Out for a lakeside walk in Valea Morilor Park in Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 4, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sherman fired right up!

We've been running our fridge off electricity since we got here, because our propane tank was nearly empty. But propane is much cheaper and RV refrigerators are more efficient when switched over to "gas " mode. We could have had a propane truck come into the campground to fill us up, but Sherman has been sitting for more than six months and it would do him good to go for a drive.

First though, I did some fridge maintenance. One of the most common RV fridge problems is soot and residue building up on the burner tube. I checked the burner, and sure enough it needed a cleaning. In fact, there was a LOT of crap built up, and all of it just from sitting unused. I can't remember exactly the last time I checked it, but I do it at least every six months.

That is a lot of crap!

This is what came out of the burner itself!

With that done, we got Sherman ready to go for a drive. Once again, he fired up as if he was driven only yesterday! Raring to go, we got him down off the blocks and up to the garage so that we could top up his tire pressure to the right level before driving him. Then it was only 10kms (6 miles) or so to the propane place.

We put in 65 litres (17.2 gallons) at 6.46 pesos per litre (about $1.95 per gallon). Total of 420 pesos ($33.60). That should last us 6-8 weeks depending on how much we have to use the furnace on chilly mornings!

We had some more campers show up yesterday. Whit and Jan from California pulled in. We have bumped in to Whit and Jan a couple of times during our Mexico travels over the years. They invited everybody over for happy hour.

Happy hour!

We all decided to go into town for dinner. There's one restaurant that we really like because they serve you so many different kinds of appetizers from the time you sit down until your meal arrives. You almost don't need your meal! Sal offered to take us all in their big pickup truck because there's a cap on the back as well as a bench seat.

Ruth and Kevin, off to dinner!

All the food on the table is what they have brought before we even ordered our meals! There's no extra charge. Ruth and I each had Pescado Filete Ajo. (Garlic fish fillet). Total including drink and tip was 260 pesos ($20.80).

28 comments:

  1. Happy hour and great restaurants in Mexico, sounds like way too much fun, enjoy.

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  2. Fired right up and six months, that is pretty good:)

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  3. Looks like all is well in paradise. We are under a blanket of snow today.

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    1. You need to get outta there fast, Contessa!

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  4. Whit and Jan's camper is kinda neat.

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    1. Whit built it himself and it is definitely built for the kind of traveling that they do.

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  5. How do you clean that off the fridge, just scrape it?

    You should do a blog on your maintenance (so I can copy and paste!) and when you do it and what you do.

    Just sayin'

    Cheers!

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    1. Kevin more or less explains how to do the fridge maintenance in this past post. www.travelwithkevinandruth.com/2011/10/picking-potatoes-at-600am.html

      He tries to do this at less once a year but prefers to do it every six months. If you still have any questions, don't hesitate to email him.

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  6. Thanks for reminding us about cleaning the refrigerator.
    Don't see any restaurant In the US giving the much free food before a meal. Looks great.

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    1. No problem for the reminder! This is one of the reasons we love this restaurant, plus the food is good.

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  7. With a Happy Hour like that - that would be my meal!

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    1. The happy hour was at the campground with some drinks, all that food was at the restaurant and that was before they brought out our orders. We left there stuffed!

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  8. Good to hear Sherman is in good shape and now you have propane.What a great night, Happy Hour and a dinner. We had a great dinner at home and drank a few beers with our company. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

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    1. Yes, we had a great time. Glad to hear you had fun with your company as well.

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  9. It would be cool to check Whit and Jan's camper in the inside.looks like they have done a great job having it equiped for heavy duty camping.congrats.

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    1. We had seen inside of it before, a few years ago when we met them the first time. Kevin will take some photos and put them in the next blog post.

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  10. Forgot to ask what's the name of the restaurant? just un case we're around.

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    1. It was at Restaurante El Troquero, just down from the central square.

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  11. We know the restaurant, great food and snacks! The pic of you guys in the truck is a keeper! You'll need to show me the burner for the fridge when we get there.

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    1. Thanks Chris! Kevin will be happy to show you how to do the maintanence on your fridge when you get here.

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  12. I laughed so hard when i watched the video from yesterday. So funny! Listen if you folks head down here to Aca trl park, I would love to have a good visit, lots of changes here for me!! I enjoy you guys entertaining myself with your recent europe trip that I would be happy to pay for your park camping fee! I would love to hear your stories. maybe see you soon!

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    1. Sounds like you are enjoying yourself down in Acapulco, John. Not sure what our plans are yet. There is a possiblity that we will be driving the car down and staying in cheap cabana's or tenting. I am sure that Kevin will get back to you with our plans when we have a better idea ourselves. Thanks for the offer, we will keep it in mind. We would definitely like to spend more time with you than we did last time.

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  13. Tell Whit and Jan Hi for us. We all watched the super bowl in San Cristobal De Las Casas. It was cold but we watched the whole game. Bill

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    1. Sorry they left early this morning before we could say hi for you. We have a picture of us sitting around the TV outside watching the game that night. An evening we won't forget.

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  14. We love to eat in that restaurant, too! We can't wait to be at Hacienda!!! See you soon! :o)

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