How to Handle a Breakdown without Breaking Down

by Maggie
(New Jersey)

My husband and I are both retired, and have been traveling about 6 months out of the year since 2008. In 2010 we took our
trip of a lifetime.. We traveled from New Jersey to California, then up the coast to Victoria B.C.

On the way home, the axle on our 30-foot 2007 Rockwood travel trailer broke. We called up Good Sam, and they towed us into the nearest garage that could handle the replacement of the axle, which was in Las Vegas New Mexico. You can imagine our horror when we were told that the new axle would have to be ordered, and that it would be two to three weeks before it would be fixed.

We packed up a few things and spent the first night at a Comfort Inn that was down the street from the service center. That night we decided to make the best of things, and at least stay somewhere interesting. We got on the Internet and found a very reasonable rate ($55.00/night) at the Santa Fe Suites. The room had a kitchenette, so that we could take the food out of our trailer and cook for ourselves, making the cost of the stay that much cheaper. The next morning we packed up everything that we would need for three weeks and moved on to the Sante Fe.

We had passed through Santa Fe, and had visited the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and walked through the beautiful center of town, but we had only spent a day there. Staying at a place for three weeks is an entirely different story.

We became familiar with the Frank S. Ortiz dog park where we would take our Old English Sheepdog for a run every night. We revisited the town a few times again, and found it just as wonderful as the first visit. We actually worked out and swam at the local Genoveva Chaves community gym for $3.00 each a day. By the time we left, we felt as if we really knew the area.

The moral of the story is: when these things happen, which they most surely will sooner or later, make the best of it and try to maintain a happy attitude. It really is just part of the whole traveling experience.

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Apr 15, 2014
by: Anonymous

One thing to do when any repair shop tells you it will be weeks, is to get the part numbers and make phone calls yourself. Usually with some diligence, you can find exactly what you need and have it sent overnight for smaller parts or UPS 2 or 3 day delivery for larger parts.

Use the power of the internet community and post on all the Q&A sections at RV sites you belong to. There is a very good chance one person may have the key information you need.

You may find the axle is available at another RV dealer or some other parts place has it on hand OR there may be another part number that will also work. People working the counters anywhere are lazy. They do minimal effort and then hang up and give you the news like it is the final word. BS

Take charge and let them know who is boss and that you are not going to be sitting on your ass for two weeks because they are too damn lazy to make some phone calls to check around.

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