Daily Archives: August 24, 2017

If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Turkey . . .

And Dressing!

I put in a call to Gary, the service manager at Big Wheel RV. a couple of days ago, but still haven’t heard back from him about our refrigerator problem. I can’t imagine why he doesn’t want to talk to me.

Blog reader Dale Pace and her husband Terry related a very similar encounter at Big Wheel to ours.

Towed in to Big Wheel last year, their Tiffin needed a new serpentine belt. First off Big Wheel told them they also needed a new alternator because of the ‘drag’ when they tried to turn the alternator pulley by hand, and even said it was probably the ‘drag’ that shredded the belt.

When Terry checked with Freightliner, they were told the alternator will not ‘free-wheel’ under any circumstances. so they insisted that Big Wheel just replace the belt. And a year later it’s still doing fine.

And to make matters worse, Big Wheel couldn’t figure out how to replace the belt the right way, so they had to cut a hole in the bedroom closet floor to get to it. And you don’t need to do this to replace the belt.

By then the SM (Gary?) told them they had much bigger problems anyway, since the coach had lost ALL power. When Jerry ask them if they had hit the ‘disconnect’ by the door, he was told they would never fool with any ‘unknown’ switch.

Terry then reached in the doorway, pressed the switch, and what do you know, the coach suddenly had power again.

Then later, Big Wheel dropped the jacks, and hearing a loud hiss, said that the coach had a MASSIVE air leak and needed to be repaired,

Of course every coach I’m aware of dumps the airbags when you drop the jacks, hence the loud hiss of air.

So I guess I should feel better that it wasn’t just me.

About  3pm Jan and I headed out for an early dinner, and since it was Thursday, Cracker Barrel’s Turkey and Dressing was on the menu. For Jan, anyway.

Cracker Barrel Turkey & Dressing

I had planned to have the Beef Pot Roast Campfire Meal again,

Cracker Barrel Campfire Meal

but it’s come and gone, so I went with the new Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict dinner.

Cracker Barrel Fried Chicken Benedict

With Fried Chicken pieces, fried eggs, and topped with a Pimento Cheese Hollandaise sauce, along with a side of red skin potatoes and red peppers casserole, it was really good. Of course we’ve never had anything bad at CB.

Moving on, our next stop was the nearby Sam’s Club for a prescription and a couple of other things. We split our prescriptions between Wal-Mart and Sam’s due to different prices. The prescription we got at Sam’s for $10 with my Business membership card would be $78.42 at the Wal-Mart right next door.

Our next stop was Sam’s gas pumps to fill up our truck. The place was pretty busy, I guess, due to the incoming storm, but we only had to wait for one car to finish up in front of us.

Next up was the next door Wal-Mart for another prescription and some more stuff. Like the Sam’s, the bottled water shelves were stripped, but at the Wal-Mart they emptied the bread shelves too.

Wal-Mart Empty Shelf

What ‘s kind of strange is that the booze shelves were still fully stocked.

Where are these people’s priorities? Don’t they know a storm’s coming?

I want to thank the number of people who have emailed us, concerned that a hurricane is coming our way.

First off, we’re not really worried since we’re 90 miles from the Gulf Coast, and about 250 miles from where Harvey is supposed to come ashore. Now, are we going to get wind and rain? Almost certainly, due to the fact that we will be on the dirty (wet) side of the storm.

But we’re parked in one of the highest points in the park, so I’m not worried about flooding. Although some of the lower areas here may have problems, depending on the amount of rain we actually do get here.

I did however change our upcoming travel schedule. Originally we were supposed to leave here Sunday, in the middle of the high winds and rain, and move over to Colorado River, but I’ve extended our stay here until Wednesday when things should have quieted down.

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Thought for the Day:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. – C.S. Lewis


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