What a quiet and restful night. I fought sleep until 9:00 and then just gave up, turned the lights off, put up the book and was sound asleep within minutes. We had been told that it was quiet at night and they were right. I never heard a sound. Jerry slept well too. But then …
If it’s not one thing it’s another! We realized yesterday that our TPSM was not reading the pressure in our tires and Jerry felt that the batteries in the sensors were dead. According to the powers that be they are supposed to last from 10-12 months. Ours have not been changed since we bought the system so it was definitely time for replacements. Jerry had decided to wait until this morning to work on them hoping that the temperature would be lower plus we were on hot asphalt. I had gotten a youtube how-to video produced by TechnoRV where we had purchased from so we knew what we needed and how to do it – kind of! Jerry had gone to Home Depot last night and bought all of the batteries they had – four and we needed six – but he didn’t buy the tiny necessary screwdriver so off to Home Depot he went again this morning. Parking between Cabela’s and Home Depot has certainly been advantageous!
Jerry decided to get started immediately on replacing the batteries before it got too hot. Afterward, we got permission from Cabela’s to empty our black tanks. It’s free if done during working hours. It’s a bad job but someone has to do it.
For the most part, Ohio roads seem to be better than West Virginia but it’s like Jerry said, “Every state has good roads and bad roads and every state has construction!” So true and some construction crews think we have a skinny van rather than a motor home.
We had to try two Pilot stations before we could access one to get gas. Pilot says they are RV friendly and perhaps they are for the Diesel RV’s but not so much for gas coaches. We later stopped in Washington Court House, Ohio at a Walmart and had lunch plus were able to pick up two more batteries for the TPMS.
We arrived in New Paris, Ohio around 4:00 with plans to stay at a Harvest Host site. Although we knew we would not actually be staying at Wesler Orchard, when I had called earlier they told us to go there first and possibly buy some produce. We would be actually be staying at their winter business, Valley’s Edge. We got to the Orchard, bought some produce and quickly assessed that we couldn’t possibly turn around without detaching the car. That done and with directions to Valley’s Edge we proceeded on. Located on the edge of town we had the large parking lot to ourselves.
As soon as we were settled Jerry wanted to ride around the town – like we hadn’t been riding all day! Sorry to say there is not much to see in New Paris. In fact, we never even saw a grocery store so we came on back to the coach and read for a while.
I had prepared some spaghetti sauce and also had, upon a recommendation from someone’s blog, frozen some leftover vermicelli. Believe it or not the noodles were fine. I would never have thought of preparing and freezing them but knowing we would be boondocking for a couple of nights I tried to use every trick I could think of and surprisingly it worked.
After dinner we hooked the car up and Jerry finished putting all of the sensors on the tires only to discover that we had two tires that were low. Bummer but at least we knew so Jerry drug out the air compressor and began that hot job.
But that was not the end of the day. After resolving the TPMS problem we realized that the coach was getting warmer. Ah, the breaker on the generator had tripped. Jerry went outside, flipped it and it tripped again indicating to Jerry that the oil was probably low. Where to find oil in New Paris at 9:00? We unhitched the car and headed out. Fortunately, the Dollar Store was opened and had the oil. Back to the RV only to discover the bright yellow dip stick was missing. We walked all around the coach, the car and the parking lot but could not find it. Jerry even went back to the Dollar Store to see if perhaps he had left it there. We looked a little like CSI walking around with our flashlights pointed to the ground. Finally, after probably 30-40 minutes Jerry opened a bin next to the generator and there it was, just where he’d left it.
All in all, not a very exciting day but we’ll take it. We’re just making miles headed to Springfield, Il tomorrow for a few days. It was a good travel day with just a few hiccups at the end.