Sometimes we like to travel alone, just the two of us. Other times, we enjoy taking people with us. This is one of the latter times, we're taking my Dad and Marti's sister, Gail.
Of course, with my anal retentive tendencies, I had to get a couple more maintenance items taken care of. I have to shower love on the Journey to keep it running in tip-top shape. Actually, that shower of love is money, it's not cheap owning a diesel pusher.
Last week I dropped off the Journey at my local Freightliner shop. At the four year mark, the Cat engine's cooling system needs to be drained, flushed, drained again and then refilled with fresh coolant. If you don't do this, you can get corrosion and acids in the coolant that can severely damage the engine and radiator. I didn't want those problems. An ounce of prevention...
Once again, this coolant change job is something I know how to do, but I don't have the means to accomplish it, the cooling system had over 9 gallons of liquid coolant in it, then add the flushing liquid to it and you have 18 gallons of liquid that needs to be contained and recycled. So it's one job that I have to farm out.
The Journey was waiting for me when I arrived.
To make sure everything worked okay, I checked the coolant level, then took the Journey for a jaunt down the highway. Everything checked out fine. I wanted to ensure all was well, I hate to think of being stuck on the side of the road with an overheated engine, especially since part of the trip will take us through some places that are a bit wild and if you listen closely, you can hear banjo music being played off in the distance.
I wasn't done yet, I had another stop to make. Several months ago, I mentioned that my front tires, Michelin XRVs were exhibiting ( I have to deprogram myself from these legal words), showing signs of cracking. The RV forums have discussed these tire problems and the subsequent failures that happen. These failures can be quite devastating and cause extensive damage to the RV.
Again, not being a fan of sitting on the side of the road, tapping my foot to banjo music, I went to my local Michelin Truck Tire dealer. A week back, I had the tires inspected and the dealer made a call to Michelin customer service. My tires were not yet five years old and the dealer thought I had a valid complaint. Michelin agreed and gave me two new front tires for a discount of $283 per tire. Not too bad for tires that cost over $500 each.
In went the Journey.
In no time, the tech had the front wheels off,
and he was muscling the old tires off the rim and the new ones on.
I love big air tools.
And there they are, nice new tires on the front.
I asked the tire dealer to see if he could get me the freshest (most recently made) tires possible and he came through. These tires have a date code of 2111, meaning they were made on the 21st week of 2011, around mid May. When tires have a life of 5 to 7 years, the newer the tires, the longer service life you'll get out of them.
So tomorrow night, when we pull out on our 1100 mile trip to Branson, the only banjo music I'll be hearing is on the radio. Stay tuned to see what kind of trouble I get into at Branson. :c)
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