As I've mentioned numerous times before, it seems as though there's always something that needs to be repaired or maintained when you live this lifestyle. A few weeks ago I had to remove the water heater from the RV to replace a check valve that had gone bad. After finishing the repair we started to notice that the DSI Fault light was coming on and the water heater would be offline after a single cycle of heating water. We also noticed that the hot water seemed to be much hotter than normal. After a little research in the Owners Manual and reading several discussion threads in IRV2 we determined that the thermostat didn't seem to be doing it's job of shutting off the heater when the water temp reached 140; instead the water heater was continuing to heat the water to a temp of 190 degrees at which time the ECO (Emergency Cut Off) was initiating the DSI Fault and turning off the water heater. Since everything had been working fine prior to my having to remove the water heater; and that had not required me to work with any of the wiring or thermostats I was fairly sure we had a loose wire somewhere. I pulled the wiring connections on the thermostat and cleaned them with a little WD40 and '00' steel wool. After restoring the connections everything worked as it should. It's always something!
|The 'After' Picture|
No More Sunlight Steaming
I put my tools away and as I started up the steps to the RV I noticed something unusual....there was sunlight coming through a 10" gap in the door awning. Closer inspection showed that the material of the awning was intact, but the seams in the awning were starting to separate as the original thread was deteriorating. I surveyed the situation and determined that I could remove 2 bolts & 1 screw and completely remove the awning assembly from the RV to work on it. After a quick climb onto the top of the RV Joan & I had the awning loose and spread out on the picnic table ready for repair.
A few years ago I repaired the awning on the Class C we owned previously and I still had the heavy duty needles and fishing line I had used then. It took me about an hour to sew all the seams and another 15 minutes for Joan & I to reattach the awning. Just so you know, it's not a matter of 'if' something will happen, it's a matter of when! So next time you run into a similar problem, keep an open mind, use your wits and you'll do just fine.
A few days later we got an unexpected surprise....a phone call from Scott, one of the park rangers asking if we had some time open on our calendar for the following Sunday. Scott is not only an LE (law enforcement) but he is the park pilot and spends half of his patrol time flying the park plane.
When we first arrived at Lake Mead this year we had put our names on the list to fly with Scott if he ever needed observers. Scott was calling to ask if we could fly with him. HECK Yeah! was our response. So we met up with Scott Sunday morning at 9am and he led us through the pre-flight check. As we were taxiing Scott shared with us that we had a 31mph crosswind. "Do either of you have a problem with motion sickness?" Nope. So off we went.
The views were spectacular. We saw many of the back country roads that we normally drove and seeing the water fronts where we've eaten lunch while working gave us a whole different perspective.
|Home Again. I feel much better now.|
We'd been out about an hour when we turned back and headed for the airport. Joan never had a problem and we're both hoping that we'll get another call to fly again....maybe when it's a little calmer.
Earlier this year Joan started reading a new blog Jim and Barb's RV Adventure. And a couple of days after we arrived in Custer Jim & Barb pulled into the campground and parked right beside us. We had a great time meeting and spending time with them. They spent the summer in Canada working at a friend's hunting/fishing lodge. We stayed in touch over the summer and a few days ago they decided to get out of freezing temps of Salt Lake and head down to Zion NP. Joan & I decided we would drive up and spend a couple of days with them.
|It was a close call, but lucky for Jim that |
Barb was close by
We drove all through Zion, hiked a couple of trails and shared a couple of our favorite, out of the way, lesser known sights and overlooks.
We headed back home glad to know them a little better and with a plan to get together at least once or twice while we're here in Lake Mead this season.
Joan & I thought we had driven most of the ARs last season. But in the last 3 weeks we've already driven 4-5 new to us ARs. AR53 ends about 2 miles from the water and we GPS'd a disturbance made by a dirt bike that decided to drive towards the water rather than hike.
We only hiked a 1/4 mile, but saw many unusual features along the way. Here are a few pics we snapped along the way.
Well, that's it for now. Stay Tuned. More to Come.