Fulltime RVers always say that our plans are written in Jello. That’s because we know life happens and you have to be flexible and take what comes as it comes.
We love that Jello feeling, because it sure has helped us this week. We originally thought we would only be here at Redlands Truck & RV Performance Center for one day getting our new PacBrake installed. However, we’ve been around the RV world long enough to know that things don’t always turn out that way.
The guys here at Redlands ran into a couple of snags and by the end of the day Wednesday the job still wasn’t done. So Keith Shomaker, the head honcho here, arranged for us to stay another night at the nearby Mission RV Park. Yesterday morning we were up early and back here at the shop, and they got right to work. When they finally had the new exhaust brake installed and tweaked, the increased back pressure caused the exhaust manifold gasket to fail, creating a nasty exhaust leak. Worse than the original exhaust leak we came in with. That wasn’t totally unexpected, more than once we have seen a new component cause an older component to fail. After all, our rig is 10 years old, and things happen. And since we have total confidence in Redlands, what better place to be when something does go wrong?
So they got the new exhaust manifold gasket installed, and then I added another task to their To Do list, when I commented on an air leak towards the rear of the coach. Investigation showed that it was the ride height adjusters, which needed replaced. Again, what better place to be to have it done? Of course, more work takes more time. So at quitting time yesterday there were still some things left to do. I told Keith that rather than driving back to Mission RV Park, we’d be perfectly happy to stay right here inside the fenced in yard.
So that’s where we spent the night! They kept the guard dogs locked up overnight, gave us a key so we could come and go as we wanted to, plugged us into 50 amp electric, and life was good. Hopefully today we will get things finished up and be back on the road. But if not, what the heck? We take our house with us everywhere we go, so we’re home!
While the Redlands guys were hard at work on our coach yesterday we paid a visit to the Lincoln Memorial Shrine here in Redlands. Though Abraham Lincoln never visited California, the state’s gold helped to finance the Civil War. The shrine includes a small museum, research library, and archives dedicated to President Lincoln and the Civil War.
Bruce Smith, the volunteer docent on duty during our visit, is one of the most knowledgeable and professional docents at any museum we have ever met. Since we were the only people there at the time, he gave us a personal tour and spent a lot of time explaining the history of the shrine, and events that led up to the Civil War. Miss Terry is always crazy about a man in uniform, and here she is with Bruce.
Besides being a volunteer docent, Bruce is involved in Civil War reenactments as part of a mounted cavalry unit. He told us his unit hopes to go back to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania next year to participate in a major reenactment there. That’s something I’d like to see! We’ll have a feature story on the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in the next issue of the Gypsy Journal.
I was very pleased yesterday when my pal “Froggi” Donna McNicol sent me a link to the latest Kindle Review Top 100 Indie Authors list, where I was listed as #43. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support of all of you who have purchased Big Lake and Big Lake Lynching. left reviews on Amazon, and told your friends and family about my books. You all make me feel very special.
Thought For The Day – If we can’t have capital punishment for stupidity, can we at least take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?