We mentioned before that the RV needed some work. It has now been in the shop for over a month. Why so long? I have no frakking clue but I’ll do my best to tell you what has happened so far.
First off, remember that braking problem we mentioned before? The one we thought we solved by pushing in a fuse? Well that wasn’t the problem at all. Apparently there was a bad gasket and because of this bad seal, the brake fluid would boil. Once it got hot enough, we had no brakes. We drove it for 20 minutes last time before the brakes went out. We then “fixed” it and drove the rest of the way to Boston. Obviously we didn’t fix it and instead somehow managed to cheat death. That’s not an exaggeration. The RV weighs somewhere around 14,000lbs when it is loaded up. We drove in the Pennsylvania Mountains at highway speeds and didn’t die. There wasn’t so much as a hiccup with the brakes during that time. Thank you PAX gods.
There were a couple other minor things I needed them to fix. A drain plug was bad so we weren’t able to transport water. They fixed it and that will come in handy. A roof light was missing its cover and allowed a tiny amount of water in. Most of this was pretty minor yet it was a month before they had it fixed. That was a couple weeks ago. The repair shop went to take it for a test drive to make sure the brakes are not going to kill us and then noticed sparks coming out of the dash. The air conditioner decided it wanted to put on a light show. The compressor was bad and had to be fixed. I asked if there was any chance to just ignore it but they said it had to be fixed. In its current state, it would eat belts and cause all kinds of havoc. There was no way to ignore it and no way to easily just take it out. Over a week ago they said they would have it fixed in a week. The message I left with the shop today hasn’t been returned. I’m not very happy as you can imagine.
We had quite a few plans to modify the RV to make this trip a lot smoother than the last. Thanks to the delay and the fact that the repair costs more than doubled, those have been put in jeopardy. The queen bed was going to be replaced with two sets of bunk beds. I hoped to turn the dining room table into a cool Geek Chic style gaming table. There were lots of other minor geekish things we hoped to do. Who knows what we will manage to get done now but we are running out of time. We leave on the 30th. That gives us one full weekend and a partial weekend since my son’s birthday occupies part of it. When you add in some major deadlines for work taking up my time, we are just about fucked. Road2PAX will happen but not at its full potential.
That is all pretty depressing so let’s see if I can end on some positives. Well PAX East could have been our last so it is good to be alive. There are some new co-op games we can play on the ride. The ultimate gaming table is not going to happen but that doesn’t mean we can’t still try to do some tabletop gaming. Last I heard, Felicia Day hasn’t said she won’t be at PAX this year. Oh and I almost forgot. PAX frakking rocks! In 16 days, we will be in geek heaven! The road to PAX is a lot of fun but it is all forgotten once we are there. The delays and the fact the drive isn’t as awesome as it could be, will be far from our minds. PAX BABY, PAX!