Well, Georgia is lovely. We've been having a great time up here playing in the sunshine and eating BBQ and all that. I'm really proud of my sister (this is the one whose trailer flipped on the interstate back in April of 2010) because she pulled us up here instead of me and she's done all the towing and maneuvering. This is a HUUUGE step back onto the horse for her, so to speak, so I'm pretty proud of her for not having given in totally with RVing and towing. I don't blame her for being nervous about it given the nature of their wreck but she has better equipment now and more experience. Mostly I'm glad I didn't have to tow us up here in an unfamiliar truck with equipment I don't really know.
'05 Suburban 4x4
'99 Silverado 2500 4x4
'04 Skyline Nomad 250LT
2 cats who don't travel well
Umpteen sheep who don't travel at all
Well,here we go again....Cruising down I-5 yesterday and the low air lite and buzer came on.DIt happened last year and was the vdo and was an inexpensive solder job.Called a shop in Grants Pass and kept going.After about an hour of listening to the buzzer come and go,Jeanne said she smelled fish cooking,so I pulled over on the offramp at MP 142 and got out to check things out.Whenn I got to the back Isaw smoke coming from the camera area where they just installed the new cable,so I grabbed my trusty drill and bits and headed up the ladder to pull it all loose.As I got to the top,I saw smoke coming from around the tail-lite lens,oopppssss.I yelled for them to get out and grabbed the extinguisher,opened the rear engine hatch and the smoke just rolled out.Looked inside and saw flames on the foam stuff and blew the whole bottle and finally got the flames out.The stuff was still glowing orange,so I grabbed a squirt bottle of awesome and 409 and sprayed it down,then got several water bottles and poured them down thru the hole where I pulled the lens out.Man,does that stuff stink.Called Good Sam road service and got a BIGtowtruck from Canyonville to haul us into Bridgestreet Auto and RV where they stayed open till we got there and we're hooked up there till they are able to look at it.It looks as if the muffler overheated and did a job on the flexpipe and loosenrd up the connection at the extension and all the heat poured up into the right rear area.We just missed a major fire be seconds..
I'm going to look for a small CO2 extinguisher to go along with another powder one.The powder ones are great,but it didn't touch the embers.The insurance company is gonna throw a fit after that $7500 roof replace and the wall water repair.
Smell smoke or see it.Get out now and then find it......Pp
2001 Tradewinds 7390 LTC
330 Cat Turbo Freightliner Chassis
2004 Chevy Trailblazer LS (toad)
Sure sorry you have another major problem. I fire is really scary and I think if you had not acted as quickly you may have lost your coach. Generally once a nmotorhome fire gets started it is very difficult to put out.
I hope you can have the problem repaired quickly. You have had way more than your share of problems recently.
Sure glad you got that fire out. That's the one thing I always feared on the sailboat and with the motor home. It's usually true that yoou can't carry too many fire extinquishers, but we have 5 + an automatic one in the refer compartment. None of them are the soda type, they are all the new freon(??) type.
You may want to explore the engine compartment extingisher that automatically goes off when there is a rise in temperature. Thats what we have in the refer compartment.
Jon, your insurance company may throw a fit, but just wait until your next renewal! Hopefully you will still have insurance. Ours went from a zero deductible to a $500 deductible in 2002 when we had a $2800 bill to repair things after a water hose blew off. USAA insurance is a little more forgiving than some companies!
Linda and husband Dave (retired US Army) W7DDW
Magic, Yellow Lab Female, born 18 July 2010. R.I.P., Jake!
2002 Arctic Fox 25R, Yamaha 2400i Generator
2003 DODGE 3500 SLT Quad Cab, 4x4, SRW, HO CTD, 3.73, 48RE, Jake Brake
Jon, I got your pictures, you were lucky and I am so glad that Jeanne has a good sniffer and caught that fire before it really got going. Sounds like the repair to get you back on the road will not be too bad and you can take care of the cosmetics when you get home.
National Tradewinds with Nissan 4x4 Ext Cab/Honda CRV Toad
It's the Journey not the Destination
RVing since 1970
Jon, hope the repair goes quickly, I know the feeling when you're broke down in the middle of nowhere. Had my ignition switch melt once in Blue Earth Mn. on a Fri afternoon. Finally got it replaced and back on the road Tue afternoon.
I've been having a few medical problems lately. Back in Feb I was getting ready to go to bed, went to the bathroom and had blood in my urine. Got an appointment with my Dr the next day, he thought maybe I had passed a bladder stone and it had scraped the side of the urethra. He got me an appointment with a urologist, he did an ultrasound on my kidneys and bladder, also ran a scope up into my bladder to look around, found that I had an enlarged prostate and he thought that a blood vessel in the prostate had ruptured and that had caused the blood in the urine. He said that I could take medication for it or have an operation, but if I decided on the medication route that I would still have to have the operation in a few years. I decided to go ahead and have the operation. Went in to the hospital Wed morning at 10am and was released at 6:30pm. The operation consisted of using a laser and cutting three grooves in the prostate at the neck of the bladder. When I left the hospital I had a catheter going to a bag that I had to leave in until 9 o'clock Thur morning. The pain was pretty bad while the catheter was in, sure felt good when I removed it. I go back to the urologist next Mon for a post op checkup. So far every thing seems to be going okay.
2002 Winnebago Brave
Toads: 2004 Jeep Liberty, 2010 Toyota Corolla
Ultra power mod,Aero Turbine Mufflers,
Rear Trac Bar,Saf-t-Plus
Ultra Trac Bellcrank, Park Brake Upgrade
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