After a three week stay in Georgia we headed south on I-75 into Florida.
Soon after crossing the state line we just had to make a stop at the visitor center/rest stop for a free cup of fresh orange and grapefruit juice.
Our main reason for traveling to Florida (besides the warm weather) is for a visit to Suncoast Designers in Hudson, north of Tampa. All of the dual pane windows in our motorhome have developed a fog to some extent between the panels of glass. This seems to be a common problems with RVs constructed in the past ten years. There are a number of repair facilities around the country that will fix foggy windows. But Suncoast is one of the best, and they offer a lifetime full warranty to back up their work. They also have 22 RV sites with electric (50 amp) and water.
A number of the RVs scheduled for this week had only one or two windows that needed repair. We were their largest job for the week as all of our windows (13) needed to be repaired. The repair process involves removing the window frame completely from the motorhome. Each window is then taken into their shop where the glass panes are removed from the frame and separated. Each glass pane is then hand scrubbed before it is run through a machine similar to a car wash. Once each piece of glass is thoroughly cleaned the two panes are then placed back together with a new and much more robust seal keeping them apart. The joined panes are then run through a heating machine followed by a roller machine that insures a strong seal. The glass is then put back into the frame and the unit is ready to be re-installed.
The process began on Tuesday morning when the crew began to remove all the windows. It was quite a shock when we returned from breakfast to a motorhome with no windows.
Inside things were quite bright and airy!
But the crew soon returned to put temporary covers over the openings. The fancy window coverings looked so impressive we considered just leaving the old windows out and staying with the new look!
The look from the inside was just as impressive as the outside. So for the next two days we lived with cardboard and plastic between us and the elements. With warm temperatures and no rain in the forecast we knew we would be fine, but the noise was very annoying. It sounded like every vehicle driving by on the nearby road was going to go right through our living area!
John’s sister, Patty, and brother-in-law, Bob, have a condo about 45 miles to the south near St. Pete’s Beach. So one of the day’s during the repair process we drove down to have lunch with them. They suggested we eat at Spinners Rooftop Revolving Bistro and Lounge which sits on the 12th floor of the Grand Plaza Hotel right on the beach. The dining area in Spinners slowly revolves 360 degrees, guaranteeing every seat has a great variety of views while you are dining.
The food was great, the service excellent, the price reasonable, the conversation stimulating, and the view spectacular!
The next day the crew returned to re-install the newly refurbished windows. Once the windows were back in, we were amazed at how clear they now are. While we knew they were cloudy, we just didn’t realize how bad they were.
With our nice clear windows we are now off to Cortez, just outside Bradenton, for a six week stay at one of our favorite parks, Holiday Cove. Oh, and there appears to be a wedding on the horizon.
More on that later . . .