Thursday, July 1, 2010

What Am Up To?

No, I not still on the mountain top in Huntsville, AL. I made it down just fine going the "new" way. The grade was a little steep but down shifting and a little braking got me down with out any problems. When I began my decent my ABS light went on, so that made me a little worried but I knew I was having Somewhere checked out at the Workhorse Carl Black Chevrolet as soon as I got to Nashville. I called Shaun, service rep, and asked him if I was doing damage by driving it. He said no but he would check it when I got there.

Turns out there were two shields gone bad on the ABS system. So by the time I got my oil changed, tires rotated and balanced and the two shields (I may not be calling this by the technical term but it's the way I understood what they were) Carl Black got $450 of my money. Somewhere drives so much better now.

I had already decided that before all this that I was going to buy an Even Brake to supplement braking with my tow vehicle the Grey Goose. The way the Even Brake works is it hooks onto the brake peddle in the car and when the momentum shifts downward, it applies the brakes in the tow vehicle. There is a sensor on the dash of Somewhere showing me when it's working. Camping World installed it at a price of $1500.00 Yes, I've had some high dollar expenditures lately but needed to be done.

Good news, when in Nashville, I had my annual eye exam and nothing had changed in a year so I'm good to go and don't have to buy new glasses.

After all that it was time to head to New Johnsonville TN to Theda's. This is where I'll be parking until I head north to New York and beyond. Theda had had an electrician come over and install a 30 amp service so I could run A/C, refrigerator, etc. while it was parked here.

Wellllll, guess what! The electrician hooked up a 30 amp 220 service which fried my microwave and if I had not had a very good surge protector for my TV, DVD and electronic management system, they too would have fried. The surge protector did it's job but it's fried too. So I'll have to get another one of those. I could have kicked myself because I have a surge guard (Camping World) that I didn't plug in first because I thought, what the heck if it's new it should be good. WRONG! STUPID!! Why do I have it if I'm not going to use it EVERY time???

I'll contact Cullum & Maxey and find out if my warranty will cover the microwave and if I can upgrade to convection/microwave then that would be all the better.

So, that's what I'm up to! Looking forward to celebrating my birthday and the 4th on Kentucky Lake.



Margie and Roger said...

Oh no, so sorry to hear about your recent expenses. I was reading aloud to Roger and as soon as I read 30 amp 220 Volt he said Dumb Ass, then he said the electrician should have to pay for his mistake.

It is definitely always something costing money in this lifestyle.

tnwave said...

Wow, what a mess! Must be the season for brakes. Took my HHR in to Shaun on Wednesday and left it for work on my front brakes. Picked it up yesterday but my bill was much kinder to me. Glad to hear you got everythng worked out. And upgrading to the convection sounds good too. Have a fun/safe 4th & birthday and keep blogging. I enjoy reading your adventures.

Sharon said...

Yup, I agree with Roger, DA! And yes, if he was told it was for an RV, he should pay. Never mind that 30A rv outlets are different configuration. So sorry for your troubles. Poor Theda, bet she feels horrible! Big hugs for both of you.