Thursday, December 6, 2012

Plans??? They Are Made To Be Changed......

We can finally call ourselves full-timers. Our RV is our only home! We are currently in New Mexico; part way between Las Cruces and El Paso. We left Tucson about 2:30 pm Wednesday and got here about 5 pm today (Thurs.). Wondering what took us so long to travel 285 miles? Well........that's where things get interesting!

We departed, headed onto I-10 towards New Mexico. We were cruising along and getting to the esat end of Tucson. I walked back to the bedroom to check on the cats; wanted to make sure their carrier had gone flying off the bed. All was well and they were curled up together as tightly as two cats can be. As I got back up to the front, Karin commented that the speedometer had quit working. And immediately after that there was a series of loud pops coming from somewhere behind us. And immediately after that......we lost all power! Our speed dropped rapidly as we coasted to a stop on the shoulder. Karin did a great job maneuvering. It's a lot harder doing that with an RV than with a car. And this was our first time even taking it out on the interstate. Neither of us freaked out. But it is not fun hanging out on the shoulder of a busy freeway in a large rig.

The good news is that we had purchased Good Sam roadside assistance. Guess what purchase has already paid for itself??? Oh yeah.....that was money well spent! We called and they went about finding an RV service center to have it towed to. The first two places they called wouldn't be able to get to us for two to three weeks. WHAT??? Ummmm....not going to do us much good. So they kept trying and found a place that could take us that very day. That's more like it!

By the time the tow truck showed up we had been on the shoulder about an hour and a half. At least we had company though because Karin had called the guy who has been helping us out with various projects on the RV. He and his wife came out and stayed with us to make sure we were safe and to make sure we weren't left stranded. The service center was pretty close by and we got there before they closed for the day.

Since it was almost closing time they couldn't start on it till the morning. This center isn't set up like some of the RV only centers to have you camp out there while work is being done. But our friend Sean pleaded our case and they agreed to let us stay there with the RV. Whew! Not so difficult to put the two of us up for the night with friends or whatever, but throw in two cats and a very anxious dog? Too stressful to think about.

So they put us in a bay of the garage, hooked us up to electricity and shut us up for the night. We had easy access to a restroom. But it was beyond weird spending our first night on the road still in Tucson but inside a shop. But then again,we had everything we needed. We were warm, sheltered, had a stocked fridge and pantry. No internet, no cable or any other distractions. But we were so bone tired that we really didn't care. We ate, we let the cats out to explore and we collapsed by 9 pm. And we slept great.

First thing in the morning they got going to figure out what was wrong. Turned out that the alternator wasn't doing it's thing. Which was an easy fix. Wish I could say it was inexpensive! They treated us fabulously there though and in speedy fashion.We were able to resume our travels by about 12:45 pm and made it to the destination that we had originally planned for our first day. Good thing we built a couple of extra days into our schedule for getting out to Florida (smart we are!).

So....24 hrs later than planned and $650 less in the bank than planned and we are just thrilled to be moving forward. Tomorrow we should cross into Texas and spend the night in Fort Stockton. Going to try adding a few pics and hope it all goes through. The wifi here is slower than dial-up. Ick....

Hanging out on the shoulder

We spent the night at this fine facility!

Karin at the wheel

Finally making progress   :)

Here's to a much more fun post next time around....fun for us anyway!     :)

12 comments:

  1. Yay for New Mexico!! Glad you guys are on the road, officially, and doing well! Keep us all posted with great stories and awesome pics! Have fun and live the dream!
    Love ya'll!
    - The GooberDyers

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  2. Thank you Amanda! Love you guys to pieces!!!

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  3. A few kinks to start the way - it'll just make y'all that much more appreciative when things go right - which will be most of the time! When I got my trailer, I had a whole series of minor mishaps until I got into the groove and learned the whole trailer-camping routine (not full-timing yet, but camping more and more now that I'm retired but still tied to the area with family obligations). Generally, the mishaps make for great stories!

    Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Anne! I agree that mishaps make good stories.....every now and then anyway. :)

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  4. Well, glad you got that out of the way! You're on the road!

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    1. Roxie- Really glad we got that out of the way while still in Tucson and not in the middle of nowhereville! :)

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  5. You did say you wanted adventure! Glad you are on your way!

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    1. Keep getting what we ask for....we need to learn to ask better! :)

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  6. What did Kurt Vonnegut say...."Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God."?
    The RV breaking down wasn't exactly a suggestion but it is a great way to get a feel for what may come. Congratulations on turning the key.

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    1. Ha! I love that quote. Never been much of a dancer....could use some lessons! :)

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  7. I am so glad you took pictures. Trust me, even when you have trouble, take pictures because a year later you will be sooo glad you did. These will be memories that you will be glad you had even if at the time not so much.

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    1. Yup. I intend to document the good, the bad and the very ugly! :)

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