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How many pics will Chris let me take of his butt???

How many pics will Chris let me take of his butt???

Kimberly 2 comments

Some how, we decided instead of hanging out in NC and SC, after our time in VA, we’d head straight to Florida, spend a week with Chris’ parents, and then head to the Keys where I could turn 40 island style…

Florida or Bust…

But as usual, Franken-Truck had other plans for us.  It started just 40 miles into our 957 mile journey, not a good sign for sure.

Chris glanced out the right side view mirror and said, “Why is that piece hanging off the side of the camper?”  At precisely the same time, a befuddled motorist passed us on the right and rolled his eyes… I took that to mean, “you’re screwed”.

We pulled off the road and into a gas station and started making some phone calls.  We were pretty sure we had snapped one of our leaf springs (this has happened to us before so we’re kinda experts now – in diagnosing at least) and the roadside tech confirmed it.

Yup! We done busted it!

We are so used to repairs at this point, we’ve developed a system.  There’s no more yelling, struggling, tears or gnashing of teeth.  Just quiet patience, usually some ice cream and check writing.

It took the mechanics 2 hours to replace both the left and the right leaf spring and we were back on the road, $941 lighter.

917 more miles to go.  Glad we got the mandatory TTR (Traveling Travaglino Repair) out of the way, we continued down I95 confident we wouldn’t have to stop again. Little did we know the best was yet to come!

We pushed ourselves and drove to South Carolina to try to make up some lost time.  We slept in the South Carolina Welcome Center and headed out in the morning.

611 more miles to go.  Ya know, 957 miles is a long long drive.  The kinda drive that tests your resolve as a family, but we made it to the tip of Florida by night two and spent that night in the Florida Welcome Center.

The next morning, we woke to a pack of wild hogs roaming the parking lot, after 2 1/2 years, we were back in our home state and I guess this was the Welcome Committee.

Chris went out to start the truck and I vaguely remember it didn’t turn over on the first try… the thought of “that’s odd” was quickly replaced by the thought of “I definitely don’t want to leave my cup of coffee on the counter again – I remember that did not go too well the last time”.

325 more miles to go. We loaded up and headed off, totally energized by the fact that in a mere 6 1/2 hours we’d finally be ‘home’.

100 more miles to go. 225 miles later, we pulled into a truck stop and Chris matter-of-factly announced he needed to change the fuel filter.

Oil, Oil Everywhere – But None in the Engine!

“Really?”, I said, “In 2 1/2 years on the road, I don’t think we ever stopped to do that.  Why do we have to do it now?”

Trying not to alarm me, he made up some story about the truck seeming sluggish and it would be a quick change and blah blah blah.. I totally know where this is going. There is NEVER EVER such a thing as a ‘quick fix’ for us.

I hear grunting coming out from under the hood… Problemo #1: Whatever doo-hicky is holding the fuel filter on can not be budged.  But that’s nothin’ compared to Problemo #2: Which is that the engine has white smoking pouring out of it.  I’m totally not buyin’ that this is a fuel filter kinda thing.

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Still 100 more miles to go.  We’re pretty sure the engine is shot and we make the decision to limp to Chris’ parents house.   This is accomplished by something resembling a Chinese Fire Drill every 20 miles.  Keep in mind, we are making this completely broken engine tow our 42 foot home!  Every 20 miles, we pull over, Chris and I jump out of the truck, open the hood and dump as much oil as she’ll take, to keep the engine from seizing.

It takes 5 stops, but we make it.  Everything is covered in oil because the engine has been spurting it out as fast as we’ve been putting it in.  We are all exhausted but we’re home and everything else can be handled in our own time now.

Tune in later this week when we discuss.. how to buy an engine. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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