Duct Tales: Never Leave Home Without IT!

Whew….just finished another article, need a break

Ladies and Gents….you MUST carry several rolls of DUCT TAPE. We found ourselves in the Mojave Desert on our way back to our home on the Monterey Peninsula in California. It was our first run in our new Super C, a Jayco Seneca 37 FK. I heard something flapping on the outside of our motorhome. It was as hot as can be, like a 100 something degrees. After listening to the flapping for a few minutes, I dared to look to the side of the RV through the mirror. Low and behold….a large fiberglass side panel behind the rear double wheels had come loose and was ready to blow off.

A trucker suddenly appeared behind us and started blowing his horn.  As he came into view on the driver’s side, he kept blowing his horn while pointing vigorously with his finger. After he got our attention he gave us a frantic “pull over” hand gesture. Somehow, we knew his intentions were noble so we stopped.

I knew the trucker was going to say: “YEP,  I noticed your side panel flapping in the wind”. After he took a closer look he said “I think it’s about to come off your RV”. Since it was Sunday, he said we would probably not find many repair shops open, but short term, we should try to get some DUCT TAPE to see if we could somehow save the disaster of the panel actually breaking completely off.

My husband called around for open hardware stores but none were close. We saw a motel a block away. So hubby walked quickly to the motel thinking that there must be a maintenance department. He was correct! Yippie! The custodian had a roll of duct tape! PERFECT! It worked.

We shored up the panel and off we went. California here we come! A brand new bus with a taped up panel. It’s like a new dress that is losing its hem. Not pretty! The panel was large so the repairs needed were more than evident.  I doubt we got much sympathy from the passersby.  A two hundred and fifty thousand dollar bus, stitched up with duct tape to hold it together.

We had another duct tape incident 2 years after this one. We sold our Jayco Super C and bought a new Fleetwood 40 ft Class A diesel pusher. It had all the bells and whistles.  Forty feet with ALL the bells and whistles, and did I mention “DUCT TAPE”? Yes, we were rolling and exited a sharp corner headed to a diesel truck stop. As we rounded the corner, we heard a loud bang; never a good sign in an RV.  The force of the bottom freezer filled with food couldn’t withstand our g-force! The door and rail broke and it all came out like a rocket….depositing frozen food all over the floor! Clearly the under magnetized magnets holding the freezer door closed were defective and unusable.  Now we couldn’t close the freezer door at all.

We checked into the nearest campground and were lucky enough to get another camper to help us take the door apart. After some time, we determined that one of the door rails now had a broken extension mechanism. It was not fixable without a new part which could take weeks to order and receive.  So, we took all the rails off and put the door in the slot but of course it wouldn’t stay in place with the rails gone. 

Have I mentioned DUCT TAPE?  When we were done, the refrigerator looked like a mummy! In went the food and duct tape kept the freezer door closed. I was pleased that I wouldn’t have to hold the door shut the remainder of the trip home. THANK GOODNESS!!!

Have you had any adventures out there where you used DUCT TAPE to save the day? If so, please feel free to add your story to others so that we can all benefit!

Bye for now, Meg

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