Saturday, April 25, 2020

Newell Renewal - Day 8

7:31 am - Saturday - April 25th - Wittmann, AZ - 72° F, 24% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the north......clear, blue, hot, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 98° F.  On this day in 2018 we found ourselves in St. Louis, MO visiting TLE's brother, Creig, and his wife Kay......


....we stayed at the St. Louis Elks Lodge just a short distance from the Mississippi River....


About mid morning Friday Tom and I drove into Wickenburg to the local Napa Auto Parts store to pick up the 8 Firestone airbags Glenn had ordered for his 1984 Newell......


......this small town of 6,677 residents seems largely unscathed by the pandemic.....you don't see anyone wearing a mask, or gloves.  Life seems to be going forward...sure the restaurants and the one single screen movie theater are closed, but otherwise life goes on.....


.....we were back at Newell House within 90 minutes unloading the new airbags......two per corner, and then it was back to work crossing things off the long 'TO DO' list.  While we were gone the FedEx truck had delivered the new Dinosaur Board for Glenn and Laureen's Dometic Classic absorption refrigerator.  I took a picture of the old board (below).....


.....before I unplugged the 12 wires connected to it.  Then using that picture I reattached all the connectors.....


....and then went inside the Newell to turn on the fridge......it takes about 4 seconds for the LED lights to appear.....it seemed like 4 minutes, but come on they did.....we now have a functioning refrigerator once again.....


.....while in town we picked up the new coolant reservoir for the Kohler generator, and a new coolant hose.....it was my task to install them. I first had to drain out the coolant from the system before removing the hose.  I then installed the new reservoir, and poured in the coolant I removed a few days ago.....

 The new reservoir....

 ....the old reservoir

....next up was the new hose which was a perfect fit......


......when Glenn and Laureen left Austin, TX they had mentioned in one of their phone calls that the cruise control was not working.  Upon their arrival we discovered that the air line connected to the air operated Bendix cruise control line was kinked, and no air was getting to the Bendix....I removed the old, kinked, red hose and installed a new one free of kinks.....


.....and with that task my work day was complete.  I took a break and began to cross a few items off the 'TO DO' list I created on my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 when Glenn and Laureen arrived last week....


....there were 14 items on that list when we began, and now we are down to 7.  We have the air bags, and the alternator.  We are awaiting the arrival of the new tail, turn, brake lights, and the flange gasket for the alternator.  The solar will be mostly finished Saturday along with the installation of the airbags. In fact, as I write this morning (Saturday) Tom is busy doing just that.  Glenn, Laureen and I will also tackle the final elements of the solar installation after I finish with today's missive.  So, things are coming into focus, and most of the major issues have been resolved.  We are hoping to wrap things up by the end of the coming week, and then begin our trek northward to cooler climes.

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1 comment:

  1. Clarke,

    Hey it's Tony from SWH Maine. We have been tracking you guys and are happy to see you are in the lower 48.

    Any chance you will come back to Maine soon? Always a spot for you here. Anyway, Janet saw your list and said- hey look, #4 says Wine in Back. I said, No Dear, that says is wire in back! LOL

    We wish you well and hope to meet up again some day soon!

    Tony

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