Monday, January 14, 2013

Cedar Key - Day # 17 - The Vibrator

It's funny how long I will live with something that isn't working properly.  When we bought our coach on March 1, 2008 the vent fan in the shower had this loud vibration at start up, but would disappear after 30 seconds.....sometimes.  Sometimes it would run fine for weeks at a time, but if we rolled the wheels it would always come on with this loud vibrating noise that would not disappear until the next day, then it would be fine until we moved again.  There was a problem, but it always seemed to go away, but in Campbellsville it started the loud vibration noise again, so I actually went up on the roof, removed the protective cowling, pulled it out and used my 12 volt bench tester to run it with and without the fan blad on.  I applied a little 3 in 1 oil, and that seemed to do the trick....for about 3 days, then it came back again.  If it worked properly I would use it all the time......especially in this more humid clime we find ourselves in.....it's humid enough inside without adding to the moisture level with a long hot shower, so having the vent fan work properly has suddenly taken on a heretofore absent urgency.  These are 30 year old fans, so replacing any of them with an exact match might be difficult.  My solution?  We have four of these units in our coach (bathroom, shower, kitchen and pantry).....we never, ever, use the one in the pantry, and have actually taped off the switch so it cannot even be accidentally turned on....so why not take the one never being used and see if it is in proper working order, and just replace the shower one with that one?  Well, Sunday morning I finally did that, and it works wonderfully!  The "VIBRATOR" has left the building!

The culprit.....one more task crossed off the list

As I was getting ready to climb down the ladder I noticed a woman looking up at me, so I said "Hi!".  She asked "Do you ever receive compliments on the appearance of your Newell?" After a long, pregnant pause I replied "You bet!"   We started to talk, but then I suggested I come down off the roof so we could talk face to face.  By the time I was back on terra firma her husband had walked over and I was introduced to Tori and Bob.  They are just retired, and also just recently married this past October.  They are here in a rented a 31' Class C+ to see if this lifestyle is something they would like to pursue.  Judging by the looks on their faces I would say they like it a lot.  They had questions about our coach, and I am always eager to talk about our Newell with anyone interested.  Eventually TLE came out and joined in the conversation.

After we finished talking I headed in the direction of our trailer to stow the "VIBRATOR" away for future parts needs when I saw Lee walking over to his truck (he and his wife, Beth, also just recently acquired a Sea Eagle).  Lee and Beth have been fulltiming for over 5 years now.  We talked about solar panels, and batteries.....Lee has 4 panels on his roof, and loves to boondock out west on BLM land.  Both Lee and I are very interested in Chris and Cherie's Lithium Ion setup, and are both thinking about converting over to that in the near future.

And to think all this happened before 11:30 in the morning!  Sunday, of course, had two more NFL playoff games, the first beginning at 1 pm, so I was trying to get something accomplished before the first game so I would have time to watch.  The Seahawks lost a heart breaker after coming back from a 20 point deficit in the second half to lead by 1 with 31 seconds to go, and then losing on a last second field goal to the Falcons.  the night cap saw the Patriots dismantle, again, the Texans....it was close for the first half, but the Patriots pulled away and easily won the game.  

Mean while our neighbors on each side of us left.....it was Sunday after all.....so we suddenly have a view on each side of us again!  Every Sunday when the park begins to empty a little we keep saying to ourselves....."isn't it so cool that we are already 'home'?"

While I was outside working on the fan motor swap TLE was busy dong a thorough interior cleaning....she was vacuuming, washing dishes, clothes, bed sheets......I get tired just thinking about all she accomplished while I just replaced one fan motor.....:D

The rest of the day I watched the aforementioned NFL, did some napping, ran over to Chris and Cherie's dock to watch the sun set, and then ate a fabulous stir fry dinner TLE put together using the leftover roasted veggies, and chicken from the other night, which I chased with a delicious Bloody Mary.....haven't had one of those in months!


TLE's sunset picture beat out mine last night.....and thus the end of another island day in Cedar Key.  Tomorrow is another project day....I am going to install some LED accent lighting in the living area, aka: salon, of our coach.  There will be pictures!

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