So, here's the list of repairs / maintenance that should be completed by tomorrow:
- Engine tune-up
- Air and fuel filter replacement
- Transmission service
- Generator oil and filter change (done at Camping World 2 weeks ago)
- Recharge the chassis air conditioner
- P/A belt
- Replace dual 6V deep cycle batteries
The seller thought it might need transmission hoses sometime in the near future, but Future Fleet said they're fine. Also, he thought it might need a brake fluid flush and replacement, but they said not for another 3-4K miles.
I'll add all this work and the current mileage indication to the spreadsheet and I feel like I have a better handle on the condition at this time. Hopefully, the rig will be ready for pick-up sometime tomorrow. I've been staying in the guest bedroom at the ranch with Lacy and the two kitties; I'll feel more comfortable and less of a nuisance when I move back into my house on wheels.
My new Smart Car, Petunia, has an appointment for installation of her tow bracket on the 7th of August. I did more research and think I'm getting a fair estimate for the project. Maybe I could have it done for less, but since this is my first foray into towing a dinghy I'm happy to pay for the assurance that the electrical components will work properly, etc. Thank you to all who offered advice; I really appreciate it.
One more little 'snag' is that for this long trip I need to buy enough "Dailies" disposable contact lenses for a year, unless I find a spot where I can have them mailed. In my lifetime I've been blessed with 20/20 vision; but, of course, I now need correction for accommodation due to 'advanced age'(!). I wear only one contact lens for reading, knitting, etc; but, lately I've noticed a little blurriness when driving and trying to read street signs, etc. So, this afternoon I went to have my eyes checked to see if there're any changes since my last exam in December 2012. At that time they'd told me there hadn't been any changes in ten years. Well, this afternoon the doctor found that I'm developing an astigmatism in my left eye (the one that doesn't use a contact lens), which is causing a slight hindrance in clarity at a distance. So, tomorrow I'm going to the optician to be 'fitted' for a different type of contact lens, one for astigmatism. I need to try it for a few days and then order a supply if it proves beneficial. Because of my affiliation with Kaiser Permanente, it behooves me to get whatever lenses are necessary from them - much less expensive.
Again, no really interesting RV photos, but thought you might enjoy seeing the beautiful pond flowers right outside Bob and Judy's front door .....
Bob and Judy have two lovely ponds on their ranch. This one is literally outside the front door; the second is in one of the pastures; both are frequented by geese, herons, raccoons, llamas and horses. This upper pond is FULL of gorgeous vegetation, which Bob thins out about three times a year. The koi are huge and actually move the plants around while they're swimming. there are also large-mouth bass in the lower pond - great fishing for grandchildren!
Another shot of the front yard. All boulders are natural and some are absolutely huge. Gives pause to what may have occurred here a billion years ago!
Here's Lacy managing all activities in the yard. Lacy is usually NOT a very adventurous canine, on her own. She's definitely not a loner. But, here she 'asks' to go out where she monitors the bunnies' hutch, the llamas and the horses to some extent. These shots were taken after dinner last night.