It's so close. We are getting read to leave and the anticipation is building. Today will be the last day we see grandma for a while. She will be greatly missed and we loved our time here with her. Our lunch is spent with her and the final goodbyes are said. A few last packages are grabbed from the house and then it's back home to start packing up. One of the packages delivered was a set of new thermostats for the RV water heater. A few days ago it decided to overheat and send the water heater into a fault code. This is where owner's manuals come in so handy. Just open it up and scroll down to the troubleshooting section.
Above you will see the pics of the water heater from the outside. It's rusty from that leak I already fixed and I think that also had something to do with this problem. An astute eye will notice the shiny new brass valve is directly located over a few electrical wires. Those wires go to a thermostat which controls the water heater temp. Quick work gets made of the existing parts and things get stripped out in just a couple of minutes. The rubber foam is a mess with the adhesive residue remaining. A little WD-40 (which was made by NASA to displace water for the APOLLO missions; attempt #40) does a pretty good job of cleaning adhesive. That gets followed up with some Goo Gone (invented 1984 by American products to remove grease) and then a light soapy rag.
These things are filled with wax. They get hot, wax expands, pushes metal thingy to make current either start or stop.
With the repair completed my attention turns back to Penny. Her tires have covers that need to be cleaned. The reason for this is to stop the rubber from getting blasted by UV rays. This will cause the tires to wear out faster than anything else. RV's rarely ever wear out the tread.
Clouds roll in and the night starts to chill. Goodyear is forecasted for rain tonight. The drizzle is a welcome relief after 29 days of straight up sunshine. One thing is for absolute certain, we will miss the amazing sunsets in the desert.