Friday, May 13, 2011

What NOT to do!! May 13, 2011 (Friday the 13th & pump 13)

With our three night stay in Meridian MS coming to an end, we were anxious to get on our way today to Savannah TN, near Shiloh National Military Park.  Plans were to get an early for us start, around 9 to 9:30, then fuel up the road about 10 miles.  Well all went well until we pulled up next to the fuel pump, $3.99/gal, when we heard a strange crunching noise up on top of the coach.  Instantly I said the, “the motosat was still up!!!”




At this point the good news is that when we pulled away from the canopy, all went well.  Bob had dropped some air, thus lowering the coach so he could drive out without further damaging the motosat dish.  It also stowed on its own.


Below is Bob checking out the damage after we parked at the RV park in Savannah TN.



His verdict is not good, several components are cracked, bent or just not where they should be.  Probably need a new satellite dish, everything up on top except the mounting unit.  The most convenient certified repair facility for motosat is in Elkhart IN, that is about a month away.  Until then, our internet will be from RV park’s Wifi and we do have with 2 GB with our DroidX.

We received a comment from my sister and our son suggesting something about a checklist in our future.  I bet they are correct!  You know we have one, but after 5-1/2 years we think we don’t need to use it.  Were we wrong!

Also received an email from some good friends with encouraging words saying “Anyway, it's all just stuff, and you can fix stuff.”  So true!!  



Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Ouch! I just love advice when it is too late to use it :(

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Sorry that had to happen, but at least it won't slow your travels. Good for you to have a Plan "B" to get on line.

One of my favorite sayings is: "Experience is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined". ;c)

E Squared and Mui said...

Ooops ... sorry to hear about the damage to your sat system.

Wanderin' said...

Oh my!! I can't believe your dish!! I think we've all had our disasters but this is a word of warning to others. I hope you don't mind but I want to "borrow" your photo and post on my blog. If you do, let me know.

Linda said... may use our photo of the wounded Motosat. We are now deciding what to do next, replace it or use aircards??

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