Sunday, August 22, 2010

Keeping Tioga going

Keeping Tioga going!
MsTioga will be 20 years old on April 16, 2011. What does it take to keep an RV with almost 20 years going? Well, it takes a lot of inspecting! We must look regularly at every screw, every part, every component. From MsTioga's roof down to all the stuff underneath MsTioga.

Rust is our enemy. Even inside MsTioga, stuff gets rusty. In 2003 we bought carpet runners to cover Tioga's original carpet. In order to hold the carpet runners in place, we used aluminum carpet hold downs. Recently we began replacing the screws which secure these hold downs. The old screws became rusty and needed replacement.

Yesterday we re-painted Tioga's exterior retractable step. We also repainted bolt heads inside the motor compartment. We must be constantly on the lookout for things like this that need maintenance. A few days ago we inspected Tioga's underside for rust and when we found it, sprayed with Must For Rust. Today we will go under MsTioga again and paint those Must For Rust places with Rust-Oleum Black Flat Protective Enamel.

We have found that the more maintenance inspections and work that we do, the easier it gets!

Medical self-diagnosis is wrong!
I went to lie down a little while ago, and could not get enough air! I got up and did a Google search for bicuspid aortic valve symptoms and found [this]. Reading this medical page I learned about the following symptom:

Shortness of breath, especially with exertion or when you lie down

Apparently my self diagnosis of a couple of days ago was completely wrong! My heart is not functioning well enough anymore. Darn! What a bummer!

Although I hate to go to doctors, it seems that I am now boxed into a corner. I'm going to have to visit my cardiologist here in the City of Tequisquiapan. I've got to find out for sure what is going on with this lack of air thing that happens mostly when I lie down. And I have to find out what to do about it!

My cardiologist is Doctor Ricardo Espinoza. His office is only a couple of blocks from my Nite Camp near the Best Western Hotel. I last visited Dr. Espinoza on June 20, 2009 [link].
A guy who hates going to doctors