What?? Yes -- we ran into some snow yesterday. But that wasn't the only surprise.
After a wonderful time in Tucson the past couple of months, it was time to get ready and move on. On Sunday, after I packed up the Roadrunner and repositioned everything in the basement so it would all fit, I did some mending.
My bike bag has served me well but it was in need of some TLC and I took out the needle and thread for some repairs.
Next we settled in and watched the Masters. It is one of my favorites golf tournaments. A newcomer won after an exciting back nine and my man Phil never was a factor. Tiger put on a late charge but has never come from behind in a 'major' and came up short again.
We were up and raring to go on Monday. We went through the checklist, buttoned everything up, hooked up the car and pulled out.
the air bags did not inflate. This has happened before. Last time it happened we were up near Mackinac Island in Michigan. The lesson there was to put down the jacks again, raise them and go through the whole sequence slowly.
We pulled out of the campsite area slowly and went to the overflow area that had a lot of empty space. I was thinking if the Roadrunner had to be towed, it would be good to have a lot of space. Instead of the coach being 16 inches off the ground, it was about half that height. And the ride was bumpy.
Then we called the local La Mesa RV dealer since they sell Tiffins. "Yes - we have a problem with the air bags." "No ~ we couldn't get in for a couple of weeks" since they were busy.
Then we called the Freightliner shop about 6 miles from where we were. "Yes - come on over and we will take a look."
We unhooked the car and prepared for the slow bumpy drive to Freightliner. I turned around, slowly drove out and headed for the front gate on base. About 300 yards from the gate, I pulled over to a large concrete area. Pam and I talked some more, got out and looked things over.
Sure enough - the bags inflated and everything looked fine!
Hmmm. Now were were just as surprised to see them filled as we were to find they had not inflated.
This happened another time about 15 months ago in Cedar Rapids, South Dakota. We took the coach in to the Freightliner shop there after a similar episode. After $300, they said, "Looks good, we checked and couldn't fine anything....".
So we cautiously decided We to save $300 and go on our way.
Our destination was Holbrook, Arizona near the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert in northern Arizona.
We stopped about 50 miles south of Flagstaff for a rest stop and everything checked out fine. Air bags were good.
90 miles down the road in Holbrook, we found our campground. It is a good place to stop and adequate for our needs. The pull throughs are 60' long. And there is a sewer connection every 10 feet so it can accommodate almost any kind of rig. The staff is friendly and helpful. Perfect for a couple of nights.
That was our day on the trails of the Roadrunner Chronicles. Thanks for joining us! Until next time...