A Garden wedding and repairs

Trip Start Jul 21, 2016
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Trip End Jul 15, 2017


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Saturday, September 3, 2016

We arrived on a Friday two weeks before the wedding so I could go run model trains with some friends in McMinnville.  We were driving up anyway for a wedding over Labor day weekend and Sraddha needed to get a tooth repaired at the dentist she used in Beaverton.  You may remember that Ananda Laurelwood is our official domicile where we had settled with household goods in storage when we first began our full time RV life 3 years ago.  Storage unit still here as is an office we use when here.

The wedding was two weeks away so we had time to rest up from activities in California and all the beach campgrounds were full since it was still officially summer up here in Oregon.  We know because we checked.  We did take one day to drive out to the coast for a little beach weather tho which helped us recharge.

Sraddha spent several days leading up to the wedding planning and decorating with the wedding planner and I ended up doing some photography during the wedding.  It was a wonderful event in a beautiful setting with rain prior to the wedding time drenching our flower decorator as she went about her business.  Divine Mother cleared the skies tho and everyone enjoyed the wedding.  See the photos below for verification.

When you full time, you have to be prepared for anything and everything and find resources wherever you are.  In front of me was the need to get the wheels on the jeep aligned after some front end work had been done in Oregon last July.  While in California, I took it to the tire dealer from whom I had purchased the tires and had received a lifetime alignment.  Alas, they tried to snooker me by telling me they wouldn't do the alignment without me purchasing new tie rods.  Gulp.  Just spent big bucks on front end.  I declined and was not happy so I stopped by my long time mechanic near where we used to live and asked him. 

No, Mr. Toad didn't need new tie rods.  Grr!  Since we were headed back to Portland area, I called the jeep dealer who did the front end work and asked them why they didn't recommend new tie rods and we made an appointment for them to inspect this issue.  They were great and their suspension specialist who had found the original issues took a look.  Tie rods were fine.  Ball joints will need to be replaced sometime in future. Mr Toad has 175,000 miles on the suspension, 40k of which is in tow mode which can cause some additional wear.  We found another tire store of the same tire company who honored the alignment and solved our issue very professionally.  We are now happy campers again.

Well almost happy.  We discovered we have a cracked skylight.  However, that is another story.


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