After 6 months of sitting everything on the RV looked good, I charged up the battery, pumped the gas and cranked it up. Within a minute the GM 454 was idling nicely. Down the road to the gas station was the first step, put a fast $97 in gas in it and we were on the road!
45 minutes later I smelled something familiar, the stock gauges are hard to see but I looked hard and did notice the temp gauge was as far up as it would go... :-(
I knew why I smelled hot coolant.
I pulled over & got as far off the 75mph Texas highway as I could and turned the engine off.
Time to take a look... It seems the serpentine belt for the fan/water pump - alternator - air pump had broke.
I need a new belt & coolant, nothing around but cows.
The GPS says we are 15 miles from Victoria Texas....
I called Coach-net.
|Nothing but cows|
This was a problem I'd never had before, where was I?
No signs, no mile markers just a road, fences & cows. I wasn't tracking my progress with a map, I had GPS!
20 years ago I'd have had a map....
The GPS told me where I was so I could tell Coach-net where I was & Coach-net could tell the tow truck. The tow truck eventually called me.
20 years ago I'd have just hitched into town, 20 years ago I'd have had a spare belt.
I think I was smarter twenty years ago.
Today I have a cell phone & roadside assistance.
It did take awhile for the truck to get to us, they were busy that day.
I have time.
I can put a belt on, I just wanted a safe place to do it. Coach-net tried but couldn't get me into a Victoria RV park (not on a tow truck).
They offered me a truck stop or Walmart.
We went to WalMart, Coach-net even called WM & ok'ed it.
The long tow was covered, all I had to do was talk to the driver, his mother came out to give my wife a ride because the truck only has 2 seats.
The next day I put the drive shaft back on (took it off to tow the RV), went to an auto parts store for the belt and put that back on.
WM for coolant & distilled water and we were back in business!
I will admit that crawling around under the engine was easier 20 years ago too.
All in all it turned out to be just cheap thrills.