Yep, We have the Rv back and it is not good news. Got a text yesterday from my contact at the shop, he said we are all set and we can pick it up about 3 or so. He also mentioned he would not be there and to talk to a guy named John, who had the paperwork. OH boy, excitement abounded, 17 days with out a real home.

When we got to the shop, the Rv was in the back lot, so we drove to it. When i got out,I knew right away there was going to be issues. Along the roof edge, i could see a lot of ripples, where it should be smooth. So, I climbed up the ladder to see the new roof, and my heart just sank to my stomach, all i could see was hundreds and hundreds of bubbles on the roof, some small and some very large. The roof did not stick to the new plywood. WHY, they bothched the job, that’s why. I got down and went right into the shop, some young guy tried to help me out but when i said the new roof looked like shit, he told me i needed to talk to that guy over there. So after waiting awhile he came out and i told him he needed to look at the roof, which we did. When he got up there, he said, how long has this been like this. I was a little confused, he didn’t even know HIS shop just put the roof on. We talked for a little while and he said for sure they would make it right. WHAT, for sure you will, i thought. He was a little lost for words for a while, (after all he is only the service manager!!!!)

Not only that but i pointed out a few other things that were not done, or were done and they looked terrible. When we got back into the office he looked at the paperwork and said, OH, right this is the one we just put the roof on Wednesday. WEDNESDAY, i thought you have had the rig for two weeks and the roof just got put on. Right away i could tell they totally dropped the ball on our work and rushed to get it all done. I said to him, what next, he said they will have to put a new roof on and if we could leave it. WHAT, i said we have been living in a shoe box for over two weeks and you want us to leave it. I told him we live in here full time and we have to take it, plus you are never going to get a new roof on in a few days. So we agreed that on Monday, we would all have a pow-wow to figure our next move. As i had already taken a few pictures he wanted me to E-mail them to him, to show the rep.

So, off i went to the rig, where Melissa was waiting, when i told here what was happening, I thought she was going to break down and cry, poor thing, we are both just exhausted from the last couple of weeks, and now this. I told her we were taking it, and that i had not signed over the two party check from the insurance company. As we started to hitch up, more issues, battery dead, so we had to hook up to shore power, to get the levelers working, after hitching up, i noticed the check wiring light was on. There was nothing i could do to fix it, i think because the battery was dead. We had no electric brakes on the Rv at all driving home. I have never been more nervous than i was doing that. Finally after a knuckle driving experience we got back to home base, got backed in and unhitched, plugged in and opened up the RV. I then proceeded to have a few drinks,(stiff one’s) and look over the rig top to bottom.

Over all i am very disappointed in there work and workmanship,(this is an understatement). It was rush job all the way, they had it in there bay for over two weeks and waited till the last minute to do the work. No one seemed to know what was happening, (Very evident talking to the service manager) The three slide toppers and part of the new lower metal trim, are all i can find as good work. Below is a list of stuff with all the pics

This is the NEW roof, it’s like that all over. My thought’s are they never rolled the roof with a heavy roller after glueing it down. Also the ne plywood below is also lifting, so that was not put down properly either. What a mess.

This is a dime size gouge in the kitchen floor by the stairs that we found. Above is one of the vent’s, i believe this is from the bottom foot of a step ladder. New floor or a fix job, who know’s yet.

Two nice chips in the paint and a scrape on the white moulding on the side of the front cap. Again, i think this was done by the top of a step ladder edge.

This is the back panel where the power reel is . Hard to see but there are three hail damage dent’s here, they never even did anything but chaulk the power reel cover?? The rest of the 35 feet metal they did looks good. I have no idea about this one.

This is the big bay door on the side they replaced the metal skirting, the frame and all had to come out, and after the skirting was put on the door reinstalled, it doesn’t shut, you have to lift it up over a half inch to shut it. WOW. Also to the right is the furnace cover that also had to come out and be put back in, the right side of it is right over the moulding and protruding out. That was not even put in right.

This one shows the lack of work man ship. This is the back top of the Rv. The right side corner piece is nice and at a 90 degree angle. The other side however is way off, but was put on anyway by a blind guy.

Bathroom fan ,vent, where is the screen.

This is the shower skylite, while they put a new skylite piece that goes over the roof, they never bothered to get all the little pieces that are laying around from the hail damage, inside the inner piece. Hard to see, but there there.

If that isn’t enough i don’t know what is, what a whirl wind of emotions the last few days. I know for me i have lost all faith in people taking any kind of pride in there work. While i was in the office, i could see the worker’s coming in and out of the shop, all young punks. Where do we go from here, not sure yet, about anything, Monday will have a better idea. I think there is a few more stiff drinks, in my near future.


Well sort of, , it has now been two weeks, since the 5er has gone in the shop. It might be done by mid week????, the work has been delayed one way or another with, OH, this person was off last week, we need this part to put that in, and so on. Excuses, excuses, let’s get it done, we have seen it in the shop bay now for over a week. Getting a little frustrated to say the least ,and me living in a sardine can is not helping. It’s not really a sardine can but sure does feel like it, i am feeling very cramped all of a sudden in here. It has rained here a few of the days being in here and a lot of stuff is damp, and when it rains it gets humid in here, thank goodness i have an air conditioner, but being surrounded by four walls, a door and no windows it feels tight. I have been getting out here and there, plus Melissa has been over, but i don’t want her to stay long in here either. She has stayed at a friends house for a week and now at here sister’s house a week, which is getting old. She has been working during the week, so she has the truck to go back and forth. Today(Monday) however we went to my sister’s to see my nephew, who is a state trooper in South Carolina. It was a fun visit and we went in the pool( finally got a shower)when we got back here, it was hard to see her go, we both have said how much we miss each other. Hopefully only a few more day’s of this non sense. Maybe by the end of the week it will be normal again.!!!!


As of this post, Melissa and I , plus Cooper are now homeless. We have no place to call home. The Rv is now in the shop for at least two weeks. It rained all the drive to the Rv shop, then cleared up for the unhitch and drop off. Hopefully all should go well.

When we got back here, Melissa got all her stuff and then said her good byes, it was very hard seeing here drive away. She is staying with a very good friend this week, and will also go to work tomorrow ,Thursday and Friday. It makes no sense for her to come here after work as it would be about 40 miles or so to go back and forth. I think I will next see her Monday!!!, .

Cooper and I are here at my brother’s staying in the shed ( man cave) We have it all decked out. TV, radio, computer, coffee maker, micro wave, all the cooking stuff, a bed, recliner, air conditioner, a few fans and a heater if i need it. I have all the food and cold stuff in my brother’s refrigerator, which is only about 100 yards away. We are suppose to get rain for the next few days so will see how it will be all cooped up. Cooper is having a hard time already, he seems very confused, but he is here with his daddy so that should help.

Outside of the shed, with the screened in tent set up.
Bed all set up, the most important thing is to the left, my booze.
Rest of the set up,