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Borrego Springs, CA

Monday, September 23, 2013

I’m getting over the shock

I have to tell you that the fridge breaking down again really threw me for a loop.  I didn’t sleep well last night, and I woke up with a lot of anxiety and thoughts streaming through my head over this.  Things like worst case scenarios, finances, when can I leave here, etc., etc.…

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Attending the staff meeting first thing this morning didn’t help one bit as there was talk of things that needed to be accomplished before freeze up. Disappointed smile  That made my nervous stomach do a loop-de-loop.  I busied myself with refilling all of the kiosks with pamphlets and other things on a list I’d been given for chores this week.  It helped some to be busy, but not enough.

IMG_0266My state of mind improved some in the afternoon.  As I was going to the maintenance shop to do some more laminating, John and Bridget (who visited me on Saturday) were outside on the ramp talking to Janice about volunteering here next summer.  That would be nice.  When I finished the laminating, all four of us were chatting, and John volunteered to take a look at my fridge.  He is a man of many talents.

His diagnosis was that he thought the compressor had died, and he thought it could be replaced through the outside access so I wouldn’t have to round up some help to take the fridge out of the cabinet area it is ensconced in.  I sure hope he is right, as this means there is a real possibility that it could be fixed here.

Of course, I didn’t get a call from any repair place today, but I’m hopeful for tomorrow.  John really helped relieve a lot of my anxiety.  I think I’ll be able to sleep tonight.  One of the disadvantages of travelling solo is that you don’t have anyone to share your fears and anxieties with.  Sad smile

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After making my 20 mile round trip run for bags of ice, Emma and I sat outside this evening.  I’d been too upset during the day to take any photos, so as I relaxed I found tonight’s pics in my yard outside the rig.  Since last week’s rains, all sorts of mushrooms are popping up, and there are some small wildflowers giving their last hurrah before colder weather sets in. 

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I’ll leave you tonight with a couple of shots of Emma on squirrel watch duty.  See how her ears are standing up?  It’s been very windy around here the last two days with gusts up to 45 mph.  It blows her ears straight up on edge.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

33 comments:

  1. I sure hope the repair folks call you tomorrow!

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  2. Put some containers of water in the facility freezer. They will last longer than bags of ice. Go stick one or two in tonight and they will be ready for tomorrow.

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  3. I hope you get your call tomorrow. And I hope the fridge can be replaced there without having to come out. Positive thoughts coming your way.......

    Cute pictures of Emma!

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    1. I meant fridge can be fixed...not replaced!

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  4. I knowhow things can keep you up at night. I've lost many an hour of sleep trying to think my way through how to fix a problem. I think the solution is for you to workamp close to us so we can commiserate together and both of us will sleep better. :cD

    I'm pulling for your fridge repair that it'll go quickly and easily.

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  5. I hope he is right about an easy fix for the frig. I have wondered about the use of house units in RV's but just assumed that our detailed oriented RV manufacturers had worked with the frig providers to ensure this was an appropriate application for these big units. I remember not that long ago there use to be instructions for house refrigerators that if they had to be moved any distance that they had to sit idle for at least 24 hours before restarting-clearly that would not work in an RV.

    That popped into my head when I heard you had the same issue with two of these in a a row:(

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  6. We are back in the land of the living. Going to try to catch up on everyone's posts.

    So sorry to read about your refrigerator. Paul is thinking along the same lines as John. It may be a much easier fix than you think. We can always hope for the best.

    Love the photos from the yard.

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  7. The wind today would set anyones nerves on edge! Great photos, I like fungi! Good to hear you may know the problem and what to tell the repair people:)

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  8. " One of the disadvantages of travelling solo is that you don’t have anyone to share your fears and anxieties with."

    That's why we blog ... ;) Great shots of Emma!

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  9. You and Paul seem to have Murphy wrapped up good and tight. Fingers crossed that it is an easy fix and you can get on the road shortly. Love that Emma girl.

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  10. Can appreciate the problem solving sleepless night ....... I have been there ...... Also have had my share of fridge malfunctions, etc. had an entire house with terrible flood damage due to an ice maker problem so I gasped when I read your shuffle with the freezer contents !!!! Hoping for the very best and may the repairman be an EXPERT ON YOUR MODEL !!!!!!!

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  11. John really is a man of many talents -- glad he was able to assuage your fears. Hope Emma's antics also help to calm you. Hoping for a quick and easy fix so you can soon be on your way.

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  12. Sharing your life does not necessarily mean sharing your anxieties and fears. sometimes they cause them to be worse!

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  13. Man, that sucks! Is this planned obsolescence?

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  14. What a bummer.... Hope you get it all fixed soon. I love your mushroom photos... if you find some puffballs you'll have a great dinner.

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  15. Your pictures are always great even when you are just sitting in your yard. Love those of Emma. What a powerhouse. I'm a worrier too when things aren't right and have a hard time sleeping which of course makes it worse. I agree with Merikay. Whether sharing helps at all depends on the attitude of the one with whom you are sharing. So sorry to hear about this problem AGAIN. Hope John is right and it's not a difficult fix. Hopefully it's under warranty for the compressor.

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  16. Emma, I remember when you had the first Samsung fridge installed. I also have the exact same fridge only larger in my home. Being a retired air conditioning/refrigeration repair man, I was troubled by how your fridge was installed in your motorhome. The installation instructions that came with your fridge should state, like mine did, ALLOW VENTILATION SPACE TO THE LEFT OF THE FRIDGE. Standing in front of the fridge there HAS TO BE at least a half inch of space between the right side of the fridge and the wall. If I remember correctly, yours is completely enclosed like the old RV fridge, thus not allowing the condenser fan to get rid of the heat buildup. I am amazed at how much heated air is discharged from this area. Heat buildup is the killer of compressors. You are going to have to allow more ventilation to get rid of that heat build up or the new compressor will also die an early death. Somehow, give your fridge a half inch opening between the right hand side of the fridge and the wall.

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    1. Should have read, ALLOW VENTILATION SPACE TO THE RIGHT OF THE FRIDGE.
      I realize the back side and top is ventilated with the usual RV vents, but I feel this is not enough. PS: I also have a class A Winnebago, so I am aware of the ventilation configuration built into the RV's. It's just not enough for a residential fridge.

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  17. Fingers crossed for you today, Judy.

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  18. I won't tell you to relax and stop worrying, but I sure hope you get a happy fix to this problem ASAP. And shame on Samsung. Way too many failures for such a high end price tag.

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  19. Emma looks like a puppy, so happy and energetic! Quite a few of us bloggers are seeing fungi this week, yours have some fun shapes.

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  20. I won't tell you to stop worrying, either. I know how that is. We have used, for MANY years, an extra layer of protection on our coach in the form of a surge / low voltage monitoring unit. There are 2 main brands ... Surge Guard (available at Camping World) and Progressive Industries EMS (Elec Monitoring System) . They are pricey, but MUCH less than replacing TV, fridge, computer, etc, in the event of a power anomaly. Most recently we were in a military base just outside of Denver, when a strong weather system went just south of us. You would think that an Air Force / National Guard facility would have a good, strong system and lots of steady power. The Fam Camp is also very new, with great wiring. BUT ... the grid is a very fluid thing!! Our neighbors all lost electric appliances and some had severe issues ... but our Surge Guard shut us off from the pole at the first sign of hinky power and we were saved. Here in Oregon, some storm systems have been moving through. We only have 30 amp power, and our uinit has been shutting us off and restarting every time the power gets too low or funny in this older park. We are on our 3rd unit in 7 years ... the first we sold with a previous coach, and we just replaced the last unit after Denver's excitement. the unit took the brunt of the storm ... not our coach. I know that you have had some storm issues in the last week or so, and I wondered if you were protected. Low Voltage can do more damage than surges, it seems, and no matter how great the facilities SEEM, the grid is a very fluid thing. You just never know. If you do not have a good one, IN ADDITION to whatever might be built into your coach, you might consider looking into it. Good Luck!! Oh ... best prices are usually on Amazon.

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  21. I know exactly what you mean about stomach nerves flip-flops; I've just had my Smart Car clutch "Explode" and during the process of getting it carried (not towed) 280 miles to an authorized service center and waiting ten days for the repair and the bill of $3000, I was a basket case for days and days. I'm somewhat recovered but empathize with your angst. Not fun. Wishes from me for a speedy, successful and as inexpensive a fix as is possible.

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  22. Glad you had someone take a look and help calm your anxiety. It must be hard to travel solo at times, especially when things like this pop up. Wishing you all the best in getting things right again. Very nice pictures and really enjoyed seeing Emma cavorting around.

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  23. Hang in there girl, sending you lots of good vibes, may the repairman be on your doorstep soon!
    (I LOVE all those 'shrooms, by the way!)

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  24. well goodness. . .it's always somethin'! Here's hoping for an easy resolution. . .and a good night's sleep!

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  25. That FD5 is pretty handy, and he is probably right about the compressor...and I know those refigs throw out lots of heat and need ventilation...As for the anxiety, I can't help you with that..I have had a steady dose of "Montezuma's revenge" for the past year..and it's not looking any better any time soon...

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  26. Hopefully you know you are not really alone...you have US to share your anxiety with! Hope the fridge is easily fixed and you can relax your last few days there. What are those yellow flowers?

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  27. I sure empathize with your stomach being tied up in knots. I'm almost sure I'm facing a new roof job when I get back to Sac, and it has me tied up too. I don't know whether to go back sooner than planed or drag my trip out and face it whenever.

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  28. Hope they can get at it from the outside. Keep us posted. Think positive.

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  29. Best wishes on the fridge repair! Glad your friend was there to look it over!

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  30. It doesn't always help to have someone to share the problems with. Al usually sleeps just fine, while I stay up and worry. I hope you get the problem resolved soon. It sounds like you got some good suggestions.

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  31. Nice Post.Thanks for Sharing this in your Blog

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