Sunday, December 9, 2012

Should We Name Her Murphy???


Days four and five of our trek went great! But wait…..let me back up a bit because I haven’t mentioned day three yet. Oh boys and girls….you thought our first day out was interesting? You haven’t heard anything yet!
We woke up Friday morning to discover that all night long we were leaking water onto the ground. After further inspection we discovered that the holding tank had sprung a leak. No, make that a geyser. The entire compartment where the tank sits was a wet, soggy mess. Not a huge deal. But it means that until we can get around to replacing or repairing the tank, we cannot use water! It complicates things but still is nothing we can’t deal with for a bit.

We hit the road aiming for Fort Stockton, Texas. We planned to arrive by 4 pm. Three o’clock rolled around and we were about 40 minutes out. All was good. And then……BAM! Not one, but TWO tires blew out. REALLY??? Do we have a big fat target on us or what?

Once again, Karin was a champ at smoothly getting the RV off the side of I-10. The thing never fishtailed in the least. I was in awe! Then came another call to Good Sam’s. Yup. Best. Money. Ever. Spent.  J  They sent out a tire guy and he went to work. Well, being that this was us, that did not go smoothly. Turns out it was a very rare case of not being able to get the tires off the rim without cutting them off, which has to be done at the shop. The shop was a 40 minute drive from where we broke down. So by the time he got to us, went back to the shop,  did what needed to be done, returned to us and put the tires back on……we sat on the shoulder for five hours of agony. And then we just by the skin of our teeth made it to the campground before they closed at nine. Exhausted and ready to dump the RV somewhere and call the whole thing off. After already shelling out $650 the first day for the alternator, we added to that by the tune of $733 for the tires. Would have only been $500 if it had been a normal replacement. So only three days into our adventure and we’re out $1383 for repairs. Man oh man. That was NOT a pleasant day. We felt completely beat down.   L

Just a bunch of rubber ribbons now!

Tire guy to the rescue


FYI- click on the pics to enlarge :)

But a new day almost always brings new hope. After a pretty good night’s sleep we hit the road with renewed faith. We set our intentions to reach our destination safe and sound with no new problems. And that’s exactly what happened. The RV ran great the full day and we actually made it to camp with plenty of daylight still left to enjoy. And then today we tackled driving through Houston. We planned our travel days specifically so that we would go through Houston on the weekend. So glad that we did! Anymore traffic on I-10 would have been pretty stressful. But on a Sunday it was quite manageable. And we have now reached the halfway point of our trek to the Tampa area of Florida. So excited!!!

Our fur babies are adjusting well to life on the road. Dexter,who has never been good in the car has been surprisingly calm. While driving he occasionally whimpers and wines but for the most part just sleeps. The cats run for cover when we hit the road but come out as soon as the engine shuts off. And just like we suspected they adore the expansive windows. They have a much better view than they did in the apartment.

I'm posting infrequently because internet access has been either slower than snot, or nonexistent. Today is much better though. Once we get into Florida we will get ourselves set up with a wifi card. We tried to set up a hotspot off of Karin's phone but that didn't work out. User error I'm sure. Keep laughing at us. We can take it.   :)

Peace out my tiny tunas! 


11 comments:

  1. OMG! Trial by fire for sure. Hopefully, things will settle down with the rig and you can relax and enjoy the scenery.
    I'm glad you got thru Houston OK - I don't think I've ever driven through Houston without getting lost or spun off on the wrong freeway. So, surely that is a GOOD SIGN!!

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  2. Good to all your crisis training done early!! It wouldn't be an adventure if everything went as planned ;) Rest well, and I hope you have smooth sailing the rest of your trip. Really enjoy the updates, by the way.

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  3. Hugs from a guy who has been through more than one motorhome tire!

    -Yair

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    1. Fun stuff, huh Yair? Yup. We saw a lot of other blown out/flat tires on the side of the road. At least it's not just us! :)

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  4. HOO boy.

    Can you see the leak on the freshwater tank? We dealt with a leak in several different ways until we found the way that worked.

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    1. Roxie- We saw where the water was spraying out from, yes. Haven't really looked at it now that it's dry though. So, what worked for you?

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  5. love you gals! Keep writing.... and I'll keep showing Steve your pix . :)

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    1. We are here to provide endless entertainment! :)

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  6. If you have a PC use Livewriter (free my Microsoft) to compose blog entries. You don't need an internet connection. Then when you have a connection you just upload the whole entry, pictures and all. This will save you a lot of time.

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    1. A belated thanks to you Garret for this tip! I finally got around to downloading Livewriter. This will come in so handy. :)

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  7. *hugs* love reading about your travel ladies! :-)

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