Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blowout

Ah, the joys of being back on the road. About two and a half hours into today's six hour drive a car passing us started honking their horn and pointing at the trailer. Oh boy--that always means a blowout and sure enough, they had seen it on the right side of the trailer, even though they were driving on our left side. Thank goodness for alert drivers! We pulled over and saw that the tire was starting to shred so it had blown a few miles back. We were fortunate to have stopped before the shredded tire started whipping around and taking out the fiberglass side panels and even the underside of the slide-out. Been there, done that before and it's expensive. It would be even worse now since the company that manufactured our trailer went out of business last year (along with four other RV manufacturers.)

Anyhoo, we called our roadside service (boy do we get our money's worth out of them), they sent someone out and an hour and a half later we were back on the road. I called the campground where we were planning on staying the night and asked the man who answered if there was a Goodyear Tire store anywhere nearby and explained what happened. This nice man took the information about the tires we use and called his local tire store and made arrangements for them to order us three tires (we're switching out our special trailer load D tires to special trailer load E tires for more weight bearing capability) As the tires blow/get punctured we have been switching them one at a time but we're biting the bullet and will have them all switched including the spare, which is now seven years old and a different type of tire from the rest. Wes, the campground owner, has arranged everything and our tires should be in tomorrow. If not, the Kentucky Horse Park is out for now. If the tires come in early enough and we're able to get in and get them installed in a reasonable amount of time, we'll trek on up to Kentucky and take pictures until the battery runs out. Yes, I left the spare battery in our newly repaired old camera and the charger in the old camera case. Too much on my mind. So the new camera battery is down to one click; I'm hoping that's enough for a few pictures at least. But the way our luck is running, that's not going to happen.

But for now, there's free Wi-Fi at the campground, I have a glass of cabernet in my hand, there are cows, pigs, goats, sheep and horses here at the campground and the lonely sound of a train whistle in the distance. This is RVing and we take the bad with the good. And for the moment, it's all good.

2 comments:

SkippyMom said...

I am glad you all are okay. What a wonderful outlook :D - "It's all good" is one of my favorite sayings too!

Sorry about the camera [I am pouting now lol :( ]but I bet the tires get there on time and you make it to KY. I am saying my "wish,wish,wish" mantra for you.

Enjoy your evening. Hugs!

simplycol.com said...

Wow.. life is always full of surprises. Thank goodness for good people that help us through the down times. I am still hoping to see some photos from the horse park. :-)

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