A week or so ago I decided to try to see if I could get the digital TV antenna to work better than it had at Bay View. Fred pulled the RV out on the pad and rather than plug in shore power (a ten-step walk) I decided to just fire up the generator, because, after all, you need to run them, right?
The View's systems are a bit complex. Instead of rotating a valve on an external tank, you turn the propane on by pushing a button. That I didn't know about. I fired up the generator just fine, except it soon sputtered to a halt, and would not start again. Oh boy.
A lot of troubleshooting later, Fred determined that it was a bad regulator valve.
So, back to Roy Robinson. Their next available appointment is on Decembersomethingerother, but they squeezed us in, given we're scheduled for a trip on 11/5.
Looooooonnnnnngggggg story short, they first decided there was nothing wrong, we just didn't turn it on properly. Fred was highly dismayed at this diagnosis, given his lengthy troubleshooting. So, we left the rig for the day while running further errands in Seattle. Turns out, it was a bad regulator valve, which we had replaced. Couple hundred dollars and more frustration. Please, please, please let this be the last of it.
Upshot: I joined Good Sam today. For a reasonable annual rate they promise to tow the rig to the "closest service center willing to and capable of working on your vehicle." I hope that means the Mercedes shop closest to such places as Truth or Consequences or Los Alamos NM.