I am still w…a…i…t…i…n…g…
I spent the Labor Day Weekend in my room at InTown Suites online catching up on blogs and also watching TV. Fun eh! – NO! I would much rather be on the road making new adventures. Besides TV dinners are not the greatest either. YUK!!!
Part should be here today – HOORAY!!
According to the FedEx tracking system my fuel pump should arrive at the dealer sometime today. I called Daniel at the dealer to let him know the pump will be coming in today and to let me know when it arrives. With any luck it is the correct pump and I should be out of here in a few days.
Swype on my Droid is so fast…
I subscribe to a newsletter sent out by Geeks On Tour. In it they describe how to type on your Android phone a whole word at a time without removing your finger from the keyboard. WOW!! I love new technology and just had to see how this works. I read their article and within a half hour I was typing away on my phone’s keyboard with the greatest of ease.
I would highly recommend checking out the Geeks on Tour site. They have a lot of FREE articles and videos that cover things like Picasa, computer tricks. organizing your computer, Google Earth, Microsoft Streets and Trips, etc. Check them out. Like I said many are FREE but you can also sign up for their paid membership for $39 per year and have access to all of their videos on how to do many interesting things using your computer. I have a yearly membership and can’t begin to tell you how useful it has been. I have really learned a great deal from them. They also give seminars at many RV rallys throughout the country so look for them.
By the way, I am not affiliated with any of the above recommendations except to be a very satisfied user of all.
When my rig was towed into Dallas for repairs the folks at Coach-Net, my Emergency Roadside Service, told me the Ford Dealer would begin working on my rig the very next morning. I was confident that it wouldn’t take that long to perform the repair. However, I was DEAD WRONG!! It took me over a week to just find out the part I should have ordered for the repair. The Ford dealer was able to diagnose the problem the next morning, but later called back to tell me they were having problems locating a part.
The part they were looking for was an intake fuel pump that is inside the tank. Ford no longer manufactured the part and a replacement was a Motorcraft part number. I went on line to see if I could order the part and have it shipped to the dealer. There were four parts stores that said they had the part in stock and all were priced the same. I then ordered it online. Once I completed my order I called them to verify when the part would be shipped. They told me it was too late for Friday’s shipments and they were closed over the weekend so it would ship Monday and the dealer would get it on Tuesday. Soon I would be on the road again.
Not so fast Jimbo! I called the part store on Tuesday to verify that it had been shipped and low and behold they told me they didn’t have one in stock as they had said on their website. I then called the three other parts warehouses on line and none of them had it available. Now what? I called the dealer and asked them if there was an aftermarket replacement part for this fuel pump. I can’t imagine that a ’91 would not have a replacement and that the Ford dealer would not have that information.
My father had three MG’s, one dating back to 1955 which he completely tore apart and rebuilt every part on it. He never had a problem finding any part for his cars. My rig is a ’91 RB Lazy Daze and I couldn’t see why there would be any problem. I was sooooooo wrong! Not only could they not find a replacement part but they had no idea what would replace it.
My frend Steve in the Yahoo lifewithalazydazerv group felt my pain and caming running to my aid. Thank you Steve – dinner at the Balloon Fiesta is on me. He contacted his local parts dealer and they were able to track down the aftermarket replacement part I needed. He emailed me the number and I then looked it up on line, where they have a picture. I called the dealer with this information and Daniel told me he would have to call me back after checking with his technician. A few minutes later he called back to state that his technician and he decided it was the correct replacement part and for me to go ahead and order it.
Now I have it on order through Auto Zone who in turn has to order it through their source. It will take 3-5 days then they will ship it out next day delivery to the Ford Dealer. So I am looking at another week here in Dallas. At least I am saving gas and campground money. LOL!!
I just cancelled my reservation at Storrie Lake State Park in New Mexico. I saved a whopping $11 after paying $10.60 for the cost of making the reservation plus one nights stay of $4. That at least beats a kick in the head!! Now I will just take my time getting into New Mexico and should not require a reservation since the campgrounds won’t be as crowded.
I started out from Tyler, TX and made it as far as McKinney, TX where the old rig slowed down and refused to go any further. Fortunately I was in a Walmart parking lot and not at the side of the road somewhere off the beaten path. I have been having problems with my rig as it keeps acting like it was running out of gas. I had the fuel filter replaced, then the fuel pump and it would run fine for a while and then poop out.
I called Coach-Net and asked them to tow it to the nearest Ford dealer. There is one located about 2 miles down the road but they told me that they would not be able to work on it right away and had me towed to Dallas about 33 miles away. The tow company had to get my rig there by 6:00 and we had not left McKinney until after 5:00. So I am riding in the tow truck pulling my rig, sailing down the road about 70 mph. I don’t even drive that fast myself. What an experience!!!!!
I dropped it off at the dealer but had to find a motel as I could not sleep in their lot. Even if I could it was way too hot (103) so the dealer dropped me off at a Motel 6 where I spent 2 glorious nights.
I called the dealer early the next morning to check in on the fate of my rig. Seems that it was a fuel problem and it was due to a defective intake fuel pump that is located within the fuel tank. Since my rig is a 1991, Ford no longer manufactured the part. The mechanic said they were checking around and they thought they had located someone who had the part. No such luck!! They called me the next day to inform me that the part they were sent does not fit the tanks of RVs. They suggested I go online and try to locate it. I found one and was having it shipped out next day delivery. However, since it was Friday noon the part would actually ship on Monday and they would receive it on Tuesday.
I was in the Motel 6 from Wednesday through Friday. I didn’t really want to venture very far hoping that the repairs would be accomplished quickly and I could move on down the road. By that time I really had cabin fever bad. It is funny that the room I was staying in at the Motel 6 was larger than my rig but the walls seemed like they were closing in on my. I really appreciate my rig even more now. I haven’t really experienced cabin fever even though I have been cooped up in my rig for the last 6 weeks due to the 100+ temperatures and high humidity.
My son and his wife live in Fort Worth so I called him and he saved me from another night at the Motel 6. HOORAY!!!!! Thanks Curt and Jackie for saving my sanity. I will be staying with them until my rig is repaired and ready to go. I am hoping that I will be back on the road either Tuesday or Wednesday and head over to the Lake Arrowhead State Park at Wichita Falls, TX. I will be so happy that I am final getting this lingering problem fixed and not have it to worry about.