|Readying to hitch up, early this morning.|
I pressed the 'extend/retract' front jack switch and.......nothing happened. Hmmmm! What's with that? I unlocked and opened the front garage door, checked the wiring on the switch and saw that is was arcing.....or ....shorting out! Hmmmmm. Not a good sign. Although we could use a three ton tire jack to raise the fiver, it would not solve the problem so the decision was made to pay for one more night, hang in, call an RV mobile service and solve the problem.
I got in touch with Ralph's Mobile RV service, here in Red Bluff, and although he was quite busy, he agreed to drop by this mid-morning. He replaced the switch, in the photo below, that had fried. It had to be changed. He checked the voltage and sensed there was either a battery problem or the front jack motor had weakened. We phoned 10 RV service shops in the Red Bluff/Redding/Corning area and not one had a front jack motor. Hard to figure but that was our reality.
|The new switch. I had a new spare so the RV teck did not have to source one.|
RV teck, Ralph, is an enterprising and very resourceful guy. His knowledge is really strong. His hunch was that the problem could more than likely be a low voltage one. Sure enough, one of my two batteries was at 100% and the other was completely dead. Odd stuff! His feeling was that two new 'series 27 deep cycle batteries' would cure the problem. I paid Ralph for his service call and the time, then Hector was good enough to drive me to the local NAPA Auto Parts store.
|Back at the 5th wheel with two new batteries.|
|Two new replacement batteries.|
To convince myself that the problem was solved, I tested the jacks a few more times and they worked flawlessly.
While Hector and I were futzing around with RV maintenance stuff, Jeanette and Diane headed off to Corning, CA, and the Olive Pit.
|Every imaginable type of olive can be found here.|
|Back at the RV, Jeanette sat in the sun while enjoying her book.|
|Hector busy sorting stuff on his Class 'A'|
Lovely surroundings and the river adds real value to this RV Park.
|Jeanette is enjoying the calming sound of the river.|
|Time for some fun!|
Hector and Diane arrived at Durango RV Resort with a brand new Pee Wee Harley....as we coined it. This little electric moped is fun to ride. It is quite peppy too. I got to ride it - followed by Jeanette - before Diane scooted off to the local food market.
|Way too much fun!|
|Does it look like Jeanette wants to get off? Noooooooo!|
|Diane was readying to head to the local food store.|
|Off she goes!|
Diane and Hector are true RV friends! They chose to hang out with us and stay another night too. Although we encouraged them to head out, they refused. Thanks for hanging back with us, you two. It was really appreciated....and, yes, we did have some fun too.
So, as I conclude this blog, it's all systems go for the continuation of our journey south.
Thanks for dropping by. It's all good!