Hubby retired 2 months ago and we’ve been busy dealing with trying to get our 2016 Taxes done, setting up all of the insurance, social security, pensions and medicare plans for hubby and I since he retired. I can’t believe that was 2 months ago next week!! Time is flying by so fast and we still haven’t been able to take a trip!!
Looking on the bright side . . . which I tried to do as much as possible . . . since we haven’t been able to leave on a trip, we are able to watch our 2 grand sons play football. The 10 yr old is playing tackle football and is doing really well . . . to our surprise!! He is a very ‘sensitive’ boy but he’s showing his ‘tough side’ in football and he’s loving it. The 6 yr old is playing flag football. At this age it’s pretty much just watching them run around the field trying to grab a flag. And the baby, who is 3, gets to watch his big brothers waiting for his turn to get on the field.
The RAM has been in the shop for about a month due to all kinds of complications. I am not a mechanical kind of person. So I will give you the short version . . . drive shaft and transmission are brand new. (I think that’s what hubby told me). I just know that he kept telling me “When he gets done with it, we’ll have a brand new truck”. That is all that matters to me. That and the fact that now we are safe to pull the 5th Wheel!!! Especially since she got some new shoes too. Yep . . . we took off the really cool tires and opted for more safe and a more highway friendly tires.
(Top picture – mud tires; Bottom Picture – more highway friendly tires)
Now that the truck is out of the shop, we could FINALLY get the 5th wheel inspected and tagged!! But doing so wasn’t without problems. Why would anything we do concerning this truck and RV be easy??? When we went to the storage unit to just check on the RV . . . you know, since it’s been so long since we’ve seen her . . . guess what we find? The batteries were completely dead!! AND, that was with the battery disconnect off (or is it on?)!! In any case, we were told that when you use that switch, the batteries will not discharge . . . WRONG!! Thanks to the Vilano Facebook group I’m in, I found out that the hydraulic lifts can still drain the battery even with you use the disconnect switch. So you should disconnect the ground (black) terminal on the batteries when it’s in storage. WHY OH WHY did the dealership not tell us this???? I purposely asked them several time “So? When you use this battery disconnect switch, you will not be using any power . . . correct?” I got the same answer every time “That is correct.” Oh well . . .
One of the men on the Vilano Facebook group showed me the battery jumper/charger that he uses and we decided to get one too. Even tho we already bought one with our first fiasco in Oklahoma City (see story here). But that one needs power to plug it in. This new one we purchased doesn’t need power. You just charge it up and then it’s ready when you need it. If you don’t use it within 30 days, they say you need to recharge it. The STANLEY is what the man said he uses and we purchased the SCHUMACHER. Which worked PERFECTLY I might add. It got the batteries charged up enough to raise the legs so we could take it to get it inspected.
Once we got it inspected, we took it back to storage and then took the paperwork to the ANNEX to get the tags where we got a ‘not so good’ surprise. We thought we were just getting the tags for the 5th Wheel. What we forgot . . . since we bought this RV at the end of May . . . is that we hadn’t paid the tax on the 5th Wheel yet!!!! When you are expecting to hear “That’ll be $xx.xx ” but instead you hear “That’ll be $x,xxx.xx”, it’s quit a shock!!! As hubby said “Well . . . there went the Tax refund!!” FYI . . . I had just filed our 2016 Tax return a few days before this!!!!!
There are two more hurdles we need to cross over before we can actually take a trip . . . 1) Get the electrical issues on the 5th wheel fixed and all the ‘parts’ installed that were missing when we picked her up months ago and 2) get the cruise control put into the truck at the dealer we purchased it from. The #1 issue should be easy peasy . . .we hope!!! Probably just a bad power cord. Keep fingers crossed that’s all it is and they don’t have to keep it for some major electrical wiring issue. However, the #2 issue is already a problem. Yep . . . we can’t have anything go smoothly now can we?
Hubby had been in contact with the RAM dealer in Dallas were we purchased the truck and they said they’d make good on it and replace the computer and get the cruise put in vs us doing it here and they reimbursing us for it. However, that meant that we had to take the truck to Dallas. Which is fine but we’ve been waiting on the parts for the RV to come in so we can make the trip to OKC, drop off the 5th Wheel, then go on to Dallas to get the truck fixed and then back to OKC to pick up the 5th Wheel. We’ve just been so busy, we haven’t had the time to leave. Now that we do, guess what? Yep . . . more problems . . . the guy hubby has been talking to no longer works there. THANKFULLY, one of the mechanics remembered hubby and the salesman conversations. So we are waiting to hear if they are still going to honor the deal the original salesman made with us. Just when we thought we were seeing light at the end of the tunnel . . . we see a train coming instead!!!!
Monday morning we are headed to OKC to get the 5th Wheel items handled. It’s up in the air as to what will happen with the truck and whether we head to Dallas or not. But we are getting closer to taking our first trip. It may not be where we originally planned it to be, but we will take one before the end of the year . . . WE HOPE!!!!
Stay tuned for more excitement to come from “The Ole Rooster and his Hen” . . .