A Day In The Shop

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 032012

It started raining sometime late Tuesday night and by the time we got up yesterday morning there was a steady but light drizzle coming down. We were up by 7 a.m., which is an ungodly hour even if it isn’t cold and gray outside.

We were at Redlands Truck & RV Performance Center a little after 8, and they immediately started working on our Winnebago. We had a lot to get done and expected it to be an all day job. Redlands is a highly respected RV and truck service center, and the place was full of motorhomes waiting for service and repairs. There were rigs inside all of the bays, and others pulled up outside the bays getting work done.

Redlands RV

Redlands shop

The first order of business was to figure out how to get to the top of our engine. The folks who build RVs apparently believe that they never break down, because they never seem to take accessing major components into consideration. In our case, the solution was to cut the top step leading to our bedroom closet in half and hinge the top so they could reach the engine access panel buried underneath it..

Once the guys figured out how to get to our exhaust brake, removing and replacing it with the new PakBrake PRXB really didn’t take all that long. And when they put everything back together, you couldn’t tell they had performed surgery on the step.


While a couple of guys were busy with that, another tech was pulling off all of our tires and replacing the air with nitrogen, and installing new valve extensions on the inside duals to replace the crappy ones we’ve been dealing with, which have been so problematic.

With that job done, the next task was to install a Safe-T-Plus steering control device. This will really help us when driving in the wind, when those big eighteen wheelers go flying past, and anytime we need to keep the motorhome pointed the right way down the highway.

I also had a couple of things I wanted checked out, and they added them to the list. We noticed our front tires are cupping and Redlands has an alignment bay, so it’s a good place to resolve whatever needs done.

We were kept busy visiting folks from the area who came by to say hello to us, and readers who just happened to be there for service. Jeff and Noreen Totten, from Big Bear Lake have been to our rallies and it was fun to get to visit with them for a while. Our good friend Orv Hazelton drove up from the Escapees Jojoba Hills co-op in Aguanga to take us to lunch and Orv’s brother Chuck and his pretty wife Felicia joined us. Chuck and Felicia are doing their homework before they purchase their retirement motorhome, so we had a good time answering all of their questions and hopefully we gave them some food for thought. Back at the shop, there were more folks to meet and chat with, but I’m afraid there were so many that I can’t remember everybody’s names.

By the end of the day, the Redlands crew had accomplished quite a bit, but there are still a couple of things they want to tweak this morning, so we’ll be up early again. Keith Shomaker and his people believe in doing things the right way, and we’re more than happy to take the time to let them do so.

Thought For The Day – You can’t stay young forever, but you can be immature for the rest of your life.

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  7 Responses to “A Day In The Shop”

  1. Nick,

    Valve stem extensions drive me nuts. I know that Redlands is good, but not so good that they would replace the extensions with one piece stems and solve for once and for all your problem. And, I might add, the same problems that countless others have with extensions.

  2. Nick
    I wish you luck with your alignment but rarely is cupping caused by alignment. Often just bad tires and on smaller vehicles sometimes suspension components..

    I hope I am wrong and alignment helps fix the problem. I have heard great things about Redlands..


  3. What is the reasoning behind using nitrogin in tires as opposed to just regular air?What does one do after the fact when your tires need to be topped off and a standard air compresser is the only thing available?

  4. Mark,

    The benefits to the tire owner are minimal. The benefits to the company putting the gas in the tires is substantial. This topic has been discussed extensively on the Escapees Forum.

  5. George, Actually, I misspoke, they did put on the longer one piece stems, not extensions. As for the nitrogen, it was comped to see what I thought of it. I’ll try anything once, if it’s free.

  6. Thanks folks. Me thinks I’ll stick with the air thing for now.

  7. I’m glad you are getting a Safe-T-Plus installed. We love ours and it has given us not a single problem since we got it in 2002.

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