I had contacted the fairground office via their website requesting a site for one night, and had been assigned #23.....these are all back in sites, and with our 62' length I was going to be difficult for me to shoehorn the coach into that site, so we asked if we could move to #20, which was approved immediately. I don't normally make reservations, but the annual 'Mule Days' celebration begins on Sunday (runs for two weeks) and I was concerned that they might be filling up by Friday.....as it turns out they were mostly empty, but come Sunday they will begin to fill up. I have to say that the WiFi provided by the fairgrounds is the best RV Park WiFi I have ever used.....bar none. No doubt when the RV park fills up here it will slow down, but with about a dozen rigs here is is blazing fast.....we actually streamed Netflix!
Around 3 pm the rain stopped so we decided to take a walk around town, and ended up walking about 2.5 miles stopping in at the world famous Schat's Bakkery (yes it really does have two k's in it), home of the famous 'Sheep Herder Bread', to buy some bagels and bread.
After another quick stop at Von's we walked back to the coach.......as I was unlocking the door I became aware of an unusual odor, but couldn't immediately put my finger on the source. I thought maybe it was coming from somewhere in the fairgrounds. About 30 minutes later I noticed that the charger was throwing about 40 amps into the batteries, which is not normal, so I checked the battery status and noticed they were discharging.....suddenly it became clear....one of my 8D batteries was sulfating......in other words it was dying, and in the process was draining my other three batteries. I quickly found the bad battery.....the chassis (starter) battery on the passenger side. I got out a wrench and disconnected the positive cable from the battery so it would stop 'gassing' and begin to cool down.
Ironically this battery was over 7 years old, and was the first battery I had replaced on the coach just after we purchased it in March of 2008.....that it lasted 7 years is amazing....I know what I'll be doing first thing Saturday morning before we depart for Lake Tahoe......locating a replacement battery.
We watched most of the two NBA playoff games that were on Friday evening.....first up was the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Chicago Bulls......the game was won by Chicago on a miraculous 3 point shot by Derek Rose as time expired. A great game! The second featured the Houston Rockets at the L.A. Clippers. It was a close game until the middle of the third quarter when the Clippers went on a 23-0 run and basically put the game away....at one point the fourth quarter the lead was up to 33 points.
We watched another episode of the 'Amazing Race' before calling it a night.......tomorrow South Lake Tahoe......God willing, and the roads to the north are cleared of the 10 inches of snow that fell on Friday. Right now (Saturday morning) based on the CalTrans cameras along 395 the road is clear.
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