- June 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm #68491
I wrote a great story ……it didn’t take ….
- June 22, 2018 at 10:06 pm #68495
It always pays to keep a copy on your computer for problems just like this. I usually write in MS Word, but Notepad is great too. In the modern world of time and effort saving computers, the old saying “Save and save often” still holds true. Yes, I draft on my computer, then copy-n-paste. I keep the original until I see that the upload was successful.
I am looking forward to your post.
- June 25, 2018 at 9:35 am #68497GoodsteelKeymaster
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Sorry Harter. I hope you can try it again. I learned back on the CBF to always “Select all” and then “Copy” before submitting my post so if it didn’t take, I can just “Ctrl V” and hit it again.
I still get bit occasionally though. I know its hard to get up the gumption to type it all out again especially since it never comes out as good the second time, but I just figure it’s God teaching me patience so I do it just out of spite. LOL!
- June 25, 2018 at 10:21 pm #68502
Well it’s taken me 3 days to be able to get back to this because of sight issues ! May have been my equipment ……..
Ok here’s nothing !
Got up ready to go ………
Loading the fridge and freezer should have been about 35 min . 2 hours later we got the doors closed …….
First stop . Lunch 2 hours in with a pee stop and drinks .
The new to us 5/30 F350 UHaul retiree rattle canned red ,dubbed later in the trip “Tomater”, flagged an engine light .
That “charming lady” behind the counter at the BK wanted to see bodies for the coupons , had to do each meal as a separate purchase and made Ms recycle the line for the last half of the order .
Moving on at the second stop I needed a bag of ice and topped off the 3 trucks . 230 miles .
While I was waiting on the ice I made a remark about the heat , lack of A/C , and the dog not digging it either so the guy goes over and says “want a kids scoop for the dog on me ?” . Now understand it was from the soft serve dump bucket but still it was an awesome move with the poor start .
We reached mile 325 just in time to discover that Tomater (like tomato not the cute Disney character) has a fuel feed issue …..it appears that it has 23.3 useable gallons in the 40 gallon tank …….. 3 hrs later in the fire lane in front of the Dodge dealer in Henderson NV before we managed to get it going again ….. Great lot guy . He checked on us several times brought us 5 gallons of fuel (on the dealership) even lent a hand . About 11:30 we got a room .
Up bright and early …….I hate traveling with people that aren’t fixed on the miles and getting moving …… 4 hr after I was ready to goooooo already ……
Oh for Pete’s sake it’s been 45 minutes ….. never mind coffee dump whatever . Oh look a sidewall split on the Big Red 85 F250 with the 24′ flate bed …… Perfect , something I’m actually prepared for. So we change the right rear and while we’re there I noticed that the other side is flaking too ……change it don’t risk it . Well guess what we break the Kingman city limits just in time to have a major gator back blow out . 4 layers of load range E tread and steel belts jammed between the backing plate and springs over the brake line and jammed the E brake cable too .
Seriously 7 hours to get 2 tires changed and get the wreckage out . After 4 hr I gave it over to a professional . We made 417 miles from the start point in 2 days . Ms said on the pull into Boulder City and into Kingman that she got an engine light and it got over the “l” on the Normal temperature . The over flow hose didn’t go all the way to the bottom of the over flow tank so the radiator was about 3 quarts low . No biggie it’s an 8 core radiator 5 gallon system . The camper trailer got side swiped , wasted 3 windows and the door . The cat will never be right again .
Kingman to Flagstaff average speed 25 mph 5 mpg . Big Red was power tuned for under 1200 feet , it’s a 6.8 no turbo dumb as a rock , 4 wire diesel . It didn’t pull well at 7335′ over the southern Rockies ….. it did a little better but trailed continuous black smoke . Ordinarily I’d be worried about an engine making oil but I let it slide this time . We made Holbrook Az and we were on track for Gallop but it wasn’t to be . In Holbrook Ms says ” there’s a check engine light and the battery light and the volts are down ” . Great . So we whip it in to the Holbrook O’Riley’s and the guy comes out and throws the load/alt tester and it show a regulator fault . So I go in get a regulator slap it in and no change …… So I yank the alternator out of Tomater and there’s ceramic chunks falling out and the rear bearing cup is an the injection pump …… Ok found the regulator fault .
So we search out an alternator …… How are there 9 different units for an F350 ? The correct alternator has it’s plug at the 12:00 and is $163 , it’s after 5 it’ll be Monday , it’s Friday night …… Good news the the F250 with the plug at 3:00 is $56 out the door . Identical except for the plug position and $110 cheaper ….. The harness reached easily . But we had to change the pulley , the parts guys must have been really bored . Got another room …..
Tomater puked 2 qts of ATF ….. Cracked fitting .
Finally a start at a decent time ! Down hill all the way to Albuquerque NM , good time , good mpg , very little black smoke . The circus train is hauling donkey like a rocket sled on rails , you know compared to the last 3 days anyway . Made it all the way to Oklahoma . Hinton Oklahoma where Big Red developed a drive line vibration …..very unsettling with 8,000# of trailer on board .
It’s 4:30 Saturday afternoon . Wanna guess how many parts houses are available ? There’s a NAPA in Hinton that closed at 12:30 . We’re looking at 60+ round trip for parts , but the lady at the truck stop swore the was one open till 6:00 . Ms goes down to the Town Square Market and asked a guy on his way in about the other parts house ……. “Nope just the NAPA . My cousin owns it though let me give him a call .” Ordinarily I’d be all what the redneck back woods heck did I get myself into !?! 45 minutes later we had parts in hand and a place in the shade to work . The drag strip behind the store and return lane out front were a bit of a distraction ……. May as well have been long legged red heads for a speed junkie …….
By now you’re wondering why we weren’t running in the dark . Well it’s because the side swipe for whatever reason took out all of the camper lights ……
9:45 in OKC we found a room and in process we saved a guy that had dropped a 30ft trailer off a culvert on one side . Go go farm jacks .
Tomater needed another qt of ATF .
Remington , the dog that scored ice cream puked in the hall . The late night desk clerk was confused by someone cleaning up after their dog I guess ….. Good start in spite of it all .
Visited Ms’s Aunt in Wilberton Ok then on to Mena .
I don’t know what happened in that last 100 miles but it must have been bad because I was the only one happy to be to the end of the road trip . Well maybe Remmy too . So much anger …. Oh wait 5 days in trucks , sweltering for a 3 day trip ….
Tuesday we got a small house in town instead of setting up camp on the house site . Mother in law is a lunitic . Step son is idk lazy mostly .
We spent about $5k too much in the last weeks of NV and 2k we shouldn’t have had to here , but we made it in one piece with all 3 trucks and 2 months of groceries . We lost the fish in the fridge freezer and about 10# of other meat . We met a bunch of really great people and even in the midst of our own mess gave some back .
We left a carbon footprint on Arizona that looks like Yeti and his cousin Sasquatch were doing the Lindy/swing and the Bristol stomp all the way across I40 .
If you feel sorry for me donations to the Hart transplant fund may be made but I’d be happy with a job hook up .
- June 26, 2018 at 7:27 pm #68512
Great adventure and fantastic story telling!
I’ve had some bad trips, but none that equaled yours. Glad you finally made it to your destination.
- June 27, 2018 at 11:36 am #68517GoodsteelKeymaster
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That hurt to read.
- June 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm #68525
This little freefroll has kept me from several high demand obligations like pouring cement ….. Of course the tractors being up an down like yoyos isn’t helping either , and getting my next bit of future awesomeness over to see Tim ……
Are we still doing the 3rd ?????day at Sawbucks ?
- June 28, 2018 at 11:42 am #68529popperParticipant
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Rental trucks, love them – not. Had a crew haul some equipment from DFW to LA for the Olympics. Got to Denton and the drive shaft decided to fail. Provided another truck but they guys got to unload and reload ~ 50 casket size containers – in the summer Texas weather. Lesson learned? nope. Had a huge new industrial xray machine shipped to us from LA – damaged in transit. Shipped back in an air ride truck – got beat up on the way back too. Sometimes I wonder how anything gets across the country in one piece with out damage.
I also wonder why the idiot put the shift lock key next to the shift key.
- June 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm #68535
Fortunately we own these trucks ……..have you seen what they get for them to borrow one for a few days?
- June 29, 2018 at 11:43 am #68543lar45Participant
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Wow, what an adventure!
- July 1, 2018 at 9:33 am #68560
We don’t use that “A” word when I’m on the road as it instantly turns into one …….
I think we have the bugs out now ……..all I need is for the lottery to come in and I’m all set , says all of the other 500,000 players .
- July 1, 2018 at 10:11 am #68561
Rental trucks. I’ve been lucky. Never had one totally leave me on the side of the road. I did have one whose muffler slipped off the exhaust pipe in a pouring rain traveling from KS to AZ. I slipped it back on and secured it in place with a metal dog choker. Turned it in that way. I did tell them of the deficiency.
- July 2, 2018 at 4:09 pm #68568
All in all outside of the extra days in motels in was not a bad trip . Dramatic license … 😉
5″ of rain and raining again . Thats a whole years worth including winter snows at beautiful Walker Lake …… i have got to get me some different pants , those cotton ripstop dickies would be great .
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