Victory and Defeat – Our Issues with the Slide

Today had been a great day on the RV remodel.

I posted this to our Facebook page because I was so happy with how it was coming together.



The entire camper was cleaned up spic n span and we even started moving some of our things into it.

Since we were out of propane, Mark decided it was time for me to drive her.  White-knuckled I pulled our 37 foot camper into the Flying J for a fill.  Whew!  I made it.  Mission accomplished.  I didn’t kill anyone and I drove over 50 miles an hour.  Yes!  I am woman, hear me roar.  😉

Mark drove her home (I think my slow driving was getting to him).  He wanted me to do the entire setup once we got to our site.  Everything was going well except the fact that the kids were tired and needed to get to bed.  Eva hadn’t taken a nap and that always makes for a pleasant experience for everyone in a 1 mile vicinity.

I put down the jacks and went on to the moving the slide out while Mark observed.

Yelling, rippling, & buckling ensued.  Oh my horror film!!!  Right in our camper.  For the next 10 minutes we moved the slide in and out to try to get the ripped up vinyl out from under the slide.  The slide’s trim had caught on the vinyl and snagged it.  Crappy iPhone picture below…


There was just a sinking feeling in my gut.  I can’t describe it.  The closest thing I can relate it to is a car accident, but on a smaller scale.

So by now, the kids are really crying and I’m crying (not really but I wanted to).  Everyone is tired and we’re 1/4th moved in.  I take armloads of sleeping paraphernalia back to the 5th wheel to get the tired munchkins to bed.

Mark came in shortly after I did, calm as can be.  What can you do?  Guess we have to roll with the punches.  I foresee new vinyl going in the next day or 2 and the transition strip being cut down so it doesn’t touch the vinyl.  EVER AGAIN.