Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here
The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails San Benito RV Resort, Paicines, California. I’ll depart from here April 19th.
Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.
In 2012-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 8,000 miles in the Bronco, circumnavigation of the United States, which I called The Great Adventure. I called it so because other than my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June in Connecticut, I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there!
So, unless I do something really different and unusual warranting a new blog entry, I’ll be posting entries from that trip.
This entry was posted March 24, 2012…
And yesterday…while exploring the historic downtown of Silver City, New Mexico…it finally happened. My 1986 Ford Bronco II transmission finally quit.
I bought the vehicle back in July, 2009…almost three years ago.
It runs as good as it looks. Last August while summering in Washington State, the transmission overheated while climbing Mt. Constitution on San Juan Island in Puget Sound…leaking a steady stream of transmission fluid. Shortly thereafter I had my good friend and trusted mechanic Mike pull the transmission to install new seals and install a rear main engine seal while he was at it. He did not open the transmission case itself during that function.
Last January the shifting started acting up and I had the modulator valve replaced while in Apache Junction, Arizona. Once again the thought popped into my mind…one of these days the transmission is going to quit.
No problems since then…until yesterday.
While climbing a rather short yet rather steep hill…I barely made it to the top. It felt like a slipping clutch. Once at the top…then it did not want to go forward or backward at all. I let it cool down for a few minutes then checked the transmission fluid level…which was fine.
Since it decided to move once again…I curtailed my exploration activities and managed to get it back to the Moose Lodge where the motorhome is parked about three miles distant. Once there…it once again refused to go forward or backwards. What to do now?
I placed a call to Mike in Washington to get his diagnosis of my problem. It did not come as a surprise. He concluded that the time had come to have the transmission rebuilt. The next question became by whom and where…it’s a Friday afternoon.
I went into the Moose Lodge where the head guy provided me with a local referral. There’s only three places that do transmission rebuilds in this small town of about 10,000 population. The other potential solution was to hook the Bronco II to the motorhome and tow it to the nearest national franchise transmission rebuilders in Las Cruces, New Mexico…125 miles distant. In another call to Mike…I asked him about his opinion on this option and he said…”I wouldn’t let them work on my lawnmower!”
So the decision was made. I managed to drive it to the local transmission rebuild shop about two miles away. I’m hoping to get the Bronco II back by next Friday at a cost not to exceed $2,000. Transmission rebuilds are expensive!
Now for the good news. I could have broken down out in the middle of the toolies where I frequently go. Then I would have had to deal with a tow truck to get me back to civilization. The motorhome is parked at a very friendly Moose Lodge where the head guy says…”No problem…stay as long as you need to!” The Ford Bronco II’s of the 1980’s have a bad reputation for transmission problems. I guess I can’t complain about a transmission rebuild with 150,000 miles on the odometer. A little time and a few $’s and hopefully all will be well once again with my 1986 Ford Bronco II.
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW…!!!
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.
Yesterday was cloudy with some rain and 63 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly cloudy with a shower and 66 degrees.
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… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa
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