About what happened when I went to pick up my rig.
Nine days ago I went to the Indianapolis Camping World, ready to drive off to parts unknown. They gave me an orientation walk through of the inside and outside of my new vehicle. He was quite thorough, I made lots of notes, and I’m pretty sure I know enough to start out. Of course, I’ve heard RV’ers are the friendliest, most helpful folks, and I shouldn’t have too hard a time getting assistance if I need it. (OK we all know I’ll need it!)
And then came this from Dan my salesman. “You have a small hitch.”
Oh great I’m thinking, a problem already and I haven’t even hitched it up yet. Wait a minute, he meant it literally. The hitch on my car is too small for an RV! So I did not know that there were different sizes. The car had one, I thought I was good. Apparently not. Just the first thing in what will probably turn out to be many things I do not know.
So, the good people of Camping World told me I needed to buy a new hitch. They could go ahead and order it for me, it would be there the next day when UPS delivered, and they would install it. It would just take a couple of hours. OK. And for another fee, they would deliver the trailer to the campground for me. Well, I was a little leary of backing it up anyway, so I said yes.
I drove away to get to get some lunch and think about the situation. I really did not want to drive back to Fort Wayne (a 2 hour trip) and then drive back down to Indy the next day. So I got a motel room. There was a Red Roof Inn conveniently sitting just across the road from Camping World. I called the campground where I had a reservation and they were really great about changing the dates. No problem there.
The next day, I went over and waited for UPS. You know how people say it should be here anytime between ten and two? Yeah, I didn’t believe it either. It finally got there around 3:30 and they took my car. Salesman Dan explained that since there wasn’t enough time to complete the work that day, they’d have it ready in the morning. So when I asked if he could run me over to the Red Roof, he was surprised. Turns out, I could stay in my RV right there on the lot, with an electric hook up! For Free! He said he wished he had known I went to a motel, I could have saved myself the money.
So he set me up in the RV, with A/C, brought me water and Gatorade, and then… came back with a gift card since I had been through a lot of trouble. $100 for anything in the Camping World store. But wait…there’s more! He asked If I had food. I didn’t, so he offered to run down the street to White Castle and bring me some sliders and fries. Paid for by him. Well a girl doesn’t get that kind of offer every day, so yeah!
Dan S at Camping World Indianapolis – you are an angel!
The next day, Thursday, brought ANOTHER problem. The old hitch was so old and some of the screws or bolts or something were broken off, so they would need to do some welding or something. Car mechanic stuff. So it was going to be another couple of hours. Geesh! But I am so glad they were delivering the rig. By now I was really frustrated. Dealing with learning how to back into a spot after all this was not high on my list of things I want to do.
I actually got on the road by 1:30. The campground caIled wondering if I was OK and where was I? I stopped for a bathroom break and to let them know I was on the way. Got here around 4:30.
Next up – learning how to hitch the RV to the car. Whoopee.