Out Of Service

Our coach and our toad.

10 hours on the road today to drop the coach to the dealer for service. They will have the coach for about 6 weeks after which we will take it back and move in for an extended stay — close to 8 months before we come off the road end of April 2019.

We pulled the coach out of storage yesterday at 11am. I wasn’t sure if it would start as it had been sitting there for just over a year.

Turned over like a charm.

Checked the tires and they were all at pressure. 110 psi on the front axle, 90 psi on the back two axles.

Circle check complete, we moved the coach out to a staging area at our church. Large parking lot and an available 30 amp power source.

Gave the coach a thorough clean on the inside.

Installed a Sonos surround sound in the bedroom. So much better than the Sony TV speakers.

Reactivated the Sirius XM radio. Programmed the GPS for the drive to the dealer. Enjoyed an hour or so of Netflix.

Then to sleep.

Up this morning at 4am.

I hate jet lag.

After an early breakfast, I spent some time cleaning the outside of the coach.

We left for the dealer at 9:30am and arrived to the service reception around 2:30pm. We tried to pick a window for driving through Toronto where the traffic would not be horrendous. Did not work. Toronto seems to be constantly congested.

Took about an hour to go through the various work order items with the service manager. We then faced the chaos of Toronto traffic to make our way back to Kingston.

Made it home by 8pm.

So tired right now.

My goal is to sleep in to at least 5am tomorrow.

Coach Maintenance

When we return from our retirement vacation we will be taking our coach in for service.

The coach will be at the dealer for about a month or so before we take it out on the road.

Why so much time in service? Well, let’s just say we have a bit of a list.

Issues:

  • Side radiator lower grill almost disconnected from body of coach
  • Oasis hot water heater pump failure
  • Full wall slideout uneven — rises up a quarter inch or so after slides are deployed which has been an ongoing issue since we purchased the coach and not yet resolved
  • Front passenger side levelling jack leaking hydraulic fluid
  • Full length of Girard Awning Casing on top of passenger side of coach overhangs coach body by about an inch (Girard Awning Casing/Housing is not fully retracted)
  • Hole in roof (very front and centre of roof membrane where the front cap angles down and meets the roof line and should be readily visible on inspection)

Recall notices and bulletins:

  • 472 TSB Slideout Motor Mounting Bolts (related to 466 TSB which we did… reading lots of reports of continued issues with these mounting bolts so we need to validate that they are appropriately secured)
  • 483 RSB Recall 17V 420: Driver Passenger Shade may operate with ignition on
  • 485 TSB Freightliner Wiper Control Software Update
  • 486 TSB MCD Remote Shade Motor Replacement
  • 488 RSB Recall 17V 497: Battery Cable May Rub Against Frame (potential fire hazard)
  • 493 PIB Freightliner Lightbar: instrument panel odometer value may reset and no match the engine ECU odometer value
  • 512 RSB Recall 18V 245: Low Beams Do Not Illuminate with High Beams
  • And any others that are specific to our coach

New items to be installed:

  • Tow bar system for the 2018 Lincoln MKX (a Blue Ox baseplate, a Blue Ox KarGard, a Blue Ox Towbar, and a Patriot Braking System)
  • WeBoost Cellular Booster

Regular coach service:

  • Service coach as per manufacturer’s recommendation

RVLove And A New Coach

Not what I expected.

I’ve followed Marc and Julie for a few years now on their website RVLove and their YouTube channel. They had been full-timing in a 2012 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 35QBA.

They just sold that coach and I thought for sure that they would be buying a newer model diesel pusher.

I was wrong. They purchased a 20-year old Country Coach Intrigue diesel pusher. Still runs.

The video tour of their coach is interesting to watch. Definitely more space than their Allegro and a diesel pusher will be a better driving experience for them.

Looks like the renovation work will need a fair bit of RV Love though.

RV Squatters

Mark Rogers is not very happy with the RV community. Large numbers of them park around Vancouver’s Jericho Beach and he wants them gone. I assume many of them are boondocking for the night although perhaps some of them stay longer.

Rogers keeps a twitter account active to highlight his issue with illegally parked RV’s.

The Vancouver Sun ran a full story about whether Vancouver’s illegal RV parkers are homeless or tourists although it looks more like a cover piece for one angry resident battling an apparently grave injustice.

When it costs over $2 million to purchase a basic 3-bedroom house in Vancouver, some people may choose to live out of an RV as that might be their only affordable option for housing.

Can gated communities be that far away for Vancouver?

Not In My Backyard

An Alberta developer wants to build a large RV park in Big Pond, Cape Breton. After a lengthy proposal process, the development was approved however an appeal was launched by seven people and there is a three-day hearing taking place this week to determine if the development will still go forward.

There is no website for Ceilidh on the Lakes. They do have a Facebook page. And they made this post in May:

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Due to the OVERWHELMING number of inquiries and requests for seasonal sites, we will be releasing the seasonal applications this week!

A few things to note:

– Deposits will be held in trust until opening, with deposit amount deducted from first season’s rate

– If for any reason the development does not proceed, deposits will be returned within a specified time frame

– 170 seasonal sites will be available

– Choose from lot sizes 30 X 45 or 30 X 60

Stay tuned to the page for details and application in the coming days!

No word on pricing or timing. This development might take a year or two before it is open for business which makes it a bit dodgy to request a deposit at this stage.

The population near this proposed RV park is very small, literally a couple of hundred people.

They have raised a lot of concerns. A pretty disgruntled lot if I might be so bold. Here are a few of the comments from the 50 or so people that are participating in the appeal:

“The appellants say that the CBRM planners and the CBRM council did not adequately evaluate the zoning amendment proposal with respect to several provisions of the MPS, including visual compatibility, dust or fumes, traffic and noise. The appellants also say the project runs counter to agricultural land protection.”

“If you have fire pits near a barn full of hay, it wouldn’t take too long to burn a barn down.”

“I enjoy the privacy I have now, and I don’t think I’d enjoy having people watching me all day — I enjoy looking at the trees but I don’t know how many trees will be left after this.”

“I am concerned about pollution coming to our vegetables. I am not an expert, but during the time of the public hearing I submitted some research that I had done that indicated both air pollution, especially particulate matter in the air, can affect the growth of vegetables, which is of great concern to me because our main income generators in the garden are leafy greens such as salad mix, lettuce, Asian greens, spinach and kale.”

“It will change the landscape of our community.”

Obviously I love the RV lifestyle and especially the RV parks that cater to Class A motorhomes — not that we have any of those in Canada but there are more than enough in the United States.

Evidently, this love of RVing is not shared by the community of Big Pond.