Thursday, April 15, 2010

WiFi and Axle Alignment

The wifi at Rincon West is just abysmal. Wifi is often abysmal at RV parks. They'll advertise "free wifi", but it actually translates as "free wifi when you sit in the laundry room on really hard chairs". So, we upgraded from the Verizon aircard to their new product, MiFi. MiFi is a combination aircard and wireless router. It gets really good reviews; simple, easy to set up, fast. HAH! Double HAH HAH HAH! Set up required an hour on the phone with Verizon. Yesterday morning it worked fine, then I went outside and my PC hibernated and the MiFi ceased working. After two hours on the phone with Verizon, the 3rd level tech said the problem is with your PC, call Sony. I called Sony, no clue. Then, it started working. What the HECK? I hate computers. So, now it's fine, I have no idea why. We're going to have to start watching usage, I now have to share my 5 gig monthly allotment with Jim. Mine! It's all mine!

As you no doubt recall, our original set of RV tires was worn slick after 14,000 miles, requiring very expensive replacements. Jim had been told that many RVs have improperly installed axles. Not wanting to replace 4 tires every year, we decided to have the axle alignment checked at Arizona Spring. It's one of those places that has been around forever. It's old, slightly grimy and is somewhat of a throwback to a time when America actually made things.

We drove onto a concrete slab that was very level. It had a ramp down to it that was fairly intimidating. The front landing gear was about 1/2 inch off the ground at the top of the ramp. Very unnerving. But, no blood, no foul.

It's very similar to the welding shop we've been to.

It was discovered that we had axle sag, the wheels were canted in at the top, and the rear axle was on a slight diagonal to the frame. It's no wonder we chewed off the tread on 4 tires. One wonders why an RV manufacturer can't do a little bit better. So, if you're buying a new RV, this would be worth checking on prior to setting off in to the great wide open.

While the axles were being fixed, we went up to La Encantada, a high zoot open air shopping mall. It was pleasant to stroll about and look at stuff we don't need. These are cool plants in front of AJ's Fine Food Market.

Bougainvillea in the court yard.

This little flowering cactus is so cute it hurts me. Look at the symmetry of the flowers.

The countdown continues to departure. All of our RV maintenance is done. We still have to have Ken install the rear vision camera, get the pickup washed and waxed, and get eye exams. We appear to be on schedule and over budget.

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