Blairsville, Georgia (high 63, low 34)
It started drizzling yesterday morning, which gradually led to heavier rain that lasted well into the night. I did get a chance to crawl under the coach before the rain started and checked for leaks. I’m a
little lot more flexible than Al, so I am trying to save him some of the crawling underneath.
No little green drops were found, but I felt some dampness near another clamp. Of course it could have been just dew. I think I may have smelled some coolant when I touched the area, but was not completely sure. Just to be on the safe side, Al wants to put a double clamp on that hose as well. Boy, there are sure a lot of hose connections for the coolant. You would think there would be one in and one out, but we keep finding more hoses, leading to different parts of the engine. On the plus side, I did get a nice tour of underneath the engine of our motor home. :) I didn’t see any signs of rat, mice, or bird nests.
We did manage to find some of the off brand rescue tape that was the better quality, so Al will tape up the new area before he puts the other clamp on.
We are planning on heading south tomorrow. It looks like we should have a few good weather days.
We have some extra coolant on hand in case we need it.
Paul, of PDD fame, sent us a very helpful link from RV Cruzer, regarding what types of coolants you should use for a diesel engine. It explained in fairly simple terms why regular automobile anti-freeze was not to be used in big diesel engines. If you have a diesel engine, I would recommend you read the post. Thanks so much Paul, for the excellent link.
The home page of the RV Cruzer webpage, has some very good information not only on diesel engines, but rv travel, modifications, and much more. There was a good article on installing MCD shades. After reading it, I now think we could do it ourselves. Check it out. It’s a good web page for RV’ers.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the tornados in Illinois. I sure was glad it didn’t come this way, but I kept a close eye on the weather last night. Later in the evening, some of those storm bands started heading this way. I didn’t go to sleep until I was sure everything was quiet. We got about 2 minutes of strong winds, and then it was gone. Thank goodness.
Thanks to all of you for your advice on our little leak. We’re hoping we have it resolved and that is is over kill, but we’d rather spend a few bucks on clamps and tape than a new engine. We’ll be watching the temperature very closely.
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