We started out on our first “new to us” RV trip from Fresno, to Palm Springs, on the day before Christmas Eve, to visit my wife’s parents, for the holidays.
Everything was going well until we got to Mojave, California. As we are driving along, I heard a loud “BANG”: All the gauges were ok, so we kept going. Decided to get off State Route 14, and go into town to check it out.
We get to the stop light, and the temperature gauge needle jumps to hot. I turn off the coach, and call for our mechanical breakdown service. They responded, and proceeded to hook up the coach for towing, and we jumped into their truck.
We get to down town Mojave, and the truck driver goes past the Ford store, and we ask him why?
His reply was ” they will not be able to fix it in one day, and you will be stuck here over the holidays. I am taking you to a place that can fix it fast., you will not have to stay in a hotel”.
He tows us into Don’s Lube, Oil, Auto Repair AND BARBER SHOP!!
(Don repairs cars when the barber shop is not busy)
He tells us to pull next to the deep pit lube bay, where the eighteen wheelers have their oil changes, with all our hook ups on the side of the pit, and we are welcome to spend the night in the coach.
Don’s is right behind a famous hamburger chain, so we walk over to get a cup of coffee, and to decide on Plan B.
When we walk across the parking lot back, my wife refused to let me hook up electric, nor water and not start the generator, saying:
“With your luck, you will fall into the pit”.
So there we are, sitting in the coach until the batteries drain down, then go to bed like the old days in a tent. It is also cold, so we had to
keep warm with lots of blankets.
True to his word, he had the water pump and radiator fixed by noon the following day, and we were on our way.
When we called our oldest son and told him where we were, he asked, “Is Don the town sheriff also?”
Submitted by Jay Roth of Fresno, CA as a part of the RV Centennial Celebration “Share Your Favorite RV Memory” contest.
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