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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Well today our trip came to a screeching (well almost) halt.

When the red Stop Engine light comes on, it means immediately. So after approaching Baton Rouge in a driving rain with lighting seeming to strike an arms length away, we were forced to pull onto the emergency lane on I-10. Our Silverleaf Monitor indicated we had high crankcase pressure. After an hour or so we had put out the warning triangles, called Cummins, called Coach-Net and figured out that we would need to be towed half an hour back east to Port Allen to the Kenworth Truck repair.

Antonio was our savior today...he's with Coleman Towing out of New Orleans. He arrived with a BIG wrecker and performed the very laborious process of readying our 40 foot beast for towing. All on the side of I-10 with tractor trailors, cars and oversized loads whipping by within inches of him. I am not sure of all the particulars but do know that the rear axel (or at least part of the axel) had to be removed, air in the coach's suspension system had to be pressurized, the mudflap on the back of the coach had to be removed so it would not drag and all sorts of electrical lines and bungies with metal hooks) had to be applied to the beautiful paint on our coach. A flashing light bar was strapped onto the back of the coach, again with menacing bungie cords. It nearly brought tears to our eyes, but we were very anxious to reposition ourselves anywhere but on the very busy I-10. I followed behind in the Jeep for the 1/2 hour drive (which seemed like days when staring at the back of the powerless, pityful Abbyshack) to Port Allen.

Conversations with Kenworth indicated that they may be able to look at our coach Monday or Tuesday. Today is Wednesday so we could be in for nearly a week staying in our coach with no hook ups. We have lots of fuel so the electric part is not a problem but we need water. So the first order of business is to have Antonio tow us close to the building where we can take on a tank of water. Then he towed us to a street just outside the Kenworth property gates...for whatever reason, we cannot "camp" on their premises. The street is a service road next to and parallel to I-10. We are about a nine iron distance from the interstate and thankfully do not feel the effects of every passing truck like earlier today.

Now the generator is on, the slides are out, the satellite TV is tuned with Fox News and a very welcome glass of wine is in hand. All things considered, very comfortable. Hopefully in the morning the repair guys can hook up their computer to our engine, determine the problem (maybe it's just a filter that needs to be replaced, or a simple blockage causing the oil pressure to go crazy) and patch us up out here on the street. Otherwise, we will need to get another tow from the street to the truck bay (a couple of hundred yards). This could be an expensive day....think I will have another glass of wine.
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