The Silver Lining or Being Grateful
Looking for the silver lining or being grateful as we make our final preparations for life on the road has become a daily routine for me. It helps me stay positive each time I discover something else that needs attention and repair. Many of which would not be needed if earlier repairs had been done correctly the first time.
Behind Every Dark Cloud
One of the areas that I have been spending some time on in the last week is the tyres and brakes. I had decided that I would need new tyres on the front wheels before we set off. With no power steering a blow out on the front could see us in a lot of trouble. So the front tyres would be moved to the back and two of the rear tyres would be replaced and put on the front.
This was all good in theory. Reality turned out a little different though. When I tried to remove the first tyre from the front the wheel nuts would not budge. No matter what I tried (pipe on the end of the tyre wrench, heat, Penetrating oil etc) I could not get them to move until we received some help in the form of a longer pipe and some extra muscle from some friends. We soon had the nuts loose and when I removed the front wheels It was obvious that some of them had been done up too tight as the threads were striped on a couple of the studs.
Where is the silver lining or something to be grateful in that? You might think. The silver lining was obvious to me even before I had the first wheel nut off. Thank goodness I did not have to deal with this somewhere on the road when I get a flat tyre.
Grateful for bad repairs
One of the other areas that I have had to work on is the buses electrical system. After 40 years of service as a bus and motorhome the wiring was more mixed up than a bowl of spaghetti.
My first task was to identify where each wire went and to remove any that were no longer connected. After removing 60 metres or so of disconnected wire I discovered that I had a problem. My brake lights were no longer working. Had I removed the wrong wire? I didn’t think so but it was quite a coincidence that they had stopped working when I pulled all the extra wire out.
After several hours of applying various methods to trace the fault I found the problem hidden in the wiring loom under the tape covering. Someone had connected new wires from the brake light switch (which is on the air lines under the bus) into the wiring loom with crimp terminals using wire cutters. They had cut almost all of the way through the wire when they had done it. I had bumped it when I pulled the excess cable out, but did not discover it at first because it was hidden under the tape.
The silver lining to that was that I now know the wiring system inside out after tracing the fault for several hours and I also found a couple of other faults that could have shut down the entire electrical system at any time If I had not found them.
So if sometimes you are feeling like you are having a bit of a hard time then turn your outlook around and look for the silver lining. Being grateful makes my days a whole lot happier.
New Life On The Road