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Rv Repair Update & We Have a Name!

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RV transmission and brake work has finally started. When will I be set free??? Also, I've picked a name/greeting for future videos!!
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Jocelyn Idemudia (1 month ago)
Good luck.
Dee Sorrento (2 months ago)
I love it by my friendly from dee in nc
Dee Sorrento (2 months ago)
what the hell took the so long they should know what there doing glad your gonna be safe with the problems solved sorry it took so long for you and Capone hang in there my friend love ya and Capone dee
Juanita Clifton (2 months ago)
Love friendlies
Kathy Adam (3 months ago)
Just love this. So happy for you
Goldie Ratliff (3 months ago)
Love you too Be safe
Jennifer M (5 months ago)
I thought of: "My Fellow Human BEings"!!
Pat Cavanaugh (6 months ago)
I must be lucky to be alive. Twenty-four years ago, I shared the driving with a friend in an oversized van from New Jersey to Florida. The brake pedal was all the way down to the floor, halfway through the trip, and I had to stand up when I wanted to stop. We made it, but it wasn't the weather that made me break a sweat.
Michael Hopkins (7 months ago)
It fits!
Lynn Sanders (10 months ago)
Love friendlies😀
Marianne Bell (11 months ago)
Just this past week, I almost bought a 1997 29 ft. 32,000 miles and Great price! The private seller told me all I needed was 4 back tires + a spare. Driving it home something didn't feel right. Next day took it to, Service manager at Ford dealership All the breaks and calipers were shot! $1500!!! Service manager could not believe I was driving it!
Marianne Bell (11 months ago)
Kathryn Kenyon (11 months ago)
Interesting to go back 7 months and see your energy then. Wow! Very different. Not sure if it's because so much has transpired this year, the influence of Bob, or not being beat up by so many naysayers and trolls by this time. Your energy alone inspires me. YOU ROCK!
PR Brookman (11 months ago)
Friendlies yes!!
Cazza (11 months ago)
So, now you need a logo for the Friendlies!! 😁
Trace-Elementz13 (11 months ago)
Friendly FOC-ers!!!!!!
Trace-Elementz13 (11 months ago)
I have a name for the viewers if this one doesn't work out, "FOC-ERS" short for Friends of Carolyn. The ers is just the pluralization. This is not meant to be disrespectful, it's just a bit crude, yet funny.
Marcia Reeves (11 months ago)
I love your hair Queen Friendly. I like it.
Linda Vitulli (1 year ago)
Proud to be a Friendly!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
proud to have you !!! <3
Where do you and Capone stay when you are having work done on Matilda?
SJ SMITH (1 year ago)
Me and my dogs Moxey & Gracie are friendlies, err friendleys?
SJ SMITH (1 year ago)
ah ha. So thats where friendlies come from!
SJ SMITH (1 year ago)
Your a hoot! 😀
bookmouse770 (1 year ago)
You're beautiful, I like whatever you come up with :-)
tiggasmum (1 year ago)
I love it :)
CG (1 year ago)
Friendly is the name of a Facebook like app.
Deva Kolb (1 year ago)
With all the shit going on in the world, YOU, my Dear are a ray of sunshine. You remind me to 'keep it real'. Life is too short and time to follow your dreams.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Awww. you're so kind Deva! I agree, life IS too short and our future seems more uncertain than ever.. thank your kind words!
eileenfb1948 (1 year ago)
Good name friendlies.
sunshine max (1 year ago)
Ok I can live with that!
Pam Matthews (1 year ago)
I like being a friendly 😊
Chandra Leigh (1 year ago)
Friendlies .... it is. 💜☮✝ (and I'll keep Tumble-weedie's to self). I do like that anyway and won't forget.
bernadette pilar (1 year ago)
hello capone! happy new year my fur baby!!
Susan Boyd (1 year ago)
from SANTA CLARA, CALIF to illinois when i was 8 our brand new car broke down near RENO we were stranded for a couple days to replace the tranmission. We stayed at a motel with restaurant next door. Ever since i have had a deep fear of breaking down
Susan Boyd (1 year ago)
i am not mechanically inclined at all. My husband was out of town for 2 months doing construction. I own a rental property and the ppl moved out and one day decided i was gonna rip out the old carpet and paint. I did it all by myself and i used some power tools. It takes practice. I fixed a couple easy things. My friend is a widow and had to learn to use tools because she is on fixed income and cannot afford contractor. WOMEN SHOULD TAKE SHOP AND AUTO IN HIGH SCHOOL.
ginasutube (1 year ago)
Oh I like "Carolers." :0) But friendlies sounds cute.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
yes, "Carolers" has a nice ring.. a bit cultish maybe. LOL
Raoul Thomas (1 year ago)
He "had a dream" before the actual day - January 16th! A good resource on transmissions is Hiram Gutierrez on (of all places) YouTube.  He would be a good sounding board of transmission problems and parts.
5954ldydi (1 year ago)
Awesome name love it. Hoping your troublesome adventure is over so you can hit the road on outta there! Happy trails.
heidigib01 (1 year ago)
I like being a friendly. thanks for sharing and caring
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Heidi - ditto my Friendly <3
Charles White64 (1 year ago)
Perfect Definition ..in one word The Intent and Positive vibration holding ..keeps the light stronger on purpose😀👣🐾Peace n light to You n Capone🌈
Greg Bammel (1 year ago)
frendlys or frendlies eather way i like it
Brian Smith (1 year ago)
I like the name. I hope it was just the 2 simple fixes on your transmission and that you get back on the road soon. Good Luck with everything.
rick howard (1 year ago)
I am happy to be a friendly/hi from north GA mountains
very ruby (1 year ago)
Always love your videos and visit, infor helpful and interesting. Found you on Bob Wells CheapRVliving.com. Thanks Carolyn
Donna G (1 year ago)
I guessed 'Friendlies'! Cause I've heard you use it previously.
Carlos Leon (1 year ago)
yes we are frends
JPilot2 (1 year ago)
Carolyn, when you said "Friendly's!" Wow! You have just reminded me of "Friendly's premium ice cream, and restaurants!!" (really delicious, premium ice cream!) Safe traveling! :-) Sharing: bit.ly/2ji9hF3
Kathy Jo (1 year ago)
Oh.. I'm so glad you're deleting the 'unfriendlies" :) Deleting them is good for your soul. (and ours)
RvDreamin (1 year ago)
I hope I'm considered a "friendly" Nice. vin
Laurie Karr (1 year ago)
Friendly <3
Terressa Kennedy (1 year ago)
I was just looking for your other video and was going to suggest highway cruisers. You Cruise down the highway.
DCRay Davison (1 year ago)
great name , you r pretty cool gal ( smart)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Thanks Raymond!
Dan Egelhoff (1 year ago)
If you hang around an airport and mix in with the local General Aviation pilots, you know, the ones that practically live in their hangars and work on their own airplanes, anytime they refer to someone from the FAA, they refer to them as "The Friendlies".
Christine DAngelo (1 year ago)
Hey Carolyn and Capone.. I finally got my internet hooked up.. I missed watching your videos..
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Aw.. welcome back Christine! So glad you're here!
Heather Martinez (1 year ago)
Love it !! Your inspiring me I'm learning and trying to understand everything about living this way and as soon as my son is on his own I will be ready to take off. Thanks for sharing your experience and all your help. Hugs Heather
Robert (1 year ago)
Robert (1 year ago)
@Brian B I don't care how many brake jobs you have done it only takes one time they fail completely for you to die I had a 1960 Cherry and one time a front break hose failed and I rear ended a cop car I'm guessing I was the one in s million that day
Deanna Harby (1 year ago)
I am so happy to be a friendly ! Yes delete the un-friendlies !!!!! There is no place here on your wonderful, positive , loving channel !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Thank you Deanna. I'm so glad you're here! thank you! - C
Cat Hugs (1 year ago)
I love friendlies or friendlys. Whichever, it sounds very natural when you say it 🙌🏻❤😊
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Cat, cool glad to hear that it feels right!! :-)
L8blumR (1 year ago)
Hey Friendly!
L8blumR (1 year ago)
Call me Fran. :)
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
hey L8blumR!!! :-)
youroam1 (1 year ago)
"Friendlies" is nice! YOU GO!
clydecrashcup AKA Tim (1 year ago)
Carolyn,I have also been a mechanic for 40 plus years,first, class c motor homes ,most are at their max gross vehicle weight limit - 600 lbs thats what builder shoots for when built on to the chassis,so pads will wear out faster than a van or a truck because a outfitted chassis is so much heavier.yes it will have brakes,in a emergency but not very much,you cant stop the beast with just front or back brakes it needs both .get it done,check pad wear every 15k.you are going to need,rotors ,maybe,calipers,pads,and install kit,275.00 in parts cost to them they will at least double this #or triple it thats how they make money,labor on top of that, 1 ton brake parts are expensive,labor is high because your stuck there. unsavory mechanics will get a womans confidence,by being extremely and unbelievably nice,woman think with emotion, dont fall into that trap ,NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN,but dont be a a-- hole either or youll pay more for that too.they are not your friend .Treat all repair facility's as a business arrangement,which it is.now on, vlog pictures of areas repaired,mechanics will be able to see from,in my case michigan if work was done that you payed for.you should be changing oil every 3500 mi,just get regular oil,even with syn oil,no more than 3500 mi,that engine is working hard,and mhomes almost always burn oil because of that. learn where to check oil and how to add,and always have a quart with you ,this will be your next problem,shes getting older and used more by you than it ever was. i will only comment if i see something wrong,this took me 2 hour to do, thanks for your vlogs good luck ! Tim from michigan PS somethings not right about your original trans rebuild
Michele-Mike Bradley (1 year ago)
zz bottom (1 year ago)
When you said there was tons of oil gushing from the bottom, that has to be from the lines that go from the transmission to the radiator to cool the oil. If you don't get him to check the lines, you could have the same problem a few miles down the road. Also if you can have him check the radiator to see what kind of shape that's in, it might not be a surprise if it happens to overheat sometime. Running it while it's overheating will fry your transmission in a short time. Marketers are not usually knowledgeable about motor mechanics, and that's a shame. Going up and down mountain roads is also hard on transmissions. But if your motor lasts, and you manage to solve these issues, you're still ahead financially compared to buying a new rig. That's a good name you came up with. Life is just a bowl of something or other, isn't it?
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
ZZ - Watch again.. I did not say there was oil gushing. ty
lez briddon (1 year ago)
omg, a snapped pad doing all that damage? the more i watch on american vans the more i'm glad i drive french lol! they seem to get disabled by the simplest things and have complicated transmissions that need lots of parts I really hope your luck improves and the expenses are becoming a thing of the past I would not let it put you off the van etc, its always better the devil you know, every repair is injecting new parts and breathing life back into it Stay safe
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Lez - actually the brake pad was made in China.. just sayin'
MacRoibin (1 year ago)
You remind me of a chapter in the novel 'Zen & the art of motor cycle maintenance ' , like ignorance is bliss?
Carla N. Pennington (1 year ago)
Well i'm very glad you've been safe, where your at. If you don't mind my prayers have been with you. I've been broken down many times. I can 😃 about it now. We are DIY'ERS hehe, my husband's a mechanic,& has been shop Forman. But no matter how well you prepared things happen. Swapping stories is a favorite, around camp fires. All the best to you happy motoring, When you get going. 🙋
Arm South Philly (1 year ago)
Are they auto/truck technicians or parts changers ? They sound like they are back yard shop.
Captain Quirk (1 year ago)
The way cars and trucks are built these days (and when I say "these days", I actually mean for a few decades, now -- probably since the 1980s), all a mechanic does is replace parts, modules, and components -- they don't actually "repair" anything.    And that's not to denigrate mechanics (or "automotive technicians", if you prefer).  Vehicles are very complicated these days and techs have to be highly trained.   It's just that the way vehicles are designed and built these days -- especially with everything (and I do mean *_everything_* -- even supposedly simple things like headlights) being computer-controlled, there is little, if anything, that can actually be "repaired" anymore.  You just follow the diagnostic process, figure out which component has failed, and replace it.
Carl Scott Amos (1 year ago)
As a Electronic Technician, while troubleshooting a difficult problem, I have woken up in the middle of the night with the solution.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Yep - I've done that with ideas for clients over the years too.. Sometimes getting away and relaxing is the best 'work' you can do.. I even wrote a blog about that several years ago... lol ty
James Mundell (1 year ago)
Ever notice a button on the end of your gear shift? that shifts out of overdrive
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Yes, I'm aware of that and use it often. ty
hi Carolyn love the name
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Great! Glad to read that. Thank you!
TexCyn RV Life (1 year ago)
I really don't like the word "followers", but I have used it. When I maintained my blog, I called people my new blogger friends. ☺
TexCyn RV Life (1 year ago)
Carolyn's RV Life I think I'll use the word pals for my channel. Or maybr YTpals. I agree...followers sounds like a cult or something.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
I don't like 'followers' either. it conjures up images of cult leaders and fascist for me.. that's why I was careful about choosing a pet-name for our community! :-) ty
Joe Frailey (1 year ago)
Carolyn, good luck and I hope not money for you to fix. I have a small Condo In Lake Forest, CA. And seems like I spend more on this per year then you do on your RV. I hope to move to AZ next year in 2018 and be close to my daughter her family in Rimrock AZ. Can't wait. I wish to hopefully buy an RV or something in Cottonwood, AZ. This place cost me 1069.50 per month plus 252 for HOA. I see i can do better.
I want to be a Tumble Weed now, but I understand being a Friendly. I am so glad that you did not choose G*psy.
K Butler (1 year ago)
Carolyn, checking in, checking on you, for an update.
Deb W (1 year ago)
Carolyn, I am glad you spoke up about hearing metal on metal and the brakes will be fixed.  Thank you for informing us on the latest on your mh.  I have been hearing about two men that wrote a book about minimalists and it reminded me of you.  http://www.theminimalists.com/
Robin Montana (1 year ago)
Auto mechanics is like medicine: part science and part art. Good luck getting Matilde fixed and may she stay Sea worthy for a long long time.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Robin - ha! I just wrote that exact same line about marketing in my ebook!!! I thnk it's true of a lot of trades... And I watched Dave at Harper's and his team work for 9 days to get the rebuilt tranny running it really was a huge trouble-shooting, process of elimination process. thank you for being part of my adventure!!! - C
Chris C (1 year ago)
There are only Friendlies and UN. Good choice.
Carolyn's RV Life (1 year ago)
Excellent Chris!!! thank you!
Chris C (1 year ago)
1972pimpstress (1 year ago)
Yay friendlies I like it. Love your vid always make me smile I don't know why. Glad you decided to do you and delete the unfriendlies!
william dill (1 year ago)
Please don't buy another Ford vehicle. Based on 55 years driving experience they are the lowest.quality brand I have ever owned. Not accepting the financial bailout a few years ago made many new fans for the company but that has nothing to do with quality. GM, Dodge or Japanese vehicles are all superior. Wishing you the best. Bill
Sandra Gann (1 year ago)
Hope things are going better......I have watched several of your clips and when I found this, I thought about Matilda......http://www.ElkinsDIY.com , this site shows a very inexpensive, light weight, easy to work with material that could work as an insulation as well as giving you an easy way to get a new look inside......I was pretty impressed and think that I could even use it so much easier than wood or metal and you are recycling if you are able to get it used.
Larry Salomon (1 year ago)
Watch out when he gives you your bill Carolyn...they really take advantage of women when they are alone.....
Ron Ruggiero (1 year ago)
that's actually pretty cute, Carolyn. Nice epiphany! I hope this ordeal is over tomorrow. Be safe.
Bonnie (1 year ago)
I love Friendly's!!!! I'm so glad you're not putting up with the people that are negative on here or in your life good luck on being released hopefully tomorrow! by friendly!
Gary D (1 year ago)
Carolyn I hope all goes well on the test drive. I'm glad to be a Friendly.
chez la mez (1 year ago)
the Friendlies!!! I love it! your awesome and Capone too of course! sending awesome vibes as usual! the Friendly Fam!xx
Debrajoy (1 year ago)
Sounds fine to me!🐙
david weber (1 year ago)
great news!!! you are so fortunate to find an HONEST repair shop! Your happiness and relief are welcome! Is there some way a forum of sorts could be set up to list repair shops (and their expertise) that are reliable and fair for all the van dwellers/RV people to access when a need arises? Just so neat to see you do happy! Please give Capone a pat on the head for me! A Friendly! Dave
Brenda Lenox (1 year ago)
good luck
Michael Kurz (1 year ago)
happy thoughts best of luck
Irene Wilson (1 year ago)
Holly Fisher (1 year ago)
"Friendlies" spreading kindness along the winding roads🤗😆😎!!!
Adventures with Jane (1 year ago)
YOU are awesome! Get back on the road! My friendly....
Bear Digger (1 year ago)
"Friendly''s" or "Friendlies". A a great name!!!👍👍👍👍👍
Barbara Horovitz (1 year ago)
I'm sure that all these adventures are going to become sweet memories in the future. I enjoy your adventurous, free spirit. "Happy Trails."
snarfie magpie (1 year ago)
will you call me friendo instead ! I live in Phoenix ish !
snarfie magpie (1 year ago)
friend·ly fire ˈfren(d)lē ˈfī(ə)r/ nounMILITARY weapon fire coming from one's own side, especially fire that causes accidental injury or death to one's own forces.oh dick!
jay super (1 year ago)
Did you have a warranty from the first time the Tranny was over-hauled? If your front brakes were done last year, was a cracked pad caused from improper installation, wrong pad.
Rick Powell (1 year ago)
I hope you are on your way soon. Are you going to the rtr in Quartsite, I would love to see video from there. I love your channel.
Jenny Hackenberg (1 year ago)
I love it girl. I am praying that you will be in a different location for your next video because that means you got your RV fixed. you take care girl. give Capone a scratch for me and look forward to the next video
skip luck (1 year ago)
How about the.........The  Blacktop surfers

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