Sunday, July 10, 2011

We’re Almost There

We expected to start moving into the new motorhome yesterday, but we had a bit of a delay.

Our prep guy,  Mike finished  all he needed to do, including install new rubber seal gaskets on the living room slide.  Before Mike got our motor home,  been at the chassis department, to fix a noise coming from the front end.  We thought it was because the generator had a loose bolt.  It turned out to be a problem with a front brake.  They repaired that before Mike got it.  Mike got it after they replaced the brake.  He found that the generator was a little loose in it’s cradle, which was also part of the noise we had heard.

Mike, being the thorough guy that he is, wanted to take it for a drive before releasing it, to double check the noise was gone.  He allowed us to ride along with him.  Unfortunately, the noise was still there, plus some squeaking/rubbing type noise coming from the overhead tv.

This occurred about 2pm.  We weren’t thinking we would be getting delivery at that point, so we headed over to Cracker Barrel for an early dinner.

Mike wasn’t sure if the problem was still from the generator, or something more serious that would require it go to go back to the chassis department.  He and a few co-workers checked it out and decided he would be able to fix it,  and the generator rack just needed some adjustments.  We trust Mike completely, so we are comfortable with his decision. 

Sometime around 4pm, Mike finished up and the coach went to the clean up detail.  That is normally a 2 hour job, so we sure didn’t think it would go over to “delivery” at that time of day on a Saturday afternoon.

However, after clean up, they did get it to our delivery site.  They backed it in, plugged it in and put out the slides.  We were ready to start moving.  Unfortunately, since it was about 7pm,  Al and I didn’t feel like dragging the old motorhome over there.  No problem, we could stay at the campground.  Yes, Lazy Days is easy to get along with.  We were surprised how busy the deliver area was.  It was nearly full.  You would never know there was a problem with the economy if you never left the ground of Lazy Days.  The service bays and delivery sites are almost completely full.  There are customers running around all over the place and tons of rv’s coming and going.  Lazy Days is certainly doing its part to help the Tampa economy.

By the way, one of the two driving instructors is on his way to new Lazy Days of Tucson.  He is going to offer the Drivers Confidence courses there.  He was trained by Barney and is every bit as good.  He will be there in a little over a week.  He and his wife were neighbors here at the campground, and they pulled out yesterday morning, on their way to Tucson.  He said there is a big Rally scheduled there with 350 rv’s scheduled.  Normally they charge a fee for the class if you are not a previous Lazy Days customer, but I’m wondering if they might waive that fee for the new facility?  Worth checking into, if you’re in the area.  The class is worthwhile, even for experienced motor home drivers.

So after the coach got all set up, we decided to take a glass of wine over and spend the evening watching a movie in our new home.  We tested the new satellite dish.  We pushed a button and it immediately started looking for a satellite.  Unfortunately, it was looking in the wrong direction and upside down!  We were a bit worried, at first, but after a few minutes, it finally started looking in the right direction and we got a signal.  That is going to be so nice after years of manually setting up a dish and then hunting for a good signal. 

We rented the dvd Sanctum, from the Redbox and watched it at the new motor home.  The surround sound system sounds so good that at one point I had to get up and make sure we didn’t have a leak.  The movie was set inside a cave and in one scene, there was dripping water.  It sounded like it was dripping right behind us.  I thought it was the movie, but couldn’t rest until I checked (twice), to make sure the coach wasn’t leaking.  It was a good movie, full of action and never boring.  They were cave divers exploring a huge underwater cave.  We would recommend the movie.  Lots of excitement.

We finally called it a night and went home to the old motor home.  We could have stayed there, but I didn’t want to make the bed because we are going to exchange mattresses today and I didn’t want to have to make it twice.

We’re intend to move our 11 inch thick memory foam mattress over to the new motorhome and that mattress to this one.  We just aren’t sure exactly how to do that.  The memory foam mattress came from Bed in a Box, and it actually came compressed into a pretty small box.  We are thinking maybe we can fold it up and strap it closed with our kayak straps.  It is going to be a problem, but we really want to keep our new mattress.  The one in the new motorhome, is really a pretty nice mattress, but we love our Bed in a Box  mattress!  I think we should be able to get it moved…one way or the other!

So, I guess I’ve had enough coffee.  It’s time to start moving!


  1. Moving day....finally. We know you are happy and excited! May you have many safe miles in your new home!

  2. I really believe you should get some type of bonus, gift card, or put on the Lazy Days payroll because you have written excellent posts about the customer service that Lazy Days provide.

    How nice that you could at least enjoy a movie and a glass of wine. I suspect after 'moving day', you'll need another glass or two.

    Congratulations to both of you!

  3. Hope you get out of there this time and hit the road- good luck!

  4. Lazy Days is really incredible. I'll keep them in mind next time I'm looking for a new rig. It sounds worth it to drive there and see what's in their lot. I'll bet they have many good used coaches.

    So glad everything is done and you can start living in the new rig. Good luck with the mattress, there's gotta be a way to get it transferred to the new bed.

    Have fun today in your new home! :)

  5. I wonder if this is some kind of record for time to deliver a coach? H ope it happens soon.

  6. I want to see pictures of the mattress move. That could really be funny. Good luck moving. We're all celebrating with you.

  7. happy moving day!!how exciting!!!..can't wait to see all the photos of the new rig!!


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