A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dang it's HOT!

Muleshoe, Texas

Okay, it's well beyond warm now.  As we're making our way to our next free city park the air conditioner decides to quit pumping out cold air.  Are you kidding me?  Now?  It worked fine yesterday!  Beans is not happy and she lets me know it. MEOWWWW!  Ever see a cat pant?

As we roll through Muleshoe (the name came from finding a mule shoe in the soil - how imaginative) I'm looking for auto repair shops and find a nice looking prospect just before the RV park.  The owner greets me, has a smile and a positive attitude.  This guy will do.  I'm thinking the compressor went out but he immediately determines the compressor is working.  He then points out a leak in the condenser.

I recall a piece of gravel getting kicked up and hitting us the day before and that must have been the hit I heard.  Just to the left of the nut on the bottom of the louvers.  Good guy Michael Lopez makes a call and a new condenser can be delivered here in the morning from Lubbock, Texas.
Let's do it.  This is the beauty of small town shops.  You can see other work they have going on but they most always get right to you the traveler and get you on your way again.  No "We can get you in later this week, make an appointment" stuff.

We stayed at the Ray & Donna West park up the street.  Again free hookups and even each site has its own sewer connection, again all for free.  Gotta love these small towns.  Only thing here though were the trains.  They have to blast their horns at every street crossing and there are nearly a dozen street crossings within earshot.  So it is one long continual blasting of horns.  Picture that several times throughout the night and on into the early morning hours.

A side note here: the RV next to us is exactly what I was going to go look at to buy 11 years ago when I stopped along the way that day to look at this 2006 Winnebago View that just came in on a lot.  And that is how the Little House on the Highway came into my life.  I like my View better.  Also, the lady in that RV is from Utah.  She stayed inside all the time working on her sewing projects.  She had a sewing machine set up and I could see cabinets with drawers and bins full of sewing supplies, so much so she cannot get from the cab into the living area like all RVs are designed.  That walk-through space was walled off with these bins and such.  She has to get out and walk around to get inside her home. She'd sit there and sew and watch TV; that is her life, but she seemed happy and that is all that matters.  She tows a small cargo trailer you can just see.  More sewing supplies?
Oh, and she's been to every state (except the New England states) including Alaska!

So here we have the front grill and supports removed.

The new condenser arrived at 8:30 the next morning.

In with the new and out with the old.  You can see the Freon stain all along the bottom.
It took only two hours to do and I have to say I figured this to be an all day affair.  We were on the road again by noon and Beans once again is one happy cool cat.


  1. There you go, there are people out there willing to help and not rip you off. That is what I call good service. Amazing what a stone can do

  2. Three cheers for Michael Lopez and his efficient service station crew! I hope it wasn't too expensive but I'm sure the cool air blowing on you is worth every penny. I don't think I could survive under the Texas sun without AC.
    I wonder what the lady from Utah makes on her sewing machine. Clothes? Repairs for other road travellers? Maybe she makes quilts and sells them. I wish I knew!


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