Ramblings of a Techno-Viking


Monday afternoon I took my rig (I really need to get a name for her) to AAA to get pictures for the insurance. The Glendale AAA office was busier than I have ever seen it, there was no way I was going to try getting into that small lot. The on-street parking was also crowded, after driving around the block 1.5 times I parked 2 blocks away. While I was there I got some maps -- mainly the California Camping ones.

Opening the curb-side door with the steps deliberately off, since I don't want the step to scrape the curb, it deploys the steps anyway. (It's a wide vehicle, I park as close to the curb as practical.) Later reading the manual it explains this is a feature -- apparently designed to break the steps and raise repair costs. I had noticed this happening before.

After returning to my parking place, taking it slow on city streets rather than the freeway, I noticed a fluid dripping from under the hood. Not good. It felt watery and had a slight green tinge -- antifreeze. Opening the hood, and looking from both above and below, I determine that it is coming from the overflow tank's overflow tube. Oops, I forgot about the manual fan switch when driving. Returning today, with better light and a cooler engine, the coolant level appears to be at the "cool" level, so maybe it was just overfilled. Something to watch and I need to use the extra fan.

Over the past few days, I've been shopping for accessories for the RV. Pictured here are the IR thermometer, the extra-long squeegee, two fresh-water hoses, and a 15A-30A adapter. Not pictured are the pancake compressor, set of accessories for it, and the tire pressure gauge. So far I've bought things at Harbor Freight, Walmart, and Camping World, and looked at stuff at Pep Boys, Staples, and Home Depot. I've also started taking stuff from home, mostly duplicates I won't miss. The costs are adding up, and I haven't started buying the expensive stuff yet.