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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Maintenance Day

Location: Catskill, NY (High 77, Low 47)


There aren’t many things that I don’t love about living in an rv. But there are a few, and today was one of them – the day when we get our yearly maintenance work done. It’s just a bit of a pain to have to pack up the “house” and travel somewhere to get the work done.

11235100_10207110530108403_281716260_oWe always plan annual maintenance work for our time in Catskill because there is a small local dealership (Diederich’s RV Mart in Coxsackie, NY) that we absolutely love dealing with. They are wonderful. We started out with them about six months after we bought our fiver when a freak snowstorm in October brought a tree branch down on our roof, and they were so great that we have gone back to them for everything ever since. 11215429_10207110657351584_1623650434_oThey have done our yearly maintenance work, installed our washer/dryer and our Mor Ryde pin box, and made several repairs, including the roof repair from the tree branch, replacing our water pump, fixing a faulty black tank connection and a leaking propane regulator. They are the best; I just can’t say enough good things about them.

So anyway today was “travel to Coxsackie for our annual service” day. We dropped the rig off a little before nine and before we pulled out of the driveway, one of the service guys was already at work.

We actually had a pretty small list today…having the wheel bearings repacked (which we have done yearly), fixing a broken flange on our toilet (which we have been nursing along since last fall), and checking out a window gasket which has been leaking for quite a while. Harry has tried to fix it by caulking the seals and reattaching the gasket to the frame, among other things, but to no avail. So we finally added it to our annual list.

After we dropped off the rig, we headed to my sister’s house to hang out for a while. I discovered a new panorama function on my phone and played around with it for a while.



This is the view from my sister’s living room.

We had the cats in their carriers and brought our outside thermometer sensor so we could monitor the temperature in the truck while we were waiting. They were really good and slept most of the day, with Harry and I taking turns going out and checking on them.

By early afternoon, we decided to head back and check on the progress, which turned out to be excellent timing as they had just finished up. Everything is done except the window gasket which has to be replaced and will be ordered. We are hoping to coordinate the replacement with one of our trips so we don’t have to make a special trip there on another day.



Happy to be settled back in our spot!


  1. When you find a good repair shop/dealer...stick with them. They are a rare breed.

  2. I was thinking the same thing as Phyllis when reading your blog. I wish we had someone who we trust enough and have built a good relationship with. Instead we are lucky if we can get an appointment within 6 weeks of calling and feel like just one in a long line of people coming through their doors everyday.