|Well, we're on the road again! It is Sunday afternoon as I write this but we actually left Vegas Friday afternoon. We got a much later departure than planned, but were glad as it gave Bonnie time to return from an early morning appointment for final hugs and kisses.
On the plus side, because of our late start we hoped to miss the 5:00 traffic jam in Phoenix. We didn't plan on the engine dash light that suddenly appeared right after crossing Hoover Dam. We were a bit puzzled as the truck was running fine, it wasn't overheating and the oil showed good. I got our Ford manual out and located that particular picture. It indicated that if the 'engine' was blinking you should pull over 'immediately'. Otherwise, locate a reputable dealership ASAP. We called our mechanic Bill and he said to go on into Kingman to get a code search done.
Time had moved forward one hour and so it was 4:40pm when we arrived at the city limits. A quick call confirmed that the mechanic would wait for us even though they closed in 20 minutes. After several minutes of code searching he commented, "well, this shows that you've lost a fuel injector and all the rest of them are 'low'. But that's impossible as this truck is running fine". He continued reading and searching and finally reset all of the codes and our problem 'engine' diagram disappeared. Ok? Looks like we were lucky, had an unusual electrical surge of some kind and were fortunate to have no real problem. $20 and 45 minutes later we were back on the road.
I decided to drive for an hour or so of our trip today, just to get back into the 'feel' of it. I actually enjoy driving and get bored easily when I have to be 'the passenger' all of the time. Our 5'er pulls well and as long as we're not in a big city fighting traffic I feel quite comfortable. And my honey enjoys taking a little nap during that time.
About an hour outside of town our trailer disconnect, trailer fault lights and bells started ONCE again! Oh man, were we frustrated! You might remember we spent 5 days having this issue worked on in Bellingham, Washington in October, 2009. Fortunately, our family still owns Southwest RV in Glendale just outside the Phoenix city limits. We gave them a call and they said to come on over to the shop. We arrived about 8:45pm, frustrated and tired!
Our original plans were to leave Vegas, destination Dead Horse State Park, just outside Sedona. But a friend shared something with us before we left town and we decided to come to Phoenix for a one day event to learn more (i'll share a bit about that in a different post). Funny how things work out sometimes isn't it? Had that not happened, we wouldn't be here for the work we needed done. Turns out we needed to leave both the truck and the 5'er for some electrical work. Stan lent us his truck yesterday so we'd have transportation to our event. It was sunny all day, but just about dusk it started sprinkling. Jeff finished with the electrical, but it was late enough in the day and sprinkling so we decided to stay put for the night. Worked out great as Stan and Phyllis took us out for a wonderful Italian meal. Thanks guys!
And finally, we woke this morning to pounding rain and no signs of it letting up. About the time we had decided to just put on our slickers and pack it up, Stan & Phyl arrived to tell us that we are 'retired' and we don't have to travel in bad weather, LOL! We do have one good grade to pull before arriving at Dead Horse and there is reported snow around the Flagstaff area. So, we're hanging out for one more night. It's supposed to clear out by morning. Either way, we're outta here as the shop will re-open for business and we don't want to be in the way. So we'll see you on down the road. Thanks for checking in....