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What's with this camping thing? What's RVing all about?


Simple
Answer...


Complicated Answer...
Some people seek
a room with a view...
Some people seek
a view with a room...


Alternate Answer...
What I see...
What you see...









I don't know how it happened... I lost track of that damned bush thing in the mirrors... I thought it was off to my left side, it wasn't in the mirrors (because it was directly behind me), and I backed right into it..
  1. Some piece of metal punctured the fiberglass and is protruding. I'll probably get a ticket if I don't fix that.
  2. This bottom-rear section is sticking out just a little bit. Probably not ticket-worthy but extremely unsightly.
No problem! Just replace the fiberglass rear bumper section right? Wrong!
There is no "rear bumper." The entire rear section, called the "End Cap," is ONE SINGLE PIECE OF FIBERGLASS! The whole thing. The whole damned thing! The whole 12' tall, 8' wide fiberglass end cap is just one single piece. I have no idea what this End Cap would cost to replace or if it's even available...

THERE IS NFW I'M GOING TO REPLACE THAT END CAP!

So... My first thought was I could park this rig on the side of the road and burn it. However, I'm thinking if I can pull/yank/winch the fiberglass off that piece of metal the whole section will pop back to it's original shape... (It could happen...) Then, maybe, I'll patch the hole in the fiberglass, maybe...


My wife crawls under the RV and comes back with this pic...
Before. Using a hacksaw I trimmed off about 1/8th of an inch at the top and left side. The fiberglass budged a little bit all by itself...
After. I noticed a gap and wedged a screwdriver in the gap and worked the fiberglass off the metal another half an inch... Then grabbed the End Cap at the bottom and gave it a serious yank... The End Cap freed itself from the metal...
And the right rear section even tucked itself back where it belonged...
  All  

  done
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The real victim isn't the rear end of my RV. The real victim is my relationship with my RV. The only reason I bought an RV this old and with this many miles on it was strictly because it was a Winnebago. I thought Winnebago really and truly was "all that." Winnebago is NOT all that.
  • Co-pilot map light has a switch, driver's map light doesn't.


  • Different sized overhead lights, I have to carry a half-dozen different spare light bulbs.


  • Multiple, different sized AC filters. I have to carry two sets of replacement AC filters.


  • No rear bumper.


  • In the toilet, the cabinet and the wall... What the heck is this 5" gap about???


  • This is poorly thought out, confusing, and ripe for mistakes. The good news is you can't really break or damage anything. The bad news is it can make you crazy thinking about it. Short version: Even though your Water Pump is an on-demand device (it's turns itself on when it detects a change in water pressure indicated by you turning on a faucet, flushing the toilet, etc., and then turns itself off) never leave it "On." At the Wet Bay there's a hose connection labelled "City Water Fill." That's where you connect your fresh water only hose with inline filter to an external water supply. There is also a two-position switch labelled "City Fill" and "Water Tank Fill." Set the switch to "Water Tank Fill" to fill up your fresh water tank from the external water supply. "City Fill" doesn't fill anything, it simple provides to you the fresh water from the water hose connection. If your Water Pump is set "On" then all (or at least most) of your water will come from your fresh water tank and NOT from the water hose connection (external water supply). You'll think you're using water from an external supply but you are NOT.


  • I'll expand this list as I find more such items...


The Winnebago honeymoon is over, I couldn't be more disenchanted with and unimpressed by Winnebago than I am right now...




Update: Two months have passed since I wrote the above. I'm a lot less annoyed, irritated and disappointed than I was. I have a more realistic relationship with my RV. I really like my RV, I really like Florida State Parks, I really like driving my RV to Florida State Parks and hiking and living there for a couple of days. But my RV is just a machine, it's not perfect and things are going to break, and along the way I'm going to make some mistakes... We're going to enjoy everything we can while we can and try to learn from our mistakes. From chatting with other Class A owners I've learned that despite various oddities I have one of the better RVs out there. I'm happy to know that.




























































































































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