We are in Texas. I can’t believe it. The RV is here. I am stunned.
It was pretty hairy for the last few days. My dad, the boys and I were about to buy a house in Hays, Kansas and settle down. We didn’t think we would make it.
Our journey with Adventure (our RV) to Texas
Day 1-Thursday, August 15
I left you all in the last post at 10:30 am Thursday morning, we were back at home with a broken RV.
It actually ended up being an easy fix, we were soo relieved. The tire guys had not screwed in the bolts on the front right tire. That is a seriously not cool move. My dad could unscrew all the screws by hand, we were pretty peeved at them.
And then the engine problem. After a little investigation, we found a major problem of the RV being out of gas. That was such a relief that it was just funny! The gas gauge is broken and the RV spews gas (which is why I thought it was full). The spewing turned out to be fun for the 15 times we had to refuel.
I went and got two cans of gas and we headed out, again, at 7pm.
Day 2-Friday, August 16th (the day the RV fought back)
We cruised all Thursday night into Friday morning in the RV with no problems. I was happily surprised and slept a little bit. My dad said it was pretty hard to control on the highway, and he felt more comfortable driving, so he drove the entire way.
We stopped for gas every 100 miles to just be safe. We were able to calculate gas mileage by filling the tank up each time (and getting spewed), and then dividing how many miles we had gone by the gallons of gas we put in. We averaged 6 miles to the gallon-we are totally eco-friendly.
We got into Hays, Kansas around 5 am Friday morning. The RV was sounding kind of rough, so we parked in Walmart to let it cool, and we all slept a couple of hours.
We got up at 6:45am and headed to the auto parts store. They opened early for my dad and he replaced the spark plug wires and the distributor cap to see if it would run better. It did not, so we took a break and had breakfast at the local pancake house.
When we were done with our triple stacks, we drove the RV around and realized that something was wrong. We then went to every auto repair shop in Hays, Kansas and no one had time to work on it. We finally found Augie’s repair shop and they said they would get us in after lunch-yeah!!!
We walked down to JD’s fried chicken house and had some lunch, and then went back to the RV to relax while we waited for Augie. True to his word, they got us in right after lunch. We ended up needing to replace one of the fuel filters that was completely clogged and a wiring problem. We were out of there in 2 hours with a $250 bill. I was so happy that we were on the road again so quickly!
We left Hays around 4pm and were about 30 miles down the road when the engine started smoking and anti-freeze started bubbling up through the floor vent.
We pulled over at the first exit, where some old men drank beer and watched up from their shop. One of our fan belts had broken. This was actually an original problem my dad and I had fixed on the RV a few weeks ago, apparently we had not fixed it. Thankfully we had an extra belt and extra anti-freeze, so we put on the belt and filled up the anti-freeze tank and got back on the road….for 1 mile.
The belt broke again. We exited in Dorrance, Kansas, exactly halfway between Hays and Salina.
my World Market floor mat came in very handy for RV repairs, my dad asked my mom to go buy him some for his own auto repairs he liked it so much!
at this stop I decided to scrub off the “Bust” part, thinking it might be bad luck
in the middle of freakin no-where Kansas
the boys happy with their bungee cord
The belt not only broke, but was wrapped around the fan belt. We were out of extra belts, so we called Jarrett and he found an Advance Auto Parts store in Salina (almost 1 hour away) with the belt we needed. I told Jarrett to get 2 belts, my dad said 3, Jarrett ordered 5. They delivered them all the way out to us for no charge!!! Now that’s service, he got a big fat tip:) During our wait for the new belt, my dad and I spent over an hour trying to get the broken belt unstuck. We were both dusty and greasy and totally at a loss, the belt was really in there. The boys got out a bungee cord from the RV and played with it for hours while we waited. They got really used to waiting in weird areas when we travelled:)
The guy from the auto store showed up about 2 hours after we broke down. We got the new belt on decided to try to make it to Salina to spend the night, so we could get the belt problem looked at in the morning.
The belt broke one more time in the hour to Salina. By this time we were professional belt changers. My dad joked we had a fan belt pit crew. Peyton would hop out and get the mat, I would get the cover off of the engine and the extra belt, and my dad all the tools. We could do this 5 more times-bring it on baby!
We puttered into Salina, KS around 10 pm. We got a burger at a Braums and we decided to get a hotel room. AAA paid off again and we save $8 with our discount at the hotel.
Day 3-Saturday, August 17th
We slept in until around 9am and hit the road again. We decided to try to make it a couple hours down the road to Witchita, KS on the belt.
thinking this would be the day!
Conner and his Beanie Boos
We weren’t 10 miles out of town when my dad pulled over. I was in the back cleaning the kitchen and ran to the front. The engine was not smelling like a broken belt, so I was so confused. My dad hopped out and so did I. We had a blown a tire. We both started cracking up, it was laugh or cry at this point. I started to get the spare tire out, when my dad told me to call a tow truck, both back left tires had blown out!!! Are you freaking kidding me?!
I called AAA to see if they could bring out an extra tire, but they would only tow since we only had 1 spare. The RV has been towed twice in the last month, and I did not want to go through that again, so we moved onto plan B.
I was on cone duty
I called Jarrett and he called around to see if someone would bring us a spare and change the flats for us. It was Saturday, so I was worried no one would come out.
Jarrett found a guy that brought out 2 new tires, and changed the flats. He had great tire prices, $220 per tire, but charged $300 for the service. At this point we did not care, but still, ouch.
Turns out our original tire guys who forgot to screw in the front tire, also messed up the back ones. They left the 6 inch air valve hanging down between the back side-by-side tires and it blew out both of them. The new tire guy caught the same mistake on the other side, and was able to fix it before we had the same problem on the second set. Those tire guys in Colorado are in for a treat. They got to deal with me all week, and now Jarrett is on the case and he is not as nice-ha! Wish us luck in getting them to cover their dumb mistakes.
we just went ahead and wiped off the whole sign
It is now the afternoon on Saturday and we have been in Kansas for over 24 hours, I could not wait to call Jarrett and say, “Toto, we aren’t in Kansas anymore.”
We made it to Witchita on the 4th belt, and as we pulled into a McDonalds it broke. We skipped our pit crew drill and just went in for Happy meals.
We came back out and saw that the belt had just slipped off, not broke. We then tried to tighten it extra tight to see if that was the problem. My dad he-manned it, we ran it for awhile, then he he-manned it again even tighter. That belt is still on today, seems like that’s all it needed.
We drove out of Kansas that evening, and I called Jarrett and told him we weren’t in Kansas anymore!!!! We all cheered.
Day 4-Sunday, August 18th
We drove most of the night in total peace. The boys went to bed in the back and I dozed on and off in between our every 100 miles gas stops, where I got an iced Coke, the boys Gatorade, and my dad iced green tea.
Around 3 am my dad rolled up the driver’s side window because it was getting cold and it shattered all over him. I am not joking, this really happened. My dad said the RV was possessed.
We laughed again.
yeeee-haw-Welcome to Texas!!!
We rolled into my grandparent’s farm at 4:40am. Just 56 hours after leaving Colorado.
I was beyond over-joyed, ecstatic, and happy to see Jarrett!!!!! OMG-I was soo happy, Peyton jumped on him and would not stop hugging him. The boys could not go to bed fast enough for me to snuggle Jarrett, that’s what we call it, snuggling.
So we made it.
13 stops for gas
in 57 hours when it should have taken 20
and for $2,228 on a budget of $1000
It was the trip of disaster and laughter. My dad is the hero of the week. He kept his cool and his auto knowledge got us here, he is one cool guy. All he wanted for payment was a steak and beer, we took him out when we took him to the airport yesterday. Thank you so much Papa T-you are so awesome.
Texas sweet tea-I am in my true home
The boys and I are back where we belong with Jarrett. We missed him so much, and hope to never have to be apart that long ever again!!!