I hear funny noises…
I’m preparing to leave for Bend, Oregon tomorrow from Las Cruces. I have to leave tomorrow, or I won’t be where I need to be on June 26th. (More about that in a minute…) Due my leaving a day later, I’ll have to drive to Farmington, NM (390 miles) tomorrow to be on schedule.
Let me preface this by saying everything has been checked out, and the scheduled maintenance done. I “did” have to have my front brakes done, and the rear brakes have 50-60% left according to the shop. The wheels were repacked and something about “transmission seals” were replaced too.
1. In town when I’m driving I’m hearing (sometimes, not all the time) a very quiet ssssssssssssss when I apply the brakes. It’s almost inaudible. In fact, I took it to the shop where I had the work done today and the guy that did the brakes test drove my rig and said he couldn’t hear anything. Am I tripping out? I’m thinking (hoping) since the front brakes have brand new pads (and I haven’t driven any real distance) that the new brakes might be making a little noise as they break (no pun intended) in. Mechanically, they work fine.
2. When I’m stopping (again in town) sometimes I hear a “hoo” sound (think like an owl). It’s not very loud, and not all the time. I don’t know if this has anything to do with it, but it was somewhat windy this morning. The RV service guy “did” hear that sound and he said it has to do with the emergency brake. He put the brake on, and off again. He told me you have to do this somewhat “deliberately” and let the pedal “spring.”
Again, everything has been checked and the mechanic said the rig is “good to go.” I’m still getting used to the Lazy Daze after having my much smaller Toyota Dolphin. I hate to say it, but it’s almost like I don’t completely trust the Lazy Daze.
While we’re on the subject I moved my rig up the street (where it’s level) and turned on my refrigerator. The freezer is starting to feel cold, but the refrigerator feels the same. It’s been three hours, and it’s 102 degrees outside. How long does it usually take for the refrigerator/freezer to reach a “normal” temperature? It’s probably “struggling” in this heatwave.
The skies opened and the Tango gods smiled on me – I’m going to Burning Tango! Seriously, I was on a follower’s wait list (i.e. too many women dancers) and didn’t expect my number to be called up. However, the organizer sent out an e-mail and stated that two “workers” couldn’t make the festival and offered the work positions to the follower’s wait list.
Now, I get my festival pass gratis for working for two three-hour shifts at the front door. Yippy Skippy! I called the RV park in McCloud and the rate is $35.00/night with my AARP card. McCloud is about 225 miles south of Bend, Oregon so this works out rather well with my month of July volunteer stint at Tumalo State Park.
I don’t know why (or maybe I do after my Mexico experience earlier this year), but I have significant anxiety about leaving home this summer. I’ve done everything in my power to “check all systems” and make sure everything with my RV and car is in top working order. Usually, when I get ready to leave for an extended period of time I get “travel nerves.” However, once on the road I soon relax and enjoy the journey. What in the heck is wrong with me?
Yes, my friends – I need a pep talk…