Sunday, October 15, 2017

Back in the shop for maintenance ...

Took the Chinook to Larry at Full Tilt Offroad to fix a misfire problem.  I had been alerted by Trouble Code P0306 appearing on my UltraGauge.  He replaced the faulty ignition coil with Motorcraft part #3W7Z-12029-AA.

Also did an oil change while it was in the shop.

Mileage: 67,048.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Easy Kitchen Light Upgrade

The light over the kitchen stove has always been marginal, so I was delighted to find at Home Depot this terrific rechargeable LED light that happens to have a very strong magnetic base, perfect to clamp above the stovetop.  It has three different brightness levels.  Additionally it has a couple of other features that might be useful outside, perhaps clamped to a vehicle in an emergency - a rapid strobe, and an SOS setting.  It recharges via a supplied USB cable.  Price at Home Depot, about twenty bucks.

Friday, September 29, 2017

E350 Brake Upgrade

Because of a bad front caliper the Chinook brakes overheated coming home through LA on our last trip.  Rather than just getting a regular brake job with standard Ford parts I decided to upgrade both front and back brakes to Powerstop cross drilled and slotted rotors, high performance pads, and new calipers.  The job was professionally handled by Full Tilt Off-Road Equipment in San Clemente.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back Home

Back home after 130 days on the road, during which time we logged 2,818 miles and averaged 10.4 mpg.

An eventful final day - the brakes overheated in LA.  Had to pull off to the side of the freeway and wait for them to cool and the traffic to ease before limping home.  Will schedule a brake job for next week.

Once home I turned on the water and various cut-off valves only to one of them snapped as I turned it, creating a continuous water leak behind the toilet.  Fortunately we were able to get an emergency plumber to take care of it within about half an hour.  Whew!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

It's about time!

It's about time I posted something here!  It's been too long, but I've had a lot of things going on since my last post at the back end of May.

The important stuff ... my two sons both have PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease).  Colin started dialysis in early May which is why we delayed heading north and extended our stay in Petaluma. Around the same time, Simon, who started dialysis a couple of years ago, had a successful transplant.  Yay!  After his surgery Jane visited him in Houston while I stayed in Petaluma to continue to visit with Colin and take care of the dogs.

My grandson graduated high school.  We watched via internet live feed.  Go Andrew!

We finally made it to the PNW and our campsite in Sequim, where we put down roots for a couple of months.

We celebrated our wedding anniversary with friends Phil, Cathy, Lorraine and Steve, with whom we also played a lot of Mexican Train Dominoes, drank a lot of wine, and ate a lot of delicious munchies.

We enjoyed the support and friendship of our Sequim / Port Angeles SGI community, with special thanks to Giovanni, Dewey, Steve, Nancy, Michaele and Tom.

Giovanni showed us how to cook authentic Sicilian pasta, and delighted us with rendition of his piano concerto.  We cooked English Shepherd's Pie for him and again at a potluck with his neighbors.

Joanie spent a lot of time at Sequim's fabulous dog park.  We made lots of new friends, both four and two legged.

Jane suffered a painful back - maybe too much time sleeping on the Chinook's dinette versus in a comfy bed at home???

Seriously contemplated renting a house so that we could move to Sequim.  Maybe next year???

Eventually we cut short our time in Sequim, and returned yesterday to Petaluma where we will celebrate Jane's birthday with Colin and Tiffany before heading home.

I'm too lazy to re-post a bunch of photos here, but they are all on my Instagram feed.   Enjoy.