Tired

Michelin, you sure take your time. And it shows.

Way back in August, we had to replace an almost new tire on our coach. You can read about our experience changing out the tire here. And this was when we first knew we had a problem here. Very important to do comprehensive circles before and after every drive.

We had a lot of issues getting the Michelin warranty honoured. Here we are in November, and all we know right now is that the cheque is finally in the mail.

Why did it take so long?

Michelin.

I’m convinced that they were hoping we would just give up.

It started with us trusting the tire company that serviced our coach to do support the warranty inspection. We had the tire changed at our site from a dealer based out of Saginaw. We had no place to put it and so we left it with the dealer. We called them after we got back to Canada and they told us that they would arrange to have the Michelin rep stop by to look at the tire and confirm the warranty coverage.

Which they did. In early August.

And now, over three months later, we finally received confirmation that Michelin has cut the warranty cheque.

We were calling them every few weeks. First it was to see if they were going to cover the tire. That dance took several weeks to resolve. When they finally told us that the tire would be covered, they instructed us to fax them an invoice. Which we did.

And when we sent them the fax they would call us back to say that the fax was unreadable.

After several weeks of faxes that were consistently unreadable, we asked Michelin if we could just email them the invoice. Apparently Michelin does not have an email system. At least not in the customer service area. We could only send a fax.

We had the tire dealer in Saginaw fax them as we were convinced that Michelin was simply stalling us.

Our final call with them was quite assertive. We wanted them to honour their warranty.

And they finally did. Maybe.

I’ll believe it once I see the cheque.

The Alto Travel Trailer

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The Alto Travel Trailer, from Safari Condo, a Canadian firm, is a really cool little trailer.

The trailer’s skin is cut from a single sheet of aluminium. The roof is retractable and provides a very aerodynamic shape. It would fit easily into most garages.

This video provides a quick overview of the trailer. Great use of a very small space.

Performance

Here is another somewhat unique motorcoach. Interesting use of the basement, wouldn’t you say?

From Volkner Mobil.

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Battery Maintenance

Power

Power.

It kept going through my mind. Did we check everything related to power when we put the coach into storage for the winter?

And, specifically, did I check the house batteries for water level?

We went out to the storage facility and had an opportunity to look at all of the house batteries. the levels looked okay but I think I will need to go back and make sure that I add distilled water up to the level of the protrusion of the valve well. There is water covering the plates of the batteries themselves so they should be okay for another few weeks.

Trojan has a good video that provided me with a lot of information about deep cycle batteries. Looking back, I think I should have ordered AGM batteries for the coach. They do not require any maintenance.

The World’s Most Expensive RV

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Not one of my photos. This one comes from Marchi Mobile. They build the world’s most expensive motorcoach. Somewhere around $3 million USD. From their website:

The eleMMent palazzo Superior is our top-of-the-line model that has been recognized in over 190 countries as the most luxurious and, without doubt, the most outstanding motorhome to-date. Its design speaks for itself, combining design features from the worlds of motor-sports, aviation and yachting to create a singular masterpiece.

And, just in case you think I am the only one who cares about the world’s most expensive motorcoach, this youtube video has had over 14 million views.