We left Kansas yesterday around 9:30 a.m. and arrived at this COE park near the Kansas/Nebraska border right after noon.
The view from our rig:
All is not beautiful however. On the way, here going through a small town, we hit a dip in the road. No warnings signs and did not see it coming upon us. Was it ever a DIP. Glad we were going slow.
When we started opening our slides we heard a strange sound in the living room slide so stopped the process. There on the floor wedged into the bottom of the slide was the Christmas gift daughter Amy and family had given to us. When traveling I have been shoving it between the seat of the sofa and the back cushions. I suppose when we hit the dip it flew out and off the sofa. The wooden trim had pulled from the slide but we pushed it back in. No permanent damage.
But the "family tree" is destroyed. Three limbs broke off in the jam into little pieces. Fortunately the five pictures of grandchildren which hung on the limbs are fine. This is upsetting to me. Amy told me she bought it at Michaels. I hope to find a replacement.
After finishing getting set up I attempted to open the back window's day/night shade.
It would not stay in place. Len looked at it and found that a screw that holds the string which holds the shades in place had come out from the wall. He wrapped the string around a bracket and the shade works again.
A little later Len went to open the bottom drawer of our file cabinet. At that point we found the glides had come loose from the side of the cabinet and the bottom of the drawer broke in several areas and was siting on the floor.
The file cabinet sits on the back wall next to the sofa. This was not a cheap piece of furniture and we've only had it a few months. It appeared to be built from substantial wood but the bottoms are flimsy plywood. This morning we found a lumber yard and got 3/4" plywood for the repair. Len is outside now doing the fix. Who wants a file cabinet looking this this!
One more issue. We can not get our Satellite system to receive a signal. There are trees around us but we have been in sites with more trees and have received the signal. We've put our Wine Gard carry in Dome in several places, even in some very open areas but no luck yet. The WineGard dome travels on a rack at the rear of the rig. Could something have jarred or broke? I guess we will find out when we get to our next stop.
One thing for sure - all the damage was done to items in the rear of the rig. This is one time we are really glad not to have a rear kitchen!