Tuesday, March 12, 2013


8AM - MsTioga at Ford
We have come to the Ford dealer in Tepic to get some work done:
  • Change water pump
  • Change fan clutch
  • Possibly change thermostat
  • Change fuel filter
  • Repair gasoline gauge
  • Lubricate
  • Change oil
We would like to explain about this work. The water pump, fan clutch and fuel filter are preventive maintenance items. I am changing these parts out to prevent having failure on-the-road. The gasoline gauge stopped working a few weeks back. If the gas gauge may be easily fixed, I will have Ford fix it.

In past years, MsTioga has had multiple water pump failures. It is my belief that these water pump failures were caused by electrolysis. For the past three years, I have been using a sacrificial anode attached to the radiator cap in order to prevent electrolysis. Also, the engine coolant is flushed about once a year too.

The thermostat change out is an iffy thing. The thermostat was changed out several months ago. It is a 180°F device. A lower temperature thermostat is available. But it may not be a good idea to change out to a lower temp.

Note: We have just made an appointment to return to Ford tomorrow morning. We will be returning to Los Pinos RV Park to camp.

10AM - Income tax
Warning: This is a rant!
I hate to file income tax! I use TurboTax online to do the preparation. But I really would love it if the USA did away with income tax completely! I do not mind paying taxes. I just do not want to do the preparation!

Why can't we just have sales tax to pay for government? Pay-as-you-go. Everybody pays. Rich. Poor. Everybody. Every purchase taxed. No exemptions. Business purchases too, even when the purchase is to be resold.

PS: I just arranged for my mail to be sent to me from Americas Mailbox in South Dakota to Los Pinos RV Park in Tepic. Reason: Income tax forms that I need in order to file are in my mailbox.

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