Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Waiting--with water

Yesterday, the bolts we were waiting for were delivered for our brake caliper. Mike was soon under the rig, installing them.

That's the good news.

Now, the bad news. As we pulled out of the shop bay, there was a terrible sound. The brake was locking up! They removed the bolts so we could return to the shop. An examination and a phone call to the business that sent the bolts showed that there should be a sleeve in each of the caliper holes where the bolts go. The sleeve prevents the bolts from going in further than they should. The sleeve had fallen out as well and the bolts and marred the brake rotor. (I wish I understood what I just wrote. I am just repeating what I was told.)

Now we wait again. The parts have been ordered and are on the way.

John put water in our fresh water tank (yea)

and we moved to a new parking spot, right behind the service shop.

Notice in the photo that another RV pulled in right next to us.  As we were setting up, the man came over and said it looked like a good spot and they would join us.  Look at how they parked--taking 2 full parking spaces.  We are only here because we are having work done on our RV.  We know that many RVers do park in truck stops, rest areas and Walmart parking lots.  But the Escapees Club has outlined proper etiquette for doing that.  I'm sure taking 2 spaces isn't included.  I know putting out slides and using generators are not considered proper.  We feel we can do it, since we are captive here.  Obviously the other RV wasn't concerned.

Before the bolts arrived we were uncertain if we would be ready to go or be staying another night. We decided we really needed to shower. So we popped $12 for a team shower at Flying J. This is what is available for truckers for free if they buy diesel and have a rewards card.  Not bad at all.

And these are our generators.

We have had them for years. When used together, they give us about 30 amps of power. However, we haven't used them for several years and I was thinking as we left on this summer trip that I would really push John to get rid of them next fall. NOT NOW. They are what makes it possible for us to charge our electronics, keep the batteries charged and have a fan and lights and watch TV. We won't get rid of them!

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