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The $51 Gas Filter

Jim says:

First, a photo to attest I’ve still not have reached the warm weather as of yet. This photo was taken at 7:30 AM yesterday morning after a 31 degree night.

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First chore yesterday was going to the local Workhorse Chassis Dealer (the kind of chassis we have on our motorhome) for an oil change. Because of our heavy-duty use we get the oil changed every 3,000 miles. While there I decided to buy a gas filter because you never know when you’ll catch a bad batch of gasoline which could strand you out in the middle of nowhere. This little puppy is a specialty item which can only be purchased at a Workhorse dealer for a resounding $51…plus tax!

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My older motorhome had two gas filters which could be purchased at any automotive parts store for about $4 each. Life was much simpler back then, so I guess that’s the price we paid for progress.

After that, a visit to Costco for food items and a gasoline fill-up. Then to Wal-Mart for a few miscellaneous items rounded out my day.

Back to the weather…yesterday’s high here in Bakersfield reached only 56. Today will be the final leg of my journey is reaching the warmer climates. From Bakersfield’s 408 foot elevation I’ll go through Tehachapi Pass just under 4,000 feet where there is no snow but quite cold…only in the mid 40’s yesterday. At the other end…my destination is Palm Desert…about 10 miles east of Palm Springs where the forecast for tomorrow is a beautiful 76 degrees! Yeah! Now that’s more to the liking of the Weather Wimp!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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Fleetwood Motorhome Factory Tour, Decatur, Indiana

Jim says:

Our motorhome is a Fleetwood Terra. Yesterday Mary and I took the two-hour Fleetwood Motorhome Factory Tour here in Decatur, Indiana. There are five Fleetwood factories in Decatur. The factory we toured, shown below, is on 95 acres, 1.2 million square feet with a paint shop that’s almost 1,000 feet long. On average, this factory produces 18 units per day.

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This Fleetwood Plant manufactures Class A Motorhomes. It’s one of five Fleetwood plants in Decatur, Indiana…the company’s headquarters location.

Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside the factory, so we had to wait for the final inspection area or outside to take photos. Here are four photos…

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To see the other 23 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/Fleetwood082710#

Here’s the Fleetwood official website link…
http://fleetwoodrv.com/

It was really interesting to see how motorhomes are put together. The chassis is manufactured by Workhorse, Ford, Freightliner or Spartan. The chassis’ arrive a couple of days before they are needed. Then Fleetwood constructs the coach which rests upon the chassis. The processes for the various components which make up the coach is fascinating. A through quality control inspection completes the fabrication process.

We’ll hangout in Decatur over the weekend…depart on Monday 50 miles down the road to Union City for a Tuesday Workhorse Chassis Factory Tour. Reason…Decatur is about 10,000 population and Union City is about 3,500…not much going on there.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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We Arrive In Asheville, North Carolina…Well Almost!

Jim says:

By that I mean we’ll arrive later today. In reality Asheville is in the mountains and the airport is located in Arden, North Carolina…about 20 miles southeast of Asheville. I spent the night in Spartanburg, South Carolina about 45 miles southeast of the airport and will be in Arden by noon. Mary arrives on a 3:50 afternoon flight from California.

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Since November 30, 2009, I’ve driven about 4,800 miles.

In other news…regarding yesterday’s Blog about my little yellow light. No parts were needed…the garage had to re-program the computer. The work was covered by warranty and Workhorse (the chassis manufacturer) paid the one-hour labor fee of $92.

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My Plans Are Changed By A Little Yellow Light…

Jim says:

When I started the motorhome engine yesterday morning, my plans were to have a very pleasant drive along a little used highway about 150 miles to Spartanburg, South Carolina. I was going to spend the night at an American Legion.

However…once I started the engine all the lights went out the way they’re supposed to …except the little yellow ABS warning light. I started the engine another five times hoping the light would go out…nope!

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The little yellow light that changed my plans. The red light is my parking brake light.

The Workhorse Chassis Manual says the braking system is made up of two parts. When the yellow light comes on, the manual says it means one portion may not be working properly…the vehicle can still be driven…but drive carefully and get it to a service center asap. Great!

I drove about 60 miles and the light remained lit. No signs of leakage and the brakes seemed to be just fine. As I approached the state capital of Columbia, I stopped and looked up the Workhorse Service Centers online, hoping there would be one in Spartanburg. Nope…just two in the entire state and one happens to be in Columbia.

So, instead of driving on to Spatanburg, I ended up parking under some shade trees behind a shopping center where I spent the night. Oh by the way…yesterday was 90 degrees with about 90% humidity. Yuck!..said the Weather Wimp (that’s the name my life-partner Mary has given me because I gripe whenever the temperature is not within the 65-75 degree range).

The service center is a Chevrolet Dealer about two miles from my overnight parking location. I plan to be at the service center door when they open at 8:00 AM. I’m about 150 miles away from where I need to be to pick up Mary at the Asheville, North Carolina Airport on Tuesday (tomorrow).

If I where just driving on flat land, I would have driven on…however…I’m headed for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and cannot take any chances when it comes to possible brake problems. I’ll let you know what happened in tomorrow’s Blog.

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I thought I had a pesky problem solved…

Jim says:

Another thing I love about full-time RVing is that there are generally few problems in life and those tend to be small problems. This story is about a small problem that has been pestering me since we acquired the new motorhome.

Most Class A (the big square ones like ours) motorhome are built on a truck chassis. Our motorhome is on a Workhorse Chassis with 19.5″ dual rear wheels. Checking and adding air to the tires can be somewhat of a pain. On our motorhome I installed a valve stem extension for the inside wheel and it works fine. I’ve tried a number of items on the outside wheel to no avail. Even a Camping World Service Manager told me he had nothing that would fix my problem.

Right now the only way I can add air to the outside wheel is to use an angled chuck. I’ve good a real good quality 12 volt air pump, but it does not have an angled air chuck. The hole on the outside wheel is too small to attach my air pump.

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The too small hole.

The day before yesterday I was on the phone with a Goodyear Tire Store and they told me they had all kinds of angled valve stems that would fix my problem.

Yesterday I went to the Goodyear Tire Store and the angled valve stem looked like it would work. They would only charge me $28.50 to do both wheels, plus tax…and no charge if they didn’t work. I was ecstatic! Camping World gets $54.50 for one-half hour of labor!

They took a wheel off the motorhome, removed the tire from the steel wheel and…Oh, No!…the hole on the steel wheel was too large for the angled valve stem. I was crushed! From the time I arrived until I departed…two hours had slipped away…and good to their word…there was no charge. That was good…but I’ve still got my pesky problem!

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This angle valve wouldn’t work because the hole on the steel wheel was too large.

In other news…
As pretty as the day before yesterday was at the Gulf Island National Seashore…when you are near the beach there are very small gnats. I ran into them along the gulf shore in Mississippi also. They’re so small they can fit through the openings of the motorhome window screens. There were dozens of them and they bite like alligators. Fortunately they have a very short life span and they are also very dumb. They like camping out on the dining room window…so they made easy targets for my fast-moving thumb. I squished about 100 of them. I now have no more gnats in the motorhome! The gnats were a rather pesky problem that I did manage to fix!

So I decided to move on and ended up only about 25 miles down the road in Destin, Florida. After finishing with the Goodyear Tire Dealer I wasn’t in the mood to drive further. So I spent last night in American Legion Post there in Destin. I’m such a lucky guy…I get to meet so many nice people. At the American Legion bar, I met Gary and Connie from upper Wisconsin…married 43 years and still happy together. Thanks Gary and Connie for the great conversations.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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