BY GOLLY WE’RE EVEN IN AN RV PARK TONIGHT
Our day dawned clear and bright with morning sunbeams streaming through our windows. The day eventually turned out to be cool and windy. With our Albuquerque Camping World appointment being for 8:30 we had the big wheels rolling by 8 for the short journey east along the northern service road from New Mexico’s Route 66 Casino alongside I-40.
Monday morning at Camping World was a busy place with rigs coming and going. Anyone owning an RV well knows about constant maintenance and repairs and if they don’t they soon will. Work finally began on our rig about 10 and luckily we were able to park near to where they were working on it. As it turns out we ended up spending the whole day here…….and we have to go back first thing in the morning.
The helpful mechanic guy saw us by the fence line and kinda kept us informed on how things were going……which wasn’t well. The blown hydraulic line was blistered and burnt and that is the exact same thing that happened to the other hydraulic line last month near Parker Arizona. Today they installed a new hydraulic line but when they powered up the system the other 3 lines, already showing signs of age and blistering, leaked. Decision was made to replace those lines as well and that is what they will do in the morning. The mechanic fellow is also going to make up and install a heat shield between the hydraulic lines and the nearby hot manifold pipe. Both the Parker mechanic and the Camping World mechanic felt it was a poor design by the Motorhome’s manufacturer running hydraulic lines so close to the manifold and with those lines being 16 years old now they were more susceptible to heat. We don’t know what the bill for all this will be but we know it will be HUGE. In the past 6 months we have probably poured well over $5000 into this Motorhome and we know when it comes time to sell it we’ll never recover that money.
So what did we do for eight and a half hours at Camping World today?? Took Pheebs for a couple long walks around the large parking lot area, browsed through the store without buying anything, wandered in and out of half a dozen new rigs in the showroom, (didn’t like any of them) and spent most of our time sitting in the Jeep reading and banging away on our computers. They have a waiting room lounge but for some reason we preferred sitting in the Jeep outside. Also took a short drive towards Albuquerque and found a Carl’s Junior for a couple burgs.
TWO BURGS PLEASE
PRICE TAG ON THIS ENTEGRA IN THE SHOWROOM WAS NEARLY $350.00
WAY TO FANCY SCHMANCY FOR US FOLKS
I WOULD NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE IN THIS MOTORHOME
So having to be back at 8 in the morning we had to figure out a place to stay for the night. Back to the Casino? Naw that was old news, an Albuquerque Walmart not too far away? Double ‘nawwww’. Okay where to go??Lucky for us there was a Passport Amercia RV Park right beside Camping World on the west side called the Enchanted Trails RV Park. Decided we were due for some electric and water so from Camping World we slipped the one and a half minute drive over to the Park for the night. Of course we are totally surrounded by other rigs but we’re both way too tired to care about that plus they have some really neat things here which I will let my photos explain.
HEY SARGE I FOUND A COUPLE HUDSONS FOR YA:))
SOME REAL NICE SLICES OF NOSTALGIA HERE AT THE ENCHANTED TRAILS RV PARK ON I-40
We may stay a second night here or after leaving Camping World we might just point the rig’s nose east, haul ourselves right through the middle of Albuquerque, and climb ourselves up and over the Sandia Mountains. That mountain range is the final one and it will be sad for me once again to watch those mountains slowly sink into the horizon and disappear for maybe the last time ever. Of course I think and say that every year but I’m afraid nothing short of a miracle will find us back in the Southwest next winter. It’s not that we don’t want to come back, it’s just not feasible for us to do that…………………
WE EVEN FOUND US A LITTLE PIECE OF QUIET COUNTRYSIDE THIS AFTERNOON
THE SANDIA MOUNTAINS WILL BE THE LAST MOUNTAIN RANGE FOR US TO CROSS
GROANER’S CORNER:(( You might be a redneck if...
You keep your teeth and your goldfish in the same glass.
On average, one out of every thirty words you use can be found in a dictionary.
You think Motorola is a fancy name for a car part.
You borrow your wedding flowers from Wal-Mart.
You think Hamlet is on the McDonald's breakfast menu.
Your kids are going hungry tonight because you had to see your maw run her car at the dirt track race.
Your dad says, "Let's hit the road for dinner," and then grabs a shovel.
Father: Why don't you get yourself a job? Son: Why? Father: So you could earn some money. Son: Why? Father: So you could put some money in a bank and earn interest. Son: Why? Father: So that when you're old you can use the money in your bank account ...and you would never have to work again.Son: But I'm not working now.