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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.
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
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.