Yesterday I attempted to winterize my 2013 Windjammer 3001W at the campground up in the mountains. Couldn't, due to an apparent water pump failure (see other thread entitled "Winterization Nightmare" under Plumbing) and so Hubby and I decided to hook her up and take her home to lower ground due to a freeze warning for the mountains this weekend.
Our tongue jack had other ideas. In a word:
It's dead, Jim.
Hubby opens the housing on top of the jack to investigate and about a pint of water comes pouring out. Whaaa? This thing has been in place at the campground since May, and has suffered NO visible damage to the outside housing. If water can get IN under the housing, why on EARTH isn't there a drainage hole somewhere so that it will run through instead of accumulating ON TOP OF THE MOTOR? Is this some kind of planned obsolescence?
Nevertheless, we had to find a way to get the trailer home, because we can't winterize in place and EVERY RV maintenance / roadside assistance dude in the area is booked solid for the next two weeks.
So we break out the owner's manual and look up what to do in the event of electric jack failure. "Use the manual crank handle," it says. We search high and low and there is no such animal to be found on the rig. So Hubby gets creative and gets out a socket wrench, finds the right size nubbin, and tries to turn the crank. It is rusted solid. Of course. We end up removing the foot on the bottom of the jack since we can't retract it. The cotter pin holding the foot on gets bent in the process. Awesome.
These are not the kind of problems that I'd have hoped to see on a two-year-old rig. Jacking the trailer up and down and up and down again to get it hitched onto the truck and get the sway bars in place (all this using the truck's jack) and then replaying the same in reverse when we got home is EXACTLY the kind of BS we were trying to avoid by buying a brand-new, what we thought was a high-end rig. Neither of us is a spring chicken anymore -- that's why we bought an old-people rig with electric everything, dammit!
So. Very. Disappointed.
Anybody else had this happen?