After placing our order on-line for the new tail light that was out, I came across a book I think will be very beneficial to us while on the road. I asked my daughter Melissa to order the book for me on her Amazon Prime account. We love and prefer camping in state parks and other wooded and rustic type areas as opposed to higher priced crowded private campgrounds with few trees, even though the private campgrounds often have full hook-ups and more amenities. I know I am generalizing here and that not all private campgrounds fall into that general category. We also have not ventured too far yet out of our familiar territory. But, we are excited to get going and look forward to using our status of senior citizens to take advantage of discounted rates in many national and Corps of Engineer Parks. We purchased our senior park pass for use in National Parks at the beginning of the year. We wanted to make sure we had them before they raised the rates. I think you still have time to order your pass if you haven’t already and fall into the senior citizen category.
On another note, today is our 46th Wedding Anniversary. I can’t believe we are that old!
Until next time,
Today I called the RV special order parts department to find out how much a new tail light would be. This is the second one that needed replacing. The first one was when we bought Winnie one year ago and I notice on our way home that it was out. I was not a happy camper as that should have been taken care of. After an immediate call to our salesman, expressing my disappointment, he ordered us a new tail light. Anyway, I had the part # I needed thanks to my son Kevin who checked it out and also priced it online. The salesman wanted to know the usual and then asked me for the vin number of our motorhome. Why? I asked do you need that? I told him I didn’t have it right off and just needed to know how much the part was. My son found the part for $50 online through amazon. The RV special order department wanted $70 plus S&H. I said thanks but no thanks. That’s some mark-up! We will be ordering it online and installing it ourselves.
On a more up note, it is official, we will be camping the first full week of June with our daughter Karen and her family in Ohio. The reservations have been made. This is the half-way point for both of us, as they are coming up from Kentucky. I can’t wait. We should have a really fun and relaxing week.
Until next time,
We can check another couple of things off our to-do list for Winnie. The people at Cummins-Bridgeway were very nice. We had a small hick-up getting her there though. We couldn’t get her started. We are not sure why we are having problems, or what we are doing wrong with the battery because we had it tested when we took her in and it checked out fine. When she wouldn’t turn over at all, we turned on the generator hoping that would charge the chassis battery enough to get it started. No such luck. Our son Kevin decided to put his trickle charger on it and it started right away. Way to go Kevin. So does that mean we should take a trickle charger along with us for the just in case moments?
We dropped Winnie off Tuesday night to be worked on Wednesday. They changed the engine oil and filters and also did the maintenance on our generator. They tested the batteries and we were really expecting to replace all three of them, but they said they were fine. While we were there we decided to make an appointment to have the air conditioning looked at. They were booked up until after our June vacation. That should be fine. I am not expecting really hot weather that early in the season, but then this is Michigan and you never know.
I called the special order parts department at the RV center where we purchased Winnie to order the part we need for the ice-maker. They had said it was a shut-off valve when they did the winterization last fall. After a few back and forth phone calls the salesman decided that there wasn’t a special shut-off valve and that it was a part we could purchase at our local hardware store. I thanked him for his help and hung up. I am keeping the appointment I made for mid June just incase my guys can’t figure it out on their own, but I am really hoping we won’t need it. As we are having exceptionally cold and wet weather right now, I don’t believe they will be able to work on it for a week or two.
Following behind Winnie as we brought her home I noticed we had a tail light out. It looks like I’ve got another part to order.
Until next time,