The day started out with us moving the coach over to Choo Choo Express Garage to be serviced by Joel, our mechanic. Joel did a safety inspection of all the running gear, lubed the running gear, serviced the transmission, changed its filter, changed the engine oil, change its filter, and replaced the two fuel filters. I had budgeted $1,500 just in case Joel found something serious that needed to be addressed. As it turned out we still have over 60% on the brake linings, the front end is in good shape, except for a minor adjustment on the Pittman Arm linkage. The transmission fluid looked brand new to Joel, and he thought we had serviced it very recently. I told him I didn't know when it was last serviced, and that I hadn't had it serviced since I bought the coach in March of 2008. Once he got to filter he knew I was right....it was a booger to get off, but off it came.
We have been using Rotella T 40 weight (single weight) since we bought the coach, and so had the prior two owners. Don, the owner, recommended switching over to Delo 400 (a Chevron product) 40 weight, and so we took his recommendation. It took about 5-6 gallons to fill the crankcase, and refill our oil reservoir. The oil was the most expensive single part of our service costing close to $170. It took around 3.5 hours for the service....we were only charged for 3 hours of labor at $55 per hour. So with labor, oil, filters and lube our total came to only $422.30.......as I wrote out the check it felt like someone had just handed me back $1,100 I had already spent....in my mind that money was gone. Again, that's my nature.....I always assume there's going to be something wrong that is expensive to fix....when will I learn? Of course, the day will come when something really expensive will come along......won't it? Joel says if you service the heck out of these engines they'll run forever. Well, the prior two owners of my coach did exactly that, and I am the beneficiary of their diligence. I am doing my best to continue their tradition.
We left Choo Choo, and Rossville, GA around 1 pm heading south on I-75 toward Macon, GA, our destination for the afternoon. The distance was 190 miles.....not a bad drive, normally, on an Interstate....maybe 3.5 hours of driving. Unfortunately, we came upon a 7 car accident about 25 miles south of Rossville that delayed us around 45 minutes.....then just south of Atlanta we hit holiday, and rush hour traffic around 4pm delaying us another 30 minutes, so we finally arrived at the Walmart in Macon, GA around 6pm.
This is our second time in this Walmart, and it is one of our favorites. We felt safe here last time, and this time also. There are several other RV's here in this part of the parking lot, so that also adds to the comfort level. Plus, and a big plus, there are several restaurants within walking distance. I had only had a bowl of cereal, and half a sandwich all day, so I was famished. We quickly changed into street clothes (I wore my pajamas to drive in.....very comfortable!), and walked across the street to Buffalo Southwest Cafe and ordered a couple of pints of draft beer.....Shock Top for me, and some appetizers. For starters we ordered a plate of Tangled Texas Twists.......homemade potato chips covered with a special cheese sauce, sour cream, jalapenos, and bacon chips.....a very decadent dish for sure!