Over 4,000 miles behind us. 6 weeks away from home without any issues I guess we were due.
Sunday afternoon, we arrived at Long beach Ca, and set the RV up. Jeff was due to fly out the next day so we figured we would have a relaxing evening.
Unfortunately, the RV decided otherwise. We just finished dinner when we heard a clicking noise. Then it stopped, we looked at each other, wondering if we were imagining things, then it did it again. We started following the noise to see where it was coming from. It was the slide in the back bedroom. It slides out when we are parked and slides in while we travel. It was clicking like it was trying to close, only we weren’t pushing the button.
Jeff went into “crew chief “mode and started to problem solve. We spent the next hour checking wires, trying to open and close the slide. It had a mind of its own, it would shut when we hit the open and open when we hit the shut button. At one point it was moving back and forth without us even pushing the button. He disconnected the switch and after trouble shooting some wires decided the switch was bad.
The next morning, Jeff went to the store to get a new switch, certain that would fix the issue. It didn’t! Of course, it couldn’t be that easy right? About now we are within an hour of needing to leave for the airport, running out of time he disconnected the motor under Ryan's bed. He would have to deal with it in a few weeks when he came back. Only a few minutes later we heard the clicking noise again. How? The motor is no longer connected. We once again followed the clicking noise and this time it lead us outside the RV, in the basement area. He opened the bay. The noise was coming from the slide controller. Surrounding the controller was fresh mouse droppings, should have been a clue to what was wrong. He disconnected the controller, and when he pulled it out, a liquid poured out… mouse pee! GREAT, the stupid mouse pee was causing it to short out! Crazy! At least we knew what the problem was. He had no time to fix it now. He would order a new part once he got home and have it shipped here.
While Jeff was cleaning up the area in the bay, I went outside to see if he was ready to leave for the airport. I noticed water leaking, more like pouring out under the RV. I asked him what the water was from, he looked under the RV and said “I HAVE NO IDEA! There is no water or plumbing in that area.” Once again, Jeff went into “crew chief” mode in supersonic speed. There was no way he could leave with water pouring out under the RV. Jeff opened the other bay and frantically searched to see what the was going on. I stood there praying, “God you know what the heck is going on, you know Jeff can’t leave like this, please make it obvious real fast what the problem is so Jeff can fix it”. A few minutes later Jeff said, “This makes no since at all, the fresh water tank is disconnected and pushed forward”! He did manage to pull it back into position and get the hoses hooked back up. No more water leak. Crazy huh?
Jeff is home safe and so far no more issues with the RV either!
Crazy few hours. I am so thankful all this happened while he was still here. I don’t know what I would have done if he had already gone home. While the timing of these events wasn’t the greatest I have no doubt, God was watching out for Ryan and I! He allowed these things to surface while Jeff was still here to deal with them.
You can pray that when the motor arrives, I can get it connected and that it works. Also, Jeff set some mouse traps in that area, I have not opened it up yet to check them. I am praying almost as much that there are NO mice in the traps that I will have to dispose of! EEK!
Also we have been hearing about the "Storm of the year" . It is supposed to hit tonight and into tomorrow. Heavy rain and possible flash flooding . While I am not too worried, our RV is sitting right by a wetland/marsh. So praying the storm of the year doesn't create some unwanted memories !
For those who are visual, like me here are some pictures.
|Ryan, Princess and I hanging out. Waiting to ride out the "storm of the year"! This is also the area where the slide is located.|
|The slide, with a mind of its own.|
|Here is the bay, the basement where the slid switch is AND where the dreaded mouse traps are!|