Made It Through Another Day (Barely)

Trip Start May 25, 2009
Trip End Jun 23, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Idaho
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wells, Nevada.  Just stopped in at a truck stop for gas.  Put in 95 gallons which cost $234.00.  (!!!!!!!!!)
Sat back down, turned the key, and...  NOTHING.
No motor.  It cranked but wouldn't start.  WHAT?!?!?!  Now, surely by now you people think I am making this up and two people could not POSSIBLY have so many problems with one motorhome, but I swear it's all the truth!  So anyway, here we are sitting in the cab wondering what on earth we did wrong to break the darn thing this time!  Did we put the gas in the water tank?  No.  Did we forget a "reset" switch somewhere?  No.  We kept going through all the possibilities but we did refuel already once before and had had no problems with anything.  So since we did everything the same as before, it should start right up same as before - right??


Jim called his dad but he had never heard of this.
Neither had any of the other truckers gassing up.  So Jim looked up the number for Country Coach and we left messages for almost every tech on staff.  I headed across the street to another gas station where an older man had crawled under the open slide of his own motorhome trying to fix something.  I explained our problem and he said that perhaps we had gotten too close to empty and the gas line needed to be re-primed.  I rushed back across the street where Jim was finally on the phone with a real live person from CC.  Just as he started saying the same thing about priming the gas, Jim's phone cut out.  It doesn't rain but it pours!
About two minutes later the man from across the street and his wife showed up to see if their idea had worked.  We told them we hadn't gotten around to that yet and he opened the bays to see if he could find the pump.  A few minutes later he announced that we had had air in the line and he thought this might work.  Jim tried to restart the engine, and sure enough, after a few tries it got going again!
All this probably took about two hours and we might have been there still had our friendly neighbors not come to our rescue. Unfortunately they were still in a pickle when we left Wells because their RV had just died on them at the gas station for no apparent reason too!  The man turned out to be a mechanic but he had been parked on the side of the lot for two days and hadn't been able to find the problem for sure.  His wife said it might take a $3500 pump to get them out of their jam - I believe the adjective she used for motorhomes in general was "money pit"!
The couple wouldn't even let us do anything to thank them for their know-how - they had all the food they could eat and said they wouldn't drink a bottle of wine or champagne.


Anyway, here we are back on the road with another "minor change" to compensate for our time lost - we are going to skip Jackson Hole for now (since we'll go right through it again on the way home anyway), and go straight to Yellowstone.  Jim threatened to turn around and go back home now while we still can, but unless I tell you that my next entry is being sent from an airport, I think we'll give that a miss.  After all, it's the journey that counts, not the destination...  Right?  ;)
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