The ride north on I-5 from Grants Pass to Eugene was not a new route for us. We came this way last year. As we ride we found ourselves looking for familiar sites -- like where we stopped for lunch last year and where we bought fuel. It's an old folks thing to do that, I'm pretty sure.
The sky was mostly overcast and rain threatened most of the way but we only had a few sprinkles and enjoyed the always beautiful Oregon scenery.
We'll stay overnight at Armitage County Park Campground where we met last summer with Tom and DJ before separating again going different directions on the Oregon coast.
A call to Monaco Coach resulted in a 7:30 service appointment in at the Coburg Service Center the next morning. We have a list of items we'll have checked -- leading with the apparent leak around the water heater.
Until today, I had not realized that the assembly of diesel coaches had ceased at this facility. Now I'm especially sorry we didn't tour the plant last summer. All Monaco and Holiday Rambler assembly is now done in Indiana. All that remains in Coburg is this Service Center. All the equipment and the remaining buildings here are sold -- an auction was held just a day before we arrived.
|I don't know what this is... lavender maybe?|
Notwithstanding the sad feelings of the Coburg facility closure, we are hopeful that Navistar, the new owner of Monaco, will be successful and the Monaco and Holiday Rambler lines will continue.
The Service Center is in one of several former Monaco buildings. There were about two dozen coaches in the service center campground area the day we arrived.
Despite being a "work in" Endie was taken by 9 a.m. to be checked. We listed the issues in order of importance so the most urgent ones would get attention right away. It is possible we'll have to return in July for a scheduled appointment to get to the others.
Beside the possible leak, our repair list goes like this: (1) No gas heat comes from the vents in the rear, (2) propane alarm sounded when we used gas water heater, (3) entry door sticks, (4) audio interference on the front TV, (5) freezer thermostat gets colder than setting, (6) ceiling lights go out often, (7) there's a rattle and too much air noise at the front door.
|This is Val, our service advisor.|
She's taking us into the service area to see what's going on with Endie.
|In the motel room.|
|Finished and ready to go.|
The Marathon Coach company is down the road from Monaco. Wayne loves seeing Prevost and Marathon coaches so he wanted to drive down the road to take a peek. There were just a few repair coaches in the lot this day.
But this one is more our speed.
We'll spend the week in nearby Harrisburg where we stayed last summer. From here, we'll try again to get to Oregon's coast. The weather is almost perfect, sunny and warm.