Category Archives: Equipment


I spent the first half of yesterday working on a five minute project. I’ve been looking at a panel on the RV that covers the rear wheels, near a cargo drawer, that was out of alignment. The panel stuck in a couple of inches. I’m not sure when I first noticed that the panel wasn’t properly aligned, but I’ve been practicing doing nothing, and someone told me that we’d done enough nothing for the week. They continued that if we did too much more nothing, there wouldn’t be enough nothing to do, next week, so I decided to do something. My friend Al said “One of the problems  is that you never really know when you’re finished doing nothing.”. Smart man. Continue reading

Big Bend State Park West Virginia

Well, the crew at MMG Auto, the Mercedes dealer, was terrific.  The mechanic, who’s name I unfortunately can’t remember,  did a great job of diagnosing the problem, a cracked hose coming off the turbo, and had everything fixed, including the replacement of two filters for just over $200.  Jason Resendez, the service manager, smiled when I asked him if that was the entire bill.  Stupendous service.  I told him that I wished I live in Mansfield Ohio and would have to figure out how much it would cost to go to Ohio to have him work on the RV. Continue reading

Charles Mill Lake Park and Repairs

This morning we’re waiting at the local Mercedes dealership in Mansfield Ohio, the Mansfield Motor Group, awaiting a diagnosis and repair of our 2008 Winnebago View.  We were up at 6:30, had breakfast, put everything together for getting on the road and went to the dump station so we’d travel light.  It was freezing last night.  There was frost everywhere and the connector to the discharge end of the dump hose apparently wasn’t on tight enough.  Oops, a shitty start to the morning.  Cleaned everything up, and were off to the repair shop.  We made it there on time, talked to the service manager, Jason Resendez, who said he would do his best.  Our repair appointment is at 3PM, and we’re hoping to get in earlier. Continue reading

Not so Bright LED Lights

The RV came with a pair of house batteries that were only about 2 years old, but apparently have had a difficult life. In our first outing, I ran them dead twice in an attempt to keep the heat going in the cabin.  I haven’t figured how the electrical and charging systems work in the RV yet, so I’m putting off getting new batteries and working on conserving power. Continue reading

Better Ride

If you read online usergroups forums, you will see that the participants fall into several groups.  There is the “I was an engineer and told my minions how it will work”, the “which end of the hammer do you hit the nail with”, the “I’ve only had it for ten years and it wore out, why?”, and the “Joe Expert, but I really have no idea what I’m talking about” posters. Occasionally, there is the person who after thought, care, and experimentation, posts really worthwhile information. Continue reading