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I Didn’t Know I Was Going To Hillsboro, Oregon!

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 115 miles from Chehalis, Washington to Hillsboro, Oregon.

I’m expecting to arrive at Mary’s home in central California, October 15th and depart November 30th. While there, I’ll do routine maintenance, minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

I didn’t know I was going to Hillsboro, Oregon…when I left Thousand Trails in Chehalis, Washington yesterday morning. I thought I was going to Woodland, Washington about 65 miles distant. I made it to Woodland where I parked behind Moose Club #2394…

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…

 

 

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and this was the dinette window view…

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I was planning to visit an old nearby grist mill… http://www.cedarcreekgristmill.org/

 

However…when I went to move the motorhome a few feet to clear the roadway passage…the motorhome WOULD NOT START! All I could get was a click…click…click. Pressing the AUX START switch which draws power from the coach rather than the engine battery…more clicks! Hmmmmm!

I’ve been having this problem sporadically for the last couple of months…but it always started. I let it rest…then tried it again…it started!

Leaving the engine idling, I got online looking for a repair shop. I was only about 30 miles north of Portland, Oregon…but it was Saturday…most shops are closed. I searched for a certified Workhorse Chassis (which I have) service center. There are three in the Portland area. Two could not get to it for a week, furthest one out is where I ended up at Bruce Chevrolet in Hillsboro, Oregon. Their RV guy if off for the weekend…so here I sit until Monday morning…

 

 

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My new dinette window view…

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I’m having an intermittent electrical problem. I’m highly suspecting a defective relay. The chassis was manufactured in August, 2005…so it’s just over ten years old. Just about time for things to begin going bad. Best to get my problem fixed now…rather than have it fail me out in the boondocks!

Oh well, I’m safe and plugged into electrical power while I wait. RV’s are simply mechanical/electrical devices and periodically things stop working. Usually a little time and money cures the problem. Hopefully I’ll be on the road by Monday afternoon.

Mary and I were in this area in September, 2014. I had the motorhome oil changed at this facility and was impressed with their service…so I have every reason to feel good about ending up here.

Fortunately, there is a very friendly Eagles Club just a couple of miles from here. We camped there for one night prior to our oil change.

So, yesterday afternoon I drove the Bronco there and once again enjoyed the friendly folks at Eagle Club #4177!

Interesting side note…This was a first for me…spending a night in a car dealership. For security reasons, they kept the large lot greatly lit all night. It was like being parked in the middle of Yankee Stadium during a night game.  🙂

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny and 66 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 72 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…

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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

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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…

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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.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

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http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2015

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San Angelo, Texas – Day 1

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical issues.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 80 miles from Sweetwater to San Angelo, Texas.

The day started with a sliver moon over the sunrise. To see the moon you need to look closely at the top right-center…

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…

Upon arriving in San Angelo, I went to the Chevrolet dealer and got the motorhome an oil change and lube. Then to VFW Post #1815 where I expect to be for the next 3-4 days…

Here’s a look at San Angelo shortly after sunset from the back of the VFW overlooking the Concho River…

In the back room of the VFW, the Lone Star Cloggers were practicing. Beverly Grenda (in the green shirt) is the Director/Instructor. She started the group in 1997. Most of the gals have been dancing with this group for about nine years. They practice for two hours, two nights a week…

On the bottom of their shoes they wear double-plated steel jingle taps…

To see them strut their stuff, click this link…
http://youtu.be/bXQn-jC9ceU

I spent about a half-hour enjoying watching them dance to several tunes.

Finally, I always like to show the view from the dinette window…

While not a scenic view, it is very functional. First I’m on the east side of the building, so it blocks the cold winds. In addition, on the other side of the building is the railroad tracks, so the building blocks most of the noise.

I’ll start exploring San Angelo today.

Seeing clogging dancers practice is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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I’ll Be Making Some Adjustments…

hopefully later today.

I arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico yesterday on a Sunday morning at 10:00 hoping for light traffic. The below map from the visitors center shows that Albuquerque has two intersecting Interstate Highways forming, more or less, a big plus (+) sign in the middle of the city. I-25 running North to South and I-40 running East to West…

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...

I must admit I was truly surprised at how much traffic there was on a Sunday morning. Sure glad I didn’t decide to come in on a weekday!

I settled in at Moose Lodge #2241 shown as #1 on the map….

This is the view out of the dinette window…not bad for a large city…

It was difficult to find a relatively flat piece of ground in the sloping grade of the parking lot. The reason I chose this location is because it is very near to the only Workhorse Chassis (the kind on the motorhome) repair facility in the area. You might remember a couple of weeks ago when I entered Truth or Consequences that the ABS light came on…

I stopped at the local Chevrolet dealership there…but their three different diagnostic scanners would not communicate with the Workhorse Chassis. Hence my current appointment at the only Workhorse Chassis repair facility in the Albuquerque area at 9:00 AM this morning. Hopefully by noon the ABS light situation will be rectified and the Anti-Locking Brake System will be working properly.

So…what adjustments am I talking about. If you look at the above Moose parking lot photo once again…

On the far right side of the building you can see a sound barrier wall. Directly on the other side of the wall is eight lanes of a very busy Interstate Highway 40. The sound barrier wall really doesn’t work. The parking lot is VERY NOISY FROM THE HIGHWAY TRAFFIC AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT! Get the picture? Trying to get some sleep last night was a real nightmare! Pun intended! It’s interesting to note that on the left side of the above building…just on the other side of those trees…is a KOA Campground where folks are paying $46 a night and listening to the same noise I had last night.

So, what to do? Yesterday I took the Bronco and did some scouting of the area. One of the places I went to is VFW Post #401 shown as point #2 on the map…

it’s located very near the airport where I’m scheduled to meet Mary one week from tomorrow. It’s situated in an industrial complex with a locked gate at night and quite quiet for being in a large city. Once the ABS light is fixed…hopefully today…I’ll be moving over to the VFW Post. The Commander there said there’s no problem with a long-term stay.

The only potential glitch with moving today is the Workhorse Chassis repair facility might not have the parts to affect the repair. If that’s the case…I’ll play it all by ear.

A few days ago when I was camped at South Monticello Campground on Elephant Butte Lake…I mentioned that the quiet there was almost deafening and that I would be wishing I had some of that quiet here in Albuquerque. I was so right!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico…

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 20 miles from Lake Caballo State Park to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico where I am parked at Moose Lodge #2050…

Along the way the ABS light on the motorhome dash came on. Grrr…

While not earthshaking it stills need to be looked at to find out what the problem is. In the afternoon I took it to a local garage recommended by the administrator of the Moose Lodge. Since they do not regularly work on motorhomes…they were unable to locate the computer port to diagnosis the problem. So I have a 9:00 AM appointment at the local Chevrolet dealership this morning. I hate going to dealerships because they rape you financially…but a person has got to do what a person has to do.

You can read all about Truth or Consequences and how it got its unusual name by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_or_Consequences,_New_Mexico

I expect to be in this area for several days. I’m less than 150 miles from Albuquerque where I’m hoping Mary will be flying in to meet me up with me once again in about 2-3 weeks. So I’m kind of pacing myself for that event.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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1935 RV Is Half Bug And Half Buggy

We are still at Moose Lodge #1598 in Wlisonville, Oregon while Mary looks at potential real estate investment properties. Today should be our last full day here.

In the meantime…here is a short YouTube video about a futuristic RV from a newsreel in 1935. Enjoy…

If the video does not work…click this link…

http://youtu.be/EA2pFtZ0cHg

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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He Calls It…Motivation!

Jim says:

It’s my son’s muscle car and it really motivates (moves along!). It’s a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle which he purchased 26 years ago in 1984.

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This photo was taken in 1986…the car looks essentially the same today. He’s 22 years old at the time. He looks a little older today.

He estimates he’s got about $25,000 into it. The engine is rated at 550 horsepower with 538 pounds of torque. It really gets up and goes!

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The 550 horsepower engine.

Always seeking the ultimate in performance, yesterday he adjusted the valves and carburetor. Then he cleaned the outside.

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Adjusting the valves.

After the work was completed, we took it for a test drive and he says it’s sounding and running good. A car always seems to run better when it’s clean!

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Since it moves like a jet fighter, it’s appropriate to call this the cockpit.

A number of years ago he told me…”It’s really cool! I can be rolling along at about 120 miles per hour, stomp on the gas and peel rubber!” I called that kind of performance hot!

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This says it all!

As you can imagine, he treats it like a baby. Housed in his garage and up on jackstands when not in use. It’s a beauty!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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