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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Warranty Repairs On The Escape, Counseling Fellow Co-Worker and Lower MPG Then Told.

Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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As mentioned yesterday we had an appointment for 10:30 this morning but we didn’t even bother to set the Alarm knowing that if we were awake by 8:30 we would still have plenty of time to do things around the Trailer. We managed to do our morning chores along with having breakfast at the table and our Coffees at the Computers.

We haven’t added any gasoline to the Escape since the day we drove it Home so we stopped at the Pioneer gas station and topped it off. We then took our time driving to Rose City Ford in Windsor where we bought our Escape. After driving it for a few days we noticed Pulsing on the Brakes when traveling at Highway Speeds and eventually it was becoming just as noticeable at Low Speeds. When I talked to our friend Don he explained that many Dealerships will automatically replace the Rotors and Brake Pads when they see a vehicle has sat unused for a long period of time. Others will let the vehicle go the way it came in and let the New Owners either bring it to their attention or live with it until they have to pay to have it serviced out of their own pockets.

We had booked an appointment over the Phone but the Service Manager said they would take a look at it. My response was that it should never have left their Dealership the way it was and we were waiting for it. We were barely seated in the Service Lounge when a Mechanic came in to say he’d be changing the Brake Pads and Rotors but it would take about an Hour.

Since we’d had a lite breakfast we walked a block up the road to A&W for an early lunch. Not knowing when we’d eat again we ordered our meals as Combos. We almost felt stuffed from the Sandwich, Fry and Drink but it gave us time to do some People Watching and it didn’t cost anything to do that.

We were back in the Customer Service Lounge by 12:00 and were just about to sit down when the Service Manager came it to say it was done. With it being covered under the warranty the only thing it cost us was our Time and Lunch.

Kathy’s Canadian Cell Phone was causing her problems and was up for renewal so we headed to the Tecumseh Mall. Returning to the Bell Outlet where we explained that we wanted an LG Cell Phone the salesperson looked through their stock only to return to say they only had Samsung Phones which cost a lot more. Those phones have lots of Bells and Whistles but with my Raynaud’s Disease I an unable to operate them yet I have no problem with the LGs. When I said if they didn’t have one we’d be leaving. He went back to check his stock again and came back with an identical Phone to mine. It took nearly an Hour to get everything setup because Speak-Out is a subsidiary of Rogers Wireless and we are keeping the same Phone Number.

We walked around the Mall for some Exercise before we ended up at Dollarama. While we were checking the second aisle I ran into Angelo a former Co-Worker from the days in the Casting Plant. He remembered before the Plant closed that I had said we would be traveling around in our RV. On the blog Old Fat Man Adventures, right below the Blog Title Barney has the message, “Don’t Wait. Do It Now” because you don’t know what tomorrow may bring. Last winter Angelo and his Wife of Fifty Years returned to the Italian Village she was raised in. She sent him on an errand and when he returned he found her deceased.

Angelo said he’s been feeling out of place when visiting Friends because he is now the lone person and was having strange mood swings. He didn’t realize that both Kathy and I have traveled the path he is now on and I had to explain that what he was experiencing was part of the Grieving Process. After a Half Hour he thanked me for the talk, wished us Safe Travels, but apologized for talking so long. We’ll meet again.

We stopped at Guardian Storage to check for our Mail then headed back to our Climate Controlled Storage Unit. Since we managed to complete our Christmas Shopping for this year before January 1st. It was all packed away when we had to empty our Trailer in April. Due to our celebrating Merry Thanksmas with the Family on our Canadian Thanksgiving we’ve decided to get an early start to the wrapping. It meant moving the Clothing Racks out of the way but in ten minutes we had everything that’s needed loaded into our Escape.

We stopped at the Zehrs Superstore on Walker Road to pick up some supplies but when we came out realized that it was past 6:00 so we stopped at Wendy’s and ordered from their Value Menu. Where else can Two People have supper for $7.19.

After getting everything inside I entered the gasoline Fill-Up into my Spreadsheet and the MPG is far less then what we were told we would be getting. Maybe it needs to be checked again. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


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  1. It seems to never be true what the sales person says about the mpg on a vehicle.

  2. I'm happy to say that I'm getting 30+ on my Honda (highway). I had not been paying attention to gas prices, so it seems a lot easier on my purse than the diesel did. My heart goes out to Angelo.