Thursday, May 31, 2012

MORE EXCITEMENT

Kanab, UT  H 95  L 61

IMG_4573 This is significant because this is the speed at which our truck said we must travel today. Don’t you just love computers? 30 miles from Kanab, UT (our destination) the truck speed dropped to 30 mph and a message popped up that said “power reduced”.

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So picture this, we are on a two lane road with lots of traffic, no shoulder and absolutely no where to pull over, no cell phone service (not even a part of a bar) and even On-Star can’t get through to us. Do you think my anxiety level went up a wee bit?

IMG_4565 The rest of the gauges showed everything was fine. No overheating, pressure was good. We had absolutely no choice but to keep moving forward very slowly. Jim pulled over as far as he could, put his flashers on and signaled people to pass when he could. I am just grateful that the road was pretty flat and not in the mountains.

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IMG_4548 It took us an hour but we did make it to the Kanab RV Corral. As soon as we got the fifth wheel leveled and set up, Jim unhitched and headed up to Ramsey’s. Recommended by the RV park owners. Jim was very impressed with their customer service. They took the truck in after just a short wait and discovered that we have a clogged fuel filter. Changed the filter and we are good to go. So happy it was not something more serious.

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I took a bunch of windshield pictures today. Highway 89 from Flagstaff to Kanab is such a treat for the eyes. We crossed over Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell near Page, AZ.

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Only had one small stretch of road construction with a flagger.

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Loved this old water tower.IMG_4574

We will be staying in Kanab for three days to give Jim a chance to recover and relax. Will definitely be visiting Zion and hopefully the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. My nerves are starting to climb down off the walls.

31 comments:

  1. Nice to hear your repair job was a simple one. Isn't it amazing what your mind can do with a problem before you know the solution. Safe travels!

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  2. WOW...what beautiful photos. What is with that pink/red rock? Does it have a name.

    So glad the host knew where to send you for a great fix. Fuel filters can do it every time. My anxiety level would go sky high with that gauge going crazy. Try to relax now and know you are getting closer to home each mile.

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  3. Geezz, what a trying time. So happy it is just....(JUST) a fuel filter. I'd be up on the roof riding and holding on with my fingernails! I don't know why, but mechanical problems terrify me....could it be the $$$$$$ involved? Nothing is ever inexpensive....just relative.

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  4. We've been told we should carry an extra fuel filter for the Diesel. We haven't done that yet, (got a new one last trip) but probably should.

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  5. Hey, we all wished you safe travels, you guys don't need this frustration. It has to get better from here on out.

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  6. Fuel filters are cheap insurance, just think of the damage that could have occured to the engine with all the junk it stopped. Thank goodness that it was an easy repair.

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  7. Man, never a dull moment with you two! Sure glad you were able to get to your site safely and find out the fix is an easy one.
    Think "uneventful" trip!! LOL

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  8. Isn't it great that the computer sent you that message? Like you couldn't figure out that you were only going 30mph! Reminds me of the 'Prove you're not a robot' stuff. :(

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  9. You have had more than your share of problems. Now that you've got them behind you all I want to hear in the future is about how smooth everything is.

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  10. Beautiful photos. Never been to Utah but it is on my short list. Glad you had an easy repair.

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  11. We carry an extra fuel filter for the MotorHome in one of the underside bins. But that doesn't help much if you can't pull over to change it anywhere. Not that we could get the motor back going again without diesel fuel in a separate can, but not everyone has filters for Freightliners. So we have a spare.

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  12. Best bad news I've heard for awhile. :)

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  13. So glad it was something quick and inexpensive - those are the kind of repairs I like! Enjoy your time in that beautiful area.

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  14. I'm glad my truck has a message that comes on telling me I have to change the fuel filter otherwise I'd be in the same boat as you were. Glad it all worked out.

    Great photos!

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  15. I'm sure the filter trouble didn't do your nerves any good, but that's behind you, now, too. Glad you and Jim have a chance to relax for a few days. Good times are comin'. :)

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  16. Glad everything turned out okay. There's something spooky about that stretch of road. Several of us broke down going into Kanab, and I had a blowout. Ramsey's got a lot of business from us...

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  17. Well it's fun seeing where I was a few weeks back! Such a pretty area...

    Glad you're problem was easily remedied ... hate stuff like that ...

    Live your cover photo of your dogs ;)

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  18. I know that sickening feeling in the pit of the stomach when that kind of stuff happens. And, it's kinda normal to often assume the worst. On the other side of the emotional scale, what a lift when the 'serious engine problem' turns out to be nothing more than an easily replaceable fuel filter.

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  19. Say hello to Zion for me--I was there the end of April for 3 days, beautiful, beautiful place!

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  20. If you make it to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon be sure to look for the Kaibob squirrels in the parking lot area. They only live in the North Rim area and nowhere else in the world. They have white tails and tummies and have pointed ears. They are spectacular.

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  21. On our F-350 diesel we change the fuel filters every 10k to be safe, recommended normal is 20k but with towing we cut it in half.

    We love that drive on 89. This spring we stayed in Page and liked it alot.

    Got your comment on our blog, we agree Kanab is not good for places to eat. The best of the worst was Thunderbird Inn near the Pink Sand Dunes right on the highway. There was some road construction along I-15 south of SLC but there was always a lane open and was not too bad.

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  22. It's always something going wrong when you own an RV. People say it's the same with a house. True, but not nearly as often in my opinion. Your photos brought back good memories of our 2-week stay at Lake Powell and we also stayed at Kanab RV Corral - still have the scratches from the shrubs/trees (really, really strong wind). We enjoyed the town of Kanab. We weren't on a rush so had time to check it out. Hope you don't have any more maintenance problems.

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  23. You betcha had lots of time to take "windshield" picture. Glad it was no big deal.

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  24. Good to know it wasn't anything more then a fuel filter. But yes, the anxiety levels do increase not knowing what is wrong.

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  25. At least it was an easy fix. Last time a car computer talked to me, it was eight hours for the "experts" to figure out the "problem". In my case a failed relief valve for the fuel tank, which the tech had the gall to suggest that it was hardly worth replacing!

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  26. Seems you had "my" kinda day ! LOL And yes, my anxiety level would have gone through the roof !!

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  27. Well, it's never a good thing to suffer through a mechanical issue on the road, but it could have been alot more complicated and costly than just a fuel filter. Keep on having fun and sharing your pictures!

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  28. O my! I know that feeling of rising anxiety levels! After we blew a transmission on our first travel ever, I am always on alert when I hear a different noise than normal, detect a smell or see a warning light come up. Even when you let the rig get serviced regularly it is no guaranty that you get from A to B without trouble. When we share scary stories around the bonfires I sometimes wonder why we get going in the first place. :))
    Great photos.

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  29. O my! I know that feeling of rising anxiety levels! After we blew a transmission on our first travel ever, I am always on alert when I hear a different noise than normal, detect a smell or see a warning light come up. Even when you let the rig get serviced regularly it is no guaranty that you get from A to B without trouble. When we share scary stories around the bonfires I sometimes wonder why we get going in the first place. :))
    Great photos.

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  30. Whew...a scare for sure and then the uplifting truth. Your pics make me get into the hitch-itch mood. Way too early!

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