Time to catch up a bit on what has been happening with us here at what I now call “Camp David…..at Pismo.”
We arrived Tuesday just after lunch time after trying a new route from Bakersfield to Pismo. This one uses highway 166 to cross the coastal mountains and joins 101 just north of Santa Maria. It turned out to be a pretty good route for the RV and not a lot of traffic on it, so I suspect we will use it in the future. It was weird though coming into Pismo from the south instead of the north.
Tuesday evening we walked down to the beach near town to see the sunset. Carol will have many more and better pictures, but this will give you some idea of the sight.
Wednesday, a part I had ordered for our refrigerator came. There is a fan in the bottom of it that does two jobs. First it cools the compressor when it is running. Second, when the frost free mechanism turns on, there is some water that is collected into a tray that sits in the bottom of the unit. This fan pushes air over the water and evaporates it.
The fan was making a noise that sounded like a bearing went out in it. So I ordered another one. It arrived Wednesday and after I got all the way in and removed the old fan motor, turns out the replacement is the wrong one.
So I called the supplier and they found that Whirlpool had not updated their diagram. More importantly, they had the right motor replacement kit. (There is a new style motor that is supposed to be better but needs a connector cable to mate to the existing connector). They will ship it right away.
We also changed sites from when we arrived yesterday. Our old site, #162, was a good site except the wifi was spotty. I talked with the guy here who maintains the network and he suggested that we move to #190 which we did. That made a real difference and now the internet is great.
Thursday we visited the Monarch butterflies that winter near here. We walked over to their winter habitat which is only about a half mile away. In the picture below, you can see them all over the tree leaves.
Carol will have more pictures on her blog about them. When the temperature is below 60 degrees, they clump together in large masses for warmth. When over 60, they fly around and land on the leaves.
On that walk, my knee started acting up so we went to WalMart and got a knee brace. That has really helped.
Friday we drove down to a state beach park outside Guadalupe. We took some Subway food and parked overlooking the beach. Carol took pictures to post on her blog which you can visit by clicking here.
When we got back to the RV, we did a short 6 mile bike ride. For most of the ride, my knee was fine, but started to get sore near the end. Also, my replacement motor arrived so I went to the park store to retrieve it.
Today, Saturday, I replaced the motor in the refigerator. It took about 25 minutes or so and the new one works great! Much quieter. One thing I noticed was how much easier it was to work on the refrigerator in the RV. The motor is located on the bottom of the unit, but because I access it from outside the RV, I actually am standing up the whole time instead of crawling on all fours to access it.
While I was doing the repair, I also solved (Hopefully) another problem. As I mentioned earlier, this motor also evaporates the water in the collector tray from the frost free mechanism. Works great as designed, but not designed for an RV. If you move the RV before the evaporation is completed, the water in the tray will spill on the floor. We had this happen several times until I could figure out where it was coming from.
So my fix for that was to buy some plastic tubing at the hardware store and extend the tube that fills the tray directly outside the RV. Now the water won’t even collect – it will just go outside. Should hopefully do the job.
In a few minutes we are going to do a town walk and then have lunch on the way back. Then the NFL football games start this afternoon. (GO SAINTS, COLTS, CHARGERS, and of course, NINERS!).