The theme of the past several days has been RV Upgrade and Repair.
First - while in Lincoln Rock State Park in Wenatchee I installed a new
and improved toilet in the Monty.
Most of the finish in the RV is mid-range at best, and subject to needing repairs
sooner than should be necessary.
Our toilet was already starting to show signs of malfunctioning and rather than
risking the need to replace it in the middle of the Yukon I decided to be proactive and
install a new high quality unit now.
While doing that I added an in-line water shutoff for the toilet so that any future
maintenance would not require my shutting off water to the entire RV.
It was a simple job and both were accomplished in about an hour.
Then yesterday around noon our refrigerator started beeping and flashing
and error code. A quick check of the service manual (I have all that stuff
downloaded as pdf's on the computer) showed an open high temperature cutoff.
Long story short - I was able to install a temporary jumper in the circuit to bypass
the cutoff and keep the fridge running while I scrambled to find a new part.
(I knew the fridge was not running over temp - it was a bad relay)
A few phone calls later I found my part in Spokane and we jumped into the truck
to go fetch it. By 4pm the fridge was back running with the new relay installed.
The RV Store gave me the part for free!
I love it when I can solve a problem with a minimum of fuss!
With all systems back in order, today we drove about 250 miles from
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho to West Glacier, Montana.
It is here - in the shadow of Glacier National Park - that our friends
Ron & Maxine in their Party Bus, and John & Dave in Johns Montana
will join us and stage for our departure to Alaska.
The snow on the mountains is only about 400' higher elevation than
where we are and serves as a reminder that winter here was not very long ago.
While here we will try and see some of the sights in Glacier NP.
Going to the Sun Road - the highlight of the park - will of course still be
closed as it usually is not plowed clear of snow till mid/late June.
Ron & Maxine will arrive on Tuesday and John & Dave a day or two after that.
Our plan is to hit the road north on Saturday.
In between then and now I hope to get some nice photos of the high peaks
and lakes to share in an upcoming post.
Lets keep our fingers crossed for some clear weather.