Thursday, July 22, 2021

The brakes......

 7:19 am - Thursday - July 22nd - Seal Rock, OR - 48° F, 94% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the offshore breeze for the first time in a few weeks.  Forecast high for today is 62° F.  On this date in 2012 we were staying near Coupeville, WA at the home of our good friend Bob and Karen Fenstermacher whose property has a magnificent view of Puget Sound.....we spent three weeks at their property this past August on our way to SRRVC......↴

I spent about 90 minutes of my 3 hour shift  Wednesday up at the big house (owners house) helping clear out a storage room in their garage, moving most of the stuff up to the barn for storage.  At 11:30 am I headed back down the hill to run through all the sites with arriving customers to be sure they  were ready for occupancy.  Most were, but one site (19) had developed a sewer blockage according to the departing tenant.  I think that is the first time since we have been here that there has been a sewer blockage in any site.  I let Terry and Greg know, and then went to the tool shed to retrieve the large fitting we use to unblock a sewer connections here at SRRVC.....we used this same device at Romona Oaks.  It is a rubber ball/bladder with a female fitting for connecting to a water hose.  Once that is done you push it down into the sewer connection and then turn on the water.  The rubber bladder expands until it makes firm contact with the sides of the sewer connection, and once a certain pressure is reached the check valve opens and you get a jet stream of water pushing the blockage down the sewer line.  It took a couple of tries, but I was victorious in the end.  By the time I put away my equipment it was almost 1 pm, and time for me to call it a day.

TLE was leaving for the second half of her split shift as I was arriving home.  We had sun from sunrise to sunset.....something with which we are not too familiar here on the Oregon Coast.  Nevertheless, the north wind was blowing making it quite chilly.  I wanted to sit out in the sun in one of the Adirondack chairs, but it was just too chilly.  I spent some time in the trailer making mental notes of things I need to get rid of before we depart the end of September....there is a lot:

1) The portable electric fireplace
2) The dorm refrigerator we bought when our old Dometic fridge bit the dust
3) Parts and accessories from the old Dometic which we will gift to Glenn and Laureen when they arrive here the end of July
4) A bag of clothing we will be donating to Goodwill
5) The beach chairs I rescued from the dumpster
6) Etc.....I know there are more things, but they escape my memory at this time

I need to order new electric brake assemblies for the trailer as the last time I checked the brake shoe thickness they were getting thin....I think we've gone about as far as we can before they are replaced.  The last time I replace the brakes was December of!  Yup, in spite of the fact we have about 2.5 months to go in our stay here it is time to begin to think about fitting the VW back in the trailer for the first time in a year, and getting the trailer ready for the open road once again.

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