ENGINES RUNNING & WE ARE READY TO GO
In my PJ’s with coffee in hand I stood quietly in our front yard’s early morning sunrise listening to a cacophony of beautiful bird songs all round me. Prevalent was a male Cardinal in a nearby Mesquite tree. Oh the sounds of happiness from our so many feathered little friends.
KELLY THROWS THE MAIN SWITCH, CLOSES THE FUSE PANEL DOOR & WE ARE GONE
We had left the fridge on electric all night just in case it might work….and it did. Imagine our surprise to open up the fridge door to cool temps this morning. Kelly switched it over to gas & wouldn’t you know it the fridge worked totally fine all the way to Camping World & is still working fine tonight as I write this.
NEXT IS UP YONDER YARNELL HILL TO THE TOP OF THOSE WEAVER MOUNTAINS & BEYOND
We were in no hurry so there was no rushing around & we just took our time loading up & taking care of last minute things. Did a walk around of the property taking photos of all the flowerbeds etc. Need to have a visual record of things. Photos inside of all the rooms as well. I generally do this every year mainly as a record of what we have & where things are. Checked & re-checked everything, said good-bye to the birds, my new shovel, the shed, the house & just about every other little thing in between. It was exactly 11 a.m. Arizona time when rolled through our south gate. Pheebs & I in the rig & Kelly following in the Jeep. What a gorgeously beautiful 84F Arizona morning it was.
The Big EEE climbed the Yarnell Hill like it wasn’t even there & we would probably have been alright with the Jeep on but sometimes it’s just better to err on the safe side. Pulled into Yarnell’s Ranch House Restaurant parking lot & hooked on the Jeep. Luckily the restaurant was closed today so we had lots of room. Smooth ride all the way to west of Prescott & then……..a problem!!!
JEEP HOOKED ON IN YARNELL AT THE RANCH HOUSE RESTAURANT
We seemed to be losing too much power getting over the summit just south of Granite Mountain. Pedal to the floor at 10 mph. Pulled over, shut it down for a few minutes, started it up & we were good to go again & the rig ran fine all the way up through the Chino Valley to I-40. East of Williams is a tough series of very long grades which are known to be notoriously hard on vehicles. And today we were no exception. Seems to me Gaelyn from Geogypsy ran into some serious problems here a few years back. The 6% grades stretch for about 6 miles. It was in these grades loosing power that we had a ‘check engine’ light come on. It was not a blinking red light so we didn’t panic. Other than going up the steep grades the rig ran fine but we had to get onto the shoulder at a few points & shut it down for a few minutes. Pulled into Williams & spotted a CarQuest place. A fella came out & plugged into our rig’s computer to see what the red light ‘check engine’ codes were. We had 5 faults with one of them being a throttle sensor. The fellow at Carquest said that 6 mile stretch west of Williams is one of the worst spots in Arizona & it’s not uncommon for that section of I-40 to disable vehicles including 18 wheeler trucks. I did notice some trucks plus one other Class A struggling. We’ve done these grades with our Class A Damon, our Class C Sunseeker, & our Class C Winnebago but today was the first time we’ve had trouble. It puts our trip from Moab to Denver Colorado in question now. Lotta big mountains & grades going over the Rockies there. Did it in our Damon heading west back in late 07 so we know how rugged those mountains are.
ROLLING THROUGH SKULL VALLEY
Earlier Kelly had phoned Camping World to see about the availability of staying in there lot overnight & they said sure no problem. That saves us a pile of money from not staying at the KOA like I had previously figured on. We knew Camping World was only another half hours drive east of Williams where we were so headed out. The rig ran fine & didn’t cause any more problems. Rolled into Camping World around 2 & checked in with service. The people here could not have been friendlier & the young fella at the counter went one step further when he heard of our ‘loss of power’ problems. He right away got on the phone to a truck garage about a mile west of where we were & the folks there said to bring the rig on down…….so that’s what we did.
EASTBOUND ON I-40 WITH SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF AZ.
Nice people here again at the BELLEMONT TRUCK REPAIR & the fella pulled our Motorhome into one of the two bays. He checked everything out but did not get a ‘throttle sensor error’ but did pick up a couple 02 sensor errors same as Carquest. He said everything checked out fine but if it occurs again we should have those 02 sensors replaced. He cleared our ‘check engine’ light as well. He also said about that bad 6 mile stretch of I-40 & how hard it is on vehicles. We have our fingers crossed the problem won’t re-occur but I’m not so sure. We could also be dealing with a partially clogged fuel filter after checking out the problem on the internet.
FELLOW AT CAMPING WORLD RECOMMENDED THIS PLACE & I WOULD TOO
PHEEBS MEETS A COUPLE NEW FRIENDS
Anyway we are tucked cozily & securely away in front of a big bay door here at Camping World for the night & they also gave us electricity. Only stipulation is that we be out of the way by the time workers show up in the morning. So far so good at Camping World, pets are welcome inside & the staff here loved the Pheebs. The service manager wanted to take her home.
TUCKED AWAY FOR THE NIGHT
YEP THAT’S OUR HOUSE WAY DOWN THERE PHEEBS
Stressful day for us & we sure hope the rest of our trip is problem free & easy going. Weather is looking bad for this whole area with a rain front coming in for the next 3 days. I think when we leave here we’ll head straight for Goosenecks State Park where the weather is looking much better. We’ll do the Grand Canyon another time when the weather is better.
KELLY CHECKS OUT OUR RIG’S ‘ERROR CODES’ ON HER COMPUTER TONIGHT
GROANER’S CORNER:)) Feeling Stressed Out?
Picture yourself near a stream. Birds are softly chirping in the crisp cool mountain air. Nothing can bother you here. No one knows this secret place. You are in total seclusion from that place called "the world." The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity. The water is clear. You can easily make out the face of the person whose head you're holding under water. Why lookie there... what a pleasant surprise... It's the person who caused you all this stress in the first place. You let them up... just for a quick breath... then ploop!...back under they go... You allow yourself as many deep breaths as you want. There now... feeling better?
Yup, the passes headed east to Flag darn near killed the "Lemon". I've seen that truck repair place in Bellemont before. Nice to hear you got good service there. Will keep it in mind, and hope not to need it. Goodluck at Camping World tomorrow. And don't leave without making sure Pheebs is on board. ;)ReplyDelete
That kind of day would have put my wife into a tail spin. Kelly seems very calm.ReplyDelete
These are the kind of stresses that can make it all a little overwhelming.
The hills can be tough on gassers. We once went around the Cabot Trail in a Class C and we were crawling on more than one occasion. Good luck for the rest of the trip home.
Yup, my first thought was "fuel filter" too.... hope you find the rest of your trip uneventful and smooth sailing!ReplyDelete
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I think you might try the gas filter, and an additive to boost the octane a bit and to help get rid of the ethanol which is found in the gas now days. My brother-in-law, an old time car guy who still works on dragsters (the old-time dragsters that they run in-between the "real" drag races) told me to put an additive in about every 2nd or 3rd fill-up. He said that this 'ethanol' is just hard on engines. "IF" you had any water in the gas you bought, or if it is from ethanol, a new gas filter would be very advisable.....and you 'might' have two of them, not just one. Note: be sure your engine will allow for any additive you might add....would be worth a quick call to Canada and ask them there at the birth place of the triple e, they might be able to suggest a good additive. (Our Dynamax is a 10 cylinder Ford engine.) --Dave (GoingRvWay.com)ReplyDelete
Safe trip back you two, hope the technical difficulties are a thing of the past!ReplyDelete
Perhaps that Big E is jinxed, just a thought.ReplyDelete
Hills at 6% can be very hard on gas trucks. I down shifted early to 35 mph and 3500 rpm with flashers on and made all the hills without overheating. Just slow and easy in our 21 year old camper.
Hope the rest of your trip goes well.
Ya, change the fuel filter just because... My diesel has two of them and they change both of them every time I get the oil changed.. And they're expensive buggars too... I now carry extras too since they aren't available in smaller communities either...ReplyDelete
I can imagine your feelings as you walked around the Congress house one last time for this year. It seems like you just arrived there, but you will be happy once you are back in Bayfield and a beautiful green springtime.ReplyDelete
Our v-10 never did like the steep grades so we try to avoid as much as possible. We change our fuel filter every year.ReplyDelete
Good luck with the fridge repair, might be hard to find the problem now that its working.
Our Chevy 454 seems to have no problem doing hills at all. Sure, you slow down a bit, but we make it over the hills fairly easily.ReplyDelete
If your fridge works on electric, but not gas, I would bet the burner needs cleaning. Should be done as part of annual maintenance (or more if you usually use the fridge on gas) and it's a fairly easy do it yourself job if you're a little mechanically inclined.
I know nothing about vehicle engines and the like... just sending good vibes that the rest of the drive home is uneventful and you arrive safe and sound.ReplyDelete
Of course the frig is working now! On both electric and gas! They love messing with us :-) Sounds like another great CW - we love ours and so does Tessa. Pay attention to those gut feelings - even if the issue isn't the filter right now, it could be in a couple days, so change it while you're there. Not like it will make it worse :-)ReplyDelete
Dang the Mr. Murphy. You two just can't catch a break. So sorry you are having so much trouble trying to get out of AZ. Glad you are in a safe place. Keep you in our prayers for safe travels from here on out.ReplyDelete
The cowboy says, "did you have the cruise control on when this problem started?"ReplyDelete
I agree. Get the filter changed. It can't hurt, and then if the problems reoccure you will have one less things to consider. Good luck. Be safe. Enjoy.ReplyDelete
In our diesel we need to change our fuel filter every 15,000 miles (according to MacGyver)...Maybe a fuel filter change is not a bad idea!..However, Den also said that if it indeed WAS that fuel filter, it would be starving for power and missing and hesitation...At any rate, hope you make it home safe and sound..I will be riding with you so please don't mind my backseat driving.ReplyDelete
We change the fuel filter annually plus do the additive thing.ReplyDelete
Had the same thing happen to us in our diesel pusher 2 years ago. Would lose power but then it would regain power until it finally quit. After a tow, they replaced both fuel filters and we were good to go. It did not show up on the codes though.ReplyDelete
Maybe the fridge wasn't perfectly level? It can make a difference when the coach is at a stand still.ReplyDelete
Happy Trails and Tails, Penny.
"Perfectly level" is not required for an absorption refrigerator to operate. If they is any part of the bubble within the target range then it will work fine.Delete
Hope the rest of the trip is smooth:) Glad to hear Camping World worked out.ReplyDelete
Thinking of you and Kelly as you make your way back to Canada. Sure hope all goes well from here on out:)ReplyDelete
Two thoughts about your problem climbing the hills. High elevation combined with steep grades diminish the power of engines. We have run into problems like that with our van/trailer combo. Engine runs hotter, high elevation and steep grade and you have a problem. The fact that your rig ran fine afterwards seems to be consistant with these causes. Have a safe trip further on.ReplyDelete