Friday, January 4, 2013

Working Vacation?

Here's Tia at the airport as she leaves to visit her military hubby in Korea. We have been staying at her house caring for their pets while she's away.

Our grandfuzzies are a Rottie, a Coon Hound and Jasper, a camera shy grey cat as cranky as our own cat Jasper.

Of course, we brought our critter crew to stay, too, so it has been a frolicking good time for all.... Well, maybe not the cats.

This house/pet sitting arrangement is working out as a blessing for Tia and for us. I love it when everybody wins! Our car needs some warrantee work and we can just leave it at Ford and use Tia's car for a day or so.

Also, our Safari  needed several things done and was in the  shop for more days. Since we are not living in it right now, this is a perfect time. We prayed and asked for leadership as we used "RV Service Reviews" to help select who to have work on our baby. Based on "Excellent" reviews, we chose Johnnie Walker RV Center in Las Vegas. Al Spurlock took care of us and was kind enough to work in an unusual way with us.

Since we bought our Safari a year and a half ago, at a very bargain price, I might add, there have a number of things we've needed to have fixed, some small, some pretty expensive, at least to us. Some things have simply gotten worse with full time use... like our sagging steps.

We had a new step motor installed last summer and it is fine, but the step mount and a metal plate associated with it are cracked... Finally, had it all dismantles, welded and reinstalled with additional and replacement bracing.

The mysterious leak that finally got really bad turned out to be the water heater. We had already learned about anode rods from the Safari email group we belong to (Look it up on YahooGroups)... but our water heater was shot, needed replaced. All I can say is, although I love pour coach's design, the person who placed that water heater under the lazy susan cabinets needs to spend the rest of their life working under there!

Now, what was unusual about how Al worked with us? As I said we had a prioritized list of things we wanted/needed done, right down to fixing a cabinet door latch. Al was happy to oblige us by calling with the total bill as each job was complete so we could decide whether to proceed to the next. Okay, but our phone does not get signal many of the places we are, such as at work at Lake Mead. He was more than cool and the work was so reasonable, we got everything done under estimate!

One or both of us have made trips to Lake Mead to take care of our recycling duties there, but our work is easy... Guess you could say we are on working vacation where ever we are. My sweetie know how to relax here or there or anywhere, as these pictures show so well.
Here is Richard in our motorhome. Usually Bingo is on his lap.
Here is Richard at Tia's house. Dogs with him is his ideal ;-)
No, he hasn't been drinking... just tired and happy.

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