Well, after running through some more tests yesterday morning and a phone call to Westland Sales, which provides parts and service advice to Splendide washer/dryer owners, the news was not good.
The control board is shot and replacement boards are no longer available for that model. Now what? Greg White told me to send him the board and he will check it out and see if he can replace the bad components. Otherwise we’ll be spending big bucks on a new washer/dryer.
We debated hanging around Seaside another week, thinking that we’d be able to have Westland send us the needed parts, but since that’s not going to happen we decided to head south tomorrow. We’ll stop in Newport for a few days and hopefully hook up with our pals Butch and Jodie Spiller for a visit.
The original plan was to continue south along the coast and into California, but we’ve been on the coast for over eight weeks now and, as much as we love being around the ocean, we’re pretty well burned out on gray skies and cold, wet weather. My hands and fingers are aching and Terry is starting to feel it in her joints, too. So we may turn inland at Newport and head across southern Oregon and down into Nevada and start making our way toward Arizona. We have not been to the Bend Thousand Trails and that might make a good stop along the way. As always, we’ll play it by ear and see what happens. As with all fulltime RVers, our plans are set in Jello.
I want to thank everybody who purchased my new book, Dog’s Run, who shared a Facebook link about it with their friends and family, and for all of the nice comments on the blog, by e-mail, and on Facebook. I would also really appreciate any reviews you might consider leaving on Amazon. They really help other shoppers decide on a book to read. And as of midnight last night, the book was live on Barnes & Noble for Nook readers.
For those who have not read Dog’s Run yet, it’s a grittier book than my Big Lake mysteries. It is set in a small town in Ohio in 1951, and I put a lot of effort into trying to make the dialogue authentic. Which means that it’s not exactly politically correct. (Like I ever am?)
Last night Greg called to tell me that he had finished the book. He said he was telling his wife Jan about it, and said it was a bit rougher than my Big Lake books and that a couple of times one of the characters used the dreaded N word. Her response was, “Well it’s a good thing he doesn’t have a cooking show!”
Thought For The Day – Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.