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The Real Culprit… (GA65)

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 Mary’s home in Murphys, California. I expect to leave here May 8th. While here, I’ll be doing routine maintenance, repairs and general cleaning.

 

 

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 2011-2013, 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 30, 2012…

 

 

 

Note…I’m currently hanging out in the motorhome at the Moose Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico waiting on the completion of a transmission rebuild for my 1986 Ford Bronco II. I’m expecting the work to be finished today.

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Two days ago I wrote about the dis-assembly of the transmission…
http://wp.me/pDCku-44h

 

 

Yesterday morning I went to the garage to see how they were progressing. The replacement parts they had to order arrived and they were in the process of the re-assembly of the transmission. Nacho, the shop owner and my mechanic, told me that they had finally come across the real culprit… a mutilated planetary carrier assembly…three inches in diameter. Here are some photos…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

First a top view. Look closely…there are supposed to be three gears…one each at 12-4 and 8 o’clock positions. If you look closely you will see 12 o’clock gear is missing…

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other views of the damaged area…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mechanics were busy so I did not get into a long-winded discussion of why this part failed. Being an ex-engineer my guess is metal-fatigue. 26 years of internal heat and stress on this aluminum part finally took its toll. As I said in earlier Blog entry…the transmissions in these older Ford Bronco II’s were known to be problem-childs.

 

 

The exploded parts view shows 158 individual pieces in the transmission…

 

 

Hopefully the transmission will once again be in good running order and I’ll soon be back on the road again!

 

 

 

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…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/golden-state-warriors-freebie/

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was mostly cloudy and 65 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 62 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

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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…

DSC040481b

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 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

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

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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It’s Something We Seldom Give A Thought About… (GA63)

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 Mary’s home in Murphys, California. I expect to be here 2-3 weeks. While here, I’ll be doing routine maintenance, repairs and general cleaning.

 

 

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 2011-2013, 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 28, 2012…

 

 

 

Note…I’m currently hanging out in the motorhome at the Moose Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico waiting on the completion of a transmission rebuild for my 1986 Ford Bronco II

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Much like a light switch on a wall…we flick the switch and presto…there’s electricity! Most folks do not have a concept of the complexities behind that switch that brings the electricity to our homes. And it is indeed a complex system.

 

 

Much the same with the automatic transmissions in our vehicles. We simply start the vehicle…put it in drive or reverse and be on our way. Most folks do not have a concept of the complexities of this device that takes the energy produced by an engine and converts it to vehicle motion.

 

 

As you saw in the above note I’m awaiting completion of a transmission rebuild for my 1986 Ford Bronco II. Yesterday I spent three hours at the garage where they began the dis-assembly of the transmission. With Nacho’s help I was shown the reasons for my transmission failure as a thrust washer that had broken in to two pieces and went where they were not supposed to be.

 

 

Here are some photos…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

First the transmission before the start of the dis-assembly process…

 

 

 

 

 

Nacho, the mechanic, mounted the transmission casing to a work bench to begin the dis-assembly process…

 

 

 

 

 

And then two photos of the major components of the transmission…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The work bench is covered with internal parts from the transmission which is only about one-half dis-assembled at this point…

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not sure how many individual parts there are in my transmission…but I guessing somewhere well in excess of 100. And unless they all go together in a very precise manner…the transmission will fail to do its job. That’s one of the reasons that a transmission rebuild is so expensive.

 

 

However…I hold no hard feeling against my transmission for needing to be rebuilt. Automobiles are nothing more than mechanical. electrical and electronic components in a single vessel. They work hard to deliver us where we desire to go. After 150,000 miles…I have no complaints. With a little time and a few $’s I’ll once again soon be on my way. We only give it a thought when it doesn’t work.

 

 

Nacho is hoping to have it ready for me by Friday afternoon.

 

 

 

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…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/celebration-of-life/

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 69 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 57 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

2

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…

DSC040481b

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 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

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

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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I’ve Been Kind Of Expecting This To Happen… (GA59)

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…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/look-ma-i-can-read-the-label/

 

 

 

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 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

2

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…

DSC040481b

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 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

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

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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Historic Silver City, New Mexico…

Yesterday I departed Silver City, New Mexico after a nice 13 day visit. Okay…I could have done nicely without having to rebuild my 1986 Ford Bronco II transmission. But…if you have to breakdown…Silver City is a good place to do it. Thank you again Moose Lodge #1718 for your hospitality.

Historic downtown Silver City. New Mexico is very clean and has lots of nice old buildings including the Silver City Museum detailing the Big Ditch.

I was so busy while there…I didn’t have a chance to show you some photos of the historic downtown area. So here they are…

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...

To see the other 32 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/SilverCityNewMexico

To read all about Silver City, click this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_City,_New_Mexico

I arrived at Lake Caballa State Park…about 75 miles east of Silver City. I’ll show you those photos tomorrow.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Fort Bayard National Historic Landmark, New Mexico

A few days ago while my Ford Bronco II was in the shop for a transmission rebuild, I drove the motorhome the about seven miles east from Silver City, New Mexico to Fort Bayard.

The fort site was chosen in 1863 for its springs and outstanding view of the Apache war trails. The fort was established in 1866. In 1899, the Army deactivated Fort Bayard and established it as a tuberculosis hospital and research center. In 1922, the hospital was transferred to the Veterans Bureau, which became part the new Veterans Administration in 1930. The last patient was transferred to another hospital in November, 2010.

The first known internment in the cemetery was Sergeant David H.Boyd of the 3rd U.S. Calvary, buried in 1866. The cemetery was designated a National Cemetery in 1973.

To read the complete history of Fort Bayard…click this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bayard_Historic_District

To read the history of the Fort Bayard National Cemetery…click this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Bayard_National_Cemetery

Here are some photos I took at Fort Bayard…

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...

To see the other 26 photos that I took…click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/FortBayardNewMexico

Visiting old military installations is another of my enjoyments as a full-time RVer!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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The Real Culprit…

Note…I’m currently hanging out in the motorhome at the Moose Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico waiting on the completion of a transmission rebuild for my 1986 Ford Bronco II. I’m expecting the work to be finished today.

———————————————

Two days ago I wrote about the dis-assembly of the transmission…
http://wp.me/pDCku-44h

Yesterday morning I went to the garage to see how they were progressing. The replacement parts they had to order arrived and they were in the process of the re-assembly of the transmission. Nacho, the shop owner and my mechanic, told me that they had finally come across the real culprit… a mutilated planetary carrier assembly…three inches in diameter. Here are some photos…

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...

First a top view. Look closely…there are supposed to be three gears…one each at 12-4 and 8 o’clock positions. If you look closely you will see 12 o’clock gear is missing…

Here are some other views of the damaged area…

The mechanics were busy so I did not get into a long-winded discussion of why this part failed. Being an ex-engineer my guess is metal-fatigue. 26 years of internal heat and stress on this aluminum part finally took its toll. As I said in earlier Blog entry…the transmissions in these older Ford Bronco II’s were known to be problem-childs.

The exploded parts view shows 158 individual pieces in the transmission…

Hopefully the transmission will once again be in good running order and I’ll soon be back on the road again!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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