As Roseanne Roseannadanna says . . .

“It’s always something.”

Just about the time I’m getting a handle on my rig repairs, the fan motor in our bathroom Fan-tastic Vent fan quit. The cover will still open and close, but the fan will not run in either direction.

It died when I wanted to change the fan’s rotation from OUT to IN. I turned the fan off using the rotary speed switch and then changed the Direction switch from OUT to IN. When I turned the fan back on, it didn’t start.

So I turned it back to OUT and tried again – still nothing. No matter what I tried after that, nothing got the fan running again. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to give a Fan-tastic a call today.

Next up, I’m stepping in it once again . . .

Recently the Government announced that women were going to be allowed in front line combat units, including Special Operations Groups, i.e. Delta Force, Navy Seals, etc.

Personally I think this is a really, really bad idea, but here’s someone a little closer to the situation who also doesn’t think that women in front line units is a good idea. Be sure and check this out.

I have a bad feeling about this.

Next it was time to squirm under the rig (and I do mean squirm) and replace the rubber bracket on the air bag proportioning valve.

The broken bracket looked like this.

Airbag Rod End


After loosening the clamp I pulled the old piece off and slid the new bracket on. And after tightening the clamp, it looked like this.

Airbag Rod Bracket 2


Scrunching over a bit, I loosen the bolt holding the other piece of the broken bracket, and reattached the new one connected to the rod.

Airbag Rod Bracket Closeup


It ended up looking like this on the lower end,

Airbag Rod Bracket 3


and this where it attaches to the valve.

Airbag Rod Bracket 4


Job done. I think it took me longer to get under the rig and back out than it did to do the actual repair.

I’ll probably wait until tomorrow to crank up the engine and confirm the rig comes up on the air bags.

Two tools I got for Christmas really helped with changing out the bolt holding the rubber bracket. There was not a lot of room to maneuver up there, even to get a socket/ratchet combo in position.

But these Channelock Ratcheting Wrenches made it easy-pezy.

Channelock Wrenches


To hold the other nut without rounding off the edges, these Kobalt Magnum Grip Pliers really fit the bill. Wide open or completely closed, the jaws always stay parallel. Nice.

Kobalt Pliers


After cleaning up, I headed out for a few errands, with my first stop being the Dickinson Police Station to see about getting Jan’s fingerprint card redone.

After she had it done the first time last April at the Sheriff’s Office in Floresville, TX for her gate guarding Security Guard’s License, the state waited for almost 4 months to tell her the fingerprint card needed to be redone.

So I checked with the Dickinson Police and they said she could get it done there. Another thing on the schedule for later this week.

Next up was a stop at Taylor Automotive on Hwy 3 in Dickinson to follow up with them about getting the rear wheel seal replaced on our RV.

When I was under the RV last week looking at the air bag problem, I saw the passenger’s rear wheel had some oil leakage, so I wanted to get it fixed before we hit the road in 3 weeks.

Leaky Wheel Seal

I talked to them last week about having it done this week, but in one of those ‘doh!’ moments that wives are known to give their husbands on a regular basis, Jan suggested that rather then packing up and taking the rig in, and then coming back to the park, and then leaving in 3 weeks, we should just get it done on the 18th as we’re leaving here.

Sounds good to me.

So after confirming that it was OK if I went ahead and got the seal ahead of time, I told them we’d see them on the 18th of February.

Rear Wheel Seal


Last it was a quick stop at Kroger’s to pick up some fresh vegetables for tonight’s Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup. After checking out the selection I ended up with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and snow peas to go with some of the chicken breasts we poached last week.

Put it all in the Crock-Pot along with some Chicken Stock and a few hours later, soup’s on.

Hmmm, hmmm, good.

Getting home I went on the RVChassisParts website and ordered the wheel seal from them for $55, not a bad price.

While I was online ordering things I also ordered the 26” Denso wiper blades for the rig. Fleetwood sells them for $40 each, but Amazon has them for $18, so Amazon it was.

I never got to the Day/Night Shade reinstallation today. Maybe tomorrow. Also never got a chance to call Fan-tastic Vent. Again, tomorrow.


Thought for the Day:

“You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” – Ayn Rand



8 Responses

  1. Just read the article Women in Front Line Units . As much as I am in support of equal rights and equal everything for women, I gotta agree with the author. This could be a bad decision. But is has been made and we’ll have to see how it all plays out.

  2. I also had to re-do my fingerprint card for gate guarding. We originally had it done in Yuma and after do a few people they ran out of black ink and used blue ink on me instead. It took Texas officials over six months to tell me why Jim got his license but mine never came. I redid the fingerprinting in Colorado and finally got my license last month….11 months after initially sending it in.

  3. Hey
    You Remember when Saturday Night Live was funny too!
    I guess you and I are a couple of “Old-Farts”

  4. Excellent article–and I am in total agreement!

  5. Greg you should do both rear seals while in the shop. Once one goes the other ain’t far behind.
    You don’t do brakes on one side of the car if that’s the only side worn down do you, or replace one shock at a time.

  6. Greg ,
    I book marked the RV Chassis Parts – will make life easier in the future .
    The link to the women in combat was spot on – back in the day we had women assigned and attached to JFK units , but they were supporting team operations , not participating . We have some dedicated women in uniform , but we need to use their skills wisely .

  7. Patrick,

    Speak for yourself. LOL

  8. Chris,

    That was my thought too, so I ask Spartan about it.

    They said the seals normally last 400-500 thousand miles, and I’ve only got 115,000 on it.

    They said they would wait until it shows some signs of leakage.

    Right now the good wheel shows absolutely no signs of leakage.

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