Ice in the Bucket

Remember last week I was telling you about the ice maker in Winnie not making ice and I couldn’t figure out why?  Well guess what!  We have ice!  I have no idea why or how that happened.  I’ve looked at it a few times, wiggled the bar, moved the bucket around, talked to it, nothing.  Now all of a sudden there is a bucket full of ice!  I’m not complaining, not at all.  I’m just baffled and very happy.

I have the appointment made for next Tuesday to bring Winnie in to General RV and have the ice maker looked at, along with having the igniter switch on the stove installed.  I won’t need to spend money on having the ice maker looked at, but I still need the igniter switch installed.  And, as long as I am there, I think I will have them fill up the propane tank.  It is reading 1/2 full.  I am also going to ask them to look her over good to see if she needs sealant, especially the roof.  Neither of us can or should be up there.

As long as we have Winnie out and about over that way, we might as well go camping.  Right?  I made reservations at Proud Lake Recreation Area.  It’s the state park we went to last year.  It is very close to Clyde’s work, as well as my daughter Melissa and grandson Tristan’s home.

On the home front, we are moving along nicely, going through everything and readying the home for sale.  Hopefully we will be able to get it listed this Sunday or Monday before we leave to go camping.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Still No Ice

Ever since we brought Winnie back from getting repaired 2 weeks ago the ice-maker hasn’t made ice.  I’m not sure why.  We have her plugged in to the house’s electric, filled her up with water, checked to make sure valves were open, the refrigerator is set at the coldest setting, the pump is on, the coach battery is on and we have the metal bar in the ice machine down.  Still no ice.  The funny thing is we had ice the last time we went camping.

Yesterday I called General RV to make an appointment to bring Winnie in to get the ice-maker looked at and fixed.  I also needed to find out why I hadn’t gotten a call yet about the igniter switch for the stove, which was supposed to be ordered 2 weeks ago when we had her in for repairs.  First, I talked to the parts department about the igniter switch.  I found out the part was never order.  He transferred me to the service department.

The service department didn’t know why the igniter switch wasn’t ordered.  The service writer we dealt with was busy with a customer and was supposed to call us back.  That never happened.  No surprise.  I’ve never gotten a call back from them.

I told the woman I was talking to about the ice-maker and I told her I needed to make an appointment to bring her in and have it looked at.  She asked me if I had the metal bar in the ice-maker up or down.  I told her down.  She said it needs to be up.  She checked with someone else sitting next to her and they said up also.  It didn’t make sense to me, but I’d give it a try.  I always believed the bar was there to measure the amount of ice being made and when the container was full, no more ice would fall down.  If the bar was up, no ice would drop.  But what do I know.

I also told her that the connector under the kitchen sink either had a slow leak or it was condensation, but the part was damp.  She gave me her e-mail address and I sent her a picture.

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After trying her way with the bar up and still no ice, I e-mailed her and told her I needed to make an appointment.  She was nice enough to call me back. We set a date to bring Winnie in for August 15th.  I told her I still hadn’t heard from the service writer and she said she was still trying to find out about it for me.  I will e-mail her again today to check on it.  I want to make sure the part is in when I take her in on the 15th.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

General Maintenance

We can check another couple of things off our to-do list for Winnie.  The people at Cummins-Bridgeway were very nice.  We had a small hick-up getting her there though.  We couldn’t get her started.  We are not sure why we are having problems, or what we are doing wrong with the battery because we had it tested when we took her in and it checked out fine.  When she wouldn’t turn over at all, we turned on the generator hoping that would charge the chassis battery enough to get it started.  No such luck.  Our son Kevin decided to put his trickle charger on it and it started right away.  Way to go Kevin.  So does that mean we should take a trickle charger along with us for the just in case moments?

We dropped Winnie off Tuesday night to be worked on Wednesday.  They changed the engine oil and filters and also did the maintenance on our generator.  They tested the batteries and we were really expecting to replace all three of them, but they said they were fine. While we were there we decided to make an appointment to have the air conditioning looked at.  They were booked up until after our June vacation.  That should be fine.  I am not expecting really hot weather that early in the season, but then this is Michigan and you never know.

I called the special order parts department at the RV center where we purchased Winnie to order the part we need for the ice-maker.  They had said it was a shut-off valve when they did the winterization last fall.  After a few back and forth phone calls the salesman decided that there wasn’t a special shut-off valve and that it was a part we could purchase at our local hardware store.  I thanked him for his help and hung up.  I am keeping the appointment I made for mid June just incase my guys can’t figure it out on their own, but I am really hoping we won’t need it.  As we are having exceptionally cold and wet weather right now, I don’t believe they will be able to work on it for a week or two.

Following behind Winnie as we brought her home I noticed we had a tail light out.  It looks like I’ve got another part to order.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Maintenance and Repairs

It’s that time of year when we all start to get the urge to go camping. But, first, we have to de-winterize our motor home, make sure all the routine maintenance is completed and everything is in good working order.

We knew we needed to have the generator maintained as it has almost ran the maximum number of hours on the meter.  We have owned Winnie one year now and we have no idea when the engine motor oil was changed, so that was also on our to-do list.  A call to Cummins Bridgeway was made.  The nice people there said yes, along with being able to service our generator they can also take care of our gas engine. They would be happy to set up an appointment for next week to have that done, but if we needed anything more done, appointments were being made for a month out.  We are glad that is all she requires right now.  We scheduled our appointment for next Wednesday.  Check, one item off our list.

Next, de-winterizing and getting the ice-maker leak repaired.  Last fall, when we took Winnie in to be winterized, the service people at the RV center where we bought our motor home found a leak at the shut-off valve to the ice-maker.  Instead of fixing it then, they told us it would have to be repaired in the spring when we de-winterized her.  We made a call to the service department on Friday and asked for the same service rep we dealt with the last few times.  As usual, we were sent to his voicemail.  We left a message telling him exactly what we needed.  As we expected, no return phone call.

The next morning (Saturday) we called as soon as they opened and told the gal at the service desk what we needed.  Why leave another message to someone who never returns your calls.  She told us no appointment was needed to have our unit de-winterized but to have the leaking valve repaired we needed to schedule an appointment.  The soonest they could get us in was a month and a half away! We asked why they couldn’t just replace the valve at the same time they were de-winterizing her.  We were told they would have to see what part was needed and order it.  We knew what part.  It was written on the winterization receipt.  Why pay $80 to de-winterize and then pay again who knows how much to install the part.  We were then told that we needed to order the part through the parts department and when it came in we could schedule an appointment to have it put in. Really?  (Deep breathe).  We told her to put us down for the next available appointment now and transfer us to the parts department please.

The parts department told us we would have to call back Monday as what we needed was a special order and they didn’t work week-ends.  (Exhale).  As you can guess we really wish we didn’t need to use their services.  We will call back Monday, order the overly priced part and have it installed.  Those of you who are mechanically inclined are fortunate in that you can do it yourself and bypass the hassles we must endure.

We are hoping to figure out the de-winterizing process ourselves and save us the $80.  One of our concerns is if we put water in the tank, how do we keep it from filling up the ice-maker and leaking all over?  Should we just camp without water for now and wait until the ice-maker is repaired?  We would really appreciate any advice from you seasoned RV’ers.   Thanks so much.

Until next time,

Kathryn