Saturday, July 22, 2006

Well we headed out Thursday morning a 4 am, the early hour chosen to miss traffic and beat some of the heat in the desert. It is our intention to be in Great Falls Saturday afternoon for a house warming party at Cathie's brothers new house. About 20 miles from home the "check engine light" comes on so we turn around and return home. I took the truck to the dealer and got it back in the late afternoon. I was told there was a problem with the turbo, but it was all better now. So at 6 pm, to miss the traffic and beat the heat in the desert, we started out again. This time in took only 10 miles for the "check engine light" to come on. Since the truck seemed to be running fine, we continued on.

Somewhere a short distance from Las Vegas, a tire on the trailer blew out. We didn't find this out until we stopped in Vegas for the night around 1 am. The tire took out the fiberglass fender skirt on the trailer and some wiring that shorted out the running lights. Luckily the wheel was not damaged, with the trailer being supported on the second axel and tire. I put the spare on and went off to bed.

After 4 hours of sleep, we bought a new tire and headed north. The truck was running great in the heat, 100+ degrees in Nevada and Utah. We spent the night in southern Idaho and got an early start on Saturday. About 30 miles south of our destination, the turbo stopped working and without it, very little power. We limped on, creeping up the hills at 20 MPH arriving just in time for the start of the party. Monday back to the Ford dealer. To be continued......

3 comments:

Julie Gassaway said...

Sounds like you should have stayed home Dad. Glad you guys made it safely.

Erin said...

I guess the Turbo wasn't all better..........

Nick S. said...

I guess when Ford made that warning light, they meant business.
Glad everything went well. What a great way to start a vacation.

Nick S.