April 06, 2010
Home again - sorta
Then there's the battery. Before I took the motorhome in to the shop I had to replace the battery because I had left it in the chassis, during the cold month of December, without a trickle charge and it was completely dead. Luckily I took it in to Walmart, where the last battery came from, and they swapped it out for me. So, with that accomplished, I drove the motorhome to the shop. Two months later I get in and try to start it.... "click click click click"... that's all. So I round up the tech and he comes out and jump starts my battery. He tells me my [new] battery is taking a charge but it's defective. Hum.... I'm skeptical.....He's also the tech who told me my [new] vent needed to be replaced because the glue [sealing the edges] was "old". Mind you, this was the vent that had just been replaced, by them! After I told him that, he blandly looked at me and said, "we'll order you another one." Geez.....
Next I drove it to the gas station because I was beyond empty and really needed gas to get home. Sure enough, it wouldn't start again. I ended up calling roadside service and they jump started it again. I drove it straight to Les Schwab because the next thing on my "to do" list was to check all the tires and the allignment, and now I had a battery problem! Once I turned off the motorhome it wouldn't start again. Wouldn't turn over at all. In the end I bought a new battery and had them install it for me. I found out that most of the water had boiled out of the battery, which was odd. They said it was like it had been over-charged. I'm debating about whether to bring it up to the shop or to just forget it. I'm not sure I could prove that they were at fault and at this point I'd just like to be done with them!
While Ellie was in the shop I also had them service the generator. I'm assuming they did the basic oil, lube because it still won't start from inside the motorhome and today I couldn't even get it to start from outside the motorhome. Next week I plan on driving to Eastern Oregon to see my parents. I think I'll see if my dad can check out the generator and maybe show me a thing or two about maintaining it! After a week there, we're headed to the coast for a little "shakedown" cruise before our big trip to Alaska!
First things first. Tomorrow I'm going to de-winterize Ellie and clean her up. She's been hibernating way too long. Me too.