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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bad Day, Good Day

Yesterday we were scheduled to leave for our trip at 9am and hoping to make 220 miles to 7 Feathers Casino/RV Park.  Just before I was ready to back the RV out, as I was going to disconnect the electrical, I noticed that the front tire on the driver’s side was totally flat.  I and do mean totally flat!  So flat, the tire had separated from the rim!

So I put in a call to Good Sam, our emergency service provider at 9:15.  They didn’t show up until 2:45 or so!  Talk about slow response! 

While we waited, I noticed that the hot water heater wasn’t working on either propane or 110VAC.  Fiddled around with the connectors and got it going finally.

The tire person was coming from Les Schwab (An outfit I highly recommend!), but he was from the Salmon Creek store and not the one just down the road.  So it took him 20 minutes to get to the house.  He remounted the tire then filled it and tried to determine where it was leaking, but could find no leak.  He suggested that since we were going on a long trip, we go to the Les Schwab facility and have the tire check in the tank.

I agreed that we needed some assurance that it wouldn’t lose air on our trip, so we went to the local LS store.  Waited about 30 minutes and they checked the tire.  At first, they couldn’t find anything either.  But in the valve cap (pressure sensor) there is a grommet that apparently became cracked.  Something he only sees maybe once a year.  But that appeared to be the cause. 

So we left Vancouver finally at about 3:45 or so.  Fortunately we had no traffic at all as we went through Portland during early rush hour.  We were both surprised at that!.  Guess everyone was on their computers ordering gifts on Cyber Monday.

We made it to 7 Feathers about 8pm.  Went to the Casino for dinner.  After Carol played the slots for a few minutes and left $7 ahead, we came back to the RV and to bed after a tiring and stressful day.

Tuesday, we got back on the road about 9:15.  Made it over the mountains in good weather and dry road conditions.  Very lucky for this time of year.  Arrived in Corning at about 4 or so. 

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We entered California, but it not as smoggy as this picture might indicate. <grin>

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As we were driving south, we had some great views of Mt. Shasta which is 14,179 feet tall.

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Got all setup and ready for dinner.  We saw a fantastic sunset.

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We went to the Rolling Hills Casino (where our RV park is too) and had their buffet dinner.  If you join their Mt Shasta Club, you get 50% off on Tuesdays & Thursdays.  So we had great food for both of us and it only cost $14.95.

Tomorrow we head to Grass Valley and DiMartini RV.  That’s where we bought our Bounder and it is going in for some warranty work.  When we bought the Bounder from them, I was very impressed with their service and support.  They run a first class operation and really, the only thing wrong with it is that they aren’t in the Portland area too!  If you ever need an RV, check them out for sure!

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