I started off this morning,, by getting up early,,(gasp, I know right,, scared me to). I actually got up before noon thirty five. I chuck some 40 weight and inhale some toast and being all energetic I head outside to take measurements of the RV's shocks, I lay out my tarps and crawl underneath with tape measure in hand and a pen and paper. Started off really good,,, inspecting the shocks and noticing the wasps, bees and bugs are out early to. Now who wouldda thunk it? Well, I was doing my thing, they was doing theirs. I look around underneath and dont see any wasps nest,, major plus.I take down my measurements and crawl back out,, all enthusiastic about jumpin online and looking up what I need. I checked with 3 RV parts dealers,, 2 of them on the phone and one online,, The 2 over the phone Im betting,, had the old deer in the headlight look on their faces and stood there semi comatose.. After a brief silence and the noise of someone tapping away on a keyboard,,The young guy on the other end of the line asks,,,, is your 5th wheel front wheel drive or rear wheel drive? Does it have an automatic or standard transmission? Now being a smart a$$,, I reply,,,It has a 5 cylinder twin turbo 1.2 litre diesel with a 24 speed fuller road ranger transmission with a jake brake, I figured he would catch the insultive joke, but noooooooo,, he goes back to tapping away on his ole keyboard, tap tap tap tap, and says,, we dont have that particular shock in stock at the moment, but I can contact our supplier and see if its still available. He asks for a number to contact me when he finds anything out. Now with me being a real smart a$$ he had this comming, I was not holding back, I was cocking back both hammers ready to unload both barrels and tell him,,, Ok sure,, heres my number xxx-xxxx,, and he says great,, we will call you as soon as possible when we find something out and we really appreciate your buisness.. I say thank you and hang up,
Now if you all know me well enough,, Im not done, nope,, Here is the funny part,, ya ready? *wait for it....... wait for it,,,,,,, I gave him my Ex's phone number..... Revenge is sweet.
Now with the other online parts place,, they quoted over $100 each and thats times 4..
I have numerous options now, Cuz I dont give up that easy.
Just to remind you,,, I do and have and will apply humor to my insane antics,, and if you cant get even a slight chuckle, then you may not have enough fiber in your diet. (I suggest 200% whole bran cereal with added fiber ), Okay,,, now back to my many options set forth for replacing said shocks on the ole 5'er (5'er is a term used to identify a travel trailer that has the hitch way above bumper level but below cab level of said pick up trucks. Now you know).And it actually has 5 wheels on it,, seriously,,, dont believe me? Go count the wheels on a regular 5th wheel trailer with double axles. There ARE 5 wheels on it.
(I will wait while you look it up on the computer,) (Im humming the tune to Jeopardy while you do). Ohhhh,, your back,, wow, your quick on that keyboard and search engine. So,, did you see the 5 wheels? What do you mean you didnt? Go look again. (jeopardy theme again).
Ok,, your back,, and ya still saying there is only 4. Ok einstien,, did you count the spare? Ha ha,, ya didnt,, did you? No cookie and milk for you.
Now one of the options for the suspension issue, a.k.a. shocks is to go full blown Hydroilics, Picture Cheech and Chong cruising the main drag making their 64 chevy tilt every which way. Kick on some low rider tunes and drop and drive low and slow.. Then when I encounter a speed bump,, lift it high,, get it in off road mode.
The other option would be full air ride suspension, 12 volt compressor, small air tank,, I could cruise like a McMansion,, could even keep a cup of coffee on the dining table and not even spill a drop cruising down a chuck hole infested roadway.
But, reality sets in, along with the beer budget on champaign dreams and will search some more for stock replacements.
Remember,, its Not the journey, its the memories,, happy travels, be safe, and cherish the little things.