Deja Vu at MORryde
No, this is not a duplicate post from July 15th. The one feature that Charlie did not have was a MORryde Independent Suspension (IS). I know, you’re saying to yourself, how important is an IS? Well, if you think of it as all of our possessions are in our trailer riding down the road, the ride quality is kind of important. Also, Charlie has drum brakes. With the addition of an IS at MORryde, it is also a great time to add disc brakes. Again, same logic, how important is it to safely stop all of our possessions as they are traveling down the road. So we decided to bite the bullet, go back to MORryde and visit our friend Rob Kolean, and install an IS and disc brakes. We got very fortunate and Rob had a cancellation for Monday, July 25th and Tuesday, July 26th, which fit our schedule perfectly.
On Sunday evening we headed to the RV spots in MORryde’s parking lot. It really is convenient, as I said before, that you can stay in their lot in order to be available early the morning of your appointment. Sunday night was a breeze. We backed Charlie into spot #5 (there are six spots which are first come, first serve) close to the power pedestal, plugged in, and settled in for the evening. We chatted with Ed and Theresa, who were also parked in the lot for their appointment the next morning. They definitely stood out with their New Horizons fifth wheel and newer Volvo RV Hauler (named “Remington”), hauling a Smart car on the bed of the truck. Right away Betsy spotted the RVHaulers.ca plate below the doors on the truck. Gregg of RVHaulers.ca certainly builds beautiful trucks and they stand out when you get to see one in person.
Since we were here only 10 days ago we knew the drill. At 6:00 AM Monday morning we were up and getting measurements done underneath Charlie. Same technician (Keith), same spot in the lot as we had done with Calvan. With Charlie safely tucked away in the service bay, we headed out for breakfast, ran a couple of errands, and hung out at Starbucks to do some blogging and to catch up on some administrative “stuff”. With our afternoon open, we thought it would be interesting to go do a factory tour at Grand Design RV, which was less than 30 minutes away. I know, you may be wondering why we would be interested in this having recently bought a new fifth wheel. Well, it just so happens that Mike and Annette (my sister and her husband), recently purchased a Grand Design Solitude 384GK from Lazy Days in Tampa, FL. And, it just so happens that their trailer was scheduled to be going on the production line that day! We couldn’t pass up the chance to possibly see their trailer being built and give them an update. The tour was informative and fun. We can’t be sure if we saw their exact trailer since VIN numbers are not assigned until they come off the production line, but we can sure tell them we saw it! Shhhh, don’t tell them, they’ll never know!!
We had to be back at MORryde before 5:00 PM to ensure we could get back into the service bays. If you remember from our first visit to MORryde with Calvan, we chose to spend the second night when he was inside the service bay at a local hotel. This time we decided to save the $125 and experience the adventure of staying overnight inside the service bay. It sounds weird, but it was really not bad at all. When the blinds are closed, it’s sometimes hard to remember where you are anyway, so we spent the evening watching TV and reading before getting a good night’s sleep. The only downside to being inside is MORryde is a 24-hour facility, so you occasionally hear fork lifts beeping during the night. And you definitely have to be up and out of your trailer by 6:00 AM when their day shift starts.
We spent Tuesday doing errands and tasks. Check out Betsy's post from today!
Mid-afternoon Tuesday, we were all done. We paid Rob again! While we were there we also chose to splurge a little and get a slide-out cargo tray for the basement of Charlie. We had one in Calvan and found it very useful and convenient. Everyone at MORryde is great and we enjoy dealing with them, but we have to say we hope to not see them again for a little while. Maybe for a check-up or tune-up the next time we are passing through Elkhart, IN!
We definitely recommend MORryde if you are in need of suspension work, brakes, or the many accessories they offer. Oh yea, the best part was Rob gave us two more MORryde t-shirts! That makes it all worth while!