Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 92, low 74)
Summer in Florida means rainy season, but it’s supposed to rain like crazy for a short time in the afternoon and be done for the day. Lately we have been on a pattern where it rains several times through the day. The heat and the rain is getting old, and it’s ruining our happy hours! We’re watching the weather up in Georgia. It’s been in the low 50’s at night and high 70’s in the daytime. We’re ready for some of that!!!
Al tackled a motor home maintenance job that had been needing to be done. Our diesel motor home has a huge air filter that is supposed to be changed periodically. There is a gauge showing when it needs to be changed. Although the gauge showed it was okay, it had been three years since it was done and we decided to go ahead and change it now. As it turns out, it’s a good thing we did because it looked pretty dirty and there were 2 leaves and a mud dauber nest inside! The filter prevented that from going into the engine, but I didn’t like seeing stuff inside.
Al has always done some of the standard maintenance on the cars, but this diesel motor home is a whole new ballgame. My vote was to pay someone to change it, because I had visions of something going wrong and having to have the coach towed. His vote was to do it himself.
We have a side mounted radiator, and the coach has a very open engine compartment with easy access to the engine components. There was no need to climb in through the access by the bed, at least not for this particular job. The air filter was right out in the open with nothing preventing it’s removal.
Al was ready to change the air filter, but I was a bit nervous. In the past when he replaced car parts, he always ended up going back to the automotive center because they gave him the wrong part. Always!
Before he started removing the old filter, we compared the old and new part to make sure we had the right one.
It looked like a simple job of loosening two clamps and pulling the old filter off. Of course, you know how those kinds of things work.
He had a little trouble loosening the rubber gasket from the metal frame, but he was able to get the old filter off and then new one installed all in about 10 minutes! Just like they said in the instructions!
That’s one chore checked off our list, and one more maintenance item he knows he can do himself. Last year, he changed the fuel filters all by himself! Yay Al. He feels certain he could change the oil but since it takes 6 GALLONS, we’re a little concerned about attempting that in a campground, and most of them wouldn’t allow it anyway. It’s too bad too, because we saw the oil we use at Sams Club for under $80. The last oil change we had cost over $240, and we just got a price from Cummins for $275. Oh well.
Al is still having headaches and nothing seems to be helping. Like one blog commenter said, it’s no wonder he’s having headaches, with 90% humidity and 90+ temperatures. I’ve been having some sinus related headaches myself. I’m concerned about his though, after that head injury, but I think some cool mountain air would do wonders for him!
This will be a busy week for us. Hopefully, we can get things wrapped up around here and head for the mountains, but as always, our plans are in jello.