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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Update on New Years Day and broken fridge.

Where are we today ?
Looks like won't make it to Topsail State Park this time

        To back track a bit. On New Years Eve Day I was chatting with a friend from Plattsville Ontario,(our home town) on facebook. They had just arrived in Destin Florida to a three bedroom rental house and invited us to come and stay with them. Funny we don't see them much in Ontario but run into them down south. Last year we met them for lunch at Big Nose Kate's in Tombstone Arizona.
       Well we had made plans to leave this resort and head west towards Biloxi Mississippi for a couple weeks. But decided hey they are only 90 miles away in the other direction, lets go there for a few days. Never been there and all it takes is change a reservation no problem.
      New Years morning we awaken a bit later than usual no hurry to leave. But about 10 am we are securing the coach to depart and our fridge does not appear to be working too good. Now a quick check and the fridge says (suprise Happy New Year!) I do want to work anymore in 2013. Hmph... Appears all of the yellow ammonia has leaked out of the cooling unit. Know what that means?? Our fridge is done, kaput, broken, pooched, not fixable. But hey it is 14 years old. 
        So what to do? New Years Day on the road, did a quick check and find a Camping World that is open almost at Destin, in Gulf Breeze Florida. So stop there chat with service and not much they can do until the morning, the woman in charge of this stuff will be in the morning and check things out for us.
        Now what to do with a fridge and freezer full of food (its still frozen). Called our friends Marc and Erin and their offer to stay was still open, and their fridge and freezer is empty, they have not stocked it up yet. Talk about a stroke of luck eh? So packed up all of our foodstuffs and some clothes and headed to their place about 1:30pm. Stored all our perishables in the fridge, and relaxed with a cold beer, ahh needed that!
surfing country
the white sand look like snow
        As the changed plans unfold, we chat catchup, Marc is making a stuffed pork roast, and brussel spouts, and we are going to Barry and Marlenes rental next door to a New Years Day feast with 2 other couples eight of us altogether.
Erin and Marc
their rental house
our bedroom
nice kitchen
Marc loves to cook too
At Barry and Marlene's
Marc carving
lotsa great food
awesome
christmas pudding, rum sauce and frozen yogurt
       So there, a screwed day up ended up not so bad after all. We saved our food, have a place to sleep visit good friends we have known for over 20 years. Other daughters figured skated together for many years, way back when. And my last six years working (after closing my restaurant) was in Marc's Tool and Die shop.
       This morning first thing, I went back to the CampingWorld and talked to Caren. She had already located a new replacement fridge (In stock) and by 8:30 this morning they were getting ready to begin work on our coach. How's that for service? It will be installed by the end of the day.
       So I think our plan may just be to stay here with friends for two more nights leave the coach there (free storage) and pick it up friday morning and head back towards Biloxi with a new fridge. Well at least we saved the cost of three nights camping here $120.00 it will help take then edge off a little bit on the cost of our new Dometic fridge, that is replacing our very sick Norcold. These things aren't cheap as any Rv'er will tell you.
        Now thats an update as of noon today, Jan. 2nd, looks like we will enjoy some more time here hanging out and maybe even get to see a bit of Destin in the meantime.
        Thanks so much for dropping in and hope your new year started a little better than ours.

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21 comments:

  1. You are smart to replace the fridge. We made the mistake of doing a $800 repair and then had it fail again exactly one year later when we replaced the fridge like we should have done in the first place. 14 years is an exceptionally long life span for an RV fridge so it does not owe you anything.

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  2. Wow, I would say that someone was really looking out for you guys. Love it when an unplanned, plan comes together. Enjoy Destin!

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  3. Hmmm. Ours is a 17 year old Norcold...still going strong. Lemme find some wood to knock on...!

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  4. All's well that ends well and it sure looks like you made the best of it.

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  5. 14 years for any fridge is half ways decent, but that long for an RV fridge, and I'd say it doesn't owe you a thing. (As I just notices was mentioned above) Ours was going on 10 years when I sold the motorhome and was still going strong. I was pretty fussy about getting it level though, but you never know.
    Saving all your food was a nice break too.

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    1. I always make sure we are perfectly level too. Nice to save all that food
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  6. Many folks are replacing sick RV fridges with high efficiency apartment size AC household fridges, run off the inverter when traveling and just left off when overnighting in a parking lot. They seem happy and save a ton of money. They gain fridge capacity as well. I am seriously thinking about this in the case of another failure.

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    1. We thought about that, but kinda limits or boondocking experiences, without adding more solar etc...

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  7. Aren't friends great? What a way to start off the new year... mixed blessings, huh?

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  8. Everything turned out so well for you guys. That meal looks yummy

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    1. Yep was an awesome meal and great way to end a hectic day.

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  9. Best news of all: the beer never got warm. Way to go George!

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  10. You do have a good luck charm on your shoulder. What a perfect save to the situation. As to the fridge, I agree with how you handled it and with another RV fridge. We would do the same. Hmm now that I think about it we are approaching the 12 year mark!!

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    1. We been pretty lucky, and maybe your fridge will last. Good luck.

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  11. Whats with all these fridges! 11, 12, 14 years! Darn! Hey didn't know that you guys lost your fridge also - a bit behind with our blog reading!

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    1. Yep we did, 14 years old so I guess it was time.

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