An Unusual Day…

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California.

I’m planning to  depart November 30th. I’ve finally finished all my routine maintenance and cleaning on both the Bronco and motorhome.

In mid-October, I mentioned in a blog posting about an intermittent  problem I was having with the motorhome…which I had diagnosed as the earliest signs of the fuel pump (in the gas tank) as getting ready to fail.

I ordered the parts I needed, fuel pump and filter…which ran $420.21. Through a friend I got a recommendation of a local mechanic who could do the work. I had it done yesterday. The first photo shows the parts…the fuel filter (left) and the fuel pump assembly (the big thing), the thing on the right is the float that tells how much gas is in the tank…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…







Are we going to fit inside?…




Made it with a few inches to spare…




I was asked to remain in the customer waiting room..but managed to get a shot through the open door. Lowering the gas tank VERY SLOWLY. It was 3/4 full and weighed about 500 pounds…DSC08079



Now it’s down where they can work on it. You can see the top of the old fuel pump assembly…the white thing with the three little dots on the top…




Here’s the old fuel pump assembly. We believe the pump (big white thing) was getting tired after ten years of hard work…




Miguel Nieves, the shop owner…did the work himself. He’s a very personable and knowledgeable guy. I liked the fact that his shop is a NAPA Car Care Center and he himself is an RV owner. Most place I would have too have waited a month before getting in. I called him last Friday and got in on Monday. Great prompt and professional service…




His shop is only about five miles north of Sonora, California. If you need a good mechanic while in that area…I can highly recommend him to you. He’s located at 20591 N. Sunshine Road, Sonora, California. His phone number is 209-533-4770.


Three hours and $300 later the work was done. In total the repair ran me $720.21…parts and labor. Something I do not need to do every day!

While under the motorhome he noticed that my left rear shock absorber is leaking and I’m getting ready to need rear brake pads. Since he was not able to find the parts locally, I’ll get these repairs done while in Yuma, Arizona.

It’s about an a hour’s drive back to Mary’s home and the motorhome ran just fine. In six days, I’ll depart Mary’s home to head to the sunny and warmer southland. It’s starting to get chilly around here. Time for me to get out of Dodge!!!



I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 66 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with rain and 53 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

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All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2015

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