Saturday, January 16, 2010
What! A blog with no pictures? For those of you who may be interested in the status of the Allegro Bus, we returned it to the storage facility yesterday. It had been at ProTech, a truck/RV repair facility in North Charleston since we got back in October. The big issue was repairing the damage I did when I scraped a stone column on a side trip to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue League. Some canopy parts had to be replaced, some fibreglass work was needed on the upper passenger side. I also had them do a complete wash and wax. Other miscellaneous tasks included the replacement of the sacrificial anode in the water heater and the attendant flushing. I know, I know...I could have done it myself, but as long as it was there... The dash heater had failed as had a step solenoid. Another big step was to replace the four, lead-acid coach batteries with absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries. They have a greater capacity AND they are sealed! They were $200 each, but they eliminate the frequent chore of adding distilled water to that battery bank. So, it is back in storage at the RV/boat storage lot at Charleston AFB. We are not going to Red Bay, AL this spring, so the next outing will be Huntington Beach State Park in April at Murrell's Inlet, SC. Then there will be the annual visit to Gaffney, SC where the Freightliner chassis was built for standard preventive medicine. We'll head north in May with our first stop from the 15th to the 19th for a 50th reunion of my West Point class. It felt good to drive it again, particularly since everything is now in top notch shape again.