• Camp Parking Lot continued

    We escaped! This morning at zero-dark-thirty we rousted ourselves out. Believe it or not someone in a white box truck was making deliveries to the Cummins shop at 3:20 a.m.!

    So, got everything fixed, flushed and filled and we were out of there about 1 p.m. Of note is that Mom got a new pet cock. Says so right there on the repair ticket. The old petcock on the radiator leaked so they installed a new pet cock. Spelled exactly that way.

    Mom’s happy to have a new pet cock.



  • And a REALLY fun day at Camp Parking Lot!

    Today was a doozy!

    We came over to Cummins Power South in Tampa to have some engine work done, part maintenance and part repair. None a big deal and we’ve been running this way since we got The Barge, but  not right is not right. Not being big fans of having to appear at the Cummins shop at zero-dark-thirty we took advantage of their Coach Care program and squatted here yesterday evening, plugged into their electricity and enjoyed their internet.

    But they still rousted us out of The Barge at 0730. No customers are permitted to be in the shop during work hours.

    So we sat in the waiting room. And sat in the waiting room. Then we walked down the street to Denny’s and had the famous “Carb Slam” and “Potato Skillet.”  We waddled back to the waiting room and, well, waited. The Cummins guys were pretty good; just when we were about to explode someone would give us a progress report.

    That last progress report was a bummer. They needed a part, the temperature sensor. They didn’t have one. They couldn’t find one in the entire City of Tampa. The closest one was in Daytona so we said, “Yes, please, get that thing here first thing in the morning so we can get out of Camp Parking Lot.”

    A temperture sensor. A very common part. They go for $20-$30. But not for a 20-year-old engine.

    To be continued…

  • Another fun day at Camp Parking Lot.

    We had another fun day at Camp Parking Lot.

    We got up too early and motorvated over to Lazy Days to see if Wade RV would make us a dash cover. The previous shop couldn’t and we figured we’d never get it right with the mail-order supplier.

    After a short wait the Wade RV guy came out, drew a template and went away. He came and went several times over the next five hours and installed a just-about-perfect dash cover. It should be strong enough that the little hooligans can’t easily destroy it.

    Then we walked over to Lazy Days’ new store which they’d opened a couple of months ago after parting company with Camping World. The new store is a lot smaller than CW but has or can obtain just about anything and is well-stocked with useful stuff. Mom found something truly useful; a drink holder and bowl holder on a ground spike so we wouldn’t have to drag out the table.

    And I had the most exciting find of the day! A sewer pipe elbow!

    Wade RV
    6130 Lazydays Blvd
    Bay 24
    Seffner, Florida 33584

    (888) 4-WADE-RV
    (813) 626-8697


    Before the new dash cover was installed!

    Before the new dash cover was installed!

    New dash cover by Wade Rv!

    New dash cover by Wade Rv!