I got new tires on the front today, plus replaced the driver's side tie-rod end, and had an alignment. I only understand the tire part! Plus I got new premium wiper blades and they lubricated the brake pedal. I was noticing a moan sometimes when I hit the brake pedal, so one of the techs drove around the parking lot with me and thought it might be the pedal itself. They assured me the brakes look fine. I love dealing with Les Schwab because they don't take advantage of you and try to sell you service you don't need, such as many car dealers do. Asheville Dodge (where I bought my Grand Cherokee) would have solemnly told me, "Yep, it sounds like the brakes are bad".
The buyer of my camper paid me my full asking price, but he didn't need the truck. He said he had a couple of friends who were interested, so he went over the truck with a fine-toothed comb, taking pictures of everything. Then he proceeded to tell me all the things that would have to be done to bring it up to par - like the front bumper needs repainting (there is a small patch that was scraped off), there's a ding here and a dent there, etc. Then he mentioned some ridiculously low price that I might be looking for, so I set him straight on that and haven't yet heard from any of his friends. This truck is a work horse, and she's been "rode hard and put away wet"! In my estimation she proves her worth every day.
One of the techs at Les Schwab said a friend of his was looking to upgrade from a F-150, so I told him the lowest price I would accept and said that I'm leaving for the east in exactly one month. I really don't want to have to deal with rushing to get something else to drive, but at least I know the interest is there. The odometer just went over 92k, and it is a joy to drive. While I was waiting I chatted with another woman who was having 2 new tires put on her Prius. She told me she gets 51 mpg. I think with the hybrids the city mileage is a bit higher than the highway mileage, and 51 in the city ain't half bad. I wonder how I would squeeze Lady in and still have room for anything else.
I'm gratified by all the positive comments I've received, and I hope to take a trip worth writing about. This has been a stressful but terrific week, that is ending on a good note. That makes me feel I'm on the right track.
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