A Mish-Mash of Updates -> Slide Fix, Sept Plans & Danish Dreams
After many thousand miles, a ridiculous amount of stops (thanks to a major Orbitz mess-up), a flight spent with a party-gal in a skin-tight pink velour track-suit (who was well topped-off by alcohol, large diamond rings, Gucci sunglasses and a fluffy white dog -> yes, these people actually exist), I finally made it back home to “the beast” and all its furry animals.
Through the fog of jet-lag everything seems rather like a dream, but thanks to some good sunny walks, wine and espresso I’m finally perking up and getting back on track.
Now, those of you who are followers of the blog may remember our 1,000-mile dash to get to Oreon to have our slide issue fixed. Poor Paul was left with the task while I went out gallivanting around Denmark. Despite all assurances by Monaco that it would be “no more than 3 days” to get into the factory, my better half waited almost 3 weeks and didn’t look anywhere close to getting in (“just a few more days” was the standard response). In a final fit of desperation he got the number of a mobile tech who had worked at the factory 10 years to come look at the thing, hoping at least to get an analysis of where to go.
The final result? After our 2 days in CO, our 1,000-mile drive and no end of waiting it took the tech 1 hour to fix. All he did was file down the aluminum runner between the slide and the RV wall so that it no longer caught as the slide was coming in. “Oh yeah, we see this all the time with the big Monaco slides” was his response “and this is our standard fix”. Apparently the living room slide is so heavy it’s not at all unusual for the supports to bow and the slide to drop and catch, especially on the slide with the fridge. All-in-all it seems a minor miracle that no-one could tell us this (even when we called Monaco from CO), but it just goes to show that sometimes the biggest problems are really the smallest ones.
So, the good news is that to the best of our knowledge the slide is fixed! Paul, bless him, forgot to take any photos (at all) and managed to kill all our RV plants, but he did get the job done, kept the animals alive and (here’s the kicker) make home-made sausages while I was gone (from scratch no less!). Thus I forgive him all because a man who can welcome a girl home with a good sausage is a man worth his weight in gold 🙂 He also had a most social time while I was away meeting no less than 3 RV couples including Laurie and Odel from Semi-True Tales of Our Life on the Road. Quite the party-man.
So, what’s next? Given we have a longing for the coast we’ve decided to spend all of September driving down Hwy 101 and have booked 4 beach State Parks from Astoria to Florence to give us a comfortable sampling of Oregon-ass-in-the-sand enjoyment before we head on south for winter. With that in mind I leave behind a photo-journal of Danish dreams….large sausages (yes, I love all kinds), romkugler (Danish rum-cocoa balls), marzipan cakes, viking graves, castles, friends, family and a few glimpses of downtown Copenhagen. I sure had fun while I was gone, but I’m sure glad to be back.
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