Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
We parked the coach and took a quick side trip up north in the car to visit Bob's dad for his 94th birthday. When we left Kansas, the temperature was 18 degrees (brrrr...).
The day after we returned to Livingston, we awoke to 2" of snow on the coach. This winter thing was getting way too close.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
We departed the Alameda area, and headed to Laughlin, Nevada to spend a few days with our very good friends, Ray and Cathie Bailey. We planned to make the 600 mile drive in two days, but we found ourselves making good time, and elected to do our first night drive, arriving at the Bailey's place about 8 P.M.
We spent several days visiting with them and catching up. They just took delivery of a new Tiffen coach, and it was fun to go through their new toy.
On Sunday, 23 Nov we left Laughlin heading to Phoenix, where we had Mayo Clinic appointments first thing Monday morning. We were just a few miles outside of Bullhead City, heading up the long hill toward Kingman, when we got a low coolant warning and an immediate engine overheat. We pulled off the road and discovered a large pool of coolant under the engine, and decided we weren't going anywhere.
A call to Freightliner (the chassis builder) got a flatbed trailer dispatched, Carpe was loaded aboard, and off she went to the nearest Freightliner dealer in Kingman. We dutifully followed in Carpe Dinkum. We got to the dealership mid afternoon, and got Carpe "checked in" with a promise they'd look for the problem first thing Monday.
We continued to Phoenix in the car, and spent the nite in a motel not far from the Mayo Clinic. Following our morning Mayo tests, we heard from Kingman, where they found the problem to be a coolant hose leak in the coach part (not the engine or chassis). They shut the connection between the coach and engine, refilled the coolant, and declared us good to go.
So, we got in the car and drove back to Kingman. We spent the night in the Freighliner parking lot, and hit the road about 0500 Tuesday. We had no problem, and arrived at the Winnebago dealer in Mesa about noon. They quickly found the problem to be a split hose connecting the engine coolant to the hot water heater. They managed to fix it, along with a few of the many outstanding warranty problems, but due to the short (Thanksgiving) week, most of the warranty items didn't get fixed. In addition, they managed to track anti freeze in the coach, staining most of the carpeting.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
The tow man was very helpful. He found that all our brake lines were loose, and we had lost the air through the fittings. He tightened up all the fittings (which should have been done correctly at the factory), and we were on our way again. Whew!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
We stayed in West Yellowstone, and the park was very comfortable.