I have been enjoying visiting blogs and decided to start my own, even though I don't know what I am doing or if anyone will even be interested in reading what I have to say. I am a 50 year old management consultant who has been married to the the love of my life for 30 years and have two grown daughters and a son-in-law who we are very proud of. We are blessed to live in Scottsdale Arizona and are enjoying getting out and experiencing it in our RV! Thanks for stopping by our blog and please consider joining us, who knows where we will go...Kevin & Tracy.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

All Hooked Up And No Where To Go!

Well I drove our new to us Suzuki Sidekick, which we have named "Tin Can" borrowed from the name of my In-law's Sidekick from years ago and all went well. I did notice that it was running a little rough when I stopped at stoplights, so I decided it was time to replace the air filter and the spark plugs.

The air filter replacement was easier said than done unfortunately, the screws that held the cover in place were stripped and frozen in place.  So I decided that I would have to cut the tops of the screws off to get to the old filter, thank goodness for my Dremel!
After about an hour of work, the cover was off and I discovered that the air filter had probably not been replaced in many years, it was dirty!  I pulled a spark plug and they looked like they had not been replaced for years either.  I would say the prior owner got his money's worth on these parts.

Dirty, Dirty, Dirty!

Thank goodness for Napa Auto Parts, they had to order the air filter but had it in the store by about 8:30 am, so I was good to go.  I replaced the old stripped screws with quarter inch screws with lock nuts, so the next time I replace the air filter, the job will be much easier. 

The clean air filter and new spark plugs made the Tin Can purr like a kitten, so it was well worth all of the work for sure.

This afternoon I decided it was time to practice hooking everything up and giving it a test drive. I kept my fingers crossed as I hooked up the lights because I did not know what to expect.  Everything worked perfectly thank goodness.  I drove around the block and although I knew the Tin Can was back there, there was no problem pulling it. 
In Position!
Ready To Roll!

Although I wish we could have headed up to a campsite tonight, the next few weekends are packed with getting ready for Christmas, so I will just have to wait until New Years. Tracy and I did get some Christmas shopping done today, unfortunately we bought gifts for each other rather than for everyone else on our list, oh well, its always easier to buy for ourselves.

I want to welcome Randy and Pam Warner of The Roadrunner Chronicles as our latest followers.  I have enjoyed reading their blog and we are happy to have them on-board with our adventures.   That's it for today, I hope your weekend is going great and thanks for the visit!


  1. Looks like you're ready to roll. Waiting is the hard part.

  2. Good job getting the Tin Can running like a top :) Bet it's tempting to take off somewhere when it's all hooked up!

  3. Hey, I thought I was reading OUR blog for a second ... lol.

    Teresa and I are both 50, married 30 years, and have two children.

    Plus, our rig is a Tioga Class C as well.

    Just found you, so it will take me a while to get caught up.

    We are presently in Gold Canyon.

    Take care ... TnT

  4. Looks like you have the hot setup, get a cheap camera to mount on the back to watch the Tin can bounce around behind you when your are going down the highway. With your length a wireless should do. Be safe out there, and watch out for low leaping kangeroo's they can hurt ya. Sam & Donna...

  5. Looks like you are ready to roll, toad all hooked up, and everything running well, just gotta get out there and do it! Soon you will be on the road.

  6. Nice work of getting the 'Toad' ready for hitching up. Good work with that tune up too!

  7. It's always good to get home and find the toad is still hooked-up! You probably saved yourself a lot of money by doing that filter and spark plug change yourself.

  8. Nice job on the tune up. Some people think all you need is gas.

  9. Hey, fun! We have twin buggies. Ours isn't named yet. Annie likes to let these things happen organically, she says, and I say if I hadn't named the cats they'd all be named Kitty.