In spite of overnight lows in the upper 60s and plenty of humidity we left the windows open, the exhaust fans on, and the air-conditioners off last night and did not get up until 8:30 this morning. I made our pot of morning coffee and Linda eventually warmed up the remaining cinnamon rolls for breakfast. I finished up yesterday’s blog post while she played word games on her iPad. I got a text message from John letting us know that he took Ali to the hospital early this morning but he did not elaborate.
Although we are not leaving until Monday morning, we wanted to start some of our departure preparations today. For me that meant:
- dumping the waste tanks;
- filling the fresh water tank;
- putting away the hoses and water softener;
- airing up the tires; and,
- doing the laundry, including the bedding.
Linda walked up to get a shower and I started working on these chores in roughly that order I dumped the black tank and then checked the tank level monitor in the house systems panel. The indicator for Tank #2 no longer showed full but still showed 2/3rds. The indicator for Tank #1 did not change, showing 2/3rds before and after. I back flushed the black water tank which helped clean off the floor of the tank but did not do anything for the level sensors. I then dumped the grey water tank. Once it was empty I checked the monitor again and the Tank #1 indicator had dropped from 2/3rds to 1/3rd. All of this seemed to confirm that Tank #2 was plumbed into the toilet and corresponded to the bodily function of the same number. I was reminded that I really should mark the display with ‘B’ and ‘G’.
When Linda returned from her shower I took a load of whites to the laundry room and put them in a washing machine. When I returned to our coach I tapped on the side of the fresh water tank to determine the water level. It was very low, below 1/6th (20 gallons) and perhaps more like 1/8 (15 gallons). At our water usage rate we might have been able to go one more day but there wasn’t any reason to cut it that close. Besides, the lines coming out of the tank are on the side near the bottom but are not at the very bottom so there are a few gallons in there that are not usable. My reason for wanting to know was so I could enter the gallons in my water usage tracking spreadsheet. I also wanted to get the tank filled so I could put the hoses and water softener away.
While the tank was filling I got out the air-compressor, air hose, air chuck, and air pressure gauge and started checking the tires. The tires on the sunny south-facing driver’s side of the bus were a bit higher than I wanted so I adjusted them as follows (in PSI): DST=87.5, DSOD=DSID=97.5, DSS=117.5. The passenger side tires were in the shade so I figured they were not as inflated as the driver side tires and the pressures would not drop as much overnight. I set them as follows (in PSI): PST=86, PSOD=PSID=96. When I checked the PSS tire it was 70 PSI. It was supposed to be 115. Yikes!
This tire has always had a slow leak but it sat most of the summer without losing much air. I checked/adjusted the pressures on November 25 (the day before Thanksgiving) but did not check them again until today. In retrospect that was probably a mistake but it is my second least favorite chore, right behind recharging the water softener. The tire had lost 45 PSI in about 30 days, an average of 1.5 PSI per day. That is not a fast enough leak to pose a problem for driving as long as I check it every day while driving and don’t go more than a few days while parked, but it was troubling nonetheless as it was a change in the behavior of the tire.
The small pancake air compressor we carry has a 150 PSI maximum tank pressure and will provide a regulated output almost that high, but not for very long as it does not have a lot of volume. It’s designed to run low volume air tools, such as nailers and staplers, not high volume air tools, like sanders or impact wrenches. It works fine for topping up a tire but is not designed to inflate a bus tire from 70 to 115 PSI.
It took a lot of cycles to finally get the pressure to 115.5 PSI and before it did the compressor stopped coming on to re-pressurize the tank. It was warm and I thought a thermal overload protector might have opened. Another possibility is that once the tire gets up to about 110 PSI the compressor only supplies a small amount of additional air at 130 to 140 PSI until the tank pressure drops to match what is in the tire. At that point the compressor cannot push more air into the tire but the tank pressure is not low enough to cause the compressor to turn on. At this point I was really regretting that we did not bring the 15 gallon DeWalt air compressor with the 200 PSI tank and 150 PSI regulated output. Yeah, it’s big; but it works.
The front of the car was parked facing the front of the bus so the passenger side tires were in the sun. I adjusted the PSF=33.5 PSI (32 is normal) and the PSR=35.5 PSI (34 is normal). I set the DSF=32.5 and the DSR=34.5. I really need to check all of the tires first thing in the morning while it is cool, and before the sun heats up one side of the vehicles, but I am usually enjoying my morning coffee and not fully dressed. I also do not want to run the air compressor too early in the day, as it is noisy, so I have to write down the pressure adjustment needed for each tire and do it later. All things considered it’s a slightly obnoxious process.
With the waste tanks drained and the water tank filled I tested the water coming out of the softener and it was still indicating 1.5 gpg (25 ppm). I disconnected the water hoses from the coach, the supply faucet, and the water softener but left them connected to both sides of the separate pre-filter. After draining them as best I could I coiled the pre-filter hoses around the filter housing and connected the ends together to prevent leaks and put it on top of a tub in the front bay on the driver’s side. I removed the cover from the filter housing attached to the softener, which does not have a filter element in it, and dumped the water out to get rid of the weight. I then stored the softener in the passenger side of the front bay.
With the fresh water apparatuses taken care of I disconnected the waste hose from the angle adapter, flushed it out, collapsed it, and coiled it in the tub where we store all of the waste tank related accessories. I disconnected the backflush angle adapter, removed the backflush water hose, capped the discharge fitting, and added all of that to the waste accessories tub.
I put the air compressor back in the passenger side of the front bay, coiled up the air hose, and stored it in the driver side tray over the drive tires. Back inside I reattached the air inlet screen for the middle air-conditioner, put the drill and driver buts away with the other tools, and closed up all the bays. Other than rechecking the passenger side front tire all I have left to do to get the bus ready to travel is stow the bag chairs and fold up table, stow the awnings, and disconnect and stow the shorepower cord. After that it’s the usual departure procedure. Once we are out of our site I will back the bus up so as not to block anyone’s driveway and Linda will pull the car around behind it so we can hook it up for towing. We will then exit the resort via the covered bridge to the main gate and out to US-27.
I sat outside for the later part of the afternoon working on this post. Linda was out too for a while, but went in to lie down. She said she felt OK but was very tired. I put the second load of laundry in a washing machine around 2 PM and went back at 3 to transfer it to a dryer. John stopped by on the way back to his rig and said the hospital was probably going to admit Ali but as of when he left she was still in the ER. He took her in this morning because of severe abdominal pain.
I was getting ready to go back at 3:45 PM to retrieve the laundry when I got involved in a conversation with our neighbors to the south, Danny and Dorothy. We had previously exchanged salutations and had brief chats but this was our first real conversation. Pam, who is in the rig to our north with her husband Ken, stopped to chat briefly as she headed out for a walk. It was also the first time we have talked. It seems that this often happens. Two years ago it was March before we got to be friends with more than just John and Ali and by the time we left in early April we were being sociable with a dozen people.
At 4:15 PM Linda decided we should go for an easy walk. The sun had just dropped below the trees so the air temperature was pleasant but the humidity had not yet risen. We strolled up to the office and checked for mail. The holiday card from Brendan, Shawna, and Madeline was there but not the Christmas card from Marilyn. We will be gone before the mail arrives on Monday so we will have to ask in the office tomorrow about having stuff forwarded. We also have to let them know we are pulling out early Monday and need to have someone read the meter so we can settle the electric bill.
We had partly cloudy skies for our walk which thinned out as the evening progressed and allowed some radiational cooling. Basically we have been going from 83 degrees and 63% relative humidity during the day to 68 degrees and 83% relative humidity overnight. Comfortable enough in the day but muggy at night.
Back at the rig we sat outside with our iPads until Linda went in at 5:30 to prepare leftovers for dinner and I went inside at 5:45 to eat them. We had crossed paths with John while we were walking and he said there would be a fire in the firepit tonight. At 6:30 Linda filled our flip top insulated coffee mugs with wine and packed them in our carry bag, along with our two plastic wine glasses, and we walked up to the campfire. There were already a half dozen people there and more showed up after us so that we almost filled the available seats.
Big Mike had built the fire and had it going. John was there to tend to things but did not play his guitar and sing. He is still recovering from whatever made him ill overnight Wednesday and with the high heat/humidity, and Ali in the hospital, he probably did not feel much like performing. As much as we enjoy the entertainment we also enjoy the conversation, and there was plenty of that to go around. We ended up talking to Peter and Giselle from Ontario, whom we had not met before. They are not retired yet but are arranging some extended vacation time to try out the RV lifestyle. That is really smart in our opinion if your employment situation permits it.
Peter, John, Linda, and I were the last to leave. At 10 PM I spread out the remaining fire logs and John locked up the shed. He took off on his golf cart to lock up the various buildings in the park and we walked back to our coach. The skies were partly cloudy and there was a large, bright, full moon. The temperature was pleasant and the park was still and quiet save for one person we saw walking their dog off in the distance. This was our last campfire at WCRVR this season unless we return briefly in March on our way north. We missed seeing Ali but even with her absence, and without music, we enjoyed it our evening sitting around the campfire.
Back at our coach we had the last of the apple strudel with Coconut Bliss non-dairy ice cream for dessert. I flipped channels on the TV while Linda read and I played games. We caught the tail end of a vegan cooking show that we had never seen or even heard of and caught the news/weather at 11 PM. We were interested in the storm system moving into the Midwest but otherwise there wasn’t much on that grabbed our interest.
As we were getting ready for bed I put soiled clothes in the hamper and realized that I had not taken the clothes from there yesterday and laundered them with the second/dark load. That meant I would be doing an unexpected load of laundry in the morning. In spite of a forecast of possibly early morning light fog we left the windows open and two of the three exhaust fans running all night. We do better (up to a point) with fresh, moving air, even if it is humid, than we do with the coach closed up and the noise of the air-conditioners. Linda fell asleep quickly but I played games on my iPad and watched Cook’s Country on the PBS Create channel before turning off the lights at 12:30 AM.