I love it when a plan comes together . . . or not!

Well, today got off to a good start. We were up about 7am, had our coffee and muffins, cranked up the rig at 8:40, and then pulled out at 8:45, heading about 6 miles up into Michigan to Coach Supply to have our passenger-side windshield replaced.

We pulled into the bay about 5 after 9, and a few minutes later Josh and his helper started removing the old windshield.

Windshield Repair 1


The driver’s side took a little longer because they wanted to be careful to get it out in one piece since it will be reused.

Windshield Repair 2


Next the old gasket came out and area was cleaned up and the new gasket started to go in.

Windshield Repair 3


But then the first problem showed up and it was a big one. The gasket was the wrong sized. It was too big.

So after a lot of back and forth with the supplier, Josh headed down to south Elkhart to get a new gasket.

And after comparing the old-new gasket with the new-new gasket, the new-new gasket was noticeably smaller. So things were back on track.

Soon the new gasket was installed and they were ready to reinstall the driver’s side glass. The new-new gasket still seemed to be a little large, but they were hoping that the glass would seat it into place.

Windshield Repair 4

But when they got the glass in place the glass was still gapping around the gasket. So they took the glass back out, and the gasket back off. So we went back and compared the original gasket with the new one, and the differences were obvious.

Windshield Gasket

Not only the size difference, but even the corners were rounded differently.

So now we’re stuck. I suggested they get a new gasket from American Coach down in Decatur, IN. But now RV Glass is sending a guy out on Monday morning who says we don’t know what we’re talking about and he can make it work. We’ll see.

So now Jan and I will be spending the night in a motel for the weekend until at least Monday, maybe Tuesday.


Thought for the Day:

"The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." –Tacitus



9 Responses

  1. I know he’s not a normal scaredy cat, but where is Mister?

  2. I hope you are staying in the motel as THEIR GUEST!!! Or at least some portion of it!! Sigh…tis not how you would run a business is it? I don’t know why it is so hard to get what a person needs these days, to repair things…but often that is the case!!

  3. Where is Mister spending the weekend ?

  4. Like everyone else that are asking where is Mister during this invasion into his space.
    I know that you have been with WordPress for ages but have you ever considered changing over to Blogger. They both have their good points and bad as well as times but I see many bloggers running ads on their side bars and besides Jim and Chris Guld would just love to see you do it.
    Make sure you let us know of the changeover date.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  5. Our insurance company sent us to Duncan RV there in Goshen or Elkhart. They had problems with our ’96 Winnebago, but did a tremendous job. Just don’t forget to sit for 24 hours till all the glues and seals do their magic. .

  6. Why is it that if you’re going to have a problem with service, it is always Friday afternoon when they find the problem. If it’s Monday it always goes smoothly.

  7. Well with the windshields out you do not have to concern yourself with leveling. Sorry for the unplanned vacation. IS it not a vacation when a full timer goes to a motel? We always hope for a hot tub. best of luck.

  8. Elizabeth,

    It looks like the insurance company may pick up the tab. We’re working on it.

  9. Rick,

    I’m moving the blog, not because of problems with WordPress itself, but because of the fact that the blog is located on the free area of WordPress.

    And they don’t let you run ads on the free version.

    So I’m moving it to a paid area like Nick’s

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