The Journey was due for the 48 month transmission service on its Allison 3000 transmission. While I'm lucky enough to have the knowledge to do this job, I don't have the facility to do it. Ergo, I had to take it to the Allison Dealer to get the job done. It's important, I don't want to have any problems with this big (BIG) bucks component in the Journey, getting required maintenance done keeps my warranty in effect.
I took the Journey to Western Branch Diesel, a certified Allison service center. A mere $419 later, the job was done. Allison transmissions use Transynd synthetic fluid, which costs $40 a gallon and the Journey takes 5 gallons. Two expensive filters and a $123/hour labor rate sucked that money right out of my wallet. It's better than being stuck on the side of the road with a burned out transmission, though.
Marti and I picked up the Journey and took it back to our storage lot for the week. Next weekend we leave for the RV-Dreams Rally in Tennessee.
Today we also had some contractors coming in to the house to start on re-tiling two of our three bathrooms and repair the tile in the master bath. Also, the hardwood floor in the family room was to be sanded and refinished. We packed in the Element, including Zoe the Wonder Dog and headed out to get some breakfast and do some birthday shopping for our granddaughter Kierra, who will be four next week.
While we were out the contractor called and said they were done for the day and would be back again tomorrow and then finish everything on Monday. That sounded good so we headed home and found this:
All our family room furniture was stacked up in the kitchen and a large plastic sheet hung from the ceiling to the floor, separating the kitchen from the family room. The hardwood floor had been sanded and polyurethane had been brushed on.
The major problem was the floor was wet, the polyurethane had not dried. There was no possible way we'd be able to keep Zoe out of the room and we didn't want her paw prints all over it.
So we went back to the storage lot, fired up the Journey, went over to the campground and signed in. An unexpected camping night, but we're sure glad we have our Journey.
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