Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Another week, and a big repair

Volunteer Village
J. Strom Thurmond Lake
Modoc, SC

Seems like I'm only getting a blog post in once a week anymore :-)

Our weekends are busy at the gatehouse.
Saturday was 'National Get Outdoors Day' and the entrance fee was waived.
There were a lot of happy, smiling faces when we told them that!

Saturday night I surprised George and took him out to dinner.
We found a great little place in nearby McCormick, called Little Italy Pizzeria.
George had spaghetti & meatballs, and I had a great manicotti!

Sunday being Father's Day, George took it easy in the gatehouse ;-)
He got calls from his son and daughter,
and I gave my Dad a call after we got home.

Monday I was invited to help Jim & Linda with the water safety program.
There were a group of kids getting a tour of the dam,
then coming to the visitors' center to learn more about the dam.
I got to demonstrate how important a life jacket is
by using a peeled orange (which sinks),
and an unpeeled orange (which floats).

We had the presentation in the conference room,
right in front of a beautiful aerial picture of the lake & dam.

Today we did all our grocery shopping.
We've been trying to stretch our shopping out to 2 weeks,
to save some $$.
We did, however, go to a great little place
I had the best sweet potato pancakes...
they were delicious!
George had a great looking omelette too :-)

One of the reasons we were in town today,
was to pick up the truck.
We had been having trouble with the turbo,
and turbo sensors, since last year.
Several dealerships have looked at it,
diagnosing the problem as sensors,
which at that point were replaced.
Problem was still happening!

Finally, this dealer here in Evans, GA, Milton Ruben Chevrolet
told us that the problem has been the turbo all along.
They got GM to pay for $800 towards labor,
and suggested that we might want to contact them for further reimbursement.
The turbo should have been replaced back last year under warranty.
Our bill, including some maintenance work,
was $2700 :-(

Hard to see, but this was the engine..
they had to take the cab off to get to the turbo!

We're thinking that the Amazon job is going to come in handy!

Speaking of..
we're starting to make our plans after Amazon in December.
We're going to head back to California,
and Coyote Valley RV Resort has graciously agreed to let us work there again.
I want to be close to my parents again,
and we loved working there!

My Mom & Dad are on their way to Portland, ME,
to celebrate their 58th anniversary on a cruise along the New England coast.
My Dad is feeling pretty good,
and the chemo pills are helping with any pain he's been having.
We're anxious to hear all about it!


  1. Ouch! Sorry to hear about the repair bill. Diesels are great until they break! We are waiting for our first buyers to walk in the door since the for sale sign went up. They are supposed to be here right now!

  2. Hope you get reimbursed, what a bill! Glad to hear your dad is managing well, and on a nice trip! And glad to hear from you even if it is once a week! We always enjoy hearing what you guys are up to!

  3. Hope your mom and dad have an absolutely wonderful trip and makes lots of new memories :)
    Sorry about the turbo. Sometimes stuff just happens and there's not a darn thing we can do about it. We went through that in May with our generator...$2100 later, it's fine :) Good thing we're all strong and determined :) My new philosophy is "this too shall pass" :) Hang in there!

  4. Glad to hear Dad and Mom will be enjoying the cruise along the New Enland Coast. It is so beautiful up there!! We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers!!

    Sorry about the truck...hope you get some reimbursement, but at least you have it fixed!!!

  5. Hadn't heard of the Sunrise Grill. Sweet potato pancakes sound wonderful! We'll have to check it out.

    We'll keep our fingers crossed that GM forks over more $$ toward your bill!

  6. Seems like this is GM dealers mistakes and GM should cover it all. Sure hope they do. Great to hear about your dad and mom.

  7. Ouch, that is some repair bill. Seems like since you reported it when it was under warranty, it should be covered. They probably have some loophole they can wriggle through. :( But glad that it is fixed at least. :)

    I know what you mean about the once a week blog posts. That's been about my average for this summer as well. Amazing how the days fill up with normal stuff.

    If they follow the same pattern, in about three weeks or so we should start finding out start dates for Amazon. Although it was hard work, I have to say I'm looking forward to going back. :)

  8. Sorry to hear about the truck- would be nice to see some form of help. We also have decided to just do the weekly blog while working. Nice to hear your parents are taking a well deserved trip.

  9. It was 2 weeks between mine so know how you feel. Sorry the truck is costing, hope GM comes through for you. Nice to hear dad is up for a trip, congrats to them on 58 years.

  10. Those huge bills can sure put a damper on things. We have 13,000 miles left of our warranty. Always wondering - should we get an extended warranty or not? Probably not. It's a gamble.

    Tough working for Amazon we hear. We are just too lazy and old. Will do the gate guard thing again next Feb, Mar, Apr.

  11. That's a really hefty price. I hope you get to somehow reimburse it! Perhaps via a warranty? It must have been frustrating if the prior repair people couldn't get it right. If there's a silver lining to it, at least this one didn't cause an accident. Well, your trailer is good to go now, so have fun in your travels. Drive safely!

    Jessica Finley @ Champion Trailers

  12. Hopefully we can get together once you are back in CA. i will be at Toro Park in Salinas for the winter.