Some good news

When you travel to Mexico one needs to purchase special Mexican Travel Insurance for both the RV and your vehicle. For over twenty years we were insured through Mexico Bob / San Xavier. Now that our 2001 motorhome is over 20 years of age most Mexican insurance companies will not insure for collision. Thanks to a very special blog reader and friend ( dirt surfer ) whom we have met in both the US and in Mexico ( on the Isla ) it was suggested to us to try Lewis and Lewis. Thank you dear friend. We now have collision on the RV. For the first time in 20years years we have used this company and it appears that they are a good broker to use. So glad to get that out of the way. Normally we get this sorted out in September but as we were not certain that the RV was going to be repaired we held back.

Our carrots did not grow well this summer.


Can you believe that I did two loads of laundry yesterday and forgot to put the soap in 😳 Yikes, sometimes I about wonder about myself. Today Colin asked for my phone and I handed him my camera 🙁

The girls hunted snakes right until we left.

I also forgot to mention that one of our favourite Pinot Grigio’s is Bella Sara, that is the one we discovered in Venice that I mentioned yesterday but did not name. So I have been calling Ciela “Ciela Bella” and sometimes “Ciela Bella Sera”. She responds to them all.

A very nice BC wine to try.

The new TV that Colin got for the RV is a Smart TV and it also has a USB to play videos. We love it, yes it is small but the colour is great.

The new home TV ( to replace the one that broke because the wind knocked it over ) And our new wee RV TV.

However the greatest news of all is that we no longer need to spend $2000.00 CAD to purchase a new RV Tow Brake System. Because the Blue Ox was no longer functioning and was out of warranty ( despite being only 5 years old Blue Ox no longer services our model and have no parts ) Colin decided to take it apart. Inside he found wires that were connected to various areas. So he disconnected them all, blew on them and then re -plugged them in. Colin then charged the unit for a day and lo and behold it worked 😀  Pretty darn amazing.

These three photos depict a sad story. Yes the pine was dry inside but they all are.

This was a tree I would look at every day but shortly before we left this happened.

The end.

In other good news we seem to have almost found all the stink bugs that had invaded the RV while loading. We were ever so careful to keep the door closed. I also think the RV repair shop in Armstrong likely left the door open as they went in and out to do what they had to do to get our motorhome working. We have been catching them every day since we left. Only one yesterday and one today. I hope that we have them all. I remember bringing them all the way to the Isla a few times.

Taken shortly before we left home.

So looking forward to the Isla sunsets.

Yesterday we did a Commando treatment to the black tank. We were going to do it in Ely and then drive for a bit before dumping. So instead it sat for 24 hours but the 1/3 sensor is still showing on when the tank is empty. We will try it again the we coming north end of March.

We love having some lights around us. Actually there are no street lights here in the RV Park so this helps the walkers.

Stay tuned over the next few days, I will be asking your opinion on the header photo for this new blog.






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14 thoughts on “Some good news

  1. Dee Tillotson says:

    When you are driving around after putting in your cleaner and trying to knock off the crud attached to your black water tank, throw in a bunch of ice cubes. For sure, with all that action in the tank while driving, there will be chunks coming through that sewer hose when you empty the tank.

    1. Dee Tillotson says:

      P.S. I forgot to mention that your carrots look like “edible” art!

      1. Yes they were rather artistic.

    2. We have tried so many things and really had hoped that this wpule be the answer. But in March we will combine this treatment with the ice cubes.

  2. SandyM says:

    Lewis and Lewis was always the insurance we used when traveling in Mexico. Over the many years we traveled by RV we only had one claim and they were extremely helpful and fair. Have you tried the unscented Dove bath bars? I think the scented ones are “too scented” and do not choose those. Those are some interesting looking carrots – how is the taste?

    1. Good to know. For some reason I aways thought that they were very expensive but they are most reasonable. The carrots were ever so tasty but just weird to be so fat.

  3. Maxx Trails says:

    So sad about your tree’s in Kelowna 🙂 I’m glad you were able to get insurance and that Colin was able to fix the Blue Ox! I’m guessing you are moving on today, Saturday, so I hope you have a good travel day.

    1. We are so very happy about getting collision insurance. Yes the RV is old but is is still in pretty good shape. No we are staying longer to just rest. Once we get to the Isla we go crazy bringing all our stuff in from the bodega ( storage area ).

  4. Pauline Watson says:

    The carrots look cute! 🙂 Hopefully next year will be better.
    Colin is such a talented fix-it-all genius, what a blessing to have it fixed now.
    Sumac Ridge wines are so yummy 🙂

    All the best with the rest of the trip, looking forward to the pictures of the Isla sunsets 🙂
    Virtual hugs 🙂

    1. The carrots were still tasty but I do love the small slender ones. We are also looking forward to those sunsets.

  5. Croft says:

    You two certainly have your adventures! One thing after another. Your motorhome brahes will easily handle your tow vehicle’s weight in stopping so there is little danger in driving without the additional brakes. BC is one of the few jurisdictions that actually require them. We lost one of our dolly brakes in Florida after driving all day with one brake dragging. As dolly brakes are not required in Florida the shop had no parts and simply removed the one brake and disabled the other. We were going to have repairs done back home but discovered parts were hard to find and it would cost almost as much as a new dolly so it was never a priority. As I say, most jurisdictions do not require them and we never noticed the lack of them when driving even with several emergency stops.

    I hope you get everything done that needs to be done in Sin City and have an uneventful trip the rest of the way. Take your time and relax! You do not have to be on a schedule. The Bootlegger Restaurant has great Italian food and had a wonderful jazz singer the night we were there.

    1. Contessa says:

      Our RV is heavy but so is the Jeep. It is just over 5,000 pounds. We have read that if we were in an accident and were not using the tow brake that our insurance would be invalid. Just not worth the chance.

      I looked up the Bootlegger, quite the family history. Food looks great. We also have a favourite sort of a hole in the wall place. Best part is it comes with all the free wine you can drink. The last time we were there they even gave us a to go cup full of wine.

      1. croft says:

        I never heard of Battista’s but I love their menu and WINE INCLUDED! But that means a taxi both ways! LOL! Next time! The night at the Bootlegger was our anniversary and the woman jazz singer stood by our table and sang a couple of songs for us! It was just one of those perfect nights. No free wine but they did give us a free dessert to share!

  6. Croft says:

    Nice job on the brakes! Tell Colin to pick up a can of electrical contact cleaner to spray both sides of the plug-in connectors if this happens again (or just for some preventative maintenance if they are easy to get to). WD-40 (which only removes moisture) will work in a pinch but not as well as contact cleaner.

    Good find on the wine store!

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