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Old 07-29-2009, 12:12 PM   #1
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2nd Trip...Flames & All

Well, the 2nd trip out was even more of an adventure than the 1st. About 60 miles up hwy 101, just near Los Alamos I start to see smoke out the rear window. I inspect and find that I'm leaking motor oil (can't find the leak at this point), and it is blowing onto the exhaust...thus smoke. I clean it up and call my mechanic, and ask him to find me a good shop in the next town. At the edge of Santa Maria, more smoke starts...I clean it up again, top it off and make it to Central RV. Mike there does a great job of finding the leak from my auxiliary oil filter hose, clamps it off and we are back on the road. At least for another 30 minutes.

Just below San Luis Obispo, an instantanious huge amount of smoke is trailing behind me. I make it to the offramp just in time as my oil preasure starts to drop. I kill it and head to inspect. As I do, I not only find smoke but fire. I get the fire out pretty quickly, and as I do I'm joined by 2 fire trucks and 2 chp vehicles. They make their report and ensure that everything is out, meanwhile the family is amazed at how this vacation is unraveling. 6 hours later (10:00pm we get the moho flatbedded back to ARV in Arroyo Grande). We stay the night in the lot, and in the morning Ed starts his investigation. He quickly diagnoses that the hose used for the auxiliary oil filter are not able to handle the heat from the Banks headers, and basically cooked until they spewed thier preasurized oil all over the headers. A couple hours later the custom hoses are installed along with a new hydraulic jack line and we are on our way. Instantly I find that the Allison trans is shifting very hard both up and down, so we drive back a few miles...Ed finds that the vaccum lines to the trans are cooked. A few minutes later, back on the road and she is shifting beautifully. Only one problem, the first time I put my foot into it billows of white smoke come from the tail pipe. Ok, 1 mile back to the shop to get a new regulator for the vaccuum assist...the diaphragm was fried in the regulator, so I was sucking ATF into my intake when the new vaccuum lines were installed. Thankfully 1 last trip to pick up the part and we were on our way...Total elapsed time from flames to roadworthy 24.5 hours. Ed at ARV was incredible, and got us over each hump like a pro.

After this we had a great trip, without incident. Oh yeah, it was one hell of a job getting the oil off of the boat once we returned home.

2 trips in the books...hopefully not too many more kinks to work out.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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Holy cow!

You had enough incidents to last a long while! Glad that you were all safe and sound. And it sounds like a hair raising trip there for awhile. Hope the family is ready for the next adventure!! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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A sense of humor helps a lot. Gotta admire your gumption and spirit. Hope you have smooth driving for a LONG time!

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Judging by the smiles on your family's faces they were having a good time during the not so good times. After the kinks are worked out hopefully you can look back and get another good laugh.
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Nothing like a little adventure on your adventure.

Sounds like you kept a level head each time something happened. Good stuff.
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Motor homing at its best! Your confidence should be building with every trip.Just keep your sense of adventure.
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Nice photos of the family. I'm sure they will remember it as a test of survival skills. In fact, they'll have a great story for their first assignment back at school - "what I did on my summer vacation".

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Yup....the first thing I told them all is that the trips that come off without a hitch are quickly forgotten, the real adventures are the ones that create stories often retold.
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Yes, there's wisdom in this statement:the real adventures are the ones that create stories often retold.

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Yup, you can add to or begin your list of campfire stories.
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