Saturday, December 17, 2016

27 Hours in Red Bay - Dec 2016

We had a number of things on our list to get done in Red Bay.  We always do.  The primary task was to get toppers done on all four slideouts.  Two were damaged and torn during Hurricane Matthew while we were parked along the coast in Virginia Beach.

We called Brannon and scheduled a date, then made our travel plans based on that appointment.  He put us down for December 14 so we locked it in.

One thing we have learned to do as we travel is watch the weather.  Even with Hurricane Matthew we watched the weather but they got it wrong!  The hurricane was supposed to head out to the east so we thought it would skirt us.  It did not, but rather moved right up the Eastern Seaboard.  Thankfully it was off shore so we only go high winds and rain.

The weather in December has turned cold and we saw that Alabama and Tennessee were going to be in for some below freezing temps with possibilities of rain/ice and maybe snow.  Yikes!  But turns out there was no snow.

But we were considering going to Tennessee after Red Bay and instead made a beeline east and got to Virginia Beach as fast as we could.

But while in Red Bay, we hit the ground running.  We arrived about 11:30 AM and stayed at the campground:  Downtown RV in Red Bay.  We stayed there in August but it wasn't the same.  None our friends were there this time.

After getting checked in we went to lunch at Mason Jar on Main.  Sheri and Jody do a very nice job and are about as friendly as they can be.  We had Mason Burgers and fries which were good.

Next, we went over to say hi to Melodie and Bruce Deaton of Custom Body Shop.  Pam thought they would like a Key Lime Pie so she bought one a couple of days earlier in Florida at a local Publix.  She was right - they like it.  We have been customers of them for a few years now.  Bruce and his time do excellent work at a fair price.  And they get the job done quickly.

We next drove over to the Tiffin Allegro Campground Parts store and Used Parts Store.  There, we were able to find a used rockguard/mudflap for the Roadrunner for $40.  The old one was damaged during an incident during the summer in the Sierra's at my brother's cabin.  I took the uphill turn too sharply and it bent.  When I straightened it out, it weakened it and was in pretty bad shape before I replaced it.
We returned to the campground and I was able to take off the old one and put on the 'new' one.  Its a little more fancy and it has better reinforcement on the back side.

While we were at the Tiffin Campground Parts store Pam came across a couple of pieces related to the keyless entry on our front door.
She has cleaned and adjusted the contacts a number of times over the past few months to nurse it along and get it working occasionally.
 On Wednesday morning we were up early and over at Brannon's to get our toppers replaced.
While he was getting started on that we went over to the Parts Store again and bought some more things.

We got some blank bay door and front door keys and then took them over to Tru- Value hardware to get them made.

After that we stopped by Bruce and Melody Deaton's Custom Body and Paint Shop to say hi.  They are such nice people.

It was time for lunch so we went to Piggly Wiggly and had some fried chicken and macaroni and cheese.


I thought it was going to be an all day job.  But Brannon is not one to waste your time or his and he got the toppers on by 10:30.  
Before we left we had Brannon replace the "eye" on our DirecTV that he installed a couple of years ago.  He also downloaded new software and updated our Razor OTA antenna that we got installed in the fall.
It was still fairly early in the afternoon when we had everything done so we decided to hit the road and head east.  The weather was getting colder and we wanted to avoid as much freezing weather as we could.

It was a short but productive visit to Red Bay and we got all our things checked off our list.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!

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