Update on RV


I have had some issues with my RV. A few months ago I was at the local gas station here in San Felipe waiting for the truck in front of me to pull away from the fuel pump when it rolled back into my RV breaking the passenger side windshield and denting the front of the RV under the windshield. I was very upset and had a rather strong conversation with the owner of the truck. To say the least I was upset.

I had to order a replacement windshield but it was going to be delivered in Phoenix AZ. That is a long drive to Phoenix. I managed to do that when I got back to the states. I also needed a brake job for the RV and got several quotes all were very high. I chose Carl’s RV in Tucson to do the job their estimate was the most reasonable. They looked into getting someone to replace the windshield but those they talked to wouldn’t do the job because of the damage under the windshield. I talked to my mechanic in San Felipe and he was confident that he could find someone to install and repair the damage.

Upon my return to San Felipe I got in touch with my mechanic and true to his word he found a body repairman who came out to my place took one look at the damage and said confidently that he could fix and install the new windshield. My mechanic and I took the RV over to this man’s shop about eleven o’clock in the morning. The next day I drove past the shop and my RV was done! In a few hours maybe four they fixed the dent and installed the windshield and it looks great. They even fixed the bent windshield wiper. How much did this very quick and competent repair cost? About $120.00 ! I love Mexico! I also had my battery cable connectors replaced with new soldered ones to improve connectivity cost $30.00, that is with the mechanic coming to my house picking up the RV and bringing it back to my house! Did I say I love Mexico? 🙂

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Something is on my mind


English: Wine grapes from the Guadalupe Valley...

English: Wine grapes from the Guadalupe Valley in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Español: Uvas para vino del Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, México. Français : Grappe de raisins de cuve dans la Guadalupe Valley. Municipalité d’Ensenada, Basse-Californie, Mexique. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ensenada, Mexico at night

Ensenada, Mexico at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am thinking of downsizing or completely selling off my RV rig. I don’t seem to have the same level of intensity to travel as much. I’m comfortable here in Mexico and have friends and a social life for one of the few times in my life. I would like to see more of Mexico, but even doing that I would prefer a more sedate and comfortable mode of travel. Driving large distances finding a place to park and then doing it again in a few days has lost its appeal. Of course I may change my mind tomorrow, but that is how I feel this evening. I have thought of getting a smaller rig like a camper van to do shorter trips in then I would be able to use the van for non-camping trips too. I haven’t found anything yet to switch to, but who knows what may happen? There is a little bit of serendipity yet to this old lady’s life so stay tuned as they say.

I am planning on visiting the Ensenada area next weekend for the first time. Ensenada is on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja peninsular and both north and south of there are many communities that interest me. The summers are cooler there than in San Felipe and some folks leave here during the summer and rent a place there to be more comfortable. I’m hoping to see for myself what it is like in that area. There is a valley there called the Guadalupe Valley where there are many vineyards and wineries-every year there is a Winery tour that takes several days, sounds interesting.

Life has been good lately and I’m grateful for it.

My tow equipment


97 Geo Tracker 2400lbs

97 Geo Tracker 2400lbs

 

 

Showing where the "A" frame attaches to the GEO

Showing where the “A” frame attaches to the GEO

"A" Frame

“A” Frame

"A" frame and hitch ball

“A” frame and hitch ball

This is the system I have it is very basic. First there is a plate attached to the frame of the towed vehicle and a light cable is also wired in so your towed car has brake lights and turn signals. Then there is the tow bar mine is a basic “A” frame this attaches the two vehicles. An “A” frame is none adjustable and is a PIA to attach to the RV with only one person doing the work. I don’t have an auxiliary braking system on mine because my towed vehicle is only 2400 lbs. I should have a brake system it is the safest thing to do. When I stop the RV I have over a ton pushing the RV from the towed car and that’s not a good thing.

Cleaning and Polishing the RV


Today I have a crew power washing and waxing the RV the waxing is by hand. The power washer sure blew a lot of dirt off the roof and the crevices of the rig. here are some photos of the power washing.

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Her are some photos of the men hand waxing the rig;

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The rig is looking cleaner and sharper I’ll post a critique of the job later.

Critique; There was a lot of oxidation and it is not all gone to many years without removing the oxidation and it just doesn’t come off that easily. The rig looks a lot better and the design looks sharper and all together the rig looks much better. So how much did this cost ? Three men x six hours and wax came out to $75.00 and that included an 18 pack of beer for the men because I could see they worked all day didn’t take a lunch break. I gave them a soda for a break and they were greatful. Their hands looked so sore I felt bad therefor the beer for tonight when they get home.

Escapees RV Club Escapade


I have decided to attend the Escapees Escapade in Gillette WY June 30 to July 5th 2013. Escapade is a big meeting of members of the Escapees RV club where one attends seminars on various aspects of RVing and shopping for RV stuff as there will be a lot of vendors there, or so I’m told. I have not made plans this far in advance for a long time but I think I can live with doing it this time, as I have to go to South Dakota to get my driver’s license again. Sad story that, my license again because it was stolen while shopping in Wal-Mart Calexico CA. Sad I got robbed in the U.S. and I spend the Winter in Mexico you would think I would be robbed in Mexico, but nooo I get robbed in the U.S..

Oddly enough here at Pete’s Camp we have 42 RVs of Chapter 8 of Escapees camped on our beach. Very nice (expensive) RVs all lined up on the beach. As far as RVrs go they are a quiet bunch. I haven’t heard any whooping, hollering or fireworks. Usually when we have guests there is a lot of party noise, but these guys are so quiet I am surprised on my walk to find them still here!

Here are some photos of the Escapees camped on the beach.

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