Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Plugging along.....

7:19 am - Tuesday - February 14th - GNHS -  51° F, humidity 66%, wind 12 mph out of the south by southwest.....high clouds today with a forecast high of 64° F with a chance of rain this evening.  On this date in 2015 TLE and I were boondocking near Sedona, AZ and awoke to a hot air balloon floating over us......↴

It gets so quiet Sunday nights, and when you awake Monday morning you know the park is once again mostly empty.  That is, and has been for as long as I remember, the pattern at RV parks.  Over the weekend a small city sprouts, and by Monday morning you're back to 'ghost town' status.  As I sat at my laptop Monday morning composing my latest missive I gazed out the driver side window of the salon to see that the right front tire on KRX #8 was completely flat.....

My view each morning.....#8 KRX.....no, it's not flat in this picture

.....I immediately went outside to investigate, and this is what I found.....

.....a large piece of wood sticking out of the tire tread....how did we not see that when it was returned Sunday afternoon?  Well, the tire must have been rotated 180°, and was not visible.  It was, however, visible Monday morning.....lol!

I retrieved a pair of vise grips to pull out the piece of wood, and found it to be about 6" in length....

.....the hole is just below the right end of the stick in this picture.  The hole was right on the edge of being too big for a plug, but I decided to try anyway.  I retrieved our floor jack from in front of the Roadrunner building, jacked up the tire, inserted the plug, and then inflated the tire....

The plug

....if we can repair the tire with a plug, then it costs the customer nothing, but if we cannot repair it the customer is out $250 plus labor to replace the tire.  After giving the plug time to cure I spayed some soapy water on the plug and could see small bubbles being formed around the plug, so it appears we'll have to replace the tire.  Now, on the other hand, I went out this morning and the tire is still inflated, so it is an incredibly slow leak.

We've got another mini Santa Ana coming late Tuesday morning (today), so we'll have to stow the patio awning again.  These mini Santa Anas last a few hours, and then 'POOF', they're gone.  Kind of irritating, but better than a multi day event.

The brief flurry of activity Monday morning repairing the flat KRX tire was about as active as I got.  As we often do after a busy weekend, we spent the better part of Monday relaxing.  We'll be heading into La Quinta on Tuesday so I can get my ears lowered, check out some new vinyl flooring for the Newell at Home Depot, before heading up to Palm Desert to have lunch with two of our daughters (Meredith and Kate) who are driving in from the Pomona Valley to meet us as La Quinta Brewing Company.

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