2017 Travels travel blog

Carpes on their "home site" in Casa Grande

Fri, 06 Oct: Finally out of the shop and back on the road...

Our visit to the Tolleson Freightliner repair facility was a mixed bag. The good news is that Carpe breezed thru her annual service in just one day. In addition to the usual routine maintenance, fluid changes, etc., we also had her serpentine belt replaced and engine coolant plus transmission fluid & filters changed. Not to forget oil change etc. for our trusty Onan generator.

The next four days, however, were pretty frustrating. Tuesday morning the tech found a pinhole leak in the condesnser. To make matters worse, the condenser is no longer a Freightliner part so the hunt was on. Wednesday they found one somewhere in Phoenix so first thing Thursday Carpe went back in the shop for a new condenser. We agreed to precautionarily change the evaporator valve and dryer. Alas, no dryer so back out on the hunt.

First thing Friday the Federal Express truck delivered the correct dryer and back in the shop. Fortunately, all the preliminary work was done so once the dryer was installed it was short work to charge the system, test and leak check, and we were on our way. But first, a Big Ka-Ching on the 'ole charge card.

We got the car connected and completed our check lists in short order. At 1230 Sandi left Freightliner Tollesen in the mirrors and headed south on S 99th St. to W Beltline. East on Beltline to S 51st St. South thru Laveen Village where 51st bends east to become Riggs Road. At AZ 347 we headed south toward Maricopa where we turned east on Maricopa Hwy toward Casa Grande.

We drove east to Thorton Road and then a mile south to the Good 2 Go fuel station. We topped up Carpe's diesel tank with 45 gallons of liquid dinosaur. That was quick work as their nozzles are set up for trucks so the flow rate really got the dollars sold meter a'spinning.

Once full another seven miles along Gila Bend Hwy to RoVer's Roost and our leased lot. Our first stop was the propane tank where we took on 22.7 gal of LP at only $1.14/gallon. Then we backed into our site, got things level & hooked up, and we are home for a while. Today's drive was 70 miles with a fuel economy just a whisker south of eight mpg.

We plan to "roost" here till early December when we head to Florida in preparation for our next cruise. Hence, postings to this Journal will be spotty. Thanks for your understanding...

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