Monday, February 27, 2012

Success!

Sunday morning around 9am I turned the engine over and it started right up. I walked back to the engine bay and watched for a few minutes and saw NO LEAKS! I let the engine run up to operating temperature and then shut her down. All is well! Later on in the day I decided I needed to be sure I could back out of the dirt/gravel driveway as the rear wheels had settled a little....maybe 3-4 inches due to a heavy rain just before we arrived. So, I fired up the Detroit Diesel one more time and was able to successfully back up 2 feet, and on to more solid ground. I let it run up to operating temperature again, and then shut it down. Again, no leaks were observed. I spent the rest of the day washing the trailer and most of the Newell....it had been in rain, and had a lot of road grime. By the end of the day I was whipped......this retirement thing is wearing me out! I hate to be on the road looking grungy, so now I was ready to hit the road Monday morning.

We had a nice going away dinner (my sister-in-law cooked her specialty, Lasagna!) with the relatives and hit the sack around 10:30pm. All in all it was a good stay. I learned more about the mechanical aspects of my coach through the installation of the new water pump, and gained a lot of confidence in my ability to make a major repair.......OK, at least major for me. Tomorrow we off to Austin to visit more relatives and friends.

Thanks for stopping by!

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