Monday, April 9, 2012

Still in Amarillo

It's Monday morning and were still in Amarillo, TX. Saturday when we awoke, the winds were pretty bad, so we decided to stay and see about leaving Sunday when the weather cleared. The truck seemed to be running fine as I drove it around for a bit to see how it was doing. About an hour later I started to smell something, but could not put my finger on it, till I stopped to see an old friend. We popped the hood and the right side battery had blown the fill caps off and there was battery water everywhere. Wow, that's not good, maybe the battery was bad and that's what caused all the problems. Since the batteries were only about 6 months old, I found an Interstate battery dealer and he changed out the battery at no charge (nice warranty). With the truck running well, we got up Sunday morning, got the rig ready to roll, fired up the truck and darn if the check engine light wouldn't go off, ok something is definitely wrong. After a few minutes of discussion and disappointment, we decided to stay and get the truck fixed here instead of risking it on the road. By this time it's getting close to the lunch hour and BBQ was sounding awful good. We drove the truck (hoping to see it the light would reset itself, it didn't) had some great BBQ and came back to the rig. Just before turning into the RV Park, that seem returned, uh oh, I parked at the rig, and darned if my brand new battery hadn't boiled over also. Ok, this means it's not the battery, but more like the alternator.
We'll call the dealer today and see if they can get us in. We do have an extended warranty on the truck, so it shouldn't hurt to bad. The biggest hurt was missing Easter with the family, but reality said, better safe here that stranded again along the interstate.
Ok, that's it for now, will let you know how everything goes, hopefully it will be a quick fix.

Again, I do want to thank everyone for the kind comments and emails. Take care and we'll see you guys back here soon.


Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Man, that's a bummer, but you made the right choice to get it fixed on your schedule instead of down the road where you might be stuck for days!

I think you're correct that the alternator has gone bad. Hope all gets fixed quickly so you can get back on the road.

Mike and Terri said...

It's really a shame you missed Easter with the family, but better to stay put than risk getting stranded down the road. Hope the problem gets solved quickly.