Sounds like one of our trips a few years back. From Atlanta, we were promised some medical furniture for our special needs infants, if we would pick it up in Maine. We had a Spring Break coming up , so we said ok. We left Atlanta on a Friday evening and lost our main brakes leaving town. With the crush of traffic, I found my tag axle electric brakes still worked, so we drove slowly on to Charlotte using theose brakes when necessary. It was Easter weekend, so everything was closed in Charlotte until Monday where we spent the day getting the brakes fixed.
Headed on toward Maine that evening and unevently got through the East Coast big cities. We had to go to a campground in MA because there were none open yet in Maine. As we drove onto Maine, it started to snow. I guess enough built up that it clogged our generator, which dies and forced us to use battery powered equipment and oxygen tanks for our little ones. As we got into Maine, the snow was getting so heavy we slid through an intersection (37 foot MH and cargo trailer). Got that under control and found the house with the furniture. As we loaded it, the snow got heavier, but we were able to get back to MA following a Conga Line of snow plows on the interstate. The campground was gated and closed, so we had to call for the gate code. Not sure if we ever paid for that night, or not.
Leaving MA, we decided to avoid the Big Cities and take an inland route home, so we headed to PA. Just ourside Wilkes Barre there is a long hill (I-71 or 77, maybe), Near the top of that hill we lost the transmission and the radiator. Long story shortened... we (6 of us with all of our medical equipment) spent 13 days in a motel while they ordered and installed a transmission and three radiators....wrong one, leaking one, and the correct good one, all of which had to be shipped in.
Not much to do with snow and four special needs kids, so we mostly stayed in the motel. We found a CVS to get some meds refilled, but we had to get some meds and special formula shipped to us from our pharmacy from near Atlanta.
The morning we were to leave, they had delivered the MH to the motel and as it was warming up, I spied two leaks under the front...transmission and antifreeze. Another trip to the shop proved it to be just some loose tubing clamps.
We got away that afternoon and had to face that same interstate hill. We sweated all the way up it, but made it this time...and just two weeks late...kids missing school, DFCS workers wondering where we were and when we might be back, etc, but an uneventful trip back with new brakes, new transmission, and radiator. The generator started working again in warmer weather. I guess the ice melted around it. BACK HOME FINALLY! That free furniture wound up costing us about $10000 plus gas.
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I like to tell this story, looking back on it. Not so much fun at the time.