind getting under the awning and the mirror being blown back against the side of the motor home seem like child's play. I hope you have better luck now that you have quality tires on your rig.

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Jegka you really were initiated in with problems. I hope this year is better for you.

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JEGKA, wow now those are what I call disasters. Tires are always my biggest worry when we are traveling. I hope your travels this year are event free.

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Jegka, Wow! That truly qualifies for disasters. I'm sure I wouldn't be very happy. We bought our 2nd MH off Ebay and had to go pick it up at Myrtle Beach and bring it home to MI but I guess we were lucky - no sad stories to tell. Although when we got it home, we had a gateway over our driveway and the MH was too tall to fit so we couldn't bring it down the driveway which is 1/4 mile long or better until we tore our gate down!




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We're relatively new owners and though we love the freedom it gives us, I wish I would have researched the brand more. It's an "adventure" every time we take it out.

The first trip was taking it home, since we bought it over a thousand miles away. First, some wires shorted and the turn signal would engage the brakes. What a surprise when DH turned on the signal to change lanes on the interstate and the camper went Lurch!-go-Lurch!-go-Lurch!-go. That was scary. Then we blew a tire and it tore a hole in the side wall.

Our big trip the following summer we blew a tire in MO, lost the underskirt in OK and dragged it to the nearest available shoulder, blew another tire in TX, tearing up the newly repaired underskirt, and then the bed slide rails fell out of the ceiling in NM.
We realized the manufacturer used substandard tires and replaced all the remaining ones before this season...and the leaf spring broke.

Love my camper, hate the manufacturer.

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These stories are great. I think the reason we laugh at disaster after the fact is due to the relief we feel of having made it through the ordeal. You know the old saying 'What doesn't kill us makes us stronger'.
I can't say that we've ever had any major disasters happen to us while traveling. I do enjoy reading about the ones that have happened and how you've gotten out of them. Keep them coming.

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Oh PJ - that was a major disaster!

Why do we laugh at these calamities? I don't know but keep posting - we love to hear about your disasters!



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Story #2 , but nothing I say can top Sharon's story.

We had parked our rig and eaten dinner and decided to go for a drive in our 4 wheel 74 Ford Bronco up a dirt road to the top of a mountain. We came to a puddle in the road (I told DH to go around) but would he listen NOOOOOO. We got stuck and it was getting dark and cold. He got out and dug, put rocks and logs in the mudhole everything we could think of but nothing was working. So we resolved ourselves to staying in the Bronco overnight as the best decision since it was getting dark by now. Luckily we did have our sleeping bags in there. He stripped out of his wet clothes down to his birthday suit and we snuggled in for the night. (I was not a happy camper) The only one who didn't care was the dog she was in the front seat not a care in the world sleeping away.

The next morning, as soon as it was light enough to see, we decided to walk back down to the campground if we had to to get some help. It was below freezing cold and DH had ice forming on his beard when we came to a group of horse campers (not sure if that is the correct term) several people with their horses had set up an area for themselves to camp. Anyway some of them saw us and had us come over to their fire gave DH some hot coffee as we explained our predicament. They immediately took one of their 4 wheel trucks up and with 1 try and a rope had our Bronco pulled out of that awful mud hole.

Alls well that ends well, but DH had to listen to me several times over the years reminding him of that fateful night and how I said "Don't go through that water". We both laugh about it now of course but that cold, winter night there was no laughter.

Oh these stories have been so much fun to hear. I guess anyone who travels has their share of "disasters" to share. And it also is a good reminder about how good people are to help all of us in our times of need. No matter what that need might be.

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Sharon ... that vacation certainly was a disaster! It created great memories though, and your family will laugh about it for years to come. It seems the worse things are as they are happening the funnier they are when they have been resolved.

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I have an older memory to share!
Back in 1979 when our kids were younger, we decided to take our 28ft travel trailer and get out of MI for a week at Disneyland. We left MI at -20 degrees and 18" of snow. It was slow going but we made it as far as Bowling Green, Ky where we stopped for the night. The forecast said they might get 1-2" of snow. Well as Michiganders, we thought we could deal with that. We woke up in the morning to a foot of snow! The campground was in a valley and we had to call a tow truck that could pull our Blazer and trailer out to level road. Then when we got on the highway some big truck flew by and the slush literally flew our windshield wipers off! There was no traveling in this weather without them and this was on a Sunday. Back in those days nothing was open on a Sunday so we had to wait until Monday morning to move again.

Oh, and that vacation was a "vacation from _ell" My 12 year old son busted off his two front teeth the day before we went in to Disneyland. He was in so much pain on that day.

The whole week was cold (50's) and rainy except for the last day when the sun came out and it turned warm. Norm called work and said he wouldn't be back for a couple more days. After our miserable week, he thought we deserved a couple good days.

We still talk about that vacation often as a family and recall all the horros of the week. I haven't even begun to share everything that happened but just enough to let you know it was a disaster!



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Arlene ... It seems if it's not one thing it's another with these motor homes. Sometimes I wonder why we all enjoy our RVs so much!

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Like I've told you all before ours is an "older" motor home so there always some ticks to take care. That's when I'm thankful Darrell is a mechanic. One of our first times out we almost had a fire in the pump for the water. Darrell figured that the previous owner had let the pipes freeze and there was a crimp from it. We were sitting in it in a camp ground in Bismarck and we started to smell smoke, our daughter was sitting on the couch above where the smoke was coming from. Thank goodness we discovered it before it turned into a real fire.

Then this July when we were coming back from our annual trip to Bismarck for the 4th celebration the transmission went out on the south end of town. Once again "mechanic husband" got us home. Then he tore out the transmission and fixed it or so he thought. Our last trip out this season we were coming back from Mouse River Park (Terrie will know where that is) and it went out again. We did manage to get home with out having to be towed thank heavens. He now has it out again to fix it. His estimation right now is that he got some defective part. He's going a different route this time with repairs he says. But he has the winter to work on it so no rush.

There have been several other little things that we have learned since starting this adventure at this late date in our lives. But being the mechanic he's not sorry that we bought an older model.

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I think this is a really fun topic; thanks for starting it, PJ. We've all faced problems on the road ... some mechanical, some with the place we camped, some complements of Mother Nature. Once the experience is behind us we can laugh about it ... and share it here.

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Its all part of the adventure isn't it. PJ

I go by the name of PJ and live north of KC, MO. Winter in East Texas.

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Most of our travel has been trouble free but like everyone, we have had our problems.

Most recently was the bad tank of gas we bought at a Sparky's gas station. We ended up being stranded from Friday afternoon until the following Wednesday afternoon. After all that time and about $1,000 later, it was all just a bad memory!

Last spring on our way home from AZ as we were going across OK, we also had bad winds which caught underneath the slide awning. It blew the awning up on top of the MH. We pulled off on the side of the highway and Norm had to go up on top of the MH and cut it off with his pocket knife. The worst part was the 60mph wind gusts and the big semi's going by. With each I was afraid Norm will be blown off the top. He said he was laying flat and holding on for dear life. That was our scariest - so far!

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Thanks for responding and like I said that was only one, maybe later I'll tell more.

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PJ ... I think Sharon is the queen of disaster stories ... you just missed her big adventure ... I mean disaster ... in South Carolina. Hopefully she'll tell you all about it.

We haven't had many disasters, or, knock on wood, any really big problems. I do have two little stories, though they are nothing compared to what you or Sharon went through.

Story #1: We had just purchased our motor home in October of '04. We took it down the road to a state park because we wanted to have at least one trip under our belts before we put it in storage for the winter. It was cold that weekend and the furnace ran quite a bit. It ran so much the motor coach batteries didn't recharge properly. When it came time to bring in the slide nothing happened. Fortunately we were at a campground where our cell phones worked ... many of the campgrounds around here don't have cell coverage. But back to the story ... I called work (the police department) had the dispatchers look up several phone numbers for us. We called around and got advice. Since it looked like we were going to be there a while, I called the Scoutmaster's wife to let her know we were stranded. Our son was camping with the scouts and was due to arrive home soon and I wanted to make sure someone took him home with then until we could get the slide in and the motor home back to town. Hubby ended up crawling into the space the slide had to move back into and cranked the slide in manually with a socket wrench. Thank God Hubby isn't claustrophobic like I am.

Story #2: We were driving back from Minnesota and were driving into a very strong wind. The wind was so strong it pushed the side view mirror on the driver's side back into the motor home. There was a rest stop not far down the road, but it was on the left. Pulling over "in the blind" was a bit scary, but we got off the interstate and got the mirror pushed back into place. A few miles further down the road we turned off the interstate onto a US Hwy. As we turned the motor home the wind got up under the awning that covers the slide when it's pushed out. It made an ungodly racket and scared us half to death. We pulled in for gas at the next town and I asked the service station attendant if there was anywhere nearby we could park for the night. He directed us to the town park a few blocks away. It had water and electricity and only cost $6.00 a night. It was on the honor system; you just put your money in an envelope and dropped it in a collection box. The wind died down by morning and we drove the last 116 miles home.

Arlene ... since you live in these parts ... the town we spent the night in was Carrington. We had the awning problem turning off I94 onto HWY 52.

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I must tell you all about one of our trips. We were headed to Colorado in our motorhome we were almost to Burlington, CO and the engine blew up not totally we were able to limp to the exit and the first motel we came to was where it stopped.

I put my DH on a bus to go home while myself and our dog stayed at the motel. He got home and drove back with our pickup truck. This is the part you are not going to believe. We used our pickup truck and a tow bar and towed our MH (It was a class C 22')all the way back to our house north of KC. I did walk to a living history type of museum to entertain myself while he was gone. He says that was the longest bus ride he had ever been on. Let me tell you it was no picnic waiting for him to get back either which was only a day and half later. We laugh about it now, but not so funny at the time. emoticon

Just thought some of you might enjoy hearing about ONE of our adventures:) lol

Does anyone have any disaster stories they want to share with us?

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