I called Nu Wa this morning to ask if I could drop by to see the progress being made. I arrived at what must have been their break time because no one was working. I just wandered in and around my 5th wheel. The wall panel was sitting inside but not yet installed. The pattern and color are not the same but in the light available, looked so similar as to give me hope that the difference won't be noticeable. If it is, then I'll paint!
The carpet was pulled about halfway back to the kitchen area, and I sure wish I could trash it now. In talking to Darryl later, he gave me a ballpark estimate of about $1200 to have laminate installed, so I think I will wait for a while at least until I get my finances back on track. I might even look into having the carpets cleaned, which won't get rid of all the spots but maybe it would minimize them and make it livable. I asked about the slide rollers on laminate flooring, and was told that if I make the change I should get throw rugs to place where the slide rollers come in. He said that the rollers should sit on a carpet base when the slides are in so that movement doesn't scrape the flooring. I will think about that over the next few weeks or months.
They think the leak came from a problem with the water pump. I never liked using it because of the noise it makes, but nearly every mention of it on forums, etc., indicates that water pumps are noisy.
I asked that they assess the tires to make sure I'm not driving dangerously. I also asked them to replace the toilet seal, fix the kitchen faucet (the fixture is loose), and replace the cap on the waste water pipe. They mentioned putting another valve so as to keep water from dripping out the pipe. I can't figure out exactly how that will look or work, but I've noticed since I left Lassen that when I empty the waste tanks, I think I'm letting all the water drain before disconnecting the hose. However, hours later I notice a slow drip from the pipe that is capped. I emptied the tanks before leaving McPherson, and when I parked here in Chanute it started to drip. I hope it is just that I need a new cap on that pipe - can't figure out what else it could be.
I'll be glad to get back on the road again as staying in a motel room is making me a little crazy. I did my laundry today in anticipation of leaving here on Saturday morning, and tomorrow I will make one last trip to Walmart, hopefully finding some good country music CD's for the rest of the trip. I can't hope for bluegrass in Kansas, but who knows.
I'm very anxious to meet Mac & Netters, an RVing couple from the RV Dreams forum and chat room who I will be having dinner with this evening. I'm really looking forward to it, and hope to be able to post some pictures once I get back to my desktop computer.
Well, that's the news from Chanute, Kansas. Stay tuned . . .