There were quite a few break-downs yesterday, so when Nick arrived at our accommodation he'd only managed to collect a few more things from Elmer and our trailer (cos the serviceman needed to be back on the road to help others).
We were quite comfortable in our family room at the Centrepoint Motel - and were relieved that Oscar and Keegan could stay in the nearby laundry. We bought a few items from the local IGA for dinner. We had a microwave, plates and cutlery but the room wasn't really geared for self-catering.
Nick and I walked up to the NRMA depot / Toyota dealership this morning. The service manager wasn't sure whether he'd have time to look at Elmer this afternoon. He mentioned delays in getting parts, even when the problem was determined.
In the circumstances we thought it best to find more suitable accommodation in case our stay stretched out for more than a couple of nights. The Riverside Caravan Park was just across the road from the NRMA depot. We called in and were able to obtain a cabin for the night (with further nights available, if necessary). Shelly and Andrew made us feel very welcome and lent us their ute to collect our various belongings, children and pets!
We were able to exit our motel room by 10:00am, only needing to pay $28 (the difference between the tariff and the benefit paid by our roadside assistance cover). Our self-contained cabin was cheaper, so our contribution was just $5!