Wednesday, June 12, 2013

6/8/–6/12/2013 In These Five Days….

(Tucson, AZ)

….we had company, spent hours at the pool, went shopping, BBQ’ed and complained how hot it was.

The weekend was like any other, we hung out at our site, I sat at the pool for a couple of hours each day, we cooked our meal on the grill and watched TV in the evenings.
Bob Tiedge from Lippert called first thing this morning and he’ll be here on Thursday.  He is having parts shipped so that they’ll be here when he arrives.  Maybe he is a mechanic…..

Fred arrived on Monday to take care of some things with his motorhome.   I don’t think I ever told you what happened with our friend.  Fred and his wife Cindy were traveling from New Mexico (if I remember correctly) to California.  They developed engine trouble just over the Arizona border and were towed to Lazy Days.  Now it was imperative that Cindy get to California because she had accepted a nursing assignment there.  She had a bit of time so she stayed the first week with Fred in Lazy Days thinking they would be fixed and on the road again.    


It seems as though their water pump died.  In the process of replacing it the technician broke off two bolts which dropped down into the engine.  To be honest, I don’t know what they dropped into, into what part that is.  I just know that it killed the engine.  Killed, in that the engine will never run again.  Now here is where Fred and Cindy’s problems really start.  Lazy Days/Tucson tells them that the city of Tucson does not require them to carry insurance to cover things like this.  Sorry about your luck Fred and Cindy, but hey, we’ll be glad to replace the engine for $25,000!  Of course Fred strongly objected when told “sorry ‘bout your luck” but it was pointed out on the service agreement he signed that it said Lazy Days/Tucson will not be held responsible for any damage they cause.  My question is, how in the hell do they get away with this?  Fred had numerous meetings with the powers to be here, all to no avail.  Fred and Cindy will now have to go to great expense to hire an attorney and may find out the service agreement he signed is ironclad with no loopholes.  We're hoping not.  I suggested he write to Good Sam’s Highways Magazine and ask for help from their Action Line.  They have helped so many RV’er’s with problems they have with big companies.  The big companies sing a different tune when contacted by Good Sam because they certainly don’t want to gain an unfavorable reputation with the hundreds of thousands of RV’ers out here.  It certainly can’t hurt.  If his letter is chosen for publication and Lazy Days still refuses to budge on fixing the problem they caused, everyone will read it and the word will spread like wild fire.   As it should.  I’ll keep you posted as I hear what happens.

Anyway, we had a great visit with Fred and enjoyed having him join us for dinner.  He left us in the early evening and went to his motor home to get a few hours sleep before getting up to drive through the night to go home.  He'll sleep during the day and drive at night when its much cooler.  Since they are full-timers, like us, they have had to rent an apartment until this issue with their motorhome is resolved.

We’re hitting the century mark every day in the temps.  Here’s some ways that you know you are in Arizona in June!

You no longer associate bridges (or rivers) with water.

You can say 110 degrees without fainting.

You eat hot chilies to cool your mouth off.
You can make instant sun tea.

You learn that a seat belt makes a pretty good branding iron.  I can attest to this!

The temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly.

You discover that it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car.  Yes, Bob can do this!

You can get a sunburn through your car window.
You notice the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.  Absolutely!

Hot water now comes out of both taps.   YES!

It's noon, kids are on summer vacation, and not one person is out on the streets.

You actually burn your hand opening the car door.

You break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m. to get the newspaper.

No one would dream of putting vinyl upholstery in a car or not having air conditioning.  Actually, we have leather and you can burn the skin off your thighs! 

Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"
   You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

All of the above are true.  We’re in the 106° to 109° range right now but the weatherman is talking 110°and above in the next week.  WHY are we here????

You know what’s funny?  As hot as it is, we do NOT use the air conditioning in the truck.  As a rule we don’t like air conditioning so I guess that’s why.  I have taken notice that we are the only ones with our windows down.

Our sunset one evening.



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