yeah its very nice to know that the axle is now a non issue. now i can focus on the other stuff that needs doing. turned out i had the pigtail wired wrong. greg at inland rv fixed it in a matter of minutes. he's great. all the wiring, it turns out, was fine, it was just my re-wiring of the pigtail that was the trouble. so now every light comes on when its supposed to. very cool.
as for the ground on the shore power, as it turns out, the male plug on the coach was grounded but the the 3rd pin, the ground pin, had been broken off. i took your advice, tg, and replaced it before we left.
we lost our front vent cover somewhere between morro bay and san jose but the guys at inland rv put a new one on. its translucent which allows the light in, a nice touch.
i think my next project is to pull out the old tub and have it repaired, also playing with the idea of installing a gray water tank, im sure theres a how to on here somewhere. the cool thing is that all the stuff thats left to do is manageable, and now the coach is road ready and functional enough to camp in in the meantime.
nice end to the summer here.