Well, spent yesterday getting it towed and following it to the truck place. The shop it went to does nothing but delivery trucks, buses and motor homes.
Here it is all hooks up:
When I called Good Sam they said the would send a low boy, so I was a bit surprised when the truck showed up. I initially protested (I didn't have much to say because it actually slowed down to 5 mph by this spot on the road....)
The tow truck driver said he has towed a bunch of Airstream motor homes and lots of motor homes in general and to trust him. Yeah, trust the tow truck driver making $$ from a 3rd party payer.. Man, I was lost. Until he looked at me and said. 20 miles is nothing. I own a 325 and won't let anything happen to it.
Yup, he owed a 325 and not only knew exactly how to do it, but made sure I was in on the whole process. He asked what was wrong with it and I tell him I think it is something in the fuel system. Maybe the filters, but they only have a few hundred miles on them. Possibly the lift pump etc.
So he crawls under the moho and yells " pop on under here " So I did and He start pointing out things I want to tell the shop to look at when it is there and explains that he is inspecting the main rail for damage, welds, and structural integrity. He said it looked great and in better shape than most he has seen. He couldn't believe it was over 20 years old. So then he calls for his co worker and they take out the drive shaft to totally isolate the engine and transmission from the rear wheels.
I told him I was concerned about him lifting it since the back normally only has 16" of clearance to the trailer hitch. Again, he said don't worry and and trust me. He raises just a few inches off the ground and says he is ready to go. I was dumb founded and just stared. He said don't worry, we are going to go slow anyway.
So off we went. We got to the garage with me following and from behind if I didn't know better it looked like it was driving on it's own with really big side mirrors, a square cap and side exhaust stacks. I was digging the exhaust stack look.
Of course when we pulled into the truck shop lot everyone came out and gathered around. They have every size truck (except the 18 wheeler s which were at the shops other garage next door) and top end motor homes. And folks are starring at this one. So they unhook it, put the drive shaft back in and ask if I would like to jump in and put it in it's temporary spot 20 yards away.
I got in and was worried 1. that it wouldn't start and 2. that if it did it wouldn't go anywhere. All the while thinking that I could really mess something up! So I crank it and it takes about 3 seconds sputters and stops. Then starts right up on the next try. It backs up real nice no issues going slow and when I get out, I commented that it had never started that poorly before.
He looked at me and said " you have a cracked rubber fuel hose"
Okay, I am game, how do you know that. Well he says; you must have done a pre-check on it and when you moved one of the hoses it got a small crack from age. So when you drove it that morning and you picked up speed, it needed more fuel, therefore more vacuum in the line to get fuel to the lift pump and it sucked in more air through the crack so the greater the demand the worse the engine would perform.
"Just now, you had some air in the line when you went to start it. not allot but like you would get with a small crack. They also look like the original fuel lines as well."
It actually makes sense! It takes the new filters out of the equation. It allows the lousy performance as the demand/load increased vice the RPMs. Since it had no issues at first going to 1800 rpms in first then second gear, but started to bog in third. Then that went to bogging in second, etc.
Well, it just went into the bay this afternoon and they will call me at lunch tomorrow to let me know what is wrong and what it needs.
Before I left the shop, I asked the tow truck driver what the tow would have cost if I had paid for it out of my pocket instead of Good Sam. He said " You know I can't tell you that. But I will say you got your money's worth,.... For quite a few years."