DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

We pulled off as best we could...

See the broken metal, on the left, from the end of the...

though we have good views, while waiting

Sure glad there was a wide area to pull off onto

The axle is "isolated" so we can drive

With a length of chain to hold up the axle, we drive...

With the trailer fallen on top of the tires, they got chewed...

The fix it man arrives to help


Currently we are having major under carriage issues with our 5'er. Two days ago while we were merrily on our way to TT Rancho Oso, near Santa Ynez, Dave saw smoke billowing from one of the trailers wheel wells. Finding a not to distant place to pull off, thank goodness, he determined that a leaf spring shackle had broken and the coach had fallen on top of the tires. Therefore, we couldn't go any further without causing major damage to the coach, tires, axels and other such things.

We called Good Sam Roadside Protection who lined up a mobile mechanic to come fix us up so we could drive the 25 miles into Paso Robles to get fixed with replacement parts. However, what the fix it man did wouldn't allow us to move more than 3 miles before something else related went wrong. So, there we stayed on the side of Hwy 46, 21 miles East of Paso Robles in a safe wide turn out used by construction vehicles. Until the fix it man came back out the next day to put new leaf springs on the coach. That worked just fine, except it was late at night and the trailer fixit place in town was closed by that time so we stayed put until this a.m. Mind you, thru all this we had plenty water on board, generators, heat and lots of food. It's good to travel well prepared. We always have at least 20 gallons of water in our reservoir, and at least one LP tank is always full. Dave just had to fetch a couple gallons of gasoline for the generators. So we had to "gen-up" our security measures and get get comfy.

When we got to the Trailer Barn they took us in right away and started their work on the under carriage. Dave's order was to replace all the moveable parts as they had about 33,000 miles on the last under carriage rebuild. The Trailer Barn didn't have all the parts in stock for such a large coach. But they'll be in tomorrow morning. And so here we are "one more nite" Broke down.

But this nite we are staying at the local Holiday Inn Express. Yea! ! ! Big shower, cable TV, complimentry breakfast, with wine and beer tasting tonight! ! !

More later....

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