In a blog I wrote exactly one month ago today titled Lots To See And Do, I reported that while coming across Interstate 86 in New York the road was so rough that one of the hubcaps had bounced off the dual wheels on our motorhome. I said that when we got back to Elkhart Campground from New England, I would order a replacement from Spartan Chassis in Charlotte, Michigan.
Tuesday afternoon I called Spartan and told the parts man I spoke with that I wasn’t sure what part number I needed, and all he needed was the last 5 digits of our Winnebago’s VIN number. I gave him those numbers, he cross-referenced them with their inventory and said they had the part I needed in stock, and that it was $78.83 plus shipping. But he said that because we had just been in the factory for service a few weeks ago, he would give me the shop rate of $48.72 plus shipping. I gave him my credit card number, and yesterday, less than 24 hours later, it was delivered. That’s darned good service!
We spent yesterday getting caught up on chores around the motorhome, including answering 37 e-mails about our upcoming Ohio Gypsy Journal Rally. The closer we get to rally date, the more hectic things always become. And this is no exception.
Several people wanted to know, since the rally starts on a holiday weekend, if it would be possible to arrive at the fairgrounds in Celina a couple of days early to avoid all the holiday traffic. Yes, the fairgrounds is a Passport America affiliate and you can come in any time you want. However, we only have a few full hookup RV sites, and those are reserved for people with special needs. So if you arrive early and park in one of those sites you will have to move early on Sunday morning when the Early Birds start arriving.
Quite a few people have asked when Terry and I will get to Celina. We plan to arrive the 25th or 26th to start working on all the last-minute details that have to be handled before the rally starts. We are looking forward to seeing everybody, but please understand that we have a lot to get accomplished, so we may not have a lot of time for socializing.
Several people have invited us to dinner during the rally. The only thing I enjoy more than going out to dinner is going out to dinner when somebody else picks up the check. But during the rally we are going six directions at once, from early in the morning until late at night, and we usually just run out and grab something quick and scarf it down as fast as we can to get back to the fairgrounds. As I’ve said before, we are doing a lot of thinking about the future of the rallies, and part of that is because they are just so time and labor intensive.
Today we have to drive to South Bend to pick up the addressed envelopes from the commercial mail service. We will be picking up the new edition from our printer in Allegan, Michigan Saturday morning. Actually, we could pick them up on Friday, but there is a fiber festival in Allegan on the weekend that Terry wants to visit. It doesn’t make any sense to drive 80+ miles up there two days in a row. And once we have the papers and the envelopes, Terry will launch into her envelope stuffing frenzy, I will just try to stay out of her way while she gets the job done.
Thought For The Day – I know the voices in my head aren’t real, but man, do they ever come up with some great ideas!