Friday, April 8, 2011

Time in Tucson Waning...

We have loved being here in Tucson and are 'getting in the mode' to travel on.  We are planning to leave on Monday, heading for Albuquerque with a stop at the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert in northern Arizona along I-40.

We have had a wonderful time in Tucson.  The views here are spectacular.
And we have been able to see friends Bub and Winnie again and return to a restaurant we like.

Here in the Agave Gulch RV Campground at Davis-Monthan AFB, we saw an older Tiffin Class C Motor home.  This looks like is about the same vintage as one we saw last fall in Destin FL.  It has the same paint scheme:  brown stripes and orange lettering
And then the last few days I have had the privilege to do some online work in the Roadrunner office...
Which has accounted for the majority of our time the last week.  But I am glad to do it and work toward a new refrigerator.  Thats right.  We have talked about getting a new 'Residential Refrigerator'.  It should cost us about $7,000.

It will be a great replacement to our present situation.  Over the last 4 or 5 weeks our Norcold refrigerator has gone into a reduced mode.  It is not dead yet but it only cools to about 40 degrees.
We had it looked at by Ken Cameron of Cameron's RV Repair service.  He is a very knowledgeable guy and thoroughly checked it out.  The coils in the back that you can access from the outside should be very hot if they are working correctly.  They were not and he suspects that crystallization in the coils.  What ever it is ~ frozen food has spoiled and the fridge only keeps drinks cool in the freezer portion.

We asked, but Cameron could not take on a project like installing a residential refrigerator until his schedule opens up in the next four or five weeks.  That does not work with our schedule.

We have an appointment in September at Red Bay, AL (Brannon's Custom RV) to get a residential refrigerator.  But what to do in the next five months?  Financially, it did not make sense to drive the 1500 miles to get it done now.  We have to be in Spokane Washington in June so it really was not an option.

So we found a smaller refrigerator at Best Buy for $200.  It has a lot more space than we initially thought we would have and is a very workable situation.

As I said, I have spent some serious hours working online the last few days so I am looking forward to catching the Masters Golf Tournament on TV.  The weather is supposed to be quite blustery in the next couple of days so it will be a good time to clean up things and get packed up for our departure on Monday.

Hope you have a great weekend.  Thanks for viewing the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Until next time...


  1. So Randy, is it because of retrofitting the RV that it is so expensive? Or is "residential" a special kind of fridge?

  2. Looks like you have the "refrigerator problem" solved for now....You won't know what to do with all the room when you get your new one!!
    I would hate to leave Tucson it out there...Travel safe..

  3. Wow! 7K for a new refrigerator seems expensive. Hope that works out well for you.

  4. What a beautiful picture of the sunset and clouds. The southwest is such a gorgeous place. Hope you get your refrigeration problems solved - no fun.

  5. Beautiful pics. We too are considering a residential refrig -- our Norcold is still working, but it seems a lot of folks are having probs.

  6. I hope you get your fridge problem solved.
    Seven thousand for a fridge, I hope that is a typo, if not, maybe you need to go to Lowes to get one! Even with the inverter and batteries to run it, can't cost that much either.
    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  7. Yikes, 7K for a fridge! Enough to make the blood run cold!!

    Enjoy the Masters and take it easy!

  8. that is a lot of $$$ for a fridge! there a reason it is so expensive??...
    enjoy the golf!..and have a great weekend!

  9. Too bad about the's pretty too! (as if that is important-)
    The Tuscon pic is just gorgeous!!!

  10. Ouch! I know it is expensive to get fridges in an RV, but $7,000 is a lot. Glad you were able to come up with a solution in the meantime.

    Kevin and Ruth

  11. I hope you got the chance to pass through Sedona at sonme point!

  12. Randy, sorry to hear about the "notsocold" fridge going out on you. You should be able to have Brannon install a RR for a lot less than $7000.

  13. I hope you are right ~ Brannon's estimate though was $6850....