It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Prepping for Home

Our Location Today is Elkhart, Indiana, U.S.A.

All good things must come to an end so we were getting things finished up to head for Home. Today was the prep day and Kathy was working at cleaning the inside of the trailer while I was attempting to make our Tire Tracker Monitoring System work again. After trying to program the unit again inside I went outside to try working it right on the tires. Eventually I threw in the towel on this unit that I have because it is in need of serious help. The fact that it was a hot one for working outside today just made things more frustrating.
Since the monitoring system wouldn't work I figured doing it the old fashion way would do the trick and it did. I found out that the dealers service department pumped the duals on the truck to their maximum allowable pressure instead of the manufactures recommended pressure. It's amazing how twenty PSI can make the truck ride rough. I also found out that the trailer dealer did a quick courtesy check on the trailer the other day and dropped the pressure from the maximum pressure recommended by twenty PSI in effect making the tires soft. The last thing done the old fashioned way that I found was that the curb side outside dual was flat. I guess Using new technology can make us too comfortable and we need these wake-up calls once in a while.
After lunch Kathy came with me for a ride as I slowly drove the truck to Carter's Tire Sales and Service about a mile from camp. The place was packed but they said they should be able to get to us in about a half  hour. So Kathy and I took a walk over to the nearby Family Dollar spending about thirty minutes walking around. We walked further to an old A&W curb service outlet and enjoyed a couple of Root Beer Floats to help cool us down.
Now an hour had passed so we slowly headed back to the tire repair only to see them just bringing the truck into the service bay. I spoke to the repairman about the messed up pressures and asked him to adjust the pressures according to the manufactures specifications and he said no problem. Another hour passed until the service tech brough the truck around saying he had found a puncture in the tire from a heavy type staple and he had adjusted the tire pressures the way I asked. The whole bill didn't even come to twenty dollars. They even apologized about our long wait. That's what you call good service.
Back at the camp I pulled out the compressor and aired up the tires on the trailer and air bags on the truck suspension. After a cool drink of water I headed back outside to clean off the windows on the truck basically destroying part of our bug collection.
Since we'll be leaving in the morning we will have a quiet night and staying out of the heat and the fact is that Elkhart County has issued a no burn order we can't have a fire tonight. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It's about time.


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  1. My sister had a yellow Shasta JUST like that one.. the woodwork inside was gleaming birch that just glowed!

    YAY on the Family Dollar shoutout! My daughter manages 15 of their stores here in NE Wisconsin!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  2. Don't worry about your bug collection, you'll fill out the set on the way home.

  3. I had problems with my TPMS but finally got it working...very frustrating! Hope yours is up and running soon and safe travels.

  4. Not that I would ever contemplate finding it useful any time soon, but perhaps you might like to drift over to "RV Service Reviews" (something like that) and put in a plug for the tire service place.
    Too many folks are willing to beak off about lousy service (and that's OK too) but knowing where the GOOD places are is helpful as well. Please? Pretty please with no bugs on top?

  5. I manually check our tire pressures every day we are travelling and have found a few problems over the years in time to prevent damage.
    Safe travels.