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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

an expensive weekend

Good morning.
It's been a dreary wet couple of days.
We did take the motor home in for an oil change and generator service. We also wanted them to check out an odd noise. When in park, the engine sounds fine, but in gear, there's an odd sound I can't quite describe. Well, they found out it was cracked manifolds. And apparently some of the bolts were broken. He said it was fairly common on RV's. He went on to say something about heat, blah, blah, blah, and twisting, blah, blah, blah, possible 6 hours labor for drilling, blah, blah, blah, and a bunch of other stuff I couldn't begin to understand. I know absolutely nothing about engines.
So, anyway, it'll be just under $2000.00.  :-(
We almost made it through the entire season without a major repair. Almost.  :-(
In other news, the weather broke long enough to find time to change the tires on Kia and Cruiser to their winter tires.
Here's a pic of the winter and summer tires. Can you tell which one is which?
Yep! the winter tire is on the left. See how much smoother looking the right tire is. That's to make them have less road resistance for better gas millage. But it makes them horrible in snow. No traction what-so-ever.
And here's a pic with the winter wheel on the front, and the summer wheel on the back. We got the winter tires with wheels so it's an easy change. And they're very similar to the other wheels.
And the rain brought down most of the leaves from the Maples. Now we just need the rest to come down from the Sycamore and Elms and we can do our final mowing. Maybe next weekend.
And for dinner, grilled chicken, potatoes and asparagus. Yum!

Now, it's another work week. Hope it's busy. I need money for the mo-ho repairs!


  1. And here I thought it was a plot by the old Mo-ho to get you to buy a new one.

    Does this mean repairs or a new engine? Could have been worse. It may be normal for RV's, but I was thinking more about how many miles the engine has on it.

    Hope you have a lot of work, too.

  2. Anonymous9:32 AM

    Wayne, how many miles on the engine? It's a Ford V-10 right?

    I'm not a major gear-head myself but I've read about what you described about your engine on quite often. I think there is a fix to circulate more air towards the back of the engine.... maybe an additional electric fan? Can't remember the exact fix but I think it's a known Ford problem for the engines around your model year.

    Good luck, and hopefully you guys will get many more years out of your RV!