Sunday, November 23, 2008
We departed the Alameda area, and headed to Laughlin, Nevada to spend a few days with our very good friends, Ray and Cathie Bailey. We planned to make the 600 mile drive in two days, but we found ourselves making good time, and elected to do our first night drive, arriving at the Bailey's place about 8 P.M.
We spent several days visiting with them and catching up. They just took delivery of a new Tiffen coach, and it was fun to go through their new toy.
On Sunday, 23 Nov we left Laughlin heading to Phoenix, where we had Mayo Clinic appointments first thing Monday morning. We were just a few miles outside of Bullhead City, heading up the long hill toward Kingman, when we got a low coolant warning and an immediate engine overheat. We pulled off the road and discovered a large pool of coolant under the engine, and decided we weren't going anywhere.
A call to Freightliner (the chassis builder) got a flatbed trailer dispatched, Carpe was loaded aboard, and off she went to the nearest Freightliner dealer in Kingman. We dutifully followed in Carpe Dinkum. We got to the dealership mid afternoon, and got Carpe "checked in" with a promise they'd look for the problem first thing Monday.
We continued to Phoenix in the car, and spent the nite in a motel not far from the Mayo Clinic. Following our morning Mayo tests, we heard from Kingman, where they found the problem to be a coolant hose leak in the coach part (not the engine or chassis). They shut the connection between the coach and engine, refilled the coolant, and declared us good to go.
So, we got in the car and drove back to Kingman. We spent the night in the Freighliner parking lot, and hit the road about 0500 Tuesday. We had no problem, and arrived at the Winnebago dealer in Mesa about noon. They quickly found the problem to be a split hose connecting the engine coolant to the hot water heater. They managed to fix it, along with a few of the many outstanding warranty problems, but due to the short (Thanksgiving) week, most of the warranty items didn't get fixed. In addition, they managed to track anti freeze in the coach, staining most of the carpeting.