This time, we’ll be taking a look at some RV owners that maybe shouldn’t be out in their RV.
The first was an elderly gent that has been RVing for over 50 years. He really has it all together, but occasionally misplaces it. He is the original owner of a 1974 Airstream, and still hauls it out every Summer for a couple of trips. Recently he came in with his trailer for repair from a blowout. He was complaining that his tires weren’t any good, they didn’t make ‘em like they used to.
I went out to view the carnage under his trailer, and just happened to take a look at the date codes on the remaining three tires. All three had the same code, “067″. Translated, that means the tires were manufactured the sixth week of 1997, tires manufactured in this millennium have a four digit date code.
me: “Uhh, Mr. Fitzwhopple, when did you buy these tires?”
him: “Well, let’s see… I got ‘em the last time I had the bearings packed. I think it was a couple of years ago.”
me: “Sir, do you have the receipt for when you got them?”
him: “Of course! I keep all the receipts for what I get done to the trailer!”
He goes into the trailer, opens a cabinet under the front couch, and pulls out a bin filled with papers. Some of them look like they could be receipts for when Noah took the ark in for an oil change. He pulls out a handful, blows the dust off them.
him, coughing: “Cough! Here it is! Looks like you folks put them on for me.”
I look at the receipt. It’s from April of 1997.
me: “Sir, I think I know what happened to your tire”.
End result was a new set of tires, a wheel bearing repack, and some body work. And an appointment for next April for checking over the trailer before he goes out for his two camping trips next Summer.
Next up, we have a trailer owner that should hire somebody else to tow his trailer.
A fairly new Airstream travel trailer came into the shop yesterday morning. What set this one apart from most of the others was the fact it looked like it had been used in a demolition derby. There were dents and scratches on all sides, the bumper looked like a horseshoe, and the shroud had been torn off the air conditioner. Holy crap, how many people got hurt in the wreck?
It turned out the owner was not experienced at backing up, refused all offers of assistance, and parked by braille. If he doesn’t get better, he could become my best customer. While I’m happy taking people’s money to fix their RVs, I don’t want this one trailer to become my career. So, I made a rather firm offer of free towing and backing lessons before he picks up his trailer, when it is completed. He accepted, then proceeded to back into the corner of the shop when leaving. He may be beyond reclamation. If he fails his driving lessons, I’ll probably post his license plate number in my blog as a reader safety bonus so you can steer clear of him on the road.
Last, we have another customer that had two blowouts on their trailer, and brought it in for repair work. In addition to almost a thousand dollars of repairs, I noted someone had installed passenger car tires on the trailer. Upon questioning, I found out the customers had bought them, since trailer tires cost more than passenger car tires. I’m sure I don’t have to tell anybody about the hazards of false economy.
That’s all for this time, Drive and tow safe.