Ohio…4 long months and many lessons learned.
We are back on the road, after 4 long months in Ohio. While in Ohio we learned some valuable lessons about getting repairs done and living in a cold climate.
Lesson #1, If you live in your RV and you need a lot of work done on it, either do it yourself or find a mobile repair shop. If you have to go the dealership, give them a list (with pictures) of what you need to have done, then let them order the parts they need. Once they have all the parts drop off your RV. This should help eliminate the risk of the dealership having your RV for a long time just because they are waiting on parts.
Lesson #2, if you are having work done, do not leave the dealership until you have inspected that everything and I mean everything on your list has been fixed. We had a list of 40 things, they didn’t address the biggest 10. Our dealership had our RV for 54 days, yet when we got it back we still couldn’t use our half bath, our stairs still squeaked, and our heated seats didn’t work to name a few.
We dropped our RV off at our dealership December 11 and moved in with my parents. We left the dealership with a list of 40 things, some were major like our second black tank valve leaked and our heated seat didn’t work. Some were small thing like trim coming off. After 54 days, they called and told us our RV was ready. January 30th we picked up our RV drove it to a nearby RV park and soon discovered that 10 of the major things had not been fixed.
Colrain Family RV in Delaware Ohio, dropped the ball. They never called us to tell us things couldn’t be fixed or to ask for clarification on the items on the list. We trusted them to fix our RV and they didn’t. Once we realized things hadn’t been fixed, we quickly called the dealership to express our disappointment. Against our better judgement, we agreed that they would get 2 days to fix the things they missed. We gave them a new list with pictures. Luckily this time everything was fixed, although they have lost our business when it comes to repairs.
COLD WEATHER LESSONS:
Lesson #1, Vinegar freezes at 29 degrees, salt is a great absorbent and thirty-one bags are great. Being that we weren’t anticipating our RV sitting outside for 54 days without heat in the cold, we didn’t think of taking anything liquid with us. Well everything and I mean everything froze (well minus the alcohol). We had a broken growler in the refrigerator door. A vinegar bottle froze and broke, salt exploded due to the expansion of absorbing the vinegar, Windex froze and leaked and soap also froze and leaked.
Lesson #2, Thirty-one bags are awesome. The vinegar and salt were in a double duty caddy, thirty-one bag. The broken glass and the salt that had expanded and exploded were all contained inside the bag. The wood underneath was not damaged. A bottle of soap also froze was leaked all over a small utility thirty-one bag. Again, it was contained to the bag and was an easy clean up.
Lesson #3, If you are planning on staying in a cold climate for an extended length of time it is probably worth it to invest in getting a 100 gallon propane tank. It will save you from waking up to 56 degrees inside the RV because the propane ran out.
Lesson #4, Heated hose can freeze. Yep, Lee didn’t realize there was a thermometer attached and had the thermometer inside the RV. Opps, that meant no water for us, until our hose thawed.
Lesson #5, As much as an RV park can prepare for cold weather, (the one we are staying at has all their water pumps wrapped and heated) they can still have water main issues and need to shut off your water. Be prepared.
Lesson #6, Don’t try to open your fresh water tank when it is freezing out, you may risk breaking the handle. We have done this twice.
Ohio was not the easy to us, but we learned some valuable lessons.