Health Checks for Betsy at Harrisburg and Grants Pass, Oregon
Besides the previously-reported interior modifications we had done to our coach at Dave and LJ’s Interior Design, some other mundane mechanical issues needed to be addressed as well. Southern Oregon seems to be a mecca for quality RV maintenance and repair shops, perhaps because it’s an area where several RV manufacturers reside. We took a tour of the Marathon Coach factory in Eugene, which is where “high-end” coaches are built at $1,000,000+ per unit. But some other manufacturers either used to or continue to build coaches here. The result is that there are several shops around with highly-qualified mechanics to perform engine, chassis and coach repairs.
We stopped in Harrisburg specifically to have Elite Repair and Remodel take a look at our vexing air bag problem. Our air suspension is supposed to deflate when we level the coach, which lowers it several inches before the hydraulic jacks extend. Ours has NEVER worked, and the dealer did not even report to us that there was a problem when we took the coach in for a related repair. Marty at Elite tracked down the issue to a wiring harness that was never plugged in when the coach was built. As we’ve been told before by our friends at Wheeling It, these guys are GOOD. Marty fixed the air bags and checked out our slides in less three hours – highly recommended!
Next, we returned to Henderson’s Line-Up in Grants Pass to have Betsy’s alignment and suspension checked following the grueling drive on Canada’s and Alaska’s worst roads. The upgrades they made in April held up fine and everything checked out. Henderson’s Line-Up – another quality business here in southern Oregon.
While in Grant’s Pass, we stayed 3 nights in one of Steve’s favorite RV Parks, the River Park RV Resort along the Rogue River. Nice and quiet with lots of big trees. We took a 6.5 mile walk along the river by following the Rogue River Greenway Trail where blackberries abound. At the trailhead was the Depot Street Bridge where for the first time we saw a bench actually on the bridge for looking out to the river. Maybe there are no jumpers at Rogue River. We also got in some quality reading time and the fall weather was fantastic!
Next – heading down to check out the Lava Beds National Monument…