Terri and I are just sitting in our RV watching TV when we hear a lawn mower startup outside in the distance. We discuss how rude it is to be making such a racket so early on a Sunday morning. I am sure there are still many people just crawling out of bed after being out late last night around the campfire. It would be nice if they waited until sometime during the week to mow when the park isn’t filled to capacity like it is today. You would think it would be easier for them to mow empty sites as well.
All of the sudden above the sound of the sound of the mower outside of our RV we hear a loud BANG! I go running out to see that the kid on the mower had just hurled a rock at our rig. The kid looked surprised. I was not happy. I explained how he had just damaged our RV.
The employees here really don’t have much respect for their customers. Another example of this is at the park store. The day we arrived it was late so I had to wait until morning to check in. I arrived at the store at the store at 8:50 knowing the store opened at 9am. I was met by a woman shortly after this who started to unlock the door. I politely said “good morning”. She abruptly replied that the store was not open until 9. I said “I know”. Then a few minutes later another woman showed up. She too quickly reminded me that the store was not open yet. I just patiently sat on the picnic table outside the store and waited. They promptly opened the door for me at 9:03 am. I am glad they didn’t go out of their way to be kind to me in any way.
My wife didn’t get to experience the kindness of these store clerks until last night. Out of the blue, I said to Terri how I was hungry for marshmallows on a stick. That doesn’t happen very often. She replied that we didn’t have any marshmallows. She said it was only 8:50 and the store was open until 9:00, so we had just enough time to run and get some. We ran to the store, quickly grabbed a bag of marshmallows and headed up to the clerk. She rang up my order and in the middle of our transaction told me to hold on a minute. She then ran to both doors and locked them. I looked at the clock above the counter which now reads 8:58pm. The clerk returned to hand me a slip to sign. We were then instructed to follow her to the back door so that she could sneak us out of the store.
The other morning we opened the door of the RV to find a tag hanging on the outside. The violation on it said that we were accused of not being present on our site for the last 24 hours. Funny thing was, we received it last night while we were sleeping inside of our trailer.
Of all the Outdoor Adventure parks we have been to, Saginaw Bay seems to be the most militant of them all. Sure we were yelled at once at the Rifle River Park for sitting under a shade tree. It was sunny and hot. We were only seeking a shady spot to sit. We chose a tree in the vacant site next to ours. That is when security showed up and told us we could only occupy one site. Guess I can understand their reasoning; the sites on the river there are in very high demand. The Saginaw Bay Park on the other hand constantly seems to go out of their way to make us feel unwelcome.
We just got our Jayco back from another trip to the dealership. The rear windows had finally come in. They were also kind enough to replace our damaged slide awning and make an adjustment to our bed slide mechanism for us. The slide seemed to be traveling out a bit too far and twisting the trim inside. We also got the awning over one of our slide-outs replaced. It had never been able to shed water without pooling.
Back to the dealer for a couple of needed repairs. On our last trip we noticed that we could not open the rear sliding window. It apparently had been over tightened at the factory causing the frame to bind.
Also we found some caulk in the carpeting, one of the slide-out awnings would pool with water every time it rained and the front hatch door latch that had been replaced on our last visit did not hold the door in position.
I want to take a moment to thank my friends at Hamiltons RV in Saginaw, MI for completing my RV order. We ordered our new Jayco with two Air-conditioning units: one 13500 BTU and one 15000 BTU. For some reason or another it arrived at the dealership late last year with only two 13500 BTU units. I want to thank our salesman Bob for correcting this error for us. I would also like to thank Ben, Gordon and the guys in the service department for swapping the AC units for us. I am glad we chose Hamiltons as our point of purchase.
I would like to take a moment to announce the birth of our new Bug Smacker. We have anxiously been waiting for this moment for some time now. Today our new RV began production. If it seems as if I am a bit excited, it is only because I am. Here are a few photos of our new Bug Smacker being put together. It’s like having new baby pictures.
Terri and I began our search for a new RV open minded about our options. Even though we previously owned a Jayco, we decided to wipe the slate clean and look at all of our options. We had decided that the type of RV that would fit of lifestyle the most would again be a Fifth Wheel. The only other limitations we had in making our decision were pretty much just weight and of course price. We want our Chevy 2500HD “Big Red” to be able to pull it so the weight had to be in its towable range. Also since the money hasn’t fallen from our Money Tree yet, the price had to be reasonable (guess we won’t be getting Kid Rock’s old tour bus).
We compared a lot of Fifth Wheels. Some of them had some pretty cool furnishings in them. We found things like Self-Leveling Electric Jacks, Remote Controls, Pop-up TVs, Power Patio Awnings, Solid Surface Counter-tops, LED Lighting and Tank-less Water Heaters. These are all things that are foreign to the Original Bug Smacker. Some of features that we decided on were a Large Fresh Water and Gray Water Tank, Bedroom Air conditioning, Tongue & Groove Flooring, Standard Queen Size Bed, Foot Flush Porcelain Toilet, Dual Battery Storage, Extra Thermal Protection and Key-less Entry Door Locks.
After a lot of thought we discovered that once again it was Jayco that fit the bill. OK, here goes my sales pitch. First-off, I am in no way sponsored by Jayco I just think they have a well-built product.
Jayco is the nation’s largest family-owned and operated RV manufacturer. The Amish craftsmanship that shows in their Quality Woodwork and Construction is done by the local Amish or Mennonite workers employed by Jayco. Some units at Jayco may be priced a bit more than the competition but when you consider the value of their product I feel it is worth every penny. Dealerships that carry other manufacturers as well as Jayco seem to always compare the other guys to them. Not only do they offer a great warranty but they go out of their way to honor it and back you up in any way they can. In my travels I see a lot of Jaycos. There must be a good reason for that.