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Old 09-30-2007, 08:25 PM   #1
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Not a fun thing to do...

I wanted to put this in it's own thread...

We did a very dumb thing on Thursday. When we picked up our new Argosy, the brakes didn't work (lot rot, the magnets were shorted). Since we had driven so far to get her, we dove right in and hooked her up (class IV receiver, straight bar) and headed out to find an RV place to get the brake problem resolved. We stopped at a large RV place near Hendersonville NC. The service manager wasn't interested in working on our 35 year old trailer and sent us off to see a guy at a local campground who "does their overflow work". My parents didn't raise any stupid kids, we knew we were being blown off, so we headed out to the nearest Camping World (at least the nearest one heading North).

As luck would have it, we were on the road for no more than 20 minutes when the skies opened up and we drove through some torrential rain storms. Add to that, we were dealing with some major grades and heavy truck traffic, well, it wasn't a fun experience.

We made it up and over the Eastern Continental Divide, in the heavy rain, crawling along in the right lane, much of the time with the 4-way flashers on.

The next day, the folks at Camping World in Statesville were VERY good to us. The three techs who worked on our rig (Elijah, Bobby, and Curtis) did a splendid job and went out of their way to get us back on the road as quickly as possible.

Needless to say, we learned some very valuable lessions though all of this, not the least of which is NEVER tow any farther than you have to with bad brakes and an inadequate hitch. We were VERY lucky we made it in one piece.
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:29 PM   #2
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So glad you made it okay.

Thank you for being so brave to post your experience. That took a lot of courage......actually pulling that rig in that condition took a lot of courage as well. I am so happy this learning experience had a happy ending....you must have good karma!!! Please post some photos of your new trailer and hope to see you down the road sometime. pj
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:52 PM   #3
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Thank you for being so brave to post your experience. That took a lot of courage......actually pulling that rig in that condition took a lot of courage as well. I am so happy this learning experience had a happy ending....you must have good karma!!! Please post some photos of your new trailer and hope to see you down the road sometime. pj
Does karma also equal luck? Pix are in this thread.
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:57 PM   #4
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No doubt that you are right, but what a fun story to tell down the road. Half the fun of these old classic vehicles is the crazy stuff we do with them.
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:20 PM   #5
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Wow what a story! Glad you made it safely and got help in Statesville! Your trailer is a beauty, have fun restoring it!
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