We started off staying Sunday night at Brannon Hutcheson's Custom RV shop in Vina. It was a quiet
- Bathroom hallway ceiling fan
- Trouble shoot rope lights inside slide out above trim on Driver Side (DS)
- Check chassis batteries
- Repair leak in clear water tank near drain spout (as a result of my attempt at repairing it months ago)
- Touch up wood near shower, bathroom back splash and floor corner round trim piece in bathroom
- Replace bolt in slideout that sheared off when we were getting ready to drive it into position in the bay at Brannon's (talk about great timing!)
We were prepared to purchase a new fan but Brannon worked with it and sprayed some silicon on the mechanism on the roof and it works perfectly now. We have been without the rope light working a couple of months and he fixed it in 15 minutes. The water leak in the clear tank is really a drip and it has been there over a year. He fixed it in 30 minutes.
The moisture and steam in the bathroom and shower area has affected some of the wood and trim paneling. Brannon used a spray treatment that made it look great and it was fixed in a couple of minutes.
The chassis batteries checked out fine so no need for new ones. The slide out would not retract because of the sheared bolt. Glad it happened where we could get it fixed right away. It took Brannon about 15 minutes to drill a slightly larger hole and use a more sturdy bolt to fix it.
Total price of $230 was very fair and a less than I thought it would be. Plus Brannon does great work and does it quickly. He doesn't lollygag around. He gets on it and gets it done right. If you haven't ever had work done by him, you should give him a try at Custom RV in Vina near Red Bay. We've never been disappointed.
Later that morning we went to the Downtown RV Park in Red Bay where long time RV friends Steve and Karen were staying. It was great to see them again and catch up. Lots of stories and fun adventures to hear about.
We had a nice time chatting during an impromptu happy hour with Steve and Karen. Those kind of evenings are some of the best times in the RV experience -- just hanging out with friends and hearing their stories and experiences and sharing ours.
This morning I got up motivated to clean out the main storage bay area. I pulled everything out and vacuumed the inside, threw away some stuff and repacked it. I stopped to chat with a new friend in the campground - Brent and Eileen (who are actually from our new home town of Green Cove Springs, FL). I found out the entire side mirror on the DS need not be replaced. It comes apart as the arm and the mirror. Our arm is pitting and may need to be replaced in the future so I could save a few hundred bucks by just getting a new arm.
Custom Paint and Body Shop. Here Pam is talking with Melody Deaton and new friend Carleen. We have been to Bruce's Shop many times and he is another one we have high regard for.
Next we went to a new restaurant downtown - Mason Jar on the Main.
Next, we drove over to Burnsville, MS to see the Vanleigh RV 5th wheel factory. Bob Tiffin is co-owner and chairman as well as mentor and strategic advisor to the company.
When we returned to the campground Steve was replacing the anode rod on the water heater. Yearly maintenance cuts down on the rust inside, helps extend the life of the water heater and helps it run more efficiently. It has been far too long since we replaced ours and we were overdue. Years ago we bought a 1 1/16" socket (what an odd size) just for this purpose.
Next it was time for some social / happy hour time.
Steve, Karen, Pam and I walked over to Jack's for dinner and enjoyed it as well as pleasant spring evening in Red Bay!
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