Here’s Hoping…

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here December 23rd.

About three weeks back I posted a blog entry about having a new fuel pump installed in the gas tank of my motorhome. During the installation, the mechanic noticed my left rear shock was leaking and the my rear brake pads were getting low and needing replacement. I like using factory original parts, although expensive. They were a little difficult to identify part numbers and find a vendor. I finally accomplished that and the new shocks and brake pads finally arrived three days ago.

While awaiting the parts I began scoping out local garages to install the parts. When in this part of the world I always try to find small-shop, local Mexican mechanics. Over the years I have found them great mechanics, hard-working and honest.

I finally found a two Mexican-man shop, Cesar’s Auto Repair in nearby Indio, California….

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…



Located in a small strip-mall type building is a little usual for a garage…




The one-bay shop is entered at the back of the building. I backed about 3/4’s of the motorhome into the work area…




Looking behind the motorhome, the rest of the work area…




First task was to replace the shocks…not an easy job…




Here are the old shocks. The top one is the leaker…




Next came replacing the brake pads…




Occasionally requiring both men…




Here are the old brake pads. They were ready to be changed after 58,000 miles…




In recent blog entries, I’ve also identified an intermittent cold-start, lower-power for a few minutes problem. Replacing the fuel pump and filter did not remedy the problem. The next suspected cause was the electrical connector for the Mass Air Flow Sensor. The sensor is located in the housing directly behind the engine air filter. In addition to cleaning the electrical connector…I also elected to clean the sensor as well. Here the air filter cover with the sensor sits on the pavement drying after cleaning…




The thin wires in the Mass Air Flow sensor monitors incoming air to the engine and the engine computer directs fuel flow to the engine. I’m HOPING the cleaning of the Mass Air Flow Sensor and its connector will rectify my intermittent cold-start, low-power problem. Only time will tell whether it has cured the problem. If not, on to the next suspected probable cause…




As long as we were right there I had the mechanic cleaner my life-time K&N Air Filter…




It’s air-dryed before re-installation…


HERE’S HOPING…my low-power start problem is gone!

If you are in the area and need a good mechanic, I highly recommend them to you…

Cesar’s Auto Repair
45116 Commerce St.Space #10
Indio, California 92201
760-541-6713 Ask for Beto.



I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 76 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 75 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…

united-states-mapPalm Desert

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…

For more information about my books, click this link:

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2015

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