So we sent him to the doctor and the camper back to the dealer. The first task was easier; the second required emptying the refrigerator and anything in the cabinets that might freeze if the repairs and spring took a while. Fortunately, the dealer had the needed part on hand and we are now back in business. We hope.
We have decided to eek out another trip before commitments in late April and May. After a follow up doctor appointment next week, we will head southeast--our target: my sister and brother-in-law's new acreage in North Georgia. Itinerary is still tentative, and of course the weather at this time of year is even more so.
The trailer is becoming a love/hate relationship. After ten years and many trips with an used trailer that gave us very little trouble, we opted for a similar sized new one with some amenities we wanted on our longer trips. We love the layout, which allows for two comfortable chairs, more counter space, and storage. The bigger holding tanks, built in space heater, power awning and thermal package have been great. But the repairs, ranging from small things like tempermental drawer latches to large issues--the slide, a leaky window, a torn awning--have been definitely a wet blanket.
Meanwhile, our unexpected sojourn at our home base allowed for several meetings and volunteer projects, a birthday celebration, final holiday decoration removal, and some writing. Yesterday I reached 20,000 words on my new book!
So, stay tuned. If at first, you don't succeed...