Tow Bar Service and Some Broken Wires

Sunday May 27th 2018

The weather was even more summer like today. It was very humid with a high temperature in the mid nineties. The sun was out all day and no thunderstorms developed in the afternoon. Tomorrow is forecast a little cooler, but a slightly higher chance of thunderstorms.

Today was the first day of the Escapees RV Club’s 58th Escapade. The vendor area opened at nine this morning and I was in their by 9:05. I wanted to get my name on the list with Blue OX, the manufacturer of the tow bar I use to pull my CRV, to have my tow bar serviced. Blue Ox sends technicians to RV Rallies around the country to inspect tow bars, lubricate, replace washers and generally tighten things up. All for a nominal fee of $35.

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My power umbilical that provides lights, directional signal and brake lights to my CRV when it’s under tow was almost cut through in one area.

My tow bar has over twenty thousand miles of bouncing around the country pulling my Honda CRV. It was getting loose, so I wanted to get it serviced. I had heard that Blue OX could run out of available slots, so I wanted to get my name on the list as soon as possible. The service technician was at my rig before noon to work on my tow bar. He completed the service of my tow bar quickly and put everything back together. The only issue he found was with the electric connection that sends power to the cars lights while under tow. It isn’t part of their service, but he noticed that there was a break in the cable. I should check my lights every time I hook up, but I usually only do it after a week or more of not towing. So the last time I checked the lights was before I left Michigan last Monday. Somewhere between Michigan and here I damaged the cable. Luckily, I was able to buy a new cable at the Blue OX booth in the vendor area. I’ll splice the old one and keep it as a spare.

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Stage setup for the opening ceremony for the 58th Escapade in the 40th year of the Escapees RV Club.

The opening ceremony for the Escapade was at 3PM this afternoon. It’s an opportunity to introduce all the Escapees management team, the Escapade staff and volunteers and provide some history of the club. It is generally a good time, but a times it was a little too much passing of the Kool Aid of indoctrination. As a reward we were given an ice cream on a stick as we left the auditorium.

This evening there were announcements, door prizes and entertainment. Tonight’s entertainment was the story telling of Bil Lepp. He is a five time champion of the West Virginia Liars contest. His stories had the audience laughing for around an hour and a half.

Tomorrow the Seminars begin at 8:30 in the morning.

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