We got back to the campground, buttoned everything up and hitched the Little RV up and away we went. We had no mechanical concerns about the truck on the short trip. We checked in and paid for 5 nights. I had been having visions of drinking my morning coffee while enjoying the view.
While we were setting up at the new campsite I heard Rob yell, " The bedroom slide won't open." Uh oh, this can't be good.
I know there are ways to manually open slides so we finished setting up and then we started working on figuring out how to get the darn thing open.
We tried leveling the whole RV again. We dug out all of our manuals and tried those suggestions. We called Lippert who makes the slide mechanisms and they walked us through several "fixes". Our campground neighbor came over to see if he could help but nothing worked.
Finally we gave up and called for a repair. We were told to have the RV at the shop in Duluth Tuesday morning at 8:00. I went over to the campground office and told them what was happening and they graciously gave me a refund for the 4 nights we wouldn't be able to use.
|Bedroom slide in.|
The only way in was to climb over the top of the slide and neither of us could manage that. We needed someone tall and thin. So I did what any desperate woman would do. I went to find a tall, thin camper.
A couple of sites down there was a family with three teens. I went over and told the Mom what was going on and asked if we could borrow one of her kids. The whole family of 5 came over to the RV and their son, Jake crawled over the slide and got some of the things we really needed for the night. He was a trooper. He even got us clean underwear. He climbed back out, we thanked them profusely and they were on their way back to their campfire with a silly story to tell.
We had a long night on the full sized sofa bed but it could have been much worse.
|Tuesday morning's view enjoyed with a big latte'.|
We spent the morning puttering around Duluth and about 1 PM we went back to the shop to hang out in the waiting room. I went to the service desk for an update and they said it was all fixed and ready to go. Apparently a wiring harness connected to one of the motors that open and close the slide had come loose. They rerouted the wires and put it all back together.
Once we paid the bill and got all hooked up we decided to get out of Minnesota before anything else happened.
I snapped a couple of photos in Duluth as we were coming down the hill toward Lake Superior and Wisconsin.
I scrambled to find a campground nearby once we had crossed the border into Wisconsin. Following the directions on my phone's navigation program we were driving down a narrow county road when we both spotted a very low railroad overpass at the same time. When we got closer we saw the overpass height was 12' 8". The Little RV stands a proud 13' 4" tall. There was no way around and certainly no way under so we backed down the road a bit until we were able to back into a small turn off that had clearly been used for the same purpose. It was tricky but Rob pulled it off without too much effort. Crisis averted, we found an alternate route to the campground. We are camped just East of Superior, Wisconsin where we plan to rest and collect ourselves for a couple of days before continuing our crazy trip.