The more the merrier

We stopped in Michigan to visit our friends Dick and Nancy Akers (Mountain Aire), who live in Coldwater.  Also at the park were the Cooks (Cornerstone) and the Kerchers (Allegro bus).  The weather was abnormally cold and wet, so we moved our activities indoor to our coach.  With our fireplace on, and soft music from the Bose system, it was most pleasant and warm.  We didn’t even need to run our Aquahot, this coach has some most impressive insulation!

For dinner Romola made Taco soup, and we had six people seated comfortably.  We did use some TV trays but it worked fine.  The next night everyone was at our place for some discussions and drinks.  No problem seating 8 people comfortably.  The Aspire did well, even with all the other high priced coaches there!

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Slide motor repair

I noticed the the curb side front slide motor was getting loose, enough so that I was worried about it possible breaking.  I had it checked at NIRVC and they confirmed, and built a new metal frame so the motor will never get loose again.

Only problem was this repair was not covered by warranty as it hadn’t actually broken.  So I had to pay $1,700 for the repair, however, that’s better than possibly actually breaking somewhere on the road when it would be most inconvenient.

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New radiator, compressor

As mentioned, our radiator started leaking.  So this was replaced by NIRVC under my extended warranty.  Good thing I had it, this saved me some $4,000.  The only costs to me were shipping and some consumables, totaling some $250.

Also, I have been having problems with my dash air.  Inspection showed that the compressor had bad bearings, putting too much load on the system.  So this too was replaced under warranty.  Again, only costs were for oil and consumables, under $100.

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Poor picture, but there is is… a new radiator!
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And a brand new compressor. Dash air works great now!

Joining the radiator club

Like so many other Entegra owners, I finally had a leaking radiator. Of course, my Aspire is out of warranty, but fortunately, I have the Camper’s Edge Extended Warranty from NIRVC. They will cover the full cost of replacement, my coach is there now waiting for the radiator to show up from Spartan. So while definitely undesirable, at least I am covered for the cost and it happened at a time when I am in Dallas anyway.

As long as the coach is in the shop I will have them replace the dash AC compressor and the fireplace, both under warranty.  Guess my warranty cost is going to pay off….

Full annual service

It’s been a year now since we went from our 2009 Monaco to the Aspire. We had some early issues that have been resolved and the coach now is fairly reliable. Sure, we still have some issues, but this will be addressed back home a NIRVC in March.

Meanwhile, time for some service so we took it to Rush Truck in Pharr, TX. These people have a reputation for doing good work, so we let them do the full service. And I mean full! Of course the usual oil and lube, but we also had a full preventative maintenance check on belts, hoses, fluid levels, and so on. All filters were changed: air, fuel, and oil. Also did the full service on the generator. Wasn’t the cheapest service, but we can look at another year with everything in top shape.

More updates

We had an excellent summer, traveling to Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and back to Dallas.  The coach worked well but there were some little improvements I felt we could make.  Making some use of non travel time…

The pantry is way too dark, even with the hall lights on.  So I added LED lights that turn on and off when you open/close the pantry door.  Much better!

The radio had a noisy cooling fan.  The unit worked fine, just noisy.  So I got a brand new radio and installed it.  Same radio as in the 2019  Cornerstones….  While we’re at it, we also replaced the switcher for the rear monitor.  It was noisy and would occasionally beep, which was irritating, especially at night.  It’s now fixed.