Thursday, November 22, 2018

Breaker 19, You still have a Copy

Where Are We Today 

Info about Alamo Lake Dam
Carrying on from my last post, we arrived at Alamo Lake State Park and got settled in on lot B-17 with Rob and Pat on B18. We are only here for two nights, but will enjoy the time here.

Three buddies checking out the scenery
 On Friday the 16th, we took Rob and Pat up to the Alamo Lake Dam to take in the view. Leaving there, we headed  out to the Wayside Oasis. It is a trailer park out in the middle of nowhere, with a bar/restaurant and generators for power. It was late morning, so we sat at the bar and order some coffee, sat back, took in the ambiance and chatted with the waitress about the place.

Wayside Oasis

Inside the Cafe/Bar at the Wayside Oasis
We left the next day, to our next destination, Ridgeview RV Resort, in Bullhead City, Arizona. Instead of heading to Hwy 95, we back tracked to Hwy 71 to Hwy 93 to I-40 and finally Hwy 68 into Bullhead City.

Joshua Tree Forest
 The best part of this trek, was Hwy 93, again with ups and downs and gentle curves  , but you drive through the Joshua Tree Forest, absolutely amazing. One thing though, make sure you have a full tank of fuel, as there is only one place to get fuel on this 110 mile stretch of road.

Arriving at Ridgeview RV Resort
Arriving early afternoon, we checked in, got our choice of sites, eight and nine, backed in up against a hill with a view down the road, looking across the Colorado River into Laughlin Nevada, at all the casinos.

Our buddies leading the way
When Pat went to open up the bedroom slide, she got it part way out and the bottom cable broke, the first cable, the top one, broke when we were in Memphis. We have been trying to nurse it along until we got to a more populated area. The bottom one had been replaced a little over a year ago.

This is what they are suppose to look like

Here is a broken one
Rob came over and between the two of us we exposed where the pulleys are and managed to get the slide all the way out. After determining what we needed to try and attempt the repair ourselves, we headed for Home Depot in the morning and purchased some cable, clamps and eye bolts.
Working on the mechanism

After about five hours we had it back together, moving in and out. Not an easy job, the cables being next to the head of the bed right next to the closet.
New eye bolts and one new cable and clamps

one  side of the slide mechanism, two cables pull the slide in and two cables pull the slide out

 Also making sure the slide was square in the opening and the cables had enough tension on them.

the drive motor and transmission for chains

A big thank you to Rob for his insight, thoughts, ideas and time, as this is not a one person job.
On a lighter side, Rob and I, each purchased an inexpensive CB radio to communicate while driving from destination to destination. We took part of Tuesday to install them in our trucks.
CB installed
While that should bring you up to speed from my side of things, be sure to keep following Pat's blog,here here, to see what we're up to.
Until the next time, take care and be safe, comment if you like.   


  1. Nice to get that job taken care of. The Cb's are handy when travelling together we have used ours a few times even with Rob and Pat years ago even our walkie talkies worked well.

    1. Thanks George, we are hoping the repair holds until we get home and can get it checked. Looking forward to the use of the CB's, use to have one years ago.

  2. Glad you managed a quick fix that looks like it will last a long time.
    CBs are a handy thing to have when traveling. Listening to the Truckers on Channel 19 will help you get around Backups due to accidents.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. We are very happy that we were able to fix this and at a low cost for materials. It would have been expensive if we had to call someone in to do it. CBs are very handy, as you say, for getting around traffic.

  3. Glad you were able to fix the slide issue. Enjoy the CB, I know my dad loves his.


    1. Thanks Deb, slide problems are not something that you want to have. The CB will be fun, I had one back in the 70's when they were all the craze.