Thursday, May 25, 2017

Day 20

The day started out pretty nice. Beautiful weather, mild temperatures and we had a great view of Mt. Shasta. This is from a rest area shortly after crossing the border into California. 

 

Things were going too good to last I guess. While descending towards Lake Shasta Dam, the clutch on the truck started to behave oddly. It wouldn't disengage completely. This made shifting a bit challenging to say the least. But in 5th gear we made it to the second Redding, CA, exit and called roadside assistance. 

 

The tow truck picked up both, towed us to an RV park where Good Sam's roadside assistance had already made a reservation. We dropped off the trailer then continued on to the dealer (Crown Motors) where Good Sam's had also contacted to see if they would be able to work on it tomorrow. The tow truck driver mentioned that it looked like hydraulic fluid on the right front tire. This is near where the clutch hydraulic cylinder is located. Phenomenal driver. Towed the whole thing into the RV park, wound through and put us in our space. He even had to back up for the slide to clear the power pedestal. 

Interesting observation. While on the side of the road, the emergency flashers were on drawing power from the truck battery. The current from the solar charge controller jumped up to charge the truck battery since they were connected through the trailer connector. 

 

16 comments:

  1. I hope it is a quick, easy fix, and they have the parts on hand. Trouble on the road isn't fun.

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    1. Hopefully it's something simple especially with a holiday weekend coming up.

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  2. Bummer that the truck went kaput but it sounds like you were in good hands with the tow truck driver.

    And pretty cool the solar was charging the truck battery.

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    1. Going wasn't a problem but if you had to slow down or stop, that was the problem.

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  3. Hopefully just a leaking hydraulic hose eh? Kudos to your tow truck driver! and apparently, kudos to Good Sam Roadside service?

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    1. Still don't know yet. Haven't heard back from the dealer.

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  4. At least it was a beautiful sunny day! Nobody got hurt, good help, good excuse to check out the area.

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    1. Yep, look on the bright side. We have until tomorrow to cancel our next campground in L.A.

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  5. Unforeseen happenings are part of the adventure. Spectacular mountain view!

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    1. Yes, it is a great mountain view. And we can see the peak from the RV door.

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  6. I love watching a good tow truck driver. Those guys have some skills! Sorry you are experiencing this, but man Good Sam sounds like they are really supporting you!

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    1. I've called the Good Sam's road service twice. And in both cases their service was great.

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  7. Bummer, but glad Good Sam worked well for you!

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    1. Not just worked but worked well. I'd recommend their road assistance any day. This was the second time I used their service an ~10 years and both times the service was first rate.

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