Wednesday - We left Lake Charles and headed to Houston for my 3 month checkup at The Methodist Hospital Transplant center on Thursday. We got checked into Advanced RV Park around noon and boy was it hot outside. We went out to eat with our friends Reg and Cecilia, and Kevin and Julie at Texas Roadhouse. We had a good meal and then returned to the RV park.
Thursday – We went to Methodist for my checkup. They do blood work, PFT (pulmonary function test) and a CT scan (every other checkup is a chest X-Ray instead of a CT scan). We then ate lunch with our good friend Nancy who works as the Executive Patient Liaison for the hospital. We then finished and went back upstairs to meet with the transplant doctors. They said my results were the same (which is good, no degradation!) and to enjoy our next trip. We then made it back to the campground. When the rest of our RV club arrived at the park we drove to Bass Pro Shop and ate supper. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal.
Now about the A/C problem! Before we left Thursday morning our rear A/C sounded funny like it was straining and it didn’t seem to want to start up. The last 6 months it has been sounding like it was having a difficult time starting up, but it always started. Well now that Houston is going to be having a week of triple digits it decided to quit on us. I thought it was the starting capacitor for the compressor and I had bought a couple spares a few years ago, so I was ready! After we got back from supper, Richard and I went on the roof to change out the starting capacitor. An easy job, but I needed to supervise Richard on what to do. We waited till almost dark so it would be cooler to work on it and we were right, it was nice to work up there with a cool breeze. After we changed out the capacitor we had Sue turn on the air conditioner, but it did the same thing. Richard looked over and saw that the fan was not spinning so he spun it around and the air conditioner took off. So we now knew the problem was the fan and not the compressor. I had Sue turn the fan to on and not auto, that way just the compressor would turn on and off and we could sleep good and cool in motorhome for the night.
Friday – I looked up the part number for a new fan and found one at a RV repair dealer in Pearland, TX. I drove over and picked it up so I could change it out tonight (again after it go to dusk, so it would be cooler). After our pot luck dinner with the rest of our group, Richard and I again went up on the roof. Now we did have some of the other guys on the ground helping us by handing us tools and stuff. We (again me supervising) we got the fan motor changed out. The last thing we needed to do was to attached the top fan with a screw into the fan motor shaft to hold the fan on. I couldn’t get the screw started and I finally looked into it with a flashlight and found that there were no threads in the screw hole. I then had our helpers send up my tap and die set so we get put some threads in the hole. After doing that the screw went into the shaft with no problems. Yeah!! The fan motor worked great and is a lot quieter and comes on faster than it has in a long time. Staying cool in the Texas heat!!!
Saturday – We stayed around the campground in the morning and I replaced my sewer hose that had some holes in it with a new hose. Around 4 PM we all left and headed to Sugarland, Texas to go see a Sugarland Skeeters baseball game. We had great seats in the club area which is air conditioned with all you can eat buffet. Unfortunately the Skeeters lost, but we all had a great time at the game.
Sunday – Today we will be leaving Houston and head north. We hope to be able to stop in Georgetown, Texas to visit some good friends that we used to travel with around the country, but had sold their RV and settled down in Sun City.
Well more next week, so stay tuned!
Until next time!