In The Shop…

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 5,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 23rd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Bruce Chevrolet (a Workhorse Chassis Service Center) in Hillsboro, Oregon. I expect to depart today.


In yesterday’s blog I described arriving here to hopefully discover what is behind my intermittent low power that has been frustrating me for the last 2.5 years.


“Red” is an RV tech with 35+ years of experience working on motorhomes and has all the fancy equipment to assist him in his labors. In most shops, they require you to wait in the waiting room while the tech does his work. Red allowed me to stay in the motorhome and read my book while he was working. He also allowed me to peek over his shoulder and explain the readouts on his fancy diagnostic equipment. I read while he worked and tried to not pester him.


Here’s a photo of his work area as taken from my kitchen window…





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…









The engine is accessed either through this doghouse opening between the two front seats or from beneath the vehicle…





I’ve long suspected that my intermittent low power problem was associated with a poor electrical connection(s). Being intermittent makes them extremely difficult to find. Red found three questionable ground wires which he thoroughly cleaned and reconnected. The critical engine ground had a wrong size bolt and might have been the culprit. He replaced it with a new one. While under the engine he discovered my starter cable was corroded and insulation burnt from the manifold pipe..

I asked him to repair it in order to preclude future problems in that area. He cut off the defective end and put on a new connector…


He also did and oil change with new filter and lubed the chassis.


The next item he discovered was my spark plug wires are burnt from excessive heat. When replacing them last summer I elected to go with a 10mm wire instead of the original 7mm. The spark plug boots were to large for the then installed metal heat shields. I was led to believe the High Heat Resistance wire that I ordered was adequate to the chore. I now know that I should have used an additional thermal heat sock. The company I bought them from just happens to be only 25 miles from my current location. I got a text message from them late in the day yesterday. I’m expecting a phone call from them at 8 AM this morning. The results of that call will determine weather I leave here today or not. I’ll let you know what happened in tomorrow’s blog posting.




I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Forecast for today is cloudy 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 Oregon. 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.



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There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…



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