WE MADE IT....
Hey everyone, we made it back to Apple Vally last night and docked the RV at its little home. To my delight, my buddy whos house it stays at, is putting in a 30 amp line for me.
Ok, here is the chain of events,
Trip to Kansas, no problems.
Staying in Kansas, No Problems.
Trip back to California,
Stopped in El Reno Ok for first refuel,
Noticed that center roof vent had come open (it faces the front of the RV rather than the back..??) and now damaged. While pulling out of gas station, the RV swung about 1 foot over in the front, hit a paper towel dispenser and damaged my Refrige cover on the out side of RV and also damaged the Generators exhaust mount. Bone Head I am....
Pulled over to a empty lot and did emergency repairs on Vent. Check Generators operations, all worked no exhaust leaks or problems. Will need to replace Refer cover but just minor damage.
Leave El Reno west on I-40. Stop at Indian Trading post 20 miles west of El Reno and spent money. Leave trading post west I 40 and got 4 miles and Transmission goes south. Get towed back by Denny Moore Towing (AAA). Stay in front of Moores for the night. Truck goes to Dodge next day and RV gets towed to RV park by F-150.
Thursday getting ready to get underway again, Dodge fixed, cost, 100 bucks Warranty paid for rebuilding of Tranny. Notice damage to front right of RV where we believe the F-150 turning sharp must of damaged it. Nothing major but work to be done. Fixed with clear Duct tape. On the road, west I-40 out of El Reno, Again. Called ahead to RV park in Amarillo and was treated great, see past posting on them. Weather was VERY windy out of the north and very cold.
Got under way at 530am Friday morning, great weather. On first fuel stop in New Mexico (very rough roads west bound I40 in East New Mexico) found that the front, left of the 5th wheel hitch was seperating. I will have to show pix. It looks like Weekend Warrior didn't use a big enough screw to fasten it up. I thing it came apart from the rough road and bad assembly. Pushed to Apple Vally by 11pm Local time. Stopped just out of Flag Staff at the Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson.
If I keep the 5ver,, (thinking of getting a coach and a small trailer for toys) I would like to put shocks on it. Some how cover the front with a tear-a-way plastic because the bugs are,, well, its yellow when it should be white right now.
Put a camera on the back with a link to the cab of the truck. I don't mind the Big trucks drafting with me, its the little cars that I can't see. I always have a CB for open road traveling and always make friends with the Truckers. They are always ready to help and frindy with me.
That was a long drive yesterday, my but was whipped. Wasn't falling asleep at the wheel or anything like that, but, when we shut down, man, I was asleep in seconds. Driving the 5er for over 8-10 hrs is going to be my limit. Its no longer fun.
Ok, that is the longer than short but not the full story...