The Transnistria parliament building with a statue of Lenin out front. In the city of Tiraspol, Transnistria. Photo taken December 9, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Ruth!

A week or so ago, I took apart the front brakes on the little blue car because the slide on one of the calipers was seized. Cleaned and lubricated where it was needed and put everything back together. No problem.

The last time Sherman the motorhome was driven any kind of distance was the middle of March. At the time, we had noticed a pretty bad squeal had started coming from one of the front brakes. I knew we wouldn't be driving him for a while, so I just left it knowing that we'd have to have it looked at sometime before taking him out again.

But I have lots of time on my hands, and Sal has lots of tools here. So I figured I would have a look at the motorhome brakes myself. Well of course they're a little more heavy duty that the little blue car's front brakes!

I have a repair manual, and the internet to use as a resource. I got one side jacked up yesterday and supported, and got the wheel off and had a good look at things. I think I understand the system well enough now to take the caliper off and have a better look at the pads and make sure everything is working correctly so maybe I'll do that today. Even though Sherman now has 75,000 miles (120,000 kms) on him I expect these are still the original brakes. I know that nothing has been changed in the five years we've had him, but given that most of those miles are on the highway, and we use the engine for braking on hills, the brakes have actually had very little wear. Oh, we did have a leaky rear wheel brake cylinder changed a couple of years ago.

Oh, did you know that someone is having a birthday today? Yes, I had to change the blurb on "about Kevin and Ruth" because one of us isn't 50 years old anymore!

Happy Birthday Ruth!


41 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Ruth hope you have a wonderful day!!!

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  2. Happy birthday Ruth!!! Hope you have a great day. See you soon.

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  3. Just a young 'un. Happy Birthday Ruth!

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  4. Happy Birthday!! I was so young when I was 50, LOL!

    rocmoc n AZ/Mexico

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  5. A very big happy birthday to a very young Ruth! Hope you enjoy your day.

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  6. Happy day amiga! Those new glasses look great as you do!

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    1. Thank you Contessa but I don't have them anymore. They are the ones that got stolen in Zacatecas. I didn't even have them for two weeks! :(

      We are going to order another pair so hopefully I will have them by Christmas.

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  7. Lookin' good Ruth. Was that 51 or 35? Hmmm, looks the same to me! Have a happy birthday.

    Kevin, maybe you can show me how to clean the burner on the refer and clean the water heater. We never use the water heater. Time to fire it up though.

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    1. Thanks Chris!

      I am sure Kevin will be more than happy to show you how to clean the fridge and water heater when you get here.

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  8. Happy Birthday Ruth. You are indeed looking very content in the pic.

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  9. Happy Birthday Ruth, seems she had the big one same day last year! Enjoy.

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  10. Happy Birthday Ruth! Enjoy your winter in Mexico.

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  11. Some Info. for you - I would imagine you already know about this website but I could not readily find mention of it on your blog. It's called Boondockers Welcome (similar concept to Harvest Hosts).

    And a Happy Birthday to Ruth!

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    1. Thanks Barb, we did know about it and they also have a facebook page. I don't think we have mention this particular site on the blog before, guess that's why you didn't see it mentioned.

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    2. Have you used the boondockers welcome site? They have a membership fee and we are considering signing up but kind of wonder about them vs. Harvest Hosts (I do already understand the basic difference between what these two offer).

      We had ordered glasses from FrimOO - arrived in good shape and we are happy with them!

      Barbara

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    3. No we haven't yet, I think it started after we were in Mexico last year and we haven't been out of Mexico with the motorhome since. Kevin says that we would sign up for both Harvest Hosts (ours has run out since we last used them) and boondockers welcome and then would have no real need for an RV park as between the two there are lots of choices for places to stay.

      So glad to hear that you are happy with your new FrimOO glasses.

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  12. happy Birthday, Ruth .. traveling agrees with you.

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    1. Thanks you, I think it agrees with me also.

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  13. Kevin and Ruth we met you two years ago on Zipolite, we where in the 1984 Westy and you gave us your camping spot behind the restaurant.
    Well we are heading to Mexico and just might end up where you are now.
    I wanted to tell you of this web site that a friend of ours has made
    www.boondockerswelcome.com
    Happy B day Ruth
    David and Marina

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    1. Hi David and Marina, yes we remember you and would love to meet up with you again. We didn't have much time together the last time. Sure hope that you make it to Hacienda Contreras RV Park. We will definitely be here at least until the beginning of January and then we will take off for more exploring but making it back here again probably by the end of February or beginning of March.

      Yes, we know of the www.boondockerwelcome.com site and we also have "like" their facebook page.

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  14. Happy Birthday Ruth have a great day

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  15. Wishing you Happy Birthday, Ruth!
    Blessings,

    Lynn

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  16. Happy Birthday Ruth! That's a very great looking picture of a youngt looking you. The glasses are also looking really good. Are they the free ones???

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    1. Thanks Sherry! Yes, those glasses were my free ones but I only had them for just less than two weeks. Unfortunately they were in my backpack that was stolen in Zacatecas.

      We are ordering another pair so hopefully I'll have them by Christmas.

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  17. Happy Birthday, Ruth! Looking fabulous, as always!!

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  18. Happy Birthday Ruth! Have a blessed year.

    Tina

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  19. Happy birthday Ruth! Hope you had a great day!
    Cheers, Peter and Shelagh.

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  20. Thank you everyone for all the wonderful Happy Birthday wishes sent my way. I am totally overwhelmed by seeing how many there were. I had a great day and it was made all that much more special by everyone of you that took the time to send your wishes my way. Thank you so much!

    Ruth

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  21. You don't look a day over 35. Seriously. The fresh air and the walking and the great food really seems to keep you looking youthful!
    (Kevin too).

    Congrats on your birthday!!! (sorry Im late by a day!)

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  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ruth! (Sorry I'm late - just got back home from my Florida trip.) Wishing you many, many more!!!

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    1. No problem, Connie and Barry, thanks for the belated wishes! Hope you two had a great time in Florida and that the tournament went well.

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  23. Happy Birthday Ruth, we just got internet today so have been off line for a while. Hope you had a great day and I know you will have a great year. Bill and Bonnie

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    1. Thank you Bill and Bonnie, no worries about the late wishes. I had a great day!

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