Wow, what a travel day. We left Southern NM, at approx 9:30 yesterday, headed for Amarillo TX. Beautiful travel day, a lite wind at our back (for a change) pushing us north towards I-40. All is well (you can see where this is headed). Cruzing along east bound and down approx 70 west of Amarillo when it happened!!! The check engine light comes on and the truck losses most of it's power, it's still running but just wants to limp along.....what the!!!
Ok, a few frustrating calls to Chrysler Extended Warranty folks , all to find out we have no road side assistance.....darn.....however the repairs will be covered.......good. Problem, can only be serviced at a Dodge dealer, closest one, 70 miles away in Amarillo. 70 miles, tow for the truck and 5ver = Big Bucks, hmmmm. Then I remembered, we have Roadside Assistance through our USAA insurance. Give them a call (long story short) we are covered, they will send a tow service for both the truck and trailer and tow both the 70 miles to Amarillo and the Dodge dealer. Oh and well also tow your trailer to the RV park of your choice, at no cost to you and no up front money, Wow, I love USAA, they are great, and have been every time I've ever had to deal with them.
While we were waiting for the tow service to arrive, a gentleman pulls up towing a 5th Wheel and parks right infront of us. I walked over to let him know we had a tow service coming and that he would prob have to move his rig. We chatted a bit and told him of our whoas, he says, sounds like you computer just needs to be cleared and reset, here I have a scanner and we'll check it out. He plugs in the scanner to the computer port and pull up two codes, he clears the codes and the computer resets. Fire up the truck and it's running like a charm now. Looks like one of the codes was for a cylinder misfire and the other having to do with a fuel injector electrical issue. What a great guy for helping us out, amazing what a little knowledge and the right tools can do.
The tow trucks arrived and we decided, even though the truck was running fine now, to let them tow it to Amarillo, just incase he truck acted up again and stranded us again in the middle of nowhere.
Well, wish us luck, we'll either be here in Amarillo for a week or so, or OKC. See ya on the next go round.