Sunday, October 27, 2013


So the (mis) adventures continue. 

It’s all part of full-timing……….right ?? 

I mean everybody goes through all this stuff…..right ??

I hope I’m not being greedy and taking too many (mis) adventures for myself.

I’m crawling into bed the other night and see a crack in the wall.  HUH ??  How on earth did that happen ?  And it just happened or else I would have noticed it the night before.


Yesterday I did my monthly ‘exercising’ of the Generator and checking the oil.  When I opened the compartment door I was shocked – and I mean literally SHOCKED !! – to see that the generator’s door was missing !!  I actually stared at it for several seconds waiting for my brain to catch up to what it was seeing – or rather what it WASN’T seeing !

I thought the generator sounded a little noisier today while I was running it.

The last time I checked the oil (September 23rd) it sure was there.  I must not have put it back on securely enough ? 

AND somewhere from B.C. to here it fell off ?? 

Surely I would have heard it bounce around under the rig ? 

Surely that would have made quite a noise ? 

AND I really didn’t even go over really rough roads.


Now the question is – should I do anything to cover it (and if so, with what) until I get a new cover ?

I tell ya – in all the Blogs I’ve read and all the various RV Websites I read – I have NOT heard of a cracked wall nor a missing generator cover.


  1. I did hear of that on someone else's blog - all of a sudden she noticed her generator door was gone. Do you think - maybe - when it came loose and departed it might have caught on your compartment door and messed it up? The one that you recently showed us?

    Yes, it's all part of full-timing, but you DO seem to be having more than your share. Good grief, girl! You need to get down here and just plant yourself for the season.

    I'm having to add oil to mine every 3 to 5 hours - next week I need a visit with Generator Bob in town. I can't figure out where the hell all the oil is going. Used to be at the "add" line every 8 hours, until I had it serviced, now it's much worse - after $230 - and that was an Onan facility in Albuquerque. Geez. Never ending.

    Don't know about that crack on your wall - that's pretty wierd. :(

  2. Barbara, No, the compartment door got damaged because I went over a curb !!

    I was recently wondering about your generator problems - you mentioned it when you were in NM. But adding oil every 3-5 hours !! I check my oil level regularly and NEVER need to add oil ??

  3. The problem with not having a door on it is all the dirt that will get into it. Not sure what kind of problems that might create. Our generator isn't working at all and Jim hasn't figured out what's wrong. I told him he's better have it together before we head for Yuma and Q in January. Crack in the wall - I can't imagine.

  4. I'm visualizing a cookie sheet taped over the generator to replace the missing door. I have no idea if that is a good or bad idea but it is what popped into my head.

    When a wall cracks in a house it usually means the foundation is settling unevenly. I hate to think what that would mean in an RV. You don't have a Lippert frame, do you?

  5. Maybe you got the crack when you hit the curb this last time. The wall may have weakened the first time you bent that corner and this time when you hit it the wall cracked. Hummm sounds good to me. Hope things get better

  6. Oh girl, what's next? Cookie sheet over that Genny sounds good to me, but you should probably order a new door too. Re.: the crack in the wall: RVs are not totally stiff. If ou f.ex. run one jack in one corner too high the body of your rig will twist. It can even pop the windshield. Never do that! Getting into a ditch with the rear wheel or, opposite, running over a steep curb could cause a similar thing. It is entirely possible.

  7. Sheesh.....You are not having your fair share of good luck of late. I hope that changes for you real soon! You deserve it!!!

  8. I don't want to be mean, but I found this online:

    "RV Delamination And Cracks: Both Are Serious Issues"

    Curtis Carper

    I’ve been involved in RVing for over 40 yrs -- including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking at home, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller, you've got a good idea of who I am.


  9. D.....if the Generator is on the same side as your damaged door....I would agree with the 1st commentor.......the damage on that side was caused from the inside of the panel unless the curb was so high that it touch the underside as you pulled away........likely the door dropped at the curb and caught the panel. Just duck tape 4 mil poly wrap over the opening when you move........of course you must remove it before using the generator.

  10. Bob, The generator is on the driver's side almost to the front of the rig. The damaged compartment is on the passenger side - the last compartment on the end. One has nothing to do with the other.

    I went over the curb and damaged the door plus the underside of the next compartment door. Yes, the curb was high.

    I use the generator regularly but for short periods of time ie. when using the microwave. So can't duck tape it or else I'd have to be putting it on and taking it off every day.

    1. if you are near a home depot or similar.....go in and get a piece of 1/2 inch plywood slightly larger than the door ( they have an area with 2x2 & 2x4 pieces ) measure the opening and have them cut it to size. If the genie is like mine the door drops into a slot.......close it and either use duck tape at the top to hole it or drill a small hole in the top frame of genie and put a toggle stop. Cheap fix until you get a replacement.

  11. Skip is trying to think of someway to cover it. Happy day tomorrow!

  12. Egads! What next is right! I agree with the cookie sheet or two to cover the generator. You've got to stop having these little fiascos. It may be something to blog about but it's certainly not worth it at your end!

    1. Oh Jeri, I sure would much prefer to have different things to blog about !! Only ME huh !!

  13. Are you sure you get the door securely latched ??
    Should you loose the panel, do not run the generator more than a couple of minutes without covering the opening or it will not cool properly .The replacement access panel costs nearly $100
    I wish you luck to find the panel

  14. Howdy Sassy,
    I found a really neat MOTORCYCLE CAMPING TRAILER that would be a lot cheaper than THE BUS to operate !!! $2500... Looks great and would do you !!! Well, it's a thought ....

  15. Sorry to hear about your travel woes. I do hope all works out. It is nice though, how many helpful people out there have responded. You have quite the community :)