A Good First Day

 Posted by at 12:28 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 032011

Today was a good first day for our winter Florida stay. We slept in, rolled over and snuggled up close, then fell asleep again for another hour or so. We finally had to get up, because it was getting too warm inside our motorhome, and we needed to open some windows and let the fresh air in.

Yeah,  that’s what I’m talking about! 🙂

We had plenty of little chores that needed doing, but we were in no hurry to get at them. Sometimes, being lazy is its own reward.

Eventually, I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast. (Yes, I love my Kellogg’s Corn Pops and Frosted Flakes, and no, I never plan to grow up!) Then I went outside and spent some time cleaning the water and electrical bays, and noted that the black water valve replacement that we had done at Cruising America RV Service back in Celina, Ohio last week seems to have solved our problem. That was a relief.

When I had the bays all cleaned up, we replaced our primary water filter, something we do every time we leave Elkhart. The water there is horrible, and always stains our toilet and sinks if we’re there for any length of time.

We have developed a problem with our house batteries recently. They won’t charge off the engine when we are going down the highway, and after a day of traveling, they have dropped down quite a bit (we run with our inverter on to power our Acer computer and Silverleaf engine monitoring program, and our refrigerator). The batteries charge right up when plugged into shore power, or when using our Onan diesel generator.

So I called Greg White, and he tried to troubleshoot the problem long distance. I also called my buddy Ron Speidel for his input, since Ron knows more about Winnebagos than anyone outside of the factory in Forest City, Iowa. The general consensus is that there is a relay somewhere that is not working right. Now I have to track it down, since Greg is being selfish and won’t drive 975 miles from the Thousand Trails up in Batesville, Indiana down to Titusville to fix it for me. 🙁

While I was busy with all of that, Miss Terry was trying to knock down the pile of laundry that had built up since we left Elkhart last week, and filling some orders that came in while we were on the road.    

A little after 5 p.m., we drove into town for a delicious New York style pizza at Valentino’s, which isn’t the fanciest place in town, but you’d have to look long and hard to find a better pizza anywhere. We discovered this little place when we were here last year, and have been looking forward to coming back ever since.

While we were in town, we stopped at a couple of places to pick up a few things we needed, and then came home in time to watch a little television, fill a few more orders that came in, and for Bad Nick to post a new Bad Nick Blog titled Making A Mockery Of Marriage???? Check it out and leave a comment.

Thought For The Day – Daily naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving.

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  4 Responses to “A Good First Day”

  1. Ah, the infamous Winnebago not charging situation. WB uses a too small solenoid that can’t handle the constant amps that go across it. The solenoid is located on my WB Journey up front behind a rectangular panel on the firewall above the generator. I think you probably have the same configuration.

    When you go to replace it, check out on line for a heavier duty unit with a higher amp rating. This problem is talked about on many RV forums.

  2. If you want to have the worlds best pizza, you need to go to Mama’s in St Paul MN in the summer of course. This is a small family owned and run place. They only have about 10 tables and a huge take out business. If you are not there at the opening around four you may have to wait in line for a hr or so to get a table, but it is worth the wait. The rest of the food is also great, prices are not to bad. We were not able to enjoy it last time since they were closed due to water damage from a fire in the next building. The folks who owned it lost it to repossession and on their way out torched it. These low lifes did not think or care about the other four business the affected with there selfish act. We are just thankful no one was injured or killed.

  3. Well, Nick, if your eating cereal for breakfast means you refuse to grow up, then I’m joining you in my second childhood. I used to seldom eat cereal – and after I retired in June I started eating it almost every day – for lunch. I do water aerobics in the mornings, and come home and all I want is cereal. I don’t know why, but that’s what I like. My two favorites are Frosted Mini-Wheats and Sugar Smacks.

  4. My vote for best pizza is at the Danish Baker in Dannebrog, Nebraska, on Thursday evenings (except Thanksgiving). Everything is made from scratch. What a pizza!
    We could only eat one piece of a large and had to eat pizza for 4 more days. People drive from miles for this pizza.

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