Travels with Pickles

The Window: or How We Accidentally Discovered A Miracle Product

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There it is, our busted window.  There was broken glass everywhere.  In fact, a month and a half later I am still finding the occasional stray shard that has worked it’s way loose from the sofa.  The ensuing stress was much like the shattered window, a million tiny shards splintered after a long day.

The broken window was located on the kitchen slide, right above the main sofa where Sangria sleeps and Leo hangs out watching and talking to the birds.  Once the shock was over and the animals were all secured in the garage away from danger, the cleaning up process begun.  We learned that the cushions on the sofa were not removable.  I was flabbergasted and beyond angry at that point.  I needed to get under those blasted cushions to vacuum glass but there was no way.

I’m vacuuming glass inside while Dave and the campgrounds guys figured out the outside.  All I knew was that forecasted temperature for that night in Cheyenne was 34 and I needed to keep my family warm.  Once I had gotten all the glass I could see, I let the cat out and leashed the dogs so I could go inspect the window.

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There it is, all taped up, the silver duct tape was temporary until we could secure additional Gorilla Repair Tape, the miracle product.  Once we were both satisfied that we did all we could to secure the window we had a big decision to make.  Do we proceed onto South Dakota or do we stay in Cheyenne and attempt to find a replacement window?  We decided to go onto South Dakota and hopefully leave the bad luck behind us.

Once we got to South Dakota we had time to breathe and think.  We were both amazed that the temporary overnight repair held.  Not only did it hold, it showed no signs of stress or weakness.  We were not going to have to make another emergency repair.

After a little research over the weekend we discovered a third party manufacturer of a replacement window and kept that as an emergency backup plan.  I contacted our dealer on Monday and asked them to get us a quote from Keystone.  It came through at less than half that of the third party manufacturer.  We placed an order for the window with the understanding that it would take seven to ten days.  There was also no guarantee that Keystone would ship the correct product even though they were the managing manufacturer and have the only access to a parts number list.

Doesn’t sound so bad right, well apart from no guarantee of shipping the correct part number?  Even ten business days wouldn’t be that long to endure.  Overnight temperatures were consistently in the low forties to high thirties and we were concerned about keeping things temperate inside.  What we weren’t expecting or prepared for were the South Dakota winds whipping down the plains at fifty miles an hour. 

Time slowly ticks by, daily we check the credit card to see if we have been charged yet.  Three plus weeks go by, no charge.  I’m bugging the dealer who can’t control what Keystone does.  Winds come and go, the plastic bellows but doesn’t give, and our nerves slowly fray.  Finally, we get word that the window has shipped and now the true worry begins, will the right window be delivered?

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Well, there it is and we certainly couldn’t complain with the quality of the packing.  Dave literally had to cut the foam away from the window to discover that indeed the correct window had shipped.

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Dave wisely recruited the handy man, Kevin who works here at  Elkhorn Ridge, to help him install the window.  Let’s be honest I’m crafty not handy so I wasn’t insulted in the slightest.  We got lucky it was warm, not windy, and clear so they got to work.  I retreated to the bedroom and hung out. 

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There they are, hard at work nine feet off the ground.  Imagine my surprise when I come downstairs and look at the empty window frame.  I was more than slightly amazed to discover what was used as insulation.

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Yep, that’s right folks your RV is insulated with Styrofoam.  The same thing we used to drink coffee to go in now keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.  I’m still dumbfounded that the industry thinks that this is acceptable.  There are far more economical, efficient, environmentally friendly, and ethical options to insulate RVs.  Styrofoam is just mind blowing.

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There’s my hero, my husband Dave with the newly installed window.  All of this has been made possible because of Dave and Gorilla Repair Tape.  Seriously, that tape is amazing.  It held the plastic up from Southern Wyoming to Northern South Dakota.  It held against fifty mile an hour winds, rain, thunder, lightening, It helped install the window while they were applying caulk.  We now have a standing rule that we have a minimum of two unopened rolls on board at all times.  Truly, it’s a miracle product.