If you’ve missed our Facebook updates, let me catch you up on the past few days. While crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Saturday, one of the rear springs on the Winnebago broke … really loudly. I was driving, and it scared me so badly that I think I let go of the wheel and covered my head for a split second. When we pulled over to recover our wits and figure out what happened, we discovered we had no cell phone reception. Luckily, we managed to limp 15 miles down the road to the Pioneer RV Park in Quincy, California.
These kinds of things only ever happen on the weekends, so it was Monday before we could make any calls to arrange for the repairs. Fortunately, we’ve got about 33,700 miles on the Winnebago – another 2,300 miles and we’ll no longer be covered by the warranty. Unfortunately, getting to the closest certified repair facility required an 80 mile tow to Reno. I’m just grateful the tow was also covered by the warranty!
I worked at a towing company in college, but this was my first experience having one of my vehicles towed. Getting our leaning vehicle/home up onto the flat bed was no easy task! Combine that with the driver’s concern about low hanging wires and bridges along the route, and it made for a long trip. To top it off, there was only room for the driver, Jake, and one other person in the cab of the tow truck – so I was on my own while Rod and the dogs hung out in the community room at the campground. (Thanks so much, Wes and Diane, for your hospitality!)
Two hours later, and a few more grey hairs, Jake and I delivered the Winnebago to Reno. Scott, our service rep, was kind enough to help me arrange for a rental car (Hertz is pet friendly!), so I packed up what we’d need for a few days and drove back to Quincy to pick up the boys.
The word is that the parts will arrive in a week, and it will probably take another day or so until they’re installed and we’re as good as new. Until then we’re driving a nice little cross-over from Mitsubishi and staying in hotels.
After nine months of living full-time in the Winnebago, we have some mixed feelings about parting with our rolling abode.
As we see them, the benefits are:
That being said, we’re feeling a bit displaced. These are the things we miss most:
Every once in a while we talk about taking a break from the Winnebago and doing a vacation rental for a week. Now that we had to move out for a week, I’m thinking the grass was greener on the other side. We’re rolling with it, but we’ll be happy to have our home on wheels back.
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