Yesterday afternoon, Al and Karen Phillips came to the campground to buy our hard shell Native Watercraft kayaks. Karen is a blog reader, and I have been exchanging e-mails with her since September. It was nice to finally put a face with a name. They are new fulltimers, from Long Island, New York, and a very nice couple.
Last year, Terry and I made wheeled kayak caddies to make moving the kayaks easier, but never got around to using them. Here are Al and Karen with one of the kayaks on the caddy. It’s nice to know they worked! 🙂
After we loaded the kayaks on top of their SUV, we spent a while visiting, and talking about their experiences working in an Amazon fulfillment center in Campbellsville, Kentucky this Christmas season. They said it was hard work, but the pay was very good. We know several RVers who have worked for Amazon during the Christmas rush. They seem to either love it or hate it.
After hauling the kayaks on the roof of our Ford Explorer for so long, it looks naked without them up there! But I think we’ll appreciate the improved fuel mileage we should get without the boats up there to create extra drag. And we can finally go through an automatic car wash! It really is the simple things in life that mean the most. 🙂
Some blog readers wanted a picture of our leaking heater core, and an explanation of how I plan to bypass it if I can’t locate any water shutoff valves in our engine compartment. The heater core is the big square black thing. It is located in the front of our coach, above the Onan generator. The two black hoses in the bottom right carry coolant from the rear of the motorhome to the heater core and back to the radiator. I plan to disconnect them and plumb them together with a brass connector. This will bypass the heater core, and we’ll be able to drive without losing any more coolant.
I called the Cummins Coach Care RV repair facility in Ocala, and they can get us in next week, but they don’t have the part in stock. They need to see the rig first, and then will order the correct part. I talked to a tech there, who said some Spartan chassis have the water shutoffs and some don’t. He confirmed that my bypass plan will work, and said they do it all the time.
So, the game plan at this time, and always subject to change, is to take the motorhome up to them Tuesday or Wednesday, have them order the parts needed, and then head down to the Keys, if we can still get into Jolly Roger under Passport America. We’ll stay there a few days, and then, depending on when the parts we need are scheduled to arrive, we’ll either go back to the Orlando Thousand Trails, or come back here to the Escapees campground to wait, if they are not in yet.
Of course, all of that could change for 101 reasons I have not thought of yet. Fulltime RVing means being flexible. 🙂
Thought For The Day – Retirement is having nothing to do, and all day to do it in.