The RV Road Trip Fulltimer's Blog for February 2011
Getting out of the camper was hectic this morning as there was a sheet of ice on the steps. Even "CJ" wouldn't go down them. Smart dog. I went down them and then picked him up from the doorway and put him on the ground. He went to nearest patch of grass and peed, then wanted to go back inside the camper. I know how he feels. Here's what the steps looked like!
I walked around the camper surveying the damage and it doesn't look too bad. It's what I can't see that worries me. I don't think any lines inside the camper froze but the water hose coming in was frozen solid. I do know the low point drain will need to be fixed as it was dripping, indicating it had frozen and cracked. I sure hope that's the only thing wrong. Here are a couple more shots of the ice and there are about 5 more in the gallery under "Mission". I hope no one else had any damage!
Oddly enough, no one told us the links had gone bad but we started receiving emails asking us for more info about certain products we use and/or have reviewed. This got us to checking and that's when we found out about the link problem. Needless to say, we have fixed all of the links and everything is working like it should. Nothing annoys us more than going to a web site that has bad links... especially our site! :)
We decided to go back to McAllen Motorsports to speak with the general manager about the pricing his salesman gave us on the Zuma 125cc scooters. The general manager, John, stated that he was entitled to his profit and that's why he charged the unnecessary freight and prep fees. When I explained to him that the MSRP was set so that dealer's already made a profit, he calmly asked me how much profit do I think he should make. I laughed and said I would buy the scooter he had on the floor for $3100 cash right now... he said no! He would not sell the unit without the additional $500 in fees! I told him to have a nice day and Cynthia and I left the store. We called the Cycle Supercenter in Laredo and he said he will call us the minute he gets them in stock.
Folks, if you ever buy a car or motorcycle and the dealer says you must pay freight, destination charges, prep fees or doc fees... they are ripping you off. Tell them you are not paying it and that you will simply go to their competition. If they want your business, they'll knock off those add-on fees. If they don't want your business... they won't.
CJ the Wonder Dog is doing really good. We bought a quality set of clippers so we could do his haircuts ourselves, only $30 for a Wahl set at Walmart. They work very well and now CJ is looking like an up town dog. Here's a shot of him doing what he does best.
We had a problem with our Progressive Industries EMS (aka surge protector). Whenever we would turn the air on, it would kill the power but would not throw an error code. I called the manufacturer and they sent me a new main board and that solved the problem... for about an hour. The new board keeps cycling the thing on and off. I called them again and they are sending out another new board. They are providing great customer service but I fear I am losing confidence in the product. We shall see what happens when board number 2 arrives. Anyway, time to head to the pool. :)
In the image below, the left drain is from the shower and bathroom sink holding tank and the one on the right is for the black tank and the kitchen sink gray tank. Those have their own valve but exit the same 3" pipe. I bought a Y adapter and some more hose, along with a plastic sewer support. I connected it all up and below is the finished assembly. It comes apart easily and will fit in the new storage bins I added under the camper.
I will try to get around to hooking up the solar in the coming week. The panels are in place, I just need to run the wires and connect it all up. It is tedious to do so maybe that is why I am procrastinating.
We're still considering what scooter to get for Cynthia, she has no desire to ride one as big as the Blur 220. We're looking at a Genuine Buddy 125 or 150, and the Yamaha Zuma 125 is still being considered. The Genuine comes in pink so that may be what we end up getting... if the price is right.
The tach on it is analog but everything else is digital. There's even a place to plug in a cell phone which will come in very handy when geocaching. The suspension is a little stiff so I will set it to ride a little softer and I will double check the air pressure in the tires. I'll get lots of riding time in tomorrow and if I can figure out how to mount the video camera, I'll make a video. I'm excited, I can't wait to put some serious miles on this thing! See that massive 9.7 miles already on the odometer?
I hope everyone survived the latest blast of cold. I heard in some places it got so cold that Democrats were putting their hands in their own pockets! If you're offended by that joke... well, lighten up already. See y'all next month!
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