We arrived at Wilmington Thousand Trails on Tuesday. First thing is the steps started acting up again. Won’t go out and if I get them out they won’t -go back in. Then the awning when we packed up in IN refused to retract all the way on one end. Adding more items to our list of repairs. Any way, we are safe and sound. Set up and were ready to hit the rest of the Air Force Museum in Dayton.
Before we hit the road to Dayton, decided to take a look at the steps and awning. Daisy and Mom where also complaining of a Propane smell overnight but I couldn’t smell it. I found the problem with the awning and it was missing a screw on the roller cap. Didn’t have any so went to the office to see if I could find someone that might have one. On the way up there I noticed a pickup truck behind me with a ladder on the roof. Waved him down and turns out he is a RV repairman. Asked if he could take a look at the awning and steps, luckily he had a few minutes. Charles Uhl of Reliable RV Mobile Service, 513-919-4491. Charles is a Master Certified RV Tech.
So, Charles and his help start working on the rig and first thing he says is you have a propane leak. Add another item to the list he will check out. After about an hour, he has the steps troubleshot and repaired. Seems there are some connections under the rig that were corroded and loose. Easy fix. Next was the awning, took about 10 minutes to replace the screws and 30 minutes to realign the roller to get it to roll back up. The awning material needs to be replaced badly (which we knew). He suggested leaving it rolled up until we can replace the awning. Last was the propane leak. Apparently the leak was on the low pressure side of the regulator and not very big. He didn’t have a regulator so for now we go without propane. No big deal as we don’t use it much anyway. Our coffee maker and NuWave hot plate will take care of most of our needs until we get back to PA and have our normal RV Tech make the repairs. I might even do it myself 🙂
The Air Force Museum is a huge place. It is in 6 old aircraft hangers. We managed to get 4 of them done the first trip. So we only had 2 to visit this time. These two are the Presidents exhibit and the Test Flight area.
The Presidents area has some of the planes used by Presidents over the last 100 years. It includes Air Force One that was used by Kennedy. Four of the planes are set up so you can walk through them. Unfortunately, my claustrophobia kept me out of them. Daisy took plenty of pictures for me and you.
The other hanger is the Flight Test Hanger. Here are some of the test flight aircraft. As Daisy pointed out they don’t have much in the way of ‘newer’ aircraft. It seems to stop at F-16 era. I thought this was probably due to the fact that we are still flying this generation and did not want to give away too many secrets.
This hanger is kind of stuff full of aircraft with no real ‘path’ to walk through, you kind of just picked your way around.