October 24th, Wednesday – We’re Getting There Regarding our Maintenance; Good News Too

So this morning was a very unretired like morning since we had to be up by 6:30 am inasmuch as they were coming for Graybeard no later than 7:30 am.  Yes, they were here by 7:15 am even as they were the other morning.  They are indeed punctual.  Right on time Graybeard rolled into the shop for its long overdue maintenance.

We, on the other hand rolled out in Little Graybeard to Lady Lake for some more Brooklyn Water Bagels.  Hey, we’re not going to be in this area forever so we are making the most of it while we can.

This is a most interesting place.  As I’ve walked around the last couple of days it is remarkable how many people come back to Alliance year after year for annual maintenance.  Others, who like us are full timers, make a laundry list of things that need to be done during their years travel and then come here to get it all taken care of.  Then there is the couple we met who are now buying their third Class A here. We’re not talking entry level rigs either.  This place has a loyal following for sure.

Walking around the service area I took a picture so you can get some idea of the size of this place.  It’s definitely not your mom and pop operation.  They have bays, lots of them.


From what I learned every mechanic has their own assigned bay.  Here’s Graybeard up in the air in order to get the rear end and the transmission serviced.  When he refilled the rear end he used synthetic fluid good for the lifetime of our rig.  Regarding the transmission, the mechanic told me that their was a specific transmission fluid that


needed to be used and rather than use what they had in stock he had it ordered.  Now I like that attention to detail.  Tomorrow the coolant system will be done.  Same deal, they had to order a special coolant specific to the Ford V10.

The Good News is he checked the brakes and told me I had a good 55/60% left on the pads and none of the rotors showed any signs of unusual wear or heat bluing.  Then once the rig was back on the ground he ushered me to the front of Graybeard and asked Have you had any issues with the AC coming out of the proper dash vents?  Well, now that you mention it.  He showed me some cracked vacuum lines which he stated he was going to fix.  OK by me.

Bottom line we’re getting there, inch by inch, day by day, one by one the issues are being addressed.  We should be done by Friday, provided of course the new mirror comes in as scheduled.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Some of course will say none of this was really necessary since there were no presenting issues.  OK.  I on the other hand went by the maintenance schedule for the Ford F53 chassis and made the decision to get done what needed to be done based on mileage and the year of our rig.  To me an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Will there be other issues along the way?  Perhaps.  At least I’m comfortable knowing I’ve done my best to keep them at bay for the next several years.

Time to call it a night now.  We’ve had a rather uneventful day waiting around for all the work to be finished.  Boring, yes.  Yet, no complaints from either of us regarding the time it is taking for things to be accomplished for time is one thing we have in abundance.  Most importantly we’re doing even this together and that makes the day just the best.

Thanks for joining us again on The Road of Retirement.  As I wrap this blog up once again a thought for each of us to ponder:

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As always,  if you are coming to the end of your day with concerns and worries, let me suggest that you turn them over to God.  After all, He is going to be up all night so why not let him handle them for you.

Time now for our evening prayers and eventually some shut-eye.  Till tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

One thought on “October 24th, Wednesday – We’re Getting There Regarding our Maintenance; Good News Too

  1. It sounds like Graybeard will be in tip-top shape. Rather do the maintenance and prevent sitting along the roadside with a breakdown. The shop looks like a very large but organized facility. Glad you got to enjoy the Bagels while in the area. Thanks for sharing your day.


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