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I was at the Winnebago Service Center door at 6:45 am, along with several other folks waiting for it to open at 7. I was sitting on a bench and along came obnoxious lady who sat down beside me, complete with her mangy little dog who kept jumping on me. Now I like dogs, but that one was quite annoying and the lady didn’t even try to control it. I got up and moved. Some people.
The door opened promptly at 7 and we filed inside. Above the service counter hangs these signs, which I was glad to see.
The service center has a desk to check in,
as well as a large area with all kinds of parts on hand, many of them the little, hard to find, Winnebago specific items.
In a matter of minutes, my name was called and I went to the service counter and met my tech, Mike, who was going to work on the Journey. He went over the list and then we went over to my parking space and he took the Journey into the shop.
I had to add an item I found when we pulled in the day before. We had been getting a smell in the back of the Journey which we attributed to the inverter problem we were having. But on the drive up, the CO detector on the ceiling in the back bedroom went off. Hmm.
I took a careful look at the Journey’s exhaust system with a flashlight and found a large crack in the exhaust pipe just before the muffler. I asked Mike if they could replace the pipe and he added it to the list. I told them that I’d pay for any overnight shipping charges to get the replacement pipe to the shop quickly. It was ordered right away and hopefully will be in today.
We sat in the nice lounge for a while, then went in to town for lunch. On the way back we stopped into the Winnebago Visitor Center to have a look around. Marti found a nice motorhome that she’d love to have.
She tried giving me her best “Please” look, but I think we’ll pass.
It was fun to tour this 1967 Winnebago Brave, it reminded us of the first motorhome we bought back in 1993, it was a 1973 Travel Mate Class A, all of 21 feet long. We had a lot of fun with it and our kids have great memories of times we spent in it.
Promptly at 3 pm, Mike brought our Journey around front to us. He found the pesky slide leak, a seam on top of the slide had opened up, so he resealed it and put in a new slide seal. The problem we had with the inverter turned out to be not the inverter at all, but the house batteries. One of the three 12 volt batteries had some bad cells and was shot, the other two were not in much better condition so all three were replaced. They were over six years old, so they had lived a useful life. The inverter was fine, it couldn’t operate properly with the bad batteries.
Today the broken windshield should be replaced and if the exhaust pipe comes in early enough, that will be taken care of, too. With all the great service we’re getting, even though it’s costly, is worth it because the work is being done right the first time.
We did get a chance to see a new prototype RV that Winnebago is thinking of putting into production. It solves a lot of typical RV problems. You won’t have to worry about body damage with it, it can go great places to boondock and it even comes complete with an option to make obnoxious people move out of your site.
Production and price are yet to be determined. :c)
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